Vaporizer PAX 3 discreet, elegant, with 10 year warranty [Review]
Vaporizer PAX 3
PAX 3 is the latest product of PAX Labs Inc. San Francisco USA, which is an improved version of the highly popular PAX 2 model. The latest PAX Labs product heats up in less than 30 seconds, offers four pre-programmed temperature settings, a more efficient battery and a Bluetooth function that connects to the PAX Vapor App mobile application to manage the device settings, among other things, to modify the pre-programmed temperature settings. The heating chamber and the vaporization channel itself is no different from the PAX 2 chamber and channel, so the vapor quality remains at the highest level in its class. Despite minor external changes, what we find inside is sure to attract attention. What meets with great approval of users is the fact that PAX 3 is covered by 10-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Without delay, I invite you to read my review of PAX 3 vaporizer.
Already for the proverbial “good morning” the manufacturer showed a professional approach to the subject, offering not only a fantastic device, but also two sets of accessories to choose from: basic set – Basic Kit and extended set – Complete Kit.
The basic set, apart from the vaporizer itself, includes, of course, a charger, two mouthpieces – flat and convex, a cleaning set, a strainer and a standard heating chamber cover. In turn, the extended set includes additionally a half pack cover for vaporization of smaller amount of drought, an adapter for concentrates with a spare gasket, 3 spare strainers, a key ring with a hidden dabber, and a cover for transporting our handbag.
Both versions are packed in a very aesthetic box, equipped with a magnetic closure and partitions dedicated to particular accessories.
Operation of Vaporizer PAX 3
If you have had contact with previous versions of PAX vaporizers, the latest version of this device will certainly not be a puzzle for you. The designers certainly did not try to reinvent the wheel, although they certainly improved the “rolling” parameters.
For those who will have this device in their hands for the first time, I will try to introduce the operation and operation of the vaporizer.
The heating chamber is located on the bottom of the unit and is protected by a magnetic cover, which we open by pressing on one of the edges.
After filling the chamber with your favorite type of dryer and securing it with a suitable lid – half pack (with an additional cone) with small amounts of material or standard with a full chamber, we can start vaporization.
To start PAX 3 press the center of the mouthpiece located at the top of the vaporizer. To enter the vaporization temperature setting mode, press and hold the mouthpiece while the device is turned on. After entering the temperature setting mode, the appropriate temperature is selected by briefly pressing the mouthpiece. After selecting the correct temperature setting (1-4 LEDs will light up depending on your choice), press and hold the mouthpiece to leave the temperature setting mode or shake the device slightly. The device will immediately start automatically warming up to the selected temperature. After connecting the device to the PAX Vapor App, you can set any temperature in the 182-215 °C range for vaporization to 1 °C. Warm-up time is short, PAX 3 is ready for session after only 15-20 s, which is indicated by short device vibration and green LEDs on the front panel of the vaporizer.
All you have to do is put your mouthpiece on and enjoy the session. If we want to use PAX 3 to vaporize concentrates and waxes, we have to use a dedicated adapter – fill it with material and place it in the heating chamber. The adapter will gently protrude beyond the body of the unit, this is normal in PAX 3 and serves for easier disassembly of the lid. For sessions with wax and concentrates I recommend to start immediately from the highest – fourth temperature setting.
Mobile application – PAX Vapor App
Simple and pleasant application with intuitive and smooth menu encourages to use. The device itself pairing with the phone is fast and painless. After installation we can choose whether we want to start the session right away or maybe we prefer to see a short, a little bit 2-minute instructional video. I recommend it especially to people who have not been in contact with previous versions of the device. In a nutshell you will be given information about charging the battery, preparing the drought and the device for the session and you will be able to see the basic messages that are displayed by the LEDs on the front panel of the vaporizer.
Thanks to the application, we are not only able to accurately set the vaporization temperature and personalize your device, but most importantly, we have access to several modes of operation of the device, offered to us additionally by the manufacturer:
Standard – basic setting available in PAX 3 in manual mode, the temperature of the heating chamber increases when inhaled and drops to the output when the air stops flowing through it.
Flavor – as the name suggests, this setting is intended to help maintain the taste of vapors. Here, heating on demand (“on-demand”) is crucial. The unit will start heating up faster and to a higher temperature when inhaled and will stop heating completely in the absence of air flow, helping to save drought for the next inhalation. This function is useful if you are busy during a session and diverting your attention could result in a waste of material.
Boost – a much more “aggressive” setting because it is set to quickly heat up the drought. With this setting, the temperature of the standstill phase would be higher and the cooling process would be shorter. Recommended for short and intensive sessions or for fans of large and dense clouds.
Efficiency – this setting is intended for continuous, slow heating of the dry in the chamber, in order to maintain the same steam production throughout the session. The temperature will increase gradually throughout the session.
Stealth – the main purpose of this setting is to reduce the odor coming out of the device during use and to save batteries. In practice it boils down to faster cooling of the chamber, lower temperature in the stand-by phase and lower intensity of the LEDs.
Taking into account the fact that little has changed in the construction of the “furnace” and the air passage channels, the very taste and quality of the clouds also resembles the one we know from PAX 2. Inhalation will give us smooth steam and taste at a satisfactory level.
Thanks to the modes described above we are able to gently change the taste and density of clouds. The fact that the user can change not only the heating temperature in individual modes, but also the way the device works (the time and method of heating the drought and the cooling time of the chamber) makes PAX 3 stand out from the competition in terms of adjusting the device to its needs.
It should be remembered, however, that it is a conduction vaporizer, which always makes us lose a bit of taste. Additionally, it should be remembered that although we have four vaporization temperatures to choose from (182 °C, 193 °C, 205 °C, 215 °C) and we can still set our own selected temperature from 182-215 °C, it is not possible to overclock the temperature beyond the already available forks.
In other devices available on the market we are able to get a higher temperature during the session and the lack of this possibility limits the quality of the pairs obtained.
Quality of the Vaporizer PAX 3
The obvious issue is the similarity to its predecessor, PAX 2. Given the lack of greater interference in the method of heating and steam transport, this is an honest statement. The biggest difference from PAX 2 and the first edition of PAX 3 is the matt finish of the housing. Apart from its aesthetic value, the matt finish makes the device not so striking anymore and does not show the fingerprints that appeared after the first touch on the shiny predecessor, which made the device look like perfect evidence at the crime scene. The matt finish and partially new color scheme will satisfy the most demanding tastes.
Nice of the manufacturer that in the Complete Kit he thought about adding a half pack lid, designed for vaporization with less drought. It’s a simple thing, and it’s a pleasure! When it comes to concentrates and waxes, well, I respect the designers’ efforts, but the maximum temperature of vaporization may simply not be enough.
As for the quality of workmanship itself, it is on a high level. The device has a pleasant, ergonomic shape, and the individual elements have been made of solid materials and precisely adjusted.
Working time PAX 3
It was a very nice surprise for me that the designers used a more efficient battery, without changing the size of the device itself. Instead of the previous 3000 mAh available in PAX 2, in PAX 3 “under the hood” we have 3500 mAh. The change of 500 mAh may seem negligible, but it results in two additional sessions on average, which in the open air or in the absence of a charger at hand can make a significant difference. The charging time itself is also at a decent level. The total charging time from 0 to 100% takes about 100 minutes.
As in the case of PAX 2, the new release remains one of the smallest vaporizers available today. With the dimensions of 9.83 x 3.07 x 2.16 cm and the weight of 95 g, this vaporizer is slightly larger than a standard lighter. Additionally, increased battery capacity makes the charger also less likely to land in your pocket or backpack. The appearance of the device itself does not betray the application, as at first glance it can be associated with a modem or power bank, and in a women’s bag it can easily escape behind a cosmetic or a bottle of perfume. As for the generated fragrance, using the Stealth mode we are able to strongly reduce its quantity and intensity. It is a nice bow to people who appreciate discretion. Let’s not fool ourselves, we live in times of chasing big clouds and such a solution is not always standard.
PAX 3 is a very decent development of the previous model. I liked the application, which offers something more than just a change of temperature. It is nice that we have the option to choose any vaporization temperature from 182-215 °C range, but it would be useful to be able to overclock the maximum temperature beyond the ranges available in the other four modes of operation.
On the plus side, there is certainly a more efficient battery and the possibility of choosing from two sets differing in the number of included accessories. It is pleasing to see that the controversial high-gloss finish, which was flickering from looking at it, has been replaced by a much more practical, matt finish. Those who pay special attention to aesthetic values should appreciate this change.
If you are looking for a vaporizer that is characterized by small dimensions and discretion, it is certainly worth paying attention to this model. You will get a decent taste and satisfying clouds. The speed of operation is also an unquestionable advantage of PAX 3 vaporizer.
The price remains a matter of dispute, however, if you do not intend to vaporize the concentrates and you are focused on intensive dry vaporization, you can always choose a more modest and cheaper Basic set.