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Da Vinci IQ Teardown

da vinci iq teardown top imageThere’s a lot to like about the Da Vinci IQ. It’s a super small vaporizer with a sexy look and solid vapor production. Personally, this is my favorite mini vaporizer. One of my favorite features is the replaceable battery. You don’t see that in a lot of vapes this small. The size makes this a very easy vape to travel with. We have had a lot of fun times together, however we have a job to do. Sorry little guy, It’s time for your Teardown.

WARNING!  We take apart vaporizers so you don’t have to. The steps below completely destroy your Da Vinci IQ and no warranty ever covers purposely destroying a product. puffitup da vinci iq teardown battery chamber removal

First things first

Let’s get those replaceable parts out of the way. The IQ has a Panasonic 3500, 3.7 v 18650 battery. There are a lot of 18650’s to choose from and Da Vinci picked one of the best. On the higher settings you get about 40 minutes per charge. The poker tool is stainless steel with a small point that fits in the chamber holes; a really convenient feature we’d like to see more often in vape designs. The Flavor Chamber is your airpath for the Da Vinci IQ. The wider tank gives your vapor a chance to cool down before you inhale. “Harsh Vapor” is usually harsh because the vapor doesn’t have enough time to cool down. The Flavor Chamber is a big reason the IQ has better quality vapor than some other mini vapes.


puffitup da vinci iq vaporizer teardown top removal Taking the Da Vinci IQ apart

We start most Teardowns with no clue what we are doing. Originally I thought the IQ would open up from the bottom, wrong I was. In the flavor chamber port there is a small gap between the chassis and the top cover. Looks Like a good place to start.

puffitup da vinci iq portable top removal Da Vinci IQ top door removal

Yup, the top cover led us to screws that remove the top hinge.

puffitup da vinci iq teardown battery port lid More screws on the battery cover

With such a small vape you can expect some interesting engineering. The battery cover needed to be partially removed in order for the IQ to slide out from the bottom of the aluminum shell or else it will get stuck. 3 screws hold the cover in place and two tiny lil springs internally keep the latch in place.

puffitup da vinci iq portable vaporizer teardown chasis removal Sliding it out

Pushing from the top, the internal chassis slid out from the bottom pretty easily.

puffitup da vinci iq portable metal shell See, told you so. That yellow stuff is Kapton, a high heat resistant tape. (shout out to /u/VapeStudies for the info). The three buttons are connected and about as thin as the aluminum shell.

puffitup da vinci iq vaporizer teardown chasis The Chassis

Da Vinci did a great job isolating the airpath. All the circuitry is on the outside of the chassis and the battery is isolated in its own port.

puffitup da vinci iq hinge pin Kind of interesting, the hinge pins for the battery door are part of the circuit boards. Haven’t seen that before.

puffitup da vinci iq portable haptic vibration sensor The haptic vibration sensor is in the center of the front, right behind the LED display.

puffitup da vinci iq portable circuit board teardown The Circuit Boards

The boards themselves are extremely thin. They don’t feel cheaply made, just extremely thin. Size is always a consideration when making a vape this small. That sexy LED display looks a lot different now. On the side panel you see the three internal buttons. Some vaporizer internal buttons are plastic and some are metal like these. They almost always look the same, however, from our experience the metal buttons last can last a lot longer than the plastic. The third panel is the micro USB port.

puffitup da vinci iq ceramic chamber removal Removing the Bottom cover

Two screws on the bottom of the chassis and out you go. The chamber cover is angled so all your herbs fall into your chamber. Ease of use is an important factor when picking a vaporizer. Da Vinci clearly understands this.

puffitup da vinci iq teardown chamber The IQ Chamber

The Da Vinci IQ ceramic chamber is something we have seen before in previous teardowns. This ceramic chamber concept has been around for a while. It’s reliable and efficient. There is more insulation around the outside of the chamber than we were expecting. Like all ceramic chambers, there is a silicone cushion above and below the chamber. This adds a nice air tight seal and shock protection if you ever drop your vape. The top cushion also connects to the flavor chamber. Don’t forget to clear this area when detailing your vape. Use rubbing alcohol and q tips to clean out this area so you don’t get that “dirty vapor” flavor.

The End

There you have it folks. Da Vinci did a great job with this design. The parts are super compact and fit like a glove. The airpath is properly isolated and easy to clean. Every part to this vaporizer is unique except the chamber. Just like the ceramic chamber, the slide-out-chassis is a concept that you see in a lot of vaporizers because it has proven reliable in the past.

A big thanks to the Da Vinci team. It has been a pleasure working with you and we are excited to continue doing so for a long time.

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15 comments on Da Vinci IQ Teardown

  1. August 21, 2017 at 11:37 pmRandy Bobandy Reply to Randy Bobandy
    Do you feel the battery chamber has adequate shielding from the heat? My battery gets warm after a 10 minute session, and 18650 batteries are not supposed to be exposed to temperatures above 100°C (212°F).
    • January 26, 2018 at 4:28 pmJake Reply to Jake
      A big benefit of the aluminum body is that it pulls most of the heat away from the battery and electronics, radiating it out through the shell of the vape to avoid the internals getting too warm. =)
  2. September 24, 2017 at 1:53 amTimothy Coleman Reply to Timothy Coleman
    Nicely done. What chipset are they using and how accurate is their temp control?
    • January 26, 2018 at 4:29 pmJake Reply to Jake
      Not positive about the exact chipset but the single digit temp mode is really good for accuracy and precision.
  3. December 9, 2017 at 1:38 amElduderino Reply to Elduderino
    This is great, I always support teardowns, thank you folks! One question or recommendation, can you analyze also circuit board and it's components like it's done on iFIxit for example? I am asking about this, because there are interesting discussions, where Davinci responded as well regarding danger of overheating battery: https://fuckcombustion.com/threads/18650-battery-safety-moved-from-the-the-davinci-iq-thread.23269/ one comment says that batter is protected by the circuit (PCB) insde the vape. I would like to see if that's really true or not... (hope it is ;)
  4. March 31, 2018 at 7:59 pmBetatester Reply to Betatester
    Nice teardown! Can you give us sime approximate dimensions of the oven?
    • October 31, 2018 at 4:44 pmZakk Reply to Zakk
      Approx 5mm radius and 20mm depth. Zakk
  5. June 18, 2018 at 5:12 amPeter Reply to Peter
    The IQ was amazing for a week. Ghen it gog filthy and is not easyto clean.leading to always having a nasty old vapor taste. There were several other issues as well sych as the silicone swelling, pushing the flav chamber up, which stopped the door/mouthpiece from closing. Having to clean it EVERY DAY. Just so it didnt getclogged. Even then it would still tasteofold vapor and alcohol. The quality of the hinge waspoor as well. After 6 months of use i was not impressed and felt the fact there was always vapor from alcohol/oil coming from inbetween the rubber gromit and the oven. Returned as not fit for purpose. I wish i could have loved it, as was great, asidefrom the fact you will neverclean it properly.oh and eventually you won't be able to close the lid.
  6. August 27, 2018 at 4:06 pmfranco Reply to franco
    Please show more of the silicon seal of the oven chamber that connects to the flavor chamber. This part is so hard to clean!
  7. October 18, 2018 at 4:52 amleonardo david gonzalez Reply to leonardo david gonzalez
    do you have a video of how to dismantle?
  8. October 31, 2018 at 12:20 amKozmo Reply to Kozmo
    I wish you would've shown the space between the ceramic bowl and the silicone ring for the flavor chamber. What is in there??
  9. February 3, 2019 at 12:08 pmHans Reply to Hans
    YES. I would really like to see that too. My friend's IQ won't turn on, and he suspects that he has snapped a wire or so, because when cleaning it he sticks a needle through the holes in the grating in the bottom of the chamber. He does that since a cotton bud dipped in alcohol won't remove the waste from the small holes (don't know what other people do). Either way I would really like to see if there's any electronics in there that can be broken with a needle.
    • February 14, 2019 at 4:44 pmZakk Reply to Zakk
      We recommend talking to Davinci and using the warranty :) We do not recommend taking it apart. Zakk