In May of last year a close friend of the Puff, we’ll call him Murph-Dizzle, introduced us to the PAX2, and with that to the world of portable vaped herb. Up till then vaped herb, in our minds, was strictly reserved for massive units like the Volcano. There were power cords involved, red LCD display numbers, exact temperature settings and all manner of complications. When we heard about the PAX2 – and checked out some reviews- three of us each bought one, almost right away. Now you might be asking yourself: why we didn’t come out and review the PAX2 then when it was brand new, why this review is even relevant now, and how this can help guide your portable vape purchase decision? Friends and Countrymen, this might be the most important dry herb vape review you read. 10 months of experience means we’ve been able to use this in all manner of situations, cleaned it a number of times, figured out the battery life and charging situations, and, when the PAX3 is released, either the PAX2 will drop in price or you can learn from this and buy a PAX3. Or go with something else, like, that’s fine too.
The PAX2 is an excellent vaporizer by all accounts. TLDR: just get one if you are in the market.
The PAX2 has an unboxing experience like an apple product. It comes with a charger and cord, cleaning kit, and an additional mouthpiece (tried it, stuck with the flat one). The unit itself is subtle, elegant, and has easy and simple operation. On/off and temp control are operated by a button at the center of the top end mouthpiece. All instructions are available through the website and I encourage first time owners of a PAX of any kind to watch them once.
But you can honestly see this shit in every review of it. They’ll tell you about the 4 temp settings, the party mode, the Simon Says game, all that fun shit. Whatever. That was our first week. On to the juicy shit.
The 10 Month Mark
The shit they wont tell you is that tooth picks are your friends. From stirring up the oven to get the last few rips, to knocking in the green on the oven’s ledges when you’re packing it. Even cleaning the oven out for your next use – have toothpicks on hand.
I found a great case for my PAX2. You can get it here. Waterproof, shatter proof, comes with two tubes to hold your dry herb or whatever else. Go camping, bike riding, hiking, whatever and never worry about your PAX. For the price tag, you’ll want the protection. Having used this case, I never worry about just throwing my PAX in my bag/backpack as long as its in here. I have use one tube for mellow indicas and one tube for sativas when I go to a friends for the weekend.
Charge does take a little while. But – just like your phone, plug it in at night when you go to bed, and you should be good all day. You can get about two ovens out of a charge. And the magnetic charger is pretty sweet, BUT it has to be plugged into a higher voltage charger like for an iPad or tablet. I thought mine was broken or something, but it was just plugged into a lower voltage charger like for a phone or bluetooth speaker.
Speaking of ovens and charges, when your oven is packed fresh, we’ve found that you can start on heating level two, then as you progress, go to level 3 and then 4. Also, be sure to grind up your herbs a little more than usual. Typically, I grind upside down for a few twists and then right side up to finish before filing the oven up to the ledge. I’ve found this to be pretty effective.
Lastly, be sure to draw your vape long and slow. It’s the best way to get a great rip.
The PAX2 is excellent. It fits perfectly in our lives, just as it does in your hand. Using this, I can see how a 10 year warranty is the company’s policy with these things. I know that barring losing it that I will have and use my PAX for years to come. It is an excellent and well made product, it’s discrete for using in various environments, and there’s really not much to dislike about it. It’s some good shit!
You can find them: at www.paxvapor.com/pax-2
However, almost all of us got ours through: ahalife and this one looks like it comes with a vacuum sealed jar.