- January 15, 2019
- Posted by: Shane Dwyer
- Category: Vaporizers
PaxVapor has recently released their latest portable concentrate and dry herb vaporizer known as the Pax 3. As you can probably tell by the name, this is the third version in their line of vaporizers. They have made excellent improvements to the initial design and second iteration, and now it looks and feels elegant, it’s more portable, it provides better discretion, it’s really easy to use, it has an excellent warranty, and it’s definitely their most reliable model to date.
In our review of the Pax 3 vaporizer device, we’ll look at the most recent updates including the additional battery capacity, the concentrate insert, the quicker heating times, and other excellent options that have been added to this device to make it new, unique, and much better than the first two iterations.
Before you go, just know that the Pax 2 model is currently selling for $149, which is an excellent price in their recent price drop. So, feel free to consider that model if you do not need the latest upgrades to the newest version.
What Will I Learn?
Pax 3 Update
Very recently, PaxVapor made a change and now there are two different kits available with this device. You can buy the “complete kit” for $249 which comes with everything. Or you have an option to buy the “device only” kit that retails for $199. In the device only kit, you’ll get all you need for dry herb vaping but nothing else.
As mentioned, the complete kit comes with a wide range of goodies that you’ll definitely appreciate. For starters, they are now offering a small carrying case, which makes it very easy to bring this portable device with you wherever you need to go. The kit also has a concentrate insert and a half pack lid. The new matte finish is very attractive and the old glossy finish is definitely on its way out. They also have teal and gold colors available, but they are only available for a limited time.
If you intend to pick up the Pax 3, you should get it directly from the manufacturer by visiting the PaxVapor website.
Build Quality, Portability and Size
As far as many of the most important categories go, the Pax 3 isn’t necessarily the best in a couple of categories including flavor and the lack of replaceable batteries. But it does present a pretty great package that includes a great build quality, battery life, portability, size, and ease-of-use. And if you like to take your portable vape experience with you, you’ll especially appreciate this device while going snowboarding, skiing, biking, or hiking.
We would also like to mention that in this Pax 3 review, we’re happy to share the physical dimensions with this device, which are exactly the same as the previous version. The only major difference is the weight has increased slightly by 3 g.
This vaporizer added an additional upgrade with this version known as haptic feedback. The feedback provides a vibrational alert that many of today’s newest vaporizers are also beginning to add.
You might not initially be very impressed by the vibration feature at first. But give it some time because it may be minimal on this device, but it’s also noticeable enough and it doesn’t vibrate obnoxiously loud like some other devices. So the vibration remains discrete yet also noticeable, which is definitely a good combination of the two.
For build quality, they really made some excellent changes when compared to the previous version. It now has a highly polished finish that looks very attractive. Thankfully, it seems to hold up well too because I’ve dropped the device on more than one occasion and the attractive finish is definitely still intact.
Winter is also here in most parts of the world. I’ve used this device on many occasions outside and it seems to handle the cold, wind, snow, and moisture perfectly without any problems whatsoever. So if any of these areas are potential concerns for you, have no worries because the device definitely holds up in these settings.
Portability is obviously an issue of great importance for anyone buying a portable vaporizer. Again, the manufacturers definitely seem to have outdone themselves because the device is stealthy to say the least. On a more negative note, after using the vaporizer during a session, it does have a tendency to retain the smell of the dry herbs you’ve last used.
So keep this in mind and definitely make sure you are discrete when it comes to the smell, because you do not want to end up getting caught with your pants down when you least expect it. Or better yet, the Pax 2 End Caps can easily seal off the ends of the device and they only cost three dollars, which makes them a worthy investment indeed.
When it comes to portable vaporizers, size definitely does matter. But in this case, weight distribution, overall feel, and size aren’t necessarily expected to be the biggest. In fact, the smaller and more discrete the device, the better. So if you liked the Pax 2, and were happy with the size and weight distribution, you’ll be happy to know that this version is nearly the same except it only weighs a tiny bit more.
And when you pick this device up for the first time, you’ll really like the highly polished finish. It has a really nice feeling in your hand, it’s a lot brighter and shinier, and it looks a heck of a lot nicer than the previous version as well.
All in all, this is a durable and strong vaporizer that feels good being held in the palm of your hand. The company has a great reputation, they offer a 10 year warranty, and most customers are very happy with their purchase when all is said and done.
Concentrates Insert, Half Pack Lid, & Accessories
The Pax 3 had one really big addition when compared to the previous device. Now, instead of having only one chamber lid, they currently offer three choices.
The first option is the original chamber lid. Another option is the concentrates insert that many certainly appreciate. The third option is my personal favorite which is the half pack lid.
Let’s ignore the original lid for the time being because it’s been around for a while and we don’t need to describe it again.
On the other hand, the concentrates insert is an exciting addition from Pax Labs. I really appreciate it because customers have been asking for this for a long time and it’s nice to know that they were actually listening. This is a growing trend that doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon, so it’s definitely nice to have an option to use concentrates when out and about with your portable vaporizer.
Thankfully, the concentrates lid definitely does work well. At this point, I’ve had a number of different sessions and even used runny concentrates and even waxy or flaky concentrates and I haven’t had any messes to clean or leaks afterwards.
During any session using concentrates, you’ll be able to draw on the device at least a dozen times, which is a nice option when compared to the one or two big rips you’ll have to take with Cloud Evo, a dab rig, or a red-hot pen coil.
The taste is also really nice and the vapor is very smooth too. As a comparison, the Pax 3 is very similar to the Haze V3, except with the Pax there’s a lot less cleaning and it isn’t nearly as messy as the Haze, which was a very nice surprise.
In the past, it was quite common to sandwich concentrates between dry herbs or even wrap them in cotton to fill out the oven. But this concentrate lid makes the old methods seem like a joke at this point because it really is far superior. It’s definitely effective, very efficient, you do not have to waste material and it never makes a big mess. This is very awesome indeed.
The half pack lid is also an amazing addition as well. In the past with the original model and version 2, many single session users complained because the oven was way too big. You’d have to create your own custom insert using folded stainless steel screens or by a third-party accessory to make it efficient.
Well, the half pack lid has made it so you no longer have to rig up your own insert and single sessions are a lot better now when you decide to go solo. It even reduces draw resistance and the draw is much freer flowing now. In fact, the overall resistance is probably reduced by about 20%, which makes me very happy with the Pax 3.
The mouthpieces have been improved with this version as well. The raised mouthpiece used to burn my lips, but now that isn’t the case. I probably like the flat mouthpiece the best, although the raised one is definitely beginning to grow on me.
The Temperature Options, Vapor Path, and Heating of the Pax 3
They’ve also improved tremendously in this area as well. This device heats up much faster than the previous model. In fact, it used to take 45 to 60 seconds to get hot when now it takes only about 15 seconds.
When compared to the Firefly 2 or the GH, it doesn’t heat up as fast as those models. But if you’re looking for a great portable device that heats up on demand for each individual draw, this is definitely going to be the best option.
The temperature options and heating settings are as follows:
- 1 green LED – temperature setting 1 reaches 360°F or 182°C in 16 seconds
- 2 yellow LEDs – temperature setting 2 reaches 380°F or 193°C in 16 seconds
- 3 orange LEDs – temperature setting 3 reaches 400°F or 204°C in 17 seconds
- 4 red LEDs – temperature setting 4 reaches 420°F or 215°C in 18 seconds
The vapor path hasn’t changed on this device when compared to the previous model. But because of the half pack lid, the draw resistance is much less although it seems the same in every other way.
Reviewing the Pax 3 Vapor App
The app is a great addition because it makes it possible to customize your sessions using individual temperatures with various heating profiles. There are five heating profiles including flavor mode, efficiency mode, stealth mode, boost mode, and standard mode.
In boost mode, the oven will stay hot longer than in any other mode. This is a good option for those looking for dense clouds and a quick session. While in efficiency mode, the oven temperature will ramp up throughout the session which makes it very enjoyable. During stealth mode, the device is going to cool much quicker and you can use it to take quick draws on the sneak. Flavor mode only heats up the herbs as you draw on the device, which means it’s all about preservation, smoothness, and great flavor.
For the most part, I stick to standard mode, efficiency mode, and flavor mode during dry herb sessions. I like boost mode for using the concentrates insert and glass.
Lastly, I’d like to mention that you can use the Pax 3 without a phone or the app. The only difference is you will not be able to take advantage of the customizations which may or may not be an issue for you.
Information about Bowl Size and the Chamber
The Pax 3’s chamber and bowl size remain the same from the previous model. The difference is now you get three lids compared to just the full pack lid in the past.
When using the half pack lid, you can pack .15 to .20 grams of dry herb in the oven. The standard lid holds .30 to.40 g. And less always seems to be better when using the concentrates insert. You don’t want to overload it because cleanup will become a problem.
And speaking of cleanup…
Pax 3 Maintenance and Cleaning
After roughly 8 to 10 bowls, you’ll begin to notice much more draw resistance. At this stage, the screen gets clogged on the edges so this will signify that it’s time for a cleaning.
Wipe out the bowl, wipe off the underside of the mouthpiece, or settle in for a full cleaning. If you are doing a full cleaning, you’ll need isopropyl alcohol and the pipe cleaners that it comes with. Clean out the vapor path, the oven, and definitely wipe the mouthpiece clean.
Truthfully, to quickly clean it will only take you about a minute or two. To do a full cleaning only takes about five minutes, which is very easy and not a big deal at all.
For those using the concentrates insert, you’ll frequently need to clean the underside of the lid and the vapor path more often than those just using dry herbs. The liquid stays contained with the concentrates insert, so you really won’t need to clean inside the oven too often.
At some point, it wouldn’t be surprising if you need to replace the seal to prevent it from leaking, but don’t worry about crossing that bridge until you get there. They even include an extra one just to have it on hand.
It’s simple to clean the insert. Just take the stainless steel canister and move it from the plastic lid and drop the insert into isopropyl alcohol and let it soak.
At the end of the day, it’s very easy to clean the Pax 3 and it only takes a couple of minutes whether you give it a full cleaning or a quick wipe down. Stay on top of it to prevent draw resistance from ramping up. Otherwise your performance is going to suffer.
Charging Options, Battery Life, & Battery Specifications
They’ve really improve tremendously with the battery for this particular device. The battery capacity has been boosted by 17%. They now provide a 3500mAh battery as opposed to the 3000 mAh offered with the previous model.
When the battery is fully charged, you can expect to get 5 to 10 bowls during your session. And the session length will last between 95 to 110 minutes. In general, this means you’ll get 140 to 180 total draws for each charge.
When the battery is completely dead, it takes about 95 to 105 minutes for it to charge up fully. So if you plan to use the Pax 3 for an hour and a half, expect to charge it for an hour and a half using the USB charger, which is very impressive.
The device charges via magnetic charging dock and a USB port. The magnet isn’t that strong, so hold the charging dock and the unit together with a rubber band if you plan on throwing it in a backpack.
Although the unit doesn’t come with a mini charger, you can buy one on their website as an accessory. It supposedly works much better than the charger that it comes with, so you may want to look into this added low-cost investment.
The Biggest Differences between the Pax 2 and Pax 3
The main differences include the following:
- longer battery life
- the app
- haptic feedback
- much faster heat up time
- concentrates insert
- half pack lid
As you can see, the additions definitely make the Pax 3 far superior to the previous model. So if you’re looking to upgrade your dry herb vaporizer, this is definitely going to be a good option to try.
A Brief Summary of Pax 3 Reviews
All in all, the Pax 3 is an incredibly impressive setup to say the least. And the upgrades that they’ve added are truly phenomenal. It might not be a brand-new vaporizer per se because the aesthetics and design are generally the same, but the improvements that they did make mean you’ll have a much better experience overall.
The faster heat up times alone makes this a far superior device than its predecessor. It literally heats up about 30-45 seconds faster than the prior option. And if you’re going hiking or biking or just spending time in the elements, the quick heat up time is great because you could pop outside, have a session, and go back inside very quickly.
You’ll also like this vaporizer because it’s really easy to use. The warranty is phenomenal and they have you covered for a full 10 years. You’ll really enjoy using this vaporizer, it’s reliable, it’s really stealthy, and if you’re looking for a discreet device, this is definitely going to be right up your alley.
Out of all of the portables that I own, I definitely know I’ll be using the Pax 3 more than any other at this point. That’s not to say this won’t change in the future. But for now this portable vaporizer is unquestionably very high on my list.
If you do decide to pick up the Pax 3, you should certainly buy it directly from the manufacturer’s website. Click here to visit the site and take a look at the available options, the pricing, and everything else that catches your eye.
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I’d like to thank you for taking the time to read my Pax 3 review. I really appreciate it and hope you have a blessed day.