Vaporizers & Vaping

PAX 3 vs. Crafty: Device Comparison

Gabi Antunes

Sep 3, 2019

There’s a lot to consider when shopping for a portable vaporizer, from size to ease of use. Much of your decision is driven by what you want out of the vaporization experience. You’ll need information on special features, vapor quality and production, material compatibility, and more to make a well-informed decision.

Lauded for their power and portability, PAX 3 and the Crafty are small, handheld vaporizers which are regularly cited for their quality, technology, and vapor quality. Here, we’ll dive into the similarities and differences between the PAX 3 by PAX Labs and the Crafty from Storz and Bickel.

PAX 3 vs. Crafty at a First Glance

To the untrained eye, PAX 3 looks more like a gadget from an electronics store than a portable vaporizer. Clocking in at 93 grams, 4” tall and a smidge over 1” wide, PAX 3 boasts a sleek design and a lightweight body, with no visible buttons on the outside. The matte anodized aluminum shell provides superior durability while evenly spreading heat from the oven. The outside is easy to clean with a quick wipe. An LED indicator in the shape of the four-petaled PAX logo can be found on the front of the device.

Crafty measures 4.3” tall and 2.2” wide, and is significantly heavier than PAX 3 at 135 grams. Its exterior is constructed of a ribbed food-grade and heat-resistant plastic, giving the portable vaporizer a more industrial look and feel. A single power button toward the base accesses many of Crafty’s features, including basic on/off operation and changing between the two predetermined temperature settings. The LED indicator near the power button communicates battery level, temperature setting, and other important information about the vaporizer. The straw-style mouthpiece flips up when it’s time to inhale and folds down when the session is done.

How PAX 3 and Crafty Work

PAX 3 is a pure conduction heating portable vaporizer. The material inside heats on contact with the stainless steel oven, located at the very bottom of the device. PAX 3’s oven holds approximately .35 grams of finely-ground dry herb material. For those who want smaller sessions, a half-pack oven lid reduces the oven capacity by 50 percent. Place the special insert inside the oven to use PAX 3 with concentrates. This insert is available with the PAX 3 complete kit or on the PAX website.

A mouthpiece made of food-grade silicone can be found at the opposite end of the PAX 3’s oven. Each PAX 3 comes with two mouthpieces — a raised version and a flat version — which can be easily changed out at your convenience.

The Crafty is a convection vapor model, in which hot air passes over the material in the oven and then makes its way to the mouthpiece for inhalation. The oven holds approximately .2 grams of dry herb material. Consuming concentrates requires the use of a stainless steel mesh liquid pad. This pad converts the convection vaporizer into a conduction vaporizer, so the concentrate heats on contact.

Heat-up Times and Temperature Settings

PAX 3 heats in as little as 22 seconds, while Crafty takes between 1 and 3 minutes to heat. Both devices vibrate upon reaching the desired temperature.

Both PAX 3 and Crafty are Bluetooth® enabled. Through their respective mobile applications, the temperature can be fine-tuned in one-degree increments. PAX 3 has a temperature range of 360°F to 420°F, while Crafty supports temperatures between 104°F and 410°F.

PAX 3 has four preset temperatures which can be accessed without using the app: 360°F, 380°F, 400°F, and 420°F. A fifth custom temperature setting can be set on the app and accessed by pressing down on the mouthpiece. By comparison, Crafty users can only choose between two temperatures without the app: 356°F and 383°F.

The Vapor Experience

While vapor production and flavor varies greatly depending on temperature, PAX 3 and Crafty both produce dense clouds and flavorful vapor.
With the PAX 3, vapor travels up the isolated stainless steel pathway, which runs from the oven at the bottom to the mouthpiece at the top. The vapor cools down as it travels up the pathway. Crafty has a separate cooling unit attached to the top of the device, between the oven and the mouthpiece, which lowers vapor temperature before inhalation.

In addition to its precise temperature control, PAX 3 supports five dynamic modes which help consumers fine-tune the exact vaporization experience they wish to have. These modes include settings to boost vapor production, preserve oven material, maximize flavor, and reduce smells. This makes PAX 3 a great choice for consumers who wish for a discreet experience.

App Features

Built with Bluetooth connectivity, PAX 3 and Crafty can both be controlled with a companion app. The PAX Mobile application supports precise temperature control, LED light customization, a lock/unlocking safety feature to prevent unauthorized use, firmware updates, and dynamic modes. The Crafty app supports remote on/off, adjustment of automatic shutdown, alert tone customization, and a Crafty locator.

Charging and Battery Life

Both PAX 3 and Crafty have an internal, built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery. Each unit comes with a USB cable for easy recharging. PAX 3 sits on a magnetic charging dock to charge, while Crafty comes with an adapter so the vaporizer can be charged via USB or by connecting to an AC wall outlet. PAX 3 recharges fully from empty in 90 minutes, while Crafty takes approximately 2 hours to recharge. PAX 3’s battery lasts for approximately 90 minutes of continuous use, while Crafty’s battery lasts for around 45 minutes of continuous use per charge.