Are you looking for a slick, portable and efficient vaporizer with a nice flow and original design? Odds are your choice will come down to either a DaVinci or a Pax vaporizer. With both being state of the art vape brands, how do you choose between the two? To help you make a well-informed choice and pick the vape that best suits your needs, we made a comparison between two of their finest – The DaVinci IQ and the Pax 3 vaporizer.
What they have in common…
Both the DaVinci IQ and the Pax 3 are portable dry herb vaporizers, easy to pocket, conceal and use on the go. Both use conduction heating and feature temperature control via smartphone apps. The oven on the models is on the opposite side from the mouthpiece, which allows for cooler vapor, and both allow for chamber modification for smaller doses.
Where they differ…
Size and weight
Both the DaVinci and the Pax have established their own highly recognizable looks. The DaVinci IQ and it’s little brother, the DaVinci MIQRO, have a distinguishable, compact design with a removable extended mouthpiece. They’re easily palmable for maximum discretion, with the IQ standing at 3.54” x 1.65” (without the mouthpiece). The Pax 3, same as its predecessor the Pax 2, has a slimmer but taller body, with its exact dimensions being 3.87” x 1.21”. The raised mouthpiece doesn’t add as much to the height of the model, but it can be switched with the flat one if you better prefer the feel of it. The DaVinci IQ is a bit heavier than the Pax 3, with the former weighing in at 145 grams and the latter weighing 90 grams. Overall, both models are among the most portable vaporizers on the market. If you’re looking for a sleeker model you should opt for the Pax 3, but if you want to be able to completely conceal your vape in your palm then the IQ is your best bet.
The oven and the flow
Both models can hold up to around a third of a gram, but that’s where the similarities end with these two vaporizers. While the IQ is made exclusively for dry herbs the Pax 3 also includes a lid for holding concentrates if you get the complete as opposed to the basic kit. The complete kit also includes a half-pack lid which halves the oven size for smaller sessions. The IQ, on the other hand, has a Zirconia pearl which can be unscrewed to adjust chamber size. The IQ is also unique on the market for the well-renowned beveled “loading dock”, which makes filling the oven a breeze. It also includes a flavor chamber for spicing up the taste of your vapor. The IQ works just as good with a loosely packed oven, where the Pax 3 has to be tight in order to perform well. If you’re looking to smoke only flower, then IQ is the better option out of the two, but if you might occasionally want to switch to concentrates then the Pax 3 has your back. While both vapes have excellent vapor quality, the IQ slightly outperforms the Pax 3 when it comes to preserving flavor and cooling the vapor, thanks to its ceramic Zirconia paths.
The main difference between the two vaporizers is that the Pax 3 has a built-in battery that lasts longer, whereas the IQ has a replaceable battery with a shorter running time. The Pax will give you around an hour and a half of usage and takes the same amount of time to fully charge, while the IQ gives about an hour of performance but takes four times as long to recharge. The Pax 3 takes the cake if you don’t plan a day-long session, but if you’re a heavy user you might want to opt for the IQ and get some spare batteries.
Interface and settings
The Pax has a spectrum between 360-420F and a record heat time of only 15 seconds. It has a simple interface with only one button and tracking sensors that automatically start cooling the device when you’re not vaping and starts heating up when you pick up the vaporizer or go for another draw. The drawback is that relatively few adjustments can be made without the app that lets you customize temperature settings. The IQ’s “smart paths” change temperature during the session for optimal performance, with a range between 250F-430F, but takes 45 seconds to heat up. The LED grid interface is minimalistic but simple to operate, and allows for an easier handling of temperature options on the device itself. The only thing you can’t do on the device itself is tweak “smart paths” options. If you’re looking for a simpler, intuitive handling then go for the Pax 3, and if you want the utmost control opt for the DaVinci IQ.
While both the DaVinci IQ and the Pax 3 are excellent portable dry herb vaporizers, the optimal choice depends on what you’ll be using your vape for. The Pax 3 outperforms the IQ when it comes to battery life and heating time, offering a simple sensor-based user experience. The IQ, on the other hand, allows for battery switching and more control over temperature options. If you’re looking for a simpler, more casual vape and intend to occasionally use concentrates, then the Pax 3 is the best vaporizer. If you’re interested in a more advanced set of temperature features and prefer to switch batteries rather than recharge, go for the DaVinci IQ.