Pax 3 Review: Still the World’s Smartest Dry Herb Vaporizer in 2018?

9.8 Total Score
PAX 3 Review Bottom Line

Pax 3 is a dry herb vaporizer, suitable for vaping newbies and veterans alike. Pax Vapor integrated THC extract support, haptic feedback, and granular temperature control via smartphone app into this striking design for an unbeatable vaping experience. Pax 3 is the smartest portable vaporizer ever and our full Pax 3 Review gives in-depth analysis of all of its features, plus details on all 2017 updates.

Pax 3 Background

It’s time for another Pax 3 review ($249 directly from Pax Vapor) update because Pax Vapor has been busy since our last one. Pax 3 is known for its dual dry herb and extract support, draw-activation and haptic feedback — and recently, Pax 3 saw a major price drop. Pax Vapor has kept things fresh, even with Pax 3’s release dating back to November 2016. The sleek design and impeccable vapor quality on the Pax 3 make it a worldwide phenomenon. Even without all the updates, Pax3 would still be one of the Best Dry Herb vapes around.

What exactly are these updates? Well, I’ll just say that everyone else has a bit of catching up to do. Pax Vapor recently released new fingerprint-proof matte colors, a unique artist series with laser engraved artwork, and a smartphone app upgrade that adds a bunch of customization options. Let’s jump right into Pax 3’s notorious capabilities, along with the latest info on what Pax Vapor has been cooking up.

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The Pax 3 in glossy Rose Gold: Who cares if it attracts fingerprints, it still looks amazing.

Pax 3 Updates 2017

Here we will briefly note the updates that Pax Vapor has been keeping busy with, before jumping into the detailed analysis of the features and functionality of the Pax vaporizer.

Pricing Update (9/19/2017)

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.
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Pax Vapor now offers a sweeter deal on the Pax 3---the Smartest Vaporizer ever---with an all-time-low price.

Pax 3 New Version with Matte Colors

Pax has addressed the fingerprint magnet complaints of the glossy finish by releasing 4 new matte colors: Black, Teal, Silver, and Rose Gold. As expected, they look great and now you won’t have to worry about upkeep as much, a win for all the clean freaks out there!

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The sleek new matte black finish on the Pax 3.

Pax 3 Artist Series

Pax commissioned three cool artists to create three cool laser engraved designs for the matte black Pax 3. These designs are cool enough to hang on your wall but they’re on the Pax 3 instead. If you were worried that your Pax 3 is cooler than you are, the Artist Series pretty much confirms it. The Pax 3 Artist Series is available for $269.99 directly from PAX Vapor.

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The Pax 3 Artist Series (back row) features designs by, (L-R) Jayde Fish, Casey Gray, and APEXER. Pax Era is in the front row

Pax 3 App Update!

With the Pax 3 app update, the Pax 3 app is even better. The dynamic modes are still there of course but the update gives you the power to monitor and change them. You also get a live temperature display, snazzy video tutorials, and a better options menu. If the app didn’t have top priority on your smartphone before, it will now!

Pax 3 efficiency mode
Pax app update = more granular temp control

Pax 3 Kit

The Pax 3 still has one of the most comprehensive kits around. Here are the Pax 3 accessories that will get you started in a flash:

  • Pax 3 Vaporizer unit
  • 3 Oven Lids + 2 Mouth Pieces
  • Packing Tool + Pax Cleaning Kit, Screens
  • Micro USB Cable + Custom Charging Dock

The SLX grinder makes a great accessory for the Pax 3. It efficiently grinds up your herb to a consistency that will have the Pax 3 operating at its maximum potential.

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The Pax 3 Kit in all its Glory.

Pax 3 Vaporizer Key Features

The Pax 3 has a feature list that is basically the envy of most other vaporizers, here’s a quick recap of the highlights:

  • Compatible w/ dry herb and concentrate
  • Haptic Feedback – Pax 3 vibrates when ready
  • Lip-Sensing Technology – No buttons, just hit it
  • Half-oven chamber – gives you the same great vaping experience w/ less herb
  • Retails for $249.99 directly from PAX Vapor

The Pax 3 also heats up in only fifteen seconds, so there’s no waiting around.

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The Pax 3 is available in a stylish array of colors: (L-R) Black, Rose gold.

Pax Vaporizer Smartphone App

The Bluetooth connectivity of the Pax 3 app makes it BFFs with your smartphone. The Pax 3 app update makes it BFF’s with you, don’t worry, your real life friends will understand. The basic functions allow you to name, lock, and customize the user interface of your Pax 3. The update gives you a live temperature display, detailed video tutorials, a more in-depth options menu, and more control over the dynamic modes. More customization = more 🙂 Here are the dynamic modes you can choose from:

  • Standard mode – a balanced mode great for first time vapers.
  • Boost mode – temperature increases faster and cools down more slowly. Great for quickie sessions.
  • Flavor mode – faster temperature increase and faster cool down increases flavor preservation.
  • Stealth mode – speeds up cool down time and dims the LED lights. This mode produces less vapor and odor. The choice for low profile vapers.
  • Efficiency mode – oven temperature increases by 1° during the length of your session. Great for preserving battery life.

Design of the Pax 3 Vaporizer

If having a portable vaporizer for weed is important to you then you will definitely appreciate the Pax 3. Its dimensions are 3.87” by 1.21” by 0.85”, which means that it slips into my pocket easier than my car keys. I take it pretty much everywhere without even thinking about it, it’s still my favorite accessory!

With its minimalist, ergonomic design and simple, intuitive user interface, they could have called this device the iPax. They probably didn’t because of that whole trademark infringement thing, but the look and feel of the Pax 3 makes it seem like it came straight from Silicon Valley.

rose gold pax 3
Pax's new designs are only available on the black matte device, but the rose gold gloss is always beautiful!

As for build quality, the Pax 3 is made from anodized aluminum and the lids and mouthpieces are magnetically attached. The connections are super secure and the device body is sturdy and luxe.

One minor drawback on the glossy devices is the fingerprint attracting gloss finish. If you think that might be a problem, you can always choose the matte colors, Pax Vapor thought of everything for you.

How to Use the Pax 3 Dry Herb Vape

The Pax 3 is really simple to use, here’s how you get going:

  1. Remove your choice of lid from the oven, fill the chamber with finely ground herb, then replace the lid.
  2. Press down on the mouthpiece to turn on the Pax 3 and wait until the LEDs change from purple to green.
  3. Enter temperature selection mode by pressing down on the mouthpiece for two seconds, cycle through the temps by quickly pressing down on the mouthpiece.
  4. Exit temperature selection by pressing down in the middle of the mouthpiece or shaking the Pax 3.
  5. Once selected temp has been reached, inhale from the mouthpiece to get the party started.

Normally, a half load in a regular chamber would result in some uneven heating, but the half oven chamber takes care of that problem. You can fill the Pax 3 chamber with a smaller load and still get an optimal vaping experience. This makes it a great solo use vaporizer for when your supply is running low or you just don’t feel like sharing 😉

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Pax 3's Oven Chamber is fuss free to fill with ground herb—just make sure you grind well!

Pax 3 Performance and Vapor Quality

First of all, draw resistance is low so you never have to struggle to get the full flavor of your herb or wax. You don’t need to draw for a long time either, I got great flavor profiles and nice cloud production using short draws. Now here’s how the Pax 3 performs with each substance:

Dry Herb Performance

With dry herb, every drag from the Pax 3 vape is smooth and satisfying with excellent flavor. The flavor varies slightly depending on which mode you’re using but the quality is always high. The level of temperature customization is impressive and I love the level of control it gives you, there’s pretty much a mode for every vaper out there.

THC Concentrates Performance

Concentrate performance wasn’t quite as strong as the dry herb performance but it was still satisfying. The max temp of the Pax 3 isn’t quite hot enough for wax, it’s more of a slow cook than the flash fry of dedicated wax vapes. That means wax sessions last for much longer than you expect. For wax sessions I’d recommend a really Great Vape Pen instead.

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The Pax 3 produces some of the highest quality vapor around.

Battery and Charging

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. Here are the specs:

  • Battery power – 3500 mAh Li ion
  • Battery duration – 5-6 sessions
  • Charge time: USB – 2.5 hours
  • Charge time: Pax AC Adapter – 90 minutes
Pax 3 Charging Unit
The Pax 3 Charging Dock is convenient and easy to use.

Pax 3 vs Similar Vapes

Pax 3 vs Pax 2

There are definitely a few upgrades when comparing the Pax 3 vs Pax 2. First of all, thank you Pax Vapor for including the half-oven lid with the Pax 3 so we can go solo without feeling bad 🙂 The Pax 3 also gets cool new features like even faster heat-up, haptic feedback (It’s alive!), and bluetooth connectivity + the SmartPhone App. I still love you Pax 2, but it’s time to move on.

Pax 3 vs DaVinci IQ

The DaVinci IQ is a legitimate challenger to the Pax 3. It’s got style with its sleek design and LED grid light display. It’s also got smarts with the aptly named Smart Path heating mode. The IQ is one of the best vapes around and if you want a more detailed look at how it stacks up to the Pax 3, check out the DaVinci IQ vs Pax 3 comparison.

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The Pax 3 in Rose Gold and Black with the KandyPens Galaxy and the DaVinci IQ.

Pax 3 Review: Final Thoughts

It would have been easy for Pax Vapor to take it easy after the Pax 3 ($249.99 directly from Pax Vapor) took the vaporizer market by storm. They didn’t and the Pax 3 is better than ever because of it. The Pax 3 was already one of the Best Dry Herb Vaporizers available because of its sleek design and excellent flavor. Now that Pax has taken care of the few minor issues some users had, it’s on a whole different level.

The price drop makes it more affordable and the matte colors take care of any fingerprint problems and allow for the awesomely cool Pax 3 Artist Series. Meanwhile, the Pax 3 app update adds a more user friendly interface and some of the most advanced functions in any vaporizer app. These updates and the overall quality make the Pax 3 one of the best possible stoner gift ideas, I could go on, but that’s what the Pax 3 review is for.

When the Pax 3 launched in November 2016, it was ahead of its time. One year later and it still is. The only thing that could make it obsolete is a new Pax vaporizer. Until that happens, and maybe even after that happens, the Pax 3 is simply one of the best dry herb vaporizers ever made.

Grab yours for $249.99 directly from PAX Vapor.

Where to buy the Pax 3 Vaporizer?

PAX 3 Vaporizer

Buy directly from PAX Vapor to get the full 10 year warranty.


Oron has been vaping for over ten years, and been 100% combustion free since early 2016. He is passionate about health and The Vape Guide gave Oron a platform to influence on a larger scale and share his extensive vaping knowledge with a large audience. Oron has tried and tested hundreds of vaporizers with every functionality imaginable. Some of Oron's favorite vapes are the Mighty, Solo 2, and Juul. After switching to vaping, Oron experienced first hand the benefits of being smoke-free and decided to help as many people as possible to make the switch. When Oron is not vaping, he is passionate about photography, technology, gadgets, health & nutrition, physical activities.

  1. […] The IQ is also priced at a premium $275.99 from DaVinci just like other high-end units as the PAX 3 and the Firefly […]

  2. Whatta great review man! You answered absolutely all the questions I had 😉
    I’ve been following your reviews for a while. Dope ?

  3. I believe the concentrate insert, needs to be inserted with the oven screen removed. This would allow the insert to remain flush with the PAX3 body and provide more direct heat from the oven to the insert and concentrate; explaining why your concentrate experience wasn’t so great.

    • You may be right, there was nothing to indicate that in the box or manual tho. If you have to take out the screen every time you are using with concentrate it becomes not convenient. I prefer to buy even a cheap $50 vape pen use it for concentrate.

      The PAX 3 provided an awesome experience with herb.

      • The OP is most likely on point, but the fact remains if you have to pull the screen then it is no longer convenient which is the sole edge of PAX. PAX3 seems like PAX2 with smartphone interactivity and the half-pack/wax addons are afterthoughts from the original product, and not engineered to work in a truly evolutionary fashion. I would argue the keychain packer and half chamber magnetic end-piece are actually worse for the PAX then helpful, I would never attach a blunt object to my keychain that smelled like sour diesel everywhere i went.

        • I bought the PAX2 and love it. I wanted to be swooned by the PAX3 but I definitely don’t understand what makes it a full upgrade from the 2. It feels like a 2.5 at best.

  4. Was the release date postponed? If so, any idea what the new release date is?

  5. Any update on the new release date? 🙁

  6. Big News!!! ?

    PAX 3 just started shipping toady-

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  8. […] in connection to vaping, we often worry and panic that the days of toking on our Crafty, PAX3 or Nexus could be coming to an […]

  9. […] week we managed to get our hands on the much-acclaimed PAX 3 dry herb vaporizer and boy were we in for a treat. We’ve waited a while now to get the chance to […]

  10. […] by PAX Labs, the Pax 3 is a portable dry herb vaporizer that sets the bar way high when it comes to vaporizers. You can […]

  11. I tried to update my Pax 3 with the app, after about 8 minutes the app (on the screen’s phone) stills showing “Downloading Firmware”. How much time does the updates usually take? Can I still vape meanwhile or is it suppose to be on some kind of standby mode? Thanks!

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  13. Great review, now I know what these are used for and how to use them, great little education.

    Thanks so much.

    • Hey Sandra!

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on the fruits of our Pax 3 labor!
      It means a lot because we put a lot of thought into our reviews–and Pax 3 certainly deserves it.
      We look forward to seeing you back in the future; let us know if we can help out in any way!

      Happy vaping 😀

  14. A charge lasted you over a week? Eh!?

    Great review except that part. Since I have my Pax 3 I haven’t touched a Joint and I’ve smoked for 27 years. I charge mine every night and sometimes twice a day.

    Maybe I just smoke a lot \🙂/

    • Same for me dude. I find my Pax 3 don’t last that long at all even on efficiency mode. I think the idea is to do wuick sessions rather than chilled slow sessions

    • Hey Moo!

      Thanks so much for the compliment on the review; Pax 3 makes it pretty easy for us!
      Hey good for you on ditching the joints! Thing is, battery life definitely depends on: the heating profile you use / the custom temp you are vaping at, if you are using your Pax 3 with the app at all, and of course–how many sessions per day, etc.

      Some of us vape on stealth mode, while some of us turn that baby all the way up for maximum enjoyment 😉
      And, some of us vape multiple sessions in a day, while some of us call on our Pax a few times a week.

      I get the feeling that because you were an avid joint smoker, you are not spending too much time in stealth mode, and that your frequently hitting up your Pax–both contributing factors here.

      Those things being said, we went ahead and adjusted that element of the review to account for users that consistently use their dry herb vape–and at temp profiles that require greater battery output to boot.
      Thank you much for the comment, and letting us know how we can improve for our readers–that’s the ultimate goal here.
      Look forward to connecting again soon, Moo.

  15. […] employee handbook has the final say. This could mean that if you enjoy a joint or a hit from your favorite dry herb vaporizer at a weekend barbecue or a puff after work, you may still be in jeopardy of losing your […]

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  17. Bought a Pax 3 a couple weeks back. Full kit, so I have a half-oven, which was what really convinced me to buy this. I am a casual toker and light-weight. f-10 flakes in a J usually gets me where I need to be with a buzz and focus. Depending on the strain of course. Mostly indica available to me for quite some time. Thing is. The Pax seems to destroy the upper notes. Is it me or does it only deliver CBD? And it uses about ten times more weed to get there! Its destroying my supply. To make sure I wasnt imagining it I rolled one of my usual and there I was, back in the sweet spot. I feel like I have a very beautiful lump of metal with no use outside of purely medical. what do I do with it? Oh! and good luck shaking it to connect to your phone or see battery or anything. It refuses to wake up or connect to the phone unless you power it on.

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