PAX 3 VS DAVINCI IQ 2 | Clash of The Titans

Vaporizing your cannabis can be preferable to edibles and joints, but it can be difficult to know which vaporizer is best for your needs. Here, we analyze the Davinci IQ 2 and the PAX 3 vaporizers to see which comes out on top.

In the world of vaping, things change quite rapidly. Today, it is a particular device, tomorrow it is another. While much of these changes can be adjudged as mere marketing exploitations, there are in some cases real merits in these changes.

The Pax 3 and Davinci IQ 2 are both vaporizers of the same class. Portable, convenient and in many ways, high performance, but what makes these vaporizers different? Which one takes that cake for the most effective and the best buy?

We would find answers to these questions and more, shortly.

Before we get into the details, here is a brief summary of the characteristics of both devices.

Pax 3 vs Davinci IQ 2 | Characteristics

 Pax 3       

  • Heating method: Conduction      
  • Concentrate Type: Herbs, concentrates        
  • Steam quality: Very Good
  • Constructive quality: Smooth, Fine Ergonomics    
  • Heating rate: 15 seconds
  • Battery life: 90/105 minutes        
  • Guarantee: 10 years

Davinci IQ 2

  • Heating method: Conduction
  • Concentrate Type: Dried herbs
  • Steam quality: Great
  • Constructive quality: Smooth, Fine Ergonomics
  • Heating rate: 45 seconds
  • Battery life: 60 minutes
  • Guarantee: 10 years

Pax 3 vs Davinci IQ 2 | Dimensions and portability

On the physical end, both devices appear the same with only a slight variation in weight. While the Davinci IQ 2 is slightly shorter, allowing it to fit completely in the palm of your hand, the Pax 3 is tighter. However, the Pax 3 weighs much less at 90 grams against the Davinci IQ 2 145.

It is also necessary to say that the Pax 3 appears to be a simple inert container that goes unnoticed. It is discreet and this makes it great for outdoor use in public areas. For both devices, the constructive quality is similar and very good. The vaporizers give a feeling of quality when handled with the added weight of the Davinci IQ 2 amplifying this feeling.

Pax 3 vs Davinci IQ 2 | Battery and life

On average, the battery life on a fully charged Pax 3 varies between 90 and 100 minutes, depending on the temperature set, and it takes about an hour and a half to fully charge the battery. On the Davinci IQ 2, the battery lifespan is slightly shorter at around 60 minutes, while it takes a lot longer time to recharge; it can take up to 4 hours.

But watch this, the Davinci IQ 2 has the advantage of having a removable battery. This way, batteries can be swapped out with a spare, potentially giving you a much longer battery life than the Pax 3.

In addition, the Pax 3 needs its specific base for charging, while for the Davinci you just need the smartphone's classic micro USB cable.

Pax 3 vs Davinci IQ 2 | Steam quality

In this area, Davinci IQ 2 gains a slight edge over its rival. Despite the vapor quality at a similar (very good) level for both vaporizers, the vapor produced by Davinci IQ 2 is slightly cooler, at the same temperature.

This means that the Pax 3 tends to overheat a bit, especially with prolonged use. Heating times are clearly in favor of the Pax 3, and it can also vaporize concentrates as well.

Pax 3 vs Davinci IQ 2 | The app

This is one feature I find quite intriguing. You would notice amongst vaporizers that having a smartphone app is the new in thing, but not many manufacturers have actually paid close attention to how they perform and what they really do. Most just want to join the trend without offering real, dynamic value that is the hallmark of a vape smartphone app.

In this case, both apps live up to my measure of standard. Both apps allow you to create custom profiles with different temperature sets; I have to say that other than the fun of "playing" with the different functions, I did not find this functionality that useful.

Additionally, while the Davinci IQ can be used in all of its temperature modes without the use of the app, the Pax 3 allows you to use "only" 4 preset temperature profiles via the vaporizer button: if you want to change something, you can do it exclusively through the app.

Pax 3 vs Davinci IQ 2 | My verdict

The Pax 3 has the advantage of a very fast heat-up time; it can vaporize concentrates and it's perfect for going unnoticed, thanks to its clean and discreet design.

On the other hand, the Davinci IQ 2 produces slightly better vapor and although the battery life is less, it is possible to change the batteries on the fly to give it a potential life of several hours.

The price is the same, so you only have to rely on your preferences to make a choice.

It's a difficult choice, but for me, I would go with the Pax 3 for its multi-use of herbs and concentrate, faster charge time and longer battery life. In end however, it's only a matter of choice.

Which would you choose?

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Louis O'Neill
Louis O'Neill

Louis is a writer based in Sydney with a focus on social and political issues. Having interviewed local politicians and entrepreneurs, Louis now focuses on cannabis culture, legislation & reform.