Pax delivers strong vapor clouds in a small, Apple-like aesthetic. Nearly as small as a vape pen, Pax is a slick and stealthy portable herb vaporizer despite a few flaws.
Last updated: January 24, 2018
Pax 1 has many problems with the mouthpiece unit that reveal themselves slowly over regular use. Version 1 is considered a flawed design, so skip it and go directly to Pax 2 which solves all of these issues and more, or if you need super-fast warm-up times and Bluetooth/app controls opt for Pax 3.
Designed by Ploom, a San Francisco-based smoking start-up, Pax feels well-designed and thoughtfully considered from the minimal on button to the personality in the single glowing light. Ploom’s Pax is one slick and stealthy portable vape.
Pax feels good in your hand, it’s small like a kids bike handle. As battery-powered vaporizers go, it’s powerful yet smooth and sleek; slim with rounded corners and brushed aluminum. The glowing X light changes color as Pax warms-up and turns green when Pax is ready. The light also changes when it’s charging or the battery is low. Simply push the mouth piece to turn it on, it operates silently and with a mild oder of herb. Because the magnetic oven lid doesn’t form an air-tight seal, Pax tends to give off more odor than other portable vapes, just something to be aware of if you have a loaded Pax in your pocket.
A full charge takes about 90 minutes and should last about an hour of vaporizing time in our experience. Several web sites claim Pax can be used for up to 2 hours time, but we’re skeptical of this based on our tests, research on forums and experience with other portable battery powered vapes.
- anodized aluminum (like an Apple Macbook Pro)
- medical grade stainless steel inside parts
- fits nicely in hand, very slim
- quick to warm up, ready-to-vape in less than 30-90 seconds
- 3 temperatures: low 370/medium 390/high 410°F
- 10 year warranty
- Dimensions: 4⅛ inches tall, 1⅓ inches wide, ⅞ inch thick • weighs less than 1 pound
Our Favorite Thing: The Oven
Pax has a unique herb chamber that almost completely surrounds your weed to maximize the contact with air, drawing more THC per toke than any other portable vape. We recommend you pack the oven tightly with herb as Pax seems to thrive on this and deliver very thick, strong and dense vapor clouds.
Well-designed products cost a premium. Pax is definitely the top portable we’ve tested to date, and that means it’s not cheap. If price matters most, then skip the Pax and check out our review of a great portable for half the price: the Magic Flight Launch Box.
What’s in the Box?
- the unit
- charging dock
- cleaning kit
- mouthpiece + lid
- 1 screen
Quotes from Around the Web
“I love it, I love it, I love it!! I am never going to use combustion ever again!! I can taste the meds, enjoy inhaling, and know that I am not damaging myself as much as I could be. The intensity of the meds are so different. I love how it feels in my hand and I love the simpleness that it is. I began with the low setting and I packed the over about 1/4 full. I felt some effect of the meds but not as I have in the past. Is this what I have been missing? So, just about 10 minutes ago I put it on medium and I’m feeling pretty amazing. I love the cleanliness feeling you get when inhaling, god… this is fantastic!!”
This small vape is amazing and I am so glad I invested in this work of art. Not only is it very pleasing on the eye, it is incredible to use! I am not experienced in the world of vapes but I will admit that now the bar is set pretty high when it comes to me replacing this or looking into a home unit.”
— SoCalShore, forum member of the popular pot smokers site f*ckcombustion
Two Techniques for Inhaling
Based on our experience along with reading other people’s advice on the web, we recommend these two techniques for how to get big, thick vapor clouds from your tiny little Pax.
- Cigar puffing, or using your cheeks to draw vapor into your mouth, then inhaling from your mouth. It takes practice, but a tight lip seal and pulling or sucking from your mouth and cheeks are key.
- Slow, gentle, steady inhaling. Try to imagine the vapor gently moving into your mouth and lungs as you draw air from the mouthpiece. Long and slow is key.