The Mighty casts a long shadow over the portable vape market. Hailing from vape legends, Storz & Bickel, it is considered one of the best portable vapes on the market. This is down to its amazing build quality and incredible hybrid heating system that produces some of the best vapor you can get. However, it also casts a long shadow in the literal sense, it is a chunky vape and far from pocket sized.
The Pax 3, on the other hand, is a truly compact vaporizer. The third of its kind from Pax Labs, this vaporizer delivers premium quality vaping in a truly tiny package. It is also packed to the brim with a host of incredible features that automatically adjust your vape experience on the fly to ensure that you can enjoy tasty, consistent vapor.
Both of these vapes focus on delivering incredible vapor quality, but diverge massively in their design philosophy, with Pax going for a ‘less is more’ approach and Storz & Bickel insisting on their characteristic ‘more is more’. However, which is best, let’s take a look!
Pax 3 vs. Mighty - A Quick Comparison
Here’s a quick run down of the most important features and specifications of The Mighty and Pax 3 vaporizers.
|The Mighty||Pax 3|
|Compatible With:||Dry Herb||Dry Herb|
|Dimensions:||5.5” x 3.2” x 1.2”||1.2” x 0.8” x 3.5”|
|Weight:||0.5 lbs||3.3 oz|
|Chamber Capacity:||0.25g||0.35 g|
|Heating System:||Hybrid Convection/Conduction||Convection|
|Battery:||2 x 2668 mAh||3500 mAh|
|Battery Life:||90 - 120 Minutes||90 Minutes|
|Charging Time:||2 Hours||90 Minutes|
|Temperature Range:||104°F to 410°F||360°F to 420°F|
|Auto Shut Off:||Yes||Yes|
|Notable Functions:||Hybrid Heating||Mobile App|
What’s in the Box:
2 Year Limited
10 Year Warranty
1. Design: Pax 3 vs. Mighty
When you think about it, putting together a vaporizer is a bit of a balancing act. You have to make tradeoffs between the power of your device and its size, the vapor quality versus battery life, and much more. It's no wonder that there is such a wide array of vape designs on the market, with designers putting more emphasis on some areas over others to create what they see as the perfect vaporizer.
The Mighty is all about power, battery life, and vapor quality. The trade off in this case is that it is a seriously large vape by portable standards. Also, it’s not exactly the sleekest looking device, conforming to Storz & Bickel utilitarian and somewhat industrial aesthetic. Of course, this large body isn’t 100% a bad thing. For one thing, it leaves more than enough room for a huge and easy to read display and intuitive control scheme.
Winner: Pax 3
2. Ease of Use: Pax 3 vs. The Mighty Vaporizer
Vaporizers, first and foremost are consumer electronics. They are supposed to be simple enough for anyone to use, and if you find yourself with a device that feels like you need an engineering degree to properly use, then the designer certainly messed up somewhere along the way.
The Mighty is an intimidating device at first glance with its industrial aesthetic and chunk build. This, along with Storz & Bickel reputation as the must have device for advanced vape fans may lead you to believe that this is a tricky device to master. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The Mighty is an incredibly user friendly vaporizer. It features a huge, clear display that makes it simple to see everything that’s going on inside the device, from the battery level to the set heating temperature. The front of the device also houses the simple and intuitive control scheme. This is an intuitive system of buttons that makes changing your vape’s temperature no harder than turning up the volume on your phone.
The Pax, due to its small size, doesn’t feature anything like the display and controls of The Mighty. Instead it features a single button control system and LED light display. The display glows when the device is activated and heating. It is split into four segments. These segments light up to indicate which of the four temperature settings have been activated, one for the lowest setting, two for the next setting up, and so on. However, the Pax 3 does have bluetooth compatibility, allowing you to hook it up to a smartphone app for a more sophisticated level of control.
Out of the two The Mighty is the clear winner. While the Pax 3 does have a fantastic smartphone app, it is nothing compared to The Mighty’s clear screen and simple,digital controls which are good to go straight out of the box.
Winner: The Mighty
3. Temperature Options: Pax 3 vs. The Mighty
The Mighty has a huge temperature range to choose from. Users can choose any temperature they want, ranging from 104°F to 410°F. The simple to use control scheme allows users to alter their temperature in tiny increments, allowing them to fine tune The Mighty until it produces the vape experience of their dreams. The clear screen makes this whole process child’s play, displaying the chamber temperature, and the user-selected temperature.
The Pax 3 comes out of the box with four temperature presets. 360°F, 380°F, 400°F, 420°F. Each of these can be selected by holding down the control button, and each is indicated by the amount of segments that light up on the display. The smartphone app allows users to expand the functionality of their device with additional features such a boost and stealth modes.
The Mighty is the clear winner here, offering users a staggering amount of control over their vape experience.
Winner: The Mighty
4. Vapor Quality: Pax 3 vs. Mighty
One of the first things that anyone wants to know about a vaporizer is its vapor quality. This usually means that they want to know about the consistency, temperature, and how smooth the vapor is. A good vapor quality is a make or break feature for a vaporizer.
The Mighty, as can be expected by a Storz & Bickel vape, has incredible vapor quality. This is due to the unique hybrid heating system it comes equipped with. This blends the best of conduction and convection heating to create incredibly smooth, tasty, pure, and potent vapor
The Pax 3 creates smooth, tasty, and dense vapor. It has a super fast heat up time, too, hitting the highest temperature in around 30 seconds. Despite the compact size of the Pax, it still has surprisingly good cooling, with the herb chamber located at the bottom of the device, as far from the mouthpiece as possible.
The Pax 3 is undeniably one of the best vaporizers out there when it comes to sheer vapor quality, and in any other match up it would come out on top. However, when it comes to vapor quality Storz & Bickel cannot be beaten. Their hybrid heating system and the super-precise controls of The Mighty mean that it is capable of so much more than the Pax could ever hope to achieve.
Winner: The Mighty
5. Cleaning and Maintenance: Pax 3 vs. Mighty
Overall, vapes are one of the cleanest ways to enjoy dry herb. The tars, ash, and smoke that is usually associated with herb consumption isn’t a problem. Of course, this doesn’t mean that they don’t need the occasional clean. Over time, and especially when it's heated, the herb will produce a sticky resin. This can build up into some nasty patches of grime that can eventually clog airpaths and heating chambers. To prevent this, you have to open up your device and clean it out.
Thanks to its large size and somewhat complicated construction, The Mighty can be a little bit of a chore to maintain. Looking after its chamber is simple, a periodic wipe down only takes a few moments. However, when the time comes for a deeper clean, things can get a little bit more involved. Users may need to remove several different parts, including the mouthpiece and cooling unit, and leave them to soak in a cleaning solution. After a while they will need to be removed and wiped down to remove excess grime. Finally, when the device is fully put back together, allow it to run through a heating cycle to burn off any leftover cleaning solution.
The Pax 3 is a much simpler prospect. Its compact and straightforward design makes maintenance a breeze. All you need is some Isopropyl alcohol or cleaning solution, some cotton swabs, and the included soft cleaning brush to clear out the mouthpiece, vapor path, and the oven. That’s it, no serious disassembly required.
The Mighty is a victim of its own hefty design in this category, losing out to the Pax. The Pax 3’s compact size, simple design, and lessons learned from previous Pax vapes, means that it is designed to be as easy to clean and maintain as possible. If keeping your vape in ship shape is important to you, then the Pax 3 is a must.
Winner: Pax 3
Final Verdict: Which Is Better, Pax 3 or The Mighty?
The Mighty is well known as one of the best portable vapes that money can buy. It's no wonder that so many vape fans consider it the must have vape device. Its initially scary appearance hides an incredibly user friendly and straightforward device with impressive battery life, a clear screen, and simple controls. The real draw (excuse the pun) of The Mighty is its incredible vapor quality. That famous Storz & Bickel heating system does incredible work. Of course, its chunky size may be a put off to a lot of users who want something that they can carry with them, and the considerable price is a serious barrier to a lot of people.
The Pax 3 is the latest in the long running Pax series of portable vapes. It has clearly been built with the lessons learned from its predecessors in mind. It's ultra-compact form is perfect for daily use. It can fit in any pocket or bag, and its powerful battery is more than capable of lasting a day of intermittent use. The vapor quality of the Pax 3 is extremely good, offering dense, tasty hits. The added functionality of the app is fantastic, but Apple users should be aware that at the moment, it isn’t available on the app store. Over all, if you want a powerful vape that won't weigh you down, the Pax is the way to go. Sadly some of the sacrifices that were made in the name of saving space may put a lot of users off.
Overall, The Mighty stands head and shoulders above the Pax 3. This isn’t a condemnation of the Pax, The Mighty stands head and shoulders above most portable vapes. The sheer power and versatility of The Mighty means that there is something for every vape fan within its hefty frame. If you can spare the cost of admission, The Mighty is the only vape you’ll ever need to buy.
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