Arizer Air 2 vs DaVinci IQ – Portable Prowess

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Trying to choose between the Arizer Air 2 and the DaVinci IQ? These are two excellent vaporizers that both feature removable 18650 batteries, and we’re about to put them up against each other in a head to head matchup to find out which is the better vape.

Air 2 vs IQArizer Air 2 vs DaVinci IQ


Air 2 with mouthpiece and DaVinci IQ with open topVapor Quality

Can I just start by saying that the more comparisons I do, the more I realize how far vaporizers have come in the last few years. Either one of these would have been unfathomably good not that long ago, and here I am critiquing them.

I’ve been sitting here trying to decide which one is better for a while, and honestly I can’t do it. They’re different, and depending on your preferences, you may like one more than the other. Let me explain.

With the Air 2, you are going to be getting lighter but very flavorful vapor. There is less draw resistance than the original and the heater seems more up to the task of keeping up with more airflow, but I still wouldn’t call the clouds it puts out dense. But the flavor is great and it goes down smooth, which are the two things I value most from vapor.

The DaVinci IQ is a full conduction vaporizer, but it still performs surprisingly well in terms of flavor. I still think the Air 2’s vapor was better in this respect, but the IQ comes close. In my opinion, the IQ’s strength was vapor density.

So if you want better flavor, the Air 2 is the better bet. If you want harder-hitting vapor, go with the IQ.

Arizer Air 2 front profileManufacturing Quality

The Air 2 is a simple but very functional device. It has a removable 18650 battery and a digital screen that allows for precision temperature control down to the degree. The glass stems provide ample time for the vapor to cool down, and the heater is more powerful than the one in the original Air.

I think the IQ is a little better made though. For starters, it’s smaller. Like the Air 2, you get a removable 18650 and the ability to fully control the temperature from the device, but you also get an app that allows for smart heating modes.

One that has been a favorite of mine is the ‘Smart Paths’, which automatically increase the temperature throughout your vaping session.

Either one of these is more than capable of getting the job done, the IQ just seems a bit more advanced.

Arizer Air 2 in handEase of Use

I wouldn’t call either of these easier to use than the other. I’m always skeptical of apps, because they often do little more than add complexity, but in this case DaVinci did a great job of enhancing the features of the vape while keeping the core functionality intact.

The big thing for me is being able to access all the temperature options from the device itself, which both of these units do.

In general, I wouldn’t expect anyone to have a difficult time using these vapes. The Air 2 might have a slight advantage in ease of cleaning, though it’s not enough to call it the winner here.

DaVinci IQ with armor casePortability

The IQ is the easy winner here. If you just take one look at each of these you can see why. Where the Air 2 has a glass stem for a mouthpiece, the IQ just has an indentation built into the device itself.You’ll have a lot easier time carrying the IQ around, and it is pocket friendly in my opinion. To carry the Air 2, you’ll need some kind of case because you risk breaking the stem without one.

Arizer Air 2 with chargerBattery Life

From my experience the DaVinci IQ’s 18650 tends to die relatively quickly, I have had mine die as quickly as 45 minutes or 3 – 4 sessions. Which is more on par with the original Air.The Air 2 on the other hand tended to last me close to an hour and a half of use or about 6 sessions. While both offer the ability to swap batteries on  the go, the Arizer Air 2 batteries last significantly longer than the IQ.

DaVinci IQ in handDiscreetness

The IQ wins this category easily for the same reason it won on portability. It is one single piece that is much easier to conceal in your hand than the Air 2. It also heats up considerably faster, which is ideal in a situation where you may not have a lot of time to enjoy a session.

Then there is the fact that with the IQ, you can have it prepacked and ready to just turn on. So across the board, the IQ will perform better when trying to be discreet.

DaVinci IQ with temperature displayTemperature Flexibility

Both of these offer full temperature control straight from the device. You can adjust it in single degree increments with the click of a button. This will be more than enough for most people, but the IQ does have some extra tricks.One cool option is boost mode, which causes the chamber to continuously heat until you let go of the button or it reaches max temp. This makes it kind of like a manual vape for the duration that boost mode is activated.There are also the Smart Paths that I mentioned before. So for this reason the DaVinci IQ gives you a bite more flexibility with your temperatures on the fly.

DaVinci IQ with smart paths activeSHOWDOWN

The IQ is the winner!

The IQ won the manufacturing quality, portability, discreetness, and temperature flexibility categories. They tied on vapor quality, ease of use, and battery life. The Air 2 didn’t actually win any of the categories.

I’d like to make something clear though. These are closer matched than those results seem to indicate. The IQ may clearly outperform the Air 2 in portability and discretion, but they’re pretty evenly matched everywhere else. The IQ earned it’s additional wins thanks to the advanced heating options, but those really don’t make a huge difference to the overall enjoyment you’ll get from the device. They’re cool but far from necessary.

I really like both of these and imagine you’d enjoy either. If you want something powerful and portable, get the IQ. If you don’t care as much about always having a vaporizer in your pocket and you value flavor more than anything, the Air 2 may be the better option.

If you’d like to see another comparison, check out our recent showdown between the Solo 2 & DaVinci IQ and to see how these 2 units stack up against the field, be sure to check out our Portable Vaporizer Ranking Chart.

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Milad is a gadget collector and master crafter extraordinaire. He loves taking things apart, marvel comics and 'Iron Man.'

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