Pax 2 vs Pax 3 : Which one should you buy?
December 20, 2018
Over the last decade or so, Pax Vaporizers have taken the UK 420 world by storm. Their attention to detail has resulted in quite possibly the best-looking vaporizers on the market today.
Their vaporizers are not just pretty they perform well today and the entire range is engineered to provide great vaping experiences.
Currently, there are three iterations of the Pax. The first, The original Pax was released in 2007 to much fanfare so it was a no-brainer that they would follow up with the Pax 2 and then finally the 3.
Whilst the original Pax vaporizer is a bit cumbersome now the Pax 2 is still one of the best vaporizers available on the market today and its price has now dropped into the ‘affordable range’.
As a result, we’re increasingly being asked whether or not it is worth buying the Pax 3.
As usual, the answer is “It depends!” so we thought we’d compile all of our experiences into one place to give you all the info you need to make your decision.
First things first, there is no doubt about it, both the Pax 2 and the Pax 3 are absolute stunners in the looks department.
The Pax 2 was one of the best-looking vaporizers when it was first released and it still is. Its outer casing is beautifully engineered and features a polished aluminium shell. It measures in at just 9.8cm x 3cm x 2cm making it remarkably low profile; in fact, I imagine those who are not in the know will have no idea what it is!
The Pax 3 maintains supermodel looks but squeezes everything into a more compact shell that is roughly 25% smaller than is almost palm sized.
However, what the Pax 3 lacks in bulk it makes up for in performance; the latest model is more powerful (more on that later), has plenty of new features whilst still being able to carry 0.3 grams of ground herb – just like the Pax 2.
Both vaporizers come with the same two mouthpieces – the flat and elevated. I personally prefer the flat mouthpiece. The elevated one can get quite hot after prolonged use.
Both vaporizers are pretty rugged and have clearly been engineered to be able to absorb a knock or two. I’ve had my Pax 2 now for a little over 2 years and have taken it on both biking and climbing holidays. Despite the odd scratch on its body, it performs like brand new! I haven’t had the 3 as long but I imagine this is still true.
Both the Pax 2 and 3 are powerhouses that provide solid vaping experiences; especially when compared to other vaporizers in their respective price ranges.
Both are conduction vaporizers which means they heat by touch rather than convection. This has the slight disadvantage of not roasting all of your her as evenly as a convection vaporizer such as the Flowermate Aura. However, the advantage of conduction vaporizers is that they boast really fast heat up times. Due to its monster batteries, all modes of Pax vaporizers boast some of the quickest heating times of any conduction vaporizer available on the market today.
The Pax 2 reaches its full temperature in just 40 seconds, whilst the latest version will reach its quickest in 20 seconds; half the time of the 2 and one of the quickest vaping times on the market.
Both vaporizers provide the same great taste to your herbs as they are made of similar parts inside. The oven chamber and the vapour path of both models are made out of stainless steel; one of the best materials for conducting vapour without affecting the taste.
As many of you will know, any vaporizer worth its weight in salt will include the ability for you adjust the temperature. This is imperative for you to be able to get the best vaping experience from your herbs as different temperatures provide different experiences and neither Pax vaporizer disappoints.
Both vaporizers have the same temperature range: 180c – 215c. The Pax 2’s limits your vaping experience to four settings only; which to be honest is actually more than enough. You have to be a serious connoisseur to know the difference between 190c and 195c for example. The Pax 3 however, allows you to use the mobile app to choose the exact temperature.
Whether or not you require precise temperature control will depend on personal preference. I’m personally happy with just a few pre-defined settings. Others, however, may enjoy a greater degree of control.
What can the Pax 3 do what the Pax 2 can’t?
So, they both look great, they both provide a premium vaping experience and they both provide great flavours! I can hear you asking “what can the Pax 3 do that the 2 can’t?!”.
Pax 3 App
The Pax 3 has an app that can be downloaded from the app store and connects to your phone by Bluetooth. Further to being able to control the temperature, the app allows you to vape dynamically – either Boost, Efficiency, Stealth or Flavour.
- Boost provides a short and intense vaping session.
- Efficiency helps you get the most out of your herbs.
- Stealth minimises clouds but is still high on flavour.
- Flavour prioritises taste over clouds.
Similar to the Herbstick Relax, the Pax 3 provides haptic feedback to let you know when your herbs are ready to be vaped. This sounds like a gimmick but it really is helpful. If you’re like me you’re often listening to music or watching TV when vaping. More often than not, I get distracted by the TV and my vape can reach its temperature and I miss it meaning some of my herbs can be wasted.
The haptic feedback feature vibrates your vaporizer when your herbs are ready to be vaped. It really is great.
One of the biggest advantages with the Pax 3 is that the complete kit comes with an attachment that allows you to vape concentrates too which is a great added bonus if you vape more than just dried herbs.
In the UK, the Pax 2 is priced at £129 which very almost puts it in the ‘affordable vaporizer range’ and to this day represents great value for money.
If you want the bells and whistles that come attached with the latest model, you can pay £169 for the Pax 3 standalone vaporizer or just £219 for the complete kit with the ability to vape concentrates too.
So is the Pax 2 or Pax 3 right for you?
If you’re expecting a definitive answer, I’m probably going to let you down – Sorry!
I personally am still using my Pax 2 but that is because it still works and still provides a great experience so there has been no real reason to upgrade. Simply put, the Pax 2 still provides some of the best vaping experiences money can buy.
However, if you vape more than dried herbs you’ll require a Pax 3. The 3 also is a must if you favour batter life and being able to squeeze every single compound out of your herbs.
Over the last decade or so, Pax Vaporizers have taken the UK 420 world by storm. Their attention to detail has resulted in quite possibly the best-looking vaporizers on the market today. Their vaporizers are not just pretty they perform well today and the entire range is engineered to provide great vaping experiences.
Pax 3 vs Pax 2 Vaporizer Comparison
The Pax is a dry herb vaporizer made by the company Paxvapor. The first version of the original Pax vaporizer was released back in 2012 followed by the Pax 2 in March of 2015 and the Pax 3 was released in November of 2016. The OG Pax was an instant hit and still used by many to this day. The Pax 3 and Pax 2 vaporizers are no different.
Although the size, shape, and overall design have remained the same, the internals has improved tremendously from the OG Pax to the new Pax 3. No more “sticky mouthpiece issue” thank goodness.
L to R: Pax 2 and Pax 3 Vaporizers
This Pax 3 vs Pax 2 vaporizer comparison will break down all the differences between these two units and help you make an informed decision on which one to get. I honestly think the Pax 2 at $149 is one of the best deals currently on the market but the Pax 3 offers just the right upgrades to make you wonder if you should just spring for the newer unit. So this is not necessarily an easy decision and both units could be the perfect vaporizer for you.
Below you can check out the current package deals and what finishes are available in each kit. I recommend buying either straight from PaxVapor or from an authorized Pax retailer like VapeWorld.
Scroll down for my full Pax 2 vs Pax 3 comparison and feel free to leave a comment below with any questions.
L to R: Pax 3 (Glossy), Pax 3 (Matte), Pax 2 (Brushed)
Pax 3 + Pax 2 Prices and Packages:
- Pax 3 Complete Kit – Dry Herb + Concentrate = $249.99 (Glossy and Matte)
- Pax 3 Basic – Dry Herb = $199 (No concentrate lid) (Matte Only)
- Pax 2 with 2-Year Warranty = $149 (Brushed)
If you’re not going to be using concentrates I would go with either the Pax 3 basic kit or the Pax 2 with a 2-year warranty. Here is the breakdown of both the Pax 3 and Pax 2.
Similarities between Pax 3 and Pax 2:
- Same Size, Same weight, Same Feel
- Long battery life/quick charge times
- Same temp spectrum
- Same oven size
Pax 3 and Pax 2 Differences:
|Pax 3||Pax 2|
|Rating:||9.2 (Pax 3)||9.0 (Pax 2)|
|Price:||$250 & $199||$149|
|Warranty:||10 Years||10 Years|
|Battery Type:||Internal Li-Ion||Internal Li-Ion|
|Battery Life:||110 Minutes||90 Minutes|
|Charge Time:||90 Minutes||120+ Minutes|
|Heat Up Time:||20 Seconds||45 Seconds|
- No haptic feedback on pax 2
- Only 4 preset temps on Pax 2 (360/380/400/420)
- Slower heat up time on Pax 2 (45 vs 20 on Pax 3)
- No concentrate option (Concentrate lid included with the complete Pax 3 kit)
Pax 3 Concentrate Insert
Pax 2 vs Pax 3 Battery Info
Charging and Battery Life :
- 3500mah on Pax 3 vs 2600mah battery on Pax 2
- 110 minutes of average use on Pax 3 vs 90 minutes of average use on Pax 2
- Average 95 minute charge time on Pax 3 vs 120+ minutes on Pax 2
Chambers, Vapor Path, and Mouthpieces:
- Both use stainless steel chamber and vapor path
- Both hold about .3g of dry herb
- Both come with a standard flat mouthpiece and an elevated mouthpiece.
Heat up times, Temp Options and Apps:
- Pax 3 heats up in 20 seconds, 45 seconds for Pax 2
- Both have the same temp range, 360-420F but the Pax 3 app lets you pick any temp within that range. You can only pick 1 of 4 temp settings (360/380/400/420) with the Pax 2.
- The Pax 3 app also offers dynamic modes (Boost, Efficiency, Stealth, and Flavor) which can either boost temp for strong hits or preserve herbs by cooling the unit when not in use. I personally just use the efficiency mode which gradually ramps up oven temp over the course of your session. The Davinci IQ has a setting within the app that can do this as well.
Which pax vaporizer is best for you?
If you don’t care about the improved battery life, faster heat-up times, precise temp control, or the dynamic modes, go for the Pax 2 and pick up the half-pack lid. If you can pony up the extra $50, I definitely think you will enjoy the upgrades on the Pax 3 and the half-pack lid is included.
If you think you’ll be using concentrates then I recommend going for the Pax 3 Dry Herb + Concentrate Complete Kit. Like I mentioned in my full Pax 3 review, the concentrate option works and it delivers pretty decent results but it’s not going to replace your dab rip or something like the Cloud Evo. It’s meant to be used occasionally for concentrates and mainly for dry herbs.
I recommend buying straight from Paxvapor if they ship to your state, otherwise, VapeWorld is a trusted authorized Pax dealer.
Remember that the Pax 2 $149 option only comes with a two-year warranty, while both Pax 3 options offer a 10-year manufacturer warranty.
This is a pretty basic comparison but the Pax 3 and Pax 2 are pretty similar. Check out my Pax 3 review for more details on the dynamic heating modes and a full video review of the Pax vapor app. You can also check out my Pax 2 review for more specifics on that as well. Anything that I haven’t covered here will more than likely be in one of those reviews.
Thanks for taking the time to check out my website and feel free to leave a comment below with any questions or comments about the Pax 3, Pax 2 or any other vaporizer.
Pax 3 vs Pax 2 Vaporizer Comparison The Pax is a dry herb vaporizer made by the company Paxvapor. The first version of the original Pax vaporizer was released back in 2012 followed by the Pax 2