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Pax Labs has had a massive impact on the concept of a portable vaporizer starting with the release of the Pax 1 back in 2012. They built the first truly elegant portable vaporizer immediately garnering the title of “The iPod for Vaporizers.” Since then, they have continued to improve upon their core offering and continue to impress their loyal fans with each release since their first.

why weThe Pax 3 is their newest model and our personal favorite, complete with the ability to vape both flower and concentrates within the same device! The Pax 3 design is still as sleek and discreet as previous models, but there are a few additional features and some added shine that easily make it our top pick in the current vape market.

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What is Vaporizing?

There are countless ways to consume marijuana between pipes, bongs, joints, blunts, dabs, edibles, and more – but for the health conscious consumer, vaping is a popular method. Vaporizers are not new by any means, but they have certainly been on the upward trend in recent years.

In the simplest terms, vaporizing or “vaping” is essentially heating dry cannabis or concentrates just below their combustion point. Once heated to this temperature, cannabinoids are released in the form of vapor which you then inhale, initiating the medicinal effects of cannabis.

Vaporizers have become popular in recent years due to the avoidance of potentially harmful side effects of smoking cannabis. When you consume the traditional way, there are often carcinogens, ammonia, tar, and in some cases other harmful substances you are inhaling along with the smoke. Using a vaporizer and inhaling vapor rather than smoke is considered a more “healthy” way of consuming cannabis.

In addition to being a potentially healthier form of consumption, portable vaporizers also allow for a more discreet session as they don’t typically have the same strong smell as burning flower or concentrates via one of the more traditional methods. Portable vapes are also battery powered and heat up quickly so you can get your fix on the go.

Is Vaporizing Healthy?

When inhaling any substance, there is always going to be a level of uncertainty as to the actual effects in the body. However, due to the fact that you are inhaling vapor vs smoke, common sense would imply you are partaking in a much healthier option.

While cannabis smoke has considerably less toxins than tobacco smoke overall, there are still some toxins that reign supreme in cannabis smoke such as ammonia, as this study mentions. Vaporizers are designed with this in mind, and as a result are engineered in a way that allows inhalation without toxic compounds.

Similar to cigarette smoke, marijuana smoke can also create respiratory irritation and may be a catalyst for additional health related issues. As a result, many consumers who are used to the immediate effects of smoking cannabis have turned to vaping over edibles, as the effects are achieved much faster than with oral consumption.

While there haven’t been any long-term studies conducted to analyze the effects vaping has on your body, this study published in 2015 states that “Vaporization of cannabis is likely less harmful than smoking,” and “Preliminary findings do support the idea that vaporization is an improvement over smoking”.

Why the Pax 3?

Pax 3
$199 from VapeWorld
There are plenty of vaporizers available today, but the Pax Vapor line of products stand out among their competition. Pax Labs was really the first vaporizer manufacturer who started making sleek, elegant, easy to use portable vapes and have been at the top of review charts ever since.

The Pax 3 is the newest vaporizer to be released by Pax Labs, however they first set the stage for the evolution of the Pax with the Pax 1 back in 2012. The Pax 1 was succeeded by the Pax 2 which debuted in 2015 with a similar aesthetic design, but had many upgrades in technology inside.

The Pax 3 was released at the end of 2016 with similar technology and design as the Pax 2, but has the welcome addition of a concentrates insert so you can vape the cannabis of your choice, as well as a fancy app to custom control temperature.

Around this same time, Pax Labs also came out with the Pax Era which is a slim and discreet refillable oil vaporizer which also utilizes the Pax App to customize your experience.

The Pax 3 is considered a marriage of both the Era and the Pax 2, bringing all of the features users love about both models into one device.

Considering the fact that the Pax 3 caters to consumers who love smoking dry herb as well as concentrates, the price is very reasonable. Priced at $199, you’ll never need another vape again as the Pax 3 can handle all of your needs and also carries a 10 year manufacturer’s warranty.

Pax 3 Kits & Accessories

Pax Vapor offers two different kits for the Pax 3:

The Vaporizer Only Kit: ($199)

  • Pax 3 Device
  • Maintenance Kit
  • USB Charger
  • Two Mouthpieces

This kit is available in 4 different matte colors: black, teal, silver, and rose gold.

$199 from VapeWorld

The Complete Kit: ($249)

  • Pax 3 Device,
  • Maintenance Kit
  • Charger
  • Two mouthpieces
  • Concentrate Insert
  • Half Pack Oven Lid
  • Multi-tool
  • 3 additional screens
  • Carrying case to keep everything safe.

The complete kit offers the same matte color options as well as 4 additional colors in a “gloss” finish – black, gold, silver, and rose gold.

If you do decide to purchase the complete kit be advised that while the gloss finish looks pretty when you take it out of the box, it is prone to fingerprints and scratches much more than the matte finish. Seeing as this is a portable vaporizer, if you plan on taking your Pax 3 on the go you’ll be better served by the matte finish so your vaporizer always looks fresh out of the box.

If you just must have the gloss finish Pax 3, consider also purchasing a case for your device so you can avoid scratches and stay mint.

The most notable difference between the two kits is the lack of the concentrate insert in the vaporizer only kit. The concentrate insert is clearly necessary for vaping concentrates, so if you think you’ll be dabbling in both flower and concentrates you will want to purchase the complete kit.

All of the additional accessories in the complete kit retail for nearly $90, so it is more cost effective to buy the complete kit from the jump.

Pax 3 Complete Kit

$249 from VapeWorld

Pax 3 Mouthpieces

The Pax 3 offers 2 mouthpieces for you to try out to determine your personal preference. One mouthpiece is completely flat and sleek, while the other is raised up top and is a little less discreet.

Many people prefer the flat mouthpiece, while others favor the raised mouthpiece as it is much more obvious which side should face up. The raised mouthpiece also feels a little more like a straw in your mouth, which some people prefer when doing a mouth-draw before inhalation.

Pax 3 Oven Lids

There are 3 different oven lids available for your Pax 3. The full pack and half pack oven lids are meant for dry flower only, while the concentrate insert is meant for concentrates only.

Full Pack Oven Lid: This should be used when you want to vape a full bowl of flower. A full pack should be able to fit just a tad less than half of a gram of finely ground flower.

Half Pack Oven Lid: This is handy when you want to have a quicker session, or vape less weed. While the oven size doesn’t change, the half pack lid allows you to pack the oven halfway to utilize less cannabis during each session, a bit less than ½ of a gram of flower.

Packing the oven only halfway also has an effect on draw resistance and lessens it some. Additionally, when the oven is fully packed it is not uncommon to still see green on top of the ground herb after your session is over, meaning it’s difficult to fully deplete all of the available flower when using a fully packed oven. The half pack lid will save you herb!

Pax 2 and 3 Half Pack Oven Lid

Concentrate Insert: This should obviously be used when you want to vape concentrates. Unlike the full and half pack oven lids for vaping flower, the concentrate insert should not be packed fully as it prevents air flow which is important to vaping concentrates. Only a small amount should be used, less is much more in this case.

Note: It’s also important to note that the Pax 3 is not compatible with oil cartridges made for the Pax Era. There was some initial confusion when the Era came out if Era cartridges would work in the Pax 3 and we’ve confirmed with Pax directly that it is absolutely not compatible.

Pax 3 Concentrates Insert

Pax 3 Technology Upgrades

The Pax 3 truly is a “smart vape” in more ways than one. While the body of the Pax line of vaporizers hasn’t changed much between models 1-3, we believe it’s what’s inside that counts.

Heat Up Time

One of our favorite upgrades which gets this vaporizer additional points for stealthiness is the heat up time. Previous models of the Pax had you looking at 45 seconds (or more!) before your first puff. While this doesn’t really sound like a long time in theory, the 15-20 second heat up time with the Pax 3 ensures you can hit it and quit it when you are trying to maintain a low profile. We like that.

The heat up time varies between 15-20 seconds depending on your heat setting, with higher temperatures taking just a few seconds longer.

Haptic Feedback

In case you somehow managed to lose focus in the short 20 seconds to blast off, fear not – the Pax 3 will let you know once it’s time to rip with their Haptic Feedback technology.

Haptic Feedback facilitates a light vibration during critical times during your sesh: when you power on, when it’s go-time, and when you are entering standby mode. Each vibration has a different pulse and isn’t overbearingly obvious like some other vaporizers with this same feature.

Lip Detection Feature

Standby mode is essentially power saving mode and will happen automatically if the device does not sense it is being used. However, this smart vape uses lip sensing technology to automatically kick back into vape mode once it can tell someone is about to pull and in some cases give you a heating boost to extract more out of your next puff.

Heating Modes

The Pax 3’s lip sensing technology affects more than just standby mode and is actually used in conjunction with 1 of 5 dynamic heating modes which are auto set within your device.

These different heat settings will affect how much heat is present, how quickly the Pax will cool down when your lips are not present, and what temperature will be set during standby mode.

Default Mode is the mode your device will bet set to out of the box. This mode is considered standard mode which will result in a smooth vapor, and smooth flavor.

Boost Mode is for higher temperatures resulting in max vapor. When your lips are present and you are taking a draw, the device will have a faster heat boost and remain at a higher temperature between puffs as a result of less auto-cooling.

Efficiency Mode will create a constant increase in temperature over time. Boosting when lips are present and auto-cooling when they are not is the same as default mode. A consistent increase in temperature over the course of your session helps continue to ensure you get the most vapor out of your bowl.

Stealth Mode will save your battery while making sure you are as discreet as can be. This mode does not utilize boosting, has a lower temperature in standby mode, and has dimmer lights than other modes. Faster cooling and lower temperatures help minimize odor from your device so you can operate undercover.

Flavor Mode is for everyone who has ever wished cannabis tasted as good as it smells. This mode has boosting with fast auto-cooling which helps produce nice vapor with the best possible flavor. Flavor mode is a favorite to kick off your first session after cleaning when you know your device is in optimal shape to highlight taste.

Pax Heating Modes

Device Durability and Materials

Pax Labs only uses premium materials while manufacturing the Pax 3 including surgical-grade stainless steel, along with heat resistant and food grade plastic materials. The device itself is strong and solid and while it could likely endure quite a beating, we recommend you treat your Pax 3 with care.

As mentioned above, the Gloss finish may show more fingerprints, but is easily buff-able if you want to keep your Pax 3 shiny and new. The outer shell has been optimized to keep heat inside so you don’t feel as much warmth while holding the device.

With each model of Pax there has been an increase in battery life, the Pax 3 now taking first place for longevity. When it is time to charge, there is a magnetic charging station your device rests on top of which plugs in via USB.

Battery Life

The Pax 3 has some of the best battery life in the current vape market. If you are conscious about turning your Pax off between sessions, you can really maximize your time between charges. It’s hard to put a number on just how long the battery should last as it varies between users, but you can expect that even with a few sessions each day you won’t have to charge more frequently than every 3-4 days.

With the addition of the Pax App, you will always know exactly how much battery you have left as it displays in the top right hand corner when using the app.

Alternatively, you can shake your device back and forth quickly to see how many of the petals light up. Four petals is a full charge, one petal is low battery, and if you turn your device on when it is basically dead it will flash the dreaded red.

If you find yourself with a dead Pax 3, don’t worry – it only takes about 90 minutes to reach full charge again.

The Pax App

If you were wondering how a vaporizer with only one button is able to do so many things, the answer lies within your phone’s app store.

There is now an iOS and Android app that syncs with your Pax 3 via bluetooth so you can cycle through the dynamic heating modes, enter the temperature of your choice, check your battery levels, customize your device colors, vibration, name, and lastly – lock your device if you choose to.

We believe that sharing is caring, but if there is someone you’d like to restrict access from – you can now do so.

Being able to control your device in a smart way with precise temperatures to extract as much vapor or flavor as you want is a huge bonus.

The temperature at which you vape flower vs concentrates is not the same, and this app truly leverages smart technology to put your experience completely within your hands.

Having the ability to explore the individual flavor profile of each strain you vape is a unique experience perfected by the technological advances of this portable vaporizer.

Pax Games

You heard that right. This stealthy little one click vaporizer has games. You may think that games are an unnecessary feature, but when the addition of games isn’t taking away from other features and can instantly turn you into a party hero – why not?

There are three games available: PAXrun, PAXsays, and PAXspin. They are simple games which utilize the 4 light petals on your device to simulate a few fan favorites – Cat and Mouse, Simon Says, and … Spin the Pax, which is open for your interpretation and innovation.

With only one button and 4 lights you’ll have to peep the user manual for full details as to how you can enter each game, but we recommend doing so as you’ll have a little trick up your sleeve to bust out at your next social gathering.

Pax 3 First Impressions

Why We Love the Pax 3

What isn’t there to love about the Pax 3? This device is easy enough to use for a newbie, and complex enough with the concentrates insert for an experienced dabber.

The fact that this vape can span all types of consumers from actual first time tokers to daily dabbers is the reason the Pax 3 has secured its spot at the top of our best portable vaporizer list time after time.

We love the simplicity of the device with the added complexity (if you want it) of the app and customizable heat settings. The design is sleek, the technology and manufacturing is solid, and it just keeps getting better with every new release.

You won’t find a better all in one vaporizer that can handle both flower and concentrates in today’s market, the Pax 3 is it!

Why we recommend it

This is truly the vape for anyone. Since temperature affects your high and is also completely controllable via the app, you can share the same bowl with your dear Mother who just wants to “try it out” as your stoner Brother who is looking to blast off full throttle after Mom is done.

Cannabis enthusiasts revel in the flavor profiles across hundreds of strains and can truly enjoy their individuality while vaping the Pax 3.

Who is it good for

We recommend this vape for someone who is looking for a discreet on the go portable vaporizer, and who may also enjoy different types of cannabis whether that be dry herb or extracts.

If you believe variety is the spice of life and enjoy exploring the many flavor profiles in each sesh, or are just trying to pinpoint your go-to favorite strain for your next dispensary visit – this is the vape for you.

It is also a great vaporizer for anyone looking to see how any given strain affects them when vaped at different temperatures. The detailed customization really allows you to hone in on what works for you.

The Pax 3 is a one size fits all vaporizer, perfect for both light smokers, or heavy tokers!

Who is it not good for

We do not recommend this vaporizer to anyone who prefers the puff-puff-pass life over a quick vape hit when you need it. The social and community aspect of smoking a joint, blunt, or bowl is not easily replaced with the Pax 3, or any portable vaporizer for that matter.

You can still share your vaporizer bowl with your friends, but you may find yourself competing in a game of PAXsays instead of swapping stories around the couch as you pass the dutchie to the left hand side.

Honestly, this vaporizer is good for anyone. However if you prefer smoking cannabis via a more traditional combustion method, the Pax 3 might not become your go-to.

But – we’re confident that once you try it, any true cannabis enthusiast would be sure to add it to their arsenal of smoking devices. And let’s be serious, you know you have a stash!

Should I grind my herb before vaping?

Yes, absolutely yes. This is something that is true for most vaporizers, the Pax 3 included. It’s important to remember that you will want to grind your weed as finely as possible, and pack it in tight.

Packing a tight bowl can help with producing even vapor throughout your sesh, and making sure you are getting the most out of it.

If you purchase the Pax 3 complete kit, you’ll receive a free grinder with your order!

Pax 3 Competitors

There are very few vaporizers in the current market that can top the Pax 3, however there are a few that are on the same playing field.

Davinci IQ Vaporizer

The Davinci IQ portable vaporizer takes dry herb only which is an immediate differentiator when compared to the Pax 3 which allows dry herb as well as concentrates. Like the Pax 3 vaporizer only kit, the IQ comes with only the most necessary accessories.

This vaporizer has some key features which are similar to the Pax 3 such as the ability to half pack a bowl, haptic feedback so you know what stage your vaporizer is in, and an app to customize temperature.

Similar to the Pax 3, the Davinci IQ has a sleek design and can easily be switched into stealth mode if you are in a situation that warrants some vaping on the DL.

Three features that the Davinci IQ has that the Pax 3 does not are the flavor chamber, the 10mm adapter and the zirconia pearl.

The flavor chamber can store additional bud for you which helps enhance overall flavor while you are vaping, without risking combustion of your side stash. The zirconia pearl is said to help heat herb evenly throughout your session so you are not left with any green once you are done.

Lastly, the 10mm adapter allows you to hook up your Davinci IQ to a glass piece so you can run your vapor through water before inhaling. This can make your hit even more smooth than vaping does on its’ own.

While the Davinci IQ is a solid vape, we still favor the Pax 3 over this model due to the versatility with both concentrates and dry herb, and the lower price point.

The Davinci IQ retails for $274 at the moment and even with the added features mentioned above this vaporizer is really a competitor of the Pax 2 as it is a dry herb only vape.

DaVinci IQ Vaporizer

$274 from VapeWorld

Firefly2 Vaporizer

The Firefly 2 is another portable vaporizer much like the Pax 3 that allows you to vape both concentrates and dry herb. Similar to both the Pax 3 and the DaVinci IQ, this vaporizer also comes with a mobile app to help you customize your experience.

Temperature control and battery life are both pretty compelling features in any vaporizer when done properly, however both features are not quite up to the same level as the Pax 3 or DaVinci IQ.

Although the Firefly 2 can vape concentrates, the temperature control is your only way of notifying the device you are using concentrates rather than dry flower. In the event you have dry herb in the chamber and accidentally set your device to concentrates mode, you run the risk of combusting your dry herb.

Additionally, you can only control temperature via the app so if you are often changing temperature to customize your experience, you can expect to also be constantly on your phone.

This vaporizer also utilizes on demand convection which means that rather than the short heat up time and periodic cooling sessions after your draw similar to the Pax 3 and DaVinci IQ, this vaporizer requires you to press the heating buttons before you are able to draw from the device.

In theory this should help save you some herb, however I find it a bit difficult to inhale for the full 30 seconds recommended to get max vapor and max flavor.

Overall the Firefly 2 is well made, and has a fun little window so you can watch your cannabis cook. The device is easy to use once you get past the learning curve, is discreet, portable, and produces really nice vapor. We’re looking forward to the next version which should have some welcome improvements based on the feedback users have given on the Firefly 2.

Firefly 2 Vaporizer

$329.95 from VapeWorld


For the more budget conscious shopper, there is another portable vaporizer line by KandyPens which are well liked and well designed. They offer a wide range of styles with prices ranging from $24.95 – $154.95. All of KandyPens vaporizers are portable and discreet for on the go vaping.

The majority of their vape pens take concentrates, some take concentrates and oils, and a few utilize dry herb. Battery life is decent, vapor quality is great, and they are pretty durable devices.

Overall KandyPens has a suite of affordable options for all budgets and user types. If you aren’t sure if vaporizing is for you, you may be interested in checking out one of their lower priced models before you make the jump into a more expensive option like the Pax 3, DaVinci IQ, or the Firefly 2.

KandyPens Vaporizers

Starting at $24.95 from VapeWorld

The Pax App

Being in control of every aspect of your vaping experience is extremely important in a solid vaporizer, particularly when it comes to temperature control, and is becoming a must have feature for higher end devices.

The Pax app allows users to customize their experience with regard to temperature, locking the device, playing games, and configuring the lights and haptic feedback. You can even name your Pax 3, which we know you will, when you fall in love.

Pax App

Why is Temperature Control Important?

Every strain has different effects, and each of those effects are achieved at different temperatures. Generally speaking, lower temperatures produce a less intense high while higher temperatures produce a more intense high. However, for the more advanced smoker, controlling temperature will allow you to unlock the effects, potency, and flavors you want.

When smoking via a more traditional combustion method, you don’t have any control over temperature. Once your heat source touches your herb, you’re at the mercy of whatever compounds activate at that temperature and are also inhaling other harmful byproducts.

With the push to legalize marijuana there has also been the need for all cannabis products to be tested so every consumer knows exactly what is in the bud they are consuming.

With these tests, a consumer knows the exact chemical makeup of their cannabis and which cannabinoids and terpenes are in their bud – and with that, they can customize their experience with temperature.

There are quite a few cannabinoids and terpenes, each with a different boiling point as well as different effects and flavors. Since they all have different boiling points, it’s important to know which effects you are going for and then be able to customize your temperature settings to unlock the effects you desire.

If you are trying to vape on the down low, you’ll want to always keep your temperature low as that will produce less visible vapor and odor than higher temperatures.

How do you Set Temperature in the App?

Customizing your temperature settings could not be easier than with the Pax app. The App connects to your device, either the Pax 3 or the Pax ERA via bluetooth.

To connect your Pax 3, you’ll be instructed to turn on your device and shake it back and forth until the lights turn blue. Once this happens, you are connected! Once connected you have the option to name your device, then move on to the more interesting customizable features.

You will see a photo of your Pax with your current temperature setting. To change temperature from here, simply tap that photo to enter the temperature control center.

This is where your devices current temperature will display, your different pre-set temperature modes, as well as a customizable sliding scale at the bottom where you can set a specific temperature of your choice.

You can actually watch your temperature go up and down in real time as you draw from your Pax and then allow it to enter cooldown mode.

This is fancy, and we like it.

Pax App Temperature

Additional Pax App Features

Temperature control might be the most compelling feature in the Pax App, but there are a few others worth mentioning as well.

On the main screen underneath your temperature control center you can change the color and brightness of your device lights, as well as your haptic feedback.

There are also 2 icons in the top right corner of the app, one for your battery level and another which shows whether your device is locked or unlocked.

To lock your Pax 3 simply press the lock icon when the device is on and you’ll see red lights flash across the front. When you want to unlock, tap the same icon. Locking can be useful if you throw your Pax into your pocket or purse to ensure it doesn’t turn on when you are on the run.

The main menu of the app has links to shop online for Pax products, as well as find a store nearby that carries them. You can add and control multiple devices via the app so if you are the owner of both a Pax 3 and a PAX Era you can choose whichever device you’d like to connect to when you first open the app.

The app also comes with a handful of super helpful video tutorials, our favorites being a demo on temperature settings, and how to clean your device. It’s important to maintain a clean Pax so you can ensure you are having the cleanest and tastiest experience every time.

Lastly at the bottom of the home screen when your device is turned on you’ll see the 3 Pax games available to play along with instructions on how you can use each.

Pax Cleaning Kit

Vapor Production and Quality

Overall, both vapor production and quality are really great with the Pax 3 whether you are heating dry herb, or concentrates. There are a few different factors that play into both, which are both a result of temperature used and whether you are heating herb or extracts.

The amount of vapor produced is directly proportional to the temperature setting you are on, with the most vapor produced on setting 3 or higher when vaping dry herb. A long and consistent draw tends to produce the most consistent vapor each time you hit.

As far as flavor and vapor quality go, starting with lower temperatures and working your way up through all of the temperature settings produces the best tasting flavor. As you work your way up, you’ll start to notice more of a burnt smell coming from the bottom of the unit.

Vapor quality is smooth, which you’ll also find is best at lower temperatures and becomes less enjoyable and a bit more harsh at max temperatures.

With the concentrates insert, vapor production is at it’s best when you don’t overload the oven. Less is more with concentrates, and a smaller amount of product yields better vapor.

Unlike the dry herb oven, both flavor and vapor quality are preserved at higher temperatures where you won’t find a harsh vapor or burning smell.

Pax 3 vs Pax 2 – What’s the difference?

Upon first glance, it’s hard to tell what the difference is between the Pax 2 and the Pax 3. Side by side they look like twins – aside from the addition of a glossy finish if you choose. That’s because most of the upgrades are under the hood and within the app.

The first major difference between these two devices is that the Pax 2 does not have a concentrates insert – it can only be used with dry herb. The Pax 3 makes a step ahead of it’s previous model by allowing users to choose between dry herb or extracts. For the cannabis connoisseur, this is a game changer.

The Pax App also sets this model apart from it’s predecessor as you can custom set temperatures to maximize your vaping experience. While the Pax 2 has 4 pre-set temperature settings, you can’t customize the same way you can with the Pax 3 which allows you to set any temperature you want – or utilize the smart heat settings stored within your device.

Heat up time was cut down from 45 seconds with the Pax 2 to roughly 15 seconds with the Pax 3. While 45 seconds isn’t a huge amount of time to wait, a 15 second heat up is much more desirable particularly when you are vaping in stealth mode and just want to hit it and quit it. Also, we’re all a little impatient, aren’t we?

Haptic Feedback was also introduced with the Pax 3, as well as additional accessories that were not available with the previous model.

You now have the option to purchase one of two kits – either the basic kit, or the complete kit depending on whether you plan on vaping concentrates. Even if you don’t plan on vaping concentrates in the immediate future, you can choose to purchase the concentrates insert separately at a later date.

Lastly, the Pax 2 now only has a 2 year warranty where the Pax 3 has a 10 year warranty. The Pax 3 is a device which you will want to treat with care – however it’s nice to know they have you covered should any unforeseen circumstances warrant the use of your warranty.

If you are considering whether to buy the Pax 2 or the Pax 3, we highly recommend going for the Pax 3 as the additional features and customizable options make it well worth the investment.

Pax 2 vs Pax 1 – What’s the difference?

While we still love the Pax 1 for being the OG Pax to lay the foundation to get us where we are today, it was a behemoth compared to the Pax 2 and Pax 3. With the Pax 2, size was reduced by about 25%, which helped make the device both smaller and lighter.

Another immediately notable difference is that the Pax 2 doesn’t have the big mouth piece sticking off the top – you have the option of choosing a raised silicone mouthpiece, or a flat one.

The Pax 1 had 3 heat settings, while the Pax 2 was released with 4 along with the first version of lip-sensing technology which helps control the heat up and cool down of your device.

The size of the chamber changed as well, with the Pax 2 actually having a bit of a smaller chamber than the Pax 1 however the size difference is not notable while you are using the device, both ovens provide a similar experience.

Battery life improved with the release of the Pax 2 with a claimed 30% increase in battery life, which we’re always happy to hear given this vaporizer is meant for on the go use.

Along with increased battery life was the introduction of the magnetic USB charger that the Pax 3 uses today. The Pax 1 had an actual charging station which was a larger accessory, and a little inconvenient. Pax fans rejoiced over the introduction of some modern technology with the Pax 2 charger.

Another welcome improvement was how to clean the device. There were some complaints about cleaning the initial model that were taken into consideration with the release of the Pax 2.

Being able to clean your vaporizer quickly and efficiently is important to ensuring you are getting the most out of each session, and the Pax 2 set the tone for a quick clean of the vapor path so you can get back to vaping.

Pax ERA – What is it?

Just when we couldn’t be more thrilled with the release of the Pax 3, Pax Labs hit us all with a 1-2 punch and released the Pax Era at essentially the same time.

The Pax Era is a portable refillable concentrates vape pen which still packs some of the state of the art features as the Pax 3. Similar to the Pax 2 catering to dry herb only smokers, the Pax Era caters to concentrates only smokers.

This device is slim, sleek, and has the same petal lights on the front as other Pax models. Upon first glance it looks very simple, but just like the Pax 3 there is a lot of technology under the surface.

The Pax Era is the only other device by Pax Labs that can be controlled via the Pax App which immediately sets it apart from other THC oil vape pens.

The device alone retails for $19.99 on the Pax website, and the concentrate pods are ~$40-$50 and can be picked up at your local dispensary that carries Pax products.

The Era is the first of it’s kind from Pax Labs, but we bet they’ll continue to improve upon this model the way they have been innovating the original Pax.

One thing worth mentioning is that the pods are not refillable – which is not only inconvenient but also wasteful. However, Pax Labs is one company that definitely listens to feedback from their customers.

Needless to say, we’re excited to see what comes next as this model is already a step ahead of it’s competition.

Overall Impression of the Pax 3

If you’ve read up to this point, you already know we love the Pax 3. If you just skipped down to see our final thoughts, all you need to know is that we love the Pax 3 – and think you will too!

Device manufacturing, battery life, temperature control, technology, and maintenance continue to improve with each release which we couldn’t be more thrilled about.

The customizable features of the Pax 3 including the option to vape dry herb or concentrates puts this portable vaporizer in a class of its own. Ease of use, and smooth vapor quality also make this vaporizer stand out amongst competition.

As mentioned, Pax Labs has continuously taken feedback, suggestions, and complaints from their loyal customers into consideration with each new version they manufacture. This is how we know the best is yet to come!

What’s next from Pax Labs? Stay tuned to find out!


    • Released: November 2016
    • Manufactured By: PAX Labs
    • Designed For: Loose Leaf and Extract
    • Dimensions: 3.87 x 1.21 x 0.85
    • Price: $199
    • 10-year warranty

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