The Utillian 420 and the Pulsar APX Dry Herb are two of the cheapest dry herb vaporizers on the market that deliver actual vapor, not smoke. This makes them both very attractive options for people who are looking for their first vaporizer, but as we’re about to show today, they aren’t created equal. One of these delivers much better performance than the other. If you are looking to get a cheap vape, read this comparison to find out which one you should buy…


Vapor Quality

Utillian 420 color options

Utillian 420

The vapor quality from the Utillian 420 is actually unbelievable. I’m not saying that it can compare to the top tier of portables like the Solo 2 or the Mighty, but the flavor and smoothness are much better than you would expect based on the price of this. It performs as well as many units that are twice the price of this.

The performance is driven by a few main features. First, this offers good temperature control. Second, the vapor pathway is entirely glass and ceramic, and it’s just long enough to let the vapor cool off enough to be enjoyable. Last but not least, there is very little draw resistance so it’s very easy to get a big, satisfying lungfull of vapor.

Pulsar APX

The Pulsar APX delivers true vapor (i.e. it doesn’t combust your herb), but it’s nowhere close to the quality of the 420. If you start it out at the lower temperatures, you’ll get good flavor for 1 or 2 draws. The flavor disappears quickly though and you’re left with the burnt popcorn-y taste you may be familiar with if you’ve ever vaped before.

The draw resistance is also pretty high. It feels more like you are sucking on a milkshake than inhaling when taking a draw from this. This is only made worse by the fact that the screen for the mouthpiece gets clogged quickly. These are really only minor inconveniences, but they’re worth mentioning before you choose between these.



Vapor Quality Winner: 420


Build Quality

Utillian 420 with mouthpiece and display

Utillian 420

The build quality of the 420 is very good for the price. There are several features that you wouldn’t expect in such an affordable device. For starters, this has a digital display for the temperature. You don’t get precise temperature control, but you do get 4 levels to choose between ranging from 374F to 428F.

The materials used are all high quality as well, and it looks pretty sleek at that. I’m not sure what the capacity of its battery is, but lasts for about 4-5 sessions on every charge.

Pulsar APX

The APX has a lot more plastic involved in its construction. Units like the Crafty and Mighty have shown us that this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I definitely prefer the 420’s glass mouthpiece at the very least. The most noticeably cheap part of it is definitely the button though, at least on the unit I have. It is loose and will wiggle around if you rub your thumb on it.

On the plus side, you do get 5 temperature options ranging from 356F to 428F. The temperature level is indicated by an LED light right on the front of the unit. The light will be red when it first turns on and green when it is fully heated. The battery life is very similar to the 420’s.


Build Quality Winner: 420



Pulsar APX with mouthpiece off

Utillian 420

The 420 is a great option if you want something portable. It’s very small, making it easy to carry pretty much anywhere.

I like being able to slip a portable into my pocket for on-the-go use, and the curvy design makes this more comfortable than most. The battery life is also long enough that you can get a full day of use out of it.

Pulsar APX

The APX Dry Herb is also a great option as far as portability goes. Like the 420, it is very small and convenient to carry, plus the battery life is good enough to last you through a day.

While it doesn’t have a curvy design, it also doesn’t have anything at all that can break easily like the 420’s glass mouthpiece. I’m never worried about breaking my APX, which makes it a great option for taking on hikes.



Portability Winner: Tie



Utillian 420 profile

Utillian 420

The 420 is very discreet. It’s small and not very flashy, which means it won’t attract any attention. You can also easily conceal the whole thing in your hand if need be.

If someone does see it, the curve makes it look a lot like a flask. Depending on where you are, this may be better than people thinking it is a vaporizer.

Pulsar APX

The APX is also very discreet. Like the 420, it can easily be fully hidden with just your hand.

I don’t see either one of these having an advantage over the other when it comes to discretion, as they’re both great options in this regard.




Discreetness Winner: Tie


Utillian 420 showdown winner Winner: Utillian 420

The Utillian 420 has won our budget vaporizer matchup!

While either of these will get the job done, the 420 does so without making you feel like you went the cheap route. The most impressive thing is definitely the vapor quality. As I mentioned above, this delivers vapor that would beat many vaporizers that are twice the price.

The APX Dry Herb works well and isn’t a bad choice, but it doesn’t really compare to the 420 in my opinion. The APX is obviously a budget vaporizer, while the 420 is only priced like one.

My final take is that if you’re looking for an affordable way to get into dry herb vaping, you won’t find anything better than the 420 for the price.

If you are thinking of picking up a Utillian 420 or the Pulsar APX, we recommend grabbing them from, they have no tax and free shipping on orders over $100.

Also be sure to check out how these units stack up against the field with our Portable Vaporizer Ranking.

About The Author

Senior Content Specialist

Dan is a writer with a massive vaporizer collection who loves video games, superhero movies, finding new music, comic and regular books and critically deconstructing those things until he wonders why he liked them in the first place. He's also a pragmatic fitness enthusiast who believes that the best actions you can take in your daily life are those that help you reach your goals, and that naps are the most lofty, but also the most noble goal one can have.

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