Da Vinci Ascent Speed Review
We know not everybody has time to read our full reviews. So here is a quick category by category breakdown of the Da Vinci Ascent followed by a quick synopsis.
- Dry Herb Vapor Quality – 91%
- Size & Portability – 90%
- Build Quality/Sturdiness – 87%
- Price – 90%
- Overall Rating – 89%
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The Ascent is the more modern update of Da Vinci’s portable vaporizer. The previous version was fine, but it had some problems. Chief among those were a fragile pipe and a poorly designed filling compartment. Did Da Vinci address these concerns or did it make some new problems for us to focus on? Read on to find out what we thought.
This is sleek redesign of a product that was already pretty decent. Everything looks very high tech and rounded, with the only problem in its basic design being that you can’t rest it down. So when you refill the herb chamber, you can’t set the device on the table. You have to hold it while you do it.
One big change we found in the product design was that the plastic tubes have all been replaced by glass ones. That’s not just the mouthpiece but also the internal tubes. So the entire transport system from your herb to your mouth is all glass. That is a vast improvement, and when we talk about the performance of the device, you will see the kind of difference it makes in the final outcome. Suffice it to say for the moment, it is the only portable weed vaporizer right now with an all-glass tubing system.
The exterior is all aluminum, which makes it lightweight and easy to carry around but also pretty durable. There are no cheap plastic parts here, and that speaks well of the quality put into this product.
The bowl is easy enough to use. You do have to hold the Ascent while you fill, but for most people this won’t be much of an issue. And there are two glass containers that can slide into the bowl. These can be used to cook oils and concentrates.
That’s a lot of versatility for a portable unit, and we were impressed by the addition. If you don’t need all of that, then maybe there is a cheaper vaporizer that you could go with (this does retail for $200). But for what it offers, we feel that there is a lot of bang for your buck.
You can turn on the device and set the temperature on it all from a front OLED screen. You can actually program the temperature how you like. For example, you could set it to start out at 250 degrees for the first two minutes and then increase to 275 after that. New users may not get much out of it, but for people who know how to get the most out of their herbs, this is a great addition and one we would like to see in more vaporizers.
And the screen makes it easy to tell what temperature it is set at, so you never have to wonder how hot it is getting.
It won’t take long to charge up the Ascent- around an hour. With that single charge, you can get nearly three hours of battery life out of it. This is far longer than anything else we have seen in portable vaporizers, but of course your mileage will depend on how often you use it, how hot you let it get and for how long your use it at a time.
The all-glass pathways for this portable mean that you get a very clear vapor. You can taste every last ounce of your herb, and there is no plasticy smell or unpleasant odor to accompany your vaping sessions. You just get crisp, clean vapor every time. Experienced vapers know that glass tubing gives you the best hits, and it’s a shame more portables aren’t going with this design.
On the downside, the glass components make the device fragile. Yes, you can replace the parts without much trouble, but you still have to be careful how you treat your device. It’s not as hardy as the other small electronic items you carry around in your pocket or use every day.
Cleaning this thing is really easy. Everything just comes right out, so you never have to concern yourself with your Ascent’s innards gunking up. That means you will get more efficient vapors out of it every time. And when you go to clean it, it won’t take long to get everything back to where it needs to be and to start vaping again.
The problem with this, however, is that since everything is passing through a large opening inside where all the pieces are removable, you may have to deal with a little herb piece getting into the mouthpiece. This isn’t a big deal though, especially since you can put a filter in place to prevent this from happening.
Da Vinci Ascent Review Summary
DaVinci Ascent Vaporizer
QSC Rating: 89/100 by Quit Smoking Community
- Beautifully designed portable vaporizer
- Glass tubing makes for some great vapor
- Easy to clean
- Advanced temperature controls give you tons of options
- Vapes herbs, oils and concentrates
- Excellent battery life
- Glass tubing means it is easy to break
- May have too much going on for new users
- Occasional herb fragments may get through the mouthpiece
The main competitor for this portable is the Solo. They are very similar, and the Ascent has a few unique options. But for the average user, the Solo is going to beat it out. Having to be so careful with your portable is going to make it a hassle for a lot of people. It’s still a great vaporizer, make no mistake about that, but it’s just not for everyone.