The PAX 2 is Coming Soon!

PAX 2

PAX 2 is here!

***UPDATE 4/2/15: My full review is now posted, scroll down for the video.

PAX 2 Parts For anyone not familiar, the original PAX is one of the most popular and best selling portable vaporizers. It’s still available, and the price was recently dropped to $200.

So the new PAX 2, which should start shipping in April, looks very similar to the original. However, the new one is smaller, lighter, and has a longer lasting battery.

The outer shell looks a little different, it has somewhat of a shiny finish. They’re calling it a polished and transverse brushed anodized aluminum, and it’s available in a handful of colors.

The mouthpiece design does seem different also, and apparently it comes with two (different?) mouthpieces that have “lip-sensing technology to optimize heat and vapor production.”

I guess we shall see what that all means ;)

Charging is also different now, the new one is magnetic and attaches to the side of the vape instead of at the mouthpiece. As I’m looking through the specs something caught my eye though, they’re sayin the battery takes 2-3 hours to fully recharge? Damn, the original model charges up in just about an hour, which I always thought was really cool. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a deal-breaker by any means, most of the good portable vapes I like take longer than an hour to charge also.

The new one has 4 temperature settings now instead of 3, and they also seem to have made the herb chamber larger [Correction: It is deeper, but not actually larger]. Now this is interesting, because the chamber of the original was already on the big side, and using a screen in the oven to take up the extra space is a common trick used by many to pack a smaller amount in there.

I’m curious if they’ll be including their own official oven spacer with the new one, or if we’ll have to ghetto rig hook it up ourselves again :)

UPDATE 4/2/15: FULL REVIEW & DEMO:

Stay up!
-Bud


78 comments:
  1. Chica
    April 23, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Hi I’m fairly new & your reviews are far above rest so thanks for all the work. Just got Pax 2 & sadly lost my oven lid. Pax is slow to respond & website says accessories “coming soon” so any ideas on a DIY replacement oven lid?
    Thanks-Chica

  2. Caesar
    April 20, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Hey Bud watched your PAX2 review it was excellent but now I’m caught between the this one and the V2Pro Series 7. Will you be doing a review on that one anytime soon. Thanks Cz

  3. Evan
    April 19, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Hi Bud, after watching your review I was curious to know how different the draw resistance is compared to the original pax.

  4. john johnny dee waltrich
    April 13, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Got a Pax a couple weeks ago for 199. Now Pax 2 comes out for 280. Are the extra features worth the extra 80 bucks?

  5. Bud
    April 2, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    PAX 2 full review is finally up!

    Check it out here: https://www.vapecritic.com/pax-2/

    Thank you all so much for your patience!!

  6. Johnny
    April 2, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Very frustrating that you for two nights in a row you promised a review and you still haven’t delivered. Your work is appreciated but there’s no reason to overpromise and underdeliver. We are an audience with expectations and you failed to manage those expectations well which in turn makes you lose a ton of credibility. I now did other searches and found better sources for my decisions and will be relying more on those sites. You lose people when you don’t come through.

  7. Bud
    April 2, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    I’m really sorry guys!!! Had unexpected delays

    My bad seriously!

    The review is absolutely 100% getting posted today

    I really appreciate your patience!!

    • Johnny
      April 2, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      If you’re still gonna post your review today can you do it like right away so we can still place our orders today if we wanted to? That would surely make up for the delays. Every delay means we get our units a day or two later and now we’ll miss the weekend, which sucks.

      • Bud
        April 2, 2015 at 12:48 pm

        Here you go man: https://www.vapecritic.com/pax-2/

        Thanks again for waiting it means a lot!!

        • Johnny
          April 2, 2015 at 2:00 pm

          Thank you! You’re awesome :)

  8. Jimmy
    April 2, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    I need to see your review before I purchase this device. I bought a Crafty after reading your review and am awaiting for the review of the Pax 2.

  9. Buddy
    April 2, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Come on man. If the review isn’t ready, thats fine, just say that. But don’t come on your site for three straight days and say it will be up and not deliver. Just saying.

  10. mhip
    April 1, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Coo…
    I though maybe it exploded.

    • mhip
      April 1, 2015 at 5:14 pm

      thought

      See, I need to buy it so I can straighten out my eyesight.
      Hopefully it’s a positive review. I’ve read another hands on that said the draw is great, nothing like the restrictive Pax OG.

      • mhip
        April 2, 2015 at 12:17 am

        It’s now Thursday in Jersey…

  11. pax2
    April 1, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    How long till the video post it’ll surly be a wonderful gift for my 2 twin brothers

  12. Greeny
    April 1, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Kind sir.. are you posting soon??

  13. Darrell
    March 30, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    I signed up to preorder the Pax 2 at vape world thru your link hope that give you the credit. Since I enjoy your reviews a lot and think they are very informative.

  14. anon
    March 27, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Will be interested in your Pax 2 review! My guess is its imminent arrival – and $280 price tag – explains the price drop on the original.

  15. Anonymous
    March 27, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    I absolutely love the features of the PAX, but it is such a pain to clean. I would have preferred if they made the PAX 2 easier to maintain.

  16. Sebastian
    March 26, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    I still have not received a response to my help request and was hoping someone could help me decide. It is slightly higher on this page and very long. Does anyone have answers?

    • Odd1
      March 29, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      if you look through the web-site, you should be able to find answers to most of your questions on your own. Your original post is quite long and somewhat burdensome for a busy guy to address point by point. Maybe a little preliminary research on your part would help, then you can ask about specific products you are considering.

  17. Sebastian
    March 26, 2015 at 1:01 am

    Bud I left a very detailed explanation of what I’m interested knowing so that I can make a smarter purchase. It says that it is still awaiting moderation?

  18. Blake
    March 25, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    Any chance of a v2 pro series 7 review soon? Really want to get a portable and contemplating between the pax, pax2, firefly and pro series 7…

  19. Wxxxx
    March 25, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    You mentioned in your article that the PAX2 needs 2-3 hours to fully recharge. It also uses a USB charger. Is there an AC input to the charger unit? I do remember some time ago, Ploom mentioning that the PAX v1 had to have an AC to power up the battery properly.(USB power being to weak) It sounded like bull to me at the time. But now comparing that bit of info with what you are saying with the PAX2. Now it makes a bit more sense.Yknow? Especially with the 3000 capacity of the PAX2.

    Look forward to your extensive review.

    BTW any more emphasis on medically safe Vapes/solutions
    would be appreciated. Or all glass for that matter.

  20. kdub
    March 24, 2015 at 5:12 am

    Are you getting hooked up with one before 4/2? Any estimate on when the review will be posted? Waiting on your recommendation my friend, before I place my order. Stay up!

    • Bud
      March 25, 2015 at 9:48 am

      Yes indeedy, I’m testing one now and will have my review up by 4/1, thanks for waiting!!

  21. Dog
    March 22, 2015 at 10:33 am

    The real question is, will Bud switch from his Crafty to the Pax 2 for his go to vape?

    Come back to your first love Bud, she’s slimmer and sexier.
    Go with your heart.

    The Pax force is strong.
    Resistance is futile.

  22. Sebastian
    March 22, 2015 at 3:37 am

    First of all I would like to thank you for your time and effort to putting together such an intricate and detailed place for people to come and go for all their vaporization needs first hand. I am a 21 year old entrepreneur who has been working on many business proposals and this comes with a lot of hard and stressful decisions. My main purpose of course is not to let on about my business efforts but to hopefully enhance my everyday experiences by purchasing the perfect vaporizer, one of which to be a healthier alternative to herbal smoke sessions and to fit into all of my necessary requirements.

    I am in the research process so far and after a few weeks I am still not too sure what will be my best route, and since you do know so much about the vaporization process, I need your help. So to allow you an easier route towards helping me decide, I have some principles on what will turn me from a shopper to a buyer.

    1) TRUE VAPORIZATION OF DRY HERBS. No doubt the most important aspect of my buying decision. I need the vaporizer that I purchase to be non-combustible of my material whatsoever so that I can experience a clean, smoke-free, and carcinogen-free experience. For this I need to see the portable and non-portable options because I will be making a purchase from each class.

    2) PRODUCT QUALITY FOR LONG TIME LIFE SPAN, MID TO HEAVY USAGE, AND SAFETY FOR MYSELF. ALL OF WHICH ON A RELIABLE PRODUCT AND WITH A RELIABLE MANUFACTURER. I cannot stress this one enough for my interest in the portable and non-portable. In line with the TRUE VAPORIZATION, this will be a potential deal breaker for many vaporizers which have manufacturers that care more about their short term lifespans to pursue revenue and not customer base. I need the vaporizer to have a sturdy build that will not leak, that will not crack, that will not warp, and of course that will not render itself inoperable by many of its past purchasers (more negative happenings of the product from consumers than less positive happenings of the product from consumers) I have also even read from chemical engineer comments and others who have career paths in materials that are and aren’t safe. Some would mention that plastic and cheaper metal vapor paths are toxic and hazardous and that is something I want to avoid as well, so to get highest quality of a device in terms of human consumption safety is also very important.

    3) OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SUPPORT AND MANUFACTURERS’ WARRANTY OPTIONS. This has my interest in the portable and non-portable vaporizers. Repairs that need to be made by the manufacturer through warranties and customer support will be a key as well because I do also understand sometimes even the Nicest product could have a flaw, but I will not tolerate a product that will do so and not be covered by the manufacturer for their own faulty device. Now with that being said, MAINTENANCE UPKEEP AND CLEANING will be maintained adequately which comes to the next step.

    4) MAINTENANCE UPKEEP AND CLEANING. I am fully aware that the cleaner you keep your car, your firearm, or your vaporizer in this case, the longer it will last and perform at its highest potential. Now this would be a two way thing for me. With a portable, I want the least amount of upkeep and cleaning possible but still want a HIGH QUALITY VAPORIZATION PROCESS. For the non-portable, it’s more necessary to have a HIGH QUALITY VAPORIZATION PROCESS, which is next on my list.

    5) HIGH QUALITY VAPORIZATION PROCESS. To you and I and everyone else there may be slight differences in vaporization quality. To me it is mostly about a smooth and tasty experience with high potency and as less of a harsh experience. I’ve heard of vapor being too hot and burning ones lips as well as mouth and throat, and I would rather avoid that. Is that a flaw in certain vaporizer defects or certain products? I have also seen the comments of burnt popcorn taste and would like to avoid that as well. Also, being able to choose the type of vapor temperatures and the temperatures actually being accurate is a definite interest in this category. To me, being able to choose between lower upbeat temperatures and higher temperatures for more of a late night tie down session is something that is very important to me. Because than I don’t have to worry about getting too heavy without knowing what I want to do. Also in this category, the material effectiveness is very important, because I basically want to get the most out of the herb that I use in each session! As far as the grind consistencies, just let me know what you would recommend for the particular options we choose and we can go from there.

    6) DISCRETION. More so for the portable but CAN be a factor for he non portable if I bring it with me. For the portable option it would be more towards having the least odors as possible based on the product as well as the best upkeep methods to rid odor when in dire need. For the portable also, the design would definitely play a role as far as discretion is concerned. But I will not sacrifice VAPOR QUALITY for DISCRETION if it is something that would still work well for a nook in my vehicle, stored there for convenience when I’m out of the house. For the non-portable, DISCRETION would mainly be for when I am at an unfamiliar place that can more so be stored if necessary. For the non-portable the odor will also be a factor when at an unfamiliar place.

    7) GROUP SESSIONS. I will have a buddy of mine that will partake in sessions as well, on occasion and sometimes maybe even a small group of people so I want the non portable to be excellent in this category and fit as best to my requirements as possible. For the portable, I would say a larger portable that also fits as best to my requirements as possible.

    I really appreciate you taking the time to help me and I am obviously very interested in this. Once you have helped me through my buying decision and I have made up my ultimate decision with your educated help, you will have done me a great service! Please give me your best tailored response to my request at your earliest convenience. Thank you so much!

    P.S. If you have to ask me questions to get closer or narrow down or eliminate options or whatever to all better suit me, just feel free to let me know.

    -Sebastian

  23. matthew
    March 19, 2015 at 11:16 am

    MV is better then any Storz & Bickel product and the Herbalizer but it is annoying to use at first. i wouldnt even consider the MV a portable but one of the positives is the whole vape has a patent on all its parts. the MV is also a “Certified product safety” it was tested and approved by the same people who tested the volcano.

  24. mhip
    March 18, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    I’m 99% on pre-ordering one since I have a vacation coming up next month.
    I liked using the original, sooooo:
    25% smaller, 30% more battery, deeper chamber, no pop-up mouth piece (they give you one if you’re still committed to that design).
    I’m also interested in the new “algorithm” tech they talk about. Apparently the lip sensing tech also somehow constantly adjusts the heat during your draw.

  25. WA state of mind
    March 18, 2015 at 11:55 am

    My sincerest gratitude for your insightful and helpful product reviews. I have one tip and one thought for conversation; using a mortar and pestle works extremely well when compared to conventional grinders, especially if the herb is a bit moist (as it may be in high humidity sections of the world). Keeping the Pax clean is the key to success so I wonder why all cleaning videos use shiny new devices? My oven is two years old and is solid black and when I clean my device (which is every two-three sessions) there is copious amounts of resin being removed. Furthermore, why print a screen pattern on something that is not a screen and do the majority of users understand there are tiny indentations in the edges of the screen to allow air flow? Lastly, do you test for durability? My Pax has been dropped and dented, plunged from a ski lift (great hand warmer), run over by a tractor and still keeps on ticking!

  26. March 15, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    I think it’s going to be the same as the last one with such few differences your better of saving your money by getting the first one

  27. Da Kid
    March 15, 2015 at 10:57 am

    HERBALIZER vs the quote on quote MINIVAP

    • Bud
      March 16, 2015 at 11:02 am

      U GOT IT

  28. Ashley
    March 15, 2015 at 2:37 am

    I think you should do the minivap review. I’m really interested in hearing what you have to say about it. I can picture myself switching my volcano for it

    • Bud
      March 16, 2015 at 11:02 am

      Thanx for your request!

  29. radbirdz
    March 13, 2015 at 9:16 am

    I just picked up the Pax after the priced dropped and really am digging it. Top drawbacks for me is the big herb chamber (I’m doing the screen on top method that seems to work pretty well), and the charging base is incredibly cheap for a $200 unit. I expected something more substantial. I also don’t care for the spring mechanism that moves the mouthpiece up and down. I understand there’s a “trick” to getting it to work each time, but again, for $200 there shouldn’t have to be any tricks to make something work properly. My last vape was a DaVinci, so this Pax is a gigantic step from that.

    • Bud
      March 13, 2015 at 10:38 am

      Hey thanks for posting your thoughts, I totally feel you about needing tricks to make a vape work good, but you’re right that it’s a big improvement over the DaVinci!

  30. Bigmouth
    March 12, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    PS: Like others, I’m really curious for your review of the Pax 2!

    • Bud
      March 13, 2015 at 10:37 am

      Awesome stay tuned!

  31. mike
    March 12, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    have you yet to try the minivape or roor vaporizers if not the verdamper???

    • Bud
      March 13, 2015 at 10:37 am

      Not yet but I will soon!!

  32. mike
    March 12, 2015 at 7:54 am

    can you review the minivap and compare it to the mighty next??? or the verdamper to the volcano please & thankz???

    • Bud
      March 12, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      I’m strongly considering that one thanks for your request!

      • Bigmouth
        March 12, 2015 at 9:25 pm

        If you test the MiniVAP, make sure you test a teflon-core model. The new glass-core models give bigger clouds, but the taste on the teflon-core models is vastly superior imo. And the taste is what really differentiates the MiniVAP from any other I’ve ever tried.

        • Bud
          March 13, 2015 at 10:37 am

          Cool thanks for the tip bro!

  33. Kevin
    March 11, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    I dig the magnetic charging, but the charge time of 2-3 hours isn’t great.

    • Bud
      March 11, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      I totally feel ya

  34. Euro Dude
    March 11, 2015 at 6:17 am

    Dang… I hope they are clearing this one for sale in the EU. I had to go to hell and back getting the Pax shipped to Europe last year, not to mention that an already expensive vape got even more expensive(ere(st)). And it was actually your fault, Bud! After your review I just had to sell a kidney to buy it. I really hope I don’t need to sell the last good kidney I have left!!

    • Bud
      March 11, 2015 at 9:43 am

      LOL sorry man!! I really hope they make this one available outside US too

  35. Vik
    March 11, 2015 at 3:14 am

    I wonder if the lip sensing technology prevents the user from getting hot, almost burnt lips – please mention any improvement there in your review :)

    • Bud
      March 11, 2015 at 9:42 am

      Absolutely, I’m wondering what that means also

  36. Quibs
    March 10, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    Heard of the Elevape? Draw-activated smart-vape! Would love to get your opinion on it

    • Bud
      March 11, 2015 at 9:42 am

      It looks a little funky but I’ll def look into it thx!

      • Dan
        March 11, 2015 at 10:54 pm

        Would love your opinion on the elevape, it’s the first vape that has zero heat up time !!! Looks weird but apparently vaped good. Instant vape!

  37. Dad Hominem
    March 10, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    I hope the new Pax is not as difficult to draw from as the original. But then, nothing (so far) beats my Crafty.

    Looking forward to the review of the new Pax.

    • Bud
      March 11, 2015 at 9:41 am

      Me too, and oh man is that Crafty a beast :)

  38. wayne
    March 10, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Can’t wait to check it out. Love the original. I just hope this one doesn’t need as much maintenance. I read no more lube that would be awesome. The longer charge time kinda sucks but we get longer battery life. Just have to wait and see.

    • Bud
      March 11, 2015 at 9:40 am

      Agreed!

  39. Em
    March 10, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Have you thought about reviewing the Alfa vape by goboof?

    • Bud
      March 11, 2015 at 9:40 am

      Yes I have one now and should be posting my review very soon, thx for askin!

  40. Laurel Rose
    March 10, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    The new oven is 9% smaller, despite being deeper. I kind of wish it was smaller still, since it’s a conduction vape and I don’t like splitting a full oven into two sessions if I don’t have a screen (or cotton) handy. Can’t wait to hear how it improved on the OG Pax. Unless it’s absolutely worth the upgrade I’ll stick with my Pax until the battery doesn’t hold a charge.

    • Bud
      March 11, 2015 at 9:39 am

      Yes I was mistaken thanks for keeping me in check! Sometimes I wish it was a little smaller also, but hmm 9% smaller doesn’t sound too bad maybe it’ll be just right ;)

  41. Paul
    March 10, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    As usual, you’ve got the territory well covered. I just received a message from the company today informing me of the release of version 2. Keep up the good work, Bud! I’ll be looking for your review.

    • Bud
      March 11, 2015 at 9:38 am

      Thanks you da man!

  42. daniel
    March 10, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    A minor correction. Some people have pointed out that while the new herb chamber is deeper, it is in fact SMALLER by 9% than the original Pax. Battery life is improve by 30% which is probably the result of the longer charge time on top of them probably reducing how fast the unit charges each time to give better longevity to the unit so it gets sent in for warranty repairs less often due to a dead battery. Batteries that charge fast have less lifespan at these sizes than charging evenly and slowly. Can’t wait for your review on this unit!

    • Bud
      March 11, 2015 at 9:37 am

      Oh snap I didn’t catch that! Thanks for letting me know man

  43. janet
    March 10, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Thanks Bud. I can always count on you!

  44. TheBro
    March 10, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Are you by chance reviewing the Grasshopper anytime soon?! I’m very excited to see your opinion on it as thattl be the deal breaker or maker on it!

    • Bud
      March 10, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      Absolutely but it looks like it won’t be shipping for a few months, I’ll definitely check it out though thanks for askin!

      • Tom
        March 10, 2015 at 7:17 pm

        Hi. I’m one of the optimistic guys who pre-ordered it, and I was told that it will be shipped in April. Very excited to see if it’s everything they have promised!

        • Bud
          March 11, 2015 at 9:40 am

          Haha you got an itchy trigger finger!

    • steve
      March 10, 2015 at 8:33 pm

      I ordered one also and am wondering if I wasted my money two years ago. Still waiting to receive

  45. STEVE DUDZINSKI
    March 10, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Thanks for the scoop on the PAX 2, anxious to see what you think of it.

    • Bud
      March 10, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      Me toooo

  46. Dankbuddha
    March 10, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Meh

    • Bud
      March 10, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      lol

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