After waiting quite some time in anticipation, I finally received a DaVinci Ascent (DaVinci website) yesterday! After spending most of yesterday and today trying it out and playing around with it, I decided to release this review with my thoughts regarding this exciting new portable vaporizer. The Ascent has an all-glass vapor path as well as a digital LED screen.
First, I unboxed the Ascent from the packaging. The packaging was sleek and nice looking, and inside was a Stealth Ascent plus accessories. It has a matte finish and weighs a little more than my cellphone (and is also slightly thicker). The Ascent has a retractable glass mouthpiece, allowing it to fit comfortably in my pocket. The Ascent’s small size and futuristic looks make it highly portable, and most people who see you with it in public are likely to confuse it with a cellphone rather than think its a vaporizer!
The Ascent kit comes with two removable glass bowls to put your herb in, and the bowls are meant to be placed in the base of the unit (the base swivels to reveal the herb chamber). The bowls aren’t huge, but they are enough to produce some good vapor hits. The Ascent’s ability to increase the temperature came in really handy, as this enabled me to get more hits than I could normally from a portable. I usually found myself starting to vaporize at 400F and working my way up to 430F in 10 degree increments. This produced an even vaporization experience and gave me a few good hits, some of which were small clouds of vapor. Due to the size of the bowl, I found I could get about 8 nice (but not massive) hits which tasted smooth and clean. I did notice that if I used very finely ground herb (think coffee grinder consistency), there was a tendency for some of it to pass through the screen and into my mouth. Using a coarser grind didn’t cause this issue however.
The power button is located at the top, and once switched on it began to heat up rather quickly. The unit has a max temperature of 430F (221C), which is nearly as hot as some of my plugin vaporizers get. To get to a temperature of 400F, it took just under five minutes from a cold start, so warmup was quite fast. The unit maintains the desired temperature until its shut off. One thing to be aware of is that the base of the Ascent can get very hot while in use. I recommend holding it from the middle, and avoid putting it down on any heat sensitive surfaces (such as in your pocket) while you’re actively vaping. Also make sure not to open it up during use, as the herb chamber is very hot to the touch. The unit also stays quite hot for about 10 minutes after turning it off, so keep this in mind when refilling.
The battery takes about five hours to fully charge, and the LED screen has a indicator to show current charge level. I found that the battery life varies depending on the heat level as well as how long you leave it on for, and I’m still trying to work on an exact number. However, I was able to get about three hours of use starting at 400F and working my way up to 430F on bowls (sometimes taking my time in between puffs). One bonus is that you can use the Ascent while its charging, essentially giving you unlimited use when within reach of a charger. There’s even a timer option that lets you set temperatures in specific intervals (ie: 3 mins @ 400F, 2.45 @ 410F) which I found to be really neat.
The Ascent has a number of removable glass parts (including the mouthpiece, glass stem, and bowl), making it very easy to clean out completely using an isowash on the parts. The glass fits securely while inside the Ascent, but be careful about dropping the pieces while they are outside the unit, as they can shatter.
Overall, I was quite impressed with the Ascent (available here from DaVinci), and its definitely one of my favorite portable vapes. The Ascent is discreet, feels solid, and looks stylish to boot! The all-glass vapor path also makes it easy to clean. The Ascent is a feature-rich and great vaporizer for the ultimate vapor connoiesseur.
- Fast warm-up time
- Sleek, portable design
- Can be used while charging
- Feature rich
- Base gets very hot during use
- Very finely ground herb can come through the mouthpiece