The DaVinci IQ has been around since 2016, so most long-time vapers are at least somewhat familiar with the product. On the other hand, the Zeus Arc is brand new! It was just released in November 2018, and most people haven’t had the opportunity to try it yet.

Today, we will pit new and against old in order to help you decide on the best vaporizer for you!

 


Vapor Quality


Zeus Arc vs DaVinci IQ

DaVinci IQ

When the DaVinci IQ was released, we were all impressed by the vapor quality we experienced from a ceramic conduction chamber. The higher temperatures produce a decent amount of vapor but the unit does get hot to the touch over the duration of the session. The lower settings maintain flavor but doesn’t produce many clouds.

Unfortunately, this DaVinci was released when stirring herbs was a normal activity. If you don’t, the ABV will be uneven, and you run the risk of wasting good material.

Zeus Arc

Today, we have a bit of a different standard. Although the Zeus Arc only has 3 temperatures settings, they are truly all you need. The highest setting produces extremely large clouds such as those seen with the Mighty. The middle temperature produces both a great amount of visible vapor as well as flavor.

Even at the lowest heat level, you will inhale satisfactory clouds. Anyone with a knack for flavor will appreciate how the Arc preserves taste. Additionally, this Zeus vape does not need to be stirred to get an even cook. However, there is a very handy built-in stir stick if you encounter difficult materials.

 

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Vapor Quality Winner: Zeus Arc

 


Build Quality


Zeus Arc vs DaVinci IQ

DaVinci IQ

Overall, the IQ is a well-made vaporizer. There are 2 different mouthpiece selections, and both are durable. Quality ceramic zirconia is used in the mouthpiece as well as the vapor path. There is also Bluetooth technology and smart paths for your convenience.

Since this DaVinci has precise temperature control, it features an LED light grid. This grid takes the place of a traditional display. It allows you to see the temperature and the cycle it is in, but that can be difficult to read. If you don’t use the device very much, it can be hard to remember.

The biggest problem with this vaporizer only starts after long-term usage. The hinges used on the doors of the device aren’t strong. They can break if you drop the IQ, and wear out over time if you don’t.

Zeus Arc

Happily, the Zeus Arc does not have hinges. Instead, the mouthpiece fits perfectly on the unit. By the way, the mouthpiece is made of medical grade silicone. The herbs are loaded through the top, so there is no need for bottom hinges.

In terms of the vapor path, you won’t find anything classier than this device. The Arc’s path is made of gold, and there is a gold heatsink. What this means is that your dry materials will heat up faster, because gold is a fantastic heat conductor. The sink is there to remove heat before the vapor reaches your lips.

Within the Arc itself is an accelerometer which detects if the device is in use and can be used to check battery and there is also haptic feedback to let you know when your device is ready.

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Build Quality Winner: Zeus Arc

 


Portability


Zeus Arc vs DaVinci IQ

DaVinci IQ

The DaVinci IQ is easy to slip into your pocket, but so is the Zeus Arc. What adds to this vape’s portability is the removable battery. This means you can easily swap it out on the go instead of having to stop and recharge.

Zeus Arc

The Zeus Arc and the DaVinci IQ are both about the same size. However, the mouthpiece has a hidden scoop. That makes the Arc easier to load when you are short on time or space.

 

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Portability Winner: Tie


Discreetness


Zeus Arc vs DaVinci IQ in hand

DaVinci IQ

When it comes to discreetness, the DaVinci IQ is a professional. This device can easily fit inside of a pocket, backpack, or jeans.

Even if someone sees it, there is next to no chance they will identify it as a vaporizer with its different shape and light display. People may even think it’s an external hard drive.

Zeus Arc

Almost identical in size to the IQ, the Arc is also a very discreet vape. It looks very similar to a battery pack, which is funny because you can actually purchase a Zeus battery pack for your Arc! If you need to hide the unit quickly, just close your palm around it!

 

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Discreetness Winner: Tie


Zeus Arc winner Winner: Zeus Arc

Overall, the winner of the gold goes to the Zeus Arc. The DaVinci IQ put up a good fight, but a device built back in 2016 and lacks a bit of oomph in the vapor department that we quite enjoy with the Zeus Arc. Both units are extremely portable and discreet, but the Arc really pulls ahead when it comes to vapor and build quality.

If you are looking to grab the Zeus Arc or DaVinci IQ, we recommended grabbing one from an authorized retailer such as TVAPE.

Also be sure to check out how these units stack up against the field with our Portable Vaporizer Ranking.

About The Author

Sarah Rodgers is a professional blog writer and herb enthusiast. When she is away from the desk Sarah can be found hiking, camping, or anything outdoorsy along with her trusty vaporizer. When in nature she feels a closer connection with the Earth and with herself.

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