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The DaVinci Miqro Vape receives prime marks for smokability and design

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The vaporizer market is saturated with options, and it’s always nice when you can get a proper rating. We take a closer look at a compact and elegant loose-leaf vaporizer, the DaVinci Miqro, and criticize the device in three ways: smokability, design and function.

Smokability: 10/10

The DaVinci Miqro is small but nice. In fact, the company claims it’s the smallest premium vaporizer currently on the market.

Even so, even on the lowest setting, it produces some large, even clouds of vapor. Whether the chamber was half full or full to the brim, this was the case and did not disappoint.

As with most vapes, the lower settings provided the best source of flavor. I was pleasantly surprised to find that unlike other vapes, the pre-programmed lowest temperature setting was still perfect for vaping my flower. In fact, it became my preferred choice.

The Miqro heated up evenly every time, even at this low setting. I was satisfied that I wasn’t wasting cannabis. Consistently my flower was thoroughly and well vaporized when I emptied the chamber.

I was able to enjoy both the effects of my chosen strains and the quality of the vapor. The Miqro is a great vaporizer for effective vaping with finesse.

Design: 10/10

The design of the DaVinci Miqro is up there with the best of the best. Slim, stylish, well thought out – this is a vapor that I would like to leave off the coffee table and show off to friends.

The Miqro is available in five great colors. I went for the cobalt and was impressed with the sleek look of this vapor.

The display is made up of a series of LCDs that light up to show the shape of a battery pack as it charges, or lines to show which temperature setting you are at. The three button system makes it a breeze, perfect for sitting down after a long day at work.

The bottom of the Miqro pops open to reveal the chamber with a concave design that makes it easy to sweep and wrap cannabis with the tool provided. This tool is always ready to use and can be accessed by opening the top of the steam, where the picker-packer is embedded in a crack and can be easily accessed.

You can also swap out the mouthpieces and opt for a flat or an elongated one. The mouthpieces can also be used with water tips.

Both options were perfectly usable and left a matter of personal preference.

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True to the DaVinci shape, the Miqro has a vapor path and a mouthpiece made of zirconium ceramic that keep the vapor pure and aromatic. Overall, the Miqro exceeded expectations and met all the expectations I could have hoped for in terms of design.

Function: 6/10

The DaVinci Miqro is straightforward and easy to use. Any questions you might have are quickly answered by the company’s YouTube library of guides. A button on the side switches the steam on with five quick clicks, and two other buttons serve as settings for increasing and decreasing the temperature.

The steam can also be programmed to specific temperatures for those who want a finer steam. After switching on, it only takes about 10 seconds to reach the desired temperature.

Despite these initial advantages, the Miqro unfortunately lacks functionality. I really wanted to love this vape, but battery life issues turned out to be the killer of perfection.

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It takes about an hour to charge the Miqro, but the full battery only lasts about four to five minutes on each charge. After five minutes the steam turns off automatically. For those who keep up, that’s only around 20 minutes of steaming time per charge.

A simple solution?

One of the unique features of the Miqro is a series of encoded messages that are displayed at the end of each five-minute session. The LCD screen will flash with a variety of letters and coded messages to win a company award. The added sheen can’t help but seem unfounded given the short battery life.

Would the vape last longer if it didn’t flash those extra moments after each session?

Unfortunately, there is no way to know, as the company has confirmed to me, that this feature cannot be turned off for those who reserve battery life or just want a more stealthy vapor. An irony if you consider the otherwise excellent “stealth mode” function, which dims the bright LCD.

While the Miqro can be used when plugged in, the short cable made this an unattractive alternative. It’s hard to imagine reliably taking it with you on the go. That’s a shame considering its superb, compact, and portable size.

Ultimately, the short battery life had a negative impact on my vape sessions. The five-minute sessions, limited to just four per charge, left me pressured to hit the steam more often than usual so I could finish what I was packing before the battery ran out.

Turning it off after a few puffs didn’t seem to extend battery life or create a more enjoyable vaping experience because of too many clicks.

For the casual token, the Miqro is still a suitable option – its positive features are strong and cheap. Overall, however, the battery life was a huge disappointment for an otherwise excellent – even near-perfect – vaporizer.

Rae Lland

Rae Lland is a freelance writer, journalist, and former editor for Weedist and The Leaf Online. With a focus on culture, music, health and wellness, she has been featured in numerous online cannabis publications as well as in print editions of Cannabis Now Magazine in addition to her work for Leafly. Follow her on Instagram @ rae.lland

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