The Pax was one of the most popular, highest reviewed and best-selling vaporizers of all time. So was there really need for it to be improved, and did the manufacturers actually manage to improve on an already great vape? We took a look at it to find out for you.
If you aren’t familiar with the Pax at all, because you live under a rock or are just new to the vaping scene, then it is a portable vaporizer that is used for dry herbs. It’s small, discreet, and it works great at vaping your herbs perfectly to give you voluminous vapor clouds and some-great tasting hits.
Now the new and improved Pax 2 makes some changes. They aren’t all big game changers, but they are significant enough where you might want to choose one over the other. So let’s take a look at what is new and different with the Pax 2 and what original Pax users can expect from it.
First of all, it’s smaller and lighter. It will fit in your pocket easier, and it won’t weigh you down as much. It’s not that the original Pax was a massive beast or anything. These are small changes, but they do make it all a bit more comfortable, easy to use and convenient.
The biggest improvement comes in the battery life though. It lasts a lot longer than it used to. The battery takes about 15% more charge than it used to, and the total operating time of the Pax 2 is increased by about 30% over its previous iteration. This means there are some technical improvements going on under the hood. It’s not just a vaporizer that is equipped with a bigger battery. It is made to run better and more efficiently.
One small change that inexperienced users may not notice between the two units is that the Pax 2 heats the herbs more evenly. There wasn’t much of a problem with how the original Pax handled the heating, but this change is a noticeable improvement, and the new oven ensures better and more even heating every time.
The last change is the addition of lip-sensing technology. The Pax 2 can tell when you are putting your mouth on it, so it automates some of the processes for you. This makes it feel like a piece of high-tech hardware and not just a compulsory upgrade.
We’ve looked at what’s different, so now let’s look at how this vape performs.We loved the vapor the Pax 2 produces. It’s thick, clean and tasty. There are no unnecessary metallic parts in the device to make it produce an odd-tasting vapor. And the vapor comes out in nice, big clouds, just like its predecessor was able to do. The vapor production is really just about perfect, and we couldn’t really ask for more.
Taking draws is easy, and there is little to no resistance, meaning you can get deep, long draws without straining yourself. The Pax 2 also conforms to the settings you need, as it features four different temperature settings. We found the middle and higher ranges worked best, but depending on what you are vaping, you may want to try something else.
One thing you do need to know about using the Pax 2 is that it needs to stay clean. If you don’t clean it regularly then it will build up residue and stop working as well. This is par for the course for most small vapes, but it really is important if you want to get the most out of your Pax 2.
The lip-sensing technology we touched on earlier helps the vape to not overheat your herbs. What It does is sense when you are putting your lips on the vape. Then it heats up just a bit more so that your herbs are cooked evenly and aren’t being used up when you aren’t actively vaping. This is a really neat feature, and it makes it easier to get the most out of what you put into the herb bowl.
The Pax 2 takes about two or three hours to fully charge up once it has been depleted. This is about average for a portable vape, but longer than the original took. The payoff is that you get a longer batter life. You can get as much as two hours from a single charge, though it’s likely to be closer to 90 minutes, which is about half an hour more than the original Pax gave you.
We love the new Pax 2, and we think the changes made to it are mostly for the better. The battery charging time isn’t ideal, but it’s a decent tradeoff to get more life from a single charge. Most people are going to be charging theirs overnight anyhow, so it’s not going to make a difference for most people.
The overall performance is slightly better than what we got from the original model, and the new features add a nice, modern twist to an already great design. The vape is as durable and reliable as ever, which is exactly what we would expect from Ploom. Frankly, it is one of the best portable vapes out there.
- New lip-sensing technology is pretty cool and useful
- The same great design refined
- The battery life is better, and the vape is more efficient
- Great vapor production and purity as always
- Takes a long time to charge
- Needs constant cleaning
If you have the money to afford the Pax 2, you should definitely get it. You aren’t likely to find a portable vaporizer that you like more. It’s easy enough to use that anyone can get the hang of it quickly, and new features make it simple for inexperienced users to get the best possible vaping from it. If someone asks us what portable vape we recommend for dry herbs, we know we are going to go with this one every time.
Final Score: 4.8 out of 5.