Pax 3 Vaporizer Overview
First unveiled in 2016, the Pax 3 remains one of the world’s most hyped dry herb vaporizers—but is it worth your hard-earned bucks? Check out our Pax 3 review to find out more info. Along with our Pax 3 review, you’ll find a handy section contrasting the Firefly vs. Pax 3.
The San Francisco-based company Pax Labs manufactures the Pax 3.
Considering its small size, the Pax 3 offers a powerful vaping experience that can be tailored to your preferences using an Android app.
Who’s It For?
The Pax 3 is perfect for people who are looking for a portable conduction vaporizer that offers impressive portability and dense vapor production.
Although it has a high price tag, the Pax 3 is a worthwhile investment for vapers who want high-quality vapor production from a discreet, pocket-friendly unit.
Pros & Cons
- Portable & discreet; perfect for stealthy vapes
- User-friendly design with haptic feedback
- Long battery life
- Android app for easy vape customizability
- Not great for concentrates
- Annoying to clean
Using The Pax 3 Vaporizer
To help you decide whether the Pax 3 is worth your money, let’s run through a few of this vaporizer’s key features.
Extraction and Temperature Control
Once you get the Pax 3 in your hands, you’ll notice the loading chamber is on the bottom of the device. You can usually fit between 0.3 – 0.4 grams of finely ground herbs inside the vaporizer’s stainless-steel oven.
If you’re an impatient vaper, then here’s good news: it only takes 22 seconds for the Pax 3 to heat up. As a bonus, the Pax 3’s haptic feedback will let you know precisely when to take your first draw.
Users also enjoy full control of their vaping experience thanks to the Pax 3’s Android app. With this app, you can easily select and track your desired temperature from 360 – 420°F.
Vapor Production and Airflow
Both the Pax 3’s oven and vapor path are made with stainless steel, so there’s no need to worry about a burnt plastic taste. As for the Pax 3’s mouthpiece, users can choose from a raised or flat lid.
Although the Pax 3 easily fits in the palm of your hand, it has a surprising amount of power. The conduction oven can produce dense vapor on high settings. Since the device is so small, there’s not a lot of space for the vapor to cool off. For this reason, some users describe the Pax 3’s vapor quality as a bit harsh.
Cleaning the Pax 3
Cleaning the Pax 3 is more involved than other portable vaporizers. Not only are there more parts to clean, the airpath is made with steel rather than glass. Since most people like to use the Pax 3 away from home, cleaning after each session could be tricky.
At a minimum, you should use the Pax 3’s included pipe cleaners to brush your device after every session. To improve your product’s longevity, be sure to wipe the Pax 3’s mouthpiece and oven with isopropyl alcohol every week.
The Pax 3’s battery has a power of 3500 mAH, which is 500 mAH stronger than the Pax 2. On average, you should get between 8 – 10 full bowls out of each charge.
Every Pax 3 comes with a magnetic charging dock and a USB charging cord. Usually, it takes 90 minutes to give the Pax 3 a full charge.
A nice feature about the Pax 3’s design is that its mouthpiece doubles as the main button. Simply press this top button to turn the device on or off. With your device on, hold the center button to enter temperature mode; cycle through the four preset temps by clicking the button. This one-button feature makes the Pax 3 one of the market’s most user-friendly vaporizers.
Two Pax 3 accessories worth noting are the Pax 3 concentrate insert and the half-pack oven lid. The first device allows you to vape your favorite extracts—but don’t expect a potent dab at only 420° F. The half-pack oven lid, on the other hand, helps improve airflow when using 0.2 g of dried herb.
Pax 3 Vaporizer: Warranty and Accessories
On Pax Labs’ website, you can purchase the Pax 3 as a standalone product for $200 or in a “complete kit” bundle for $250. Both packages include the following Pax 3 accessories:
- USB Charger
- Cleaning Kit
- Oven Lid
- Two Mouthpieces (Raised and Flat)
The extra accessories in the “complete kit” include the half-pack oven lid, a keychain with packing tools, three oven screens, and the Pax 3 concentrate insert. Every Pax 3 vaporizer comes with a 10-year warranty.
Firefly 2 vs. Pax 3 Portable Vaporizer
The Firefly 2 is a premium, portable vaporizer that’s often compared with the Pax 3. For your reference, let’s briefly run through the top distinctions between the Firefly vs. Pax 3.
First, a glaring difference in the battle of Firefly vs. Pax 3 has to do with size. At 5.1’’ x 1.6’’ x 1.0’’, the Firefly 2 is still quite portable, but it’s nowhere near the Pax 3’s super-small 3.8’’ x 1.2’’ x 0.85’’.
Another significant feature is that the Firefly 2 uses convection heating. Even though this vaporizer has a range from 200 – 500°F, the vapor production tends to be more flavorful than the Pax 3. The Firefly 2’s glass pathway also helps cool the vapor before it reaches your mouth.
Two features where the Firefly 2 shines include its impressive 3-second heat-up time and its 45-minute battery charge. Like the Pax 3, the Firefly 2 has app connectivity, and concentrate options. The Pax 3 is $200 on its own, while the Firefly 2 now retails for $250.
To sum it up, the Firefly 2 is best suited for vapers who want smoother draws and minimal cleaning. The Pax 3, on the other hand, offers better portability and denser vape production at a lower price point.
About Pax Labs
Based in San Francisco, Pax Labs has been a leader in the cannabis vaporizer market for over a decade. Currently, Pax Labs offers three iterations of its namesake conduction vaporizer, and two extract vaporizers called Era and Era Pro. Although Pax Labs helped create the e-cigarette JUUL, all JUUL products are now a part of the separate company JUUL Labs, Inc.
The Final Verdict
As you could see from our Pax 3 review, this palm-sized wonder has a lot of power. Add in an intuitive app, plus a simple one-button design, and the Pax 3 is undeniably one of the most user-friendly conduction vaporizers. While this might not be an ideal vape for connoisseurs – it is well suited for users interested in dense cloud production, ease of use, and extreme portability.
Another Vaporizer to Consider – Air Vape X
We put the Air Vape X through its paces over the course of a week, using it heavily, charging it frequently, and cleaning it fully several times. Its ease of use, simple display, and fine temperature controls make it a vaporizer that’s easy to recommend and fun to use. It’s a rare product that is great for beginners and more experienced users, as it gives you the control you want without unnecessary complications or bells and whistles. Unlike popular competitors, there’s no app to download to unlock features, and its simple charging setup allows you to use the product while it’s charging, putting the Air Vape X in the top-tier of portable vaporizers.