With prices typically hovering around – or just a bit over $200, it’s undisputed that the PAX 3 and Arizer ArGo are two of the best portable vaporizers on the market. They’re also quite expensive and very different from one another technologically – and that can make choosing between the two difficult. Never fear! We want you to be thrilled with your next vape, so we’re going to break down the differences between the PAX 3 vs. the Arizer ArGo.
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The PAX 3 is available as a full kit for $249, or you can buy the device only for $199. With the full kit, you receive an insert for wax concentrates along with some extra screens, a packing and cleaning tool and a half-pack oven lid for those times when you’d like to use a little less material. The PAX 3 has a fixed internal battery.
The Arizer ArGo is available only as a full kit. In the package, you’ll receive four screens, two glass stems, two silicone caps, a packing and cleaning tool and a battery. The Arizer ArGo uses a removable 18650 battery. You can charge the battery in the device via USB, or you can keep an extra battery available and charge dead batteries in an external charger.
The differences between the PAX 3 vs. Arizer ArGo begin with the way in which you interface with the two devices. The PAX 3 has a design that prioritizes simplicity. Pressing the mouthpiece turns the device on and off. The indicator light on the front of the device turns green when the preheating cycle is complete. Since the PAX 3 senses motion, it knows when you aren’t using the device. If you don’t move the device for three minutes, it automatically turns off to conserve material and battery life.
To change the temperature during a vaping session, push the mouthpiece for two seconds. Switch between temperature settings by shaking the device or tapping the mouthpiece. Hold the mouthpiece when you’re done. If you want finer control over the vaping experience, you’ll need to download the free PAX Mobile app for your smartphone. The app interacts with the PAX 3 via Bluetooth. The PAX 3 has among the simplest and most stylish designs of any portable vaporizer. The trade-off is that you need to use the mobile app to access most of the device’s advanced functions.
You can access all of the Arizer ArGo’s functions using the buttons on the device. Although the ArGo lacks some of the PAX 3’s advanced functions – the PAX 3 has a mode that conserves the flavor of your material, for example – it does have an intuitive control scheme that makes temperature adjustments fast and easy. The ArGo beeps upon reaching your selected temperature. You can also disable the beep, change the speaker volume and configure an automatic sleep timer.
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One of the greatest things about vaping compared to smoking is that vaping allows you to truly taste the delicate balance of terpenes in your herbs. to fully enjoy those flavors every time you vape, though, you need a vaporizer with a vapor path made from top-quality materials. The Arizer ArGo features an all-glass vapor path, while the oven is ceramic and stainless steel. The PAX 3 has a medical-grade stainless steel vapor path and a silicone mouthpiece. The thin film heater doesn’t touch your material. Since flavor is subjective, only you can decide which vaporizer materials you prefer. What’s most important is that you can easily clean the device to prevent bitter resins from interfering with the vaping experience.
Because the PAX 3 doesn’t have a removable vapor path, cleaning it takes a bit of time. Begin by opening the herb chamber and using a metal tool to gently scrape away any residue. Next, remove the silicone mouthpiece. Wet the included pipe cleaner with a bit of alcohol. Use the pipe cleaner to clean the oven and stem of the vaporizer. If you need a firmer touch when cleaning the oven, you can use an alcohol-soaked cotton swab. Allow the vaporizer to dry completely before using it again.
One of the best features of the Arizer ArGo is that your material only touches the removable glass stem. To clean the ArGo, you can simply remove the stem and soak it in strong alcohol. Use the second stem while the first one soaks. You can rinse away any remaining residue in plain water. Use a soft pipe cleaner and a bit of alcohol to clean the inner chamber of the vaporizer.
The PAX 3 is incredibly easy to load. Simply remove the bottom lid, place your material in the oven, pack the material down and replace the lid. Your material should touch every side of the oven. That’s why the full PAX 3 kit includes a half-pack lid. Use the half-pack lid to maintain good material-to-oven contact on the days when you’d like to conserve your material.
The Arizer ArGo is a bit more challenging to load because you need to put the material directly into the removable glass stem. Remove the stem from the ArGo and push it firmly into a pile of ground material. Some of the material will remain stuck inside the stem. Invert the stem, pack the material down and place the stem back inside the vaporizer.
The PAX 3 has a built-in 3,500 mAh battery that charges in about 2.5 hours with a USB cable or 90 minutes using the PAX charging dock. That’s enough battery life for up to 10 vaping sessions depending on length and temperature. The Arizer ArGo, on the other hand, uses a removable 18650 battery. It includes a battery with a capacity of 3,000 mAh. While the PAX 3 has better battery life, the ArGo allows you to use spare batteries. If a battery dies, you can simply remove it and install another one. The ArGo also works while the battery charges via USB. The PAX 3 does not work while charging.
The Arizer ArGo is both larger and heavier than the PAX 3 with a volume of a bit over 5 cubic cm and weight of 137 g. The PAX 3, meanwhile, has a volume of about 4.5 cubic cm and weight of 95 g. With its smooth outer case and sleek design, the PAX 3 is definitely easier to carry in a pocket. Both devices are, however, highly portable. When you press a button on the back of the ArGo, the body of the vaporizer extends to cover and protect the delicate glass stem. If you carry a spare battery for your ArGo, carry the battery in a protective case. Lithium-ion batteries can short circuit when they touch other metal objects. A case keeps the battery’s metal terminals from touching your keys or spare change.
The PAX 3 holds a bit more material than the Arizer ArGo. The ArGo comfortably holds about .15 grams of material in its stem, although it’s possible to fit a bit more if you pack the material tightly. The PAX 3 comfortably holds .25 grams of material if you use the full oven or about .15 grams with the half-pack lid. Regardless of your preferred amount of material, packing the oven is a skill that you’ll learn with time. You want to use enough material that your herbs touch every surface of the oven. If you pack the material too tightly, though, you’ll restrict the airflow.
Comparing the PAX 3 vs. the Arizer ArGo, one of the most important aspects to consider is that the ArGo works with dry herbs only. At the time of writing, the ArGo has no insert or different stem for wax concentrates. If you buy the full PAX 3 kit, though, you’ll get an insert that works with wax. To use the PAX 3 wax insert, open the container and put a dab of wax – about the size of a pea – in the center of the container. Remember that wax concentrates liquify as they heat up. When vaping wax, hold the PAX 3 upright to prevent leaking.
One of the biggest claims to fame of the PAX 3 is that its oven heats incredibly quickly. The PAX 3 goes from a cold oven to 210° C in just 22 seconds. The Arizer ArGo reaches 210° C in about 60 seconds. The ArGo, however, reaches a slightly higher maximum temperature of 220° C. The maximum temperature of the PAX 3 is 215° C.
PAX Vapor offers a 10-year warranty for the PAX 3 vaporizer. At two years, the Arizer ArGo warranty is much shorter in comparison. Keep in mind that while the PAX 3 warranty is longer, it has significant limitations and only covers manufacturer defects. The warranty won’t cover normal degradation of the battery or misuse of the vaporizer.