The end of 2014 has seen many new units in the portable vaporizer scene, but we’ve also seen a new manufacturer enter the fray as well! Utillian is a new player in the vaporizer world that’s brought to us the Utillian 650, a small flask-looking portable unit that’s simple and reliable. Is it any completion for the hyped-up Pax? Let’s get into this showdown and see who the real champion is!
Pax vs Utillian 650
The Pax doesn’t have the best vapor quality. They’ve done what little they can to make the vapor better by using a special screen to keep the smaller particles out of the vapor, but the vapor is quite warm despite that, especially at the highest settings. The vapor is halfway decent at first, but the unit begins to get dirty inside quickly and the vapor quality sharply declines.
The Utillian 650 has a silicone mouthpiece that’s highly resistant to heat so it imparts no flavors onto your vapor. It’s also very easy to clean so you don’t have to spend hours trying to get the mouth piece back to being good as new. The length of the vapor pathway allows the vapor sufficient time to cool on its way to your mouth so you get smooth and pure vapor every time.
The Pax has an aluminum shell with a plastic mouth piece. The unit itself is actually very visually pleasing as it has been designed to look sleek and stylish, but there are some serious issues when it comes to functionality that cause this unit to fall short in this category. The mouthpiece is the biggest problem as the unit’s issue with getting dirty quickly ends up leading to you being unable to turn the unit on when the mouthpiece gets stuck in the off position. This is a serious oversight on the part of the manufacturer that ends up making the unit totally unusable!
The Utillian 650 has an aluminum shell with high quality plastic and silicone making up the rest of the outside of the unit. The heating chamber is ceramic which helps to produce pure tasting vapor and helps to reinforce this unit’s strength, which is its ability to provide an easy and reliable experience.
The Pax has 3 temperature settings that you can cycle through by pulling off the mouth piece and pressing the white button inside the unit under the mouth piece. The temperature settings let you vaporize at 188 Celsius, 199 Celsius, or 210 Celsius. This may not be the broadest range of temperatures, but it is enough to produce a couple different types of vapor.
The Utillian 650 has one temperature which, unfortunately can’t be altered. This does make for a consistent experience, but it does fall a bit short of the temperature flexibility of the Pax.
The Pax has been designed to be easy to carry around. The entire unit is pretty small, light, and the mouthpiece retracts to make the unit more portable and less of a bother in your pocket. The outer shell is also quite durable which makes it easy to carry it around without worrying it might be damaged. Unfortunately for Ploom, the unit doesn’t hold a charge for long, so you can’t take this unit with you for long trips.
The 650 was also designed to be very portable and has a nice durable aluminum shell and is shaped like a flask. This makes it easy to carry around in your pocket wherever you have to go and you don’t have to worry about it getting damaged. The best part about this unit is that it has a great battery life that will let you take it with you on long excursions without a worry that you might be caught unprepared.
The Pax is meant to be really discreet. Everything from the colour, to the operation, and even the general design of the unit helps it to be as discreet as possible. It gains some points there, but loses most of them because of the oven cover. The oven cover leaks vapor and odor which makes using this unit a lot less stealthy.
The 650 has a few things working for it in this category, the first being it’s shape. Looking like a flask means that you can use it in public in a stealthy manner. The second thing is that the black version of this unit has a very unassuming look that blends into most scenery. The last thing is that this unit keeps the vapor and odor isolated inside the unit, so your session is nice and stealthy every time!
Ease of Use
The Pax is a pretty easy unit to wrap your head around. Turning it on and off is simple and you can change the temperature by pulling the mouthpiece and pressing the button inside the unit. The problem with using this unit is that without regularly cleaning the unit, the mechanism to pop the mouth piece out gets stuck and you end up being unable to turn the unit on. This makes this unit much harder to use because each use should include a proper cleaning to make sure this unit doesn’t break on you.
The 650 is extremely easy to use. The bottom swivels open so you can get into the heating chamber and you can load it, then turn it on and enjoy vapor as soon as the unit reaches temperature. Cleaning the unit is also really easily done with a pipe cleaner and some cleaning solution, but the unit doesn’t require much maintenance to provide a good experience.
The Pax has a seriously problem in this category. Despite the hype of this unit, its battery only lasts for about 40 minutes of continuous vaporization. This makes it really hard to take this unit out with you on anything but a short excursion and expect it to last.
The 650 has one of the most impressive batteries we’ve seen in a long time. This unit can run for about 3 hours of continuous use before needing to be charged again. This makes it really convenient to take with you on longer trips where you might want to have many sessions.
It was a great showing from the debut unit from Utillian in today’s battle. It puts up good numbers in all categories except temperature flexibility. That being said, what it lacks in temperature flexibility, it makes up for in consistency and reliability. This unit is amazing for anybody looking for an easy to use, no fuss type vaporizer. Good try PaxVapor.com, but the Utillian takes the trophy home today!