Davinci IQ Vs Davinci MIQRO: Which one is right for you?
Based on appearance alone, the Davinci IQ and the Davinci Miqro seem to be very similar. However, despite them both offering some of the best vaping experiences available, they are each designed for very different types of users.
Below we list their individual strengths and features to help you decide w hich one is right for you!
Pretty as a picture
In 2019, vaporizers are not only expected to provide great experiences; they’re expected to look great too. Both the Davinci IQ and MIQRO do not disappoint – they are easily two of the best looking vaping devices available.
Similar to the Pax 3, their entire body is made out of anodized aluminium and lack a visible mouthpiece.
Despite looking so elegant, both the devices feel solid to hold and can take a knock or two.
Davinci has also dropped the screen that was on their previous vaporizers and replaced it with LEDs. These lights cleverly convey really useful information and look great too, especially in a dark room!
At just 3.5 inches tall, the IQ is already similar in size to other uber-portable vaporizers such as the Pax 3 and the Crafty. However, the Miqro really pushes the boundaries of how small a portable vape can be.
Somehow the MIQRO is only 33% of the size of the IQ without any noticeable sacrifice in vaping performance. The Davinci IQ is already small enough to be considered a true portable vape but the Miqro is simply the smallest vaporizer I’ve ever used!
You can conceal the whole vaporizer in your hand as your vape which makes it the perfect stealthy travel companion. This year it has already accompanied me to a few festivals and no one could tell where the smell was coming from!
Both the IQ and the Miqro provide the premium vaping experience you’d come to expect from a brand as prestigious as Davinci.
The devices share a ceramic zirconium oven and airpath. Ceramic Zirconium transmits flavour as well as glass but has the advantage of being over 20 times stronger.
They also share an interesting piece of innovation that Davinci have christened ‘the pearl’.
The pearl helps to evenly distribute heat within the oven and it also helps to cool the vapour down before it reaches your mouth. This results in a vapour that is every bit as tasty as it is potent.
The IQ does have a serious advantage over the MIQRO; it’s cloud product easily beats that of the MIQRO. The IQ effortlessly produces plumes of cloud and allows you to take huge hits.
The Miqro also has an advantage of its own! It has a much lighter draw resistance than the IQ. The reduced resistance allowed me to feel the effects of vaping far more quickly whilst using fewer herbs.
To conclude, the IQ has a slight edge over the MIQRO when it comes to vapour quality but the difference between the two is negligible.
The IQ is a great choice if you’re able to vape ‘loud and proud’ whilst the MIQRO is probably for you if you require a bit of stealth.
No matter which device you choose, both devices offer the premier experience Davinci have built their reputation on.
Not just smart; intelligent too!
The Miqro has all the features you’d come to expect from a top dry herb vaping brand such as Davinci.
It offers haptic feedback, precision temperature control and boost mode. However, the most interesting feature is its ‘smart paths’ mode. This mode gradually increases the temperature by twenty degrees as you vape. As a result, it promises full spectrum vaping. The MIQRO has the same default Smart Paths as the IQ:
- Smart Path 1: 350°F – 370°F
- Smart Path 2: 370°F – 390°F
- Smart Path 3: 390°F – 410°F
- Smart Path 4: 410°F – 430°F
On the contrary, the Davinci IQ uses its extra size to squeeze in a few more extra features.
First is the flavour chamber. Like the oven, this is also made of zirconia ceramic. Its special feature is that it is wide enough to hold some extra dry herbs to add flavour to your sessions. I’ve tried it with hibiscus, dried ginger and mint and they each enhance the flavour profile of my herbs.
Whilst it is fun to experiment with flavours, I don’t really see this catching on for the everyday user, so I doubt you’ll miss this if you choose the MIQRO.
Another feature the IQ has over the Miqro is a smartphone app. This connects to your vaporizer via Bluetooth and adds further features such as stealth mode, helpful videos and precise temperature settings.
Easily the best feature, however, is the customizable smart paths. Rather than being restricted to the four default options, the IQ allows you to create your own bespoke ten-minute vaping journies. It is quite fun to experiment with. You can use the IQ 100 times and it is possible that no two sessions would be the same!
I have lost count how many days out I’ve had ruined by running out of battery! The IQ and Miqro solve this with replaceable batteries which are an absolute godsend!
Due to the size difference of the devices, the batteries in the two devices are very different. The bigger of the two uses a single 3500mAh cell which is similar to that of the Pax 3 and slightly bigger than the Crafty.
On the other hand, the Miqro’s battery only holds 900mAh of charge. This is actually quite a substantial difference!
As a result, the IQ powers up far more quickly and will reach vaping temperature in just 16 seconds compared to 30 seconds of the Miqro which to be fair, in its price bracket is very competitive.
The IQ also offers more sessions per charging cycle too. With a full battery, I managed 8 ten minute sessions with the IQ compared to just 4 with the Miqro.
However, again the MIQRO does have a small advantage. It will reach full battery capacity in just 1.5-2 hours tops, while the IQ can take 3 hours to reach full charge.
Again, heavy users should look no further than the IQ for a powerful vaping experience. Despite its small battery, the IQ offers more than enough juice for a casual user who will only vape 2-4 times a day.
So should you choose the Davinci IQ or the Davinci MIQRO?
The Davinci IQ sits within the very upper echelons of dry herb vaporizers in terms of price, however, its performance more than justifies it!
Furthermore, it is jam-packed with technologically advanced features and its large bowl and strong battery are perfect for heavy, all-day users.
If you’re a vaping veteran who enjoys experimenting and creating bespoke sessions then the IQ is a vaporizer you should be considering.
Despite looking very similar, the MIQRO is for a casual user or even someone new to dry herb vaporizing. It guarantees one of the best vaping performances despite its price tag placing it only just above the ‘affordable vaporizer’ category.
If you only vape casually and require a small, stealthy device that gives you an opportunity to vape discreetly then the MIQRO is perfect for you.
Based on appearance alone, the Davinci IQ and the Davinci Miqro seem to be very similar. However, despite them both offering some of the best vaping experiences available, they are each designed for very different types of users. Below we list their individual strengths and features to help you decide which one is righ
DaVinci MIQRO vs IQ – They’re Not for the Same Person
The DaVinci MIQRO looks like a smaller IQ, but it’s really for a different crowd.
**The IQ vaporizer has some features only accessible via a smartphone app. On November 15th, 2019, Apple removed all vaporizer apps from its store. Apps that were downloaded before removal will still work. Android users are not affected. Please read our blog post to learn more about the app removal, and how it affects specific vaporizers.**
We wouldn’t blame you if at first glance you thought DaVinci’s MIQRO was just a smaller IQ. At two-thirds the size of the IQ, it certainly looks the part, with an identical shape and feel, a replaceable battery and great vapor quality. As it turns out, they’re different animals made for different users, which leaves us pondering the question: DaVinci MIQRO vs IQ, which is for you?
Buy the DaVinci MIQRO if.
You’re a light user that values size and price over battery life and huge clouds. It has a smaller bowl and less power than the IQ, so it’s just right for lighter sessions, microdosing, or the occasional puff here and there. Starting at $149, the MIQRO is also more accessible than the IQ.
Buy the DaVinci IQ if.
You’re a medium to heavy user that needs a bigger experience than the MIQRO can offer. The IQ is larger, stronger, and packs a heftier punch, but is still pocketable and a great travel companion. It also has excellent vapor quality, and comes with a bigger bowl and a battery that can get you through the day. The IQ has a few more features than its little brother, but it’s pricier at $275.
The IQ and MIQRO excel here. Both have ceramic ovens and zirconia ceramic parts for tasty flavor, and extended vapor paths and mouthpieces that cool the vapor better than most of the competition. The main difference is potency. With an oven twice the size, the IQ’s hits are noticeably thicker and stronger.
The MIQRO keeps up in the taste and feel department, but the IQ pulls away on the clouds.
The IQ is small and portable, measuring three and a half inches tall, but the MIQRO is one of the smallest vaporizers on the market at two-thirds the overall size of the IQ. We can almost entirely conceal the IQ in an average sized fist, and it can share a pocket with keys and other items. The MIQRO, however, disappears in any adult-sized hand, and can get lost in a purse or bag.
Both vaporizers are easily pocketable, but the MIQRO is one of the smallest we’ve come across.
Different sized adjustable ovens
The IQ introduced a spherical oven spacer, called the pearl, that twists to reduce the oven size by thirty percent. It’s a unique feature that’s flexible enough to vaporize loads from one-third to one-half a gram, but it still needs help for anything smaller. The IQ is flexible and satisfying for the medium to heavy user but can be too much for lighter appetites.
The MIQRO’s oven is half the size of the IQ, and the redesigned oblong pearl gives the oven a range from one tenth to one quarter of a gram, so it’s better suited for microdosing and lighter, or occasional use. You’ll enjoy strong sessions with a fully packed oven, but if that’s not enough, you’ll quickly have to reach for a second battery.
While both the IQ and MIQRO have adjustable ovens, the IQ is geared more towards the medium to heavy user and the MIQRO is more for microdosing and personal use.
Battery life and charging
One of the reasons the MIQRO is considered a personal vaporizer for light use is the short battery life. Where the IQ can power through as much as four grams over 80 minutes of battery life, the MIQRO maxes out at a quarter of that, or one gram over 20 minutes. The MIQRO is perfect for a few solo sessions or the occasional hit, but the IQ can go a full day on one battery. Charge times for the IQ, four hours in the vaporizer or two hours in an external charger, are twice that of the MIQRO, which takes two hours to charge internally or 45 minutes in a charger.
If long battery life is important to you, the choice is easy. The IQ can vaporize four times as much as the MIQRO on a single charge.
Air flow and the flavor chamber
Both vaporizers have about the same draw restriction that varies based on how tightly the oven is packed, but the MIQRO feels like the air flow is opened up slightly with bigger holes in the mouthpieces and bottom of the oven. The IQ introduced the flavor chamber, a zirconia ceramic airpath that’s wide enough to hold some extra dry herbs to add flavor to your sessions. The MIQRO ditches the flavor chamber in favor of a slimmer zirconia ceramic tube that still cools the vapor and is easier to clean, but won’t hold any extra herbs.
Both vaporizers have an extended vapor path that cools and smoothes the vapor, but very few people pack the Flavor Chamber with herbs and we don’t expect it to be missed in the MIQRO.
Related: DaVinci MIQRO Review
Similar, intuitive controls
The IQ and MIQRO have identical on-board controls for smart paths, precision tuning and boost mode. However, the MIQRO’s smaller display can only show one number at a time instead of three, which creates two noticeable differences. First, while the IQ can show its temperature at a glance, the MIQRO has to scroll the numbers one at a time, taking three seconds to show the full temperature. Second, changing temperatures in precision mode takes a lot longer on the MIQRO. You can hold the ‘up’ button on the IQ to change the temperature from 300° F up to 430° F in just over three seconds, but it takes the MIQRO 31 seconds to do the same thing — ouch.
The controls for both vaporizers are almost identical, but the limitations of the MIQRO’s smaller display make precision tuning a little cumbersome.
The IQ has a smartphone app
**On November 15th, 2019, Apple removed all vaporizing apps from its store, including this IQ app. It might not be permanent, but we are planning on an extended absence. The IQ works fine on its own, but can’t be customized with the app on an iPhone, unless it was downloaded before November 15th. Android users still have access to the app.**
Only the DaVinci IQ has a Bluetooth-connected smartphone app, offering customization that gets out of the way when you’re done. You can toggle the vibration alerts, stealth mode and temperature scales, and check in for some help and instructional videos, but our favorite feature is customizing the smart paths any way we want. Out of the box there are four smart paths that each increase the temperature by 20⁰ F, but you’ll quickly reach for the app if you like to tinker with your sessions. For example, we like to spend the first five minutes of a session in the lower temperatures for flavor, and the last five minutes at the higher temperatures to finish strong. With the MIQRO you’re limited to four smart paths that only range 20 degrees.
While both vaporizers have smart technology built into them, the IQ offers a bit more flexibility to users that want to dial in their own custom smart paths, but the MIQRO is smart and offers all the control that you need.
The IQ sits near the upper end of the portable vaporizer range with a price tag of $275, and the MIQRO’s basic package is almost budget priced at $149. The MIQRO Explorer’s Package is positioned between the two at $199 and comes with some cases and an extra battery to extend your on-the-go time.
The IQ costs almost twice as much as the MIQRO’s Basic Package, and price will definitely be the deciding factor for some.
Because we’re obsessed
We like to know everything about a vaporizer, even the trivial. Here’s a quick list of differences that don’t matter, but since we noticed, why not list them?
- The USB charge port is on the back of the IQ, but on the side of the MIQRO.
- The MIQRO’s loading dock is black, while the IQ’s is a mirrored finish.
- The IQ has more rounded corners on the end caps.
- The stir tool for the IQ is slightly wider than the MIQRO’s, and it has a slight lip on the point.
If you read this section give yourself a pat on the back. You can now hang at our nerdiest vaporizer parties!
The MIQRO looks like a smaller IQ, but it’s meant for a different crowd. The IQ vaporizer packs a large bowl and strong battery in a small package for all day portable use that can satisfy a medium to heavy user. But the MIQRO goes for the light user, or the growing market of people trying dry herb vaporizers for the first time that don’t need a heavy hitter. Both vapes bring high quality components to the table for fantastic vapor, and the DaVinci MIQRO’s friendly pricing will attract first-timers who want to start out with something better than an introductory product.
The DaVinci MIQRO looks like a smaller IQ, but it’s really for a different crowd. The IQ is small enough for the pocket but packs a big punch, while the MIQRO is for lighter, personal use.