Pax 3 is the world's smartest dry herb vaporizer and is suitable for vaping newbies and veterans, alike. Pax Vapor improved upon the Pax 2's capabilities for the latest version--which now supports THC extracts--and boasts a striking aesthetic and an incomparable interface UX. The Pax 3 vape is your iPhone's best friend and your new favorite gadget for dry herb vaping. Read our full review for in-depth analysis on the Pax 3's functionality.
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Pax 3 Background
We couldn’t be more stoked to share our thoughts on the Pax 3 vaporizer ($199.99 directly from PAX) in this update of the Pax 3 Review because of how much Pax Vapor has already done for the vaping industry–with Pax 3’s little bro the Pax 2 and the highly talked-about Pax Era. This is actually our third (or fourth?) time coming back to this coveted vaporizer review, so you know the Pax vaporizer is still doing something right. Given the November 2016 Pax 3 release date–it’s about time we brushed up this legendary vaporizer once again. With countless weed vaporizers released in the wake of the Pax 3, we can’t help ourselves because the longer you use the Pax3–the better it gets.
The Pax vaporizer is easily the world’s smartest dry herb vape–it supports extracts as well–and it represents Pax Vapor as their flagship device. The Pax vape is the iPhone of vaporizers and everybody knows it–but do you actually know why? Granted, you might guess that the Pax 3 is pulling its weight with even smarter features than the Pax 2, an upgraded interface and outstanding vapor quality–but what does that come out to? We break down the Pax vaporizer from top to bottom to bring you the most in-depth Pax 3 Review on the Internet.
Frankly, this review is just a report of how the Pax 3 vaporizer raises the bar that the Pax 2 set. It goes without saying that Pax 3 is an undisputed contender for one of the best vaporizers of 2017 and gives every dry herb vape on any weed vaporizer list a run for its money. In this review, we detail every aspect of the Pax vaporizer from the kit to vapor quality to usage and a bit more–for any person considering investing in the Pax vape. Because, in all honesty–buying a Pax3 might be the most important decision you’ll need to make for a while.
Pricing Update (September 19th, 2017):
Pax Vapor now offers the Pax 3 in two kit variations-
- Vaporizer only (price: $199)- includes the Pax 3, maintenance kit, charger, two mouthpieces.
- Complete Kit (price: $249)- includes also two replacement screens, oven tool, half oven insert, concentrate insert, and a carrying case.
Pax also updated the color options to include matte finish options- users have complained about the shiny finish is a “fingerprint magnet”, and Pax addressed that with releasing 4 new matte colors: Black, Teal, Silver, Rose Gold.
Pax 3 Kit
The Pax 3 unit is set up properly with the Pax 3 accessories so you can hit the ground running. Out of the box, the Pax comes fitted with the flat mouthpiece, which is very comfortable and looks more attractive than the larger mouthpiece–which protrudes slightly from the unit. Frankly–we don’t really use that mouthpiece; the flat one just looks really sleek on the Pax and it’s discreet as well.
- Pax 3 Vaporizer unit
- 3 Oven Lids + 2 Mouth Pieces
- Packing Tool + Pax Cleaning Kit, Screens
- Micro USB Cable + Custom Charging Dock
With the Pax3 kit, you receive: a keychain tool for packing up your ground herb, Pax cleaning kit, micro USB charging cable with magnetic dock, some extra screens and such. The extract lid is a new feature to the Pax 3 vs Pax 2. At TVG, we agree that although the Pax 3 is compatible with concentrates, it is best to reserve wax for your wax pen (that’s logical–right?). At $275, the Pax3 is an investment, and we believe that the best way to keep it in mint condition is to reserve your precious concentrates for your dab pens and fill your Pax 3 with the dry herb that it supports so beautifully.
The bottom line is, if you get your Pax 3 sticky with wax, it won’t be as simple as just getting a new atomizer. Consider the KandyPens Galaxy as a partner for your Pax vape. The Galaxy vape pen complements the Pax3 perfectly in performance and aesthetics–and no sticky goo will end up on your favorite recreational investment. IMHO–it’s an apples and oranges thing.
Pax 3 Chamber Covers
Two included chamber covers are for dry herb use – one for a full oven and the other a half oven – and the third is the Pax 3 concentrate insert. The Pax’s half oven lid is very convenient because it lets you vape less product at a time, which is both convenient and economical for solo sessions where you don’t actually need to pack so much weed in your vape–or would just like to conserve your bud 🙂
- Full oven
- Half oven
- Concentrates Insert
Pax Vaporizer Charger + Battery
The Pax 3 vape stepped up from a 3000 mAh to 3500 mAh battery, a significant increase in battery power. In comparing the Pax 3 vs Pax 2, the Pax 3 lasts nearly 20% longer–that means more sessions between charges. All you need to do to check the battery is shake the unit, and the LED lights illuminate from 1 to 4 lights–reflecting the battery power. The Pax 3 comes with a dedicated charging unit that, like the oven lid, magnetically self-attaches.
Pax 3 Vaporizer Key Features
If having a vaporizer for weed that’s super portable is important to you, you will definitely appreciate the Pax 3. I’ve taken the Pax vape to restaurants, parties, and on bike rides without having to think twice about simply slipping this compact vaporizer (dimensions: 3.87” by 1.21” by 0.85”) into my pocket and heading out on my way. Just make sure your Pax3 is charged up 🙂
- Haptic Feedback – Pax3 vibrates when ready
- Lip-Sensing Technology – No buttons, just hit it
- BlueTooth Connectivity – Pax is BFF w/ your iPhone
- 15 Second Heat-Up + Custom Temp Modes
- Premium Materials + High-Power Battery
Not only is the Pax 3 compact enough to fit in your pocket, but its small size is complimented by the intuitive Pax interface. Activating Stealth Mode allows for a very low-key vaping session by keeping the oven at a lower temp to minimize odor and vapor production. This still results in great flavor and an impressive high. With the Pax vape, I can basically vape without drawing attention from the people around me–which is a plus.
Pax Vaporizer Smartphone App
The smartphone app that Pax introduced with their third iteration is the cherry on top of an already excellent device. Most vaporizers allow for a certain level of customization but Pax took the idea of the individual experience to a whole new level. Optimizing the temperature settings for your personal (or situational) preference, locking it to keep unwanted users out (seriously), and even naming your vape are only a few of the options offered in the app. One great thing about the app is that you can use it if you want, but the vape is fully functional without it as well.
- Four Temperature + Flavor Profiles
- LED Color Themes + Device Naming
- Locking Feature
Design of the Pax 3 Vaporizer
Pax is commonly referred to as the Apple of Vaporizers and as a fan of both Apple and Pax Vapor, I can’t disagree. The comparison stems from 3 major traits shared between the two products: unparalleled performance, supreme functionality, and industry-leading design. The Pax 3 sets the gold standard for weed vaporizer design paired with user-friendliness: it both literally and figuratively pairs with your iPhone.
Pax Vaporizer Build Quality
As far as build quality, there is not much difference between PAX 2 versus PAX 3. Features like the heating chamber and the mouthpiece remain. The major difference is the finish: instead of brushed finished, now it’s glossy. One drawback about PAX 3’s appearance is the gloss finish attracts fingerprints. As far as specs–same stainless steel oven and .3 gram capacity as the Pax 2.
- Anodized Aluminum with High-Polish Finish
- Stainless Steel Oven Chamber: .3 gram capacity
Using the Pax 3 Dry Herb Vape
Pax’s design team seems to have taken a cue from Steve Jobs by creating a dry herb vaporizer that’s intuitively obvious. Compared to other vapes, the Pax 3 is simple to use and eliminates the guesswork involved with most new devices – it’s been figured out for you. Better than being simple, the Pax is quick: 15 seconds to heat up.
How to Use Pax 3
- Once you’re ready to hit–so is the Pax
- LED flashes green and vibes when ready
- To power off, push power button – LED instantly vanishes and Pax cools.
In my experience, a tightly packed Pax 3 is a happy Pax 3. Emptying and refilling the chamber is a testament to the device’s ease of use. Just grind your herb to a medium-fine consistency–not completely ground–and pack it pretty snugly in the Pax3’s oven chamber without stuffing it in there. Consider using the Marley Natural Rolling Tray as a tasteful way to organize the transfer of the ground herb into the oven.
Pax 3 Performance and Vapor Quality
Ask a Pax3 user if they’ve ever coughed from a pull on their vaporizer and they’ll look at you like you’re crazy. That’s because every drag from the Pax 3 vape is smooth enough to make coughing fits and sore throats a problem of the past. As smooth as it is, the Pax 3’s rips are still incredibly effective and produce an excellent flavor. At higher temperatures, the Pax 3 can deliver clouds for those who strictly adhere to the notion that thick clouds are a prerequisite for a great weed vaporizer.
At lower temperatures, my personal preference, clouds are essentially nonexistent with the Pax3. But don’t be concerned: even if the bag does not inflate–oxygen is still flowing. Don’t expect there to be no-scent-whatsoever if you’re vaping away on your Pax in a confined space, but generally speaking, detection is not something to be worried about with such a competent dry herb vaporizer.
I was waiting for a catch with the Pax 3 and I expected it to be a shortcoming in at least one big area – after my first few uses I had my suspicions about how long the battery might last. Simply put, I was happy with the battery life of the Pax 3. Powering through an impressive 5-6 sessions per charge (depending on heat profile used), I found myself at about a week into using the Pax 3 before needing to recharge it. The good news is that when I did end up needing to charge it again, only 90 or so minutes were required to set me off for another good stretch of use.
Pax 3 vs Pax 2
As we have noted throughout this Pax 3 Review, there are definitely a few upgrades when comparing the Pax 3 vs Pax 2. Most apparently, the first major difference is the finish. The Pax3 has adopted a glossy finish from the previous brushed look. Under the hood, we note that the Pax 3’s oven materials and capacity are the same as in the Pax 2. On this note, if you have read Pax 2 reviews in the past, you may have noticed that users complain about wasting their dry herb due to inability to customize the oven size. Thank you Pax Vapor for including the half-oven lid with the Pax 3 so we can go solo without feeling bad 🙂
To sum up the major differences between our two favorite vapes, reference a few additional upgrades of the Pax 3 vs Pax 2:
- Half-Oven + Concentrate Support
- Even Faster Heat-Up
- Haptic Feedback (It’s alive!)
- Glossy Finish
- BlueTooth Connectivity + SmartPhone App.
Pax 3 Review: Final thoughts
There’s a reason why this isn’t the first update that our Pax 3 Review has received. We always find ourselves returning to the Pax3 when we look to where the bar is set for dry herb vaporizers in 2017. The Pax 3 is worth every penny, and even gives some of its higher priced competition a run for their money. Pax Labs ensured that their newest product left nothing to be desired.
I can’t find a single facet of the Pax 3 that didn’t leave me completely satisfied. It’d be a crime to leave it off of our list for the best vapes of 2017. Pax Vapor is counting on your understanding that the Pax 3 is an investment–each device is guaranteed with a 10-year warranty, so you can count on your new vape.
Pax 3 is smart, forward thinking–it’s simply the smartest vape ever. Pax Labs has crafted something that looks and performs better than the bulk of their contemporaries. They find it necessary to push forward into new opportunities in design, technology, and user experience and a vaporizer like the Pax 3 is the proof of that desire.
Grab yours for $199.99 directly from PAX Labs.
Where to buy the Pax 3 Vaporizer?
- Buy directly from PAX for $199.99.