Pax 3 Review

9.2 Total Score
PAX 3 Review Bottom Line

The Pax 3 is vaping royalty, but is that reputation deserved? In some ways, yes. It’s simple, yet sleek, design, great flavor quality, intuitive functionality, and intelligent smartphone app make it one of the better vaporizers on the market. However, the small, compact design that makes it so travel-friendly, also makes the vapor and device get a little warm hot at the end of vaping sessions. It is also a higher maintenance vape than others in this price category. It’s still a great vaporizer but it’s more vaping aristocracy than vaping royalty.

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Vapor Quality
8.9
Design & Function
9.3
Ease of Use
9.2
Durability
9.4
PROS
  • Excellent vapor quality
  • Sleek, stylish minimalist design
  • Very portable
  • Simple user interface
  • Detailed smartphone app
CONS
  • Wax concentrate performance is below par
  • Involved cleaning procedure
  • Device gets warm while it is being used

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Pax 3 Review

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The Pax 3 is one of the top-tier vaporizers on the market. It’s that simple. Why? Let me count the ways:

  1. Very good vapor quality
  2. Small, discreet size
  3. Standout, iconic design
  4. Very easy to use
  5. One of the most advanced smartphone apps around
  6. Regular updates and improvements

Those are the basic reasons why it is one of the Best Dry Herb Vaporizers, but really it’s something you have to experience for yourself. I’ll give you the best idea of this legendary vape in my Pax 3 review, and let you determine whether this vape deserves its legendary status.

What’s in its Kit

pax 3 kit

The Pax 3 kit includes three different oven lids (bottom right).

  • Pax 3 vaporizer
  • Three oven lids, each one adjusts the size of the oven
  • Two mouthpieces, a flat one for extra portability and a raised one for more comfortable vaping
  • Packing tool & cleaning kit
  • Micro USB cable + custom charging dock with convenient magnetic connection

Design and Function

pax 3 design

The Pax 3 is stylish, sleek, and is small enough to slip into anyone’s pocket.

Simple but stylish is the best way to describe the Pax 3. It’s just under four inches tall, made from anodized aluminum, and shaped like a rounded rectangle, which makes it feel good in the hand and slip easily into a pocket, purse or backpack. Aside from the good looks, it’s the small size and covert nature of the Pax 3 that are so appealing. There are no buttons on its sleek surface to interfere with the minimalist design, just the iconic and informative petal lights on the front, and the magnetic connections on the back. When it’s time to vape, you just inhale from the mouthpiece, the lip-sensing technology means the Pax 3 is ready to vape when you are.

 

The glossy, metallic surface is available in a variety of great colors, the only drawback is that it is a fingerprint magnet, fortunately Pax Vapor introduced a line of matte surfaced vapes to solve that problem. The flat mouthpiece preserves the sleek and simple shape of the Pax 3, but I found that it feels a little uncomfortable compared to the longer mouthpiece. The raised one feels better and makes using the Pax 3 a little easier since you have to press down on it to use the various functions of the device. However, neither are as good as the straw style mouthpieces, they are easier to use and tend to result in cooler vapor.

The Pax 3 has haptic feedback so you don’t have to stare at the petal lights to find out when it’s ready, the vibration lets you know. The magnetic connections for the mouthpiece and the battery charger make the Pax 3 very easy to use, and the choice of oven lids give it extra versatility. In addition to the normal lid, there is one for packing a half-load and one for concentrates. Cleaning the Pax 3 is an involved process because the chamber and mouthpiece are on opposite ends of the device, so they have to be cleaned separately, you also need to clean the airpath between them as well. When it comes to looks, the Pax 3 is at the top of the class, when it comes to function, the Pax 3 is great, but not top of the class.

Vapor Quality

Pax 3 flavor quality

The Pax 3 is one of the better dry herb vaporizers because of the great flavor it produces.

The Pax 3 is among the better choice when it comes to dry herb vaping, the vapor quality is great for most of the session, but near the end it starts to get a little hot. The smartphone app provides a wide variety of vaping modes, and some of them do manage to mitigate the heating issue. No matter what type of vaper you are, there is a mode for you.

Draw resistance is a little high, but manageable, so I never have to worry about pulling too hard to get any of the vapor. There’s also no reason for long draws either, short draws still provide great flavor and decent clouds, which makes the Pax 3 great for beginners.

One problem is that the small size of the Pax 3 means that the airpath is very short, which in turn which leads to the hot vapor I mentioned, as well as the device getting warm to the touch. When it comes to wax, the Pax 3 does not perform as strongly, the temperatures that are perfect for dry herbs aren’t quite high enough for wax. That means the wax takes longer to vaporize and you don’t get the full flavor, so it’s best if you stick with a Great Vape Pen for your wax vaping.

Battery Quality

The battery life is pretty good, it’s a 3500 mAh Li ion that can last for ninety minutes, or five to six sessions. It charges in two and a half hours with the USB cable and a quick ninety minutes with the AC adapter, which costs $15.

Pax 3 Smartphone App

Pax 3 smartphone app

The Pax 3 uses a Bluetooth connection to pair with your smartphone and provide additional functionality.

The smartphone app makes your smartphone even smarter. It also makes the Pax 3 smarter. It might even make you smarter, but don’t count on it. The Pax 3 connects quickly and easily to your phone via Bluetooth and the app allows you to name your Pax 3, customize its user interface, and even lock it to prevent anyone else from using it.

The most recent update improves the app and gives you video tutorials, a live temperature display, a better options menu, and more control over the dynamic modes. The dynamic modes provide different temperature options, they are as follows:

  • Standard Mode – a balanced mode for first time vapers.
  • Boost Mode – temperature increases faster and cools down more slowly. Great for quickie sessions.
  • Flavor Mode – faster temp increase and faster cool down increases flavor preservation.
  • Stealth Mode – great for low profile vapers because it produces less vapor and odor, speeds up cool down times, and dims the LED lights.
  • Efficiency Mode – the oven temperature increases by 1° over the length of each session. Great for saving battery life.

Pax 3 Updates

I just finished writing about the smartphone app update and I mentioned the new fingerprint-proof matte finishes, but I haven’t yet mentioned the artist series that goes along with the matte finishes. Three accomplished artists created three different cool, distinctive designs that are laser engraved onto a matte black Pax 3. They all look amazing and are worth the extra $20 they cost over the regular Pax 3s.

The Last Word

The Pax 3 is known as one of the standard-setters of the vaping industry, and in some respects it lives up to that reputation. It looks great, it’s highly advanced, and it’s very easy to use. However, it’s not quite in the same upper tier as vapes like the Crafty and the DaVinci IQ.

Those vaporizers are in rarefied air and the Pax 3 doesn’t quite match them when it comes to vapor quality and useability. The Pax 3 is a fairly high maintenance device compared to others in this premium price point. You won’t be disappointed if you get the Pax 3, but you won’t be getting the very best that dry herb vaping can offer either

The Pax 3 costs $249.99 directly from Pax Vapor, that’s actually a $20 discount from the original price, so don’t miss out.

Pax 3 vs Crafty vs DaVinci IQ

Pax 3 Crafty DaVinci IQ
Compatible withDry herb, WaxDry herb, WaxDry herb
Heating methodConductionConduction/Convection hybridConduction
Battery life90 minutes65 minutes90 minutes
Warranty10 years2 years10 years
Smartphone appYesYesYes
Price$249.99 directly from Pax Vapor$279 from Vape-Smart $274.99 directly from DaVinci
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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.

25 Comments
  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- http://vape-link.us/pax3

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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.

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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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