Pax 3 Vaporizer Review

Lightning fast warm-up, great battery life, smaller, lighter and far easier to clean than most portables. The Pax 3 vaporizer is setting the standard for portable stealth and reliability.

The Pax 3 vaporizer won’t deliver bong-sized hits like the Mighty or Crafty, but its tiny package is very streamlined and easy to use.

The original Pax 1 by Ploom had major design flaws that revealed themselves over months of regular use. Their second version, Pax 2, improved in a number of areas, but still lacked some overall punch and refinement. Pax 3 is refined in all the right areas and fixes all of the common complaints about previous versions. With this update, Pax 3 is the new standard for a discreet and reliable portable vaporizer.

What’s better in version 3?

More than twice as fast to warm up (20 seconds) compared to Pax 2 (45 seconds), the oven chamber size is larger and deeper than Pax 2, which I found too small in my review last year. Pax 3 is smaller and lighter. Button presses feel extremely fast and responsive to your touch, and it vibrates for feedback, which is very helpful for warming up in your pocket or on a table. Pax 3 is also a Bluetooth device so you can pair it with your phone and use the app for more control and customization. The Pax 3 vaporizer is a polished and solid upgrade.

Fast relief

I’ve been using Pax 3 over several months of regular use and from a cold start to fully hot and it’s ready to go in 20 seconds. I have to load it before turning it on, otherwise it gets too hot while I’m in the middle of filling the bowl; it’s extremely quick! Compared to other vaporizers like Mighty and Crafty, it’s basically the fastest vaporizer besides the MFLB’s famous 8-second start.

I’m still working on editing my photo shoot from my last Pax 3 session…

How it Rated: 90%

Looking for something small and easy to use? Pax 3 is a very solid investment, especially for the sleek size. If you’re a heavy smoker looking for a medical-grade portable you might be happier with the Crafty or Mighty, which delivers larger amounts of vapor production and airflow.

$250 is on the medium-high end for price, but this is also the fastest, smallest and easiest to use, so you pay a little extra for the size, fast warm-up time, and Bluetooth features.

Fast warm-up, especially compared to the original Pax or Crafty. The single button interface makes it easy to use, but a little cryptic to change settings, which you don’t need to do often.

The design is thin and light compared to most portables, a minor upgrade over the Pax 2 in terms of design and aesthetics. The rubber mouth piece seems nearly identical to the Pax 2, but for some reason I like this one better mouth fit. The battery charger still remains a weak spot, which I feel could be improved in future designs.

Pax 3 has suffered a few drops and it’s doing just fine. I keep it in my pocket with keys and other things as well, so it takes a fair beating, but works just fine.

One button turn-on operation is nice and easy to just turn on and go. Minimal junk included in the package which I really appreciate. Just the basics you need.

Like all previous Pax designs, the magnetic back is a breeze to operate but I usually have to spend a few seconds fiddling with some ground cannabis around the door, and pack down and shake some of the lose herb into the oven chamber. Not as nice of a loading experience as the Crafty or Mighty with their special device!

It’s not a monster for hits like the Mighty, but it’s strong for such its size. Pack it tight and you get larger hits of vapor.

Tap the bowl to empty, sometimes it requires a paperclip or something if you tend to pack it tight, which is somewhat annoying. The bowl is deeper than Pax 2 even, so sometimes stuff gets stuck in the rounded corners, but comes out easily with a small screw driver or small key.

I find Pax 3 to be basically as efficient as Pax 2, perhaps more so because of a slightly improved battery and heating element. The small design doesn’t seem to allow much waste due to the vapor path design and simplified mouth piece.

Wow that Pax 1 mouthpiece was a pain to clean! Pax 2 was a huge improvement, and to my eye, Pax 3 shares the same mouth piece. Just pop it off and wipe it down with a little ISO alcohol — done. After 10-20 uses you may want a pipe cleaner for the vapor path, that’s it.

The Downsides

The charger connection is easy to bump and disconnect, however I appreciate the design that went into the plug-free body. The main downside is if you’re expecting bong-sized hits from this little device I would point you to a Crafty or Mighty and you’ll be much happier.


This is where Pax 3 really shines, just wipe the mouth piece after every two uses. After 10-20 sessions you’ll want ISO alcohol and a pipe cleaner for the vapor pathway and the oven, but that’s it really. Very easy and minimal maintenance, similar to the Arizer Solo. Cleaning the Mighty and Crafty however, are tedious and messy in comparison!

The Stats

Pax 3: $280

The Bottom Line

The Pax 3 vaporizer is worth your time and money. This new version is a solid upgrade with super fast warm-up, a better heating element and battery, and Bluetooth capable for app/phone customization. If you’re a heavy medical marijuana user (multiple times a day) then Pax might not deliver the large clouds you’re used to with a desktop vaporizer, so give Mighty or Crafty a look. Otherwise, the Ploom company is setting the standard for stealthy and reliable portable vaporizers with Pax 3.

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