Those of us here at Vaporizer Shark have tested a lot of vapes and at this point, we know what we're talking about. We've tried it all. The original Pax, the second Pax, and the newest Pax, which is the third in the line of Pax vaporizers. And that's only talking about the Pax vapes we've used. We've also tested quite a few desktop/plugin units as well as a range of other portables, including pens. But today, we're here to talk about the new Pax, which we recently published a review for on our website. In it, we offer a lot more information than you'll find in this blog post so if you want to learn more, definitely take a long hard look at it. But if you're in a hurry and just looking to get the low down, this brief overview of our review will put you in the know so continue reading if you want a quick summary of our thoughts on this popular new portable vape that came out late last year.
Pax 3 is no joke. This is a serious portable vaporizer made by a company that has seen some serious success in the portable vaporizer marketplace, Pax Labs. Those familiar with the original, which was made by the same company back when they went by Ploom, will see this latest version as a massive improvement upon the original. In comparison to the second one, Pax 2, it's not actually all that different - at least not fundamentally given that it basically uses the same internals as far as heating are concerned. The real difference is with the new features that have been added, some of which much more important than others. The one that we find most important is the concentrate insert, a little addition that makes a world of difference. Without it, the Pax is, in essence, just another dry blend portable with a slick interface and appealing exterior stuffed into a compact shell. But with it, its a dual-use vaporizer that some have gone as far as to claim is actually a do-it-all vape that can handle not just the wax-like concentrates and dry blends, but also liquids. Does its manufacturer back this claim? As far as we're aware, the answer is no. But, we do want to say that it is possible to vape liquids with it - you just want to be super careful and note that doing so may very well void your warranty (something you'll want to check with the manufacturer before doing). So while we don't advise it, the reality is, the last time that we checked the Pax 3 warranty information, we couldn't help but notice that any damage caused by concentrates is not covered by the limited manufacturer's warranty. So again, just be careful if you choose to vape concentrates, be it waxes, liquids, or what have you.
Then there's the app. The app is actually pretty important and the main reason, in our opinion, is its ability to set the fifth temperature setting to whatever temperature you want. Without it, you're stuck with the four settings that are programmed into it. You can't change these four settings so having access to the fifth via the app, the custom temp of your choosing, is a pretty big deal. But if you don't care about the fifth temperature or the ability to lock your vape (a feature that prevents others from using it), then the app doesn't necessarily mean much because the rest of the features can be accessed through the vape itself. Although, it is a bit more tricky to use some of the features without the app but again, you don't actually need it if you don't want to use the two features we just mentioned - the custom temp and the lock. Since we're talking about the lock, we just want to take a second to caution those who use it: if you lock the device and your phone dies, you won't be able to unlock it until you can turn your phone back on and once again use the app. So if you lose access to the app, you'll be stuck with a paperweight instead of a vape.
What else does the app do? Well, it gives you access to games for one. Games?! Yeah, games. There are games you can play with your Pax and one of them, our favorite, is like spin the bottle, only spin the vape. Basically, if you don't know what that means, it entails spinning the vape and wherever it lands, that's who vapes. So you sit in a circle with your friends and let the vape decide whose turn it is next. This is actually a really fun way to vape with your friends and one of the reasons we really like to bring it with us when we go for a hike. Well, that and the fact that it vapes well for its size and its incredibly light and compact for how well it works. On that note, the overall weight and size make it one of the most convenient portable vaporizers to take with you on a hike. It won't take up much room in your pack or pocket and it doesn't weigh much so you won't ever feel like it's weighing you down. Great hiking accessory in our opinion.
Its convenience when hiking aside, there's one aspect of this vape that we really like and it's something that we were surprised took so long to reach the vape scene because it's a technology that has been employed by the e-cig manufacturers for some time: haptic feedback. What does that mean? Well, the simple explanation, the explanation we like, is that it's technology that allows it to sense what the user is doing with it and when it's in use. It literally senses your lips on the mouthpiece and that's how it knows it's in use. Not perfect, but pretty close if you ask us. This is a cool feature because it allows the vape to do some really cool things like increase the heat while it's in use. One of the reasons why it does this is to maintain the vaping temp that you chose when you started your session. While you're drawing through it, sucking the vapor out of it, the air will cool down the oven a bit and so it tries to mitigate this by increasing the heat while you're using it. It also attempts to save your blend by rapidly reducing the heat, cooling it down when you stop using it (when your lips come off the mouthpiece). To us, this is a really cool feature that, while its effectiveness seems minor to us, we think more vapes should employ and would love to see improved with time. On that note, we can't wait to see what the Pax 4 Vaporizer can do, assuming that's something we'll see down the road. And given the improvements we've already seen in the Pax vaporizer line, our expectations are admittedly high for the next variant. But for now, we have the third version and so let's get back to that.
So we briefly mentioned the vapor quality, which we believe to be above average after some pretty extensive testing but is it as good as the best portable vaporizers? Comparing it to the top of the line Storz & Bickel portable vaporizers, we'd have to say no - it still has some room for improvement but it's a lot smaller than either of their portables, the Crafty and Mighty. Still, in comparison to most other vapes of the portable breed, it is better. And best of all, you get it to it quickly due to its fast heat up time, which ranges in the seconds instead of minutes. That, to us, makes this portable a serious contender in the space - fast heat up, above average vapor, and a compact design. This combined with its wide array of features, app, and ability to vaporize dry blends as well as concentrates makes the Pax 3 one of the most viable vaporizer options for anyone in need of a new portable.
Do we recommend it? Absolutely. For those who need something small that can vape extract and dry blend, it's one of the best options around. But for those who need a super fast heat up time, there's actually another portable that comes to mind, the new Firefly vaporizer, the Firefly 2. And for superior vapor, there are the Mighty and Crafty vapes. But for a compact portable that more or less does it all and boasts a relatively reasonable price tag, the new Pax is extremely solid. You can learn more about it on our website, so check us out on the web. Not sure to find our site? Just search "Vaporizer Shark" in your favorite search engine and you'll find us right off the bat. Be sure to check out our Pax 3 review to learn more about this vape because our in-depth review on our site has a lot more information than you'll find here. So check it out!
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