When the Ascent
came out, it was widely sought after. The unit was the first to have a retractable all glass vapor pathway and that turned a lot of heads. The one place the Ascent couldn’t dominate was in vapor quality, a category the Solo had firmly in its grasp. Now, the Ai
r has come as the heir to the Solo’s throne and it seems to be shaking things up in the vaporizer world. Today, the heir takes on the Ascent to see if it can hold its own against the powerhouse from DaVinci!
Arizer Air vs DaVinci Ascent
The Ascent has amazing vapor quality thanks to the ceramic heating chamber and all glass vapor pathway it has hidden inside the unit. The flavor of every draw is pure and smooth and almost unmatched – almost.
took detailed notes from the Solo and came to the market with much of what made the Solo great integrated into its design. As a result, the stainless steel heating chamber, superb airflow and glass stem make for fantastic vapor quality that still manages to edge out the Ascent for a victory in this category.
The Ascent is a nicely constructed piece of machinery that manages to pull off an all glass vapor pathway that can be retracted into the unit as well as a digital display. The buttons are quite responsive and the parts are all great quality. When you hold the unit you know you’re holding a high tech gadget.
Unfortunately for the Ascent, the Air has just as high a quality feel, even more responsive buttons and the same reliable durability you’d expect from an Arizer product. All the pieces feel expertly machined and it makes the unit look and feel smooth and polished from top to bottom.
The glass involved in the Ascent’s construction isn’t the only draw for the unit. This unit also has a digital display that gives you accurate control over the temperature down to the degree and also features a customizable vapor cycle setting that lets you plan a session ahead of time with varying temperatures and let the unit do the work for you while you sit back and enjoy the session. This is something no other unit has done since and it’s a major advantage of this unit!
The Air can’t compete much in this section. It does have 5 temperature settings that range from 180 Celsius to 210 Celsius, but it’s a far cry from controlling your temperature by the degree, not to mention custom temperature cycles.
The Ascent did everything it could to make the unit as portable as possible from using a shape that’s akin to a cell phone to making the glass draw stem retractable so you wouldn’t need to worry about damaging it as you brought it around with you. Despite that, it is still a bit on the big and heavy side when compared to a unit like the Air.
The Air is slim, easy to carry around and light, which makes doing so much more convenient. The one place where some might find cause to complain is the glass stems, but even they have a place in the carrying holster that comes with the Air. The holster has a place for the unit as well as the 2 glass stems to keep them safe when you’re out and about with your unit.
The Ascent is a pretty discreet unit. That’s because the unit is not only pretty stealthy when in normal use, but taking draws directly from the unit makes the unit even stealthier. The unit also comes in a really discreet stealth colour that keeps it from catching someone’s eye when it’s in use.
The Air fits really easy in the palm of your hand and Arizer’s decision to make smaller glass stems means that the glass won’t stick out as much when the unit is in use. It may not seem like much, but the smaller size does make a big difference when it comes to discreetness.
Ease of Use
The Ascent has more complex setting that cam make using it more difficult, but it can also be used as a very simple set-it-and-go unit that works at pretty much the press of a button. This makes using the unit really easy and helps to keep sessions simple and enjoyable.
Arizer managed to further simplify the simple design of their older portable by putting all the interaction points for the unit in a single place so that turning the unit on, off or changing the temperature can be done from one convenient location.
The Ascent’s size might put it at a slight disadvantage in some categories, but not in this one. The extra size allows this unit extra space for battery power, which allows you to vaporize for longer – 2 hours to be exact. This is fantastic for a portable vaporizer.
The Air has limited space for a battery and can unfortunately only hold a battery that provides about 1 hour of power. This is half of what the Ascent can do, and although you can buy more batteries to have a continuous supply of power for your unit, it isn’t enough to keep the Ascent from taking this category.
The Ascent, once again, put up a great fight, but there’s no changing the fact that the Air just had more to bring to the table this time around. Using the design of the Solo as a springboard, the Air has taken flight to another victory! Congrats, Arizer!
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