Get a Good Grind
All vaporizers benefit from finely ground herb and the Pax 3 is no different. Nicely ground herb makes it easier for you to fill the oven chamber and allows the herb to be vaped more evenly because of the larger surface area.
One grinder that works well for vaping is the SLX Grinder (Review | Buy). Aside from having a Ceramic coating that rejects residue, it grinds the herb to the perfect consistency for vaping. A good grinder is a must and will improve your experience regardless of which vape you use.
Use The Half-Pack Oven Lid If You’re Flying Solo
The Pax 3 (Review | Buy) is great for parties, game nights, watch parties, and any other occasions when you have a bunch of people hanging out together. It can fit up to 0.3g in the oven so it’s pretty large. However, it’s likely that you’ll be using it by yourself most of the time, in which case you likely won’t be using as much herb as you would in a group setting. and for those situations, you can use the half-pack oven lid.
The lid does exactly as it says; it has a bulge on the inside that fills up half of the oven chamber so that you can fill the other half with herb and not have to worry about any empty space left over. Since a half-empty chamber is not ideal for vaping, the half-pack oven lid keeps the herb packed tight even when you are using less of it. With the lid, the oven capacity is only 0.15g, perfect for flying solo.
Engage Stealth Mode For Some Low Key Vaping
The bright, petal-shaped LED lights of the Pax 3 are a big part of its signature look, and the vapor production is a big part of its appeal. However, there will be situations where you need to vape low key and those two attributes won’t exactly help since they practically put a spotlight on you when you vape. That’s when you should use stealth mode.
This is one of the many dynamic modes available via the smartphone app of the Pax 3 and it works by dimming the LED lights, producing less vapor, and speeding up the cool-down times. The end result of stealth mode is that you can sneak a session with no one around you being none the wiser.
Empty The Chamber After Each Session
Cleaning is nobody’s favorite thing to do with their vaporizer but it’s a necessity. So, if you want to keep your Pax 3 running, then you should clean it on a regular basis. If you don’t, then not only will the chamber get gunked up with residue, but it will also make cleaning more difficult the longer you put it off.
Since procrastination won’t do you any good, you should empty out the chamber after each session and make sure that no buds stick around. This post explains how to know when the herb is cashed and needs to be replaced.
Clean The Vapor Path After Every Few Sessions
In addition to the herb chamber, you will want to keep the vapor path clean as well. The reason is that a dirty vapor path can lower the draw resistance and negatively affect the vapor quality. So, that means you will have to work harder to inhale poor vapor.
You can use accessories like pipe cleaners to make the cleaning task easy. You don’t need to clean the vapor path after every session, you can do so after every seven to ten sessions. That will help to keep the airflow going and even help you to get more vapor from the Pax 3.
Don’t Use The Pax 3 For Wax
While the Pax 3 has a wax-compatible concentrate insert for the oven, I would advise against using it. For much the same reason that you shouldn’t use the wax capability for any dry herb vaporizer that has that feature.
The reason is that weed vapes don’t get hot enough to properly vape the wax to its fullest. That means you will get a subpar wax vaping experience and you will end up wasting some of your wax supply. Not to mention that you have to worry about cleaning the semi-vaped wax from out of the concentrate insert. So avoid all of that and get a dab pen for your “meltables”.
Use The Raised Mouthpiece
The Pax 3 includes two different mouthpieces, a flat one and a raised one, but it might as well only include one since the raised mouthpiece is the superior option. The flat mouthpiece sits flush on top of the Pax 3 and keeps the smooth design profile of the device, but vaping from it feels quite awkward.
The raised mouthpiece feels much better because you can actually wrap your lips around it. That allows you to easily take bigger draws if you want to, which is far more difficult with the flat mouthpiece. The flat mouthpiece may be slightly better for portability, but in terms of vaping, there is no contest, it’s the raised mouthpiece all the way.
Follow these tips and you and your Pax 3 will have a long and happy life together. You will get the best vapor quality, the lowest draw resistance, and the least amount of maintenance, which is exactly what you want from your vaporizer. All of these tips are useful regardless of whether your Pax 3 is brand new, whether you got it on launch day, or if it is somewhere in between. So take a close look at these tips, tricks, and hacks, and make sure to follow the instruction manual as well. That way you never have to worry about a replacement any time soon. Or any time at all really.