Pax 3 vs Pax 2 Vaporizer Comparison
The Pax is a dry herb vaporizer made by the company Paxvapor. The first version of the original Pax vaporizer was released back in 2012 followed by the Pax 2 in March of 2015 and the Pax 3 was released in November of 2016. The OG Pax was an instant hit and still used by many to this day. The Pax 3 and Pax 2 vaporizers are no different.
Although the size, shape, and overall design have remained the same, the internals has improved tremendously from the OG Pax to the new Pax 3. No more “sticky mouthpiece issue” thank goodness.
L to R: Pax 2 and Pax 3 Vaporizers
This Pax 3 vs Pax 2 vaporizer comparison will break down all the differences between these two units and help you make an informed decision on which one to get. I honestly think the Pax 2 at $149 is one of the best deals currently on the market but the Pax 3 offers just the right upgrades to make you wonder if you should just spring for the newer unit. So this is not necessarily an easy decision and both units could be the perfect vaporizer for you.
Below you can check out the current package deals and what finishes are available in each kit. I recommend buying either straight from PaxVapor or from an authorized Pax retailer like VapeWorld.
Scroll down for my full Pax 2 vs Pax 3 comparison and feel free to leave a comment below with any questions.
L to R: Pax 3 (Glossy), Pax 3 (Matte), Pax 2 (Brushed)
Pax 3 + Pax 2 Prices and Packages:
- Pax 3 Complete Kit – Dry Herb + Concentrate = $249.99 (Glossy and Matte)
- Pax 3 Basic – Dry Herb = $199 (No concentrate lid) (Matte Only)
- Pax 2 with 2-Year Warranty = $149 (Brushed)
If you’re not going to be using concentrates I would go with either the Pax 3 basic kit or the Pax 2 with a 2-year warranty. Here is the breakdown of both the Pax 3 and Pax 2.
Similarities between Pax 3 and Pax 2:
- Same Size, Same weight, Same Feel
- Long battery life/quick charge times
- Same temp spectrum
- Same oven size
Pax 3 and Pax 2 Differences:
|Pax 3||Pax 2|
|Rating:||9.2 (Pax 3)||9.0 (Pax 2)|
|Price:||$250 & $199||$149|
|Warranty:||10 Years||10 Years|
|Battery Type:||Internal Li-Ion||Internal Li-Ion|
|Battery Life:||110 Minutes||90 Minutes|
|Charge Time:||90 Minutes||120+ Minutes|
|Heat Up Time:||20 Seconds||45 Seconds|
- No haptic feedback on pax 2
- Only 4 preset temps on Pax 2 (360/380/400/420)
- Slower heat up time on Pax 2 (45 vs 20 on Pax 3)
- No concentrate option (Concentrate lid included with the complete Pax 3 kit)
Pax 3 Concentrate Insert
Pax 2 vs Pax 3 Battery Info
Charging and Battery Life :
- 3500mah on Pax 3 vs 2600mah battery on Pax 2
- 110 minutes of average use on Pax 3 vs 90 minutes of average use on Pax 2
- Average 95 minute charge time on Pax 3 vs 120+ minutes on Pax 2
Chambers, Vapor Path, and Mouthpieces:
- Both use stainless steel chamber and vapor path
- Both hold about .3g of dry herb
- Both come with a standard flat mouthpiece and an elevated mouthpiece.
Heat up times, Temp Options and Apps:
- Pax 3 heats up in 20 seconds, 45 seconds for Pax 2
- Both have the same temp range, 360-420F but the Pax 3 app lets you pick any temp within that range. You can only pick 1 of 4 temp settings (360/380/400/420) with the Pax 2.
- The Pax 3 app also offers dynamic modes (Boost, Efficiency, Stealth, and Flavor) which can either boost temp for strong hits or preserve herbs by cooling the unit when not in use. I personally just use the efficiency mode which gradually ramps up oven temp over the course of your session. The Davinci IQ has a setting within the app that can do this as well.
Which pax vaporizer is best for you?
If you don’t care about the improved battery life, faster heat-up times, precise temp control, or the dynamic modes, go for the Pax 2 and pick up the half-pack lid. If you can pony up the extra $50, I definitely think you will enjoy the upgrades on the Pax 3 and the half-pack lid is included.
If you think you’ll be using concentrates then I recommend going for the Pax 3 Dry Herb + Concentrate Complete Kit. Like I mentioned in my full Pax 3 review, the concentrate option works and it delivers pretty decent results but it’s not going to replace your dab rip or something like the Cloud Evo. It’s meant to be used occasionally for concentrates and mainly for dry herbs.
I recommend buying straight from Paxvapor if they ship to your state, otherwise, VapeWorld is a trusted authorized Pax dealer.
Remember that the Pax 2 $149 option only comes with a two-year warranty, while both Pax 3 options offer a 10-year manufacturer warranty.
This is a pretty basic comparison but the Pax 3 and Pax 2 are pretty similar. Check out my Pax 3 review for more details on the dynamic heating modes and a full video review of the Pax vapor app. You can also check out my Pax 2 review for more specifics on that as well. Anything that I haven’t covered here will more than likely be in one of those reviews.
Thanks for taking the time to check out my website and feel free to leave a comment below with any questions or comments about the Pax 3, Pax 2 or any other vaporizer.
Pax 3 vs Pax 2 Vaporizer Comparison The Pax is a dry herb vaporizer made by the company Paxvapor. The first version of the original Pax vaporizer was released back in 2012 followed by the Pax 2
Pax 2 vs Original Pax 1 Vaporizer Comparison
What are the differences between the Pax 2 and the Pax? Throughout this Pax 2 vs Pax vaporizer comparison, I will break down all the Pax 2 upgrades like the “lip sensing technology”, new temp settings and also include a full photo gallery of comparison pictures. The new Pax 2 is a bit pricier than I had anticipated but after some pretty rigorous testing, I think the Pax 2 is a HUGE improvement over the original model.
You can check out my full Pax 2 review that breaks down a lot of the similarities between the Pax and Pax 2 but I wanted to go ahead to write a full comparison/review of the Pax 2 vs Pax vaporizers as well.
More Pax 2 comparisons:
Cleaning has been drastically reduced and the newer model is about 25% smaller. Read more below to get the all the differences between the Pax vs Pax 2.
*The online authorized retailers of the Pax and Pax 2 I recommend are PaxVapor.com and Vapeworld.com. I highly recommend purchasing from an authorized dealer to make sure you get the 10 year warranty.
Size – So first things first, the new Pax 2 is roughly 25% smaller and 10% lighter than the original Pax. I weighed out all my units and the original Pax was around 98 Grams while the Pax 2 was around 90 Grams.
The main thing you notice right away is the size. Not only is the unit smaller but they completely removed the mouthpiece sticking out of the top. The new mouthpiece design sits flush along the top of the unit so they essentially just cut off like an inch and a half from the top of the unit and smushed everything together.
Don’t get me wrong, both of these units are still extremely portable but the Pax 2 definitely replaces the previous model and it’s now my go to for outdoor activities like hiking, biking, skiing, etc… I still like the size and weight of the original Pax and they even reduced the price to $199 but I’d much rather pay the $80 extra for a smaller, newer, more maintenance free design.
Heating – The heating has some big upgrades and all for the better. The new heater is designed around what they call “Lip Sensing Technology”. This allows the mouthpiece to sense when your lips are touching it and it then tells the heater to ramp up temp a bit to keep a much more stable environment in the oven (More even AVB).
The Pax 2 comes with four heating settings which is an upgrade from three on the original model. The new temps range from 360F -420F (
180C – 215C) compared to the original Pax with three temps ranging from 370F – 410F (
Chambers & Vapor Paths – Both units have a stainless steel oven and vapor path. The Pax 2 uses a different shaped oven which is deeper but not quite as wide. The Pax 2 oven is about 91% the size of the original Pax.
I’m still able to get upwards of .4 grams in the Pax 2 chamber so it’s not that much smaller but the main thing I’ve noticed is that the sessions are much more consistent no matter how you pack it. I definitely get better results with the finishing grinder but it’s not necessary. I’ve also found that using the finishing grinder will add cleaning to your unit because the material is much finer.
Batteries & Charging System – The original Pax used a dinosaur charging system which made the device sit upside down while placed on a charging dock. This caused build up from the materials in the vape to run down the chamber and into the mouthpiece which then caused problems with operation of the unit. You were constantly have to clean it and the charging system didn’t help the problem at all.
The new charging system is night and day better. It’s doesn’t charge faster… (how is it better then? DUH?!) but it now uses a USB charging system and an external dock that just attaches to the unit magnetically.
The USB charging opens up options are far as charging locations. You can also pick up battery packs pretty cheap now ($15-$30) that will full charge portable vapes multiple times over through USB. You are no longer stuck to an outlet or SOL when your Pax 2 dies.
*BONUS TIP: You can use the OLD charging cord from the original Pax and plug it into the new charging dock so you can charge via electrical outlet. This charges the device much quick than USB.
The Pax 2 claims a 30% increase in overall battery life which seems to be pretty accurate so far. I’m still doing more testing with average continuous use and charging times from dead battery (both USB and Outlet).
Cleaning & Maintenance – This category was my biggest complaint with the OG Pax model and this is definitely where they improved the most with teh Pax 2. The newer unit completely scratched the old mouthpiece design and now the power/temp button is located on the inside of the unit and out of the vapor path. No more having to worry about cleaning the mouthpiece in order for your vape to work.
The only cleaning I’ve had to do on the new unit is running the pipe cleaner through vapor path. You’ll notice the draw resistance increases as the vapor path gets gunked up.
Summary – Both of these units are still great if you need portability but the newer version is without a doubt a top contender in the portable vaporizer market and far better than the orignal. They fixed the main complaints with the original version and they did it all while making it smaller.
If you are trying to stay under $200 then Pax 1 is still a good option. I’m just not a fan of the cleaning associated with the unit. It still works extremely well in group situations and easy use while on the go but if you have the extra $80, I really recommend that you upgrade and go with the Pax 2.
Either way, they both come with a 10 year manufacturer warranty and the PaxVapor/Ploom customer service team is absolutely fantastic. Probably top three in the business as far as customer care and product support.
My personal favorite is the Pax 2 but the original Pax will always have a special place in my heart. The Pax 1 revolutionized the portable vape market and I’m fairly certain they will only continue to get better.
*Important: I recommend you buy direct from PaxVapor.com or VapeWorld.com. They are both authorized dealers so you can be sure you will get a legit product and will be covered if you ever need product support.
Thanks for checking out my site and leave a comment below if you guys have any questions about either of these units or any other vapes.
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