The PAX 2 is probably the most popular vaporizer currently on the market and for good reason too: the portability and discreteness offered by it are leading edge in the industry. Featuring a slim and elegant design, this extremely small vape can easily fit into your pocket. If you’re looking for a compact vaporizer that can be easily used in public or while travelling, this is the clear winner. A decent battery life and great ease of use also insures that the PAX 2 is a great vape for beginners. However, the vapor quality and efficiency are not stellar so if you care about a solid smoking experience than I might suggest something else, such as the FireFly 2.
The vapor quality of the PAX 2 is decent but nothing spectacular. The first couple of hits are very mellow and fresh, packed full of flavor. Then as the session continues it quickly gets bland. The nice thing is that there is never a great sense of harshness and all hits feel smooth irregardless of the length of the session. Due to the decreased consistency, I also feel as if it takes longer to cycle through your herbs with the PAX 2 when compared to other vaporizers. On one hand, it means a more mellow high that you can take your time enjoying but it also means you’re going to have to put in some more time if you want to feel a stronger effect. It’s worth noting that on the first couple of inhales you’re going to get an extremely good taste. If future versions of the PAX could somehow maintain this taste for the duration of the session, it would be the best vaporizer on the planet. Potency overall is a little lower on this vape so if you’re a heavy smoker there are better alternatives out there, such as the Crafty.
The efficiency is a little bit on the low side, for a variety of reasons. As mentioned before, the fact that it takes a little longer to cycle through your herbs can be cumbersome and time consuming which does mean I had to lower the efficiency rating a bit. Also, the PAX 2 doesn’t vaporizer all the herbs perfectly, so the ones towards the bottom of the oven tend to be a little more used. Therefore, I would recommend mixing up the herbs and putting them back in the oven. You only have to do this about once since after the second session they tend to be pretty well spent. The high you feel is technically a little bit on the lower side compared to the amount of weed you utilize as well. The temperature settings are extremely useful when trying to maximum efficiency. You should cycle from 1 to 3 on the first session, and then mix the herbs and cycle from 2-4 on the second session. To also get the best vapor quality, you have to clean the vape quite often (every 2 or 3 full charges) so keep that in mind. If you’re looking to get maximum bang for your buck, I recommend you check out my Arizer Solo review or my Arizer Air review.
Here’s a fantastic video from VapeCritic going over the Pax 2 review that I highly recommend you watch if you wish to purchase it:
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Ease of Use
Probably one of the reasons why the PAX series are so popular is the fact that they’re very easy to use. You can control everything with the push on the mouthpiece. One hold turns it one, which is indicated by the pulsing lights in the middle. You can hold the mouthpiece longer to set the temperature from which you have 4 to choose from. Once again, the lights tell you what temperature setting you’re on. The oven is located conveniently on the bottom with a magnetic lid that makes it very easy to open and shut. Just pack the oven, put back the lid, and power it on and you’re done. Cleaning and maintainability are also extremely easy. The lights overall make it very easy to see when the device is heating, low on battery, etc and are therefore make interaction extremely easy.
For a vaporizer of it’s size, the battery life is extremely good. You’re looking at an average of about 10-12 sessions of about 8 minutes each. On higher temperatures, you can get about 60 minutes of usage. Charging is relatively quick as you can get to full charge in about 3 hours or so. Though not replaceable, the battery is very capable. The 10 year warranty that comes with the PAX 2 is no joke and you can be assured that the battery usually won’t give any problems during that time. Over the years, it might hold a little less charge but apart from that there are no issues.
No PAX 2 review would be complete without talking about it’s wonderful discreteness. It has a very cool and slim design with a slick finish that honestly makes it look like a cool gadget. If you use the default mouthpiece, it is usually not at all obvious what it is. In fact I’ve had many people be surprised when I bring it up to my mouth for a hit because it doesn’t look like a vaporizer at all. If anything, you can pass it along as a recorder, portable charger, etc. Of course if people pause for closer inspection they might be a little skeptical, but there isn’t anything that really gives it away. While the oven is very easy to open and unload, it is actually not intuitive at first so people might not even recognize that there is an oven. The lights do hurt it a little in terms of discreteness but overall if you’re looking for something stealthy this is a phenomenal choice. The smell is also on the lower side and quickly disappears after you smoke.
Being very small, you can easily tuck the PAX 2 away into any normal size pocket. It usually contains the smell of any herb you put in it quite well, so I highly recommend it for public use or traveling. You don’t really need to bring anything else (apart from the herb of course) so it’s a very flexible vaporizer in that regard as well. The only small issue I have is that sometimes the oven might get pressed inside your pocket so there is a small possibility of it opening and dropping the herb. To fix this issue, I recommend carrying the PAX around with the mouthpiece on the top.
While it may be small, the PAX 2 is very sturdy and made from solid materials. I’ve personally dropped mine multiple times without any issues. Other customers who post PAX 2 reviews online also boast of the fantastic build quality. There is honestly no flaws I personally see with durability. It seems that because it’s so compact and slender, there are really not a lot of places where it can be damaged. While other vapes have glass pipes, use different materials or have glued parts that can wear down over time, there is no such issue with the PAX 2. It can easily last you many years if you take time to clean and maintain it.
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