The PAX Labs company has earned its fame by building some of the world’s most fashionable, functional, and user-friendly dry herb vaporizers. People have compared PAX devices to Apple products in their elegant simplicity, and we feel the comparison is appropriate.
Thanks to the release of the new PAX 3, the PAX 2 is no longer the newest PAX device. The PAX 2 remains a compelling buy, though, because it costs significantly less than the PAX 3, but still has many of the same features.
If you decide to buy the PAX 2, you can be confident that you’ll still get the best vaporizer you’ve ever owned – even if the PAX 3 is better in some respects.
So, if you’re in the market for a new vaporizer today, what’s the best choice for you? Should you get the PAX 2 vape, or should you hold out for the newer PAX 3? In this PAX review, we’ll provide some information that can help to make your buying decision easier.
Oven Capacity: About .35 grams when packed tightly
Oven Type: Conduction
Material Compatibility: Dry herbs only (officially)
Fast Oven Heating: Usable in about 45 seconds
Simple Controls: One physical button plus gesture controls; provides feedback via LED lights
Senses Your Lips: The PAX uses motion detection and lip sensing technology to cool the oven when you aren’t inhaling
Stealth Mode: Disables the external lights for discreet nighttime vaping
Easy Cleanup: Simple design makes it easy to keep your PAX 2 working its best
Secret Features: There’s a party in every PAX!
Pro´s and Con´s of the Pax 2
Quick heat-up time
The battery doesn´t last very long and may need to be recharged while you´re on the go
Amazing Vapor Quality
Some people have found that the temperature settings could be more flexible
The chamber/oven doesn´t hold much product, and it could be a bit of a hassle to load it every few hits
Cleaning it is very easy
The PAX 2 vaporizer oven heats in about 45 seconds. Although that’s about double the heating time of the PAX 3, it’s still less than a minute – which isn’t that bad.
Once the PAX 2 gets going, it uses its lip sensing and motion detection technologies to conserve your material. When the PAX 2 detects your lips, it boosts the oven temperature.
When your lips aren’t touching the mouthpiece, the PAX 2 cools the oven. When you haven’t moved the PAX 2 in a while, the oven shuts off automatically.
Compared to the original PAX vaporizer, the PAX 2 features an improved heating element that warms your material more consistently. It ensures that your material reaches the optimal vaporizing temperature all the way through to the center of the oven.
With the PAX 2, it’s no longer necessary to open the oven periodically for stirring.
How to use the Pax 2
If you’re currently using the original PAX vaporizer, you’ll love the redesigned button of the PAX 2 because it’s no longer necessary to remove the mouthpiece to change the oven temperature.
First, press the button to turn on the vape pen.
Then to change the temperature levels of the PAX for example, simply push the mouthpiece down for two seconds.
Press the mouthpiece briefly to cycle to a different temperature.
When you’re happy with the temperature, shake the vaporizer or hold the mouthpiece down for two seconds.
Want to know how to turn off the PAX 2? You simply have to quickly press the button in the center of the mouthpiece.
Also, PAX 2 has several hidden features. If you want to be discreet choose the Stealth Mode. Otherwise, if you are in a more cheerful mood, you can choose the Party Mode.
Enabling Pax 2 Stealth Mode
If you’re vaping at night and don’t want the bright lights of the PAX 2 to draw attention, enable stealth mode by:
Shaking the vaporizer gently before you turn it on.
Continue shaking the device during the startup sequence.
In stealth mode, the PAX 2 lights glow a dim white and do not change color while you vape. To exit stealth mode, turn the PAX off.
Enabling Party Mode
One of the coolest things about PAX 2 is that it has some built-in games and light shows. To play with the party mode on your PAX, rotate the vaporizer three times while holding it horizontally.
The vaporizer switches to a new party mode each time you perform the triple-rotation movement.
The people at PAX Labs have actually created more party modes than can fit in the memory of the PAX 2. So every PAX has a random assortment of party modes. No two PAX 2 units are exactly the same.
Rotate your PAX vaporizer to see what party modes it has. It’s a great way to keep yourself entertained during those long vaping sessions!
Cleaning the PAX
An expensive vaporizer loses many of its benefits if you don’t keep it clean. The PAX 2 has a medical-grade stainless steel vapor path, and it needs to be maintained to keep its quality.
If the vapor path is caked with old resin and herb fragments, though, you won’t taste the delicate terpenes in your material - you’ll just taste burned popcorn.
Keep in mind, though, that the PAX 3 concentrate insert costs nearly $50 on its own. If you want to use the concentrate insert and don’t already own the PAX 2 vaporizer, you might want to buy the PAX 3 vaporizer kit instead.
PAX 2 Accessory Guide
These accessories are compatible with the Pax 2 Vaporizer and many of them are included in the Pax 2 box.
It is easy to use since all you have to do is insert it like a mouthpiece and load the vaporizer. The rest is just enjoying your tasty personal session.
Pax 2 Flat Mouthpiece
Sometimes, when vaping the PAX 2, it can be much more comfortable to use a flat mouthpiece during your sessions. That’s why so many people prefer them. But what happens when you lose your original piece?
You buy a replacement flat mouthpiece for the PAX 2! They are made by PAX Labs for PAX vapes and are just as high quality as the one that came in your PAX 2.
Pax 2 Multi-tool
The PAX Multi-Tool is a great piece to add to your vape kit if you don’t already have one. It is great to use when packing or cleaning your vape and comes in much handier than you might think. Don’t have one? Buy yours now!
Pax 2 Mini Charger
If you’re low on space in your vape kit, or simply want less drama when charging your vape, we highly recommend this Mini USB Charger. It can save a lot of space and hassle when it comes time to charge your vape.
However, it can be quite easy to lose, so you should definitely have a designated space for it in your vape kit. This way you don’t misplace it and have to buy a new one.
Some people have had problems with their PAX 2 becoming sticky or hard to open. This is due to the amount of use over time, and also due to resing caking up into the lid.
It’s always recommended to change your screens every month or so, depending on how much you vape your PAX 2. That’s why it’s super important to have at least 1 - 2 extra PAX 2 screens in your vaping kit.
Made by PAX Labs, they are the exact same as the screens that came in your original package, so you don’t have to worry about it not working. If you don’t have any extra screens in your kit now, buy some today!
Pax 2 USB and Charger
Chargers get old, and the PAX 2 charger has been known to wear and tear quite easily over time. Therefore, if your PAX 2 isn’t charging, the charger may be at fault.
If you are experiencing problems with the charger, go ahead and buy yourself a brand new one so that you can finally vape your PAX 2 comfortably again!
Should I Buy the PAX 2 or the PAX 3?
If you want a reliable, stylish and user-friendly vaporizer and don’t want to spend a lot of money on it, the PAX 2 is a solid choice. It shares many of its best features with the PAX 3, including the following:
Lip sensing and motion detection technologies
Built-in party modes
If you buy the PAX 3 instead, you’ll get the following:
Bluetooth control and mobile app
Extra custom temperature setting
Built-in dynamic vaping modes
Faster oven heating time
Better conservation of material
If any of the items in the above list are important to you, it’s probably best to get the PAX 3. You’ll get all of those features regardless of whether you buy the device only or the full kit.