Keeping your PAX Vaporizer clean is important if you want it to always operate at peak performance.
Cleaning it may not be a straightforward process for some, so I made the video below to help you out by showing how I do it.
Update: For the PAX 2 and the PAX 3 the oven cleaning steps are the same as the original Pax shown in my video. The newer models don’t have the retractable mouthpiece so you can ignore that section of the tutorial.
Here’s the tutorial:
In the above video I show the whole cleaning process I go through and also how to apply the mouthpiece lubricant they now provide.
This lubricant is important because it helps eliminate the common issues people run into with this vape, myself included.
This includes the “temp light” issue, where the vape will randomly disengage the heater and show that your mouthpiece is disconnected (by changing colors), and the sticking mouthpiece issue, where it becomes stuck in the closed position because of built-up and hardened residue inside.
Here’s what you’re going to need to do this. You’re going to need a packet of the mouthpiece lubricant. You’re going to need a little bit of rubbing alcohol. The one I’m using here is this one, a 91%. One of these things is also pretty useful for cleaning the Pax. This is an inter-dental brush, and these you can pick up at your local drugstore or supermarket. This is just the package that I bought as an example, alright? You’ll see I also have two Q-Tips here. I have a pipe cleaner, and then I also have a straw off a spray can of WD-40, and I’ll explain what you do with this in a couple minutes.
There are two main areas of the Pax that need to be cleaned and maintained. The first area is up around the mouthpiece connections, inside here. The second area is down where the oven is. First, we’ll do the top here. First, you’ll turn it on which pops out the mouthpiece. Pull the mouthpiece off and set it down. First, what I usually do is grab my little interdental brush here. I’m going to put a little bit of rubbing alcohol on it, but not too much. If it’s dripping off, just give it a little dab to get the excess off on a paper towel. The main reason you need a tiny brush like this is to get around the tubing right there.
That’s the actual vapor path that comes up from the oven on the bottom. You’ll see that around it is a little tiny space that is too small to get a Q-Tip in, so that’s why I use one of these things. It works really well. I’m just going to go in and around the tubing. What you’re trying to do is get any residue off that might have built up on these connections in here. When build up happens on these connections, it could cause the vaporizer to act a little weird, so we’re just going to scrub it a little bit to get it all off. There’s not going to be a lot of residue, but just a little bit. It could cause some issues, so let’s get it out.
All right, then if you want to, you could dip it again and dab off. I also use this piece to get in the little hole at the top of the mouthpiece here. It works pretty well to get in there. You could also use this to get in this piece up here, like underneath this piece as it rocks back and forth. See that? You could use this to get in there. All right, so now I’ll just set that down and to the side.
Now what I’ll do is I’ll take my pipe cleaner, and I’m just going to moisten the end of it with the alcohol. Again, you really don’t want it dripping, so I’m going to dab off the excess there. I’m going to take my mouthpiece again, and I’m going to get inside this piece like that. I’ll get the bottom here also and maybe the outside a little bit. All right, I’m just going to set the pipe cleaner down to the side for a second, and I’m going to grab one of my Q-Tips. I’m going to get some alcohol on it, dab it off, and then get all up here. All right, and you could also use like a wipe or a paper towel to get on the outside here, but I’ll just use this for here. I’ll get around there. All right, and I’m going to wipe the mouthpiece off and dry it.
All right, so now the mouthpiece is pretty much clean. Now what I’m going to do is grab my pipe cleaner again, and this time I’m going to moisten more of it, and this might actually be easier using the bottle, so I’m going to dip this in the bottle.
All right, so, before I get started on that part, what I’m going to do is just take off the bottom oven cover, which is just held on by a magnet, so you just pull it off. Then I’m going to come back to the top here, and I’m going to stick the pip cleaner dipped in rubbing alcohol, again not dripping, just damp, down the center of the vapor path there. Normally, just putting the pipe cleaner down here, this is how you’re supposed to normally pop out the screen on the bottom. You’ll see that my screen actually did pop out this time. I got lucky. Now, sometimes the screen won’t pop out just from using the pipe cleaner. Sometimes the pipe cleaner doesn’t provide enough force to actually push it out, you know, because sometimes the residue will make the screen stick in there.
That’s why I also have one of these things handy, and this is just a rigid piece of plastic. Like a mentioned, I got this off a spray can. This actually fits perfectly down the vapor path. Sometimes I use this to pop out my screen if the screen is being a little finicky and doesn’t want to come out just from the pipe cleaner. This time I didn’t need it, so that’s cool. You’ll see that I went down the top, and I scrubbed a little bit, not too long. I’ll go in from the bottom now, too. I’ll just scrub a little bit. You’ll see that my oven itself is looking a little messy, too. I’m just going to bend my pipe cleaner now, dip it again, and see if I can scrub some of this out.
It’s not really important to go crazy with this. You’re never really going to get it looking like new again. It’s just important to get out any globs of residue or any big clumps of buildup. If there’s just discoloration inside the oven or on the screen, that’s no big deal. That’s not going to affect performance. You don’t have to worry about it. I’ve had my Pax for a while now, so my oven’s pretty broken in, you could say. You could see me scrubbing, and not much of that’s going to come off, so I kind of have just a discoloration going on in here, but again, it doesn’t really effect performance, so it’s not a big deal. You could also use the Q-Tip in here. If you wanted to, you could dip the Q-Tip, scrub it a little more. Okay, Q-
Tip to the side.
Now we have the little screen piece here which actually isn’t a screen at all. If you’re familiar with the Pax you know what I’m talking about. It’s actually just a solid metal plate. There are no holes in it, so that’s why this part kind of builds up some residue, too. You could take your other Q-Tip, you could dip it. This part also like I mentioned is not going to get sparkling new again most of the time, but it doesn’t really matter. You could just get it the best you can. You’ll see mine. Mine is stained. I have some extra screens, too. You can buy replacement screens if you wanted to. If you wanted it to look new again, you could always just pop in a new one. Since this isn’t negatively affecting the performance at all, I’m just going to ride it out and keep using this one. Even though it might look a little ugly, it doesn’t really matter. I’ll just wait, and I’ll dry this off a little bit.
Now, the actual lid to the oven, or the cover, this part will sometimes have buildup on it also. Mine is pretty clean right now because I did clean my Pax recently, but what you would do is just dampen your Q-Tip again with rubbing alcohol, and you could just rub this part to get it clean, and then dry it off, alright.
At this point you’re pretty much done cleaning it, and now the only thing left to do is apply the mouthpiece lubricant. This is normally what the packet looks like that they provide. I’m just going to put this one to the side because I have another one that I’ve already opened. You don’t need a lot of this stuff. You only need a tiny bit, so this one packet should last you a long time.
What I do is I take my inter-dental brush that I used before to clean, and just make sure it’s fully dry now. Then I’ll take my packet of lubricant, and you only need to drop one or two drops onto the brush. That’s all you need. This might actually be too much, so if you put on too much, it’s no big deal. You could just dab a little off. Then I take my mouthpiece, and you’re going to give it one little swish on the inside here, a little bit on the bottom, and then a little bit on this piece up here, a little bit on the outside, alright? And that’s pretty much it. You’ll just take your mouthpiece, and you’ll stick it back in here, like that, and you could push it up and down a few times just to get the lubricant all over the other piece on the inside. Then you’re pretty much ready to go.
The Pax is clean, it’s lubed up, and it’s ready to rock and roll. Obviously, put your oven cover back on before using it. That’s the whole story. If you have any questions about how to do this, feel free to let me know. This did resolve any issues for me. I did have the temp light issue sometimes with my Pax. Up until recently people avoided that by just cleaning their Pax’s often. I used to recommend cleaning it after every 3-4 sessions or so, but using this new lubricant now, the last time I cleaned my Pax and I used it, I did a test, and I was able to get 12 full sessions without having to clean the Pax or anything, and I didn’t run into any issues. I used it 12 times for about 10-15 minutes each time, and everything worked perfectly. I didn’t get the temp light issue, and my mouthpiece didn’t stick. This seems to work really well. This seems to be a real, legitimate solution. The mouthpiece lubricant is safe to use. It’s a food grade, water soluble lubricant. You don’t have to worry about this being toxic or anything. That’s about it. Thanks for watching, and stay up.
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