The most recent release from Pax Labs is the Pax 3 vaporizer, which succeeds the very popular Pax 2 vaporizer. This vaporizer comes with 4 pre-set temperatures plus an additional custom temperature that you set through the app. It heats in 30 or less seconds, comes with a larger battery, and Bluetooth connectivity is introduced so that your settings can be customized using an app.
Pax 3 App
The Pax 3 app lets you set a custom temperature and also provides various heating modes that can significantly change the way you interact with the unit. The modes that come with the app include Standard, Flavor, Boost, Efficiency and Stealth.
The Pax 3 produces satisfying and smooth vapor that may be slightly modified through choosing a different heating mode and temperature. The heating modes are what definitely make the Pax 3 stand out from the Pax 2, particularly in terms of vapor quality.
Having the ability to customize the heating modes in terms of how your herbs are actively heated by the unit is very unique and we have only seen that offered by the Pax 3. It gives users more customization and changes how they interact with their vaporizer.
Not much has changed from the Pax 2 when it comes to the mouthpiece, vapor path, heating chamber or dimensions. The finish on the Pax 3 is a gloss finish as opposed to the previous brushed aluminum finish, which unfortunately shows fingerprints very easily.
A half pack lid is now included in the package. This lets the device be used with less herbs and is something customers have been asking for now for quite some time.
A concentrate canister now comes with the device fur using with concentrates and waxes. To us this seems like a half-hearted attempt to make the unit appear to be multi-functional. The oven on the Pax 3 doesn’t get hot enough to vaporize concentrates properly.
Battery capacity was increased by Pax without the size of the unit having to change. The Pax 3 comes with a 3500mah non-removable 18650 battery, which provides an extra 500mah power compared to the Pax 2.
This can provide you with extra one or two sessions, which can make a big difference when you are out and about and don’t have a charger. The unit lasts about an hour and a half. For a unit of this size, that is pretty good.
The Pax 3 charges very quickly also. We found that when the unit was completely depleted we could get a full charge in around 100 minutes.
The Pax 3 is among the most portable vaporizers that is available currently. It is 3.87 inches tall by 1.2 inches wide. You can easily slip it into your pocket without even noticing it is there.
Ease of Use
When not using the Pax 3 with the app, it is pretty straightforward to use. Interacting with its Bluetooth app is where there is a learning curve. You will need to do some playing with it in order to understand how to make changes to the available settings and understand what the various modes do.
The Pax 3 is a very decent upgrade from the Pax 2. It offers additional bells and whistles within the same chassis. The thing we really like about this device is the ability to change the heating modes on the unit through using the App that is included. This is what lets you really customize the way you use the Pax 3. It is also the major difference between the Pax 2 and 3 units.
Pax did add a fifth temperature option, but we would have liked to see them offer temperatures outside of the pre-set range with a higher max temperature.
If you already own the Pax 2, there really are not significant enough differences to justify the price to upgrade. However, if you don’t own a Pax, then it could be worth considering the Pax 3, particularly if your major concern is portability.