DaVinci IQ And Concentrates, What’s The Deal?

While the DaVinci IQ’s manufacturer states quite clearly that the IQ is designed strictly for “loose leaf” blends, not concentrates, some users claim to have had success using it to vape concentrates.

DaVinci IQ Vape
This is the DaVinci IQ, a portable vaporizer designed for loose-leaf blends. (Credit: DaVinci)

Before we get into that, how one can potentially vaporize extracts with the DaVinci IQ vaporizer, we want to make very clear that the DaVinci Vaporizer company–the Nevada-based vape manufacturer behind the IQ–does not recommend nor condone the use of the IQ with extracts as it’s designed specifically for what DaVinci refers to as “loose leaf” blends, which some might otherwise refer to as dry herb. In addition, any attempts to vaporize concentrates with the IQ may very well result in a voiding of its manufacturer’s warranty, leaving it without coverage and protection. It is also possible that the device could be damaged as a result of any attempt to use it with extracts. With that said, here’s how some users claim to have used the IQ to vape extracts.

Vaping Extracts With The IQ

Even though a DaVinci rep clearly stated in a thread on Reddit that “dry herb conduction vaporizers like ours do not get warm enough to vape concentrates to a satisfactory level,” others users claim that you can in fact vaporize concentrates with the IQ, but you have to use what’s known as the “sandwich method.”

To quote Reddit user KlaSSicBud:

“You can [vape extracts with the IQ], but you have to do it using the sandwich method. You would probably run into issues if you put too much in as well.”

Vaporizer review website VaporizerShark.com explained the technique in more detail:

“Grind up your dry blend, pack a little in the oven, then insert your concentrate and pack some more dried blend in there so that the concentrate is resting between the dried blends.”

Another technique users have claimed to have used with some degree of success is the old grind it up with your dry herb and pack it together. So instead of layering it or sandwiching it, the extract is mixed in with the dry herb during the grinding process and the ground mixture of material is then inserted into the vape’s oven for vaporization.

One user on Reddit reported this method to work “okay.”

And yet another method is to use an oil can, which in light of Juul pods, some seem content on referring to as a “pod.” The oil canister concept shouldn’t come as all that much of a surprise to those familiar with the IQ’s predecessors, the original DaVinci Vaporizer and the Ascent, both of which offered users the ability to vaporize extracts thanks to their oil canisters. In the case of the original DaVinci, the oil cans are made from stainless steel. With the Ascent, the oil jars as they’re called are made from glass, which helps keep the Ascent’s vapor path 100% glass — one of the Ascent’s big selling points at the time of its release. Users of this particular method of vaporizing extracts, the oil can concept, with the IQ have reported less than stellar findings. This could be in part why DaVinci refrained from including any such accessory with the IQ and why it opted to instead market the device as a dry herb only vape.

The Risk

When vaping extracts with the IQ, potential health concerns aside, one runs the risk of damaging the device. As the device is designed for dry herbs, or “loose leaf” as DaVinci puts it, there’s a chance that concentrated blend types could damage the vape’s internals. Subsequently, Vaporizer Shark warns against vaping concentrates that may liquefy when heated — obviously, this includes liquid blends as well. Which leaves open the option to vaporize only extracts that stay relatively solid when heated, nothing that might run when heated.

Beyond potential damage to the device, there’s yet another risk: the risk of voiding the 10-year manufacturer’s warranty that protects the device.

In a doubly whammy-esque scenario, if one were to accidentally damage their IQ while vaping extracts, there’s a chance that they could void their warranty while simultaneously breaking their vape.

The Result

While not many have commented on the IQ’s ability (or lack thereof) to vaporize concentrates, Vaporizer Shark claims that it not only works, “it works well.”

“The manufacturer may advise against it, but we couldn’t be more pleased with the results. It works and it works well.”

Conclusion

While it’s not recommended by the manufacturer, at least not at this time, it is possible to vaporize concentrates with the DaVinci IQ – that is, if you take the claims above made by others to be fact. In light of the manufacturer’s lack of endorsement, those of us here at Vaporizer Wire wouldn’t recommend it, even if it does work as well as Vaporizer Shark claims.

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