As 2020 comes to a close and folks make the jump to vaping after smoking their way through the pandemic, the Utillian 620 by Utillian will certainly be a competitive option in the saturated and ever-growing dry herb vaporizer space.
Much like everything else in cannabis, COVID-19 has truly poured gas on the fire when it comes to dry herb vaporizers as people search for a product they’re comfortable using in their smoke-free homes and apartments.
For those looking for something extra personal, the Utillian 620 may be the answer — if they don’t mind keeping it clean, which isn’t tough. Below, learn everything you need to know about the Utillian 620,
What is the Utillian 620?
The Utillian 620 is a high end dry herb-only offering from the Canadian-based company. It’s considerably more compact than some of their larger options like the Utillian 722 which is compatible with both flowers and concentrates. One of the tradeoffs for the Utillian 620’s quality to size ratio is the size of the bowl: It’s fine for one person, but not for a crowd.
With this latest and greatest generation, some of the features are original and more on the functional than gimmicky side. This includes a built-in stirring tool that doubles as a mechanism to pop out the entire heating element for cleaning, plus a magnetic sliding mouthpiece.
How to setup the Utillian 620
Firing up you Utillian 620 for the first time is a breeze. Grab the micro USB wire out of the box and get it up to a full inaugural charge —you’ll be able to track the progress via the big blinking battery on the display.
While that’s charging, install the metal screen and the O ring seal into the vaporizer’s mouthpiece slide. Making sure the screen fits flush into the mouthpiece is critical or everything above the heating chamber in the airpath will be misaligned. And putting the screen in place on the 620 seemed to be easier than the other Utillian models we’ve previously reviewed.
Now with your battery topped off, you can load the chamber for your first rips. But remember, it’s a small one, and it’s better to pack it loosely for easier rips than cramming it in there and taking harder pulls.
Line up the magnetic mouthpiece with its two tracks on the base of the body and watch it pop itself into place before you even have to do anything else.
How to use the Utillian 620
Once everything is set up, using the Utillian 620 is very simple.
- Press the power button five times to activate the device.
- As the unit begins to heat up, you’ll see two temperatures on the display. The first number is the temperature the device has been set to, and the second number slowly climbs to match it — it’s the device’s internal temperature.
- When the device vibrates three times, take a slow draw through the mouthpiece. The slow pull will promote better vapor production than a vacuum impersonation.
- Dial in the temperature to your liking, we found anything in the middle of the 320°F — 428°F range to be best for flavor and effect. Maximum temperature felt like instant popcorn flavor, while the lowest setting took a few draws to get the plant material up to temperature.
- You can set your session to last between three and seven minutes, but we recommend pressing the button again five times when you wrap it up to conserve the battery.
While the chamber is small, it has a lot of bang. It’s worth giving it a stir with the built-in tool in the base once you start getting a hint of that burnt popcorn flavor. If you really want to max out the value, give it a stir and then jack the temperature up to help suck out the last glorious bits of vapor. While not always the tastiest, it’s certainly not wasteful.
Also, unlike a lot of other vapes, the Utillian 620 is built for easy clean up after each session. While the box includes a couple of scrub brushes, when it’s not overly packed, removing the mouthpiece and tapping the base on your palm should do the trick when clearing out the used up cannabis. Just remember to do it right when you finish your session so it doesn’t cool down too much and get stuck in the chamber.
Cleaning your Utiliian 620
Utillian recommends a full cleaning of the heating chamber every three sessions. Dip a q-tip in 99% Isopropyl Alcohol and wipe off the inside of the chamber upside down so none of the alcohol drips into the heating element (that would void the warranty). Use another q-tip to wipe off any excess alcohol before you flip it back over.
Occasionally, you’ll need to give the airpath a full cleaning. All you have to do is pop out the built-in stirring tool from the base and insert it in the hole at the bottom of the airpath. This will pop up the heating coil which is then easily submerged in 99% Isopropyl Alcohol for 20 minutes.
Rinse it off with warm water and dry it out before you put it back into the device.
What’s the appeal?
The Utillian 620 presents an excellent compact option for the everyday user. Surely, wiping out a piece of hardware after every few uses is just as reasonable as wiping a piece of quartz after each dab, so it’s hard for me to consider it high maintenance for what you’re getting.
While most consumption at the moment is personal, the Utillian 620 is definitely more functional in terms of a daily driver vape you can have sitting on your desk rather than something to take out on the town for anything more than your own personal use once the world opens back up.
Reloading and cleaning over and over again would be trickier on the go, but if you’re looking for a solid dry herb option while you work, it’s a great pick.
Purchase the Utillian 620 for $129.99.
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Jimi Devine has been involved in cannabis policy reform since 2005 and has worked in the cannabis industry since 2009 when he moved to California from Lynn, Massachusetts. Currently serving as Senior Staff Writer at Cannabis Now, you can also find his writings on cannabis products and policy in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, The Hill, The Chronicle of High Education, GreenState, High Times, 7×7 Magazine, L.A. Weekly, Leafly, The East Bay Express, and in Ed Rosenthal’s recent book “This Bud’s for You.” Jimi is one of the main journalists in the world focusing on the top-shelf flower market. Jimi has a BA in Journalism and Media Studies from Franklin Pierce University.