Developed by Pax, the Pax 2 is the latest member of Pax’s flagship line of vaporizers. Sleek, sexy, and boasting great tasting vapor, the original Pax proved to be wildly popular (celebrities such as Childish Gambino have been known to be Pax fans!). Not that long ago, I managed to get my hands on the new Pax 2 , and after playing around with it for about a week I’ve decided to share my thoughts on the unit here on VaporBlog!
When my Pax 2 arrived, it was packaged in a minimalist style with everything you need to get started vaping. The Pax 2’s shell is made out of anodized brushed aluminum, and I definitely get an Apple vibe in terms of aesthetics. Sleek and elegant, the Pax 2 feels quite solid in my hand and I don’t hear any loose parts when I shake it. The Pax 2 is 25% smaller (mostly lengthwise) than the original Pax and is also lighter (90 grams compared to the original’s 98 grams), making the unit highly discreet and small enough that you can easily tuck it into your pocket while you’re on the go. Finally, unlike the original Pax, there’s no mouthpiece attached (although you can optionally swap the mouthpiece with a raised one), and this eliminates the issue that the original Pax had with the mouthpiece getting gummed up and stuck after repeated use.
The Pax 2 has a thin film Kapton heater flex for the heating element, and it creates a conduction experience by heating the bowl. The oven on the Pax 2 is 9% smaller than the one on the original Pax (narrower by the looks of it), and this produces a bit of a tradeoff. On hand you have less space for your cannabis, but on the other hand I feel that the smaller size helps the device produce a more even heat without having to turn the bowl as much. To achieve the best possible vapor production, I strongly recommend using finely ground herb and fully packing the bowl.
The Pax 2 has four temperature settings ranging from 360F (182C) all the way up to 420F (215C), and this is enough to achieve a range of different effects based on vaporization temperature. Furthermore, Pax claims to have developed a new heating algorithm which dynamically changes the vaporization temperature based on how you inhale. After giving my unit an initial charge, I loaded the stainless steel bowl and turned my Pax 2 to the medium setting and waited about a minute for the device to warm up (to turn on or off your device, simply push down on the mouthpiece and then gently let go). Once the unit was ready, I began to take slow and steady draws and was quite impressed with the vapor output on such a small unit! Aside from the solid vapor production, I also feel that the Pax 2 produces great tasting flavors (especially on the lower settings) which tend to last for quite a while (possibly due to the newly developed algorithm).
In terms of battery life, I definitely noticed that the Pax 2 lasts longer than the original model. Depending on the setting you choose, you should be able to get nearly two hours of usage before needing to recharge. There’s also a built-in accelerometer which detects when the unit isn’t being used and puts the unit into standby, and I find that this is a handy battery saving feature for those times that I leave my vape on my desk! The Pax 2 comes with a magnetic charging system which both elegant and functional (no damage is caused if you happen to trip over the charging wire!). However, I did notice a few downsides to this system. Firstly, my Pax 2 took longer to charge than most other portables (about two and a half hours on average from empty), and you need to make sure that the vape rests solidly on the charger, otherwise the unit won’t charge. Secondly, I find that it isn’t as easy to charge your Pax 2 while on the go compared to a standard microUSB charging port that some vapes have. Although you can plug the charger itself into standard microUSB cables, you need to bring the charger along with you if you know you’ll be away from home for a while since the Pax 2 can only be charged magnetically.
The Pax 2 is quite easy to clean, and Ploom includes a cleaning kit alongside the unit for this very purpose. I recommend cleaning your Pax 2’s bowl, screens, and vapor path on a fairly frequent basis (at least once a week for heavy vapers) to ensure that you get the best possible vape session every time.
Overall, the Pax 2 is a sleek portable vaporizer with a solid vapor output and long lasting battery, and I definitely feel that Ploom has made several great improvements over the first generation Pax. I love taking the Pax 2 with me while I’m hiking in the summer, and I’m definitely looking forward to bringing it with me on the ski hills this winter! Moreover, the Pax 2 comes with a 10 year warranty, giving you piece of mind should anything go wrong! Once you have a Pax 2, don’t forget to check out my hidden features guide!