Pax 2 VS Pax 3 — The Ultimate Comparison
Being one of the most prestigious vaporizer brands, Pax is easily recognizable for its elegant and sleek designs. Apart from that, Pax introduced pioneering technology to its products that allowed the company to surpass all its competitors in no time. So if you are looking to get a vaporizer, the choice is obvious — Pax is the best option for a number of good reasons.
Which model should you get, though? Pax 2 and Pax 3 look nearly identical. But is there anything that actually makes a big difference between the two, except for the price tag? It would be a good idea to compare their specifications and determine which one is more suitable for you. Should you break the bank for the more expensive model? We will find out.
But before we do that, let’s go over some general information about these devices so that you get to know them better.
As far as the price is concerned, we can’t deny that it’s one of the factors that make the biggest difference between the two devices.
Pax 2, for example, comes with a 2-year warranty and in a brushed texture, and it will cost you $149.99. On the other hand, Pax 3 Basic costs $199.99. This device doesn’t come with a concentrate lid and you can only get it in matte texture.
However, Pax 3 Complete Kit, the most expensive of them all, costs a total of $249.99, but it comes with a concentrate lid. To top it all off, you even get to choose between glossy and matte finish.
Still, the price doesn’t have to be your main criterion when making this decision. Namely, there are a few other aspects that make Pax 3 sound like a better option. Let’s see what they are.
If you already own a Pax 2, then you’re well aware of the fact that it features a 2,600 mAh battery. That seems pretty amazing, until you realize that Pax 3 features a battery that packs 3,500 mAh. Cool, right?
But, why do you need a vape with a superior battery? Well, to begin with, a stronger battery allows for 110 minutes of active vaping to Pax 3 users. Compare that to pax 2, which will allow you for 90 minutes of active usage. Catch our drift yet?
On top of that, Pax 3 even charges faster. While it takes two hours for Pax 2 to charge, Pax 3 will be ready to use in an hour and a half.
You’d have to be really dense not to admit Pax 3 is superior in this respect. But the real question is — is this a dealbreaker for you?
Mouthpieces and Vapor Path
We can’t deny that both Pax 2 and Pax 3 were made from high-quality materials. Namely, they both feature stainless steel vapor paths and chambers. In addition to that, both devices come with two mouthpieces — a flat and an elevated one.
In terms of temperature, Pax 2 and Pax 3 are on equal footing, given that they both have a range of 340–420°F. The only difference is that Pax 3 will heat up faster — but more on that later.
The bottom line is that both devices will be able to heat up your herbs without major problems.
When it comes to vaporizers, size really is an incredibly important factor. Really, who’d like a bulky vaporizer that they can’t just pick up and take with them? That’s right; nobody.
Generally speaking, Pax vaporizers are significantly smaller than Arizer vapes, for example. If you’re looking to compare Pax 2 or Pax 3 to some other device, that should give you a pretty good idea of what you can expect. Both of these vapes are just right in terms of size. They’ll fit right in the palm of your hand, almost as if they were made for it.
It’s quite difficult to imagine a vaporizer without LED lights nowadays. They indicate when the device is heating up and when it’s time to take a hit. Usually, the light is purple during the heating process, and it turns green when the temperature is just right.
But that’s not all. LED lights are also used to indicate the temperature mode — the colors range from yellow (low) to red (high).
Needles to say, both Pax 2 and Pax 3 feature LED lights that make using them fun and easy.
We can pretend all we want that the color selection isn’t an important factor, but that would be a lie. All Pax devices are stylish and elegant, and the same applies to both Pax 2 and Pax 3. So, in this respect, you can’t really go wrong with either of the devices.
Still, you might want to know that Pax 3 offers a greater variety of color options.
Lip Sensing Technology
The last but certainly not the least feature we’d like to mention is the Lip Sensing Technology.
It basically ensures that the heating elements in the vape are engaged only when you lift the vaporizer to your mouth and start drawing. That, in turn, results in the battery not draining too fast. Plus, there’s no way your herbs will overheat.
Both Pax 2 and Pax 3 boast this innovative feature, which is a huge plus.
So far, it seems that Pax 2 and Pax 3 are quite similar, right? That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as we’re going to analyze those similarities in greater detail soon. But before that…
Pax 3 Basic vs Complete Kit
To further complicate things, there are two versions of the Pax 3 device: Basic and Complete Kit. So what’s the difference?
Well, the Basic Pax 3 comes with a charger, flat and raised mouthpieces, and a cleaning kit. But for an additional 50 bucks, you can get a Complete Kit, which has accessories that are worth around $100, give or take. They include:
- stylish carrying case
- half-pack oven lid that allows for more effective heating if the device is only half-filled
- portable multi-tool used for stirring, emptying the oven chamber, and packing down your dry herbs; it comes on a keychain, which is pretty handy.
In our opinion, if you’ve already decided on breaking the bank, spending an additional $50 isn’t going to hurt much. We can’t deny that these accessories are actually useful, so you won’t probably won’t regret making that decision.
But it’s time to go back to our main point — let’s talk about how Pax 2 and Pax 3 are alike.
Pax 2 vs Pax 3: Main Similarities
Size and Texture
First of all, if you pick up and compare these devices side by side, you will easily notice that they’re identical in both size and weight. Both models are a perfect fit for any hand.
Aside from a slightly shinier finish that Pax 3 boasts, the feel when you hold either of the models is pretty much the same. Given that they’re not bulky, you shouldn’t worry about them being uncomfortable to hold.
Battery and Temperature
As you’ve probably already established on your own, one of the greatest perks of both Pax 2 and Pax 3 is their exceptionally long battery life. And even despite the fact that they won’t require 5 charges a day, it’s good to know they don’t take forever to charge. Their durability gets an A+ from us.
Another proof that neither of the devices will disappoint is the identical temperature range that they feature. So they will perform equally well when heating up your herbs.
This may come as a shock to some of you, but Pax 2 and Pax 3 actually have an oven of the exact same size. They can both hold about 0.3 grams of dry herbs.
It would be safe to assume that, when main specs are nearly identical, 99% of people would opt for the cheaper product, right? Well… What if you’re the 1%?
Although we agree (to an extent) that Pax 3 barely even differs from Pax 2, we don’t want to claim that getting a Pax 3 is completely pointless. That is, at least not until you’ve had the chance to compare how they differ.
Pax 2 vs Pax 3: Main Differences
One of the biggest differences is that, although it’s still quick, Pax 2 has a significantly slower heat-up time. While Pax 2 needs about a minute to heat up, Pax 3 takes around half the time. In addition to that, it takes only a couple of seconds for Pax 3 to get back to the initial temperature. You have to admit that only makes this device more impressive.
Another thing to note is that Pax 2 has only four pre-set temperatures: 360, 380, 400, and 420°F. Granted, we already said that Pax 3 features that same range. But what’s really cool is that you can set it to any temperature within that range.
Additionally, when it comes to conveniences, Pax 3 seems to offer a few more than Pax 2.
One of the perks is haptic feedback, a feature that doesn’t exist on Pax 2. It basically means that your Pax 3 is going to vibrate twice — once you’ve turned it on, and once it’s ready for use. Sure, it’s probably nothing crucial, but it’s nice to have a feature that allows you to do other things instead of glancing at the device non-stop.
In addition to that, the concentrate lid is a feature that is lacking both in Pax 2 and Pax 3 Basic Kit. You’ll only find that in Pax 3 Complete Kit. Still, we feel obliged to remind you that the Complete Kit costs $150 more than Pax 2. Keep that in mind, will you?
Believe it or not, the biggest difference between Pax 2 and Pax 3 isn’t hidden in any of the shiny features we’ve discussed so far. The biggest difference lies in the warranty that comes with these two devices.
Some of you may (or may not) know that Pax 2 used to have a ten-year warranty. However, that has been shortened to only two years. Take a wild guess — where did it go? That’s right. It went to Pax 3, which now proudly boasts a 10-year guarantee.
If you were looking to get a Pax 2, this could be a dealbreaker for you, and we totally understand why. Even though the device looks promising in terms of quality and durability, any number of things could happen to it. Enjoying an additional eight years of warranty gives you some peace of mind, whereas two years seem like nothing in comparison.
Pax 3 App
Unlike Pax 2, Pax 3 comes with its own app. It allows users to further tweak some settings in accordance with their preferences. Additionally, you can trigger special modes and games at the touch of a button, which is really cool! All you need to do is connect your Pax 3 to your phone using Bluetooth, and you get to fully experience the privileges of having a more recently designed device.
You might know that, in November 2019, Apple decided to remove all vaporizing apps from its store. Of course, that included the Pax 3 app as well. Although the company planned on an extended ban, the application was made available for Apple desktop users shortly after.
Currently, the app exists on Play Store as well, so both iOS and Android users can get it, which is pretty awesome.
The Bottom Line: Pax 2 vs Pax 3?
As we previously mentioned, some may argue that all these similarities and differences are insignificant to an everyday vaper. Still, we’re sure you’ll agree it’s nice to know what both devices have to offer.
We think it’s only fair to point out that, if you already own a Pax 2, it’s probably not that necessary for you to make the switch to Pax 3. That is, unless you believe the upgrades are an absolute must-have.
Still, if you’re looking to buy your first Pax vape, then why not splurge a bit and get Pax 3?
The bottom line is that both Pax 2 and Pax 3 feature ingeniously innovative technology, and they come with really cool additional features. So, whichever you decide to go for, we’re sure you’re in for a high-tech vape session!
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PAX 2 Review
The PAX 2 is intuitive, efficient, durable, and produces great vapor. An everyday carry vape with an all-in-one form large.
The PAX 2 is intuitive, efficient, durable, and produces great vapor. An everyday carry vape with an all-in-one form factor, large herb chamber and great battery life. You don’t need anything but your PAX 2 once you’re loaded up. PAX Vaporizers put noticeable thought into the design and features of this sequel, in my opinion, blowing away the original PAX 1. Now at $149, the PAX 2 is one of the easiest to recommend portable vaporizers on the market.
Table of contents
What’s in the Box
Discreet, Ultra Portable
For Best Results
Great Vapor Quality
Cleaning & Maintenance
PAX 2 vs. PAX 3
Who’s This Vape For
Isolated Air Path
Who’s This Vape Not For
It’s clear that the PAX 2 was designed with the user experience front and center. Featuring an intuitive user interface, technology that preserves your herb and battery life, an all-in-one form factor and dense, pure vapor, the PAX 2 is a joy to use.
Discreet, ultra portable
The PAX 2 is small. Really small. It stands less than 4 inches tall and features an oven that holds about a third of a gram. With that much space, you can expect 15-25 draws from a fully packed oven making it perfect for extended on-the-go sessions.
Its size makes it pocket friendly, even an every day carry, and with its inconspicuous gadget look the PAX 2 can sit out on a table without drawing attention. It feels good to hold, has some weight to it and most people will be able to conceal it completely in their hand.
Great vapor quality
The PAX 2 puts out some very dense vapor that’s smooth, with good flavor. Featuring a 30 – 60 second heatup time and four preset temperatures that cover all the bases.
The first two are great for taste and produce light vapor, while the last two deliver thicker clouds and a bit more punch. I landed on 400F as my regular start up temp. Personally, I finish my sessions on the highest temperature, and not having a traditional shut-off timer lets me take my time here, which I really enjoy.
The PAX 2 utilizes the same smart airflow path as the PAX 1, with the oven as far away from the mouthpiece as possible, at the bottom of the unit. This distance, the isolated airpath and the new, flush mouthpiece cools the vapor extremely well giving you smooth draws, without any harsh taste.
The user interface of the PAX 2 is extremely simple. A single, hidden button in the mouthpiece controls everything and the signature ‘petal’ LED tells you all you need to know.
Related: PAX 2 Light Guide
Push the button once, the PAX 2 is on. Push it again, it’s off. Need to change the temp? Just hold the button for a second. It takes some getting used to, but becomes second nature after regular use. I really appreciate the departure from all the button clicks other manufacturers are using.
The PAX symbol on the front of the unit is made up of four LED lights that let you know battery level, temperature, and if your unit is heating up, in standby mode or ready to vape.
Want to check the battery life or exit temp mode? Just shake it. There’s a lot of tech under the hood, including an accelerometer, that lets you control everything with just one button.
In addition to ease of use, the PAX 2 was designed with herbal efficiency and battery life in mind. Lip sensing technology and an accelerometer tells the unit when you’re vaping or not, dynamically adjusting the temperature to conserve your herbs and battery life.
Set the PAX 2 down and it will drop the temperature after 30 seconds. Pick it up or put it to your lips and the PAX 2 will boost the temperature to your set temperature on the fly.
And the auto shut-off time is intelligent. After three minutes of no movement, the PAX 2 will shut itself off. There’s no set timer so the PAX will adjust to your session length.
I got on average 90 minutes of vaping time from a full charge while testing the PAX 2. Taking my time, I went through 3 full loads and about 75 total draws. Some of my more leisurely sessions lasted around ten minutes, but I still got three evenings worth of use before it needed to be docked for a charge. The PAX 2 takes about 3 hours to charge with the included USB dock.
Isolated air path
The PAX 2 has a stainless steel oven and vapor tube leading to a silicone mouthpiece located at the opposite end of the unit. Both materials are medical-grade and considered safe to vaporize with. The heating element is a “non-ceramic tuned thin film heater” bonded to the oven and outside of the vapor path, according to PAX.
The draw resistance will depend mostly on how tightly you pack the oven, but I liked it best when using short, gentle draws instead of long, strong pulls.
The PAX 2 has no moving parts or glass to break. The outer anodized aluminum shell makes it tough so I don’t worry about tossing it in a bag, or in my pocket with my keys or phone, making it great for on-the-go sessions and outdoor activities.
The PAX 2 previously had a 10 year warranty, but the price drop to $149 shortened that to just two years. That’s right in the middle for the price point, and if you really want the longer coverage, the $199 PAX 3 Basic Kit has the 10 year warranty. We also back this one under our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. No worries here!
What’s In the Box
For best results
With all the amazing user oriented design of the PAX 2 there are still some best practices when it comes to this slick little portable vaporizer.
- Grind your material as fine as possible. Consider a Magic Flight Finishing Grinder or flip your grinder upside down grind longer than usual.
- Pack your load tightly, tamp it down. Consider the PAX Pusher or Half-Pack Oven Lid if you want to use less material.
- Use a short puff to start and gentle draws from there.
- Draw a few times after turning the unit off to clear any remaining vapor and reduce the smell.
Related: PAX 2 Best Practices Starter Guide
PAX decided to have a bit of fun adding hidden features to the PAX 2. Seems there’s no rhyme or reason to which you’ll get but they are assigned “randomly” so your PAX 2 will have its own “personality”. To see which your PAX 2 has, roll it horizontally three times. Every three rotations will change it to a new mode.
Related: PAX 2 Hidden Features Guide
Cleaning & maintenance
The original PAX was a pain to clean, but they fixed that with the PAX 2 leaving you three things to take care of: the oven, the mouthpiece, and the vapor path tube (connects the mouthpiece to the oven). The PAX 2 comes with Isopropyl alcohol (ISO) and some pipe cleaners. Pick up some Q-Tips and maybe some cotton swabs and you have everything you need to get the job done.
PAX 2 vs. PAX 3
PAX continues to offer both the PAX 2 and PAX 3 side by side, and for good reason. The budget-friendly PAX 2 is still a great option for casual users that don’t need any bells and whistles. The PAX 3 Basic Kit for $199 is similar except for the upgraded device, smartphone app and warranty, while the PAX 3 Complete Kit tosses in the concentrate lid and a bevy of other accessories for $250.
PAX 3 > PAX 2
Who’s this vape for
The PAX 2 is for anyone looking for an everyday carry vape or a nice, discreet at-home vape without the cords and parts of a desktop. It’s made to withstand the trials of travel and fits easily into any pocket. With the size, oven capacity and battery life, when I leave the house with a freshly packed PAX 2 I know I’m going to be good for the day.
Discretion is important to me and the PAX 2 is definitely discreet enough to not draw anyone’s attention when I’m out. A perfect vape to bring along to a show, share a park session with a friend or a hike to a nice vista!
Who’s this vape not for
I’ve always preferred convection vaporizers for flavor and efficiency. The PAX 2 has a lot of tech to make conduction more efficient, but if you’re looking for convection the PAX 2 isn’t for you.
If you vape A LOT or are forgetful about charging and 3 hours sounds like too long to be without your vaporizer, you should look for an option with a quicker charge time or interchangeable batteries.
The PAX 2 is a great vaporizer for $149 and I’m very happy with it. The heating technology puts me at ease when I normally worry about wasting herbs, and it’s small, all-in-one design is pretty hard to beat. Add to that an exceptional user experience, 2 year warranty, discrete size, new lower price, and I now have a new vape to confidently recommend!PAX 2 Review – The PAX 2 is intuitive, efficient, durable, and produces great vapor. An everyday carry vape with an all-in-one form factor, large herb chamber and great battery life. Learn everything about the PAX 2, its features and how to get the most out of it here in our PAX 2 Full review. ]]>