Today I’ll be reviewing the PAX2 by Ploom. Perhaps you’ve heard of it, it’s the successor to the wildly popular PAX. The PAX and PAX 2 have often been referred to as the iPhone of vapes due to its ease of use and abundance of features. Now the main question remains. Is it really worth upgrading over the PAX1(original) and is it the best upgrade choice? Check out all our portable vaporizer reviews. If being discreet, isn’t a huge concern you may want to consider the firefly 2 as well.
Initial Thoughts of the Pax 2 Vaporizer
When I opened the box I was amazed by the simplicity of the packaging. It kind of reminds you of the packaging you get when you open a new smartphone. You slide the box out from its cover, open the flip top, and this beautiful small metal piece of machinery is staring at you. Upon removing the vaporizer you’ll see 2 boxes. There’s one box containing a magnetic charging base, and another containing a cleaning kit with isopropyl alcohol, special pipe cleaners, and a second different mouthpiece.
I was very surprised by just how small this is. It’s roughly 4 inches tall and weighs a little over 90g. It’s made of the same type of aluminum my cell phone is made out of and just feels like a high quality product. I was disappointed by the fact that there’s no user manual in the box, but that seems like a trend that’s not likely to change. There is a pretty extensive video user guide on their website; www.paxvapor.com.
Charging your PAX is very simple. It comes with a USB powered magnetic charging base that it says to plug into your computer. I got away with plugging it into a standard cellphone charger without any issues. It sits nicely on the base and takes a little over 2 hours to go from dead to a full charge. I’m very impressed with the battery life on this unit. I never fully drained it, and an hour of use would leave it at half charge at worst.
I had a little bit of an issue packing the PAX2, as I have fat fingers and the oven chamber is kind of recessed. It’s got a deeper and slightly smaller oven than the PAX1. It says to tightly pack the chamber, and tightly packed it fits about .25g of finely ground herb. However, the vapor quality is much improved leaving it a little looser. I found .2g to be about the perfect amount for a clean vape and comfortable draw. The bottom oven door is just held on by a magnet, and I thought this might cause issues, but after using it I was impressed with just how securely it fits.
Vaping with the Pax 2
After firing it up, it takes about 50 seconds to get to the lowest temperature setting, which I’ve read is 370 degrees. It has 3 additional temperature settings, with 410 degrees being the highest. These are accessed by holding down the mouthpiece, clicking the mouthpiece until you get to the desired setting, then shaking the device to lock it in. This is a very simple process once you get used to it, but I wish you wouldn’t have to watch a video to find out how to do it.
Hidden “Easter Eggs”
You’ll find that as you’re vaping you can spin the PAX2 in such a way to make the lights start doing fun things. Turn the lights out and you can enter a light painting mode which causes the lights on the PAX2 to fade into different colors depending on just how fast you move the device around. There’s other easter eggs that I didn’t really get around to playing with. I’ve also read that some units have a special Simon mode but I couldn’t get mine to work like that. These are all fun features that go above and beyond that of your typical vaporizer.
Getting the best of your Pax 2 vaporizer
The vapor quality of the PAX 2 is very dependent on how you pack the oven. At first I was disappointed. I packed the chamber tightly like the instructions say. This caused the vapor to be very good at first, but after a few hits the vapor just stopped. However, after experimenting a little bit I found a pack that’s slightly looser seemed to solve that problem. Also, upon lifting the oven lid I often noticed the herb directly on the bottom would always be bright green. You definitely need to open the oven and stir it halfway thru for an even vape. This vaporizer produces a very smooth vapor, but it doesn’t quite produce the same quantity of vapor that I get from a device such as the Crafty. However, this is basically the size of a pen vape, so you shouldn’t really expect it to match a unit twice its size.
The flat mouthpiece is a little unorthodox, but once you start using it you really start to like the way it feels. It also comes with a mouthpiece designed to feel like the PAX1, but I definitely like the feel of the flat mouthpiece better. It has a lip sensing technology which detects when your lips are on the device and heats the oven to insure a consistent draw. This feature is supposed to adapt based on your usage, so it might explain why my first bowl seemed to burn quickly.
Cleaning the PAX 1 caused a lot of issues for people, and it’s something Ploom definitely addressed with the PAX 2. After a week’s worth of daily use, I still didn’t feel like it really needed to be cleaned, but I cleaned it anyway. The herb doesn’t really stick to the chamber at all. The mouthpiece gets a little dirty, but it can be cleaned with alcohol. The pipe cleaners it comes with definitely have a different feel than normal pipe cleaners, but I don’t think they’re really worth the extra trouble. You’re probably safe just buying pipe cleaners from the store. Overall cleaning the PAX 2 vape is a huge step up over the PAX1.
So, what’s it going to cost me?
The Pax 2 retails for $199.99. If you see one for sell any cheaper than this, good chance it is not a legit Pax 2. Just like the original, it won’t be long till there are replicas and counterfeit pax 2 vaporizers coming out from China. So if you want the quality, and the pax warranty buy from an authorized vendor, not from some random guy on eBay.
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Overall I’d say the PAX2 by Ploom is a huge step up over the PAX1 and probably the best vaporizer you can buy for its size. I still prefer the Crafty’s vapor quality, but the PAX 2 vaporizer is very close and its size and battery life make it ideal for on the go stealth vaping. The only real issue I have is that the smaller chamber results in fewer hits. If you plan on sharing at all, you’ll probably need to fill the oven more than once in a night. As of right now there isn’t really a quick easy way to do that. I’ll definitely be keeping this and using it frequently as my on the go stealth vaporizer but I can’t say I like it more than the Crafty. Overall I’ll give it a score of 4.6/5.