The DaVinci MIQRO dry herb vape was sent to me for review from DavinciVaporizer.com. The original Davinci IQ device, which I’ve already reviewed, is a nice and easy to use portable convection device. That one is pretty small as it is. Well, this is the MIQRO, and it’s even smaller the original.
- Size: 1.3 inches wide, 3 inches tall, less than an inch in depth
- Weight: 3.53 oz.
- Heating Time: 39 seconds to get to 370 degrees Fahrenheit
- Colors: Grey, Black, Blue, Orange, and Purple
- 5-year warranty
- Cost: $149.00
In the Box:
- USB Charging Cable
- Accessory Kit
- Extended Mouthpiece
- Gray Glove protective cover
- 2 x 18350 Batteries
The MIQRO is a lot like the original bigger version, at least as far as appearances go. And that’s a good thing. It’s a great looking device, it looks really classy, and it just feels like a high-end product when it’s in your hands.
But this version of the dry-herb vaporizer is tiny. It’s 33% smaller than the original in fact. But despite the tiny size, it still works great. It’s not as powerful or as fast the bigger version, but still works well.
You get some cool accessories with the MIQRO:
- MIQRO Glove – A protective sleeve for the MIQRO. This slides right on and is good for helping to protect the device from scratches or from accidental drops.
- Carry Can XL – A can to carry around your herbs. This is really cool, because not only does it carry herbs, but it also stores an extra 18350 battery. I had no idea there was an extra battery in here, so I was pleasantly surprised to find this.
- Carrying Case -This is a nice case that keeps your MIQRO protected when taking it places.
- Grinder Coin – If you don’t have a grinder, you do now. This isn’t as good as a regular grinder but perfect on the go.
- 18350 Battery – A removable, rechargeable battery
There are two mouthpiece options on the MIQRO. The pre-installed mouthpiece is this flat plate. You put your mouth up against it take a hit. It works fine and keeps the size of the device to a minimum and also looking sleek.
But the more comfortable way to vape, at least in my opinion, is by using the 10mm mouthpiece. It doesn’t look as good and it makes the device longer, but it feels much better to use.
A Small 18350 Battery
The MIQRO uses a removable 18350 sized battery. The original IQ used a 18650 battery, which is way bigger. So that means you don’t get as much battery life here, but that’s the sacrifice you have to make for a much smaller device. And you’ll notice the short battery life too, especially if you’re vaping at the highest temperatures.
What’s really great though is that DaVinci includes two batteries in the package, one of which is stored in the carry can. So while one is in use, the other can be on the charger. Or in the carry can as a backup.
And if you need more for longer sessions, you can always go buy some extras. Batteries are cheap, so it’s not a big deal. If you do buy extras, buy flat top batteries, not nipple top. I always recommend a reputable company like imrbatteries.com or illumn.com. You can also buy extras from DaVinci. They’re a little pricier than from other places, but it’s easier to buy from them if you don’t know anything about lithium-ion batteries. Don’t mess up with batteries like these if you don’t understand their chemistry. These aren’t safe like the Double A’s you keep in the junk drawer.
Despite the battery size, I’m a big fan of removable batteries because you know that you won’t be stuck with a dead device in two years when the battery dies. That’s the biggest problem with internal-battery devices in my opinion. But with the MIQRO, you can just buy a new battery when one dies and potentially keep using the device forever.
The battery can be charged directly in the device, but I always recommend charging lithium-ion batteries in an external charger instead. It’s safer. But you can charge it in the device if you want.
DaVinci says it’ll take about 1.5 to 2 hours to charge a fully dead 18350 battery.
Filling The Bowl
When you open up the bottom door of the MIQRO, you’ll see the bowl. There’s not a lot to it. I’ve found that a fine grind or slightly fine grind works well in the MIQRO, so that’s how I’ve been doing it.
This bowl, or oven as it’s usually called, is pretty small. So you can’t pack a lot of herb into it. That also means that this is probably going to be better for individual use, and not so much for passing around with friends. You might even need to reload it during a session, depending on how much you normally vape.
The Adjustable Pearl
On the underside of the door, there’s also a ball, which DaVinci calls a “pearl.” If you have the bigger IQ vaporizer, you’ll be familiar with this.
So the pearl screws up or down and has two purposes. One purpose is to push the herb down into the bowl to make sure it stays packed tight. And another purpose is that the material it’s made from heats up fast and allows the herb to get heat from all sides. That gives you a really efficient and satisfying hit every time because it heats from 360 degrees, all around the entire chamber.
The airflow system in the MIQRO is made of zirconium ceramic, which DaVinci says is designed for the purest flavor. And yeah, I’d say the flavor is pretty good. The air path, or the chimney that connects the bowl to the mouthpiece, is also made of same ceramic.
The airflow seems to have just the right amount of restriction for me. On the bigger version of this, I wanted just a little looser airflow, but that’s because it got hotter faster. The MIQRO is slower to heat up so I think the restriction works better here.
And you can take a nice long lung hit without it feeling plugged or it feeling too loose.
Temperature Settings and Smart Paths
The MIQRO takes about 39 seconds to get up to 370 degrees Fahrenheit, so it takes quite a bit longer than the IQ. But still, it’s not bad.
There are three main modes built into the MIQRO; Precision mode, Smart Paths, and Boost mode.
With Precision Mode, you can set the temperature to the precise number you want.
In Smart Paths mode, there are three preset temperature ranges to pick from. Each mode has its own starting temperature, mid-point temperature, and ending temperature, which the slowly works up to over a period of 10 minutes.
And if want to push up the temperature quickly without changing settings, you can use the MIQRO’s Boost mode. To activate it, you just hold the setting button down while the device is on. You’ll see the temperature going up pretty quickly and it’ll keep going until you let go. Then when you let go, it drops back down the temperature you previously set it at. So it’s a really cool way to get a big hit before finishing up a session.
The carrying case should keep it safe enough, right!? 😉 But if it doesn’t, the MIQRO has a 5-year warranty too, which I think is pretty good. The bigger IQ device has a 10-year warranty, so the MIQROs warranty isn’t as good, but my guess is that DaVinci has figured out that smaller MIQRO just isn’t as durable or long-lasting as the IQ. It’s also much cheaper. I think that if you break this after 5 years, you’d be comfortable saying that it was a good purchase and worth buying another.
I really like the MIQRO, but I’m also a very light user, so it fits my needs well. If you’re a heavy user or if you want something to pass around, you’ll probably want something bigger like DaVinci’s IQ, which I liked a lot.
The MIQRO has a lot of great things going for it though. The hit is satisfying once you let it come to full temperature, it’s pretty easy to use, it’s discreet, and it just feels like a substantial piece of tech gear. Some potential cons for some people might be the slightly restricted draw, the slow heating times, the small oven, and that it uses a 18350 battery. But overall, it’s a nice device and seems pretty affordable in this market.