Pax 3, the latest in the Pax vaporizer series, came out late last year (release date: November 2016). Now that it’s nearly a year old, which is fairly old given that vape years are much like dog years, it’s about time we got around to sharing our thoughts on it, which we’ve done in the form of our recently published Pax 3 review. For reference, you can click that link to check out our full review or continue reading as we share some thoughts on what we discovered during our extensive testing. Mind you, the real review can be found on our site, this is just a brief overview coupled with a recap of what you’d otherwise find discussed in great depth in our full review.
What is Pax 3?
Wondering what this bad boy is? It’s a vaporizer, a portable one. And it’s not like many of the other vaporizers you might have come across, that is, unless you’ve come across a Pax before. In which case, if you’re familiar with the last one, the Pax 2, you’ll find the two to be very similar. In comparison to the original, it’s literally worlds apart – it’s just that much better, so much better that there’s hardly anything worth comparing between the two. But in comparison to the Pax 2, what we found is a better vape. We liked the second one, but this third one, wow. What can we say? It really is worthy of its status as a top tier vape on our site. Why? Well, just look at the features. It has just about everything shy of replaceable battery, which is one aspect that we don’t really appreciate given how handy it is to be able to replace a drained battery for a fully charged one. But looking passed this minor fault, this is one vape that you just have to see for yourself. It’s beautiful. Reminiscent of an Apple product, which is something that we’ve said before while discussing the original. And it’s true, only it’s more true now than it ever was.
This sleek portable with its unassuming appearance packs a lot under its pretty exterior. For example, it uses haptic feedback, which some of you might not be familiar with by name. This is the technical term for the technology that senses you, the user. And in the case of this new Pax vaporizer, it works really well as it literally detects your lips on the mouthpiece. Why would you want it to do this? Well, for one, it’s nice to have a vape that knows when it’s in use. This way, the vape can work in your favor, adjusting the heat while it’s in use and cooling it down more quickly while it’s not in use. And that is exactly what it does. It even has different modes to adjust the heating and cooling. So if you’re looking for powerful hits, it has a setting for that. But if it’s conservation you want, well, there are efficiency-minded settings for that as well. Accessing these settings is easy thanks in part to the new app that Pax Labs released to accompany it. With it, the app, you can do more than take control over the heating element as it allows you to adjust the temperature to a temperature (within its range) of your choosing. As if that wasn’t cool enough, it also offers some free games, which you might actually find entertaining. We found the spin-the-bottle variant to be particularly appealing – a nice way to get vaped with your friends.
Games are cool, but what else can it do?
We talked about the haptic feedback, we talked about the games, and we even briefly dived into the temperature controls, but what we haven’t talked about it is what it can do. Which is why we want to take a moment to take note of the fact that this is a dual-use vaporizer. While last we checked, damage caused by vaping concentrates isn’t covered under the manufacturer’s limited 10-year warranty, this vape can handle concentrated blend types in addition to the more standard dry blends. How well does it work? Given its small size, we’d have to say that it works surprisingly well. It could be better, as we see with the Crafty and Mighty vaporizers, but for how small it is, it’s actually really impressive. But vaping concentrates and dried blends is what some have come to expect from modern portables in light of such vapes as the Ascent Vaporizer by DaVinci, which really did well to set the bar high for the rest of the portable vaporizer manufacturers. So what else can this pocket-friendly vape do? Quite a bit. For instance, it’s capable of dropping into stealth mode, which entails lower lights and less smell. For those who want to vape without drawing attention to themselves and what they’re doing, it’s a nice little feature to take advantage of. But all these things aside, the real question is, how well does it stack up to its competitors?
In comparison to the DaVinci IQ, which we have a review for here, it fairs well. We actually rated it slightly higher on our website in part because it’s dual-use, whereas the IQ is not, and because it’s more compact – making that much more portable. But in comparison to the likes of Storz & Bickel’s Crafty and Mighty, it doesn’t fair quite as well given that both of the aforementioned produce vapor on par with high-end plugins. Yeah, they seriously are that good. But is it worth buying? That’s the question we’ll answer next.
Worth the money?
While we can’t answer this question for everyone given that we don’t know everyone’s situation (budget, preferences, needs, etc), what we can say is that the Pax is an awesome vape for those who need something small with a low odor. In comparison to other vapes of its type, it’s not as stinky. For those who are trying to be inconspicuous with their vaping, this is definitely a good thing. Then there’s the size aspect. It might not be as small as the Magic Flight Launch Box, but it’s small enough to literally fit into any pocket we’ve considered putting it in. And it, in our opinion, works quite a bit better than the MFLB. So when you look at all of this and take into account the fact that it’s cheaper than some of the other high-end portables, it quickly becomes obvious, at least to us, that the Pax 3 is a reasonably priced portable vaporizer that brings a lot to the table. If you want to know more, we suggest taking a look at our review, which you can find on our site at VaporizerShark.com or simply following the link at the top of this page (in the opening paragraph).
Pax 3 Comparisons
We spent a bit of time during the review process comparing it to other vapes, popular ones, direct rivals really. And what we found was that the P3 actually does quite well against the competition, which you might not gather from what we said about it in comparison to the Crafty and Mighty, but those are literally the best of the best at the moment and even then, the P3 is substantially smaller than either – so it’s easy to see how some might prefer it over either of the aforementioned portable vapes. As far as we’re concerned, its real competitors are the Firefly 2, the latest Firefly vaporizer, and the IQ, the latest DaVinci vaporizer. We have in-depth comparisons between the P3 and the Firefly 2 as well as the IQ embedded in our full-length Pax 3 vaporizer review so if you want to see how they compare, take a look – you might even be surprised by what we found. We know we were.
Real quick, before we end this little update to our blog that you’re reading, we want to talk about the maintenance requirements for this vape because that, to us, is an important topic. With portable vaporizers, the cleaning can be a real disaster, which is why we were extremely pleased to find that the new Pax is actually pretty easy to clean. The original was a joke when it first came out. If you didn’t clean it enough, which was really hard to do mind you, the mouthpiece would get sticky and then eventually, it’d just get stuck. Obviously that was pretty far from ideal, especially seeing as the mouthpiece coming out activated the heating element so if it got stuck, which it would, no heat, no vapor, pointless device. Right? So now with this version, none of that is an issue. It’s actually one of the easier vapes to clean and even if you don’t, you won’t run into any problems surrounding the mouthpiece getting stuck because it just doesn’t happen. Big improvement there.
And real quick because we’re already talking about this vape so much, we just want to talk a little bit about the temperature controls. You basically have five options. The first four are programmed into the unit and can’t be changed but the last one, the fifth option, is one you set yourself using the app. So if you don’t have a smartphone or similar app-compatible device, you’ll be missing out on this fifth temperature setting which is whatever temp you want to set it to. The temperature range on the Pax 3 starts at 360 degrees Fahrenheit and ends at 420 degrees Fahrenheit. Not the widest range but good enough if you ask us. However, we would have preferred to see the top end of the range a bit higher, perhaps another 15 or so degrees. But even without those extra degrees, it’s still hot enough to vape concentrates so that’s good enough for the most part.
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