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PAX 3 Review
The PAX 3 is the latest in the famous line from PAX (formerly known as Ploom). While the world was enjoying the charm of the original PAX and PAX 2, their engineers were in the lab improving on a design that was critically acclaimed already. The result is a device that is head and shoulders above many similarly priced portable vaporizers on the market today. As with any good sequel, it keeps the aspects from the original that everyone loves. However, several design tweaks will satisfy new and old fans, alike.
Third Time’s the Charm
If you know anything about portable vaporizers, you know about the PAX and PAX 2. The third iteration has all the best aspects of its predecessors. The already popular design is mostly unchanged; its sleek, uniform outer shell still inspires awe in all those that see it. With a smooth, metallic chassis, this vaporizer looks like something that would come out of Silicon Valley. It is no accident, the founders of the company are Stanford trained engineers that have brought their exceptional skills to this new device. Those who prize simplicity and ease-of-use will be right at home with its minimalist ethos. All the great features added over the years are still included, like:
- Lip-sensing Heat Up Technology
- Silent Operation
- Easy-to-clean Inner Components
- High-Quality Vapor
- Haptic Feedback
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However, for all of the things that the PAX 2 got right, the elite designers in their research department have decided to improve upon some of those aspects for the PAX 3. The first difference you might notice is the new exterior materials. The PAX 2 had a great brushed aluminum design that was durable and beautiful. The PAX 3 took the “premium” feel of the aluminum and upped the ante. Now the outside has a smooth, shiny finish that reflects light brilliantly.
Long-time users will notice the apparent technical improvement immediately: the heat up time has improved dramatically. The PAX 3 can reach vaporization heat levels in 15-20 seconds. Not only is that a 3x performance increase over the PAX 2, but it is also an advantage over many comparable vaporizers.
Dual-Use Functionality with the PAX 3
If there was one complaint you could have about the PAX 2, it was that it only could vaporize dry herbs. In recent times, however, portable vaporizers have started to include the option to use oils and waxes, and the PAX 3 is at the head of the pack. Included in the base package is an oil/wax insert that gives you the option of using something other than dry herbs right off the shelf.
The Next Step in Vaporizer Technology with the PAX 3
Along with the design improvements, comes new technology in the form of an app that can download into your favorite smartphone. This app provides more heating “profiles” that can be used to customize the experience further. More than just temperature levels, these profiles are mostly programs that change the heat based on professional algorithms. These include:
- Boost Mode – This mode keeps the oven hot and avoids cooling between hits.
- Efficiency Mode – A gradually increasing heat profile that vaporize your herbs efficiently.
- Stealth Mode – A more cooling mode that eliminates much of the smell in an emitted vapor.
- Flavor Mode – This mode removes all heating done when the air is not being drawn through the device. It improves the quality of the flavor.
If all of that wasn’t enough, PAX also included a special oven cover that allows a user to fill the container only partially. In theory, this will enable a user to use less material over some time.