PAX 3 Review and hands-on usage- 4K video
The PAX 3 impressed me in all aspects. Super-intuitive interface and top-notch performance made me look forward to using it again.
The PAX 3 may look similar to its predecessor but it was redesigned from the ground up with innovative features and hardware upgrades. The new features include- 15 sec heat up time, smartphone app, and twice the power of the PAX2. The PAX3 is a "dual-use" vaporizer and includes a concentrate oven insert. I especially liked the PAX 3 for Dry Herb, and it impressed me in all aspects. Seems like the Best Vaporizer in the world just got better with the PAX 3. Highly recommended.
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In-Depth PAX 3 Review
PAX Labs, which manufactures the most popular vaporizer in recent years (by far), just announced their latest generation of Herb and Wax Vaporizers- the PAX 3 and the PAX Era. The Pax 3 is a Dual use (Herb and Concentrate) Vaporizer and is the company’s flagship Vaporizer. On the exterior, not much have changed but after a few days of using the PAX 3, I can definitely say that the device got a lot smarter, a lot smoother, and much more efficient. PAX 3 is one of the best vaporizers money can buy, and I’ll explain why.
The PAX 3 sells for $275 directly from PAX.
By the way if you are on a hunt for a deal- with the announcement of the PAX 3, Pax dropped the price of the PAX 2 from $280 to $199. The PAX 2 is also a solid vaporizer and $200 is a great deal.
In this review we’ll go over unboxing and quickly introduce the included parts, we’ll talk about each of the 3 included chamber inserts- 2 of which are for dry herb, and one is for concentrates. We’ll talk about the interface which now includes a smartphone app that will allow to control features and activate special operation modes, and we’ll load the PAX 3 with herb and Wax to test performance and vapor quality.
PAX 3 Unboxing
In the box, we have a card that will encourage you to download the app which we’ll talk about later on, as well as register your device with PAX vapor. Nex,t we have the PAX 3 unit, which has a smooth polished aluminum and is available in 4 colors, and the PAX 3 has the flat mouthpiece and the standard chamber cover already inserted right out the box, next we have the magnetic charger. Just like the PAX 2, the PAX 3 has a super-convenient magnetic charger that snaps to place when placing the PAX 3 over the charging unit.
Also in the box, we have the PAX multi-tool that will help pack and empty the oven. Of course, we have a quick start guide with instructions and device information, as well as a maintenance kit with a few pipe cleaners and a small brush that will help you clean the air path and keep the PAX in top shape.
Now, the PAX 3 includes three chamber covers and two mouthpieces which we’ll discuss later on. The flat mouthpiece is already on the PAX, and in the box is the second mouthpiece that will stick out from the top of the device just a bit. We also have the concentrate insert that will allow use of wax, and we have three replacement screens.
PAX 3 Design
Let’s take a closer look at the PAX 3 design and the different options that we have as far as chamber covers and mouthpieces. The PAX 3 comes with the flat mouthpiece inserted right out of the box. The flat mouthpiece will sit flush with the device and will not stick out at all. We also have the larger mouthpiece that will extend from the top just a little bit. I personally like the flat mouthpiece; I think it is more convenient to draw from and it looks better on the PAX.
3 Oven Lids
At the bottom, the PAX is the oven also called the heating chamber. The PAX 3 comes with three options for the oven lid. 2 of them are for dry herb and one is for concentrates.
- 2 Dry Herb Oven Lids: The Dry Herb oven lids are either “full oven” or “half oven”. The difference between the “full” and “half” oven lids is the thickness of the insert, and the half oven will allow good performance even if you use just a little bit of dry material.
- 1 Concentrate Oven Lid: The third oven lid is for concentrates. It has a little canister that will contain the concentrate and the bottom of it a little thicker from the two dry herb lids. The concentrate lid does not sit flush with the bottom edges of the PAX, it will stick out a little bit. The concentrate canister opens up, and that’s where you will place your wax. Right on the bottom of the interior part. Be careful not to let any wax or concentrate into the two small air paths. You should only place your wax in between the two holes. Then you close the canister and place the insert inside the oven.
PAX 2 VS PAX 3:
PAX bumped up the battery from 3000mAh to 3500mAh, that heats up quickly, around 10-15 seconds and you’re ready to go. PAX also improved the units sensors such as the lip-sensing-technology and the internal accelerometer. The feedback system does a great job in communicating the state of the device, and it’s almost like the PAX 3 has is alive. The PAX 3 feels much smarter than the PAX 2, and this also translates in terms of performance. PAX 3 is a huge improvement in all aspects. There is also the addition of a smartphone app which we’ll talk about in more details in a few moments.
PAX 3 Interface:
The PAX has one activation button that is located on the top of the device in the center of the mouthpiece. One hit will turn the PAX on, and it will start heating up. To change the temperature setting hold the button for 2 seconds to enter temperature control mode. Click to cycle through 4 pre-set levels, and select a temperature by clicking the power button one more time. Shaking the PAX 3 will display the battery level with 1 LED being low and 4 LEDs being fully charged. That battery lasted about 5-7 sessions before running out of juice.
The LED interface will show purple while heating up, and green when ready to vape. To power off, click the power button one time.
PAX Vapor Smartphone app:
Now, one of the biggest new features of the PAX 3 is the addition of a free smartphone app that is available for iOS and Android. The app will allow a more precise control over temperatures, as well as unlock a few special features and heating profiles.
After quickly pairing the PAX 3 with the app, I was able to set temperatures as well as adjust them up to the degree with an up or down flip of the finger. You can also control settings such as the LED brightness, play a few built-in games, lock your device, and perform firmware upgrades. Once an upgrade is available, you will get a notification and will be able to install it wirelessly via the app.
The app will unlock four predefined heating profiles- Boost, Efficiency, Stealth, and Flavor. Each will optimize the temperature and heating profile to achieve best results for the option selected. Using the app was easy and intuitive, and I used the heating profiles frequently. The results were top notch as will talk about shortly.
Preparing PAX 3 for use:
Use with Herb:
Next, let’s pack the chamber with dry herb. And just a quick side note here, you should use a good grinder when preparing your herb to use in a vaporizer. I have been using the SLX “non-stick” Ceramic Grinder for months, and it absolutely gets the job done. The movement is smooth even after months of intense use, and I highly recommend this Grinder. It sells for $60 on amazon.
When packing the oven you want to pack it tight with material but still allow air to between your flower. Use the included Multi Tool to tightly pack the herb in the oven. Remember that you have the option to use the “Half oven” lid, which will allow efficient use of less material. Using the multi-tool, ensure that the material in the oven is tight and this will ensure even heat distribution in the oven. When finished, close the oven with the “full oven” lid, and the PAX is now ready to use.
PAX 3 Vaping experience with dry herb-
When using with herb, the PAX 3 produced a large amount of visible vapor, and the flavor and aroma of the vapor were outstanding. It feels like the internal sensors do a great job in recognizing when you put the PAX down, hold it in hand, or taking a draw and adjusts the heating profile to achieve maximum efficiency. I was surprised by the minimal draw resistance of the PAX, which basically means that you don’t need to pull hard in order to get a deep draw. Breathing in was smooth and easy.
PAX has a legendary track record of best in class vapor quality with dry herb, and the PAX 3 is another step in the same direction. Everything from the amount of vapor to the flavor was everything I expected and more. Playing around with the app and the heating profiles provided customized and personalized sessions. PAX 3 definitely won my vote when it comes to performance with dry herb.
At the end of the session the Herb was completely exhausted and the PAX 3 did a great job in extracting the vapor from the herb. From looking at the material coming out of the oven, I can definitely say that the heat distribution in the oven was even and consistent.
Use with Concentrate
To fill the Concentrate insert with wax, open the cover of the concentrate canister, and place a little bit concentrate at the bottom of the piece, right between the air-holes, but making sure no wax goes inside the air-holes. Next, close the lid, and the Concentrate insert is now ready to use.
Once you have your concentrate loaded into the canister, insert it into the oven. And as I mentioned earlier, the Concentrate insert sticks out a little bit and does not fit flush with the bottom edges. Next, click the power button to turn the PAX 3 on, and set it to the highest temperature.
Once the LEDs are green, and the PAX gently vibrates, it’s time to vape.
PAX 3 Vaping experience with concentrate-
When using with Concentrates, the PAX did a good job, although I was not as impressed as I was from usage with herb. I was able to produce large amounts of vapor, and the flavor was probably 8.5 out of 10 if I had to rate it, but something just didn’t feel right. Maybe I got used to using more powerful Concentrate only vaporizers that often have ceramic or quartz chambers. Or maybe it is because I was so impressed with the performance with herb that I had super high expectations.
Again, the performance with Concentrate did satisfy me, just did not blow me away.
PAX 3 Review Bottom Line:
Overall the PAX 3 is a top-shelf vaporizer with best in class features and performance. It is super easy and intuitive to use, and the app and interface provide a great user experience. The PAX 3 stood out when used with herb, and performed well beyond my expectations. If you are a heavy concentrate user the PAX 3 may not be for you and I recommend checking out my Best Wax Vape Pens list. But if you are mostly a dry herb user, the PAX 3 is one of the best options you have.
After around a week of daily use, it seems I’m drawn to the PAX 3 more than any of my other vapes, and it became my favorite dry herb portable vape. It seems like the best vaporizer in the world just got better. Highly recommended.
Buying directly from PAX is the safest option and will ensure that you get the full 10-year warranty.
PAX 3 Full Feature List:
- Works with Dry Herb and Concentrate / Wax
- Pax 3 offers 3 selectable oven options:
- Full-packed Oven
- Half-packed Oven
- Concentrate Oven
- Heating time: 15 seconds
- Internal accelerometer for energy and material saving
- Lip sensing technology
- Full color LED indicator
- Free Smartphone app available for iPhone and Android. App allows to control settings and also has pre-defined settings for certain situations
- Mirror polished anodized aluminum body
- Colors: Balck, Gold, Silver, Limited Edition Rose Gold
- Warranty: 10 years.
- Price: $274.99 from PAX Labs.
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