By Herbert M. Green
Pax Labs Inc, has an excellent track record for making reliable, high-performance vaporizers. With their newest model, the Pax 3, it looks like they’re keeping that momentum going.
What’s in the box?
Before I dive into the details, let’s look at what’s in the box.
Besides the Pax 3 device, which comes with a flat mouthpiece and ‘full oven-lid’ installed, you get;
- PAX multi-tool: to help fill and empty the heating chamber
- Quick start guide: instructions and device information
- Multitool: for filling and emptying of the chamber
- Maintenance kit: pipe cleaners and a small brush to help you clean the device
- Three chamber covers and two mouthpieces (one of each pre-installed)
- Magnetic charger: snaps onto the device with ease
- USB cable
- 3 replacement screens for concentrate oven lid
Vaping herb with the Pax 3
First things first, let’s talk about the most important aspect of any portable vaporizer; the actual vaping experience. You can rest assured, this device does it very, very well.
Not only does it produce a more than adequate amount of visible vapor, but it also produces incredible flavor. Besides that, it only takes the Pax 10 to 15 seconds to heat up, which is rather fast for a portable device. I tried it with two different dry herb strains (Tangerine Dream and Blueberry) and the flavor was consistent with what I’ve come to expect from both strains.
The Pax 3 has very little draw resistance, so every draw felt smooth and light, while still giving the sensation I was actually breathing in vapor. This isn’t always the case with lesser quality vaporizers.
Another cool feature of the Pax 3 is that it is fully loaded with sensors. It detects if you’re putting it to your lips to take a toke, or putting it down after you’ve had your fill, making it extremely efficient when it comes to battery life and how long it takes before you have to refill it. Speaking of battery power, the Pax 3 comes with a built-in 3500 mAh battery which will last about 5 to 7 sessions, depending on your settings.
Filling the Pax 3 with herb was easy since it comes with a handy multi-tool which helps you fill and empty the heating chamber. With the addition of the ‘half full chamber lid’, you don’t have to completely fill up the heating chamber if you only want to vape a little bit of herb or if you’re running low. The ‘half full chamber lid’ has an extra extension, so, even if you fill it with half the amount of herb, you won’t lose the consistency with which the Pax 3 heats it up. An ideal choice for beginners who want to start slow.
Vaping concentrates with the Pax 3
As for vaping with concentrates, the Pax 3 didn’t blow my socks off. Unlike with herb, filling the concentrate chamber was a little more cumbersome due to the small surface I had to work with. Although it does a fairly good job producing vapor and flavor, it’s less effective compared to other ‘concentrate only’ products on the market. Vaping concentrates also significantly reduces the battery life, due to the higher heat setting needed to be right on par with the vapor and flavor production you get when vaping dry herbs. So, if you’re considering vaping concentrates on a regular basis and you’re looking for a full vapor, full flavor experience, I wouldn’t recommend the Pax 3.
One of the coolest features of the Pax 3, besides its sleek, polished aluminum finish and its minimalistic but stylish interface, is the option to connect the device to your iOS or Android phone via Bluetooth. This way you get more precise control over the temperature settings and can even select pre-programmed heat profiles that let you switch between discreet vaping in public, (reduces smell and vapor) to full on flavor profiles with ease. This Bluetooth connection also allows you lock the device, control the brightness and color of the LED interface and lets you upgrade the firmware of the device.
Not so impressive features
Even though the Bluetooth connection is one of the features that makes me appreciate the Pax 3, it’s also one of the things I didn’t like about it. Because without it, you instantly have half a product. Yes, the interface on the device itself can tell you what mode you’re in but with only four LED light to go on and without a screen, you’ll be hard pressed remembering how many button pushes it takes to select a certain temperature or switch between profiles. Considering that those extra profiles and control features are what make the Pax 3 such a great product, using it without a smartphone just doesn’t make the price tag of around € 259,- worthwhile.
Pax 3 Herbal vaporizer
- Sleek, minimalistic design
- Great performance dry herbs
- Great control with app
- 10 year warranty
- Efficient energy use
- Doesn’t work as well with concentrates
- Price tag
- Without app, temperature control and heat profiles become less intuitive
- Concentrate chamber is cumbersome to fill