Ascent by DaVinci Vaporizer Review

The DaVinci Ascent is one of the newest vaporizers to hit the market. It comes in four colors (three pictured above and the new “Carbon Fiber” model). And, like the original DaVinci, the Ascent can be used while charging and has precise, exact temperature control.

This is a different vaping experience than most portable vaporizers on the market, as it can do both herbs and concentrates. This unit also has some really interesting features that make using this vaporizer really enjoyable and easy. But before we get into the features of this vape, let’s see how it works.

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How the DaVinci Ascent Vaporizer Works

The Ascent is fairly simple to use. To start, you load the material in the chamber (pictured below). The chamber is fairly large and holds about 0.3 grams of material. This is larger than most units, and it works best with a full load in the chamber. You can use screens and other things like that to cut down on bowl size, but your best results will come from a full pack. It is also highly recommended to get screens for the bottom of the chamber, because material that is finely ground will fall through on occasion. It’s not like your whole load will be falling through, but a few pieces might.

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As far as turning the Ascent on, you simply press the power button on the top of the unit near the mouth piece. The default temperature is 375º F, and around there is where I have gotten the best results as far as vapor quality goes. But like any vape, perfect temperature is subjective, so experiment to find a setting you really enjoy.

When your unit reaches your set temp (only 1-2 minutes), you will see an icon that looks like a cup of soup, and that lets you know that you are ready to vape.

Underneath that icon, there is the battery indicator. Unfortunately, this indicator is not the most accurate thing in the world. You will get about two hours of total use out of one battery charge, which is longer than a lot of vaporizers out there right now. Two hours should last about 7-8 sessions, so just remember how many sessions you have had since the vapes last charge and there shouldn’t be any problems.

The battery takes nearly four hours to fully charge, but you can use it while charging so the long charge time really isn’t too much of an issue. However, if you have had a few sessions with it and you will be away from power, make sure to charge it so it doesn’t die on you (like any other electronic device).

So after the unit reaches the temperature you set, all that’s left is for you to pull out the stem and begin to vape. With this vape, the vapor quality is very good, but the vapor density is medium density at best. This isn’t really a problem, as vapor that is exhaled is wasted vapor.

Now, lets get to the special features. The main feature of this vape is that you can set it to turn the temperature up on its own after a certain amount of time. This is a nice feature, because it makes sessions very enjoyable and virtually no work. This vape can also vaporize concentrates, which very few dry herb vaporizers can do. It uses glass oil cans (pictured below) that are placed right in the chamber.

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Our Video Review

Here is a video demonstration we did to give you more of a visual on how the DaVinci Ascent works:

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Pros and Cons

Now let’s take a look at the pros and cons of the Ascent.


  • Adaptable: This vape can do herbs and oils, and it can control temperature change on its own
  • Use While Charging: Very few vapes can be used while charging, and it is a great feature to have
  • Battery Life: The Ascent has better battery life than most portable units, having nearly two times the battery life of most vapes


  • Large Chamber: The Ascent’s chamber holds nearly twice as much as most vapes, and you basically have to fill it all the way for it to vape well
  • Battery Indicator: Because the battery indicator is unreliable, it is definitely a downside

Best Place to Purchase the DaVinci Ascent Vaporizer?

Like most of my vaporizers, I have found the best place to purchase the Ascent is from Vaporizer Chief. They have the lowest prices in the industry and will even price match if by chance you find it cheaper elsewhere. Not only that, but they give you free, discreet shipping and a free grinder with your purchase. It’s a sweet deal all around.

Final Thoughts

The Ascent is a great portable vaporizer. It can do herbs and concentrates, it can be used while charging, and it’s very user-friendly. The vapor quality is very good as well and comes out at about a medium density compared to other units.

The main downside is that the battery indicator can be inaccurate, but this isn’t a huge deal in my opinion – just remember how many times you have used it since your last charge, and you shouldn’t have any issues (remember, the battery lasts for about 2 hours or roughly 7-8 sessions).

Overall, I definitely think the DaVinci Ascent is worth purchasing and I’m sure you will be happy with it.

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  1. Leigh says:

    This is a great unit BUT the lower glass part with the triangle shape IS EXTREMELY HARD TO CLEAN if not impossible. This unit sells for about $250 when I got mine, not cheap! After a while you have to reorder the lower glass part again and again because it does not come clean ($20) from the bud resin etc. A pipe cleaner will not bend into that triangle shaped glass area nor does soaking days in alcohol clean it. So, if you have money to waste then yeah its a great product.

  2. John p. says:

    Hopefully you’ll post this review because while I agree with some things, I disagree with most.

    1. It’s a lot safer to buy a $200 personal item like this locally. If you have issues with it, as I did over the internet, you just go back to the store and the local places have helped me without any problems or arguments.
    2. The glass, while better than rubber or plastic tubing, is so thin that it breaks easily.
    3. Then use the really poorly-written manual to figure out how to replace it. The online place from which I bought it were useless useless useless. I went to a local store and they showed me what to do.
    4. Buying online with a heavier product like this can be (it would be for me) expensive to send it back to see if it can be fixed under warranty. You may believe it should be but is the shipping (return-receipt, tracking, what else …) worth it? It absolutely was not to me.
    5. It has developed a bad after taste and it’s clean. I’ll have to figure out what’s going on there because while I bought a worthless extra warranty from the online place, customer support has been bad, to say the least. (I’ve been warned about useless warranties; fortunately the burning of $50 was the only extended warranty I ever purchased.)
    6. The vape won’t stand up on its own and it’s a problem. Want to waste material, get the Ascent. I personally will go back to basics when the lithium battery dies. It’s so not worth it.

    There are tips and tricks throughout the internet and they conflict. I personally made a $250 mistake and I shopped around. I received extra garbage with the vape with no instructions on what the heck to do with some of it. It just made the vendor look really stupid.

  3. Sebastian says:

    I have a DaVinci Ascent and I really enjoy it. I am only commenting on one of the cons. “Large Chamber: The Ascent’s chamber holds nearly twice as much as most vapes, and you basically have to fill it all the way for it to vape well.” I learned a little trick from a Youtube video. If you only want to fill up the chamber half way, place the little glass bowl that’s used for concentrates on top of ground herb. Not only does that prevent loose herb from being pulled up the airway, but it also seems to help the whole vaping process. Warning however, when you open up the chamber, the glass bowl will be extremely hot. I usually just tip it out and let it cool off. Personally I prefer it over the Pax. It’s got a longer lasting battery and I prefer the mouthpiece over the Pax’s mouthpiece but that’s just me. Hope this helps

  4. STEVE says:

    I have an Ascent Vaporizer by DaVinci and I’m quite happy with the product. I love the flavor of the vapor and really like to play with the lower temps (355) to extract the flavor of the blend that I’m using. I don’t think that a lot of people understand that you don’t need the temperature to be super high to get the result you are looking for.

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