Pax 2 vs Pax 3 : Which one should you buy?
Over the last decade or so, Pax Vaporizers have taken the UK 420 world by storm. Their attention to detail has resulted in quite possibly the best-looking vaporizers on the market today.
Their vaporizers are not just pretty they perform well today and the entire range is engineered to provide great vaping experiences.
Currently, there are three iterations of the Pax. The first, The original Pax was released in 2007 to much fanfare so it was a no-brainer that they would follow up with the Pax 2 and then finally the 3.
Whilst the original Pax vaporizer is a bit cumbersome now the Pax 2 is still one of the best vaporizers available on the market today and its price has now dropped into the ‘affordable range’.
As a result, we’re increasingly being asked whether or not it is worth buying the Pax 3.
As usual, the answer is “It depends!” so we thought we’d compile all of our experiences into one place to give you all the info you need to make your decision.
First things first, there is no doubt about it, both the Pax 2 and the Pax 3 are absolute stunners in the looks department.
The Pax 2 was one of the best-looking vaporizers when it was first released and it still is. Its outer casing is beautifully engineered and features a polished aluminium shell. It measures in at just 9.8cm x 3cm x 2cm making it remarkably low profile; in fact, I imagine those who are not in the know will have no idea what it is!
The Pax 3 maintains supermodel looks but squeezes everything into a more compact shell that is roughly 25% smaller than is almost palm sized.
However, what the Pax 3 lacks in bulk it makes up for in performance; the latest model is more powerful (more on that later), has plenty of new features whilst still being able to carry 0.3 grams of ground herb - just like the Pax 2.
Both vaporizers come with the same two mouthpieces - the flat and elevated. I personally prefer the flat mouthpiece. The elevated one can get quite hot after prolonged use.
Both vaporizers are pretty rugged and have clearly been engineered to be able to absorb a knock or two. I’ve had my Pax 2 now for a little over 2 years and have taken it on both biking and climbing holidays. Despite the odd scratch on its body, it performs like brand new! I haven't had the 3 as long but I imagine this is still true.
Both the Pax 2 and 3 are powerhouses that provide solid vaping experiences; especially when compared to other vaporizers in their respective price ranges.
Both are conduction vaporizers which means they heat by touch rather than convection. This has the slight disadvantage of not roasting all of your her as evenly as a convection vaporizer such as the Flowermate Aura. However, the advantage of conduction vaporizers is that they boast really fast heat up times. Due to its monster batteries, all modes of Pax vaporizers boast some of the quickest heating times of any conduction vaporizer available on the market today.
The Pax 2 reaches its full temperature in just 40 seconds, whilst the latest version will reach its quickest in 20 seconds; half the time of the 2 and one of the quickest vaping times on the market.
Both vaporizers provide the same great taste to your herbs as they are made of similar parts inside. The oven chamber and the vapour path of both models are made out of stainless steel; one of the best materials for conducting vapour without affecting the taste.
As many of you will know, any vaporizer worth its weight in salt will include the ability for you adjust the temperature. This is imperative for you to be able to get the best vaping experience from your herbs as different temperatures provide different experiences and neither Pax vaporizer disappoints.
Both vaporizers have the same temperature range: 180c - 215c. The Pax 2’s limits your vaping experience to four settings only; which to be honest is actually more than enough. You have to be a serious connoisseur to know the difference between 190c and 195c for example. The Pax 3 however, allows you to use the mobile app to choose the exact temperature.
Whether or not you require precise temperature control will depend on personal preference. I’m personally happy with just a few pre-defined settings. Others, however, may enjoy a greater degree of control.
What can the Pax 3 do what the Pax 2 can't?
So, they both look great, they both provide a premium vaping experience and they both provide great flavours! I can hear you asking “what can the Pax 3 do that the 2 can’t?!”.
Pax 3 App
The Pax 3 has an app that can be downloaded from the app store and connects to your phone by Bluetooth. Further to being able to control the temperature, the app allows you to vape dynamically - either Boost, Efficiency, Stealth or Flavour.
- Boost provides a short and intense vaping session.
- Efficiency helps you get the most out of your herbs.
- Stealth minimises clouds but is still high on flavour.
- Flavour prioritises taste over clouds.
Similar to the Herbstick Relax, the Pax 3 provides haptic feedback to let you know when your herbs are ready to be vaped. This sounds like a gimmick but it really is helpful. If you’re like me you're often listening to music or watching TV when vaping. More often than not, I get distracted by the TV and my vape can reach its temperature and I miss it meaning some of my herbs can be wasted.
The haptic feedback feature vibrates your vaporizer when your herbs are ready to be vaped. It really is great.
One of the biggest advantages with the Pax 3 is that the complete kit comes with an attachment that allows you to vape concentrates too which is a great added bonus if you vape more than just dried herbs.
In the UK, the Pax 2 is priced at £129 which very almost puts it in the 'affordable vaporizer range' and to this day represents great value for money.
If you want the bells and whistles that come attached with the latest model, you can pay £169 for the Pax 3 standalone vaporizer or just £219 for the complete kit with the ability to vape concentrates too.
So is the Pax 2 or Pax 3 right for you?
If you’re expecting a definitive answer, I’m probably going to let you down - Sorry!
I personally am still using my Pax 2 but that is because it still works and still provides a great experience so there has been no real reason to upgrade. Simply put, the Pax 2 still provides some of the best vaping experiences money can buy.
However, if you vape more than dried herbs you’ll require a Pax 3. The 3 also is a must if you favour batter life and being able to squeeze every single compound out of your herbs.