PAX 2 Review

The PAX 2 is intuitive, efficient, durable, and produces great vapor. An everyday carry vape with an all-in-one form large...

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 $149, the PAX 2 is one of the easiest to recommend portable vaporizers on the market.

PAX 2 Vaporizer Review

Table of contents

Intelligently Designed
What’s in the Box
Discreet, Ultra Portable
For Best Results
Great Vapor Quality
Hidden Features
Intuitive
Cleaning & Maintenance
Smart
PAX 2 vs. PAX 3
Battery Life
Who’s This Vape For
Isolated Air Path
Who’s This Vape Not For
Durable
Final Thoughts
Warranty

Intelligently designed

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.

Discreet, ultra portable

The PAX 2 is small. Really small. It stands less than 4 inches tall and features an oven that holds about a third of a gram. With that much space, you can expect 15-25 draws from a fully packed oven making it perfect for extended on-the-go sessions.

Its size makes it pocket friendly, even an every day carry, and with its 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.

PAX 2 Vaporizer Review Size

Size Specs

Height: 3.87” - 9.83cm
Width: 1.21” - 3.07cm
Depth: .085” - 2.16cm
Weight: 3.17oz - 90 Grams

Great vapor quality

The PAX 2 puts out some very dense vapor that's smooth, with good flavor. Featuring a 30 - 60 second heatup time and four preset temperatures that cover all the bases.

Temperature Settings

360F/180C
380F/193C
400F/204C
420F/215C

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 airflow path as 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 draws, without any harsh taste.

PAX 2 Review Vaporizer

Intuitive

The user interface of the PAX 2 is extremely simple. A single, hidden button in the mouthpiece controls everything and the signature 'petal' LED tells you all you need to know.


Related: PAX 2 Light Guide


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. It takes some getting used to, but becomes second nature after regular use. 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, and 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, that lets you control everything with just one button.

Smart

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.

Battery life

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.

PAX 2 Review Vaporizer Oven

Isolated air path

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.

Durable

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.

Warranty

The PAX 2 previously had a 10 year warranty, but the price drop to $149 shortened that to just two years. That's right in the middle for the price point, and if you really want the longer coverage, the $199 PAX 3 Basic Kit has the 10 year warranty. We also back this one under our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. No worries here!

 

What’s In the Box

PAX 2 Vaporizer
Charging Dock
USB Cable
Cleaning Kit
Two Mouthpieces

For best results

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.

    1. Grind your material as fine as possible. Consider a Magic Flight Finishing Grinder or flip your grinder upside down grind longer than usual.
    2. Pack your load tightly, tamp it down. Consider the PAX Pusher or Half-Pack Oven Lid if you want to use less material.
    3. Use a short puff to start and gentle draws from there.
    4. Draw a few times after turning the unit off to clear any remaining vapor and reduce the smell.

Related: PAX 2 Best Practices Starter Guide


Hidden features

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.


Related: PAX 2 Hidden Features Guide


Cleaning & maintenance

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.

PAX 2 vs. PAX 3

PAX continues to offer both the PAX 2 and PAX 3 side by side, and for good reason. The budget-friendly PAX 2 is still a great option for casual users that don't need any bells and whistles. The PAX 3 Basic Kit for $199 is similar except for the upgraded device, smartphone app and warranty, while the PAX 3 Complete Kit tosses in the concentrate lid and a bevy of other accessories for $250.

PAX 2 vs PAX 3 vaporizer review

PAX 3 > PAX 2

Faster heating time
Concentrate insert support
Bluetooth connected app
10 year warranty

 

Who’s this vape for

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!

Who’s this vape not for

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 A LOT or are forgetful about charging and 3 hours sounds like too long to be without your vaporizer, you should look for an option with a quicker charge time or interchangeable batteries.

Final thoughts

The PAX 2 is a great vaporizer for $149 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, 2 year warranty, discrete size, new lower price, and I now have a new vape to confidently recommend!

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