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PAX 3 vs Mighty: Vaporizers Comparison

Gabi Antunes

Sep 1, 2019

Selecting a portable vaporizer means understanding the ins and outs of each model. Different consumers have different preferences: some buy based on factors like aesthetic or price, while others are more interested in aspects of performance like draw resistance, vapor production, and heat settings. Whatever your preference, comparing leading portable vaporizers is an important part of the buying journey. This comparison puts the PAX 3 and the Mighty by Storz and Bickel side by side to help you determine which is best for you.

The PAX 3 and Mighty Consumer Experience:

1. PAX 3 Vs. Mighty: What Comes In the Box

PAX 3 has two selling options: the device-only kit and the complete kit. The device-only kit comes with a USB charger, two mouthpieces, and a maintenance kit with pipe cleaners and a wire brush for cleaning. The complete kit includes the accessories necessary to use concentrates, including a half-pack oven lid, a concentrate insert, a multi-tool for packing and unpacking the oven, and three oven screens.

The Mighty only has one shopping option, which includes all the accessories necessary to use both concentrates and dry herb with the portable vaporizer. The Mighty includes a 110V power adapter, an herb mill and filling aid, a dosing capsule, a drip pad, set of spare seal rings, three spare screens, and a cleaning brush.

2. Aesthetic, Size, and Discretion

PAX’s third generation of portable vaporizers arrives with the same dimensions as the PAX 2, standing at 4” tall and 1.25” wide with a weight just over 3 ounces, but with the capability to heat both dry herb material as well as concentrates. The sleek, minimalist design fits comfortably in a consumer’s bag and can easily fit into a pocket or bag. Its signature LED display and a polished matte finish add additional beauty as well as functionality: the display acts as an indicator for all things PAX, while the anodized aluminum shell distributes oven heat for a warm-to-the-touch experience.

The Mighty is most identifiable by its series of ridges, rectangular design, and a straw-like mouthpiece that lays flush with the device when not in use. It’s a larger portable vaporizer at 5.5” tall and 3.25” wide, making it harder to conceal, and it weighs in at around 8 ounces. It features a prominent LED display that indicates temperature and battery life.

3. Heating and Temperature Settings

Aesthetic is an important element, but it’s functionality that really matters when choosing a vape. Let’s see how the PAX 3 and Mighty stack up against one another. The Mighty utilizes both a convection and conduction heating process for vaping dry herb material. The oven, which holds approximately .2 grams, is fully heated between 1 to 2 minutes’ time, depending on the selected temperature setting. As battery power declines the oven may take longer to heat.

The Mighty personal vaporizer supports a massive temperature range of 104 degrees to 410 degrees Fahrenheit (displayed in Celsius on the device’s external LED indicator). Up and down arrows on the side adjust the temperature in 1-degree increments, giving consumers total control over temperature range. The device automatically shuts off after 2 minutes of inactivity, preserving the material inside the oven.

PAX 3’s lightning-fast heating time brings the oven to temperature in approximately 22 seconds, depending on the selected temperature setting. The temperature ranges from 360 degrees to 420 degrees Fahrenheit. The oven measures ⅞” and allows for about 0.35 grams of material, though the complete kit also comes with a half-pack oven lid that allows for less material for shorter sessions. The variety of temperature, flavor, and draw settings allows consumers to tailor their experience down to the detail, including temperature adjustment in 1-degree increments and five unique dynamic modes to support a specific vaporization experience. Using lip sensing technology, the PAX 3 oven gradually increases heat when the device is brought to your mouth, conserving unused material in the oven.

4. Vapor Experience

The PAX 3 delivers a flavorful experience. The devices’s vapor quality offer maximum discretion with light clouds and minimal odor. Consumers can install the included flat mouthpiece for total discretion, or use the elevated lip version for a more substantive mouthpiece. Customization and personalization of your sessions is central to the PAX experience.

PAX 3’s extra-durable anodized aluminum shell evenly distributes heat throughout the device, keeping it pleasantly warm to the touch. The oven’s strategic placement on the opposite end of the mouthpiece gives the vapor time to cool while it travels through the vapor path. This vapor path, constructed or surgical-grade stainless steel, runs directly through the device for quick delivery of vapor without sacrificing flavor.

The Mighty’s design is known for producing big, dense vapor clouds, performing more like a desktop vaporizer than a portable unit. Aromatic, robust clouds offer a quality experience for those who may be interested in longer, less discrete sessions.

Material in the Mighty is heated by a combination of hot air convection heating and conduction heating. This patented system uses hot air to heat the materials. Vapor passes through a cooling unit at the top of the Mighty, bringing down the temperature of the vapor before it reaches the mouthpiece.

Both units can vaporize dry materials and concentrates.

5. Battery Life

The Mighty runs on two rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. Together, they provide up to 90 minutes of use per charge. For most consumers, that equates to between 8 and 10 sessions per charge. The Mighty can run on AC power if the batteries die.

PAX 3 boasts a similar battery life of about 90 minutes of usage, or 8 to 10 sessions per charge. The PAX 3 also has built-in automatic standby modes which render the device inactive around 20 to 30 seconds after no contact has been detected on the mouthpiece. For those that tend to leave material in the oven, the Motion Standby features the temperature drops past vaporization levels to keep your materials as fresh as possible, if motion is not detected after 30 seconds and shut off completely after 30 minutes. This feature is especially useful for consumers who want to preserve materials and reduce wastefulness, while also having their vaporizer ready to use at a moment’s notice.

6. Mobile Application

The Mighty’s features are fully accessible directly on the device, but there is no companion mobile application.

The Bluetooth-enabled PAX 3 has a companion mobile app for Apple and Android devices, which consumers can use to adjust temperature down to the exact degree desired. The PAX mobile application can also be used to customize session experience with the device’s 5 dynamic mode profiles (also accessible through the PAX 3’s sole button), LED indicator light color themes, security features, and access firmware upgrades.

7. Care and Maintenance

To keep your unit working optimally, it is important to provide regular care and maintenance. A vaporizer runs at its best when it is clean. The Mighty comes with a few maintenance tools, like a filling aid and cleaning brush, which help to easily pack and unpack the oven. It is relatively easy to clean outside of the slim mouthpiece. The PAX 3 comes with 10 pipe cleaners and a wire brush and it’s important to use these tools for cleaning the multiple parts that keep your multi-use vaporizer working great. The PAX 3 requires cleaning after several uses, which device owners regularly report as a straightforward and easy process.