Pax Vaporizer Review (+Video)
Build Quality70%
Vapor Quality55%
Look & Feel90%
Difficulty50%
Portability70%
Discreetness80%
69%Overall Score

Welcome to our Pax vaporizer review! The Pax is a popular portable vaporizer made by American manufacturer Ploom. In the box you will find the Pax, a screen, a mouthpiece, an oven lid, charging dock, charging cord, cleaning tools, cleaning wipes, mouthpiece lubricant, and a user manual. It’s got a bit of a buzz around it, so we decided to grab one and spend a bit of time with it to provide you with our review. Let’s get into it!

 

Product Pros

  1. Compact design
  2. Stealthy
  3. Decent vapor quality
  4. Easy to use

Product Cons

  1. Magnetic heating chamber door
  2. High maintenance
  3. Vapor leakage
  4. Poor battery life

 

 

 

Pax Vaporizer Review: Video

Pax Vaporizer Review: Breakdown

Quality

Build Quality

Build Quality

The Pax is made of high quality components. The exterior is anodized aluminum which adds a nice level of durability to the unit. Any plastic components they used are food safe and are made of the best quality plastic available. The vapor pathway is entirely made of medical grade components. It was definitely very important to the manufacturer to ensure they used top-notch materials.

One of the neatest things about the Pax is the unique screen it uses. There aren’t visible holes in the screen – it is just such a fine screen that it allows vapor to travel through it but no particles. We wish every vaporizer could incorporate this neat little design feature! These screens tend to get gunked up less quickly than classic screens and do a much better job at blocking dust. They are easily cleaned with isopropyl alcohol.

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Vapor Quality

Temperature control with the Pax isn’t as advanced as we would like, but it gets the job done. You have three settings to choose from: Yellow (370 degrees Fahrenheit or 188 degrees Celsius), Orange (390 degrees Fahrenheit or 199 degrees Celsius), and Red (410 degrees Fahrenheit or 210 degrees Celsius).

The vapor quality of the Pax is average. It tends to have a toasty taste to it, not fully giving you the taste of your botanical. The vapor also tends to be quite warm coming from the Pax. These issues are a result of the close proximity between the heating chamber and the mouthpiece.

Beyond the room for improvement in vapor quality, the unit tends to develop residue quite quickly. This will gum up your mouthpiece if left uncared for, so it is strongly advised to clean the Pax very frequently. Cleaning is very important to maintain excellent vapor quality too as residue will drastically affect the taste of your vapor. From a totally clean Pax, the vapor will be acceptable. From a dirty Pax, the taste is strongly affected and really diminishes your experience.

Design

look-and-feel

Look and Feel

The Pax looks and feels like a quality high-tech gadget. Its design makes it look somewhat like a cell phone or mp3 player, and it is certainly around the same size as one – it fits nicely in the palm of your hand. The components are all machined together perfectly and it is very solid.

Discreetness

Discreetness

The Pax is one of the more discreet portable vaporizers we’ve seen, thanks to its sleek design. The unit can easily be held and concealed in your hand, and it operates silently. The Pax’s mouthpiece doesn’t stick out very far, but is retractable which makes the unit super compact when you’re transporting it.

Difficulty

Ease of Use

One of the nicest things about the Pax is just how easy it is to use. The heating bowl or “oven” is large and easily loaded/unloaded. Temperature control is limited but simple – you switch between different modes with the push of a button (found under the mouthpiece).

The unit is turned on and off by withdrawing/inserting the mouthpiece from the unit. You can shake the vaporizer to find how much battery charge remains on the unit: it will light up green for a full charge, yellow for partial charge, and red for almost dead.

Portability

Portability

Ploom says thay The Pax’s 2600 mAh battery lasts up to 2 hours of continuous use. This is excellent for a portable vaporizer, and definitely puts the Pax above average in this category especially when you consider how compact it is…but that’s if it were true. After extensive testing we found that on average the battery only lasted about 45 minutes. This is a major downside for a portable as having poor battery life means your limited to how long you can use it without being near a power supply of some sort. This is only made worse by the fact that the heating chamber is right below the battery. If you didn’t know already, heat + battery = poor battery life over time and your Pax will suffer in the long run.

 

The PAX is an exciting vaporizer that will change a few things in the vaporizer field. Its design is extremely innovative, convenient and covert. This unit easily fits in a pocket and vaporizes your botanical effectively. This being said, the PAX does fall short compared to a unit like the ZEUS Smite which trumps the PAX in terms of maintenance and battery life. So, for those looking for a discreet and easy to use portable, we would recommend the Smite instead as it offers a 3 hour battery life (more than 3x the PAX!) and it is also a breeze to clean and maintain!

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Dan is a writer with a massive vaporizer collection who loves video games, superhero movies, finding new music, comic and regular books and critically deconstructing those things until he wonders why he liked them in the first place. He's also a pragmatic fitness enthusiast who believes that the best actions you can take in your daily life are those that help you reach your goals, and that naps are the most lofty, but also the most noble goal one can have.

4 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    Do these smaller vapes have overheating issues? I don’t want to burn the inside of my pocket after I use it.

    Reply
    • Dan C

      Not really overheating, but you’re not going to want to stick it directly into your pocked right after use. You should give any vaporizer some time to cool after use. It’s usually reaching temperatures in excess of 350 degrees…that’s enough to cook a chicken breast! You don’t want to know what it can do to your leg given enough time. Patience is a virtue, my friend.

      Reply
  2. Mr. BEEFY

    Reviews are very detailed. Love them all.
    But my beloved PAX in 9th place?!?!
    Say it ain’t so.

    Reply
    • Dan C

      It’s still in the top 10, which is respectable, Mr. BEEFY. The issue we had with it was the need for constant cleaning. It really just put a damper on every session knowing that you had to clean it or you’d risk bricking your unit. That was a great way to kill our vibe. That, and we’d seen much better vapor quality from other units. Too bad, really. It looks super cool!

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