PAX 2 Review: Everything You Need to Know
Elegant and discreet, the high-performance PAX 2 personal vaporizer is the go-to loose-leaf vaporizer for many consumers. Smart construction, multiple temperature settings, fast heat-up times, and many more new and improved features make for a pleasant, smooth, and flavorful experience from beginning to end.
Before you pick up your personal vaporizer, it’s important to understand exactly how it works and how you can achieve the optimal experience. This review details everything you need to know to jump-start your personal vaporization experience.
1. Smart, Discreet Design — Inside and Out
Smaller than a candy bar and lighter than a deck of cards, PAX 2 is 25% smaller than its predecessor, the PAX 1. Its small size (approximately 4” long and 1.2” wide) easily slips into a pocket or purse, making it a celebrated fan favorite.
Another point of pride for PAX 2 owners is that the portable vaporizer is strategically designed to create as much space as possible between the oven and the mouthpiece without increasing device size. An isolated vapor path, constructed of surgical-grade stainless steel, delivers vapor from the oven to the mouthpiece. Users regularly report the quick delivery, smooth draws, and good taste associated with the PAX 2.
PAX 2’s stainless steel oven is deeper and not as wide as previous iterations of the conduction vaporizer. These modifications are designed to extend the life of materials by evenly distributing the heat throughout the conduction oven.
The four-petal LED indicator light directly below the mouthpiece displays your PAX 2’s status at a quick glance. Purple petals indicate a heating oven, while green indicates the vaporizer is ready to use. Temperature changes are indicated by shades of yellow, orange, and red. Give the device a quick shake to check battery life.
PAX 2’s durable outer exterior is as functional as it is stylish. The tough-as-nails anodized aluminum protects the device from scratches, dings, and bumps. Plus, this material evenly distributes the heat from the oven, so your personal vaporizer is not hot to the touch. Instead, the vaporizer is pleasantly warm while in use. The sleek transverse-brushed finish adds an elegant, attractive flair without sticking out or calling attention to itself. Available colors are charcoal (black) and platinum (silver), with limited-edition colors including a fiery red called flare and a shade of light blue named topaz.
2. PAX 2 Puts Material Conservation First
Don’t worry about materials overcooking if you put down your PAX 2 while in the midst of a session. Thanks to its lip sensor technology, the device “knows” when you’re no longer using it and automatically lowers the oven temperature to preserve its contents. The device also detects when you have not drawn from the personal vaporizer. At that point, the temperature drops slightly, by approximately 9°F for every 20 seconds of inactivity. When you’re ready to continue, simply bring the mouthpiece to your lips, and the oven will jump right back up to the temperature you set.
3. It Heats Up in Under 1 Minute
No more waiting! PAX 2 takes approximately 45 seconds to reach 400°F. Lower temperature settings take less time, while higher temperature settings take more time. The “petals” on the LED indicator light will turn purple while heating up. The petals will change to green when the personal vaporizer is ready.
The Pax 2 has four predetermined temperature settings:
- 360°F (180°C)
- 380°F (193°C)
- 400°F (204°C)
- 420°F (215°C)
For PAX owners, there is a setting for every preference. You can choose a setting based on the type of experience you’d like to have. Generally, lower temperatures help preserve flavor by not burning through your material as quickly, while higher temperatures produce larger vapor clouds. A lower temperature may be best for those wanting more discretion, as it cuts down on the smell and vapor cloud size. Certain terpene profiles in the cannabis plant are activated at certain temperatures, too, so you may wish to set your PAX 2 to the temperature necessary to achieve desired flavor or effect. Cycle through the four heat settings by pressing on the power button tucked away underneath the mouthpiece.
4. PAX 2 is Intuitive and Enjoyable to Use
PAX 2 owners highlight the good flavors, smooth vapor, and different-sized clouds depending on temperature. To enjoy, pack your finely-ground material into the oven, place the oven lid, power on to heat up. Simply raise the mouthpiece to your lips and inhale after the device has finished heating and the LED light indicator turns green. The temperature changes dynamically depending on how you use it – whether you take strong pulls or gentle “sips” from the device. The monitored temperature is based on the temperature of the material itself, not of the oven, ensuring a more consistent draw.
Device owners often praise the simplicity with which the PAX 2 cycles through temperature settings. The one-button design operates the entire vape from powering on/off to changing temperatures. It’s well-hidden, too, concealed underneath the mouthpiece. Just push down on the mouthpiece according to instructions.
5. The Long-Lasting Battery Powers Several Sessions
The PAX 2’s lithium-ion battery can support several sessions on a single charge. The battery life lasts around 30 percent longer than the PAX 1, carrying six to eight sessions on a single charge. When it’s time to recharge your device, place the device on the cradle at the end of the USB charger. A magnetic connection holds the vaporizer in place while charging. Charging the PAX 2 takes approximately 2 hours.
6. Everything You Need Comes in the Box
Each PAX 2 includes the following accessories:
- Elevated mouthpiece and flat mouthpiece: Both constructed of food-grade silicone, the flat mouthpiece lays flush with the device, while the elevated mouthpiece has a raised lip. The interchangeable mouthpieces can be switched out in just a few seconds.
- Maintenance kit: Items for cleaning PAX 2 are included in the maintenance kit. A set of 10 pipe cleaners and a wire brush are both ideal for clearing the stainless steel vapor path of any debris causing draw resistance.
- USB charger and charging dock: The device charger can be connected to any USB port, whether on a computer, wall plate, charging station, or USB wall charger.
Many other companion accessories are available on the PAX website, including:
- Half-pack oven lid: This decreases the amount of space in the PAX oven by 50 percent, ideal for shorter sessions.
- Mini charger: Opt for the smaller version of the charging dock if you want to take your power with you on the go.
- Colorful flat mouthpieces: Adding a little color to your PAX 2 is easy with a silicone flat mouthpiece in a bright pop of color.
- Multi-tool: Constructed of food-grade materials, the multi-tool can help you pack and empty the contents of the vaporizer oven.
7. Simplified Care and Maintenance
Each PAX 2 purchase automatically comes with a limited 2-year warranty which protects your purchase in the event of defects in materials and workmanship.
It is recommended to clean the device thoroughly every few uses. This optimizes the material flavor and minimizes draw resistance. To clean the vapor path, remove the oven lid, oven screen, and mouthpiece, then floss the included pipe cleaners and/or wire brush through the vapor path. Device owners often report that cleaning is an easy and straightforward process that results in superior sessions after a fresh clean-up.
The oven lid and oven can be cleaned with isopropyl alcohol and a cotton swab. Dip the swab in the alcohol and run it along inside the oven and oven lid. Do not submerge PAX 2 or the PAX 2 oven lid into rubbing alcohol, water, or any other liquid. Allow all parts to fully dry before reassembling PAX 2.
The PAX 2 retails for $149.99. For more information, visit PAX website.