Evolution vaping are getting smarter and smaller all the time, and sometimes at the same time. DaVinci Vaporizer’s new MIQRO vaporizer is its tiniest ground material vape yet, packing plenty of customization to get just the right plumes of floral recreation you want. DaVinci sent us the MIQRO Explorers Collection to test.
The MIQRO is the updated, slightly scaled-back version of the DaVinci IQ, which our sister site PCMag reviewed last year. The IQ is pretty powerful and very flexible (for a ground-material-only vape that can’t use concentrates), with lots of options for temperature settings and a connected app for customizing those settings further. The IQ was also pretty expensive, at $279. The MIQRO cuts down the size by 33 percent and the price by even more; this smaller vape is a much more wallet-friendly $149. It also manages to keep pretty much all of the IQ’s onboard features in its smaller, less expensive frame.
It’s shaped just like the compact IQ but is even smaller at 3.1 by 1.3 by 0.9 inches (HWD). We got the graphite version, but it also comes in Onyx (black), Cobalt (blue), Rust (red), and Amethyst (purple). The controls are basically the same as on the IQ. The right side holds a power/mode button (press five times to turn on or off, press once to toggle between Smart Paths and Precision heating modes) and a rocker button for adjusting the temperature.
A 5-by-3 LED array shows the vape’s status, including how much battery power it has, and whether it’s currently heating up or if it’s at a stable temperature. The array is smaller than the IQ’s 16-by-3 LED array, so it can only show one number at a time instead of all three of the current or set temperature. You have to stare at it for a few seconds for all the numbers to scroll.
The Smart Paths mode uses preset start and end temperatures to slowly raise the heat as you vape over each pull. There are four Smart Paths to choose from, from 350-370 degrees (Fahrenheit) to 410-430 degrees. You can also use Precision mode to set the MIQRO to a precise temperature from 255 to 430 degrees. All you need to do is press the rocker button up or down to select the Smart Path or temperature.
Actually, all you can do is press the rocker button up or down to change the temperature, because the MIQRO drops more than physical size and price from the IQ; it drops app support. This means you have to manually set the temperature on the vape itself instead of through the DaVinci app. It’s not a big problem, because I found the DaVinci app crashed too much to be very useful with the IQ, to begin with, but combined with the smaller display it makes precision temperature adjustments tedious.
The oven is fairly small, and you can make it smaller by adjusting the pearl on the door. Don’t expect to run a full session with six people without repacking; this is a good vaping uk for solo users with maybe a friend or two to share it with.
For its size, the MIQRO performs pretty great. It heats up rapidly, hitting 370 degrees in 39 seconds. The vapor it produces is smooth and dense, and you can switch between the flat mouthpiece and tube-shaped extended mouthpiece (that also enables the use of bubblers) depending on your tastes. It might not create massive plumes, but considering how compact it is, the MIQRO definitely gets the job done.
The standard MIQRO includes the vape itself, the extended mouthpiece, a USB cable, and an accessory kit which includes a little keychain with a metal pick for getting ground material out of the oven, some pipe cleaners, and some alcohol wipes. The Collector’s Edition MIQRO is available for $50 more ($199), and adds a removable rubber sleeve for protection, a canvas carry bag, an extra battery, a metal carry can keychain that can hold an extra battery and ground material, and a grinder coin that works like a circular grinder card. The case, sleeve, and extra battery make the Collector’s Edition worth the price, and it’s still $80 less than the IQ.
The DaVinci MIQRO is an easy recommendation, even over the excellent DaVinci IQ. It’s small, stylish, easy to use, and reliable. The smaller display and lack of app support are slightly inconvenient, but considering the MIQRO is just over half the price of the IQ, it’s a worthy trade-off.