Oil or herb? That is the question asked by many people new to vaping. The answer here is simple, and it involved purchasing a vaporizer that can easily handle both. As is the case with every type of vaporizer, the market is flooded with options. Rather than trying to decide between a dry herb vaporizer and an oil and concentrate vaporizer, we recommend taking a look at the DaVinci Ascent Vaporizer, as this is a device that will deliver the goods on both, and at a very reasonable price, too.
The Ascent that we are discussing here is the second generation model, which we believe is a really solid improvement on the original. It really does seem as though DaVinci listened to the concerns that users had with the older model, and addressed as many as they could. The design of the vaporizer is pretty simple and clutter-free, which is exactly what you would want from a good device. The control buttons are on front, and the power button is nicely tucked away on top. The glass mouthpiece slides in and out of the unit, but can also be completely removed to make it easy to clean.
The bottom of the device can be twisted open to reveal the ceramic chamber. Moving the chamber from the top, which is where it was in the older unit, to the bottom makes it that much easier to load up your materials. Right above the chamber you will see the second half of the two-part glass delivery system for the vapor. This piece can get a little dirty after a few uses, but it can also be removed for easy cleaning. You will want to get in the habit of doing that on a regular basis so that the integrity of the flavor of your herb or oil is maintained.
The chamber itself is pretty large, and the best vaping results are generally achieved when the chamber is fully packed with material. One thing to pay attention to is how finely you grind your dry herb. There are a few little holes in the bottom of the chamber, and if you go too fine, particles can fall out of the grille located at the bottom of the device. Not something you want to have happen if you are trying to be discrete. The package does come with small screens that can be added to the chamber before you add the material, as that will help prevent the spills.
When you have loaded the chamber and are ready to go, simply power up the device and allow it to heat up. The default setting is 375 degrees, but you may want to mess around with that until you get the level of vapor and flavor that best suits your tastes. The battery life on the DaVinci Ascent Vaporizer is excellent, and you can expect to get 2 hours of continuous use on a full charge. This is a larger, rugged unit that lends itself to extreme portability. You are looking a price in the mid to high range for a vaporizer, but it really is a very sound investment.