Common Pax Problems with Solutions
No vaporizer is perfect, they all have trade-offs. Pax 1 comes at a reasonable price in a small package, but requires frequent cleaning or else it will develop any or all of these common problems. Read on for how to fix these problems with DIY solutions.
Last updated: January 25, 2018
Pax 1 has been greatly improved — Pax 2 for $150 fixes all major design flaws and is much easier to clean and use. While Pax 3 for $250 offers super fast warm-up and more bells and whistles like Bluetooth/app controls.
Problem: Hard to inhale, thick/tight draw when you try to take hits.
This happens when you pack the oven too tightly. I found filling full is good, but very loose because next I use the oven lid to pack it down. This packing it down works very well because it leaves about 25% of the oven chamber empty with room for the lid. Turn the lid sideways and you have an excellent push tool to pat down your herb in the chamber.
Problem: Temperature button gets stuck after cleaning.
The temp button is the small white button you see after removing the mouth piece. It’s in a tricky spot that’s hard to get to, but easy for alcohol to drip down into. Use caution when applying alcohol near this temp button, or using excessive amounts in the mouthpiece and letting it drip around inside. It’s very easy to get the temp button frozen stuck. If this happens you can try to lightly tap it with a hammer and nail to break it free from the glue bonds, but you’re on your own!
Problem: Mouthpiece needs frequent cleaning and gets tacky/sticky.
Sometimes it pops up very slowly or pushes down very hard. Pro tip: charge Pax standing up. The Pax charger is simple but flawed because the way it sits, your Pax spends all night with gravity working against it and pulling resin down towards the mouthpiece. The charging heat is just enough to cause the resin to heat and melt. Stand Pax up and attach the charger like a hat.
Problem: Mouthpiece doesn’t make good electrical contact.
Half the time it goes into heating mode and warms up, the other times the led goes solid red fails to warm up. Sometimes this gets bad and I can’t clean Pax, so I use a little paper shim in the mouth piece to force it to one side which helps make electrical contact. If you can’t do this, just slightly push on the mouth piece toward the stem until Pax is hot and ready to use. I’ve also had luck removing the mouthpiece and blowing warm air through it to help make better contact with the temp sensor.
Problem: Your Pax is having lots of weird problems
Did you buy your Pax from an authorized dealer, or on EBay? There are many reports of fake Pax units on ebay craigslist that have a lot more issues with poor and inconsistent heating, LED lights go change colors and are inconsistent, even fully hot it produces little vapor because it’s a knock-off using a much lesser heating element inside. Short story: get your Pax from an authorized dealer.
Protip: Always buy from an authorized dealer
You’ll get a valid warranty when you buy from an authorized dealer and have peace of mind knowing your investment is covered if anything is faulty.
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Common Pax Problems with Solutions No vaporizer is perfect, they all have trade-offs. Pax 1 comes at a reasonable price in a small package, but requires frequent cleaning or else it will develop
Pax 2 mouthpiece gets hot
This question just came in on my PAX 2 review page, and it’s actually a pretty common question:
#1 – Change mouthpieces. The one that sticks up is no good, it burns lips, you wanna use the flat one and it should be cool to the touch every time no matter how long you use it.
#2 – Make sure you’re grinding up your herb real fine, and make sure you’re packing the oven FULL and TIGHT, this vape sucks when you pack it loosely or don’t pack it full, and grinding fine gets you more vapor.
It’s still a great vape in the grand scheme of things but def a little finicky
I’ve been finding that this is not only sound advice, but that the Pax 2 chamber stays MUCH cleaner if you grind fine and pack tight. The spent herb comes out in a tight little brick instead of loose clngly leaf all over the walls and lid of the oven.
These results are easier to get with the half pack lid, even at lower temps. I keep the temp level on my Pax at 1. It really does seem to run hotter than necessary at the higher 3-4 settings IMO.
When I had the Pax I had lip sores. Its because the heat of the oven also heats up the mouthpiece. This is one of the main reasons I am not a fan of the Pax. A friend of mine likes to party and I have used the Pax 2, same results for me. The cap is very warm. It shouldn’t be that way. If it was intentional, it’s a bad idea if its a flaw they should replace it. I don’t agree with the Vape Critic, both pieces suck. This is why I sold mine. The sore lips and that smell of melting plastic.
I hope everyone is enjoying their Pax, I am one person with an opinion.
I am outtah here faster than a fetus at Planned Childhood.
This question just came in on my PAX 2 review page, and it's actually a pretty common question: #1 – Change mouthpieces. The one that sticks up is no good, it burns lips, you wanna use the flat one and it should be cool to the touch every time no matter how long you use it. #2 – Make sure you're…