If you’re looking for a high-quality dry herb vaporizer without breaking the bank, the DaVinci IQC or the XMAX V3 Pro are going to be two of your best options. While the IQC takes more of a high manufacturing quality approach, the XMAX is more so focused on pumping out as much vapor as possible in an affordable package. In this review, we’ll be comparing their convection vs. conduction ovens, the materials they’re made from, vapor quality, and the bottom line price so that you’re better informed to buy the right device for yourself!
- 1 XMAX V3 Pro vs IQC – Key Features Review
- 2 Convection vs. Conduction Vape Ovens
- 3 Portability
- 4 Dab Compatibility
- 5 V3 Pro vs IQC – Vapor Quality Review
- 6 Battery Life Comparison
- 7 XMAX V3 Pro vs. DaVinci IQC Drawbacks
- 8 Which is easier to clean?
- 9 Warranty
- 10 Conclusion
XMAX V3 Pro vs IQC – Key Features Review
Looking at each vaporizer’s kit at face value is a bit misleading as they both seem to have a lot of the same features and included accessories like a swappable 18650 battery and included stir tool. Once you have an understanding of the devices though, the differences are blaring. The IQC focuses much more on providing a relaxed setting for your vaping sessions, while the V3 Pro is much more focused on cranking out large clouds as soon as possible.
While the bodies of the vaporizer are both made from aluminum, holding them in your hand, you can tell that the IQC is the better-built device as we’ll explain category by category. However, that’s not to say it doesn’t have its cons, or the IQC doesn’t have its pros.
Convection vs. Conduction Vape Ovens
As we mentioned earlier, one of the main selling points about the DaVinci Vaporizer is its high manufacturing quality -One of the brand’s bragging points is the 100% isolated air path made from only ceramic and zirconia. You’ll be able to fit up to 0.5g of dry herb into the chamber normally, or about 0.25g into a DaVinci dosing capsule which was excluded from the box unlike the older model, the DaVinci IQ2. If you’re just using loose ground flowers, you’ll be able to twist the zirconia pearl to help compress your dry herb for a better roast. As it is a conduction (hot oven) based vaporizer, the oven will get too hot enough temperatures to extract your THC. After a thirty-second heat-up time, your device will be ready to inhale.
For the XMAX V3 Pro, it relies on a stainless steel oven that is solely focused on pumping out clouds as fast as possible. As a convection-based vaporizer, it uses hot air to pass through the 0.25g chamber to extract THC from the bowl and can heat up to max temperatures in as little as 15 seconds. While it uses an isolated air path, the flavor won’t be quite as good thanks to the super-fast heating and plastic mouthpiece, although that can be swapped out with a multitude of options, namely the XMAX V3 Pro Glass Mouthpiece which will let you boost your vapor quality. Another thing it has going for it is its choice between session and on-demand mode. Either way, you’ll be able to clear the bowl extremely quickly in under five minutes on average.
For most people, the IQC is going to be the more portable option as it comes in at only 3in by 2in. Although it weighs a bit more, in my opinion, it just makes it sit better in your pocket and I have no problem with it. The XMAX V3 Pro takes more of a pen-style approach that is a little better suited for transportation in something like a Lockable Tools420 Vape Case where you’ll also be able to store your cannabis in a 420 Storage Keychain as well as something like a 14mm universal bubbler and V3 Pro Silicone WPA.
While you’ll be able to purchase liquid dosing capsules set from the DaVinci website which will come with ceramic dosing capsules and some cotton to help keep them clean, the max temperature on the IQC at 221° C / 430° F and won’t get hot enough to properly vaporizer any kind of dab. As well, since the oven is at the bottom with a narrow vapor path, concentrates are going to melt down into the oven lid, as well as gum up the glass vapor path which can be annoying to clean with the included plunger. Overall, 2/10, wouldn’t recommend it.
On the XMAX V3 Pro, you’ll be able to get a much hotter temperature with long inhales which will crank up your THC extraction in the included wax cup. With a funneled mesh design, your dab will only be confined to the cup, and this will lead to the cleanup being much easier.
V3 Pro vs IQC – Vapor Quality Review
For the vapor quality category, the IQC has the superior taste, and the XMAX V3 Pro has the better cloud production hands down. Despite the V3 Pro being convection, after a minute or two the stainless steel oven will heat up and you’ll begin to get some hybrid heating as the conduction THC extraction kicks up. As you’ll already be running the oven 20 Fahrenheit below what you’ll be used to, the conduction ovens simply amplify this effect. There is a cost though, as the super-hot temperatures and rapid extraction mean you’ll lose a lot of terpenes and you won’t have much flavor at all. One of the things it has going for itself though is the incredible airflow as I would consider it to have one of the best free-flowing mouthpieces on the market. On the two sides of the vaporizers are two large air intake vents which will take in your air, run it above the heater, and then up through your chamber and into the mouthpiece. Even if you overpack and tamp the chamber down, you’re going to have an incredible amount of airflow that is a welcome relief on a budget vaporizer. The only downside is that you’ll be able to hear a whistle during your inhales which can get annoying. For a big boost to vapor quality, I suggest picking up the XMAX V3 Pro WPA and the 14mm globe whip bubbler.
For the DaVinci IQC, there is a higher learning curve to find what will work for you. For the most part, a finer grind will work best with the conduction oven, but this requires a bit more practice and experience to not mess up the airflow. By this, I mean not over compacting, as well as finding the right kind of zirconia pearl setting. Don’t worry if you mess up and aren’t getting any airflow though, as you can simply use the included stir tool on the left side of the mouthpiece to adjust your herb. Once you get it working, you’ll be able to get a lot of terpenes which are great for flavor. The only downside is that the older model, the IQ2, had an adjustable airflow dial and had superior metal mouthpieces. The IQC has saved slashed some money from the kit by using a silicone recessed mouthpiece or straw-style mouthpiece. The raised mouthpiece is still 10mm though, which makes something like a 10mm Universal Bubbler an easy addition to boosting vapor quality.
Battery Life Comparison
For battery life, the IQC is the clear winner as it has a swappable 18650 with a 90-minute battery life with pass-through charging and a USB-C port. This was one of the upgrades that the IQC had over the IQ2’s micro-USB charging. For the XMAX V3 Pro, you’ll only get about 45 minutes of battery life due to the vaporizer being so focused on heating over anything else. The one thing the XMAX does have going for it in this comparison is that the battery drawer is a bit easier to access than the IQC’s which is hidden under the mouthpiece and a pull-out slider.
XMAX V3 Pro vs. DaVinci IQC Drawbacks
Seeing as we’ve gone over all the positive aspects of each vaporizer, this category goes over some of the faults of each vaporizer that will help you further narrow down your pick.
XMAX V3 Pro Cons
-Whistling noise during long inhales
-Loses flavor at higher temperatures
-Standard mouthpiece is awkward (we suggest a glass mouthpiece upgrade)
DaVinci IQC Cons
-No concentrate option included compared to IQ2
-LEDs are a bit bright
-The silicon mouthpiece feels cheap compared to the rest of the device
-Flat mouthpiece can run hot
Which is easier to clean?
To clean each vaporizer is extremely easy as you’ll have a stir tool included in the kit. After that, a simple wipe down with a Tools420 Vape Cleaning Stick comes preloaded with isopropyl alcohol. After about a month of use, the only real cleaning you’ll have to do is by removing the rubber gasket on the V3 Pro Mouthpiece and giving a wipe down to the ceramic air path that will become gummed up with resin. On the IQC, it will be a good idea to clean out the air path by taking out the rubber seal on the top of the mouthpiece and plunging it with the included plunger and a bit of isopropyl alcohol.
For the warranty category, DaVinci is the winner. Although they can be a bit hard to get a hold of, the impressive five-year warranty shows the confidence they have in their devices. The XMAX has been out for less than a year and has a warranty period of one year. So, although there haven’t been any problems yet, we don’t know how they will hold up over time.
In conclusion, these are two of the premium entry-level vaporizers that give you access to a lot of top features. With the DaVinci IQC, you’ll have a device made from quality materials besides the mouthpiece with a super isolated airpath that helps to boost the vapor quality. The application is also top-notch and is fun to track your usage with! On the XMAX V3 Pro, pumps out massive convection-driven clouds and is probably the best device under $150. Due to their other similarities, I’d suggest the DaVinci IQC to anyone looking for better flavor and a better-looking vape, and the XMAX V3 Pro to anyone looking for a powerful budget vaporizer. You certainly aren’t making a wrong decision with either device, though! If you have any other questions or comments that I didn’t address, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll be sure to respond! If you’re looking for more of a premium device, be sure to also check out our best portable dry herb vaporizer list! Until next time – To health and high times.