Hi Guys, this is Kory from Namaste Vapes and thanks for checking today's post where we're going to be talking about Vaporizer Technology in reference to the Davinci IQ Vaporizer and comparing it with the Mighty Vaporizer by Storz & Bickel. What we're comparing is changes in technology between my favorite dry herb vaporizer with the new technology incorporated in products like the Davinci IQ. We shall ask ourselves, with all the new technology, does it really matter? Does having a smartphone app make a difference for performance? The key point really is the heating technology IMHO and not really the bells and whistles but let's go ahead and talk a little more about it! Before we really dig in, let's first talk about some of the key features for each vape.
The Mighty Vaporizer by Storz & Bickel
The Mighty Vaporizer is made by Storz & Bickel, famous for the Volcano Digital and Volcano Classic Desktop Vaporizer. The company has a long-standing reputation for producing quality and very high-performance products. The Mighty features two built-in Li-Ion batteries with an onboard display screen that allows you to precisely adjust your vape temperature to a single degree. The Mighty takes up to 80 seconds to reach the set temperature, which is a little on the slow side in comparison with some newer vapes but performs better with dry herbs than any other portable vaporizer. The key to the performance on the Mighty is not the display or the hepatic feedback or the material of the chamber or the mouthpiece. Performance in a vaporizer comes from the heating technology and airflow. In general, there are two types of heating within the vaporizer space, conduction, and convection. Simply put, pure conduction vaporizers have chambers that act as an oven where the materials are packed and heated. Convection heating incorporates a heating element where the air is drawn over the element and it is the hot air itself that extracts the vapor. In general, convection based vaporizers are more efficient and will produce better flavor than conduction. Conduction vaporizers, on the other hand, will generally produce more vapor but with less flavor. The Mighty vaporizer features a combination of conduction and convection. This means that while the vape uses convection heating, the chamber also heats as well. The result of this is the amazing performance! Other vaporizers like the new Boundless CFX (similar to the Mighty but much cheaper) are offered at a much lower price and also perform well. So the key to the performance with the Mighty is the heating system.
The Da Vinci IQ Vaporizer
So enough about the Mighty, it's already a few years old right? But even over a few years, I've yet to see another dry herb vaporizer perform as well as the Mighty. So let's talk a little bit more about one of the newest vaporizers to hit the market, the IQ by Davinci. The IQ Vaporizer is a new launch from Davinci with some major upgrades from the original Ascent. The key features with the IQ are that it has a ceramic heating chamber (whereas the Mighty's heating chamber is stainless steel) and the IQ has a Zirconium vapor pathway (Mighty's air pathway is plastic). Now first thing you might be thinking is what on earth is Zirconium?!?! Well, I've done my research and coming back to report that this material is a form of ceramic but with a very low thermal conductivity factor. This means it's a heat insulator, and it also has very high physical strength.
So the air pathway and the mouthpiece are made from Zirconium with a ceramic chamber, how does that affect performance? The simple answer to this question really is in the flavor. Even though the flavor of the IQ is excellent due to these materials, I would still say flavor on the Mighty is better. This I believe is just because the IQ uses conduction heating and the Mighty has both convection and conduction. If we were to compare apples to apples we'd have to compare the IQ with another vaporizer, like the Pax 3 for example. The Pax 3 has a stainless steel heating oven and a plastic mouthpiece and is also conduction. So, in this case, you'd naturally have better flavor with the IQ over the Pax 3 but I really find that flavor is superior when using convection vaporizers, but it can affect vapor production
Difference between the IQ and Mighty Vaporizer
Aside from the heating method, materials of the chamber and the air pathway, another substantial difference between these units is the ability to program what are called 'Smart Paths' using the smart-phone App supplied with the IQ. When you connect to the IQ vaporizer using the App you can select between two modes - Precision temperature control and Smart Paths. Since there is no LED screen or digital temperature controls on the IQ, you will need to log into the app in order to get precise control of the unit's temperature. Through this mode with the IQ you can set your temperature to the exact degree. The other feature of using Smart Paths to control your session is much more exciting. While you're vaporizing your herbs throughout a session you can increase the temperature slowly over the length of the session to maximize your vapor production and efficiency. So if you were using a unit like the Mighty, you may start a session at 375 F and then move up to 380 F after 3 minutes, then 385 after 5 minutes etc. This is how I often use a vaporizer. With the Smart Path technology, you can program your session to automatically adjust the temperature throughout. You can have several Smart Paths programmed on the unit at the same time. So depending on your herbs whether they are dry or sticky, you may want to adjust. This is a fantastic feature and similar to what was done with the original Ascent.
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When it comes down to it, in my opinion, (I must at this point highlight that I am a bit of an old fashioned guy so that's what impacts my opinion here and I am aware of it) The Davinci QI Vape have stepped up their game with the IQ with integration of the smartphone app but chamber materials are the same, the zirconium, for the most part, I don't think affects performance and so the general changes to the unit from the Ascent really are not any that affect performance of the unit in terms of flavor or vapor production from the Ascent. The IQ is a very attractive and portable unit that offers good performance and flavor in a nice package. However with all the new technology the performance which includes vapor production and flavor still don't rival that of the Mighty which is now several years old. Storz & Bickel famed for amazing quality and effective vaporizers had developed an app at the same time as the launch of the Mighty for the Crafty as well. This company truly sets the bar for industry standards when it comes to quality and performance. So several years later, we have new vaporizers like the Pax 3 and the Davinci IQ which are set to blow up on the market, but I still am partial to the 'portable volcano', my Mighty as I have yet to use another portable unit that comes near the performance of the Mighty. I will no doubt enjoy using the IQ though.
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