Ascent Vaporizer Review (Video)




The wait is over! We've finally finished testing DaVinci's next generation vaporizer: the Ascent, and wow are we ever impressed by the results. The Ascent has gone through extensive development, boasting some of the most innovative features we've seen in a portable vaporizer to date. With glass-on-glass vaporization, a built-in motion sensor, programmable vape cycles and dual functionality for vaping oils and botanicals, let's just say this vaporizer definitely lives up to its expectations. Here's a rundown of what we thought of the Ascent Vaporizer:



Ascent Review by DaVinci

Ascent Vaporizer Review

How it Works


The Ascent is very simple to use. The power button is next to the glass drawing stem and simply by pressing it you activate the digital display. The temperature is adjusted with + and - buttons. The screen has the temperature setting at the top and the battery indicator at the bottom. When the unit is heating the middle of the screen will show a thermometer, which will change to a bowl with vapor rising from it when the chamber is fully heated. It also has some awesome new features like: a built-in motion sensor timer you can program for auto-shutoff, which we hardly ever see in portable vaporizers, and a personal vape cycle display, which allows you to preset three different temperature settings (more about that below). We thought these extra features were super cool and definitely useful. You can access these features through the Settings button right under the display.





Temperature Settings

Temperature Settings


The Ascent can heat up to a maximum of 221 °C, giving you a wide range of precise temperatures for vaporization. This temperature is quite high for a portable, but is a necessary element to achieving not only denser vapour, but also to have the capacity of vaporizing oils. The OLED display allows you to set the temperature to the exact degree and the unit only takes about 1 minute to heat up. Saving the best for last: this unit has a fantastic programable vape cycle feature, allowing you to preset three vaporizing temperatures for the ultimate vaping experience. This allows you to get the most out of your batch and also lets you experience a range of vapour densities and flavours. Of course the best temperatures to select for your presets will be based on your personal preference, for example you may prefer vapour tasting to vapour stepping. To learn more, check our the best temperature settings for vaporizing blog post.




Vapour Quality Vapour Quality


It's widely known that glass provides the finest vapor quality around. The Ascent not only has a completely glass air path, but also a glass lined heating chamber. The means no outside flavours will affect your vapor. The temperature can be adjusted to the nearest degree, so you have total control over the density and flavour of your vapor. The result is that we were absolutely blown away by the vapor from this unit. It's dense and flavourful. We hardly ever see vapor like this from portable units. This is definitely a winning point for the Ascent.








Manufacturing QualityManufacturing Quality


DaVinci took a while to get the Ascent onto the market, but that means they were taking the time to get it right. This unit has lots of new ideas, and they seem to be very well implemented. It's designed to be easy to use and much more durable than you'd expect from something with glass parts. The internal mouthpiece is entirely removable, so it's easy to clean as well. In terms of design, this is definitely one of the best looking vaporizers we've seen. We did find that the bottom can grow hot during use, but the unit is always cool enough above the heating chamber, making it quite comfortable to hold. In terms of the  manufacturer's warranty, DaVinci offers two years on the unit and 90 days on the battery.



Battery Life Battery Life


Apart from it's sleek design and smartphone size, the other more notable feature of this unit that makes it so portable is the Ascent's battery life. With two heavy-duty lithium ion batteries you get 120 minutes of continuous use with your vape at 190 degrees Celsius. This is currently the longest lasting battery seen in a portable unit on the market today! To save on the battery, you can also set a timer for the auto-shutoff with the settings display.





Portability

Portability


The Ascent is extremely portable because of it's sleek design. With the mouthpiece inside it's only 4.5" tall, 2.2" long and 1"wide. It is a tad heavy, weighing a little under 200 grams, but this is something easily overlooked when you think of the battery power you gain in return. In terms of design, DaVinci thought-through the placement of each component. The power button is at the top of the unit next to the mouthpiece, which is out of the way so that it is not accidentally turned on when shuffled around in a pocket or purse. The heating chamber swivels out for easy access and loading, and is designed to stay shut once closed. One of the things we were worried about for portability was the fragile glass air path and drawing stem, as this unit is a bit slippery and therefore, easy to drop. But in a drop-test it passed with flying colours. The unit was fully functional and more importantly, the internal glass air pathway and the drawing stem  remained intact. This is awesome news for those connoisseurs with butter-fingers. 


Ease of Use
Ease of Use


The Ascent's controls are very simple and intuitive. All the settings needed for vaporization involve only the up and down buttons, and show up clearly on the screen. The Settings button provides more options without requiring you to think about them every time you vaporize. It's also very easy to clean since every part that is in contact with vapor is removable.






Ascent Discreetness

Discreetness


Because of the small size and sleek design, the Ascent really doesn't attract attention. It's almost entirely self-contained, with no protruding components other than the glass drawing stem. However, for more discreet vaping the Ascent comes with an alternate vaporizing option: direct from the mouth opening. This means that you can retract the glass mouthpiece completely for very stealthy vaping. At a distance, the Ascent could also be mistaken for a smartphone, making it virtually undetectable as a vaporizer when carried in-hand. We did find the Ascent to hold on to odours longer than expected after vaping, but this was only slightly noticeable.


Overall Experience
Overall Experience


We were extremely impressed with this vaporizer. The vapor quality was great, not only because of the taste (which comes with using glass-on-glass), but also because of the density. This vaporizer definitely produces the thickest vapour we've seen in a portable yet. The unit is also easy to operate and maintain, and amazingly flexible. DaVinci has yet again shown that they really keep their end-user in mind every step of the way, making sure their products meet every connoisseur's needs. The Ascent really is the embodiment of style, innovation and purity. With customizable settings, extreme portability, great vapour quality and unique shells to match both a connoisseur's personality and lifestyle, DaVinici has paved new ground in the world of vaporizing. 



We're going to have a lot more information about the Ascent coming soon, as we get closer and closer to its final release, so be sure to stay tuned for more! If you're interested in buying this new vape today, you can pre-order the Ascent vaporizer by following the link, to be one of the first few customers to receive it in a few weeks time!



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Take care for now and as always, keep vapin'!




14 comments:

  1. I really miss the graphs you guys used to do! It made comparing Vaporizers that much easier! Please start doing them again. :)

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    1. Thank you for the positive feedback! :) We are in the process of finalizing the category rankings for a few of our new products. Stay posted on our website to get the updates!

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  2. Would you say the Ascent is overall a better vaporizer than the Pax?

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    1. Overall the Ascent is a better vape. It trumps the PAX on vapour quality and battery life alone, and is also more high-tech, with customizable vape cycles and a glass-on-glass air pathway. We will be writing a SHOWDOWN post of the PAX vs. Ascent, so stay tuned for that in the coming weeks to get more specific details! :)

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  3. Are you able to replace the battery in the Ascent?

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    1. The battery will likely be replaceable. That being said, this will be a heavy duty Lithium-Ion battery that is guaranteed to last for at least one year without any problems (pending of course frequency of use, like any electronic device). However, as the product is not yet available for sale in Canada, we have not been informed of battery replacement costs. Once this information has been released, we will be sure to post it on our website :).

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  4. This seems like the new portable to beat?

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  5. You say that the vapor quality is excellent... how does it compare to the quality of the solo? Also, I heard some people saying that it may take more substance to achieve the same effect as other vaporizers, would you say that this is accurate?

    Thanks! =)

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    1. The vapour quality with the Ascent is great, but the Solo is still the best ;). The vapour quality produced from the Solo is unmatched, in terms of smoothness and flavour, which has to not only do with of course the glass drawing stem, but what's more important, the design of the heating chamber. Now, we haven't given the Ascent an official number ranking yet, but our performance charts will be up once we get the units in and the final round of testing is complete (so that you can have a numerical comparison). Which leads into your question about efficiency. We have only completed our preliminary testing round with the Ascent and did not test for efficiency at that point. It is for sure a very important and valid spec, so once we receive the final batch, we will run the unit through testing again to tie up all loose ends and ensure you guys have all the information you need. Since receiving our sample units DaVinci has mentioned they were planning to tweak certain aspects and make some adjustments. So, be sure to check back for the 100% thorough review!

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  6. Hey, thank you for this thorough review. Is there any news as to when these will be in stock?

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    1. Ascents are on their way to Canada! Should be in the coming weeks!!! :) Be sure to get on our waitlist is you haven't placed a pre-order! These are going to fly off the shelves! :)

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  7. Da Vinci is already selling these from their website as of Nov 1, when will you guys start distributing?

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    1. They have indeed and we are getting are shipment in very soon! They are on their way to Canada :).

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