The appropriately named MIQRO is a conduction vaporizer from DaVinci that redefines what it means to be a portable vape, it is literally about the size of a key fob. It looks a lot like a smaller version of the DaVinci IQ, but it really is a different beast and designed for a different purpose. The MIQRO isn't intended for making massive clouds or passing around a group, it’s designed to be a personal use vaporizer or a microdoser. Once I embraced it for this role the MIQRO found its place in my lineup.
FIRST USE PREPARATION
No noticeable manufacturing taste
Upon first receiving the DaVinci MIQRO I smelled it and gave it a few dry pulls, noticing little to no manufacturing taste. Still, clean the pearl and both mouthpieces with isopropyl alcohol and rinse them. It’s also good practice to do a couple of burn offs regardless of whether you smell anything or not, just to be cautious. I charged both of the batteries, they don’t have a crazy amount of life but they do charge very quickly.
Fits perfectly in the palm of your hand
I absolutely love the size and build of the MIQRO, it fits perfectly in the palm of your hand. The flat mouthpiece has a nice low profile. The whole thing is so light that you don’t notice it, it doesn’t really bang around in your pocket like a phone for example. It feels like DaVinci took what they learned while making the IQ for a number of years and improved on every aspect of the build. The LED display has fewer lights but is still quite functional when you know how to use it. Sometimes it’ll even display an inspirational word when you turn it off, which some users may appreciate.
The flavor chamber of the IQ is no longer present, instead there’s a zirconium vapour path which seems like it’ll be easier to clean. It still includes the ultra-handy stir tool. The pearl is now easy to rotate up and down to modify how much free space is in the chamber and how much material the bowl can hold. It’s also a bit easier to clean and maintain as there are less individual parts and fewer areas that are hard to reach with a q-tip.
Three button functionality
There are three buttons on the side of the DaVinci MIQRO, press the middle button five times to turn it on or off. Using different button combinations you can change the LED brightness, change from Celsius to Fahrenheit, and check the battery level.
The MIQRO removes Bluetooth functionality, though I honestly don’t think people used it that much anyway. You still get four smart paths which increase the temperature over the course of your session. There is also a precision mode which you engage by pressing the button once to display the temperature which you can then modify. Otherwise, it just tells you the current temperature one digit at a time and then remains in smart path mode. You can hold the power button down to enter boost mode, which turns the heater up to max power to get every bit out of your bowl.
Heats up in about 45 seconds
The DaVinci MIQRO heats up in about 45 seconds, which is reasonable for something this size with a smaller battery. It is still quick enough for stealth use and maintains the convenience factor, which is what this vape is really designed for.
HOW TO USE
Holds enough herb for two sessions per bowl
The oven is quite small as it’s meant for single person use, but you can twist the pearl to make it bigger or smaller. Make sure the pearl presses tightly against your herb as this will help with conduction. The MIQRO is easy to load, just pour herb in and tamp it down well with your finger or a chopstick. You can fit enough herb for two sessions per bowl, I usually do the first session using smart path three and the second with smart path four. If I’m using precision mode I set the temperature to about 405F, which is a higher temperature than I’d use without water on other vapes.
In the video review I used smart path four, even at these higher temps the vapour doesn’t get that harsh. You’ll notice it isn’t the same quantity of vapour as a hit from an IQ, again this is a microdoser and not a heavy hitter, you will definitely feel the effects though. Starting out I did a few sessions using smart path three and thought it was pretty thin, but five minutes later I was feeling it hard! The vapour is very tasty like the IQ, it’s really good for a conduction vape. You won’t find yourself coughing much, if at all, part of that is thanks to the smaller cloud size though.
The build quality and feel of the DaVinci MIQRO are very nice, it feels great in the hand and is the perfect size for taking anywhere. The MIQRO is an ultra-portable vape.
It has good vapour quality thanks to the materials used in the vapour path, it is very smooth, even at higher temperatures. It does have somewhat stripped-down functionality compared to the IQ, but it is also a lot more affordable. It hits that nice sweet spot for pricing that a lot of people are looking for.
It’s an ideal microdoser and it’s so small that you’ll want to take it everywhere with you. It’s very convenient to just turn it on at a high temp for a few quick puffs then turn it back off and toss it in your pocket. The carrying can is also nice as it’s functional for herb too.
This kind of depends on whether you’re comparing it to the IQ or judging it alone. Overall though, do consider that there is less vapour production, the battery and heater have been miniaturized so it’s not a device capable of generating huge clouds.
The smaller battery means reduced battery life, you’re getting about 30 minutes of use per charge, depending on the temperatures and number of stops and starts. If you want to take your MIQRO for a full day out of vaping, bring at least one extra battery.
The body of the vape will get warm with usage, personally though, even on higher temperatures, I could hold it in my hand indefinitely and the heat wasn’t really an issue.
Perfect for taking anywhere for a quick sesh
The DaVinci MIQRO is a really great option for an ultra-portable vaporizer. It’s designed more for a single user than a group of people. If you like small sessions or micro-dosing this vape will really appeal to you, as it will to anyone who wants a truly tiny vape to take with them anywhere. If you’re expecting an identical experience to the IQ but in a smaller package you may be disappointed. It looks the same but it is a different animal entirely.
DaVinci really stepped up the build quality with the MIQRO, this thing has functioned flawlessly since I’ve had it. No false battery readings like the IQ was known for. It is extremely well built, you can have full confidence in charging this piece up, throwing it in your pocket and taking it anywhere for a quick sesh, this is where the MIQRO really shines.