The Pax 2 is a portable dry herb vaporizer made by the company Pax Vapor. The Pax 2 is a big improvement over the previous model and a big contender with other top portable vaporizers currently on the market. It comes with new innovative features like redesigned mouthpieces that are able to sense the presence of your lips and optimize power/temp regulation during use.
Update: The Pax 2 is officially discontinued and no longer sold. Pax Labs has replaced it with the Pax Mini (read review). They also released a new version of the Pax 3 called the Pax Plus (read review). Check out my reviews and hit me up with any questions.
The Pax 2 comes with better than average battery life, a deeper oven for more even heating, and four different heat settings now instead of three on the original. The new temp range is also a wider spectrum. Ten degrees lower and 10 degrees higher for a bit more control during your sessions.
|Name:||Pax 2 Vaporizer|
|Category:||Best Under $150|
|Temp Range:||360F – 420F|
|Battery Life:||5-6 Bowls Avg|
|Battery Type:||Non-Replaceable / Rechargeable|
|Charging Type:||USB Cradle / 100 Minutes|
There are a couple of things I don’t really dig like the weak magnet on the charging dock and the draw resistance (improved with half-pack lid) but I’ll get more into the details down below in this Pax 2 vaporizer review.
The Pax 2 has been my go-to portable vaporizer for “outdoor” activities for quite some time now with the Pax 3 taking over recently. The small form factor and tough outer shell make it one of the most durable portable vaporizers for outdoor activities like mountain biking, hiking, skateboarding, rollerblading, skiing/snowboarding, etc. I have dropped it in the snow, ran over it with my bike, dropped it on the trails many times and the Pax 2 is still going strong. You also get a 2-year warranty for that extra little piece of mind.
Read on below to get my full Pax 2 review.
Table of Contents
Size and Portability
I rank the Pax 2 pretty high in terms of portability. The Pax 2 has a stealthy slim design which makes it very easy to pocket and conceals out in public. Especially with the new flush mouthpiece design.
Overall Size Specs – The Pax 2 weighs 90.2g and the exact dimensions are 3.87” tall, 1.21” wide, and .08” deep. This makes the Pax 2 one the best vapes in terms of portability and discretion.
The original Pax came in around 98g so the Pax 2 is a bit smaller in size and about 8-10g lighter and the newest Pax 3 is the exact same size but a few grams heavier so the Pax 2 is still king of portability and pocket-ability.
Pax 2 Mouthpiece Options – I really like the discretion and concealment offered with the flat mouthpiece design. The mouthpiece is completely different from the original Pax model and it sits flush with the top. There’s basically no way that you could tell what it was because it doesn’t have a mouthpiece.
This also makes the cleaning very minimal because there are no clicking components in the top to gunk up. So far so good in this category.
I do feel like I get batter airflow with the raised mouthpiece but again, it sticks out a little above the vaporizer.
Heating and Temp Options
Pax 2 Temperature Settings – The four different Pax 2 temperatures are set at 360/380/400/420 Fahrenheit or roughly 180/193/204/215 celsius.
To quote their CMO “We redesigned the PAX 2 to have both the lip-sensing, and a new heating algorithm that adjusts temperature dynamically based on how you use it. We also focused the temp algorithm on the materials themselves, rather than the oven temp, to make sure the draw was consistent from first to last.”
I’ve personally noticed that I get a better flavor for longer compared to the original Pax. The new heating technology also uses my herbs more efficiently and it’s better at breaking single oven packs into multiple sessions. If you pick up the half-pack lid from the accessory section of the Paxvapor store you can improve efficiency even further.
I believe the Pax 2 (and now Pax 3) produces some of the best overall vapor quality from any conduction portable. It’s very smooth and tasty at lower temps and can produce bigger clouds at higher temps.
Chamber Info and Bowl Size
The Pax 2 uses a stainless steel oven that is 91% the size of the original Pax, but it’s a bit deeper and not quite as wide which helps vape your herbs a little more evenly as there is a higher surface area of material being heated.
Pax 2 Loading Tips – For optimal results a fully packed oven is recommended, when fully packed the Pax 2 oven holds roughly .30-.40 grams of herbs depending on how fine or coarse the grind is, with the half-pack lid the oven holds .15-.20 grams.
Pax 2 Battery Life – The battery claims to provide up to 30% more usage from the previous model and I’ve found that I get about 90 minutes per charge on the Pax 2. This is above average for most portable vaporizers, and the Pax 3 has even better battery life.
Charging Times – Not only does the Pax 2 give you above-average battery life from a single charge, but it also charges faster than a lot of other units. I’ve found the Pax 2 to fully charge from dead in about 100 minutes.
Lastly, the batteries Pax uses have been known for really great longevity, so you can expect your battery to continue to perform well for years to come. If you need a vaporizer with better battery life than the Pax 2, I would check out the Mighty (Mighty+ (Plus) Review).
How to Charge Pax 2 – The Pax 2 is charged via a magnetic USB charging dock which just attaches to the outside of the PAX 2. Nothing to plug in on the vaporizer, just attach it to the outside, and it starts charging. Pretty cool. Plus its USB so you can charge it pretty much anywhere and/or pick up a battery pack for use on the go. The battery is NOT replaceable, which is my only gripe.
*BONUS the old Pax charger will unplug from the base and plug into the new magnetic USB charging on the Pax 2. So you can charge the Pax 2 directly from the wall with your old Pax charger which is pretty cool.
Pax 2 Accessories
The Pax comes with an extra raised mouthpiece that is sort of similar to the original Pax. I’m not a big fan of it because it seems to get a little warm on the lips. Plus I really like the new flush design. No mouthpiece lube in this kit because you don’t need it!
It does come with a decent-sized bottle of ISO and some high-quality pipe cleaners that clean the vapor path. Just dip them in iso and clean the vapor path and you’re done. Very minimal compared to the older model.
*Update* I now recommend people pick up the $13 Half-Pack lid when purchasing their Pax 2. It lowers draw resistance and allows you to use a half-loaded oven (.15-.20grams) efficiently now.
Pax 2 Cleaning and Maintenance
Overall, I’m really impressed with the Pax 2 and the lack of cleaning/maintenance involved compared to the old unit. I would say that was my biggest complaint with the original unit. It’s still not as easy to clean and maintain as the Crafty+ (Crafty+ Review) or some other newer portable vaporizers, but again, it’s much better than the OG Pax. You can check out my best portable vaporizer buying guide for more info on current, up-to-date models.
It’s important to clear out the chamber immediately after a session and you’ll notice it’s time to clean the Pax 2 when the draw resistance starts to increase. Use a small amount of ISO with the included pipe cleaners to clear out the vapor path. You can then take a q-tip with a small amount of ISO to wipe our the chamber and mouthpiece.
Pax Warranty Information
The Pax 2 comes with a 2-year manufacturer warranty and I have never ever ever had a problem with the Pax customer support. When someone tells me reliability and warranty/customer support is the most important factor in their vaporizer decision, Pax Vaporizers are the vapes I recommend.
Pax 3 – The Pax 3 is the newest vaporizer made by PaxVapor, and not only does it vape dry herbs, but they also introduced a new concentrate cartridge that allows you to vape extracts. The new Pax 3 upgrades include quicker heat-up times, better battery life, and more temp options.
They also offer the Pax 3 in two different kits, the Pax 3 “Complete Kit” for $249 which includes the concentrate option, or the Pax 3 “Basic Kit” which includes everything you need to vape dry herbs.
Firefly 2+ – The Firefly 2+ (Firefly 2+ (Plus) Review) is one of the best “pure convection” portable vaporizers currently on the market. It’s definitely not as stealthy or lightweight as the Pax 2, but the Firefly 2 Plus is my highest-rated portable vaporizer for vapor quality (taste, temp, vapor production). It also heats up in 5-7 seconds, including pre-heat, so you can get in a quick session while you’re on the go.
It really depends on what kind of sessions you are looking for. If you want longer sessions and a cheaper price go with the Pax 2. If you want the best vapor quality and quick sessions I would go for the Firefly 2 Plus.
Crafty+ – The Crafty+ vaporizer (Crafty+ (Plus) Review) is a good option if you need to stay portable but want more temp control and less draw resistance. The Crafty Plus comes with a pretty hefty price tag but it’s definitely one of the easiest to use and one of the most consistent portable vapes I’ve tested. No learning techniques or packing techniques. Just load what you want, take your draw, and go.
The downsides to this unit are the slower heat-up time and below-average battery life but the taste and cool temps of the vapor production are totally worth the wait. This is the best vaporizer for people who like a free-flowing draw.
Pax 2 Review Summary
Should you buy the Pax 2 vaporizer? – If you are in the market for a very portable session vape then I definitely recommend that you pick up the Pax 2. The Pax 2 is rated at the top for portability and can be concealed very well.
It is my favorite outdoor activity vape because it works perfectly for use out on the ski hills, while mountain biking, or doing some hiking. It’s very easy to operate and it works well in both single and group settings.
Pax 2 Vaporizer
The Pax 2 is an upgraded version of the OG Pax vaporizer. The Pax 2 is a portable dry herb vaporizer made by the company Pax Labs. It's pocket-friendly, rugged, and features above-average battery life.
Product Brand: Pax Labs