by Julia Abney November 09, 2018 3 min read

Davinci IQ vs PAX 3 Best Dry Herb Vaporizer

So you narrowed it two. It's not surprising it's come down to these dry herb vapes. Leaders in the vaporizer industry, DaVinci and PAX certainly know how to transform fresh ground material into crisp, clean vapor. The DaVinci IQ, FireFly 2, and PAX 3 vaporizers rank highest on our list of bestselling vapes. What makes each model a best dry herb vape?


Easy inhales, large even-heating chambers, fast heat-up, clean construction, and long-lasting portability distinguish top shelf vapes from the rest.


You asked, we listened: With these important features in mind, we sat down to put DaVinci IQ and PAX 3 side-by-side. Scroll to the end to see which vaporizer takes the lead.

PAX 3 vs. DaVinci IQ:



Basic Kit:
Loose Leaf

Complete Kit:
& Loose Leaf

Loose Leaf


0.3g Dry Herbs

0.3 - 0.5g Dry Herbs

Heat-Up Time

22 Seconds

16 Seconds



250-430° F


3500 mAh,
8-10 Sessions Per Charge,
90+ Minute Charge Time

Replacable 18650 Battery,
1.5 Hours Usage Time,
3 Hour Charge Time

Smartphone App?



Special Features

  • Optional Concentrate Insert
  • Half Pack and Full-Pack Oven Lid
  • Vibration Notifications
  • 100% Ceramic Zirconia Air Path
  • Smart Path Technology & Smart Path Mode
  • Precision mode
  • Boost mode

& Weight

4"H X 1"W X 1"d

3.54" H x 1.65" W x 0.94" D
0.5 oz Weight


10 Year Limited Warranty

10 Year Warranty

PAX 3 Silver

Heat Quality: 

Both loose leaf vaporizers heat up in under half a minute. DaVinci IQ heats up slightly faster; by a brief 6 seconds. Of course, if you're going to be heating concentrates (which require much higher temps) expect the PAX 3 to take longer.

*PRO TIP - Switching back and forth between concentrates and dry herbs can result in a quickly clogged airway. Old pros tend to recommend a separate vape for each material. Otherwise prepare for lots of cleaning!

DaVinci IQ's temps go slightly higher, but this isn't a big concern in a dry herb vaporizer. The point of vaping is to avoid combustion (a.k.a. getting so hot it combusts into fire) which separates smoke from vapor. DaVinci's temperatures start a full hundred degrees lower, and you can taste the difference in the fresh flavor of steady heat.

The PAX's half-pack lid does accomodate a partial load of ground material better. By shrinking the size of the heating chamber, the vaporizer is able to warm the smaller amount more efficiently.

Davinci IQ Portable Vaporizer

Cloud Quality: 

Both vapes deliver daily-driver quality. Because the PAX can get a little sticky and hard to inhale when switching between dry herbs and concentrates, we think the DaVinci IQ takes the lead on this one. It dedicates its talents to dry herb delivery and the extra quality shows. A pure cubic zirconia air path keeps flavors clean and fresh on the palatte, too!


And The Winner Is . . .

DaVinci IQ!

Julia blog author DopeBoo online headshop

Julia, a flower child hailing from Spain, discovered her love of fresh herbs years ago when she accidentally became head of product at a farm in Oregon.

She loves long walks on the beach, accordion music and of course spending time with her favorite Yocan Evolve D (only in blue though). She promises to not bias her blog posts towards vaporizers too much, but no guarantees.

Julia Abney
Julia Abney

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