The Ascent by Da Vinci is a portable vape that handles both loose leaf plant material and oils or concentrates. It boasts a 4 hour battery life, and stealthy size and construction. The kind folks at Da Vinci sent one for review, and I’ve had some time to play with it.
Excellent. Zero learning curve. Set the temperature, wait for indicator to show that bowl is warm and just pull slow and steady. Very impressive dense vapor clouds are possible with minimal effort. The unit heats up in about 30 seconds and reliably maintains the chamber temp throughout your session. You can set the heat as desired which is a real plus for folks who prefer specific temperatures.
The Unit / Build Quality
Solid construction, about the size of a pack of long cigarettes, all one piece. The chamber swivels out at the bottom for easy access. A two part glass stem pulls out as needed from the top.
Using the Thing
The chamber swivels right out from the base of the unit. You may quickly realize to your despair that there is no way to stand this thing up for easy access.
You fill to the top of the chamber with a fluffy grind and stir occasionally with the included poker. The chamber is fairly deep and constructed of glass lined ceramic material with 4 small holes at the bottom. When you’re done with your session you can just swivel the chamber out, turn it over and tap it out.
Two oil canisters are included for oils and concentrates. I can’t speak to the effectiveness of this as I’m a strictly loose leaf vaper.
Amazing, I think this is where this unit shines. I was able to get 6 sessions out of a 5 hour charge. Plus, you can use it plugged in while charging. Wish the Firefly did that. However, the battery on the Ascent is not replaceable. This makes me wonder what happens over time if the battery looses it’s life.
My interactions with Da Vinci’s team have been excellent, and they genuinely seem to stand behind their product.
If you need a pocketable vaporizer that handles both leaf and oil – I think this is the one for you.
Be sure to do an initial burn-in with your unit. Set it at max temperature and let it cook for 10 minutes. This will burn off any residual manufacturing odors. I also cleaned mine top to bottom before using, as there was a plastic smell from the packaging that lingered a bit.
Overall Rating: 7/10
VerdictA capable portable vaporizer, loved by many. I think I got a bad unit that just never lost it's "new vape" smell.
- Precise temp control
- Quick warm-up
- Lingering manufacturing odors
- Awkward loading