The DaVinci IQ2 adds smarts to your smoke

DaVinci has long made some impressive vaporizers. Their IQ series looks like a cross between a pager and a light saber and the latest model, the IQ2, builds on that styling and adds some truly innovative features.

The IQ2 can vaporize flower or extracts and includes a unique app that will, according to their PR, allow you to “track your cannabinoid consumption per draw and per session.”

How does it work?

Input your strain potency and the amount of herb or extracts in your oven and your IQ2 will track and report dose per draw and per session. Add a maximum dose per session in the app and your IQ2 will alert you when you have reached your desired dose.

That’s right: this thing can tell you when you’ve had enough. That said, the real proof is in the design and there is plenty here to love.

Cool and clean

Using the IQ2 is as simple as packing one end with flowers or extract and turning it on by pressing the power button five times. The device will heat up quickly – it takes about a 30 seconds to reach the vapor point – and the side display will light up when you’re ready to draw. You can use the traditional straw-like mouthpiece or the flat piece that reduces the device’s profile.

You can modify the temperature at will and connect to the app to check your draw. A special Air Dial increases the airflow to the vape, allowing you to cool down the vapor.

While the device does exude pure vapor you still get a little odor from he material as it heats up. This isn’t a completely unobtrusive device but you’ll definitely get fewer dirty looks bringing this out versus a ratty pipe.

The vaporizing chamber is made of “medical-grade” glass and ceramic and no metal or plastic touch the vapor. Further, the device doesn’t burn the material as much as heat it, ensuring a smooth draw.

The IQ2 costs $295 and is shipping now. I’m a fan of the original unit and, for the price, its one of the best vapes you can buy. Given the fear around vaping these days, a device like this is the perfect compromise. Because you are literally accessing only the vapor an no other impurities, you’re drawing in exactly what you want and no oils or other materials. While a device like this is pricy it lasts quite a few pulls on a charge – mine still hasn’t lost a charge after a few sessions – and it’s surprisingly compact and portable. The software, which is quite unique in the space, is icing an on already impressive cake.

Even if you rarely partake in what the IQ2 has to offer, it’s a great tool and a wonderfully designed device that reminds me of the first Pax devices and a feature set that makes it stand out in an increasingly crowded market.

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John Biggs

John Biggs is an entrepreneur, consultant, writer, and maker. He spent fifteen years as an editor for Gizmodo, CrunchGear, and TechCrunch and has a deep background in hardware startups, 3D printing, and blockchain. His work has appeared in Men’s Health, Wired, and the New York Times.

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