The Da Vinci IQ Has The Sleekest App Integration I’ve Yet Encountered and a Ceramic Oven That Produces Tasty Clouds

The first time I saw a vape with an app, I was very excited. The original make of the first brand I encountered with an app, the Firefly, underwhelmed me. But with iPhone-based controls and some other new features, it seemed like the second edition would be a game-changer.

Well, I didn’t really like the Firefly 2, which I found buggy. That feeling is not universal—the Portland Mercury’s cannabis columnist called it “the best portable vaporizer on the market,” after getting the exact same review model I had—but for me it that opinion is rather deeply held. I’ve been a loyal Pax man since.

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Well, the DaVinci IQ ($275) might finally flip me. This handheld loose-leaf vaporizer is one of the sleekest I’ve yet seen.

And that starts with the app. While the forthcoming Pax 3 also has an app, it’s not yet ready to link to the latest Pax, which has the same body as the Pax 2.

The DaVinci IQ’s app is up and running, and boy is it slick. It’s totally intuitive, makes a connection as easily as Bluetooth headphones and allows you to set up custom preset paths to bake the most out of any particular flower over a set time period. It heats up fast—about 2 degrees per second—and displays the temperature on a retro-futuristic array of dots.

There’s not many details to talk about with the app, which is the highest compliment you can give it. As far as I can tell, it’s accurate, gently toasting at 300 and charring a little once you move above 400. If you keep it up near 420 for any length of time, it also runs too hot to hold comfortably in your hand.

The body is about the size of a slide-open cellphone with nice rounded edges and a reassuring heft. It’s a bottom-loader with a battery that recharges inside the device by micro USB.

Like the Firefly (but unlike the Pax), it has a ceramic bowl and air path, which I find very easy to clean. At least when it’s new, a few taps leaves it looking like it did when it left the factory. I also found it makes for tastier vapor, a little smoother and milder than you get from flower baked in metal.

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Like Pax, the DaVinci line makes a wide range of accessories, from a keychain pick to a little cloth carrying case. At least for now, little goodies like that $15 carry case, an adapter for glass, and a little aluminum bud box come with it, which definitely left me feeling like a baller.

Once the Pax 3 and app are fully operational, it’ll be interesting to compare and contrast the two. But if you’re shopping around, you should definitely check out the DaVinci.

Meet Portland’s Best Political Pranksters: Americans Against Insecure Billionaires With Tiny Hands PAC

At approximately 8:30 pm June 14, a political attack ad ran on MSNBC stations in the Washington, D.C., market.

This in itself was unremarkable. So was the structure and tone of the TV spot: three everyday Americans expressing grave reservations about the suitability of a presidential candidate. But the questions they raised were unusual.

“We want to talk to you about Donald Trump,” they said. “If the White House phone rings at 3 am, will his little hands even pick up the receiver? When he decides to launch his nuclear war, will his stubby fingers even be able to push the button all the way down?”

The attack ad was real. So was the Portland-based political action committee that produced it: Americans Against Insecure Billionaires With Tiny Hands.

The PAC has grown from a series of bemused text messages, exchanged between two Oregon political observers watching Trump brag about his hand and penis size, into a multistate independent expenditure campaign drawing admiring notice from Glenn Beck and The New York Times.

The message remains the same: Trump must release the exact measurements of his hands.

“He’s been concerned about this for decades,” says Noah Heller, the PAC’s senior vice president of hand truth. “Because I think he knows he can’t be president with these tiny baby hands. Otherwise, why would he talk about this for 30 years?”

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Jokes about the Trumpian digits date back to the 1990s, when Graydon Carter’s Spy magazine rigorously referred to Trump as a “short-fingered vulgarian.” But the issue resurfaced in this spring’s Republican primary, when Trump responded to locker-room jests by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) by declaring on a debate stage: “I guarantee you there’s no problem.”

(Henry Cromett)
(Henry Cromett)

Within hours, Heller, an online marketer who had previously spearheaded a satirical campaign against a ballot measure to authorize a casino in Fairview, joined forces with Henry Kraemer, an organizer for the Bus Federation, the national offshoot of Oregon voter-registration nonprofit the Bus Project. They launched the “Trump Has Tiny Hands PAC” on Twitter, then filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission.

The FEC rejected the filing, saying a PAC couldn’t ridicule a candidate by name. “To this day, we think that Trump complained,” Heller says. They re-filed under a new name, and doubled down.

Heller and Kraemer filmed the TV spot in Northeast Portland in locations that included Alberta Park. It’s now nearing 500,000 views on YouTube.

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(Henry Cromett)
(Henry Cromett)

This week, the PAC hopes to begin hiring field staff. It will soon disclose political contributions that Heller says are in the five figures.

“It’s kind of remarkable that this has exploded,” Heller says. “At the same time, we know this is an important issue. It reinforces the concern we have about his tiny hands.”

Best of Portland Issue 2016.