This is somewhat of an introduction combined with a review. First, we'd like to introduce to you the first in the line of Pax vaporizers, the one that started it all, the original Pax by Ploom. Released years ago as a portable vaporizer designed for dry blends, or "loose leaf" as its manufacturer call its, this now classic portable has really made a name for itself with few vapers not aware of its existence, which we attribute in part to its incredible marketing. Early on, its maker, Ploom, which is now known as Pax Labs, made a lot of moves in the right direction - pushing it towards the heights of portable vaporizer popularity. Was it worth the money? When it first came out, yes and no. At the time, it was a decent portable but it wasn't the best. However, it looked great and it worked reasonably well, especially in comparison to some of the cheap portables out at the time, and so people were intrigued. We were amongst those interested as we ourselves couldn't helped but be intrigued when we first caught wind of it. However, after testing it, we couldn't help but notice some problems with it - particularly with its mouthpiece sticking / getting stuck. Why did this happen? Well, the simple explanation is we didn't clean it well enough. But the more in depth explanation is that we couldn't clean it well enough due to its design and this resulted in a buildup of vape trash resin around the mouthpiece that eventually prevented it from popping in and out. This might not sound like much of a problem to some, but for those who understand the mechanics of the original Pax, it obviously is. The reason why this is a big issue is due to the fact that when the mouthpiece pops out, the unit turns on and starts to heat up. And when it's pushed back in, it turns off. So if it's stuck, well, no vape - basically. But there's more to this vape than that so continue reading below. This review picks up after the image below.
Problems with the mouthpiece getting stuck aside, the Pax was an interesting vape in its day. It had three temperatures, a simple yet useful display system, and an easy to load oven. Plus, it easily fit into any pocket we ever put it in. So its small size was definitely of big appeal to us and its ease of use as well, but the cleaning and maintenance, well, obviously that was a different story. But did that stop us from using it? No. We eventually picked up some of the lubricant packets that Ploom put out at the time in an attempt on their part to resolve the issue with the mouthpiece sticking. Did it work? Yeah, but not all that well and frankly, we didn't like the idea of putting a lubricant in our vape as it gave us the impression that it was diminishing the purity of the vapor it produced.
The real fix to this mouthpiece sticking problem came in the form of a design change. The new design, which entails an update to the mouthpiece sliding ring shape, made a huge different. With it, the issue with the mouthpiece basically disappeared, making it a viable vape for somewhat long-term use. Prior to this, we couldn't say great things about this vape. But now, while it's obviously not the best portable vape on the market right now, it's a pretty decent portable. Would we buy one again? No, almost certainly not. Why? Because there are better vapes around. Heck, even Pax Labs has better portables at this point. The one that came next, the Pax 2, was significantly better than this, the original. It came as a vast improvement in our eyes but when it was released, it seemed to lack a feature that we really wanted to see: the ability to vape dry blends and concentrates. Limited to just dry blends while the Ascent by DaVinci that came out before it could handle both just seemed like a failure in our eyes. But eventually, as it stands today, the Pax Labs company produced a resolution that works even with the Pax 2: a concentrate insert. This concentrate insert designed for the Pax 3 made it so that the Pax 2 could vaporize extracts and that, to us, made the Pax 2 a truly awesome portable as far as the ultra compact portables are concerned.
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So with all of this in mind, we wouldn't suggest buying this vape unless you just don't have access to the new Pax vaporizers. It's old, it's dated, and there are better options around right now so if you have the ability to get something else, something newer and better, do it because this vape is just a bit too old to really be a worthwhile option in today's market. But if you really want to know more about it, like how it compares to other comparable portable vapes, what its temperature range is, how to clean it, how to maintain it, where to buy it, how it works, what it's made of, what its dimensions are, how much it weighs, what accessories are available for it, and more, well then you'll want to take a look at our Pax 1 vaporizer review on our website at VaporizerShark.com because we've put together a really nice review for it packed full of information like the aforementioned and more.