When the PAX 2 portable vaporizer was released in 2015, it changed the landscape of the industry forever. At that moment, SF Evergreen called the PAX 2 “a solution to problems we didn’t know we had.” Elements such as LED lighting, magnetic oven doors and a lip sensor took vaporizers to a level of style and sophistication reminiscent of the iPhone.
Now, with the PAX 3, they’ve done it again.
The company, which boasts of having sold more than 1 million units, is sure to see that number increase with the third version of its flagship product. The PAX 3 is a dual-use vaporizer designed for both loose leaves and extracts. To accommodate extract enthusiasts, the PAX 3 unit comes with two oven lids and a concentrate insert, making it insanely easy to switch between loose leaves and extract in an instant.
Operating the PAX 3, including switching between four heat settings, is accomplished by applying pressure to the mouthpiece. It may take one or two tries to grasp the gist of switching between settings, as the PAX 3 has no screen per se and instead communicates via color patterns on the device’s signature four-blade LED design. If tinkering with lights and clicking seems like too much work, don’t worry: this baby also has Bluetooth pairing.
The PAX Vapor app allows you to define your optimal settings and pair your device every time you start it up. It’s something new, since there aren’t any That lots of settings to choose from, but it’s a nice touch and an indication of PAX’s commitment to staying on top of current innovations with its future products.
From the point of view of simplicity, the PAX 3 has improved over the 45-second warm-up time of its predecessor, reducing the waiting time to 15 seconds. After several sessions, the device was consistently ready to use within this time frame, helpfully informing me that it was time to smoke by changing the LED petals from purple to green. The petals also represent battery life on a scale of one to four, which seems equal if not superior to that of the PAX 2.
As far as I know, the battery is about the same (10 sessions) as the PAX 2. While longer battery life would be a nice plus, the PAX 2 was praised for its ability to hold a charge, so it’s hard to say this was a miss or a mistake.
Cool Factor: If having the coolest vaporizer is a priority, you’ve probably already pre-ordered the PAX 3. No company has more bells and whistles, more Apple-like flourishes, in the vaporizer industry than PAX. From Bluetooth pairing to the brushed metal exterior, the PAX 3 is meant to be a showstopper and live up to the cost.
practical: One of the non-tech appeals of the PAX line has always been portability. The PAX 3 carries this legacy forward and is available in the exact same size as the PAX 2. If you have the option to enjoy both loose leaves and concentrate on the go, you don’t have to carry the insert with you, but if you If you commit to just one for your on-the-g sessions, you’d be hard pressed to find a slimmer, more compact, and more complete option.
By reducing the warm-up time by 30 seconds, the PAX 3 can now be used within 15 seconds of switching on. That is incredibly efficient and makes quick and discreet hits a beautiful and easy reality.
Like the PAX 2, the PAX 3 doesn’t have the world’s most generous oven, so group sessions will require a quick reload. However, the interchangeable ovens allowed one to concentrate the lid while enjoying such loose leaf and vice versa, so that certainly makes the prospect of having to reload mid-session less annoying.
Affordability: If you want the iPho among the vaporizers, you have to pay the price. PAX currently has the PAX listed at $274.99, putting it in the echelon of portable vaporizer products. If you have a PAX 2, it’s hard to upgrade, but if you like to concentrate, that’s definitely the biggest reason to stop. If you don’t own a PAX at all, the price seems justified by the PAX 3’s 10-year warranty and unique features. If it’s a matter of buying three smaller vaporizers for $100 each because they keep breaking, or one PAX 3, then that is not a question at all.
General: They did it. Despite the PAX 2’s status as the king of personal vaporizers, the PAX 3 has dethroned its siblings. This is everything you could want in a vaporizer – looks, convenience, reliability, options – and probably four other things I haven’t even discovered yet. Some may be content with simpler, more rustic options, which is fine, but if you want the full package and then some, the PAX 3 is the product to beat now.