PAX 2 Review
PAX 2 Review
The PAX 2 is intuitive, efficient, durable, and produces great vapor. An everyday carry vape with an all-in-one form factor, large herb chamber and great battery life. You don’t need anything but your PAX 2 once you’re loaded up. PAX put noticeable thought into the design and features of this sequel, in my opinion, blowing away the original PAX 1. Now at $199, the PAX 2 is one of the easiest to recommend portable vaporizers on the market.
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It’s clear that the PAX 2 was designed with the user experience front and center. Featuring an intuitive user interface, technology that preserves your herb and battery life, an all-in-one form factor and dense, pure vapor, the PAX 2 is a joy to use.
The PAX 2 is small. Really small. Less than 4 inches tall and featuring an oven with about .3 grams capacity, you can expect 15-25 draws from a fully packed oven making it perfect for extended on-the-go sessions.
It’s size makes it pocket friendly, even an every day carry, and with it’s inconspicuous gadget look the PAX 2 can sit out on a table without drawing attention. It feels good to hold, has some weight to it and most people will be able to conceal it completely in their hand.
Height: 3.87” - 9.83cm
Width: 1.21” - 3.07cm
Depth: .085” - 2.16cm
Weight: 3.17oz - 90 Grams
The PAX 2 puts out some very dense vapor that is smooth with good flavor. Featuring a 30 - 60 second heatup time and four preset temperatures that cover all the bases.
The first two are great for taste and produce light vapor, while the last two deliver thicker clouds and a bit more punch. I landed on 400F as my regular start up temp. Personally, I finish my sessions on the highest temperature, and not having a traditional shut-off timer lets me take my time here, which I really enjoy.
The Pax 2 utilizes the same smart design of the PAX 1 with the oven as far away from the mouthpiece as possible, at the bottom of the unit. This distance, the isolated airpath and the new, flush mouthpiece cools the vapor extremely well giving you smooth, not harsh, draws.
The user interface of the PAX 2 is extremely simple. A single, hidden button in the mouthpiece controls everything and the signature “X” tells you all you need to know.
Push the button once, the PAX 2 is on. Push it again, it's off. Need to change the temp? Just hold the button for a second. I really appreciate the departure from all the button clicks other manufacturers are using.
The PAX symbol on the front of the unit is made up of four LED lights that let you know battery level, temperature, if your unit is heating up, in standby mode or ready to vape.
Want to check the battery life or exit temp mode? Just shake it. There’s a lot of tech under the hood including an accelerometer.
In addition to ease of use, the PAX 2 was designed with herbal efficiency and battery life in mind. Lip sensing technology and an accelerometer tells the unit when you’re vaping or not, dynamically adjusting the temperature to conserve your herbs and battery life.
Set the PAX 2 down and it will drop the temperature after 30 seconds. Pick it up or put it to your lips and the PAX 2 will boost the temperature to your set temperature on the fly.
And the auto shut-off time is intelligent. After three minutes of no movement, the PAX 2 will shut itself off. There’s no set timer so the PAX will adjust to your session length.
I got on average 90 minutes of vaping time, from a full charge while testing the PAX 2. Taking my time, I went through 3 full loads and about 75 total draws. Some of my more leisurely sessions lasted around ten minutes, but I still got three evenings worth of use before it needed to be docked for a charge. The PAX 2 takes about 3 hours to charge with the included USB dock.
The PAX 2 has a stainless steel oven and vapor tube leading to a silicone mouthpiece located at the opposite end of the unit. Both materials are medical-grade and considered safe to vaporize with. The heating element is a “non-ceramic tuned thin film heater” bonded to the oven and outside of the vapor path, according to PAX.
The draw resistance will depend mostly on how tightly you pack the oven, but I liked it best when using short, gentle draws instead of long, strong pulls.
The PAX 2 has no moving parts or glass to break. The outer anodized aluminum shell makes it tough so I don’t worry about tossing it in a bag or in my pocket with my keys or phone making it great for on-the-go sessions and outdoor activities.
The PAX 2 has one of the best warranty in the vaporizer industry. They cover manufacturer defects for 10 years and have a great track record of taking care of customers. We also back this one under our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. No worries here!
PAX 2 Vaporizer
With all the amazing user oriented design of the PAX 2 there are still some best practices when it comes to this slick little portable vaporizer.
- Grind your material as fine as possible. Consider a Magic Flight Finishing Grinder or flip your grinder upside down grind longer than usual.
- Pack your load tightly, tamp it down. Consider the PAX Pusher or Half-Pack Oven Lid if you want to use less material.
- Use a short puff to start and gentle draw from there.
- Draw a few times after turning the unit off to clear any remaining vapor and reduce the smell.
PAX decided to have a bit of fun adding hidden features to the PAX 2. Seems there’s no rhyme or reason to which you'll get but they are assigned “randomly” so your PAX 2 will have its own “personality”. To see which your PAX 2 has, roll it horizontally three times. Every three rotations will change it to a new mode.
The original PAX was a pain to clean, but they fixed that with the PAX 2 leaving you three things to take care of: the oven, the mouthpiece, and the vapor path tube (connects the mouthpiece to the oven). The PAX 2 comes with Isopropyl alcohol (ISO) and some pipe cleaners. Pick up some Q-Tips and maybe some cotton swabs and you have everything you need to get the job done.
The PAX 2 is smaller and lighter compared to the original PAX and has a longer battery life. All the new heating tech, including a new oven shape, is more efficient with your herbs. The redesigned mouthpieces mean cleaning is easier, can be done less frequently, and can just be replaced for a fraction of the cost of the original PAX 1 mouthpiece.
PAX 2 > PAX 1
Way Better Battery Life
More Efficient Overall
The PAX 2 is for anyone looking for an everyday carry vape or a nice, discreet at-home vape without the cords and parts of a desktop. It’s made to withstand the trials of travel and fits easily into any pocket. With the size, oven capacity and battery life, when I leave the house with a freshly packed PAX 2 I know I’m going to be good for the day.
Discretion is important to me and the PAX 2 is definitely discreet enough to not draw anyone’s attention when I’m out. A perfect vape to bring along to a show, share a park session with a friend or a hike to a nice vista!
$200 can be a lot to spend on a vaporizer for most people. I think it’s a good value at $200, but there are some solid options available for less.
I’ve always preferred convection vaporizers for flavor and efficiency. The PAX 2 has a lot of tech to make conduction more efficient, but if you’re looking for convection the PAX 2 isn’t for you.
If you vape ALOT or are forgetful about charging and 3 hours sounds like to long to be without your vaporizer, you should look for an option with a quicker charge time or interchangeable batteries.
The PAX 2 is a great vaporizer for $199 and I'm very happy with it. The heating technology puts me at ease when I normally worry about wasting herbs, and it’s small, all-in-one design is pretty hard to beat. Add to that an exceptional user experience, 10 year warranty, descrete size, new lower price, and I now have a new vape to confidently recommend!