After years of producing sturdy vaporizers for the dry herb crowd, Canadian-based Utillian just dropped their latest with the Utillian 5 which features a glass bubbler attachment.
The affordable option for raw concentrates can't come soon enough. Over the last year, more and more consumers have begun to experiment with a variety of new cannabis products they might not have if they weren't stuck at home all day. High on the list of these cool things is boutique hash that is on a different level than anything in a cartridge.
In Utillian's new wax pen, you're looking at something a step up from the biggest discount options while remaining very affordable. Here's everything you need to know about the Utillian 5.
What is the Utillian 5?
The Utillian 5 is a mid-market wax pen. It's essentially a more beefed-out version of the Utillian 2 with a lot more bells and whistles for little less than double the price, but you should still be looking at $69.99 for the whole kit. So if you can't shell out for some of the more popular electronic dab rigs of the moment, the Utillian 5 presents a great option.
It will generally let you take beefier hits on the coil than in the ceramic chambers of competitors. What you sacrifice in flavor you make up for in volume. With the bubbler attachment it's certainly a bit smoother, but you're still getting the same quality of flavor off of the coil.
How does the Utillian 5 work?
After the initial charge, getting your Utillian 5 ready to go is a breeze. Just plug in the included micro USB and wait for the bar to fill up and stop blinking. The battery display will glow solid when it's fully charged.
Before you use any vaporizer for the first time, it's always a good idea to swab off the atomizer and mouthpiece parts with a swab with a couple drops of isopropyl alcohol. Then burn it off a few times following the steps below. If you plan on cranking out rips in the Utillian 5, you're probably going to want to get some Glob Mops. They'll be sturdier on the coil and you won't end up trying to vape q-tips.
After you've prepped the device for its inaugural digital dabs, it won't take long to get the party started.
- Pull off the mouthpiece and spit guard to expose the atomizer coil and place a small amount of BHO or rosin on the coil. Utillian recommends a piece of concentrate the size of a grain of rice, but our research found you can go a bit beefier than that, especially if you're using the triple titanium coil. The Jumbo Kanthal coil is actually for single use sessions despite the name.
- Press the power button five times to activate the device.
- Press the button twice to set the Utillian 5 to one of the four voltage options: lower voltage provides more flavor, while the higher settings will produce bigger rips.
- Once you've settled on your preferred voltage, hold down the button to start heating the concentrate. When you see the LEDs start to turn white you can take a hit. It will automatically stop heating after ten seconds. You can adjust the airflow ring below the atomizer to find the draw that's right for you.
How to clean the Utiliian 5
Utillian told us that when cleaning your coils with alcohol on a swab — whether it's the Kanthal coil or the Triple Titanium — you have to make sure you fire the coil without any product in it. The core will absorb the alcohol, and if that happens, it can take a bit of time and attention to get it out.
Utillian also recommend cranking up the temperature after cleaning your unit and fire it several times after the coil is thoroughly dried to remove any residue and alcohol that may still be in the coils. This is even more important with the Kanthal coil because its black ceramic center may have absorbed some of the alcohol.
The heating will also help sanitize your coil and remove any leftover cleaning product from the coil itself.
What's the appeal?
What you'll get with the Utillian 5 is a solid bare-bones concentrate vape with a few extras, like a bigger battery and multiple coil options. You'll be able to smoke most of the high-end concentrates on the market too, except for sauce.
And if you really enjoy the Utillian 5, then you'll know whether or not it'll be worth a few hundred bucks to get your hands on one of the more elite concentrate vaporizers out there, like the Peak Pro or Carta.
Find the Utillian 5 at tvape.com