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Pax 3 Vaporizer Review


Pax 3 Review [4K Video] ~13:58

The Pax 3 is a portable dry herb and concentrate vaporizer from PAX Labs. This is the third iteration of the very popular Pax line and it continues to improve while staying true to what made the Pax so popular in the first place; elegant look and feel, ease of use, portability and discreetness, along with top-tier reliability and warranty. For more information on the older model which is now $199 after the price drop check out my Pax 2 review

The upgrades over the Pax 2 include a new Concentrate insert, an upgraded battery with bumped capacity from 3000 mAh to 3500 mAh, quicker heat up times from around 45 seconds down to around 15 seconds, haptic feedback or vibration alert, and the brand new Pax Vapor app which gives you full control over the temp spectrum.

The Pax 3 retails for $274.99 ($5 cheaper than Pax 2 release) and comes in Rose Gold, Black, Gold or Silver. I recommend picking it up directly from Pax Labs or VapeWorld. Check out my full pax 3 review below.

Pax 2 and Pax 3 Vaporizers

Blue Pax 2 and Black Pax 3

Pax 3 size, portability and build quality

Despite having other portable vapes that stand out in specific categories like better flavor or replaceable batteries, the overall package including size, portability, battery life, build quality and ease of use made the Pax 2 my most frequently used vape for outdoor activities such as hiking/biking/skiing. The new Pax 3 has the same physical dimensions as Pax 2 with a slight weight increase of three grams.

Size

I am actually happy they kept the same size because I really loved the size, weight distribution, and overall feel of the Pax 2. It also means aftermarket accessories for the Pax2 will also work for the Pax3 which is great. When you hold the Pax 3 you will notice that it has a nice solid feel with even weight distribution and no rattles or loose parts.

Portability

Out of the box the Pax 3 is visually very stealthy, however, it can be smelly after use (especially if you don’t empty the oven after your sessions), so if you personally need to be extra discreet about smell, I recommend you pick up the ‘Pax 2 End Caps’ for less than $3 from Delta 3d Studios to conceal excess smell.

The first thing you will notice after picking up the new Pax vaporizer is the highly polished finish which is much shinier, nicer feeling in the hands, and in my opinion nicer looking than the transverse brushed finish on the Pax 2.

Build Quality

I am curious if the highly polished finish holds up as well in the long run. My Pax 3 has been on a handful of biking trips already but has yet to encounter any hard falls so my finish is still in perfect shape. Winter is coming and the ski season is fast approaching so I’ll soon see how it handles snow, moisture, elevation and the cold and wind soon. I do fully expect it to pass with flying colors like the previous unit, but like always I will continually update my review as my testing continues.

One of the minor upgrades to the Pax 3 is the addition of haptic feedback or vibration alert. This is a feature that has become more and more common with the newer vapes. I am actually really impressed with the vibration on the Pax 3, the vibration is minimal but noticeable, some vapes can make audible/obnoxious noises while they vibrate but the Pax vibrate is a good combination of noticeable yet still discreet.

Overall the Pax vaporizers have always felt very strong and durable in the hands while being backed up by a 10-year warranty and a good reputation for reliability. The Pax 3 is no different.

Pax 3 Vaporizer Accessories

Key-chain multi-tool, flat mp, raised mp, lid, half-pack lid, concentrate insert

Accessories, Half-Pack Lid, and Concentrates Insert

This is the biggest addition with the new Pax 3. Instead of getting one chamber lid you now get three choices. First, you get the original chamber lid for a full-size oven, the newest option is the half-pack lid which I’m a HUGE fan of and last but certainly not least, the new concentrate insert.

Half-Pack Lid

One of the biggest complaints I’ve heard from users with the Pax and Pax 2 is the oven size is too big for single session users. You previously had to make a custom insert out of folded stainless steel screen, or purchase 3rd party accessories to really make the Pax/Pax 2 efficient for one person sessions. The Half-Pack lid has greatly improved the single user session and it’s pretty much the only lid that I use now when I am solo. I also noticed the Half-Pack lid reduces to amount of draw resistance and allows for a freer flowing draw. I estimate resistance is reduced around 15-20% so overall I am really happy with the new lid.

Pax 3 Vaporizer Half-Pack Chamber

Half-Pack lid which has become my go-to lid

Concentrate Insert

I’m extremely happy that Pax Labs decided to listen to us and add in a concentrate option. The growing trend is hard to ignore and consumers (myself included) like the option to use concentrates with their portable vaporizers.

Pax 3 Concentrate Chamber Internals

Concentrate insert with the lid removed to show insides

I’ve found the concentrate lid to work well. I’ve gone through a bunch of bowls at this point and have tried some runnier concentrates as well as more waxy flakey concentrates.  So far nothing is leaking and there are no messes to clean up afterward. It’s definitely a session style with concentrates where you can get a dozen or so tasty draws as opposed to a red hot pen coil, dab rig or a something like the Cloud EVO where you are taking 1-2 lung-busting rips.

The taste and vapor smoothness is really nice. I would say it compares closest to the concentrate experience of the Haze V3, however, the Pax 3 doesn’t get as messy and requires less frequent cleaning from concentrate use. Previously people used to sandwich concentrates between dry herb, or wrap concentrates in cotton and fill the oven, however, the new concentrate lid definitely blows the older methods out of the water in my opinion. Overall I find the Pax 3 to be very effective and efficient without making a huge mess or wasting materials.

Mouthpieces

With the Pax 2 I almost exclusively used the flat mouthpiece because the raised mouthpiece would get hot on my lips and provided an overall worse experience in my opinion. They have now improved the raised mouthpiece and its equally enjoyable to use, although slightly different. At the moment I can’t decide which one I like more, I think I am leaning towards the flat MP for the cleaner look, however, it may just be that I am used to the flat MP from extended Pax 2 use.

Heating, vapor path, and temp options

This is another big area of improvement and I’m finding myself reaching for the Pax 3 more often now because of the quick heat up time. The Pax 2 takes about 45-60 seconds to heat up which has slowly been falling behind a lot of the newer vapes. But now I’m grabbing the Pax 3 because I can start a session in about 15 seconds. The Pax 3 is currently the fastest heating conduction session vape I own.

Pax 3 Vaporizer Concentrate and Half-Pack Chamber

About to insert the concentrate lid

Now the Pax 3 still won’t heat quite as fast as the GH or Firefly 2 if you’re looking for an on-demand portable that you heat up for each individual draw instead of heating the whole oven for a full session. But it’s much-improved heat up time makes it the fastest heating portable conduction session vaporizer I have tested yet.

Temperature Options

The four heat settings are:

  • Temperature 1 –  360F / 182C – 1 Green LEDs  (16 second pre-heat time)
  • Temperature 2 – 380F / 193C – 2 Yellow LEDs  (16 second pre-heat time)
  • Temperature 3 – 400F / 204C – 3 Orange LEDs  (17 second pre-heat time)
  • Temperature 4 – 420F / 215C – 4 Red LEDs  (18 second pre-heat time)

The vapor path remains the same as the Pax 2. Like I mentioned above, I’ve found less draw resistance with the Half-Pack lid but everything else seems to be pretty much the same.

Pax Vapor App

Pax 3 Vapor APP Guide [4K Video] ~7:37

Lastly, the Pax Vapor APP allows you to customize your session with individual temp selections and with different heating profiles. The five different heating profiles are standard, boost mode, efficiency mode, stealth mode and flavor mode.

Boost mode keeps the oven hotter for longer with less auto cooling. I personally like this mode if you are looking for a faster session, you are looking for denser clouds, or you are using the Pax with a water pipe adapter. Efficiency mode ramps up the oven temperature throughout your session so this is an enjoyable setting to use. Stealth mode cools quicker and allows for stealthy light quick hits. Flavor Mode is all about preservation and only heating your herbs when you are drawing, use this mode if you value flavor and vapor smoothness over vapor density.

Pax 3 Vaporizer APP Options and Settings

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So far I’ve been using stock settings (with all modes turned off), the efficiency mode, and occasionally Flavor mode for my normal-dry herb sessions, but I’ve been using boost mode when I’m using glass at home or using the concentrate insert.

It’s important to note that you don’t need a phone or the app to effectively operate the Pax 3. You can change temps via the power button located at the top just like you would with a Pax or Pax 2. The application only adds additional function and customization.

Chamber Info and Bowl Size

The chamber and bowl size have stayed the same on the Pax 3. The only differences are the three lids that come with the unit instead of just the full-pack oven lid. I have found that I can pack roughly .15-.20 grams of dry herb into the oven when I am using the half-pack lid depending on the grind (medium to coarse grind fits .15 and with an extra fine grind it holds .20). With the standard oven lid, the Pax 3 oven will hold .30-.40 grams of dry herb. With the concentrate insert, I have found less is more, and performance drops and cleaning ramps up if you over-load it.

Cleaning and Maintenance

So far I’ve noticed the draw resistance kicks up after around 8-10 bowls. The screen will start to clog around the edges and that’s generally when you’ll want to do a quick cleaning session. You will also want to wipe out the bowl and the underside of the mouthpiece as well. Occasionally you will have to do a full cleaning. You will need the supplied pipe cleaners and some isopropyl alcohol. Wipe out the vapor path, clean out the oven, and give the mouthpiece a good wipe down. A quick cleaning takes a minute or two, and the full cleaning will take about five minutes. Overall the Pax 3 cleaning is easy and straight forward but you do want to stay on top of it to keep your vape performing its best.

If you plan to use the concentrate insert you will have to clean the vapor path, and the underside of the lid a bit more frequently than if you were strictly using dry herbs. The concentrate insert does a very good job of keeping all the liquid contained so I have not had to do any extra cleaning inside the oven itself. I could see the included seal needing to be replaced at some point to ensure it doesn’t leak out and they have included an extra one for that purpose. The insert itself is really easy to clean, you just pop the stainless steel canister itself away from the plastic lid, and then drop it into some isopropyl alcohol.

Overall the Pax 2 and now the Pax 3 vaporizers have always been pretty quick and easy to clean. You just need to stay on top of them or the draw resistance will ramp up and performance will decline.

Battery Specs, Battery Life and Charging Options

This is another big area of improvement. The Pax 3 now has roughly 17% more battery capacity with 3500 mAh vs the 3000 mAh in the Pax 2. In my testing with a full battery charge, I have gotten between 5 and 10 bowls depending on each sessions length and between 95 and 110 minutes of heated total run-time. This is generally getting me 140-180 total draws per charge. In my tests the Pax 3 has taken 95 and 105 minutes to fully charge from completely dead.  So if you throw the Pax 3 onto the charger for 1.5 hours, you can expect 1.5 hours of runtime which is really impressive, especially for USB charging.

Honestly, the Pax 3 is probably the best unit for battery life at this point which is extremely impressive for its size, although it would be cool if the battery was user replaceable.

The Pax 3 comes with the magnetic charging dock that charges via USB. It’s not the strongest magnet and you’ll need to rubber band the unit/charging dock together if you plan on charging on the go where it will be bounced around like a backpack. I wish they would have given us the smaller ‘mini-charger’ with the Pax 3 but it’s still available for purchase in the accessories section on their website. I’ve found it attaches much better to the unit and you don’t have to worry about it coming off if you are charging the unit on the go.

Pax 3 Comparisons

The Pax 3 comes in at the high end of the price spectrum and can be considered a “premium” vaporizer especially when you factor in the 10-year warranty.  The closest vaporizer to the Pax 3 right now would be the Davinci IQ and I am working on a full comparison article that will be posted soon.

The Crafty is another pocketable unit I really like. With the Crafty you will gain a more free-flowing draw, better flavor and overall vapor quality. However you will lose some size and portability and you will definitely lose on heatup time. A new Crafty takes around 2 minutes to heat up and older units can up to 3 minutes to preheat. You will also get at best half battery life with a Crafty.

The Crafty retails for $329 and comes with a 2-year warranty. Check out my crafty review here.

Summary: Should you buy the Pax 3?

Overall I’m really impressed with the upgrades on the Pax 3. It’s definitely not a “new” vaporizer as far as design and aesthetics but internally Pax Labs made some great improvements. The faster heat up time has me reaching the Pax 3 more than any other vaporizer in my collection currently and you can’t beat the portability/concealment factor. If you are looking for a vaporizer that is easy to use, reliable with a great warranty, consistent, enjoyable to use, and really stealthy the Pax 3 could very well be a perfect fit for you.  I can already tell my Pax 3 is going to get more use than any of my other portables this winter on the ski slopes!

I recommend picking up the Pax 3 directly from Pax LABS or via Vapeworld. Both will ensure you get the manufacturer warranty from a trusted reputable source.



If you have any questions about the Pax 3, Pax 2 or any other vaporizer, feel free to leave a comment below or hit me up on my contact page and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thanks for checking out my Pax 3 review and have a great day!

Pax 3 vs Pax 2 Overview: Is the Pax 3 worth the $75 difference?

If you already have a Pax 2, the main differences between the 2 and the 3 will be the heat up time, battery life, haptic feedback and the Pax Vapor APP. If you don’t care about improved battery, heating, and don’t plan to use concentrates you might be better off just picking up the half-pack lid for your Pax 2 as its easily worth the $13 price for me.

Now if you don’t have the Pax 2, even though the Pax 2 is now cheaper at $199 I still definitely recommend going straight for the Pax 3 because you get the half pack lid and the concentrate insert. You are really not spending much extra to get the upgraded internals which are definitely worth that price in my opinion.

Video Transcript:

Introduction:

Hey guys buzz here with vaporizerwizard.com and today I’ll be reviewing the Pax 3 portable vaporizer by PaxLabs. The Pax 3 is a portable conduction vaporizer offering the ability to vape both dry herbs and concentrates. The Pax 3 is currently one of my highest rated portable vaporizers for overall portability next to the Grasshopper. Not only does the Pax 3 last for 100 minutes of average continuous use but it’s extremely easy to pocket and conceal out on the go. This makes the Pax 3 my most used vaporizer for outdoor activities like hiking, biking, skiing or snowboarding.

The Pax 3 ranks highest in categories like average battery life, ease of use, durability, and overall portability.

The new Pax 3 features a bunch of internal changes including a 15-20second heat up time, an adjustable temp spectrum via the Bluetooth and Pax Labs smartphone app, an upgraded battery, and a newly designed concentrate lid. The outside is exactly the same dimensions of the Pax 2, but they changed the outer shell to a Polished finish instead of brushed aluminum and the entire unit weighs about 3 grams more.

At the time of this video the Pax 3 retails for $275. You can click the links in the about section or the top left corner to get the current price and a full review on my website.
Throughout this Pax 3 vaporizer review, I’ll go over the new features, battery life, charging options, the different chamber lids, I’ll go over some comparisons, and finish up with my preferred loading techniques and a quick vape session.

Pax 3 Review:

So here is the Pax 3 vaporizer. The first thing you’ll notice is how light and durable it feels in the hands. You’ll also notice that they changed the outer shell from brushed aluminum to a polished finish. I have noticed more finger prints and it’s not as easy to keep clean but a quick wipe down will leave it looking fresh again. I haven’t had any big drops or bad scratches yet to test the durability of the outer shell but I’ll be taking it skiing all winter to see how it holds up.

The design and functionality is very basic with the Pax 3. You have the chamber and chamber insert, which is located at the bottom. You have the mouthpiece that is located at the top, and the power button is located under the mouthpiece.

Included:

Included with the Pax 3 is the vaporizer itself, some cleaning tools, 3 extra chamber screens, 1 concentrate insert, 2 chamber inserts (half-pack and full-pack), 2 mouthpieces (flat and raised), a micro USB charging cable, keychain + keyring, and lastly the Pax Vapor Smartphone APP.

The Pax 3 comes with pretty much everything you’ll need. Some extras I recommend but not needed would be a good bubbler for home use (this is the d020-d), a water pipe adapter (something like this one or this one), and possibly an external battery pack like this anker. This type of battery pack will fully charge your Pax 3 from dead 2-3 times.

Pax 3 Size and Weight w/ Comparisons

The exact dimensions of the Pax 3 are 3.87 inches tall by 1.21 inches wide by .85 inches deep and it weighs roughly 93 grams. By comparison the Crafty is 135 grams, the Firefly 2 is 140 grams, the Davinci IQ is 145 grams and the Titanium Grasshopper weighs 55 grams.

How to use the Pax 3:

Mouthpieces

You get two different mouthpieces with the Pax 3, one flat and one raised. I personally prefer to use the flat mouthpiece for not only the concealment factor but also the raised mouthpiece seems to produce hotter temps on my lips, most noticeable with aggressive draws.

Both mouthpieces swap out very easily. Just get a fingernail in the groove and lift up for the flat mouthpiece and push to one side or the other to remove the raised mouthpiece.

Oven/Chamber Lids

Next we’ll go over the different chamber lids. The first one and original chamber lid is the full-pack. I prefer to use this one when I’m vaping with multiple people. You can also use it if you wanted to pack one bowl and break it down into multiple sessions. Using the same bowl for multiple sessions lowers the efficiency and flavor so it’s generally not recommended, but it does work well when I am skiing and its tough to repack. The Pax 3 works best when the chamber is fully packed which means it will hold around .3 grams and provide 20-30 draws in a session.

The half-pack lid is perfect for 1-2 people and will provide about 10-15 draws in a roughly 10 minute session. Keep in mind that you can speed up a session or slow it down based on the temps you vape at and what type of herb you are using. The Half-pack lid really improves the efficiency for smaller sessions with the Pax 3. It’s still not as efficient as an on-demand convection vaporizer like the Firefly 2 or Grasshopper, but it’s a big improvement over the standard lid.

Last is the new Concentrate Lid. It’s basically a canister attached to a lid with seals so none of the materials leak out regardless of how you hold your Pax 3. I’ve found the sessions to be very enjoyable and a little amount goes a long way. Personally, I feel like the concentrate insert is nice to have but it’s not going to replace your dab rig or e-nail. It’s more for someone who mainly vapes dry herbs but likes the option to use some concentrates now and again. Overall, the concentrate insert works well without creating a mess to clean up.

All of the lids are easy to remove. For the dry herb full and half-pack, just press down on either side and pull out. For the concentrate insert, just grab the edges and pull it straight out. The concentrate insert does stick out of the bottom a little bit but that’s because the canister takes up the majority of the space in the chamber and it can’t be tilted side to side. It can only go straight in, or come straight out. So it definitely removes some of the concealment factor when using the concentrate insert but also makes it easy to replace.

Chamber Specs – Loading recommendations

I can get about .3 grams of herb with the full-pack lid and around .15 grams with the half-pack lid. Extra fine grinds will produce the best clouds and dense vapor but will increase draw resistance and increase cleaning frequency. My personal preference is to use the half-pack lid with an average to fine grind and pack down the herbs pretty tightly. This gives me a good combination of air flow and vapor density. I only use the full chamber when multiple people are involved or if I plan to use a single oven for multiple sessions. The full-pack is often too big for one person and can lead to wasting of your herbs.

Concentrate Insert:

To add material to the concentrate insert, lift up on either end of the canister and drop the materials into the bottom while avoiding the air paths. I recommend starting out with a small amount and add more later if needed. The oven doesn’t get anywhere near as hot as a dab rig or e-nail so it takes a longer time to extract. Once you have some materials in the canister, place the lid back on the canister and you’re ready to insert the lid into the oven. The canister also removes from the lid for easy for easy cleaning. The bottom does stick out of the unit a little bit to make it easier to remove. I recommend temperature 4 for concentrate use.

Battery and Charging Info:

The Pax 3 uses a rechargeable non-replaceable 3500mAh 18650sized battery which is an upgrade from the 3000mAh in the Pax 2. I’ve been averaging about 100 minutes of use on a full charge and about 100 minutes to charge the unit from dead. Four solid white petals indicate the Pax 3 is fully charged and when all four petals blink red 3 times, it needs to be charged.

I rarely ever run out of battery with the Pax 3. A full battery will last me 5-7 sessions which is usually more than enough for a full day worth of activities. But if you want an option to charge the Pax 3 on the go I recommend picking up an external charger like this one. Something like this one will charge the Pax 3 from dead three times. You can also get smaller ones but make sure they output at 2 or 2.1 amps

By comparison the Davinci IQ averages 50-70 minutes of battery life using the same battery as the Pax 3 but features a replaceable battery system. Downside to the IQ is that it takes roughly 240 minutes to fully charge a dead battery within the unit.

The Crafty averages 30 minutes of use and takes roughly 120 minutes to charge from dead.

How to use the Pax 3 without the APP

The Pax 3 uses one button located under the mouthpiece at the top of the unit. To turn the unit on, press the mouthpiece button one time, same to turn it off. Once you turn the unit on the Pax 3 automatically begins heating to your last set temp. Hold down the power button for 2 seconds to get to the temp options. A quick press will change temps. One petal is temp one which is 360 degrees Fahrenheit. Two petals is 380 degrees, temp 3 is 400 and temp 4 is 420. The last option is a custom pre-set temp that can be changed to any temperature within the 360-420 range via the Pax vapor smartphone app.

Shake the device or hold down the power button for 2 seconds to select a temp. The device does NOT heat while you are in temp select mode and you can’t change the pre-set temp without the app.

Pax 3 App Features

First, you get one custom pre-set temp option. You can change it to any temp within the spectrum. You can also change the color theme to blue, yellow, red or the default green. Adjust brightness from 100% to almost completely off. Lock the device, which is a cool feature as long as your phone doesn’t die. Adjust haptic feedback from completely off, to medium, to high. I personally like the high setting.

Lastly the Pax 3 comes with three different games: Paxrun, Paxsays and Paxspin.

Cleaning and Maintenance

The cleaning and maintenance is pretty easy with the Pax 3. You will want to brush out the chamber after a session and when possible, remove the herbs from the chamber as soon as your session is finished. This will reduce cleaning and the smell. If you vape your ovens in a single session you will have a bit less cleaning than users who break bowls into multiple sessions as the excess oils will build up in the vapor path and top mouthpiece area.

At rtughly 10 sessions you’ll need to remove the screen and drop it in some iso. Dip a little bit of ISO on a q-tip and clean the chamber, chamber insert, top area under the mouthpiece and the mouthpiece itself. You may need to scrub the screen after letting it sit in ISO depending on how many sessions its been. You can also just swap out the screen for a new one and clean them all at once.

Lastly, you’ll want to put a little bit of ISO on a pipe cleaner and run it through the vapor path. Be careful not to use too much and let the unit and all pieces completely dry before using the device again.

So now that we’ve covered pretty much everything about the Pax 3 and how to use it, let’s go ahead and jump into the vape session.

Vape Session: (.15 grams, half-pack, fine grind/tight pack, 400 starting temp)

For this vape session I’m using about .15 grams with a fine grind, tight pack, and the half-pack chamber insert. My starting temp will be 400 degrees Fahrenheit and I’ll jump up to 420 degrees with the bubbler. I usually start a session out at 360, stepping up to 380 and finishing at 400 but I wanted to show what kind of clouds the pax 3 is capable of producing during the demo. The lower temps will produce better flavor and I really only use the 420 temp for concentrates or to finish off a session. I’ve been averaging about 15-20 second heat up times depending on the temp with a full battery.

The Half-Pack chamber insert is perfect for 1-2 people. Draws per session changed based on personal use and length of draws, but I would say I average about 10-15 draws and a session will typically last about 10 minutes depending on temps.

The full-pack chamber insert basically doubles the draws and the session length. I prefer to use the full lid when I’m with a group of friends or if I’m planning to use a single oven for multiple sessions. I average about 20-25 draws and a session will last about 20 minutes on average. Again these will vary depending on your personal preferences.

The Pax 3 features a motion sensor which activates standby mode when the device is not being used. Standby mode will rapidly cool the device and help save herbs. I really like this crEompared to basically every other unit with a set time limit auto shutoff. The Pax 3 will stay on as long as you are using it, and it will go into standby and eventually shut itself off anytime you set it down and forget about it.

The draw resistance is about average for a portable conduction vaporizer and I’ve noticed an improvement in air flow with the half-pack chamber. Finer grinds will increase draw resistance while producing bigger clouds while averagegrinds will be easier to draw from but the clouds won’t be as dense.

The Pax 3 is very easy to pass around and the weirdest thing for you or your friends might be the draw resistance. I try to explain it as sipping from a cup of hot tea and basically slow down your draw until you feel no resistance.

There are a couple different options for water pipe adapters. Two options I recommend is the delta 3d studios wpa or the new vape male water pipe adapter. Both of these WPA’s will work with the Pax 2 and Pax 3.

Lastly, I’m using the d020-d bubbler.

PROS and CONS

My first pro is the size, durability and portability. The Pax 3 is my go to portable vaporizer for outdoor activities because I know I can conceal it easily and it’s tough enough for rugged adventures.

Next is the battery life. I average about 5-7 sessions on a full charge which is about 100 minutes of continuous use. This is more than enough battery life for a full days’ worth of activities and the Pax 3 will fully charge from dead in 100 minutes.

The Pax 3 is easy to use, operate and maintain plus it comes with a 10 year warranty.

You also get tons of options. The new concentrate lid performs exactly as described while being easy to use and easy to clean. You also get two different dry herb chamber lids and two different mouthpieces.

The last two pros would be the 15-20 second average heat up times and the Pax 3 offers precise temp options between 360 and 420 degrees Fahrenheit with the Pax APP.

Moving on to the cons, the first downside to the Pax 3 would be the draw resistance. It’s not bad compared to other conduction vaporizers but like I mentioned earlier, it’s definitely not as free flowing as models like the Firefly 2 or Grasshopper.

Next con is the fact that you have to use the app to select precise temps or change the custom pre-set temp. It would have been nice to be able to select a specific temperature without having to pull out your phone and open up the app.

Next small complaint would be that the Pax 3 uses a stainless steel chamber, stainless steel vapor path, but uses a food grade silicone mouthpiece.

Lastly, the magnet in the charging dock is pretty weak so you’ll need to wrap a rubber band around the unit and charging dock if you’ll be charging on the move.

SUMMARY

So overall the Pax 3 is a very good vaporizer if you’re looking for ultimate portability, quick pre-heat times, an option for concentrates and above average battery life.

I’ve said it a million times but I always reach for the Pax when I’m heading out to go hiking, biking, skiing, or snowboarding because I know that it will easily fit in my pockets and it’s durable enough to survive whatever I throw at it.

You can pick up the Pax 3 or check out my full Pax 3 article with more pictures by following the links down below in the about section.

If you already have the Pax 2 or thinking about buy the Pax 2 instead of the Pax 3, the biggest upgrades will be the faster pre-heat times, better battery life and access to the app. As far as I know the concentrate insert will be interchangeable with the Pax 2. So if you don’t really care about the increased heat up times and you don’t currently run out of battery life, the Pax 2 might work just fine for you.

As always, if you have any questions about the Pax 3 or any other vaporizer, feel free to leave a comment down below or contact me on my website vaporizerwizard.com.
Thanks for watching and take it easy.

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Pax 3 Vaporizer Review

The Pax 3 is every bit as good as the Pax 2 with some key upgrades. The Pax 3 now features 15-20 second pre-heats, bluetooth connectivity, a concentrate insert, and a bigger battery (3500mAh now vs 3000mAh on Pax 2). I recommend picking up the Pax 3 directly from PaxLabs or check out Vapeworld.

55 Comments

  • SolSearcher says: October 20, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    So I was wondering about the concentrate insert for the pax 3. You said in your article that the pax 3 has the same bowl size as the pax 2. I was wondering if I could use the pax 3 wax insert with my pax 2 as a different lid for the unit.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: October 20, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      It does fit fine in the Pax 2. But no word on if or when they will officially release them for individual sale.

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      • BelieveInSteve says: October 22, 2016 at 10:40 am

        I’ve read on Reddit that they aren’t planning on releasing it but I’m sure pax 3 users who don’t use it will sell the insert

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        • Buzz Danklin says: October 22, 2016 at 11:43 am

          At some point, Pax 3 users are going to lose or ruin the canister for the concentrate insert so they will need to have replacements available for purchase.

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          • Tony says: December 9, 2016 at 4:35 pm

            I would like a 2nd or 3rd insert to pre-load for use when on the go.

  • randy says: October 22, 2016 at 1:40 am

    Do you know if the Pax 2 End Caps’ for less than $3 from Delta 3d Studios to conceal excess smell, fit on the Pax 3? I will definitely need some since I plan on vaping almost everywhere, and would like to have them ready for when the Pax 3 comes out.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: October 22, 2016 at 11:41 am

      Yea same dimensions. They should work just fine.

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  • Zee says: October 23, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Which one would you rather use if you’re an active user: the firefly 2 or the pax 3?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: October 23, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      I would go for the Pax 3. The Firefly 2 requires a long and slow draw which is quite tough to do if you are ever out of breath or winded. Meanwhile the Pax is pretty forgiving with draws so it works well with long slow draws, or you can take a bunch of short sips with the Pax as well if you are out of breath and it still performs well. I also trust the Pax 3 will handle abuse and bangs much better than the FF2. While I have not dropped my Pax 3 yet, my OG Pax and Pax 2 have really had a rough life and they are both still working well. I have dropped them in the dirt and rocks while biking, taken them to high elevation windy cold skiing conditions and accidentally dropped them in the snow and they are still going strong. If something does go wrong, you get the 10 year warranty with the Pax 3 compared to the 2 years with the FF2

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      • Eli says: November 15, 2016 at 4:57 pm

        What do u think crafty or pax 3? I had crafty n loved it. Had pax 2 n not so much kinda annoying after awhile clogged up and cleanjng was a pain in the ass. Do u think the improvements have made a difference or u think i should stick w my crafty. Thanks. Sorry dont know how to leave a comment so did it on a reply

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        • Buzz Danklin says: November 16, 2016 at 5:05 pm

          Probably wanna stick with your Crafty or the check out the new Davinci IQ. The improved heat up time and temp control are nice but the Pax 3 functions pretty much the exact same as the Pax 2.

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    • Smokey says: December 8, 2016 at 8:07 am

      Pax 3 all the way. I have both and the pax 3 has better battery life, better draws, more sleek and discrete, etc… the flavor for dry herb is much better on the pax 3 in my opinion but as far as concentrates it’s a toss up. They also improved the mouth piece from the pax 2 so that’s another plus. Not much negative I can say about pax 3. My FF2 had major battery life issues even after I sent it in for repair. The FF2 mouth piece and screen is a major pain in the butt and It’s also still pretty clunky especially compared to pax even though they made it smaller than the FF1. I’d give the FF2 an 8 overall and the pax 3 a 9. The only complaint I have about the pax 3 is that the concentrate lid doesn’t sit flush and it may get lost over time so hopefully they have replacement ovens sooner than later. I’d definitely go with Pax 3.

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  • James says: October 25, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Hello, that was a very informative review and filled in a few gaps that other reviews seem to have not touched on specifically the virtues of this vape compared to the Crafty and the FF2. I have a couple of questions about the odor aspect. I checked out the vape caps you suggested and the reviews there are very good, everyone seems happy but I notice that the manufacturer suggests the bottom cap around the oven shouldn’t be fitted during use which I then assume means that these caps are for storage purposes only. That being said, I’ve looked around and found the blackrockog case.
    1) could you have a scan inside and tell me whether you think there are advantages for a having one of those cases instead as they seem fairly compact versus the caps which are loose?
    2) Apart from the clear difference in price, are there any benefits in having the caps over the case?
    3) Are there products available to hide the odor during use, something that fits around the oven or most of the vape? I haven’t vaped before but the idea of being able to use it in public without having to look over my shoulder is appealing.
    Thanks!

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    • Buzz Danklin says: October 31, 2016 at 6:15 pm

      Hey James,

      I have not used that BlackrockOG case, so I cannot compare them to the caps, but the caps may actually do a better job with smell, since they completely seal off the top and bottom of the Pax.
      1.) I think the biggest advantage to the larger case is the extra space, so you could carry some extras in there, it also looks pretty nice too.
      2.) I think the biggest advantage to the caps are the very small size (when you pull them off to use the Pax, they take almost zero space in your pocket) and I know they stop smells very well, whereas the other zipper cases I have used have been less than stellar at stopping smells (But I have not tried the BlackrockOG)
      3.) The part that will smell the most during use is actually going to be your exhales, but it won’t smell near as strong as smoke, and the smell goes away much quicker. Vapor is also quite a bit thinner/lighter and unless you have good lighting it can be tougher to see so its pretty easy to do in public. For the least smell you would keep the Caps on your Pax until you pull it out to use it, then you will vape, and then toss the caps back on after your finish the oven before throwing it back into your pocket, bag, car etc.

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      • Boothillier says: January 8, 2017 at 1:03 am

        Pretty much answered my question as well — looking at the Pax 3 as a good concert vape and thinking the caps will be perfect. That’s been the only problem with conduction vapes I’ve tried, including the Pax 1 — way too conspicuous in terms of residual odor. Now, in terms of odor of exhale, easy: Smoke Buddy Jr.

        So with exhale odor out of the equation, would you agree that with the caps and the “stealth” or “flavor” modes, that the Pax 3 would be my choice for odor stealth, Buzz?

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        • Buzz Danklin says: January 8, 2017 at 6:26 pm

          I do think that it’s a great option, and it would serve you well. I find the lower temps are easier to mask the smell, and I also prefer to empty my ovens when they are finished to help reduce smell a bit further.

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  • Atom says: November 3, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    I am torn between Pax 3 and Davinci I.Q. Which one do you recommend? I plan on mostly use for flowers anyway.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: November 8, 2016 at 11:36 am

      So far I think it comes down to the Pax 3 having better battery life/quicker charge time and I’m enjoying the session more with the IQ. The IQ is probably the best tasting conduction vaporizer that I have tested and it produces some pretty big clouds if that’s your thing. The Pax 3 is still very sleek and the easiest to conceal. I’m looking forward to bringing both out on the slopes this winter and really testing the durability/portability/reliability of both.

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  • Brenda Brogren says: November 10, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Do anyone know when the Pax 3 will be available (date) for sell?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: November 12, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      No word yet but I will update this article as soon as its available.

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      • Sabra says: November 14, 2016 at 4:50 pm

        and i wanted it for Christmas :'(

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        • Tony says: December 9, 2016 at 5:00 pm

          Just got mine yesterday, it does heat fast. I like the concentrate option but like to have extra inserts for the concentrate for on the go.

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  • Arty says: November 30, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    Great, thorough review! I loved the breakdown of the heat up times per temperature setting. When using the concentrarte insert, do you have to remove the oven lid so it the insert can fit flush? Any hiccups connecting the vape via Bluetooth with the app? I know the battery is bigger but I hope the constant Bluetooth in the vape will not drain the battery too quickly.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: November 30, 2016 at 11:12 pm

      Hey Arty! Thank you for the kind words. The concentrate lid doesn’t sit flush with the unit. I believe they made it that way so you can remove it. With the dry herb lids (half-pack and regular), you have to push down on either side to open the lids. But the concentrate insert takes up pretty much the entire chamber so it can only slide right out with no space on the sides. That’s just my guess. No problems with the app draining battery life.

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    • Luke says: January 12, 2017 at 11:27 am

      Connect to bluetooth, pedal flashes everytime you turn on , waste of battery, an waste of 300 dollars FML!

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  • Emily Fisher says: December 1, 2016 at 12:12 am

    This is the 8th review I’ve read on the PAX 3. All go on forever, saying the same damn things, and NOT A SINGLE ONE SAYS WHAT THE PARTS ARE MADE OF, which, personally, is the only thing I care about.

    Unless every heated part, anything that touches herb or lips, is glass or ceramic, I have no interest.

    What are the parts made of?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: December 1, 2016 at 12:19 am

      Stainless steel chamber, stainless steel vapor path, food grade silicone mouthpiece.

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      • Steve says: December 1, 2016 at 7:56 am

        Hi Buzz, what about the plastic oven lid cover, especially the half pack cover which sits deep inside the oven. This hot plastic is my only reservation with the pax unit… any thoughts or knowledge on this plastic and potential for inhaling microscopic polymer molecules? Thanks!

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        • Buzz Danklin says: December 1, 2016 at 8:07 am

          Hey Steve,

          I understand being wary of plastic. I do know they use high heat medical grade plastic which is rated to go to a much higher heat temperature than the oven can ever experience.

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  • eric r says: December 2, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Hey Buzz,
    I’m in the market for a new vape ,my v2 pro3 just crapped out.
    Grass Hopper or pax 3 ?
    can you tell us the pros and cons of each?
    thanks!

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    • Buzz Danklin says: December 3, 2016 at 12:31 am

      Hey Eric! Check out my Pax 2 vs GH Comparison. The Pax 2 is basically the same as the Pax 3 except the Pax 3 will have the quicker heat up, better battery life and option for concentrates.

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  • Joe Blyskal says: December 3, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Just received my PAX 3 and I have only good things to say except I am disappointed that the Bluetooth Functions are not as yet presently available, so when?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: December 3, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      The PaxVapor app from the app store doesn’t work for me. I have the beta app they gave me for developers and testers which works but doesn’t help you guys. I’ll send out an email and see what the dealio is.

      Edit: It looks like they are aiming for a Jan 1 launch.

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  • Col says: December 10, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    What’s the best grinder to use for loose leaf?

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  • Anj says: December 14, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Purchasing a gift for a will-be-first-time vaping friend who has been tasting via glass bowl for years, and other methods prior. How much taste loss will she experience with the PAX3? And how much would you say she gains back if i purchase the Firefly2 instead? I want her to enjoy the switch! Thank you in advance.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: December 14, 2016 at 11:29 am

      Hey And, while the FF2 does taste better than the Pax3, both units will taste better than smoking through glass. Your friend will be able to taste the unique traits of her herbs much easier through a vaporizer. If she sticks to only vapes for a week or two, and then tries smoking again she will likely be blown away by how much it tastes like ash, and not the specific traits of the herbs she is consuming. The Pax 3 is very simple, easy, and consistent, so I think that would be the better choice for a first timer. I do love the FF2 but it takes more technique/practice to get the best results so it’s not always the best for brand new users.

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  • Terry says: December 16, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Yesterday, I purchased a PAC 3, to wild excitement from all the store at Livewell in Denver. I was told, before you you use it to go on line and register it.

    I attempted to do as instructed. THERE IS NO WAY TO REGISTER the product and there is no way get operation instructions. There is NO website and today LiVWELL will not refund my money

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    • Buzz Danklin says: December 16, 2016 at 6:07 pm

      Hey Terry, you will want to register your Pax directly on their own site here. There should also be a small user guide in the box, its on about 2 inch by 2 inch paper folded up. If you are unable to find that, you can check out the Pax 3 FAQ on their site here. Lastly I would be more than happy to answer any specific questions or problems you might have.

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  • Ed says: December 21, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    First, The app is not up and running yet. I personally tried the PAX3 and found the vape quality with its herb attachment not very fulfilling. I just could not get that quality vape that I got from the Mightly or Crafty by Storz & Bickel. With the concentrate attachment, I got great quality and tasty vapes, but the concentrate attachment got stock inside the unit and Is till can not get it out. The plastic lid attachment to the concentrate unit melted and is no longer attaching to the aluminum concentrate dish. Badly designed. I was extremely cautious not to over fill with concentrate and I kept it standing at all times. It leaked miserably. I contacted the company couple of days ago for a solution and I’m still waiting. I will keep you updated.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: December 21, 2016 at 10:35 pm

      Yikes, let me know how it goes. APP goes live on the 28th of December 2016. I haven’t had any leakage problems with mine but maybe you had a dirty or bad seal. Are you using it mainly for concentrates or for dry herb? I use mine for dry herb 90% of them time so I’ll try it to use it more and see how it holds up.

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  • Art says: January 18, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Firefly 2 vs. Pax 3? I have the Firefly and like it buts it’s bulky, the battery wears down quickly, and the concentrate function necessitates very heavy draw wor.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: February 3, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      The Firefly 2 will perform similar to your FF1, but its smaller, about half the weight, and its a bit easier and more consistent at providing vapor quality. Since you already have the FF1 I would suggest going with Pax 3 so then you have both an on demand unit and a session unit. That way you will have a unit that will thrive in any situation

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  • Joseph says: February 2, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Wondering how it is holding up on the slopes?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: February 2, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      Great! No problems. Heat up times are slightly higher at about 25 seconds. Battery life is good and no scratches or dings on the shell. I just wouldn’t keep it in the same pocket as your keys or anything else that could scratch the shell.

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  • Jay says: February 11, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Are the battery lights suppose to come on when you slightly shake the Pax 3??? This is what it states in the small manual that it comes with; however my lights are not going on. I also get just three solid lights and then the last one just keeps blinking no matter how long it is on the charger. Is this right or is something wrong with this unit???

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    • Buzz Danklin says: February 23, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      Try resetting the colors to the default color setting on the app and then check everything again. Otherwise I would contact Pax vapor directly and see what they have to say.

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  • Lesa says: February 19, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    In your opinion, what’s the best temperature to vape concentrates like crumble or shatter? I like the flavor setting for the dry herbs, but can’t seem to find the sweet spot for my crumble.
    Thanks :)

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    • Buzz Danklin says: February 23, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      Boost! I don’t often get to use crumble or wax but that’s the setting I used! Thanks for checking out my site :)

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  • B says: March 2, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    We have owned the Pax 3 since November. Had an issue with the Unit that holds the wax. We contacted Pax around 6 times and not one person would get back to us with the exception of sending automated emails. Pax customer service sucks and does not back their product. Buyer beware!

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    • Buzz Danklin says: March 7, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      Hey B, that is really unfortunate to hear. How did you try contacting them, only via their email? I would try contacting them again, and potentially try another email provider, or a different contact method in case some sort of spam. I did hear that their customer service got overwhelmed after the launch so maybe your ticket just slipped through the cracks as well. Lastly if you have a Reddit account you can contact /u/ojan_at_pax and he will get your sorted out quickly.

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  • Grace says: March 16, 2017 at 1:09 am

    Now that its March and you’ve had the opportunity to use it over the winter, can you tell me how does it hold up in the snow/moisture/altitude? I am often out in -30 weather on the trail. Thanks!

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    • Buzz Danklin says: March 16, 2017 at 7:20 am

      Hey Grace, the highest altitude I tested this winter was a bit over 8000ft, and the lowest temps I tested was around -10F. The Pax 3 performed well in every cold situation I personally tried. The faster heating seems to help it get up to and maintain temp much better in very cold temps. Pax3 is definitely more water resistant than most other vapes. I have used mine dozens of times during strong snow on chairlift rides, I have accidently dropped it into the powder, and I have also used it in the rain and it still works like new. With that said the oven temp does still drop after long draws in cold temps, so I like to give it 10-15 seconds to reheat in-between draws when it is very cold. Like all vapes in the cold, it’s very important to keep them as warm as possible or the batteries really go downhill fast and hard. While skiing I always try to keep vapes in an inside pocket whenever possible. One final trick I learned back when I skied with the original Pax 1 which had a hard time maintaining temps in the cold was to get a fabric case. Then I would just use the unit while it was inside its case, and it acted as sort of a ‘koozie’ to help insulate the unit.

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  • Tofu says: March 16, 2017 at 11:24 am

    I am tying to find a good portable vaporizer for medical use, would this be a good fit for some one new to vaping? And what kind of smell is produced? Is there a way to minimize or eliminate the smell?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: March 16, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      Hey Tofu, you might want to check out my best portables article where I go over my favorite units and what they are strongest at. The Firefly 2 and the Grasshopper are two of the least smelling vapes I use frequently. They both do smell less than the Pax 3 which is a bit smellier than average. With that said, you can cut down on essentially all of the smell from the Pax 3 when its not in use by using the Pax 3 endcaps from Delta 3d Studios which only cost a few dollars.

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