The PAX 3 vs. DaVinci IQ: Portable Conduction Vaporizer Review

DaVinci IQ vs PAX 3 The PAX 3 and the DaVinci IQ both came out around the same time and they have a lot of similarities, as well as some significant differences.

*NOTE: The Black PAX 3 shown in my comparison video is a pre-production unit. It actually needed some tweaks, and they have since sent me a final production unit now that it’s for sale publicly. This final unit is performing better, so I highly suggest watching my newer PAX 3 review to see what has changed since this comparison with the IQ.

Here’s a comparison table listing some of the most important characteristics: **Updated with specs from final production unit PAX 3

PAX 3DaVinci IQ
Heating StyleConductionConduction
Oven MaterialStainless SteelCeramic
Oven Capacity~0.35g~0.3g
Minimum Herb~0.15g (half-pack)~0.3g (full)
Vapor PathStainless Steel (w/ silicone mouthpiece)Ceramic Zirconia (w/ silicone gasket)
Removeable Battery
Battery life (Usage time)~90 mins~70 mins
Charge time~2-3 hours~3.5 hours
Bluetooth / APP
True Heat-up Time15-20 sec60 sec
Easy to load?
Draw ResistanceAverage+Average
Vapor ProductionAbove-averageAbove-average+
Vapor SmoothnessVery goodVery good
Flavor / TasteAbove-average+Above-average+
Odor LevelAbove-averageAverage
Works with Concentrates?YES, kindaNO
Precise Temp AdjustOnly with APP
Country of manufactureChinaChina
Warranty10 Years10 Years
VapeRatingTier 1 Top PickTier 1 Top Pick
 PAX 3DaVinci IQ

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  1. Diane says:

    I have followed you for awhile and know that manufacturers listen to you. So…. please pass on that the bowl in the DaVinci IQ is too large. I own the crafty and firefly 2 and have no problem finishing a session. The 10 min session isn’t long enough to completely extract all from herb and when I look at the residual after 10 min I still see some green. Perhaps a spacer similar to the Crafty. I’m thinking of trying to cut that spacer down and try it in the IQ. Thoughts?

    • Randy Flores says:

      Do you think the FF2 is worth the $55 more than $275 (Pax3 & DaVinci)?

      Im seeing half and half reviews on the FF2 with most of the complaints being about getting hot and having to pick at the bowl every 4-5 hits. I will be doing alot of ONE HITTERS tho, so that is why I believe the FF2 is best. Vapor taste is #1 on the FF2, but apparently its quite a task to inhale alot of vapor production? Also DaVinci 4 has slightly better vapor taste/production than PAX 3, however, PAX 3 wax insert is not flush with the top. VapeCritic’s PAX 3 also made noise when turned off which is sketchy. FF2 worth it? It will be my first vape, thanks alot!

  2. Stephen says:

    Would the Davinci IQ be a good back up vaporizer for someone who has the Firefly 2? Can you do a comparison of those models since the Firefly 2 is better than the Pax 3?

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