Today we’ll be comparing the Pax 3 and the Arizer Air. These are both excellent vaporizers, but they have very different strengths. Choosing between them can be hard, but we’re about to make it a lot easier for you. By the time you’re done reading this, you’ll know which one is better overall, and more importantly, you’ll know which one makes the most sense for you based on what you’re looking for. Let’s dive in…

 


Vapor Quality


Arizer Air with glass stems

Pax 3

The Pax 3 produces very good vapor, especially considering its small size and conduction heating. Small conduction units tend to produce hot vapor that is lacking on flavor, but the Pax 3 manages to avoid both of these problems.

To help keep the vapor cool, the heating chamber is located on the bottom of the unit. The flavor is maintained thanks to efficient heating that doesn’t over cook your herb or waste any between draws. It actually has built in sensors that allow it to drop the temperature when you set it down or aren’t taking a draw.

The result of all this is enjoyable vapor that scores well in flavor, density, and smoothness when using it with dry herb. The Pax 3 can also be used with concentrates, but the performance isn’t as impressive.

Arizer Air

While the Pax 3 is better than you might expect, the Arizer Air’s vapor is still better. There is definitely conduction going on with the Air, but the use of glass stems to hold your herbs and deliver your vapor results in a far more smoother and more flavorful vapor profile than the stainless steel chamber of the Pax 3.

The Pax technically has a small advantage because it can be used with concentrates and the Air can’t, but I really don’t think the concentrate mode is enjoyable enough to factor it into the equation. If you’ve read other people talking about using concentrates in the Air, just be aware that it isn’t designed for that and the wax can get inside the unit through the small holes at the base of the heating chamber.

 

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Vapor Quality Winner: Air

 


Build Quality


Arizer Air with cap off

Pax 3

The Pax 3 looks a lot like the Pax 2, but there are improvements under the hood that you should know about. Like I mentioned above, there are sensors throughout it that can essentially predict when you are and aren’t going to be taking a draw. This allows it to adjust the temperature to achieve maximum efficiency, which is a very cool feature I’d like to see in more vapes moving forward.

The battery life with the Pax 3 is good. It has a 3500mAh battery, but in practice it seems to only make it through 6 to 7 sessions. There are 4 temperature levels that are accessible from the device itself, but an app unlocks the ability to choose a precise temperature. There are also four additional heating modes.

There is one thing that really bugs me about this new version, and that’s the exterior finish. It’s very glossy and incredibly easy to scratch or get dirty. If you don’t get a “skin” for the Pax 3, expect it to be covered in fingerprints and scratches.

Arizer Air

The Air is a very well made vaporizer, just like all of Arizer’s products. Everything is well machined, and this is a unit that is capable of surviving an accident or two. The only thing you’ll have to worry about breaking would be the glass stems, but with a little caution this is easily avoidable. Plus they’re cheap to replace.

The Air is powered by a removable 18650 battery. The one that is included will last anywhere from 3 to 5 sessions on a single charge, depending on the heat level you choose (there are 5 to choose between). While the battery life of a single battery is slightly less than the Pax 3, you also have the ability to buy extras and an external charger. This means you can theoretically never run out of battery.

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Build Quality Winner: Air

 


Portability


Pax 3 with accessories

Pax 3

The Pax 3 may be the most portable vaporizer ever made. There are many close competitors, but Pax really has the size and shaped nailed. This is incredibly convenient to carry, whether in your hand, a pocket, or a bag.

The shape and size isn’t changed at all over the Pax 2, but it does have a bigger battery. So if you’re wondering which Pax model is more portable, it’s definitely the Pax 3.

Arizer Air

The Air is portable as well, just no where near as portable as the Pax. It’s bigger, and the battery life of a single battery isn’t as good.

Like I mentioned above, you can always buy extras, but that means you have to carry more as well.

The Air is portable enough for people who just want to be able to conveniently transport their vaporizer, but the Pax 3 is the go-to option for people who want to actually take their vaporizer everywhere with them.

 

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Portability Winner: Pax 3

 


Discreetness


Pax 3 loading chamber

Pax 3

The Pax 3 wins this category, once again powered by its small size. You can easily hide the whole thing inside your hand, and the flat mouthpiece option means there is nothing at all sticking up above the base.

The flat mouthpiece also makes it look a lot less like something designed to put your mouth on and more like some type of music player. One of the heating modes is also optimized for stealth.

Arizer Air

The Air is a little too big to be considered stealthy, especially when compared to the Pax 3. If you are looking for a vaporizer that you can use in public, you probably don’t want to get an Arizer portable.

They produce fantastic vapor, but they all have glass stems that stick up above the base.

 

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Discreetness Winner: Pax 3

 


Arizer Air showdown winner Winner: Arizer Air

These two tied on category wins, but I’m using my power as judge to declare the Arizer Air our winner today!

The Air features the better build quality overall, it also produces more enjoyable vapor, while being more than $100 less. If you are looking for a device to use primarily around the house and are choosing between these two, definitely go with the Air.

With that being said, the Pax 3 has its fair share of strengths. While the vapor isn’t comparable to the Air’s, it’s still very good. If you are planning on using your vaporizer while on the go or in public, the Pax 3 may be a much better option.

As usual, it comes down to what you’re looking for. If you have questions or opinions you want to share, please comment below!

If you are thinking of picking up a Pax 3 or the Arizer Air, we recommend grabbing them from TVape.com, they have no tax and free shipping on orders over $100.

Also be sure to check out how these units stack up against the field with our Portable Vaporizer Ranking.

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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.

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