Pax 3 Portable Vaporizer - Your 6-Minute Review
Like most vapeheads, the team at Namaste Vapes is thoroughly sick of the “Vape X is like the iPhone of vapes!” trope. More often than not, it’s a lazy analogy based on A) a hefty price tag, B) some shiny rose gold coatings, or C) all of the above. However, every once in a while—and we cringe as we say this, but bear with us—comparing a vape to an iPhone actually makes sense. And the PAX 3 might be the best example of this, in the most flattering way possible.
PAX 3 VAPORIZER: ANSWERING ALL YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT TECH SPECS (AND WHAT’S IN THE BOX)
PAX is one of the best selling vape brands in the world, and over the years it’s developed significant street cred when it comes to making gorgeous and easy-to-use vapes (the airflow, on the other hand, has been a subject of debate). With the PAX 3, the company has fixed many of the issues that users raised regarding previous models, which is nice. In any case, here’s a quick rundown of what you should know about the PAX 3:
1. How much does the PAX 3 cost?
At Namaste Vapes, you can pick up a PAX 3 for $199.99 (the lowest price on the internet; trust us, we’ve checked). We’ll also throw in free U.S. shipping and a 100% satisfaction guarantee, in case you’re still on the fence.
2. What can you vape with the PAX 3?
The PAX 3 is a dual use vaporizer—meaning it can handle both dry herbs and concentrates (e.g. wax, shatter, budder, rosin, things of that nature). You’ll want to use the concentrate insert—included in the Complete Kit—if you’re planning on vaping the latter, as the oven chamber can get a bit messy otherwise.
3. How big is the PAX 3?
The PAX 3 is one of the most pocket-friendly vapes on the market, with dimensions of 1.2” x 0.8” x 3.5”. Speaking of iPhones, that’s about half the size of your average smartphone (especially if you’re talking about one of the jumbo new models).
4. How much does the PAX 3 weigh?
As you might expect given its diminutive dimensions, the PAX 3 is quite a lightweight vaporizer: it weighs a mere 3.3 oz, or roughly the same as a deck of cards.
5. How big is the PAX 3’s oven chamber?
Here’s where the PAX 3 starts punching above its weight—its oven can hold a robust 0.35 g, which is more than enough for a hearty group session (or two, depending on your friends’ appetites).
6. What’s the PAX 3’s heating system?
Like its predecessor, the PAX 2, the PAX 3 uses a conduction heating system. We’ll discuss that in a bit more detail later, but for now the important thing to remember is that the PAX 3’s heating system gives it a speedy heat up time of 22 seconds (down from 45 seconds for the PAX 2).
7. Which battery does the PAX 3 use?
The PAX 3 comes with a 3500mAh lithium ion battery, which is rechargeable (though not removable). The device comes with a “charging cradle” that attaches via magnet to the back of the device.
8. How long does the PAX 3’s battery last?
Depending on your temperature settings, you can expect to get around 8-10 sessions worth of vaping on a full charge of your PAX 3. For most people, this will cover at least a day or two of vaping.
9. How long does the PAX 3 take to charge?
The PAX 3 will take around 2.5 hours to go from “completely out of juice” to “totally powered up.” If, for whatever reason, you need to charge your PAX 3 without a charger, there are a number of DIY tutorials available that show you how to fashion a makeshift charging cradle out of common household objects.
10. What’s the temperature range of the PAX 3?
The PAX 3 can hit temperatures between 360°F - 420°F. The device comes with 4 preset settings at various levels, and you can also change the temperature by individual degrees (more on that in a second).
11. How does the PAX 3 display temperature?
PAX is known for its trademark LED petals on the front of each device, and these do more than tell you the device is on—they also indicate the temperature setting, though for more precision you’ll have to look elsewhere (we’re really teasing this part, apologies).
12. Does the PAX 3 have an auto shutoff feature?
Yes, the PAX 3 will turn off after roughly 3 minutes of inactivity. Giving it a quick shake will “wake up” the device and display its battery level (which is indicated by those LED petals, with all four indicating a full battery and a single petal indicating the battery is getting low).
13. Does the PAX 3 come with a smartphone app?
Finally, the payoff to all that foreshadowing! The PAX 3 does come with an app, cleverly titled the PAX Mobile App, which allows you to choose precision temperatures, track your usage, and nerd out in various other ways. The catch is that this app is only available for Android smartphones, since Apple kicked out all vape-related apps from its store. You’re not completely out of luck if you’re an iPhone user, though, since PAX’s web app will still get the job done.
14. Does the PAX 3 have a warranty?
This is one of the PAX 3’s finest features—it comes with a 10 year warranty, which is by far one of the longest in the vape business.
What's In The Box?
HOW DOES THE PAX 3 WORK?
Let’s put on our honesty smocks: if you’re thinking about buying a PAX 3, there’s a good chance you couldn’t care less about the intricacies of its engineering—part of the appeal of this particular device is that it just works without much effort on your part. But in case you’re curious, here’s an overview of how the PAX 3 does what it does.
1. THE PAX 3 HEATING SYSTEM
As mentioned before, the PAX 3 uses a conduction heating system. In case you’re wondering why this is worth mentioning, the answer is that “it makes your device heat up faster, which is nice when you’re prepping for a quick discreet session.” Conduction heating systems work by directly applying heat to your material via the walls of the oven chamber, so they offer faster heat up times than convection systems (which depend on blasting the material with hot air).
2. LOADING THE PAX 3
The PAX 3 is loaded from the bottom of the device. Press the magnetic cover on one side, and it’ll pop right off. You can then insert your dry herb or, if you’re vaping wax or shatter or something similar, the Dosing Capsule. When using dry herb, you’ll want to grind your material quite finely and pack it in densely—this can have a big impact on the visibility of your vapor.
3. TURNING ON THE PAX 3
The top of the PAX 3 conceals its power button—whether you’re using the flat mouthpiece or the extended one, just press down in the center for a moment until the petals on the front of the device light up. They’ll sparkle in various colors for a while before turning green, at which point you’re ready to vape.
4. SETTING THE TEMPERATURE ON THE PAX 3
There are two ways to set the temperature on the PAX 3. To toggle between the device’s 4 preset settings—360° F, 380° F, 400°F, and 420° F—you can press and hold the power button until the petals start blinking (one petal indicates the lowest setting, four indicates the highest). Once you’ve chosen the desired temperature, press and hold the power button again to lock in that temperature. If you’re looking for more personalization, you can also use the PAX Mobile App on your phone, or the web version via Google Chrome.
5. HITTING THE PAX 3
The PAX 3 is a direct draw vape, meaning you don’t have to press any buttons or perform any special actions to take a hit. Just hold it up to your lips and “sip” the mouthpiece like you’re tasting a cocktail.
HOW’S THE PAX 3 VAPOR QUALITY?
One of the biggest complaints people had about the PAX 2 was that it was often difficult to tell if you were actually getting a hit, since the vapor clouds produced by that device were… fickle, to put it mildly (grinding the herb extra finely and packing it super tightly and hitting the vape very delicately were often suggested as solutions, much to the annoyance of users who’d already tried all those things). Fortunately, it appears that PAX listened to these complaints and addressed those issues with the PAX 3—the new version has considerably better airflow, though it’s still not going to produce the huge billowous clouds of some other devices.
TIPS FOR GETTING THE BEST VAPOR QUALITY WITH THE PAX 3
Advice for modding out your PAX vape abounds across the internet—replacing oven screens is one of the top suggestions—but before you go that route, it’s worth experimenting with two things first. First, try grinding your material more finely than you normally do. You can do this by using a two-part grinder with lots of sharp teeth, or by using your four-part grinder (and holding it upside down so your material spends more time getting shredded before falling through the grate).
IS THE PAX 3 EASY TO CLEAN?
One of the nice things about the PAX 3 is that cleaning the device takes about 20 seconds of your day—just scrape out any excess material from the oven chamber and give it a quick rub with some isopropyl alcohol and a cotton swab. The airpath can be cleaned using the pipe cleaners included in the kit (when you run out, you can find more at any office store or stationary shop). If you do this about once a week, your device will be in great shape for the long haul.
WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF PAX 3 DRY HERB VAPORIZER?
The PAX 3 has a lot going for it, but it also has its drawbacks (like any vaporizer). Here’s a bird’s eye breakdown:
PAX 3 PROS
PAX 3 CONS
Compact and lightweight
Flat mouthpiece is a bit awkward
Can get hot in the hand
Compatible with dry herbs and concentrates
Clouds aren’t particularly big
Precision temperature controls
App can be a bit of a pain
A little pricey
SO IS THE PAX 3 WORTH IT?
If you’re going to spend around $200 on a vaporizer, the PAX 3 is one of the best deals out there. There’s a reason it’s won awards from Digital Trends, High Times, and just about every vape-focused website on the internet. It’s compact, versatile, and that warranty is almost too good to be true. Plus, now that PAX has unveiled a new line of colors for this model, there might not be a single vape out there that can beat the PAX 3 in the style department.
WHO SHOULD BUY THE PAX 3?
The PAX 3 is ideal for people who want a simple, good-looking vape that can fit in just about anywhere (if you’re the kind of person who likes to enjoy a clandestine vape while strolling down the street, this is the device for you, though remember that the PAX 3 isn’t entirely odor free). The PAX 3 is especially nice if you enjoy vaping both dry herb and concentrates and don’t want to fully commit to either.