Davinci Ascent Review – Finally Custom Sessions! (+Video)


Updated July 2015

The Davinci Ascent has gone through extensive development, boasting some of the most innovative features we’ve seen in a portable vaporizer up to it’s launch date in 2013. With glass-on-glass vaporization, a built-in motion sensor, programmable vape cycles and dual functionality for vaping oils and botanicals, let’s just say this vaporizer definitely lives up to its expectations. Here’s a rundown of what we thought after our Davinci Ascent Review:

Davinci Ascent Evaluation

Davinci Ascent Review


How it Works

The Davinci Ascent is very simple to use. The power button is next to the glass drawing stem and simply by pressing it you activate the digital display. The temperature is adjusted with + and – buttons. The screen has the temperature setting at the top and the battery indicator at the bottom. When the unit is heating the middle of the screen will show a thermometer, which will change to a bowl with vapor rising from it when the chamber is fully heated. It also has some awesome new features like: a built-in motion sensor timer you can program for auto-shutoff, which we hardly ever see in portable vaporizers, and a personal vape cycle display, which allows you to preset three different temperature settings (more about that below). We thought these extra features were super cool and definitely useful. You can access these features through the Settings button right under the display.

Ascent Vaporizer - Temperature Settings

Temperature Settings

The Ascent can heat up to a maximum of 221 °C, giving you a wide range of precise temperatures for vaporization. This temperature is quite high for a portable, but is a necessary element to achieving not only denser vapour, but also to have the capacity of vaporizing oils. The OLED display allows you to set the temperature to the exact degree and the unit only takes about 1 minute to heat up. Saving the best for last: this unit has a fantastic programable vape cycle feature, allowing you to preset three vaporizing temperatures for the ultimate vaping experience. This allows you to get the most out of your batch and also lets you experience a range of vapour densities and flavours. Of course the best temperatures to select for your presets will be based on your personal preference, for example you may prefer vapour tasting to vapour stepping. To learn more, check our the best temperature settings for vaporizing blog post.

Davinci Ascent Vapour QualityVapour Quality

It’s widely known that glass provides the finest vapor quality around. The Ascent not only has a completely glass air path, but also a glass lined heating chamber. The means no outside flavours will affect your vapor. The temperature can be adjusted to the nearest degree, so you have total control over the density and flavour of your vapor. The result is that we were absolutely blown away by the vapor from this unit. It’s dense and flavourful. We hardly ever see vapor like this from portable units. This is definitely a winning point for the Ascent.

Davinci Ascent Manufacturing QualityManufacturing Quality

DaVinci took a while to get the Ascent onto the market. After some time of careful monitoring of warranty returns, we find the unit to have a relatively high defect rate compared to other vapes. Of course the Ascent is a more complex unit that packs lots of functionality and even some programmability. Of course there is a higher chance of things breaking the more components there are, but still we would like to see the next version and our next Davinci Ascent Review to find improvements on this front. This unit has lots of new ideas, and they seem to be very well implemented. The internal mouthpiece is entirely removable, so it’s easy to clean as well. In terms of design, this is definitely one of the best looking vaporizers we’ve seen. We did find that the bottom can grow hot during use, but the unit is always cool enough above the heating chamber, making it quite comfortable to hold. The components overall seem to be of a quality that justifies the price.

Davinci Ascent Battery LifeBattery Life

Apart from it’s sleek design and smartphone size, the other more notable feature of this unit that makes it so portable is the Ascent’s battery life. With two heavy-duty lithium ion batteries you get 120 minutes of continuous use with your vape at 190 degrees Celsius. This is currently the longest lasting battery seen in a portable unit on the market today! To save on the battery, you can also set a timer for the auto-shutoff with the settings display. In terms of the  manufacturer’s warranty, DaVinci offers two years on the unit and 90 days on the battery.

Davinci Ascent Portability


The Ascent is extremely portable because of it’s sleek design. With the mouthpiece inside it’s only 4.5″ tall, 2.2″ long and 1″wide. It is a tad heavy, weighing a little under 200 grams, but this is something easily overlooked when you think of the battery power you gain in return. In terms of design, DaVinci thought-through the placement of each component. The power button is at the top of the unit next to the mouthpiece, which is out of the way so that it is not accidentally turned on when shuffled around in a pocket or purse. The heating chamber swivels out for easy access and loading, and is designed to stay shut once closed. One of the things we were worried about for portability was the fragile glass air path and drawing stem, as this unit is a bit slippery and therefore, easy to drop. But in a drop-test it passed with flying colours. The unit was fully functional and more importantly, the internal glass air pathway and the drawing stem  remained intact. This is awesome news for those connoisseurs with butter-fingers.

Davinci Ascent Ease of UseEase of Use

The Ascent’s controls are very simple and intuitive. All the settings needed for vaporization involve only the up and down buttons, and show up clearly on the screen. The Settings button provides more options without requiring you to think about them every time you vaporize. It’s also very easy to clean since every part that is in contact with vapor is removable.

Davinci Ascent DiscreetnessDiscreetness

Because of the small size and sleek design, the Ascent really doesn’t attract attention. It’s almost entirely self-contained, with no protruding components other than the glass drawing stem. However, for more discreet vaping the Ascent comes with an alternate vaporizing option: direct from the mouth opening. This means that you can retract the glass mouthpiece completely for very stealthy vaping. At a distance, the Ascent could also be mistaken for a smartphone, making it virtually undetectable as a vaporizer when carried in-hand. We did find the Ascent to hold on to odours longer than expected after vaping, but this was only slightly noticeable.

Davinci Ascent Overall ExperienceOverall Experience

We were impressed with this vaporizer. It did very well in our overall ranking of the best portable vaporizers. and in Vapesterdam’s popular Portable Vaporizer ranking. The vapor quality was great, not only because of the taste (which comes with using glass-on-glass), but also because of the density. This vaporizer definitely produces the thickest vapour we’ve seen in a portable yet. The unit is also easy to operate and maintain, and amazingly flexible. DaVinci has yet again shown that they really keep their end-user in mind every step of the way, making sure their products meet every connoisseur’s needs. The Ascent really is the embodiment of style, innovation and purity. With customizable settings, extreme portability, great vapour quality and unique shells to match both a connoisseur’s personality and lifestyle, DaVinici has paved new ground in the world of vaporizing.

Now if you’re looking to get the best vaporization experience possible with the DaVinci Ascent we’d like to recommend pairing your unit with the new vapor cooling device from ZEUSArsenal, the ZEUS Iceborn. This revolutionary device actually increases the vapor quality of your Ascent by 2 points, dramatically cooling it down for smooth frosty draws. It’s also much more efficient than other filtration devices that use water, so you can get even bigger vapor clouds! Take a look!

If you’re interested in buying this new vape today, you can order the Ascent vaporizer by following the link. If you liked reading this Davinci Ascent Review or learned something new, consider using the sharing buttons below to let your fellow connoisseurs know about this exciting new vape! And of course your questions and comments are welcome in the comment section below.

Take care for now and as always, keep vapin’!

7.6 Score
  • 7.6

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  1. I really miss the graphs you guys used to do! It made comparing Vaporizers that much easier! Please start doing them again. 🙂

    • Overall the Ascent is a better vape. It trumps the PAX on vapour quality and battery life alone, and is also more high-tech, with customizable vape cycles and a glass-on-glass air pathway. We will be writing a SHOWDOWN post of the PAX vs. Ascent, so stay tuned for that in the coming weeks to get more specific details! 🙂

    • The battery will likely be replaceable. That being said, this will be a heavy duty Lithium-Ion battery that is guaranteed to last for at least one year without any problems (pending of course frequency of use, like any electronic device). However, as the product is not yet available for sale in Canada, we have not been informed of battery replacement costs. Once this information has been released, we will be sure to post it on our website :).

  2. You say that the vapor quality is excellent… how does it compare to the quality of the solo? Also, I heard some people saying that it may take more substance to achieve the same effect as other vaporizers, would you say that this is accurate?

    Thanks! =)

    • The vapour quality with the Ascent is great, but the Solo is still the best ;). The vapour quality produced from the Solo is unmatched, in terms of smoothness and flavour, which has to not only do with of course the glass drawing stem, but what’s more important, the design of the heating chamber. Now, we haven’t given the Ascent an official number ranking yet, but our performance charts will be up once we get the units in and the final round of testing is complete (so that you can have a numerical comparison). Which leads into your question about efficiency. We have only completed our preliminary testing round with the Ascent and did not test for efficiency at that point. It is for sure a very important and valid spec, so once we receive the final batch, we will run the unit through testing again to tie up all loose ends and ensure you guys have all the information you need. Since receiving our sample units DaVinci has mentioned they were planning to tweak certain aspects and make some adjustments. So, be sure to check back for the 100% thorough review!

  3. There’s been a couple of comments about lingering odour using this unit. How serious or pronounced is this? And what kind of odour is it? My iolite had virtually no smell which was perfect for me.

  4. My Ascent broke after 15 days. I had to ship it back for “repair”. What a bunch of shit. For the price they should have made it easier and sent me a new one. I really regret not getting the Pax.
    And the wait continues………..

    • I feel like that sometimes too when i get a lemon on a product i was positive on. That being said, the Ascent has a display and more technology which makes it subject to a higher defect rate even after the QC test. That is why the classic volcano (all electro mechanical) kills the digital volcano (digital) when it comes to defect rate. That being said I would still risk it and get the digital, just because of the added features. I would highly recommend reading https://torontovaporizer.ca/blog/2013/12/ascent-vs-pax-vaporizer-vape-showdown.html. Also and just to give you some peace of mind, the Ascent is now swapped out with a new unit in the whole of the 2 year warranty directly through our warranty centre in Canada. The Pax you would have to send INTO the US and past US customs. Trust me when they give you a 10 year warranty they know you dont want to do that. Besides there is a lot of fineprint with the PAX warranty and what it covers and what not. When was the last time you saw a 10 year warranty on anything without a few “fineprints”? Here is just one example http://forum.grasscity.com/vaporizers/1242929-before-buying-pax-must-read.html .

      I hope i managed to give you some hope that you made the right choice. Wait for the warranty replacement and let it grow on you. I hope you come around when you sit back and let the smart technology run through a session customized to your preferences instead of taking the sticky mouthpiece of the pax off everytime you want to change temp (2 times a session at least).

  5. I am VERY disappointed to see that your reviews do not seem to include much information on whether the units are for oils/waxes or herb (or both), and their suitability for each type. These review are pretty much useless for my needs, and come across more as marketing hype than serious reviews.

    • That is great feedback for us and we thank you for your honest opinion. We will certainly take this into consideration for future content so your needs can be taken care of 🙂

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