Everything you need to know about the Ardent Nova

The Nova — the flagship multi-tool making the most of cannabis edibles through consistent cannabis decarboxylation — is the first product from all-star company Ardent. Attention to detail, from the coordinated packaging and design to the thoughtful and important information accessible from their website, is what makes them — and this product — so easy to love. 

The Ardent Nova uses precision science-backed technology to take the mess and guesswork out of decarbing cannabis, a previously tedious, smelly, and inconsistent process. Decarbing is not only an essential step in the process of turning cannabis into edibles, but also offers plenty of benefits for regular use like smoking and vaping. And as a multi-tool in the kitchen, the Ardent Nova makes infusing oils through decarboxylation easy, allowing people to have more control over the dosing and cost of their edibles. This is equally good news for those who use cannabis as medicine, as well as those who want to explore the fun and delicious world of edibles — or both.

Below, find out everything you need to know about the Ardent Nova.

What is the Ardent Nova?

The Nova is a culinary multi-tool used to decarboxylate cannabis flower and concentrates. It also doubles as an infusion chamber. The Nova was the first product launched by Ardent and is sisters to the Ardent FX

The design is sophisticated yet easy-to-use with deep magenta color and has no obvious cannabis markings, making it easy to keep with other kitchen appliances or on a shelf next to contemporary decor. The compact appliance consists of the primary base with connected power chord, chamber insert, silicon lid, and a locking lid. 

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How does it work?

Decarbing and infusing the classic way can be intimidating, so one of the best things about the Ardent Nova is how easy it is to use. There is one main power button that illuminates green when ready to be used, and red when it is in cycle. Activating a “decarb” or “infuse” cycle is as easy as pressing the button and the rest is automatic. A huge bonus: the decarboxylation process is odorless. 

The light flashes red when it is in the cool down phase and returns to green when complete. There’s no need to adjust anything when switching between decarbing and infusing. Each cycle takes around an hour and a half. 

Decarbing

The internal chamber holds up to one ounce of flower. There’s no need to grind and no minimum quantity restricting you, though users should avoid shoving or packing in material that doesn’t fit easily into the chamber. After running the decarb cycle, the flower will appear slightly toasted in color and aroma. 

Infusing 

Infusing is similarly straightforward, you simply add oil or butter to the decarbed cannabis and let it run for another cycle. It is recommended to decarb your material before infusing. The amount of oil is flexible; as long as the oil or butter covers the cannabis, it is good to go, though the potency and dosing will depend on your ratio of cannabis to oil. Once the cycle is complete you can strain off the infused oil and discard the flower.

How to clean the Ardent Nova

Keeping the Ardent Nova clean is easy, mainly due to the stainless steel chamber and silicon cap are removable and dishwasher friendly. The rest of the device can be wiped down with a cleaning cloth, dry or damp. 

Extras and kits

Built with real consumers in mind, the kits and accessories offered to enhance Ardent’s culinary tools are both luxurious and great starter packs for those just getting into infusions and edibles. The kits are especially helpful, as they take the guesswork out of how to make oils and fully composed infused dishes and treats. 

Here are some of the most useful and fun add on options:

  • Infusion Sleeve: this small purple silicon insert makes it easy to keep the stainless steel chamber clean when working with sticky or gooey concentrates, and when infusing oils and buttes. 
  • Frainer: A combination strainer and funnel makes it easy to transfer your newly infused oils into bottles without any extra plant material getting in. 
  • Culinary Kits: Offering a wide and growing number of kits, they are designed to take the guesswork out of infusing oils, like coconut and olive oil, for use in any number of recipes, as well as complete edible kits, like the mini apple pies and truffle cups

What’s the appeal?

Given how useful the Ardent Nova is, it’s $260 price tag is nothing to gawk at. For anyone making infusions on a regular basis, this is sure to significantly reduce the typical hassle and mess. Similarly, anyone who is regularly buying edibles stands to save money by making them at home. 

The machine itself is cute and discreet, both in design and function — it won’t stink up the kitchen when in use. It seems almost magical that a single button can produce consistent results, and that is a testament to the science-backed technology that went into the product’s creation. 

Perhaps most importantly, this machine may be the key for those who want to take control of making and dosing their own medicine. But whether or not it is for medicinal purposes, the Nova captures a sense of fun and whimsy all while feeling grown up and sophisticated. 

Find the Ardent Nova on ardentcannabis.com. Photos provided by Ardent. 

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The best dry herb vaporizers to get right now

Despite pioneering the genre, dry herb vaporizers are the underdogs of the vaporizing world. While pens, concentrate vapes, and electronic systems like e-rigs dominate the stoner market, many tend to write off flower vapes as catering to a more medicinal crowd. When it comes down to it, most recreational users prefer to combust flower with a Bic and vaporize concentrates with a Peak, as opposed to vaporizing the flower itself. 

It’s a totally different and more nuanced experience to vaporize flower than it is to smoke it — and the high is different, too. Smoking slaps you in the face, but vaping creeps behind your eyes. Instead of eviscerating all the chemical compounds like terpenes and cannabinoids with an uber hot flame, you’re vaporizing these compounds at a lower temperature and getting the most out of your flower. Also, vaporized weed has been decarboxylated, meaning you can use the vaped weed to make edibles later, stretching your stash even further. 

As the objective of cannabis use moves away from over consumption and the hokey-stoner vibe it entailed, more sophisticated users are seeing the beauty in vaporizing flower. Thus, dry herb vapes are making a comeback, riding the new wave of health-conscious, lifestyle-based consumers.

Not only are flower vapes one of the safest ways to consume cannabis — especially during a respiratory-based pandemic — they offer a full-spectrum terpene experience that can’t be achieved through smoking. Due to this litany of advantages, the flower vape market has seen a spike in cool new vapes. Here are our favorite dry herb vaporizers on the market. 

DaVinci IQ2

For a luxe vaping experience, check out the brand new DaVinci IQ2. Heavy, chic, and pricey to boot, this beautifully executed handheld vape is compatible with both dry herb and concentrates. 

Great for conserving flower and savoring the flavor, the IQ2 also comes with an app that can measure dosage based on strain and vapor density. 

Price: $295

Volcano Hybrid Vaporizer

The Volcano by euro vape lords Storz and Bickel is the most nostalgic and best selling desktop vaporizer of all time. With its large triangular base and party bag full of vapor, it’s an iconic and fun design that’s managed to peak our interest for over twenty years

The Volcano’s most recent incarnation, the Volcano Hybrid, has high tech upgrades to the beloved analog device, resulting in one hell of a product. The future isn’t all what it’s cracked up to be, but at least we can control Volcano rips from an app on our phones. 

Price: $699

PAX 3

The Pax 3 is a widely beloved dual use vaporizer that is as beautiful as it is effective. Portable, and having one of the most discrete designs on our list today, this vaporizer is simple to use, but also has app capabilities for a personalized experience. The Pax 3 is available in two kits, the “Basic Kit”  vaporizes flower only, and the more expensive “Complete Kit,” which includes a concentrate insert. 

Price: $250

G Pen Elite

LA vape brand G Pen helped pioneer the genre of hand held vaporizers in the mid 2010s. Known for their quality and well-designed devices with luxe details, G Pen has a ton of great products. My personal favorite is the Elite

Classic and simple, it just works. This little portable convection vaporizer features an LED display, temperature control, and a signature ceramic heating element that heats flower quickly and evenly between 200 and 428°F. 

Price: $119.95

Firefly 2+

The last dual use device on our list is the lightning fast Firefly 2. This touch sensor activated portable convection vaporizer stands out for its on-demand heating feature, versatility in accepting both flower and concentrates, and a glass heating chamber with ember glow LED design that mimics the feeling of smoking a bowl.

At $249.95, it’s still in the realm of affordability when it comes to multi-use vapes with tech features. It’s a sleek little vape that packs a punch, producing consistent, great tasting vapor. 

Price: $249.95

Airvape X

Simple, well-constructed, and friendly for the consumer who may not be the most tech-savvy, the Airvape X is a solid product. At the crux of why Airvape X is cool is its lightning fast heating capability and affordable price tag. It also comes with a lifetime warranty for peace of mind.

Price: $139

Arizer Air II

The Arizer Air II is a portable convection vaporizer from Arizer, a veteran brand known for their no nonsense, high-quality vapes. Blurring the line between a high end at-home vaporizing system and a portable vape for on-the-go use, this is a great product for the quarantine era, where the only place you’re going is to the kitchen then back to the couch. 

Price: $149.99 

Crafty+

With its survivalist aesthetic and powerful heating capabilities, the Crafty+ by Storz and Bickel is just plain cool. It looks like binoculars, gets you super high, and feels good in the hand. Simply insert flower, wait a few seconds, and you’re ready to go. A perfect companion for all your upcoming springtime adventures. 

Price: $279

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Everything you need to know about the REFLUX 00_7TEN Vaporizer

The genre of dabbing concentrates is evolving at warp speed. A mere 10 years ago, taking a dab meant blasting a tar-like distillate with a giant torch, then coughing until you puked. Fast forward to now, and the dabbing world is a sleek, shiny place where futuristic devices and crystalline cannabinoids reign supreme. 

While devices like e-rigs and electric dab straws made dabbing accessible to novice users, there’s another class of dabbing technology that caters to experts who know exactly what they want out of their concentrate experience. Enter the REFLUX 00_7TEN Vaporizer by Indux Labs, a system that exists on the cutting edge of dabbing technology, truly in a league of its own. 

By utilizing electromagnetic energy waves, the REFLUX heats concentrates slowly, building on a temperature ramp as opposed to introducing the concentrate directly onto a hot plate, eviscerating all the terpenes and chemical compounds that have lower boiling points. 

Offering a totally unique experience — one free from the drawbacks of normal hot plate consumption like coughing fits, burnt lungs, and a general feeling of being near death — the REFLUX 00_7TEN Vaporizer provides more of a hookah-like situation. It vaporizes concentrates beginning with a gradual temperature build, activating every terpene and cannabinoid which gives you a full-spectrum experience like never before.

Though the system appears daunting to use at first, it’s actually extremely simple and totally worth it. As someone who dabs a lot, this is far and away the most incredible experience I’ve ever had consuming concentrates. 

Here’s everything you need to know about the REFLUX 00_7TEN Vaporizer. 

What is the Reflux?

The REFLUX is a vaporizing system that uses an electromagnetic field to heat concentrates slowly at low temperatures. As the temperature gradually increases on what’s called a “temperature ramp,” the individual boiling points of the components of your concentrate are progressively reached. In doing so, you get the most out of your concentrate. They last longer, taste better, and get you higher. 

The REFLUX makes everything about your vaping experience customizable. With parts like an airflow key that controls vapor texture, and many different heating elements that can be combined to form an endless amount of configurations, the system is a scientific feat, perfect for the user who has — and knows — it all. 

What can you vape with it? 

The REFLUX is compatible with all types of concentrates, including shatter, budder, wax, etc. 

How does it work?

So, what does it actually mean for a vaporizer to be electromagnetic?

The REFLUX utilizes an induction coil to generate an alternating electromagnetic field which heats a collection of interchangeable heating element configurations through a process called hysteresis. Hysteresis creates heat as a result of the friction between moving molecules, while eddy currents resistively generate heat.

The REFLUX’s heating elements are different shaped rods that, depending on their size and shape, determine your vapor experience. For example, rods with a quicker temperature ramp use a combination of hysteresis and eddy currents to heat the concentrate faster, thus producing a denser and more potent vapor, while other heating elements that only heat through eddy currents would produce a slower, less intense vapor. 

Both temperature ramp and vapor texture are dependent on the shape, size, quantity, and material of the selected heating element configuration.

How do you use the REFLUX?

Though the process of heating concentrates in the REFLUX 00_7TEN Vaporizer sounds like an intimidating science experiment, using the vaporizer is pretty simple. 

List of Heating Elements and Temperature Ramp Times 

Fast-Temp

  • 6mm Shovelhead: <175 seconds
  • ⅛” Shovelhead: <200 seconds 
  • ¼” Terpedo: <200 seconds
  •  3/16” Capsule: <200 seconds

Mid-Temp

  • 3/16” Bighead: <225 seconds 
  • 5/32” capsule: <275 seconds
  • 3mm Rod: <300 seconds
  • ⅛” Rod: <300 seconds 
  • 3/32” Rod: <400 seconds
  • 2mm Rod: <400 seconds 

Slow-Temp 

  • 1.8mm Rod: <400 seconds
  • 1.6mm Rod: <500 seconds
  • 1.5mm Rod: <500 seconds 
  • 1.4mm Rod: <500 seconds

Quick Start Guide 

  1. Flip on the switch at the back of the unit. 
  2. Scoop a small amount of concentrate on one or more heating elements and drop it into a glass vial.
  3. Screw the vial into the bottom of the Reactor. 
  4. Insert Reactor legs into the corresponding holes on the top plate.
  5. Adjust the airflow key over the holes to create desired airflow.
  6. Set the “timer cycle dial” to your desired electromagnetic heating cycle. 
  7. Press the white button to initiate the heating cycle. 
  8. Allow concentrate to preheat and then begin inhaling at the onset of vaporization to taste your concentrate at its best. Typically, a puff of vapor can be seen exiting the vent hole on the top of the Reactor at the onset of vaporization. 
  9. If more vapor is desired after indicator life turns off, reinitiate the heating cycle by pressing the white start button. 

What’s the appeal?

The appeal of the REFLUX 00_7TEN Vaporizer lies in its totally unique approach to vaporizing concentrates. Gradually ramping up the temperature of your concentrate allows you to experience the components of your concentrate at the lowest temperatures for unreal flavor and total efficiency. It also gives you the ability to control the compounds being formed and vaporized, as well as the texture of your vapor. 

With systems starting at $1300 and going up to $2500, this is clearly not a product for the casual user. However, for the expert user who really knows and cares about what they are doing, there is no superior system. The REFLUX exists at the apex of haughty dab culture, a perfect union of science and swag that produces an experience like nothing else. 

Find the REFLUX 00_7TEN Vaporizer at induxlabs.com

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Everything you need to know about the Omura Series X

Few things have been more detrimental to the evolution of cannabis than the fear of getting too stoned. Despite massive amounts of scientific research supporting its validity as a medicine, and the widely-known fact that cannabis is a good recreational alternative to alcohol, none of that really matters if the person in question has had a bad weed trip

And it’s not an irrational fear, either. Getting too high can be traumatic … a horrible, scary, and overall game-ending experience for the cannabis novice. Thankfully, recent developments in products focusing on precise microdosing have opened up weed to a lot of cannabis newbies. Most of these developments have been in the edibles market, but now, with the Omura Series X, microdosing has come to the flower world. 

Chic and beyond user-friendly, the Series X by Omura is a whole flower vaporizer that’s perfectly suited for both the stone-cold novice/canna-curious crowd and the intermediate/medicinal consumer. 

Basically, they’ve taken the flower vaporizer and simplified the process to its most basic function, then homogenized a precise microdose with each session by employing paper tubes preloaded with tiny bits of flower called “Flowersticks.” 

Thoughtful, well-executed, and effective, this is a perfect flower vape for people who are nervous about using cannabis, streamlining the process into a one stop shop for the curious newcomer. 

What is the Omura Series X?

The Omura Series X is a new kind of handheld flower vaporizer that uses a proprietary insert — Flowersticks — to provide a consistent, micro-dosed experience for the novice consumer.  

Created in partnership with Omura and the award-winning industrial designer Michael Young, the impressive tech inside coincides with a glamorous yet pared down aesthetic, resulting in a device that works great, looks great and feels great in your hand. 

It features a patented dual-heat source that vaporizes flower thoroughly and evenly, preserving many of the flavor-packed terpenes that get eviscerated during the process of combustion that takes place when smoking. 

What can you vape with it?

The Omura Series X is only compatible with Fowersticks, which are disposable and biodegradable tubes that come prefilled with .17 grams of flower. Each Series X comes with a pack of 12 Flowersticks in Indica, Sativa, Hybrid and CBD.

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I tried the Hybrid and the flower was pretty good, it definitely got me high. The preloaded Flowersticks are what really cements this as a product for novice consumers. Anyone who was really into weed would probably want to load their own with the flower of their choice. However, for someone who is confused about all the different titles and effects flower can have, this kind of preloaded situation is perfect. Just pop one in and go. 

How do you use the Omura Series X?

The stand out feature of the Series X is its complete and total simplicity. 

Here is a quick start guide to the Series X: 

  1. Fully insert a Flowerstick flower end down into the Series X. 
  2. Device will turn on automatically.
  3. LED lights will indicate Series X is heating up.
  4. Device will vibrate and all three LED lights will illuminate once when ready to use (about 30 seconds to warm up).
  5. Take long, slow draws and expect minimal vapor.
  6. The vapor will increase with session.
  7. Session lasts about three minutes.
  8. To end session, simply remove Flowerstick from the device and it will shut off. 
Omura Series XOmura

What’s the appeal?

The Omura Series X not only fills a hole in the market of newcomers looking for a safe, accurate way to consume flower, but pioneers the concept of precise microdosing for flower consumption altogether. 

The device is beautiful, it works extremely well, and the process is so streamlined that anyone could figure it out. Honestly, the first thing I thought after using the Series X was that it would be a fabulous gift for a parent or grandparent who’s looking to use cannabis recreationally or medicinally, but had always been too confused or overwhelmed to actually do it. 

While the product isn’t necessarily made for a super stoner like myself, I think its importance lies in the group that it caters to. The canna-curious or those wary of cannabis are the people who hold the key to weed’s public acceptance. The fact that this device takes the fear out of using cannabis is truly invaluable, especially at such a pivotal time in its journey from the black market to the stock market. 

My only issue lies in the amount of packaging vs amount of flower you are getting. Though the Flowerstick tubes are biodegradable, they also produce a lot of trash. However, it is appreciated that they spent the extra dough and didn’t go with plastic options. Maybe in the future they could offer refillable options to cut down on the amount of waste. Right now, it’s health conscious, but not exactly environmentally conscious.

Overall, the Omura Series X is unique, trail-blazing, and bridges a gap between the novice and mother cannabis. For our industry as a whole, the larger objective is to make cannabis accessible and acceptable to the masses. Omura’s Series X does both.

Find the Omura Series X at omuracbd.com

Images courtesy of Omura.

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Everything you need to know about the DaVinci IQ

The vaporizer world is awash with high-tech gadgets and unfulfilled promises. Despite all the glossy advertisements, upgrades, tools, bells, and whistles, most of the fat clouds promised by these new vapes never materialize due to cheap manufacturing and a lack of quality in production. 

The realm of these gadgets — one of the cannabis industry’s fastest growing and most lucrative corners — is often a place of smoke, or rather, vapor and mirrors. 

Not so with the DaVinci IQ2, the newest update of the IQ, a dual-capability flower/concentrate vape from the luxury brand DaVinci. This is a smart, well constructed  vaporizer that produces one of the highest quality experiences on the market. 

What is the DaVinci IQ2 ?

The DaVinci IQ2 is one of the best portable vaporizers, featuring a precise, unique approach to temperature control, adjustable air flow, and an app component that allows you to track and customize dosage. 

While this first update of DaVinci‘s popular IQ vape doesn’t take a dramatic approach to change, improvements in aesthetic, hardware and tech work together, producing a reliable and intuitive device that feels great in your hand.

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The IQ carries a hefty price tag, coming in at $295, but its heavy, medical-grade components make sure this device delivers when it comes to vapor quality. Overall, the DaVinci IQ2 is a well thought-out and high end vaporizer that is as great for beginners as it is for life long stoners. 

What can you vape with the DaVinci IQ2?

The DaVinci IQ2 is compatible with finely ground flower (dry herb), and includes a mechanism for vaping concentrates. However, I found it to be a much better flower vape than concentrate vaporizer. 

The flower component works fabulously, a simple design with stellar heat control that produces dense, potent clouds of vapor every time. 

The concentrate component, however, I found to be complicated and somewhat wasteful, with far too many tiny, lose-able parts to be considered a viable way to take dabs on the go. While it definitely works, it’s also definitely not the best way to consume concentrates. 

How do you use the DaVinci IQ2?

Now that you’re familiar with the DaVinci IQ2 vaporizer, how does it work?

DaVinci IQ2 VaporizerGrasslands

Parts

IQ2 Body:

  • Mouthpiece/top lid 
  • Zicornia vapor path
  • 18650 battery
  • Onboard pick tool
  • LED display
  • Control/navigation buttons
  • Pearl adjustable spacer
  • Glass-lined ceramic oven

Extras 

  • Alcohol wipes
  • Extra pick tool
  • USB charging cable
  • Organic cotton
  • Dosage pod
  • 10mm adapter
  • Ceramic extract disc 

Basic Operation

  1. Open the IQ2 bottom lid to reveal the glass lined ceramic oven. 
  2. Pack herb tightly for maximum vapor. Close bottom lid for pearl to complete herb pack.
  3. Power on/off by clicking the control button 5x.
  4. Adjust temperature up and down by using the navigation buttons between four temperature preset ranges called “Smart Paths” technology, *IQ2 is programmed to start in Smart Path 3 (390-410 degrees).
  5. IQ2 will vibrate when ready.

Does the DaVinci IQ get too hot? Not with Smart Path Mode 

Smart Paths are four preset temperature experiences that increase in temperature over eight minute sessions. 

  • Rest: 410 – 430°F
  • Body: 390 – 410°F 
  • Mind: 370 – 390°F
  • Flavor: 350 – 370°F

The DaVinci App

One of its most notable upgrades, the IQ2 is equipped with a bluetooth app function that connects the device to a downloadable app on your phone. The key feature of the app is a dosage calculator which uses an algorithm to determine the quantity of active compounds vaporized per draw and cumulative session. 

After entering the strain information of the flower or concentrate you will be using, dosage is determined by the temperature used, length of draws, and length between draws. It’s a cool feature, especially for new users or those concerned about over-medicating.

Is the DaVinci IQ2 worth it?

The DaVinci IQ2 is a product of palpable quality that you can see, feel, and taste. Great for first time users as well as super stoners, it can be as simple or as complicated a device as you want it to be. The basic functions of its flower vaping mechanisms are just as impressive as its high tech capabilities. 

Improvements like the new air flow adjustment, luxury additions like the app, and chic aesthetic updates make this a worthwhile investment. It even comes with a 10 year warranty, so you’ll have nothing to regret.

Overall, this is an impressive and powerful portable vape that has some of the best bang for your buck on the market. It’s a great buy for any user. 

Find the DaVinci IQ2 at davincivaporizer.com

Photos courtesy of Grasslands 

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Everything you need to know about the Utillian 620

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

Utillian

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.

  1. Press the power button five times to activate the device. 
  1. 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.
  1. 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. 
  1. 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. 
  1. 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. 

Extra tips

Utillian 620 weed vapeUtillian

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.

Featured image by Utillian

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How to Choose a Perfect Portable Vaporizer

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Everything you need to know about the Dr. Dabber Switch vaporizer

A dab rig and flower vape all in one handheld vaporizer, the Dr. Dabber Switch offers convenience for newbies and dabbing veterans alike. 

The relatively compact set-up is a streamlined luxury item for those who are used to more precarious rigs, and it’s easy enough for first-time dabbers to use without any problems. The main game-changing feature is the machine’s patent pending induction heating system, which offers lightning fast heat with no hot spots and temperature accuracy within one percent. Controlling the heat up is key to getting a good hit, and users can choose from 25 settings to optimize flavor or cloud density. 

In general, it has a high-tech feel and will delight the tech-obsessed and anyone who’s looking for an easy way to dab on the go.. Learn everything you need to know about the Dr. Dabber Switch below.

What is the Dabber Switch?

The Dr. Dabber Switch is a rechargeable electronic bubbler that has an internal induction heat source. 

The only one of its kind, this rig’s technology provides almost instant high heat vaporization for cannabis concentrates, extracts and flower. Included in the basic package are these ten items:

  • Battery charger
  • Charging cord
  • Ceramic oil induction cup
  • Ceramic flower induction cup
  • Induction cap cover
  • Dab tool/carb cap
  • Induction base
  • Bubbler 
  • Reverse tweezers
  • Silicon box 
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How do you use the Switch?

The key to successfully operating the rig is to master the light indicators. The instructions are detailed, but come off a bit confusing with a lot of overcomplicated language. With four possible modes, all for different functions, it does feel fussy and overly complex. Then again, techies who love digging into a gadget to discover hidden features will likely enjoy the process. 

And while controlling the modes can be tricky, the clearly marked “main button” that allows users to switch from oils to flower couldn’t be easier. 

Temperature settings and modes

The rig offers a temperature range of 300 to 800°F, with lower temperatures being ideal for flavor extraction, and higher temperatures pulling dense vape clouds — which some usually associate with a more intense high. 

The rig is pre-set to its basic mode, which comes with five heat settings indicated by the five vertical lights on its face, easy enough. A few clicks on the buttons allows users to activate the “advanced mode” with 25 temperature settings to calibrate precision heat, which is how most people will likely operate the rig in order to customize their hits. 

There is a definite learning curve to operating the Switch, but worth it to take the time, as the customizable features are what makes this tool special. Additional modes include crystal mode, which only works with an extra attachment, and stealth mode, which eliminates the internal lights when operating. 

Regardless of the mode, each induction cycle can stay hot for up to 20 seconds, another feature that can be customized. There is an automatic cool down that kicks in between rounds or if it gets too hot. Because the induction heat is internal, there is minimal risk of burning yourself or anything else while handling. 

Set-up and design 

The unit needs to be assembled, which is quick and fairly easy: 

  1. Add a few inches of water to the bubbler before fitting it on top of the base. 
  2. Next, the induction cups can be pre-loaded and placed inside the rig using the reverse tweezers. 
  3. It’s ready to turn on by switching the main button to oil or flower, then time to choose the temperature setting. 
  4. Note: regardless of the temperature setting or mode, the lights flash red when heating up, and green when it’s ready to go. 

As a whole, the unit feels good in the hands, with an hourglass figure and smooth matte finish. It’s big, but not heavy, and would be easy enough to transport if packed in the original protective packaging. The rechargeable battery life is good for over 100 hits and takes just an hour to charge, which makes it practical enough to keep out as a permanent fixture. 

With so many features to be controlled by just a few buttons and lights, I can’t help wishing there was a digital read thermometer for temperature control rather than a system of light codes. 

Extract 

When dabbing oils, you can preload the induction cup with the extract, or you can load an empty induction cup and use the loading tool/carb cap to dab directly onto the induction cup once it reaches temperature. It vaporizes almost instantly and consistently every time. 

As expected, temperatures in the lower half of the range produce exceptional flavor, with higher temperatures yielding dense, puffy clouds. All said, the hits produced with extracts are reliably impressive in quality and speed. 

Flower 

For a machine primarily designed for dabbing, the Dr. Dabber Switch does a decent job vaporizing flower. While the instructions recommend using the induction cup cap to avoid loose particles from getting messy, it seems to interfere with vapor production and generally works better without it — and without making any significant mess. 

The biggest issue with flower is that it tends to burn. Low settings produce a good flavor for a hit or two, but don’t adequately extract vapor from the flower, and even medium temperatures char the flower right away. 

It works, but it’s clear that this rig is designed for extract rather than flower. 

How do you clean it?

The unit comes with a self-cleaning mode that helps keep the induction cups in good shape. Even so, it is recommended that you clean out the induction cups after each use with a cotton swab and some alcohol. 

The bubbler attachment can also be cleaned by soaking in alcohol, though the design with small tubes can make it a little tricky if it gets significantly dirtied. Dr. Dabber sells a different top piece that is easier to clean because of the more streamlined design. 

Extras

There’s no shortage of extras for this rig, at least one of which feels like it should have been included in the standard package. Notably, the carb cap and dab tool-in-one fits precariously as a carb cap, and seems like an accident waiting to happen — especially after a few hits. One of the brand’s other carb caps, including the least expensive updated carb cap offers more stability. 

Additionally, there are at least four different bubbler attachments available, including one that is easier to keep clean, and one that is electroplated to have an iridescent hue that changes color with heating. There’s also the quartz crystal induction cup that allows users to operate the enticingly named “crystal mode.” 

Is the Dr. Dabber Switch worth it?

It’s a fun piece to own for anyone who likes dabbing and digging into high-tech toys with lots of features. The versatility of being able to control precision heat is great, and can make a real difference in the efficiency and quality you get from cannabis extracts — even if it does take some practice to learn. This gadget can be a bit polarizing, some will absolutely love it, while some will find it overly complicated.

At the end of the day, it’s a Dr. Dabber product, so it’s no surprise that this machine’s specialty is dabbing extracts rather than flower. While not great for flower, the versatility is a nice feature and would absolutely do the trick for a group of people who were split between dabbing and flower vaping. 

The overall safety, battery efficiency and speed of the rig make it easy enough for first timers to get into the world of dabbing, and embodies technological advancements that will intrigue long time dabbers. 

At $400 it’s an investment piece and luxury item, but worth it for anyone who is looking to take their dabbing to the next level of comfort and precision. 

Photos courtesy of Dr. Dabber.

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