PAX 2 vs PAX 3: Which One is Right for You?
PAX's innovative portable vaporization technologies allow adults to discreetly vaporize cannabis on the go. From a low-odor design to a sleek finish, PAX products are designed for a smooth and streamlined experience that doesn’t attract unwanted or unnecessary attention.
Each new generation of PAX devices brings new and refined features. PAX 2 and PAX 3, the second and third iterations of this portable loose-leaf vaporizer, offer improvements on the devices that came before, as well as unique features that enhance and elevate the consumer’s vaping experience.
This article dives into the differences so consumers can choose the PAX product that’s best for their lifestyle.
PAX 2 vs. PAX 3: What They Have in Common
- Lip sensing technology: The vaporizers detect when it’s not in use, gradually dropping the temperature to conserve the material inside. Begin using PAX again to bring it back to temperature.
- Mouthpiece types: PAX 2 and PAX 3 come with two types of mouthpieces constructed of food-grade silicone: a flush mouthpiece and a raised mouthpiece.
- Same size: PAX 2 and PAX 3 boast the same streamlined and sleek design that puts discretion first.
- Battery life: Both vapes last approximately 90 minutes per charge, or around 6 to 8 sessions. (This can change, depending on temperature and other selected settings.)
Difference #1: Material Type
PAX 3 is the first device in the PAX Labs family to utilize both dry herb and concentrates. The PAX 3 complete kit comes with the necessary accessories to transform the oven from a loose-leaf vaporizer to one that can take concentrates. PAX 2 is only compatible with dry herb.
Difference #2: Dynamic Modes
PAX 3 includes additional settings which help the consumer optimize the vaping experience, while PAX 2 does not. These calculated presets support a variety of desired effects. Use the PAX app or the button to cycle through these dynamic modes:
- Standard Mode: Balances vapor production and flavor preservation
- Boost Mode: Increased vapor production without sacrificing preferred temperature
- Efficiency Mode: Supports consistent vapor production
- Flavor Mode: Faster heating and cooling for optimized flavor
- Stealth Mode: Maintains lower temperature and quick cooldown for discreet use
Difference #3: Temperature Settings
PAX 2 and PAX 3 support the same temperature range, from 360°F to 420°F. While the ranges are identical, the variations within are a night and day difference. PAX 2 has four predetermined temperature settings: 360°F (180°C), 380°F (193°C), 400°F (204°C), and 420°F (215°C). PAX 3 is adjustable down to the degree. Use the app to fine-tune your temperature as you wish. Scroll to the desired temperature in 1-degree or 5-degree increments.
Difference #4: Heat Up Times
PAX 3 boasts a faster heating time over PAX 2. PAX 3 goes from cold to ready in 22 seconds, while PAX 2 takes between 30 seconds and 1 minute to heat up. It’s important to note that heat-up times can vary depending on the selected temperature.
Difference #5: Charge Times
PAX 2 takes approximately 3 hours to recharge with the USB charger, and approximately 2 hours to recharge with the AC wall adapter. PAX 3’s charge time is reduced significantly, to approximately 90 minutes.
Difference #6: Notifications
PAX 2 and PAX 3 both have a four-petal LED indicator in the shape of the PAX icon located just underneath the mouthpiece. This LED indicator signals temperature setting, battery life, heating time, and more. The colors can be customized through the app on PAX 3, while PAX 2’s LED light colors cannot be changed.
PAX 3 adds haptic feedback into the mix. This means that PAX 3 vibrates when the device is ready to use and when it enters standby mode. PAX 2 does not support vibration notifications.
Difference #7: Brushed vs. Matte Finish
PAX 2 and PAX 3 share many of the same internal parts, including a surgical-grade stainless steel vapor path, an oven that holds approximately .35 grams of material, and a strong anodized aluminum shell that evenly distributes heat and protects the internal workings.
While they have the same internal build, PAX 3 and PAX 2 have a different external finish. PAX 2 has a transverse-brushed look, while PAX 3 has a smooth, matte finish. The vapes are also offered in different colors.
Difference #8: Accessories
PAX 2 and PAX 3’s “device only” kit both come with the following accessories:
- Two mouthpieces, raised and flat
- Maintenance kit with brush and pipe cleaners
- USB charger and charging dock
PAX 3’s “complete kit” comes with extra accessories for concentrates, including:
- Half-pack oven lid to decrease oven size
- Concentrates insert
- Three oven screens
- Multi-tool for packing and emptying the oven
Additional accessories for both devices can be bought online.
Summing Up PAX 3 vs PAX 2
PAX 2 and PAX 3 are both highly regarded as some of the leading loose-leaf vaporizers in the market. The newer iteration, PAX 3, offers features never before seen in the PAX family such as dynamic modes. It also offers faster heat-up and charge times than its predecessor. No matter which you choose, PAX provides a smooth, flavorful, and discreet vapor experience.