Utillian 420 Review
The Utillian 420 portable vaporizer for dry herbs is a more affordable version of the popular upscale unit the Utillian 651. The Utillian 420 doesn’t have the expensive components or high-end features that its older siblings do. However, it’s still a good choice for anyone that’s new to vaporizing, and it does just about everything you’d expect it to for a device that has a price tag of under $100. It is well made, looks like a cool little flask, and also boasts a metal finish, not plastic, which is a plus. Is it the perfect choice for the newbie vaporizer user? You be the judge.
Battery on the Utillian 420
You might expect a smaller, budget priced portable vaporizer to have a weak battery, but that’s not the case with the Utillian 420. The Utillian 420’s battery is a solid 1700 mAh, and is made from lithium. Most users seem to agree that the Utillian 420 lasts for about a full hour’s worth of continuous usage. Depending on how long your typical vape session lasts; you’re looking at a solid four or five sessions until you’ll need to recharge this portable vaporizer. The battery on the Utillian 420 cannot be removed or swapped out, but you might expect that when it comes to a device at this affordable of a price tag.
Using the Utillian 420
The Utillian 420 is user-friendly and easy to operate. The digital display is lit well and not hard to read. At a compact size of 2 by 4 inches, it should fit in your palm with ease and should be relatively discreet. There is only one button to press to use the unit, so it keeps confusion to a minimum. To turn the device on, just hit the power button quickly five times, and the Utillian 420 starts heating up on its own. If you want to turn the unit off, just follow the same steps as turning it on – or just leave it alone, because its automatic shut off feature will power the unit down on its own after ten minutes of not using it.
For what it is, the Utillian has a good heat up time of about 20 seconds. Sure, there are a lot of portable vaporizers available that heat up a lot faster than that, but they are going to cost a lot more. The Utillian 420 has four different temperature settings of 190 degrees Celsius, 200 degrees Celsius, 210 degrees Celsius and 220 degrees Celsius. The unit only displays temperatures in Celsius for some reason, which really isn’t a big deal.
Vapor Quality on the Utillian 420
Obviously since it’s a low priced unit, it’s not going to be on the same level as some of the higher end portable vaporizer models, but that’s okay for most users who seem to like the Utillian 420. It can be a bit lacking in taste and smoothness when you try to vape at the highest temperature, but that is to be expected if you understand vaporization.
With most vapes that use conduction heating, we always recommend grinding your dry herbs down as finely as possible to ensure you’re getting the best possible tokes. This is also the case with the Utillian 420. This device thrives on low and slow tokes, and you will get the best flavor and tastiest clouds on the two lower settings and by slowly inhaling. The mouthpiece made of glass keeps the hits tasty, fresh and pure – especially when you are taking low and slow rips. The fact that the chamber is made from ceramic also helps keep the vapor quality at a relatively high level for this affordable of a vape.
The device holds its own relatively at higher temps, but it is an inexpensive conduction unit, so big tokes at the highest temp will likely be a bit harsh for most users. As far as vapor production, you’ll get decent sized clouds when vaping with the Utillian 420 – nothing special, but nothing to notably complain about for the price, either.
What Comes With the Utillian 420?
Including the device itself, the Utillian 420 comes with your standard mini USB charge cord, two screens for replacements that fit onto the mouthpiece, a tool for packing your favorite dry herbs and neatly as possible and a rubber attachment that covers the part of the mouthpiece that’s metal. Utillian gives you a choice of one of three colors for your device, black, silver or titanium. The 420 comes with a 1-year warranty, which isn’t the greatest – but as with anything in life, of course you get what you pay for.
• Easy to use.
• Compact design that looks cool and fits nicely in the palm of most users’ hands.
• The vapor quality is above average at the low to medium temps, especially when compared to other vapes in its price range.
• Metal finish, not plastic. Comes in three different colors.
• Ten minute automatic shut off feature.
• Budget price point puts limitations on vape options.
• Slightly more bulky than some of its competitors, despite being compact.
• Not compatible with concentrates.
• Conduction heating can be harsh on the throat if you like to take big rips.
• The mouthpiece made of glass isn’t secure when tucked away in the storage compartment, as it tends to move around when not extended outward for toking.
What are your thoughts on the Utillian 420? Do you own one, or know someone who does? If so, what are the best and worst things about it? Let us know in the comments, we love hearing what you think and if you’re looking for a Utillian 420 be sure to head over to Tools420 vaporizers to get your own today!
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