**UPDATE APRIL 2015**: The new PAX 2 is now available, check out my full review for all the details!
The coolest things about the Pax are how convenient it is to carry around and how easy it is to use. Everything you need to do, from packing the chamber, to changing the heat setting, to taking draws, to charging it, is super easy and user-friendly.
It’s also very small and discreet, and you can turn it on and off quickly, which makes it a great vape for use on-the-go.
As far as efficiency goes you can get good results with this vape using as little as 0.2g of herbs in the chamber, which should get you about 10 good draws. You can also fully pack the oven with about 0.4g and get about 20 draws from it.
Battery life is good too, you can get around an hour of usage from a full charge and then it also fully recharges in about an hour.
Buy one with free shipping direct from the official PAX store. I do get credit for the referral if you order through my link but I would never steer you wrong and I really appreciate your support!
IMPORTANT: This vape is very popular and unfortunately some people have taken advantage of that and created fake versions of it to sell at a lower price. Some of them look just like the real thing but these imitations do not perform nearly as well, they have many reliability issues, and you will not have the 10 year warranty through Ploom. Please, I’m begging you, make certain you buy from a true authorized dealer. DO NOT buy this on an auction site or any website that sells it for less than the MSRP, there are way too many fakes out there to risk it.
I also highly recommend checking out this blog post which has some tips & tricks on how to get maximum vapor production and how to use this vape with small amounts of material. Watch my Pax vs Firefly comparison video too because it has a bunch of good info about this vape in it.
Keeping this unit clean and lubricated is also important for optimal performance, so I made this video showing how to clean it and apply the mouthpiece lubricant (it’s easy).
Don’t forget to check out my new review of the PAX 2!
VapeRating: 88/100 by The Vape Critic
My original, original review of the Pax from 2012 can be found here, and below is a transcription of that video:
What it is, my friends. This video is about the Pax Vaporizer by Ploom. This thing is a new, hand held, portable vape with a list price of $249. Now, I’m quite impressed with this one, so first, I’m going to tell you everything I like about it, and how it works. Then, I’ll tell you the few things that I thought were not that great. I’ll start with the overall design of this vaporizer, which is super advanced compared to other ones that are out, and it also feels like a high quality unit, it feels luxurious, and it’s very discreet. All good things you would want in a portable vape.
Let me start from the bottom up and show you how this thing works. At the bottom of the unit, you have the herb chamber, or what they call the oven, and this part is pretty cool. So, the cap, or the cover of the oven, is magnetic, and to take it off, all you have to do is push down one side of the bottom, the other side will pop up, and then you just lift it off with your finger. And now you have access to the chamber where you pack your herbs. Now, the cool thing about this chamber is that these guys thought of the whole surface area thing that I talk about sometimes. And they designed the chamber at the bottom to maximize the surface area of the herbs that are heated. Then, after you fill the chamber, you take the bottom piece, and you just place it right back on and the magnet catches it. So, after your chamber is packed, and your cover is on, all you need to do to turn the vape on is flip it over, and gently push in the mouth piece, and then the mouth piece pops out. When you do that, the vap automatically turns on, and the light will glow purple when it’s heating up.
Now, another feature that makes everything about this vape really easy is that it only has three heat settings to choose from: low, medium, or high. And, to change the heat setting, all you do is pull out the mouth piece, there’s a little groove on the back. So, you stick your thumb nail in, and just pull out the mouth piece while it’s heating up. And then, inside there’s a little white light with a button, and when you push the button, it’ll cycle through the three heat settings. So, dark red is high, yellow is low, and orange, or the default setting when you first get it, is medium. They actually do tell you what the temperatures are for those settings. So, the low setting, they say, is 375 degrees Fahrenheit, medium setting is 390, and the high setting is 410. And again, I tried all three settings, and on the lowest setting, you’ll get lighter vapor, and on the highest setting, you’ll get a little more intense vapor, and it’ll vape it up faster.
I thought all three settings were good, so definitely just experiment on your own and see what you like. After you select your desired heat setting, all you have to do is pop the mouth piece back in, like that, and then it resumes heating up. Now, through my testing, I’ve found that actual heat-up times are just about a minute, and that’s pretty quick compared to most vapes. Even when the battery starts to get really low, it still heats up in just over a minute, which is pretty cool. So, as you can see now, the light’s green, which means that the vape reached the preset temperature, and it’s ready to go. And all you do to start vaping is start taking your draw from the mouth piece.
Now, this leads me to one of the things that I wasn’t too thrilled about. It’s really not a big issue, everybody has a different opinion on this, but I just personally don’t thoroughly enjoy it. That is, when you’re taking your draw, you’re going to feel some resistance, like it’s not super easy to pull. And I’d say that the closest vape that feels like that is the Solo vape. That one has a similar feeling, where, when you’re taking your draw, you feel some resistance. It’s harder to pull than other vapes where you feel like you’re inhaling free air. So, that’s just a slight negative in my book.
Just as a side note, sometimes the vape will start doing this, and all I can tell you is, don’t worry, it’s normal, it’s not broken.
One of the other really cool, advanced features of this thing is that it can sense when you’re using it. It obviously has some kind of motion detector thing inside. If you put the vape down, and it sits perfectly still for 20 seconds, the light on the front will turn blue, from green, and this means that the vape entered power save mode automatically. So, how cool is that? If you just decide you want to put it down for a few minutes, it’ll know and it’ll just put itself into power save mode. And then, when you’re ready to come back and start vaping again, you just pick it up, and it knows you picked it up, and it just reengages the heater. So that I was pretty impressed with, because no other vapes I’ve tried so far had that feature.
I found that, with a full chamber, you can get quite a few draws out of this thing. It feels like it just keeps going and going. But, this leads me to something that’s not really a negative, but it’s sort of a neutral thing. And, that is that the draws that you get out of this thing are light to medium density, at the most. It’s really difficult to get a huge draw out of this thing, or blow out a lot of vapor. It’s not really one of those vapes, it’s meant to take smaller draws than usual. But, the draws are really only small compared to at-home units. Compared to other portable vaporizers, it’s right on par with those. So, all I’m saying is that if you’re used to an at-home unit like the Extreme Q, or the Volcano, or the Plenty, any one of those, and you get one of these things, just be prepared for the draws to not be as intense or strong. They’re a little lighter. And the cool part of that is that you get a lot of them. You could get up to 20, from a single chamber. So, given that it’s pretty efficient, and it does produce a lot of draws, I would say that it is good for one to two people max. And, I’d have to say that if you’re really looking for the full experience, it’s probably more like one chamber per person. So, just keep that in mind if you plan on using it with multiple people.
One of the other things you can do with this vape, if you want to see what battery life you have left at any time, just shake the vape, and it’ll blink a color on the screen. So, red means that mine’s going to die soon. When it’s fully charged, I’m pretty sure that the light is green, and when it’s in the middle, it’s yellow or orange. So, when the vape finally does die, all you do to turn it off is push in the mouth piece, so it’s super easy. And then, this is the charging dock that it comes with, so you take it, and you turn it upside down, and place it right on top of the dock, like that. And, what I found through my testing, is that if the battery is fully depleted, you can realistically expect it to get back to a full charge in just about an hour and a half or so. If it’s not fully depleted yet, it won’t take that long, but if you run it until it’s dead, expect it to take, at least, 90 minutes. But that’s actually a pretty good number, and it’s below average.
Another thing you do need to keep in mind with the Pax is that it’s not a vape that you could use while it’s charging. So, some other portable models, if you needed to, you could actually use it while it’s plugged in. But with the Pax, if it dies, you have to stop using it and put it on the charger. Not a huge deal, just something that you need to keep in mind.
Before I wrap it up, I just wanted to show you guys the vape up close, and mention a few more things. So, this is the bottom of the vape, this is the cover I was talking about, the magnetic cover to get to the oven, or the herb chamber. Really cool design with this, I like it a lot. And, up here on the other side, there’s the mouth piece. This is what it looks like when it’s in the off position, when it’s pushed in. And to turn it on, you just click it in, it pops out, and it starts heating up. So, that’s really it, and the only other thing to do, if you want to change the heat temperature, is you pull the mouth piece off, like this, when it’s on, and that’s the button with the white light, that you would push to change the heat setting. And then once you pick the setting you want, you just take the mouth piece, snap it right back in, and it resumes heating up.
Now, as far as how long a full charge lasts, or how long you can actually vape with it, in my real life testing, I got about an hour of actual usage before it died. So, if you figure roughly ten minutes a session or so, maybe 12 minutes, you could probably get six sessions per charge. And, being that it does recharge in only 90 minutes, that’s pretty good. And the last thing I wanted to mention was the vapor quality and the taste. Even though it’s a little on the light side, like I mentioned earlier, the taste is definitely good, and I personally thought that the potency was just about average. Not too light, but not extremely heavy, either.
Overall, I’m really impressed with this thing and I really like it. What I like most about it is that it really, truly is portable, and super easy to use. And, when you’re trying to vape on the go, that’s exactly what you want, a vape that’s really portable and easy to use. It looks cool, it’s high quality, and it does the job it’s supposed to do. So, I highly recommend the Pax, and I know that I’ll be using it quite often. So, if you’re looking to buy a new portable vape that is above average in most areas and exceptional in some, go to PaxVape.info, and what that’ll do is redirect you right to the authorized dealer, that I got mine from, and the store that I recommend you shop at if you’re going to buy vapes online. So, definitely let me know if you have any questions. I really appreciate you watching my stuff, and stay up.