New Review: Pax 3 Vaporizer

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?

Pax Vaporizer 3
Meet Pax 3, the latest iteration of the Pax Vaporizer by PaxLabs. This is the “Rose Gold” color, one of the color options currently available.

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.

The Maintenance

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.

Temperature Options

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.

This blog update detailing our recently published review of the Pax 3 portable vaporizer is brought to you by VaporizerShark.com

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We Compared Two Popular Portable Vaporizers!

This is a fun topic for those interested in portables that still haven’t made a decision as to which one to get because today, we’re sharing with you our latest vaporizer comparison: DaVinci IQ vs Haze V3. That is a link if you didn’t realize it. If you click it, it will take you to our comparison of the IQ and the Haze 3 on LinkedIn, which is where we published it. The reason why we chose these two vapes for this comparison is due to the fact that both are relatively new hi-end portable vaporizers that have risen quickly in popularity. Being new and popular, there are quite a few folks curious how the two compare. Subsequently, here you have it, a comparison of the two from the crew at Vaporizer Shark.

Why did we choose to publish it on LinkedIn? Simple. Because we could. The much less simple reason is as follows: We wanted to publish something original on LinkedIn, a somewhat LinkedIn exclusive. We did this in a bid to attract like-minded individuals and companies, particularly on LinkedIn, to our profile with the hopes of connecting with those in the vaporizer space.

But all of that is BORING. So let’s talk more about vapes!

The DaVinci take on a modern portable vaporizer is seen in the IQ. It’s slick instrument that really feels like it’s deserving of its price tag. It has that “Apple” vibe if you know what we mean (it looks and feels slick, like a nice product). The Haze feels solid as well, but it doesn’t have that Apple-esque nature to its design. It’s bit more clumsy and clunky, almost reminiscent of an Iolite vaporizer, like the Wispr or Wispr 2. But that doesn’t stop it from producing vapor like a champ, which is something they both do relatively well. Only, the Haze doesn’t just do it with dry blends, it does it with concentrated ones as well. That’s a big difference, but not the only big difference between the two – not by a long shot. Which is in part what made this such a difficult comparison for us to make.

These two vapes both have their strengths and weaknesses, but seeing as they have some pretty serious differences, comparing these two proved to be quite the challenge. In the end, there was really one aspect that proved to be the tiebreaker: the size. As both vapes work well and both vapes have more than adequate temperature controls, vapor production, and features, the real tiebreaker turned out to be the portability factor, which is where the Haze 3.0 lost a bit of momentum against the IQ and eventually lost, but not by much. In fact, having reviewed and rated both vapes on a 100 point scale, we found that the two only differed as far as overall by a mere one point. That’s how close these two are. Neck and neck. Striving to be the best. But while both try, there’s only one real winner in our minds: the DaVinci IQ. But this isn’t to say that for some of you reading this the Haze isn’t the more practical solution because in reality, it probably is for some of you.

If you really need a portable that vapes it all, the jack-of-all-trades style Haze offers just that with its ability to vaporize waxes, liquids, oils, and dry blends. And if you’re a more social vaper, you may want to go with the Haze because it actually fairs a bit better than the IQ does in social situations. For us, the IQ is really more of a single user portable, although it can be shared with issue. The Haze on the other hand is nice for sharing because of its dual bowls and relative ease by which it can be resupplied with preloaded cartridges. So each has its place but for us, the IQ with its handy features and compact design make it the better portable for our needs.

If you want to learn more, we strongly suggest you follow the link at the top of this article that takes you to our in-depth comparison of these two popular portables because it offers considerably more insight than this relatively brief blog post here on our WordPress blog. But all the same, we didn’t want to leave you hanging so we did make a point to include the conclusion of our Haze versus IQ vape comparison, even if we did leave out a lot of the details about each vape and some of the specifics as to how we reached our conclusion. Still, you get the point and so that’s what matters.

Tried both? We’d love to hear from you and so would our readers! Let us know which one you think is the best portable vaporizer and why in the comments section below!

This blog update and brief vape comparison summary is brought to you by VaporizerShark.com

Haze 2.5 Review By Vaporizer Shark

While we don’t yet have a complete review of the Haze V2.5 Vaporizer published on our website, we’re working on our review of the latest version, Haze V3. Seeing as that is the case, we’re not sure if we’ll actually get around to publishing a complete, formal review of 2.5. Subsequently, we’ve decided to put together this little speed review for version 2.5 of the Haze Vaporizer. Here it is.

Haze V2.5 Vaporizer Review

The first version of this vape, the original, wasn’t all that impressive to us. It seemed like it had potential but it wasn’t until we got our hands on V2.5 that we realized what kind of potential it had. This thing works and it works well. Its vapor is tasty, visible when you exhale, and fairly thick and the higher temperature settings. It has four temperature settings to choose from, the highest being better for non-dry blend types such as oils and waxes. Then of course, there’s the dual chamber aspect. This sounds like a gimmick but trust us when we say that it’s not. While it’s not necessary, we absolutely love it. You just flip the top to the left and pull out the mouthpiece and it’ll start heating up one of the chambers and then you push the mouthpiece back in, slide the top to the right, pull the mouthpiece back out, and it’ll start to the heat up the second chamber. Which is to say that it’s actually really easy to swap between chambers, so easy it’s actually useful. Cause that way, you can preload two different blend types, one in each chamber, like wax in one and dry blend in the other or whatever you want to do.

Battery Life (Endless)

The battery life on it isn’t the best, but when you can quickly and easily swap the battery for a fresh one, which you can, it’s not an issue. That’s one of the things we really like about this vape’s design – the fact that it employs a replaceable battery system to keep on going. It comes with a couple of batteries but we strongly suggest to anyone that intends on using it regularly as their “go to” vape: buy some extra batteries. This way, even you just get one or two more, you can always have two in the charger while you have one in the vape – keeping that constant flow that’ll keep you vaping forever. Which somewhat brings us to the next part, cleaning.

Maintenance & Cleaning

Cleaning V2.5 isn’t super easy but it’s really not that bad. Do it and you’ll have a problem free vaping experience. Don’t and you’ll find your mouthpiece getting stuck and so on. So keep up with the maintenance, it’s no big deal and kind of fun if you get into a little routine.

Back to the battery for a second to touch on the fact that the recharging station that it comes with is actually a portable charging dock for your other devices, like your phone. Definitely a nice little addition, especially for anyone that doesn’t already have a portable charging station (backup battery) for their smartphone and other USB chargeable devices. Definitely two big thumbs up to Haze Technologies, makers of the Haze vaporizers, for this inclusion. It wasn’t necessary but it’s definitely awesome.

Heat Up Time

Heat up time is pretty decent. We’d even say fast in comparison to some vapes. Not long enough that we mind and even when it stops blinking and says it’s ready, we still like to wait a little bit to give it time to really roast our blend before we begin to draw in the delicious vapor that it produces. And that’s kind of the big thing with this, the vapor. When it really comes right down to it, it’s the quality of the vapor that really gets us. We’ve tested a lot of vapes and a lot of them portables and it’s not every day that we come across a vape that really does what it’s supposed to do (create nice, thick vapor), but with the Haze, it’s just that: a vape that does what it’s supposed to do. So we have to applaud it for that at the least. But now that we’ve touched on what’s good, we want to voice our one real, easily-overlooked complaint: the size.

Size – How Small Is It Really?

Haze V2.5 is not the smallest portable vaporizer we’ve used. It’s really not. But, its flask-like shape makes it something that we can carry pretty easy. So we’re really not complaining here, but if possible, we would have preferred it to be a bit smaller just cause we don’t like to feel like we have a bunch of stuff in our pockets – which we typically do anyways. In comparison, it’s actually the size of one of our smartphones (with the protective case on it, that is). So it’s a bit bulky but seeing as it’s still small enough to fit in our pockets, it’s really not an issue and nothing that has ever stopped us from using it when we felt as if the occasion called for a little dual chamber action.

Summary And Conclusion

We like this vape. Haze 2.5 is of a rare breed: portable vaporizers that actually work. Plenty of garbage out there but this isn’t it, this is a vape that actually does what you want it to do. Reliable, easy to use, intelligently designed, and capable of vaporizing just about anything you’d want to put in it. So long as you don’t mind the size, this is definitely one solid buy. We highly recommend it. But seeing as version 3.0 is out and we like it more given that our initial testing has made clear that it’s an improvement upon its predecessor, we recommend skipping the old one (unless you find some awesome deal somewhere that you just can’t pass up) and going with the latest version. If you’re interested in buying Haze V3, we suggest you buy it from an authorized retailer like this one. For those who don’t know the difference between the two, here’s a video the manufacturer, Haze Technologies, put together to explain the differences between versions 2.5 and 3.0:

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