The Pax 3 is the successor of the Pax 2. It brings many improvements to a design that many already considered flawless. The Pax 3 vaporizer improves upon the previous model’s design in many ways. It offers more battery life, faster charging, and faster heating. What’s truly impressive is that the Pax 3 was accomplished without adding size or weight to the device.
The Pax 3 is a smart, versatile dry herb vaporizer. It is the first Pax generation to include an attachment for concentrates. Besides, the vaporizer comes with two herb chambers for different amounts. This way, even if there’s a limited amount of herb, it’s possible to get a nice, even vape session.
The Pax 3 vaporizer even has an app that allows the user to customize the preset temperatures to their liking. This feature gives the user maximum customization without over-complicating the user interface. This unit is packed with features, but it still has that beautiful, minimalist design that Pax fans have come to love. The device even comes with a ten-year warranty. So Pax users can have peace of mind knowing that if the unit stops working, they’ve made a smart, long-term purchase.
What is in the Pax 3 Kit?
There are two Pax 3 kits: the basic package and the complete kit. The complete kit costs a bit more than the basic kit. However, the full kit comes with a lot of accessories that many users will want. The basic pack is a more budget-friendly option that comes with bare essentials. If the budget is tight, it’ll provide the basics, and there’s always the option to buy the accessories later.
The basic kit comes with the following items:
Pax 3 vaporizer
Magnetic charging dock
In addition to these items, the complete kit comes with the following accessories:
Tweed carrying case
Both are great options, and which to choose comes down to the individuals budget. The complete kit is undoubtedly the better value, but if there are only two hundred dollars available and no time to wait, the basic package will do just fine.
Rather than offering a one-size-fits-all option, there are two PAX 3 bundles, the Basic Kit at $199 and the Complete Kit at $249. The Basic Kit includes the PAX 3, charger, cleaning kit, and both flat and raised mouthpieces. Upgrade to the Complete Kit, and you’ll also get the concentrate insert, an extra set of screens, a multi-tool, and the half-pack oven lid, which is almost $100 worth of extra accessories.
The real questions are “Do you vape concentrates?” and “Do you ever want to pack less than a full oven?” For us, the answer to both of these is yes, which is why we easily opted for the Complete Kit.
Using the Pax 3
You can vape dry herbs as well as concentrates with the Pax 3. It makes it an ideal choice for people who want a diverse, intense experience. Although the Pax vaporizer performs fairly well with concentrates, it excels when used for herbs.
Before using the Pax 3, it needs to be charged. Merely hold the Pax device face-up over the magnetic charging dock and watch it snap into place. It’s fully charged when all four of the LED leaves are glowing. The Pax vaporizer typically takes ninety minutes to charge, but the 3500mah battery makes the need to charge very infrequently. The average user should get nine or ten sessions in between charges.
It’s almost time to turn the Pax 3 vaporizer on, but it’s a good idea to load your material first. Those that want to vaporize a full bowl can finely grind 0.3 grams of herb and fill the herb chamber at the bottom of the unit. Those that want a smaller bowl can utilize the half-pack bowl accessory, which only used 0.15 grams. If concentrates are being used, there’s an accessory for that too.
Once the unit is filled, press down on the mouthpiece to turn on the Pax. Before the first pull, it’s a good idea to choose the desired preset temperature to get the perfect hit. Next, hold the power button for two seconds to enter temperature mode and use short presses to cycle through the four temperature settings. Of course, if the preset options aren’t ideal, they always can be changed in the Pax 3 app.
How many hits can you get from Pax 3?
How many hits you can get from a Pax 3 depends entirely on the vaping material (herb or concentrate), the amount of material, the temperature setting, the inhalation method, etc. The Pax 3 has a small oven lid that users can adjust to decrease the oven size to get more hits from a smaller amount of material. Without this lid in place, users can get anywhere from ten to twenty hits from a fully loaded chamber on the Pax 3.
How can you make Pax 3 stop smelling?
A Pax 3, in general, does not smell, but it does produce a distinctive odour. You can try vaping the Pax with the windows open or blowing the vapor into an air ventilator. You can also try the method of blowing vapor into a paper roll with a dryer sheet on the end to eliminate the odor. Finally, Pax Labs itself recommends using air fresheners or candles to minimize the smell.
The flavor of the PAX 3 is also remarkable as it is smooth and nice, which is different from the harsh flavors of some vapes. It comes with several handy accessories which add to the experience. It includes a maintenance kit, three extra screens, a concentrate inlet, a multi-tool, two extra mouthpieces, and two extra oven lids. That alone makes it worth the $199 price point. The groundbreaking lip sensing technology from the original PAX vapes is also featured in the Pax. It is one of the highlights of the product.
We got on average 90 minutes of vaping time from its 18650, 3500mAh battery on a full charge while testing for this PAX 3 review With no set timer, and the oven turning on and off as necessary for efficiency, it’s hard to compare the PAX 3’s battery life with other vapes.
We like to relax when vaporizing, and some of our sessions can get up to ten minutes long, but we still got three evenings worth of use before the PAX 3 needed to be docked for a charge. It takes about 90 minutes to charge with the included USB dock. It’s hard to quantify with this vape, but we feel like it has some of the best battery life available. We’re never worried about running out of juice.
Once the app is installed on the user’s smartphone and Bluetooth is on, it will prompt the user to pair their Pax 3. To pair the Pax vape, shake the device. When the unit is paired, the user will be prompted by the LED leaves turning blue.
The app offers a lot of functionality that the Pax dry herb vaporizer doesn’t work on its own. For example, in addition to customizing the preset temperatures, the user can choose different heating profiles. There are several heating profiles to choose from, so let’s briefly discuss them.
Standard – This is the default heating profile. Using the Pax vaporizer with the standard heating profile boosts temperatures during use and cools when idle.
Flavor – The flavor heating profile uses higher temperatures and heats faster to deliver the best possible flavor.
Boost – The boost heating profile heats up aggressively and cools slowly. Heavy users will appreciate the profile, but it takes a toll on the unit’s battery life.
Efficiency – The efficiency heating profile utilizes auto-cooling and gradual heating. It’ll make the most of both vaping experience and battery life.
Stealth – The stealthy heating profile auto-cools quickly to mask odors, and it dims the LED leaves to avoid drawing attention.
The first two temperatures are tasty with light vapor, and the last two deliver thicker clouds with a bit more punch. We like high temperature vapor production, and like to start our sessions on setting three, or 400° F. We usually finish sessions on the highest temperature, and love the flexible, hassle-free shut-off timer. We can settle into sessions at our own pace, instead of a predetermined five minutes.
Users can use the app to customize almost every aspect of the Pax 3. For example, change the amount of haptic feedback, customize the color and brightness of the LED leaves, or even lock the device, all from a smartphone.
Is the Pax 3 Worth it?
The Pax 3 is one of the most premium herbs and concentrate vaporizers on the market, and anyone with the appropriate budget will be glad they invested in one. Even if it’s outside the given budget, it’s worth saving a little longer. The ten-year warranty alone makes it a wise investment, and the device’s outstanding performance only makes this offer more appealing. If a $200 unit is entirely out of the question, the Pax 2 is an adequate substitute that’ll get the job done for only $150.
The original PAX was a pain to clean, but they fixed that with the PAX 3, leaving you three things to take care of: the oven, the mouthpiece, and the vapor path tube. The PAX 3 comes with Isopropyl alcohol (ISO) and some pipe cleaners. Pick up some Q-Tips, and maybe some cotton swabs, and you have everything you need to get the job done.
Other than the extra colors and matte instead of brushed finish, the PAX 3 looks identical to the PAX 2. The PAX 3 has a stronger battery that heats up quicker, and lasts just a little bit longer than the PAX 2. The PAX 3 Complete Kit comes with a dry concentrate insert that really works well, and is the biggest difference between the two vapes, in our opinion. The Pax 3 adds haptic feedback and the smartphone app. Looking at the PAX 3 Basic Kit and the PAX 2, the gap narrows, but so does the price difference.