Da Vinci Vaporizer

Organicix, LLC, the Las Vegas-based makers of the Karma e-cigarette range, released their first portable herb vaporizer earlier this year. Vaporizerblog . Com has finally got hold of a model to review. It’s called Da Vinci, and we like it. Though you might wanna check out the new Ascent portable by DaVinci also.

The Da Vinci arrives in a sturdy but attractive box that announces: quality within! It’s later pointed out to me that Leonardo’s famous Vitruvian Man image that graces the box lid is clutching a (Da Vinci) vape in his hand. Nice touch.

Out it comes and – relief, the device inside feels as rugged and sturdy as the packaging suggested. Not bulky by any means, but it feels like you could drop it, pick it up and just keep vaping.

Stays looking good

The aluminum face and heavy-duty high temperature rubberized plastic paint (black, in my case, but also silver or red) add to the butch, outdoors-y feel. Besides adding more toughness to the unit, the rubberized paint shrugs off scratching and smudging. Even after a heavy night of being passed around friends, it still looked slick.

At 16oz (453g), the unit’s as heavy as an NO2 but barely 4 inches high and an inch wide. A quick ‘back pocket’ test reveals that the Da Vinci is genuinely and comfortably portable.

Let’s charge this baby up
Much of the weight comes from the array of 3 Lithium-ion batteries (total 13.5 V) used to heat the (bronze) heating chamber. These are charged up via an adapter; I gather the battery is partly pre-charged at the factory before shipment but still needs 3 hours to top up. Subsequent charge time is about 3 hours from empty to full for 40-60 minutes of use.

The master on/off button on the side has to be on to charge the device; a small LCD screen will also show battery strength and current temperature. The Da Vinci will not begin to heat up until the second button on the front face is pressed. I liked this safety/battery saving feature.

Good battery time
The actual time can be extended by smaller drags, turning the unit off after initial use and vaping at lower temps, plus there are other variables: how long the unit is powered on, how much it’s used, etc. But as a rule of thumb, depending on how hard you’re inhaling, one charge is good for approximately two loads.

That’s also why there’s a master on/off switch and a secondary on/off switch that starts the heat up process: to avoid accidentally switching it on in a pocket or backpack and have the battery drain (as happened when I used the Pax vaporizer).

Auto shut-off feature
Due to popular demand, the unit automatically shuts off after 10 minutes of inactivity. This will lead to a longer battery life and avoid overheating (if the unit sits too long with the heating unit turned on, it can get really warm). This only turns off the heating element and not the master power switch.

Organicix reckon the batteries will be good for a 300 charge cycle before they start losing the charge capacity, though lifetime capacity should be good for about 2000 full charges. The warranty on the battery is 6 months (on the rest of the unit is a 2 year warranty).

Easy to pack
A small silver button frees the Da Vinci’s corner lid to lift up and reveal the chamber. A chamfered opening enables easy loading of around a cubic centimeter of herb; the actual weight would depend on the fineness of the grind, etc.

Accuracy: a BIG win
Above this are two buttons for setting the desired temperature. True, the older and much uglier VM3 had a variable temperature, so the Da Vinci is not the first portable with the feature.

But if you want to use multiple herb samples this alone must put it at the top of your portable list. The digital temperature gauge is accurate to within a degree or two and a chart is included of the temperatures suited to various beneficial herbs (St John’s wort, Gingko , etc).

And we have take off!
My device was set for Farenheit; there may be a way to switch to Celsius but I didn’t find it in the short time I had it to use. The (otherwise, clear) manual did not mention it.

I just settled for the default 375 degrees as a starter, pressed the second ‘on’ switch and whoosh – the LCD readout started to whir. This baby heats up really fast, reaching 375 in about a minute and a half – about twice the speed of my Volcano.

Convection: hot air
Talking of heat, the Da Vinci is a convection vaporizer – the herb sits on a fine mesh screen at the bottom of the chamber, with the heating coil just under it. Hot air flows from the bottom holes through the material, as opposed to of conduction where the material gets “roasted” more by touching hot surface areas.

Other heating devices
The Arizer Solo and Iolite Wispr use a combination of conduction and convection. They work ok, but are not as efficient and prematurely toast the herbs with their hot surface areas. I don’t own one, but some users report Magic Flight Box also tastes over-toasted after a couple of puffs.

Unlike butane-powered vaporizers, the Da Vinci will perform just as well at higher altitudes , and does not have the igniting issues that we hear about.

Hitting the temperature mark
The max. temperature is supposed to be around 405 degree F., but my device would only go as high as 400 (which is still way higher than I’d ever have cause to run it). A green LED light comes on when you hit the desire heat (which is also stated on the LCD screen), and readings are accurate within a couple degrees, say the makers, thanks to a proprietary microprocessor set up to read them.

A choice of whips
The short (? cms) and long whips (? cms) screw into the top of the vape, into the lid, actually; I’d recommend removing them when you’re transporting the device.
They’re made from cloth-protected high temperature food grade silicon, and I smelt no chemical residues or off gassing even on the first use.

The moment of truth – sweet vapor
I went with the short whip, screwed it in, sucked for the moment of truth, and…sweet! The draw is excellent, the herb sample taste came through with no aftertaste, and a decent cloud of vapor was effortlessly drawn into my lungs (I appreciated when I exhaled).

Time to cool down
Inside, a honeycomb mesh screen behind the exhaust holes serves to cool the device, and once switched off it cools quickly. The heat while using is tolerable, but keep your grip off the cooling grill (which feels a little awkward).

Oil barrels and herb stash
Two cylindrical barrels are included in the package that slot snugly into the heat chamber. These can be pre-loaded with oil or concentrates. The silicon grommet lid is heat resistant and again, I noticed no aftertaste when using the barrel. I did have taste issues but this may have been the oil; it was the first time I’ve vaped it.

With the lid up, there is a hidden herb storage chamber (or which can also accommodate the oil barrel), which is a nice feature, although the pull out soft silicone stopper is a bit fiddly.

Cleaning – mostly easy
The screens at the bottom of the chamber come out for cleaning (it arrives with 3 replacement screens), and a cleaning brush is cleverly secreted under the chamber lid. This is pretty useful for stirring a herb load, and removing the cap from the barrels too, and I liked having it on hand and safely stowed away at all times.

Rubbing alcohol, a cotton swab or a pipe cleaner are recommended for removing residues. Although later models have been adapted to allow the lid to open further than it originally did, cleaning the chamber is still pretty tricky.

Ah, that lid…first big bad point
In fact, the lid opening would be a possible deal breaker for me. It’s that annoying. No matter how you angle you r head or the lighting, it’s impossible to see into the bottom of the chamber to see if it’s clogged or improperly cleaned.

I’d like to see the lid open outwards, the other way to how it is currently attached. Or maybe it’s possible to add a small LED light to the lid that can shine into the chamber. That’d work, and be pretty cool.

Comes into its own for Medical Use
Medical marijuana’s most effective active ingredient is not THC but CDB (and other cannabinoids). THC can melt and aerosolize to create vapor at 180 C, but CBD needs to be nearer 206 C (and CBN at 212 C). For this reason medical users, I suspect, will love the Da Vinci.

The Vapor Path
For airpath cleaning, the whip unscrews and the bottom part of that (under the lid) also unscrews, so they can be easily cleaned. The vapor path is all high-
temperature food grade silicon, with some plastic flexible wrapping on the outside. The internal components are mil spec food grade plastics (so no outgassing and no overheating issues) and stainless steel alloys, plus all the soldering is non-lead containing.

Good Safety & Service
Organicix is apparently undergoing a safety certification process for all of its components, though I haven’t found out whether this has been granted.

All units are hand assembled and Organicix co-owns the Shenzhen factory that was built specifically to manufacture the Da Vinci. Having an owner with 20+ years of experience in the import/export game should help with all of the logistics, and they have been active listeners. It looks as though service, support, and contact are prompt, and user feedback acted upon.

Conclusion: a benchmark for accurate vaping on the love
While lacking the drool factor of the portable Pax, Da Vinci is not a bad looker. It feels and performs solidly, and heats up exceptionally well (combining accuracy & speed). I think it makes a great first choice outdoor portable vape if you can overlook (or not mind) the slightly frustrating lid. Both draw and taste are good, and though I had it for only a short while I’m confident it can be trusted to perform well over the long term.

 

 

  • Flávio/ Brazil.

    I bought one, Lets see how far it goes..

    • http://www.vaporizerblog.com/ Janet Fox

      Please keep us informed if you have the time to do so..

  • Al

    I’ve had two, and both failed within months. Don’t waste your money.

    • Davinci Team

      AI,

      I would like to help you resolve your issues on the Davinci Vaporizer. We do stand by our Warranty and I want to ensure that you get a working unit. Please email us or contact our office customerservice@davincivaporizer.com or 1-702-966-9969. Thank you and I look forward resolving your issue.

      • Hanna Abdalla

        Davinci Team,

        My dad had the same problem, he lives in Brazil and asked me to send him one. He used it for last than two months and it already failed. What would be the best way to get a new working unit?

        Best,

        Hanna

  • http://twitter.com/stilz_ink stilzink aka L(*_*)U

    I just recieved my davinci, noticed two issues or not? Can someone let me know if these are issues.. 1- lcd temp doesnt seem to settle at set temp. Green light. Comes on and temp jumps back n forth between 372 and 376 and temp is set to 375.. 2- lcd shows a # while charging and never goes past 86, is this suppose to show charging percentage?

    • Davinci Team

      stilzink aka L(*_*)U,

      Due to the air flow and the capacity of the chamber will depend on the fluctuation of the temperature, so this is normal. The “86” on the LCD Screen while it is charging is the room temperature displayed and has nothing to do with the charging of the unit. There is a battery icon with bars that will indicate where the battery life is at. The unit holds 3 lithium ion batteries and we do ask that you use your unit till it dies and fully recharge it, then do this five times for the lithium ion batteries to hold their memory and last as long as possible. For more questions or comments please contact us at customerservice@davincivaporizer.com.

  • T man

    Bought one failed in 5 months wouldn’t charge I contacted davinci like 8 times always got the same automatic message back saying they would contact within 24hrs I wait days no contact try again same deal. So I called,… Multiple numbers that where supposed to be them 3 to be exact all no longer in service,…. Don’t get tricked

    • Davinci Team

      T man,

      As a representative of Davinci, I would like to apologize for your inconvenience with your faulty unit and the difficulty you had trying to reach us. We had a bad chip that has been long resolved. We are doing our best to clean up any of these units off the market as some have slipped through the cracks. We do stand behind our Warranty we would be happy to make sure you get a replacement unit. Please email customerservice@davincivaporizer.com and we will make sure you are taken care of. You may also reach our office at 1-702-966-9966. Thank you and I look forward to providing you with excellent customer service.

  • GarageMan

    I’d like to give the Da Vinci a try. I have a friend who raves about it. Where’s the best place to buy one?

  • Edmond Knesevitch

    Very thin cloud/no cloud at all for mine. Just contacted customer service, we’ll see what happens.

  • zephyr

    Hi VaporizerBlog, you guys should review the new ascent by davinci. it seems like the ascent could solve a lot of the little design flaws of the davinci and I’d like to know how well the glass on glass chamber works, but its so new I cant find any good reviews or demos about how it performs with medical marijuana. (unsurprisingly the demos on their sites are with less controversial herbal blends). it would be awesome if you guys reviewed the ascent, especially if you would compare it to the pax and some other vapes in that price range.

    Thanks and hello from San Francisco!

    • http://www.vaporizerblog.com/ Janet Fox

      Thanks for the suggestion. We’re on it!

      • jason

        And send me one to replace this davinci I just bought.
        They sent me a tshirt to try and satisfy me. They seem to be trying, but are not knowledgeable about the product.

  • OMG

    My straw is literally stuck onto the unit! I tried for almost an hour to get it off and I still could not. Any ideas on how to get it off? and also where I can buy a replacement flexi straw because I damaged the blackrubber because it separated from the metal when I was trying to take it off -.- im starting to wish I bought the solo instead…

    • John Urman

      Heat it up

  • Furthur

    I had one and liked it.
    But…
    I made the horrible mistake – to them – of buying it from a seller on eBay. DaVinci will disavow this purchase and you will have no warranty. This vape needs a warranty, because stuff is going to break. Mine did.
    I wondered if this seller had stolen them or maybe they were counterfeit.
    While trying to clean or replace the screen at the end of the straw, it was stuck. It wouldn’t unscrew. I gripped it with my Leatherman to turn it off – and the thing just broke off. So, it’s useless. This is after I replaced the AC charger after 4-5 months.
    Just very disappointed.

  • Sandra Graves

    I bought this product and it broke, in THREE DIFFERENT WAYS within first 10 days.
    DaVinci will not replace or refund, Basically NOT honoring their own guarantee.
    DO NOT do business with this company, DO Not but their products.

  • bcbg212

    Just bought 1 last week at my smoke shop..& now i found out about the new asent..smh. can i send this 1 back & pay the extra for the new 1 or no?

  • Diana

    made the mistake of buying a Davinci off of eBay and received a horribly faulty unit with tons of off-gassing (it really really stinks)! Davinci graciously offered me a 20% off coupon and I went for the Ascent. Lesson learned … a price that seems significantly lower (in this case, about 1/3rd) should be a sign.

    • http://www.vaporizerblog.com/ Janet Fox

      Buying vapes off of Ebay is not such a good idea, unless you really know what they are selling. Cool that Davinci offered you a coupon.

  • John Urman

    “The internal components are mil spec food grade plastics (so no outgassing and no overheating issue”

    That’s not true