|Warm Up Time||15 sec|
|Battery Life||1.5 hours|
|Price||C$319.99 > Pax|
San Francisco-based Pax Labs has been on the front line of the vaping industry since 2007. What makes them stand out from other companies is their product design and the advanced technology itself.
Simply said, they are not afraid to innovate and market their products the way products should be marketed. Read “Apple”.
After all, they’ve sold over a million devices so far.
Not too long ago, Pax 2 was their number one selling product, but then the Pax 3 came out, completely upgraded but with the same stealthy, minimalist look.
Pax 3 quickly outshined its predecessor with a faster heat up time, increased battery life, haptic feedback, half-oven lid, and a Bluetooth connection which allows you to connect your vape to your smartphone.
What’s in the Pax 3 box?
The box itself is well designed and quality made. With the Complete Kit box (which is what I tested) you get the following:
- Pax 3 device;
- One concentrate insert;
- Two mouthpieces;
- Three oven screens (2 for dry herbs, one for concentrates);
- Two magnetic oven lids;
- One PAX charger and USB cable;
- One protective case;
- Maintenance kit (alcohol and pipe cleaners).
Pax 3 tech specs 9/10
Battery life & charging options
Pax Labs definitely made an improvement when it comes to battery life. They did this without making the device bigger.
Pax 3 features a rechargeable (non-replaceable) 3500 mah Li-ion battery, which will provide you with 1.5 hours of use on a full charge (or 5-6 sessions).
The battery takes 2.5 hours to recharge through the USB cable, and 90 to 100 minutes through the Pax power adapter.
Pax 3 also features a magnetic charging dock, which allows you to take your vaporizer and its small charging dock with you, whether you’re going on a road trip or just visiting the sunny beach bars of Jamaica.
Just attach the device to the dock and it’ll start charging.
The downside here is that the magnet is not particularly strong.
I tried charging it on the dock while carrying it around in my backpack, and it got detached. I “fixed” this by wrapping a headband around the device and the dock, but I have to say that the dock works perfectly on stable surfaces.
If you are not impressed by the magnetic dock, you can always buy the USB mini-charger dock from Pax, which does a pretty good job when it comes to fast charging.
Flowers, concentrates or both?
Pax 3 is compatible with both dry herbs and concentrates.
With the Complete Kit you get a concentrate insert which does not leak at all. The insert does not fit perfectly on the device, it sticks out a bit, but works fine.
If you are not a big fan of concentrates and prefer only dried herbs, you can buy a Device Only kit.
The chamber holds about 0.2 to 0.3 grams with the standard full-pack oven lid.
With a half-oven lid you can now pack the chamber with 0.2 grams, which is enough for a solo vaping session.
Pax 3 does not have a display. Instead, it has an indicator light which changes colors depending on the selected temperature.
It’s quite easy to choose the temperature on the Pax—just hold the power button for two seconds. There are 4 basic different temperature options to choose from:
- One green light— 182°C;
- Two yellow lights — 193°C;
- Three orange lights — 204°C;
- Four red lights — 215°C;
Once you’ve decided on the temperature you’d like to vape at, hold the power button again for two seconds to select it and you’re good to go.
You can also manually control the temperature through the mobile app, which is super cool (I’ll talk about this a bit later).
Pax 3 heats up in just 15 to 18 seconds, which is significantly faster than its predecessor.
The device will vibrate to let you know that it has reached the selected temperature.
Pax 3 holds the temperature rather well. Recommended temperature for vaping dried herbs is between 193°C-210°C.
When it comes to concentrates, the highest temperature on the Pax 3 does not seem to do the job that well.
Pax 3 vapor quality 8/10
The airflow on the Pax 3 is good, and thanks to the two lids in the kit there is less draw resistance than before.
The vapor itself is actually very pleasant.
It’s smooth, dense and rich in flavor. You can easily manipulate its thickness and flavor by changing the temperature and the heating mode.
You can feel the vapor completely and it leaves a nice aftertaste. The clouds I got from this unit were also top notch.
Pax 3 design 10/10
This is definitely one of the best-looking vaporizers on the market.
I am a sucker for minimalist vapes, but in my honest opinion, from the package the Pax 3 comes in, to the device itself—everything just looks and feels premium.
This unit comes in four matte colors (black, teal, silver and rose gold) and two gloss finishes (silver and rose gold).
I personally prefer the matte finish (and the rose gold) cause I feel it’s easy to scratch the glossy ones.
The dimensions of the Pax 3 are 3.87”x1.21”x0.85”, so it’s small and fits comfortably in the hand. It literally uses no space in bags, so you can carry it around with you all day, even if you’re going for a hike.
The device itself is made from high quality anodized aluminum. What’s super cool about it is that the mouthpieces and the lids are magnetically attached and secured, so there’s no leakage.
Pax 3’s size is perfect and the device is discrete. The stealthy heating mode which you get with the app is actually there to reduce the scent of your herbs, which is perfect when you don’t want to draw any attention.
How to use Pax 3
Pax 3 is simple and easy to use and is equally suitable for both new and advanced users.
Here are a few things you should pay attention to when using this vaporizer.
The first thing you should do when you unbox your new Pax 3 is to sterilize the device to get rid of the smell and chemicals left over from the manufacturing process.
Press the power button (in the center of the mouthpiece) to turn the unit on.
Next, press and hold the same button to enter the temperature mode and keep taping until all “petals” are on—wait until they turn red, which indicates that the device is set to the highest temperature.
Press and hold the button once again to start the heat-up process. After a few minutes, the device will turn off automatically. Repeat this three times to complete the sterilization.
Filling it up & chamber info
To load Pax 3, first remove the magnetic chamber lid at the bottom.
If you are vaping alone, load the chamber with 0.1 to 0.2 grams of weed and close it with a half-pack lid.
If you are going to be sharing it with at least one person, load the chamber with about 0.2-0.3 grams. Remember, finely ground weed will produce thicker vapor.
To dab a concentrate, remove the standard chamber, load the special concentrate canister with your favorite extract and set the device to the highest temperature.
Have in mind that the higher the temperature, the stronger the effects will be, as more cannabinoids will get released.
How to clean Pax 3
Pax 3 is a low-maintenance device and it’s actually quite easy to clean.
Empty the chamber and use a metal pick to scrape the rest of the plant material.
Remove the mouthpiece, too.
Dip the wire brush into alcohol and push it through a hole on the top side all the way to the other end of the device—until you push out the screen.
Then, take one of the pipe cleaners, dip it into alcohol, and do the same thing.
Use the metal pick to scrape the rest of the material in the oven.
Now, dip a cotton swab into alcohol and gently clean the mouthpiece, inside of the chamber and the top of the device.
Put all the pieces back again, and let it run a full cycle to evaporate the liquid before using the device again.
How to use the Pax 3 app?
Connecting the vaporizer to your phone
The Pax app is available for both iOS and Android:
To connect your phone to your Pax, turn on the Bluetooth option on your phone. Open the app, click on the Start button and choose the Pax 3 vaporizer.
Turn on the vaporizer and shake it to turn the Bluetooth on (cool, huh?) and connect it with the app. The next step is to name your vaporizer, and then it will automatically take you to the dashboard.
The target temperature is shown in the green circle and the current temperature is just above the circle, in gray numbers. Also, you can see your battery status at the bottom.
Pax 3 offers full manual temperature control through the app—you just swipe left and right on the big green circle to jump for 5 degrees, or swipe up and down to change the temperature for one degree at a time.
This is my favorite feature of the app and the whole device in general. This feature can take your vaping experience and triple the pleasure you get from vaping, especially if you’re tech savvy.
There are five different heating modes:
- Standard mode is used to maintain the temperature of the device. Every time you draw, it will boost the temperature for 5 degrees, and drop back until your next toke.
- Flavour mode is used to preserve the flavor between two inhalations. The temperature starts to build up as soon as you start inhaling and immediately drops once you stop.
- Boost mode is great for quick sessions and a more dense vapor. It maintains higher temperatures for longer while decreasing the cooldown time. Be careful because the device will get hotter when this mode is on.
- Efficiency mode increases the temperature by one degree when inhaling, and slows down the cooling. If you draw quickly it will go up for a degree every 3 to 5 seconds and will go up to the maximum temperature for as long as you are inhaling.
- Stealth mode is awesome when you want to keep odor at a minimum. This mode increases the cooling between the draws to avoid spreading the smell.
Pax 3 Standout Features
This vape comes with 10 year limited warranty, which covers defects in materials and defects in work if used properly.
Pax 3 is not a cheap vaporizer, but a ten-year warranty is actually a pretty good deal and definitely makes it worth the money. After all, this is a premium product.
The most exciting feature on this vaporizer is clearly the app-unit connection.
I’m usually very skeptical when it comes to apps that go with gadgets, but this one actually works. Definitely worth trying.
Finally, I would like to point out to the magnetic dock charger as a stand out feature.
It’s a nice idea, sounds cool, you can leave the device attached to the charger on your desk and it will work just fine.
Besides just a few tiny imperfections, this is by far one of the coolest vaporizers I’ve seen. I’m in love with the minimalist design and portability but would prefer a more secure charging dock. Would I still pay $300 for it? Absolutely!