New Vaporizer Reviews: DaVinci IQ, Ascent, And Arizer Extreme Q

Your favorite vape reviewers have added some new vaporizer reviews to their growing website and we’re pretty sure at least one of these is sure to pique your interests – the newer of the bunch, we imagine. What’s that? The new DaVinci IQ, of course. Which, as it turns out, is more impressive than you might think. But for those who are already familiar with the DaVinci Vaporizer company, it probably doesn’t come as too much of a surprise to find that they’ve released yet another hi-quality portable into the market. As for the other two vapes, the Ascent (also by DaVinci) and the Extreme Q by Arizer, these are a couple of vapes that we’ve thoroughly tested over the course of what has now been years and so we wanted to make a point to compile our thoughts and put them on paper (well, digital paper) to share with everyone.

Real quick, if you didn’t know, we basically exist to act as a filter. We test vapes and tell you whether or not they work and just how well they work if they do so that you don’t end up buying some lame vape that turns you off to the idea of vaping. Or in other words, we’re a filter, designed to protect you and your wallet from bad buys. As for the vapes we’re talking about today, none of these are bad vapes, but we definitely prefer one in particular over the others.

DaVinci IQ Vaporizer Review

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Out of the three vapes we’re here to talk about today, there’s one in particular that has impressed us more than the others and that’s the latest vaporizer to come out of the vape labs at the DaVinci Vaporizer company – the IQ. This is a beast of a portable vape. To us, it somewhat adopts a similar design philosophy to one of its popular rivals, the Pax. In keeping things simple and ditching the screen in favor of indicator lights, DaVinci has managed to create a portable with an unassuming appearance, but packed in underneath that simple facade is a mountain of vaporizing technology that makes it one of the most innovative and powerful portable vaporizers today. If it seems like we’re talking it up, we’re not. It really is one of the best portable vaporizers out right now and that’s saying a lot given that some of the portables out there are actually pretty impressive. The industry has come a long way and the IQ, frankly, is proof.

What makes the IQ so good? For one, the vapor quality. There aren’t many vapes that can match it in terms of vapor quality and even less that can surpass it. Among portables, there are less than a handful from what we’ve tested that produce vapor of quality that is either equivalent to or better than the IQ. But beyond vapor, which to some is 90% of the equation, there are the features – of which, the IQ certainly has no shortage. But unlike some of the random features we’ve seen incorporated into vapes, what the IQ offers is actually useful. These are features that you’ll actually use, most of them anyways. Take, for instance, the ability to dim the lights. While you might not feel the need to dim the lights to go incognito, you may find this feature useful when you’re laying in bed at night, taking a few puffs before you pass out. Another useful feature is the ability to turn on its vibration-style alerts. These are great for when you’re not paying attention and waiting for it to heat up while it’s tucked away in your pocket as a quick vibration lets you know it’s ready to go. Our point being, its not loaded down with bloatware and gimmicks, just useful features that enhance its overall usability.

But getting to somewhat of the hard data here, the IQ is covered by a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty. It comes with an app that, while useful, isn’t necessary to use the device. With it though, you’ll enjoy the added benefit of being able to customize the heck out of your sessions as far as the temperature is concerned, as the app allows you to create custom temperature flows for your sessions, which DaVinci calls “Smart Paths.”

It has all kinds of accessories, like extra batteries and various replacement parts. And seeing as we just mentioned it, the extra batteries, we’re suddenly reminded of one of the reasons why we really like this vape. Its design, like such vapes as the Haze 2.5, allows for the battery that powers it to quickly and easily replaced by the user. What this means, in essence, is endless vaping. You can just swap out dead batteries for fresh ones whenever you want, making your vaping sessions go as long you go. Definitely a cool feature that we think more portable vape manufacturers should consider incorporating into their vape designs because it sure is a whole hell of a lot better than waiting around for your vape to recharge.

Now here’s something about the IQ that might not seem like much, but trust us, it is. Cleaning this vape won’t be accomplished without some effort, but unlike some of the other portables we’ve tried to clean, it can actually be cleaned in its entirety. Yes, this is a big deal. Why? Because when you can’t clean all it out completely, you end up with problems like pieces that should move, like the mouthpiece, getting sticky or stuck. Also, the pathways getting clogged, preventing air and vapor from traveling freely through to your mouth. These issues range in annoyances to serious design flaws and thankfully, the IQ doesn’t have to deal with them because it was obviously designed with this concern in mind.

Accessories aren’t always necessary but sometimes they’re just so good, you really can’t pass them up. In steps the Honeybird Core. This is one of those accessories that you will want to pick up. It’s not cheap and it’s not necessary but adding a water filter that actually works to your already awesome vape is something that you’ll just have to do when you see how well it works in combination. But we’re not going to tell you too much about that right now so if you want to know more about how well the Nectar Collector Honeybird Core works with the DaVinci IQ, you’ll just have to read our full DaVinci IQ review. In it, we’ll tell you a lot more about the IQ than you might care to know and we’ll also tell you, perhaps most importantly, just how well it really works and how it fares against the competition. For now, we’re onto the next part of this blog post: the part where we tell you about DaVinci’s other vaporizer — well, one of their other vaporizers — the Ascent.

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When it first came out, we were intrigued. After we tested it, we were impressed but we couldn’t help but see some room for improvement. While it’s still a decent vape, especially as far as portables are concerned, the reality is that there are now better portables to choose from and its successor, the IQ we just discussed above, is one of them. Still, seeing as there are still people buying them, we’ll tell you what you know about this pocket-sized vape by DaVinci.

The Ascent does something that not a lot of dry blend vapes do and that’s vape more than dry blends. It comes with glass oil jars which can be used to vape extracts. All you do is load them up then drop them in the heating chamber. Straight forward and simple. But be warned, they get hot so you’ll want to give them some time to cool off before you handle them without protection. Otherwise, use the tools that are provided to handle them when hot. And as a tip, they work better without their lids on but they also make more of a mess so the choice is yours, messy with better vapor with the lid off or cleaner with lesser vapor with the lid on. Up to you. We like to use it with the lid off and then get really thorough with our cleaning to make up for it.

As far as temperature controls go, the Ascent’s are awesome. They’re digital so all you need to do is press the up and down buttons (“+” and “-” buttons on the face) to adjust the temperature whichever way your heart desires. There’s also a feature that we see somewhat perfected in the IQ that we first saw in the Ascent and that’s the session temperature programming feature which lets you set the desired vaping temperatures for your session. You can set multiple temperatures and tell it how long to hold them before moving to the next temperature. Pretty cool feature but it works even better with the IQ.

The taste is something that we can’t help but comment on. The Ascent’s glass on glass (100% glass pathway) ensures that every hit tastes just as good as you’d hope. And that’s saying a lot given how many portables taste like garbage. But taste isn’t everything, although it is admittedly a big variable when assessing the vapor’s quality, and so we also want to touch up on the density. Is it the most dense vapor we’ve ever seen? No, but for a portable, it’s better than average. We’d even go as far as to say that it’s good. But at the very least, it’s totally acceptable. If you’re expecting huge hits, don’t – but if you’re looking for visible vapor that tastes great, you’ve found a solid vape.

Cleaning the Ascent Vaporizer by DaVinci isn’t super easy but it is doable. That’s more than we can say for some vapes so take it for what it’s worth. You will spend some time cleaning it, especially if you’re using it to vape your concentrated blend types. On the upside, the glass components that compose the vapor pathway are pretty easy to clean – you basically soak them in isopropyl alcohol and then rinse them in water. A quick scrub or wipe down if necessary before allowing them time to dry. Definitely not the most difficult to clean, but with regular use, you’ll find yourself cleaning it somewhat often.

Style wise it’s hard to say that this vape looks anything short of awesome. The appearance is great and with all of the different options as far as colors and patterns are concerned, we feel confident that most folks will find a flavor that appeals to them. So as far aesthetics are concerned, we think DaVinci did a really nice job designing it.

If this brief review of the Ascent is falling short of expectation or you’re just not learning what you want to do about this vape, take a look at our complete review as we dive into the depths of what this vape is and what it’s all about. You’ll find technical information, comparisons, and more. It’s all there. Basically everything you’d ever want to know about it and more. But if this just doesn’t seem like the vape for you, continue reading because we’re going to tell you about an older desktop vaporizer that has done well to make a name for itself as a hi-quality desktop with a very reasonable price tag.

Extreme Q Review

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Wow. This vape is still around? If that’s what you’re thinking the answer is yes and yes for good reason: this thing works. And if that wasn’t reason enough for it to remain relatively popular after all this time, it’s also very well priced and offers more than you might expect, especially for how little it costs. So what’s it all about? With the EQ, it’s all about bargain- offering a lot for a little. This is something that Arizer has somewhat become known for, well, that and good vapor. The Extreme Q is one of those vapes that you use for the first time and receive immediate confirmation that vaping is a very real thing. We say this because unlike the cheap wooden box vaporizers that you may have seen at one point or another, it actually produces some thick, tasty vapor. And it does it with style.

With a sleek, black tower and a cool blue colored light that glows on the bottom, it’s not hard to see why we say that the EQ “does it with style.” But while it looks nice, it’s also extremely practical. It has a pretty standard whip setup that works really well and it also has an option that you don’t find in a lot of whip vapes: the bag (or balloon). By offering both the whip and the bag, the EQ offers novice vapers the opportunity to try it all and to do so for cheap. This way, you can see if you really like the idea of the balloon before you break the bank and buy a Volcano. But just so we’re super clear, the EQ’s bag delivery isn’t nearly as good as the Volcano’s so if you like it even a little, rest assured that the Volcano’s is that much better.

Temperature controls are, for a lot of people, an important factor. Fortunately, Arizer did it right and put together a digital temperature control system for the EQ that’s accurate and easy to use. It spans across a wide temperature range, giving the user a lot of wiggle room as far as their vaping temperature is concerned. To us, this is definitely a good thing because different blends vape at different temperatures and the best temperature is something that is best left to the user to decide. After all, we’re not all the same.

For those who are lazy or just don’t mind a little extra convenience, the EQ has a remote control. It is literally the first vaporizer we’ve ever seen with a remote control. A nice feature, especially if you’re into ambient vaping (aromatherapy). You can press the power button to turn it on, then adjust the fan speed and vape temp to your liking – all from across the room.

Still want to know more about the Extreme Q? You can find our complete review here. In it, you’ll find comparisons to other desktop vapes like the Volcano, viVape 2, and more.

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Vape Leftovers: How To Recycle Them Into Edibles And Extracts

There’s an easy way to turn your leftover vape trash into reusable product. Of course, you can do this all manually – by hand, if you will. But there is, in our opinion, a better way: with the help of a machine. What machine is that, you’re probably wondering. Well, it’s the Magical Butter Machine (MBM). This little contraption, a brilliant piece of modern technology, simplifies the entire process of transforming vape leftovers into extracts – taking from it what you want and leaving behind what you don’t. That’s right, this relatively inexpensive machine turns the otherwise long, drawn-out process of extracting what’s left from your trash and turning it into butter. So forget the crockpot and forget the slow cooker because this magical little contraption takes care all of it. It’s literally everything you need to get the job done.

As if the ability to turn your trash into butter wasn’t enough, MagicalButter’s skills don’t end there. It’s actually capable of making more than butter, as it’s actually designed to create a range of extracts from your leftovers, which include oil, tinctures, and more.

Mind you, the MBM isn’t only capable of transforming vape trash into extracts. That’s right, you can use whatever you want. So if have some dried blend that you’d like to use instead, by all means, do it! Just know that the real savings, the real money maker, is recycling your leftovers. And for those who are conscious of the costs, well, recycling your leftovers here and there will quickly allow you to recoup what you spend on the MBM, making it one hell of a deal.

What can you do with the butter?

There are a lot of things you can do with the butter that this machine creates. For instance, you can use it to bake some cookies, brownies, or any number of other delicious pastries. And if that just seems like too much effort, which it’s really not, you can always spread it on your toast to enhance your breakfast. Whatever you do with it, so long as you follow the instructions and do it right, you’ll almost certainly enjoy the outcome.

The MagicalButter team has put together a number of video tutorials, which you can find on their YouTube channel, on how to use the MBM to create concoctions ranging from Italian dressing to herbal tea and shepherd’s pie. They even have a recipe for gummies. So if you’re looking for ideas or directions, be sure to check out their video tutorials!

Learn more about the Magical Butter Machine

If you want to learn more about this marvelous contraption, such as how much it costs, how it works, and where you can buy it online, you’ll want to take a look at our in-depth Magical Butter Machine review. In it, we discuss in great depth its technical details, what we think about it, how to use it, and more. We even included a step-by-step tutorial on how to use it to turn your vape trash into butter so if you’re unsure of how the process goes, be sure to take a look at our review.

*This is all in reference to the latest version, which is known as the MB2e.

What Is A Herbalizer?

The Herbalizer Vaporizer is a desktop model that in at least one way, is reminiscent of the Volcano in the sense that it too offers the ability to fill balloons with vapor as a delivery method. But it’s also reminiscent of other vaporizers, such as the Extreme Q and viVape 2 – both of which, like Herbie, have the ability to deliver vapor through a balloon as well as through a tube known as a whip. That dual-delivery method aspect is something that we ourselves are actually quite fond of, especially as it pertains to introducing neophytes to the vapor delivery options available with desktop vaporizers. The reason for this is because it allows vapers the chance to experience the different delivery methods for a reasonable amount of money. Perhaps a good idea for those who are unsure of whether or not they want to take the plunge and buy a high-end vape that only offers one delivery method, as is the case with our favorite desktop vaporizer, the Volcano Digit.

But while we say that Herbie (a cute nickname for the Herbalizer) is reminiscent of these other vapes, we don’t say it’s the same because it’s really a vape of its own design. As we may opt to publish an Herbalizer review in the future, we’re going to intentionally refrain from sharing what might be an excessive amount of information about it at this time and leave this blog post cut a bit short. Take it for what it’s worth, Herbie is a desktop vape with a lot of versatility.

The Best Desktop Vaporizer (Digital Volcano Review)

There are a lot of desktop vapes to choose from, but for those who can afford it, there’s really only one to buy. And it’s not just us saying this, as you can easily check with the other vaporizer reviewers out there – the answer is clear. The vape to buy, if you can afford it, is the Volcano vaporizer. In particular, the Digital one. It’s so good that, as far as we know, there isn’t any real marketing program behind it, it just continues to sell. And it’s not new, if you didn’t realize. It’s actually been on the market for years. And after all of these years, it’s still ridiculously expensive and selling like it just came out. That’s saying a lot for a vaporizer, any vaporizer, let alone a desktop vape. We say this in light of the portable vaporizer craze, fueled in part by the massive amount of marketing behind such hits as the Pax Vaporizer by Ploom. But back to what we’re here to talk about, the best desktop vaporizer 2017 has to offer: the Digital Volcano.

We just want to take a second to note that while we call it the “Digital Volcano,” it is in fact known as the Volcano Digit Vaporizer.

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What makes the Digit the best of its kind is not its price tag. That, to us, and surely many others, is something that takes away from its attractiveness. But its quality more than justifies its cost, at least in our minds it does. The reason for this is that its quality is really unrivaled. There just isn’t another desktop vaporizer that works well as the Digit. Simple as that.

When measuring how well it works, we’re looking at not only the quality of vapor it produces — which is obviously incredible, top tier to say the least — but also its overall usability. Which, to us, breaks down to how easy, convenient, and in essence, how enjoyable it is to use. With its innovative balloon filling system and easy to use digital temperature controls, it really takes the guess work out of creating delicious, hi-quality vapor. And capturing it in a balloon, while it might sound crazy to some, is actually the most convenient delivery method we’ve come across to date. But not every balloon filling vape can pull this off and a big part of that is the valve design.

So here’s the thing, you have a valve that is used to control access to the vapor stored within the bag. But controlling that valve can be the difference between a thoroughly enjoyable vaping session and something less. With the Volcano, the valve is built into the mouthpiece in such a way that when you press the mouthpiece up against your lips, it magically opens the valve. So the second your lips are off it, the valve is shut tight. This way, you never have to fiddle with the valve, it just controls itself in the most logical fashion imaginable. It was this innovation, combined with incredible vapor production, that made the Volcano a vape truly worth using. Something that could actually serve as a viable alternative to smoking.

But that’s not all that makes this vape great, although all that in and of itself would probably do the trick, as there’s more to the Digit than meets the eye. It’s actually, perhaps surprisingly to some, equipped to handle virtually any type of blend, making it what is known as a “3-in-1 vaporizer.” As is the case with all Storz & Bickel vaporizers, at least as far as we’re aware, a liquid pad can be used to vape various forms of non-dried blends such as waxes, liquids, and oils. Subsequently, it’s ready for anything. But the little liquid pad serves another purpose (as if that wasn’t already enough): it can be used to take up extra space in the heating chamber. This might not seem like much but for those who like to pack a little at a time, it’s just what the doctor ordered.

Everything sounds legit, what’s the catch?

There always has to be a catch, right? I mean, something can’t actually be too good to be true, right? In the case of the Volcano, the real drawback is the price. It costs so much, some would-be users just can’t afford it, sadly placing it out of their reach (at least until they can save some money). Beyond this, the only complaint we’ve ever heard, and it’s not one we share, is that it’s too loud. We admit it’s loud, but too loud? Hardly. It basically makes a low humming noise while it’s on, pumping vapor into your bag. But this sound, while it doesn’t bother us one bit, is easily drowned out by just about any sort of ambient noise – be it the television, music, or casual conversation.

So outside of the high cost and low humming noise, it just doesn’t have any real issues. It’s an amazing vape that does an incredible job of not only producing vapor, but delivering it.

Sounds good, where do I buy it?

If you want to buy the Volcano vaporizer, which we strongly suggest you do, you can pick it up from this authorized retailer. It’s covered by a manufacturer’s warranty and every run-in we’ve ever had with their customer service team has been nothing short of pleasant so you know you’re in good hands so long as you buy it through an authorized retailer like the one we just linked. Keep in mind, there are knockoffs (fakes/counterfeits) out there, so be careful and make sure you’re buying the real deal and not some cheap counterfeit.

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Another one of the reasons why we really like this vape is due to the fact that it’s an awesome vape for social situations in which lesser vapes just won’t do. There’s really only one other vape that gives it any kind of a run for its money when it comes to shareability and that’s the VapirRise 2.0, which has a multi-user adapter that lets you vape with up to three other people at the same time. While it does actually work, it’s still not as cool as filling up a bag and passing it around or, better yet, filling up multiple bags and giving everyone their own bag to puff on. Of course, you’ll need multiple valve kits but where there’s a will, there’s most definitely a way.

Solid Valve or Easy Valve

Speaking of bags and valves, did you know that there are two valve types to choose from with the Volcano vapes? One valve, the Solid Valve, feels a lot more sturdy as far as its construction goes and it’s reusable. Just clean it when the occasion calls and use it over and over. This valve type has the added benefit of custom bag lengths so if you’ve ever seen a picture or video of a massive balloon filled with vapor that’s attached to a Volcano, well, this is the valve type you’ll need to actually pull it off. The other valve type is the Easy Valve and it’s great for the lazy types. If you don’t want to clean as much and don’t mind being a bit more wasteful, this is a good setup for you. You basically use the bags and toss them when they’re done. No cleaning. No fiddling around with the bags and cutting them to length. Just a super simple model for those who don’t care for the extra hassle that comes with the Solid Valve kit.


Volcano vaporizer cleaning tutorials are something that you’ll find no shortage of on the web. In fact, we even have one on our own website. But when it comes right down to it, all we really want to say is that the Volcano’s parts are easy enough to clean and should you do it regularly or when occasion calls, you’ll find that your Volcano will continue to work great. Should you forget or intentionally forgo your cleaning regiment, you may find your vape to be working in a less than optimal fashion. So keep it clean and it’ll treat you well for years to come.

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What Not To Do When Vaping

This seems like a silly topic, but we want to address it all the same. Here’s a list of things not to do while you vape. Leave a comment in the comments section below if you’d like to add something to this list. We’ll do our best to keep it up to date as we go – as you all make suggestions and new ideas come to mind, that is. Enjoy.


  • Jump in a body of water. This seems obvious, but for those who aren’t aware, there’s a good chance that your vape is NOT waterproof. It may be water-resistant, but proof? Probably not. Subsequently, water may damage your vaporizer. And not only that, it could prove to be a safety risk. So be careful when vaping around water and if you’re not sure, reach out to your vaporizer’s manufacturer to see just how safe or unsafe it really is for you and your vape.
  • Not have a good time. Or in other words, make sure you have a good time. If you’re not having a good time, you may need to make some adjustments to your vape, if not your life.
  • Forget to turn your vape off when you’re done using it. While many modern vaporizers have auto-shutoff features incorporated into them, especially with the portables, it’s something we feel the need to say: check your vape and make sure it’s off before you walk away from it.
  • Vape around anyone or anything that would prefer you didn’t. Out of a common courtesy for everyone and everything, if your vaping is disturbing the setting, take it elsewhere. That’s our advice. Do what you will with it.
  • Touch any of the hot components. This may seem obvious, but do your best to avoid physical contact with any components that may be too hot to touch. After all, vapes get hot and burns happen. What can you do? Be careful and avoid them.
  • Forget to share. Don’t forget to share with those who want to partake. After all, sharing is caring!

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This title feels misleading because some readers will almost certainly think that we’re offering to show them something, but what we’re actually doing is quite the opposite. We want to know what you, our readers, want to see from us. Is there some particular guide you’d really like to see? Maybe a review of a particular vape or vape accessory? Whatever it is, we’d really like to know. If there is something you’d like to see, be sure to reach out to us to let us know.

Contacting Us

It might seem like it’s too much effort but all you need to do is visit our contact page and fill out the form and click send. That’s it. Just those steps. It really is as easy as it sounds. So if you want to get in touch with us to let us know what you think about us, our blog, our site, what we’re doing, or you just want to tell us what you think we should be doing – we welcome it all. So get in touch because we’re looking forward to hearing from you!

How To Change The Pax Vaporizer’s Temperature

To change the temperature of the original Pax, which we wrote about briefly in a blog post here, all you need to do is remove the mouthpiece and press a small, glowing button found inside. That button, when pressed, cycles through the temperature settings programmed into the unit. There are three different temps, each of which correlates with a different colored light, which is seen on the LED indicator (the star-ish shaped light on the front of the vape). But before you can access that button, you need to know how to remove the mouthpiece. Simple. Just grab it with your fingers and pull it up and away from the vaporizer. But before you can grab it, you’ll need to pop it out. Do so by clicking it gently and allowing it to pop right out. Once extended, grab it and pull it straight up and out. It should slide right out with little resistance. Once it’s out, the button to change the Pax’s temperature will be exposed and you’ll immediately notice it because it should be glowing (assuming the battery is adequately charged). Now that you know how to access it and how it works, we’ll explain the different temperature settings that you’ll be cycling through as you press it.

Pax Vaporizer Temperature Settings

The lowest temperature on the Pax is 370 degrees Fahrenheit. When you’re on this temp setting, the indicator light will glow yellow. The middle temperature setting, 390 degrees Fahrenheit, has an orange light associated with it. And the highest temperature, 410 degrees Fahrenheit, is associated with a red light. With only three different temps to choose from, we’re sure you’ll get the hang of it in no time.

  1. Lowest Temperature = 370°F
  2. Mid Temperature = 390°F
  3. Highest Temperature = 410°F

For those using Celsius, this is the equivalent to a range of 188°C on the low end to 210°C on the high end. The middle temperature, converted, is 199°C.

Pax Vaporizer Heat Up Time

Wondering how long it takes for it to heat up? According to our research, which we published in the form of a review on our website, it takes about 30 to 45 seconds for it to reach vaping temperatures. That’s not bad when you take into account how long some of the other portable vapes on the market take to heat up. And to think, all this powered by an internal lithium-ion battery.

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