Ascent Vaporizer Review (+Video)
Build Quality75%
Vapor Quality85%
Look & Feel90%
Difficulty85%
Portability80%
Discreetness70%
77%Overall Score

Welcome to our Ascent vaporizer review! This portable vaporizer was released in late 2013 by Organicix LLC (DaVinci) to much public anticipation. It has a few unique design features and an all-glass pathway. The Ascent vaporizer comes to us from DaVinci, an American manufacturer based out of Las Vegas. They also produce the popular original DaVinci vaporizer, a unit that has done very well over the years.

Other than the oil tanks, the unit comes with: a charger, 2 glass drawing stems, 2 glass internal stems, a silicone mouthpiece cover, 2 metal jar tools, screens, a carrying slip-cover, and an instruction manual to help you delve into the many features offered by this new model.

Product Pros

  1. High quality look and feel
  2. Retractable glass stem
  3. Great battery life

Product Cons

  1. Doesn’t stand upright to load herbs

 

 

Ascent Vaporizer Review: Video

Ascent Vaporizer Review: Breakdown

Quality

Build Quality

Build Quality

The Ascent is very well made, and will definitely stand the test of time. There are three finishes available, Stealth Black (rubberized black), Burlwood (printed aluminum), and Croc Skin (pressed leather). Each model has aluminum side panels that contribute to a rounded, solid feel. Our struggle and frustration when trying to open the unit stand as a testament to how robust the unit really is. You’ll find it hard to break it even if you’re actually trying to!
Beyond its solid design, the quality of the parts speaks for itself making the unit a sturdy and stylish piece any vaporizer aficionado would love to have in their collection

 

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Vapor Quality

The Ascent has an excellent range of temperatures. It reaches a max temperature of 429 degrees Fahrenheit (221 degrees Celsius), better than any portable vaporizer on the market. In addition to that range, vapor quality with the unit is also awesome thanks in part to its all-glass pathway. Glass is the best material to use in a vaporizer as it does not impart any tastes onto your vapor while cooling it down on its way from the glass-coated ceramic heating bowl to you.

Design

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Look and Feel

This unit looks and feels like a high quality piece of hardware. From its attractive OLED screen to its classy design and solid grip, it’s a vaporizer that feels like it belongs with high-tech computer hardware. We can’t understate how awesome the device’s customizable software is – from the stepping, to how the display appears, to the automatic shutoff. It feels as programmable as a new cell phone.

Discreetness

Discreeteness

Other vaporizers with a glass pathway have been less discreet than could be desired (we’re thinking the Arizer Solo), because their glass pathways have protruded out of the unit. The Ascent fixes this problem with a retractable glass stem. You can extend the stem and take draws on it that way, or you can leave it retracted and draw on it in a more discreet fashion.

Portability

Portability

Battery life is great with this unit. With a full charge, it lasts for 120 minutes of continuous vaporizing. This takes the #1 spot for battery life of any portable vaporizer we’ve seen. The great battery life is a result of the manufacturer incorporating two lithium ion batteries instead of the usual one. Another great feature of the Ascent is that you can use the vaporizer while the charger is plugged in, even if the battery is dead. Anyone who has forgotten to charge their vaporizer before will know what an awesome idea this is.

Difficulty

Ease of Use

It’s very easy to pick up and start using right away. Loading the swivel-out heating bowl is an easy process, and it’s definitely very easy to clean as well. The only time you will spend learning the device will be with its software, which is so customizable that it’s worth sitting down for a few minutes to set up in the way you like best.

Compatible with ZEUS Iceborn
This vaporizer is compatible with the ZEUS Iceborn, a revolutionary new vapor cooling system engineered by Canadian vape manufacturer ZEUSArsenal. The Iceborn is designed to produce cooler draws and bigger clouds when connected to your vaporizer. The vapour produced is ultra smooth and crisp and because of ice cooling, instead of water filtration, there is no loss of efficiency. The ZEUS Iceborn adds an additional 2 points to the vapor quality score of this vaporizer and is a highly recommended vaporizer accessory.

 

In closing, the Ascent is one of the best vaporizers we’ve seen. In the world of portables, we expect it to capture a large part of the market and hold it. There are no other portable units that can deliver the same battery life, maximum temperature, or customizable experience. There are few units that can handle both dry herb and extracts, but this one does. There are even fewer units with an all glass pathway, but again this device has that base covered too.

We’re left wondering what it can’t do. It’s a unique device and definitely sets a few benchmarks that will be hard to meet, much less beat for any competitors attempting to dethrone the Ascent. Until that competitor comes along, the Ascent looks like it is the go-to portable vaporizer for every connoisseur to own.

To purchase an Ascent of your very own, we highly recommend checking out this authorized retailer who ships FREE North American wide! They also cover the entire 2 year warranty through their store’s Hassle Free Warranty program and provide a free grinder with purchase!

We also wanted to suggest you check out a cool, new the vapor filtration device, called the ZEUS Iceborn that makes a great addition to the Ascent. We recently reviewed it and were blown away by how it cools down even some of the hottest vapour with ice, bumping up its vapor quality by 2 points! The Iceborn is also much more efficient than filtering your vapor with a bong, and allows you to blow massive frosty clouds. You can read our review of the Iceborn here!

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Dan is a writer with a massive vaporizer collection who loves video games, superhero movies, finding new music, comic and regular books and critically deconstructing those things until he wonders why he liked them in the first place. He's also a pragmatic fitness enthusiast who believes that the best actions you can take in your daily life are those that help you reach your goals, and that naps are the most lofty, but also the most noble goal one can have.

9 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    I just got one of these and I want to use it for oils but I heard it isn’t that great for that. Should I get a G-pen or something for that instead?

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      Dan C

      It’s actually true. Although it technically can handle oils, it doesn’t get to a temperature to really make the best of it. If you want something that’s dedicated to oils or other concentrates, you should take a look at the G-pen and other pen vaporizers like it to see what works best for you. The ZEUS Thunder is probably the best vape pen I have come across so far. I would recommend you check that out too. As a general rule, vaporizers dedicated to concentrates handle concentrates better than units that try to do it all. Hope that helps!

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  2. Anonymous

    How strong is the glass pipe? i’m gonna be using this as a pocket vape so i wanna make sure it won’t break on me.

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  3. Osprey

    I think this is an outstanding product. It is very cleverly designed and of high quality. It works well and is easy to use. I found that the glass “filter” is the weakest link in the unit. I broke two before I abandoned using it. Just for the record: don’t use the little tool provided to remove the glass filter; push it out from the top with a pencil.

    I received the water pipe attachment from Davinci with my unit and I now use that along with a stainless steel screen made from faucet aerator. It works very well this way and you don’t have to worry about the glass screen, but it becomes a bit of a pain to fill the bowl as you need to fit the screen over the herb once the bowl is full.

    One other important point: the battery life seems to be about a year to a year and a half. The battery warranty is on a couple of months so expect to buy a new unit every year or so. I think a replaceable battery would make this the best unit on the market.

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  4. Mike

    Hi, what are your thoughts about the DaVinci IQ? Would you consider doing a review on it?

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      Kevin H

      We can certainly confirm the battery of the DaVinci Ascent is NOT replaceable; however, the battery of the DaVinci IQ is replaceable, so bear this in mind while shopping around. :)

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