PAX II vs. PAX III – The Sly Pax

Even groundbreaking products experience major facelifts, that’s the case for PAX’s flagship product, the PAX Vaporizer. PAX is a company based in San-Francisco, USA. “Founded by two Stanford Design Program graduates,” PAX Labs have been known for their aesthetic and ergonomic vaporizers that are both expressive and innovative. PAX Vaporizers are known for “combining modern technologies, materials, and processes with simple, sleek, effective, and coveted product designs.” Well, what do you expect from people with impressive design program background? Perfection.

PAX Vaporizers have been the go-to vaporizer for most tech-savvy wax concentrate and dry herb consumers since the release of the original PAX in 2012. The first PAX vaporizer was intended for loose-leaf material consumption and was immediately regarded as one of the best dry herb vaporizers at that time. Though the original PAX or the PAX 1, was already ahead of its time, the people behind this loose-leaf legend were bent on improving not only the product itself but also the overall experience of botanical consumers. Hence, the PAX 2 was born.

Into to PAX II

Always on top. The PAX II never ceased to impress even the best loose-leaf connoisseurs, that’s why it’s consistently ranked as one of the best portable vaporizers since its release. One of its most notable features is its powerful herb oven that’s equipped with four temperature settings that evenly heats up your materials without getting to the point of combustion. It utilizes conduction style heating to effectively vaporize your material, with a large herb chamber it allows longer vaping sessions without the need of frequent reloads. This also means that the PAX 2 covers a good amount of surface area even when compared amongst other top-shelf vaporizers. A single load can yield 10-15 draws on high-temperature setting at around 420 F.

The second iteration of the original PAX features 45 seconds heat up time and a 90-minute battery life. More than just decent numbers compared to the average dry herb vaporizer. The only drawback from using the PAX II is its draw resistance but that’s mainly due to its screens where smoke and material build-up may occur causing the chambers to get clogged over time.

With such lofty features, one would understand why it’s the best in its category.

Unprecedented Improvements

While the PAX II was already spectacular in terms of features and functionality, the PAX III, PAX Labs’ third iteration of their flagship device, promises an even better outcome. With unprecedented improvements over the PAX II, the PAX III ensures a better experience and even better results.

The PAX III is more versatile compared to the PAX II. Not only can it vaporize dry herb strains but it also vaporizes wax concentrates. The PAX III has a Complete Kit version which includes an extract insert allowing wax concentrate aficionados to enjoy the benefits of using PAX products. If you find PAX II’s 45-second heat up time impressive, then wait till you hear about PAX III’s 15 to 30-second heat up time. Battery life is also doubled making it the perfect dual-purpose portable vaporizer for on-the-go vape enthusiasts, you no longer have to keep on charging your vaporizer every now and then. You can enjoy even longer vaping sessions making the PAX III the better option for demanding group sessions.

Another notable feature apart from its superior heating is the inclusion of a PAX III mobile app. Equipped with a Bluetooth LE, the PAX III can easily connect to your smartphone in seconds. Using the PAX Vapor App allows you to adjust settings and most importantly, update the firmware of the PAX III vaporizer easily.  Surprisingly, the PAX Vapor App includes games and vaporizer modes you can take advantage of. The PAX Vapor App allows you to change the color of the LED diodes and the vibration strength and even giving your PAX III Vaporizer a name.  What’s worth mentioning is the PAX III’s adjustable inhalation modes. This feature allows users to personalize how their materials are heated, this is useful especially when you’re vaping wax concentrates. Different wax concentrates have various levels of consistencies and finding the right temperature and intensity is a must. One of our personal favorites, the Boost Mode delivers more potent hits with extreme temperature levels. Conversely, an Efficient Mode allows longer sessions through gradual temperature adjustments.


The PAX III is obviously the better amongst the two units. It’s the pinnacle of PAX Vaporizer technology, though one can never tell what they have in store for their customers. The PAX III was announced and released roughly just after one and a half year after the launch of the PAX II. It could be too early to tell that the PAX III is PAX Vaporizer’s last and final form and we’d all be bummed to know if it is so.

Both the PAX II and the PAX III sport similar interior design with very little difference leaving us to look what they have under the hood. The only noticeable change in its exterior is the slightly smaller dimensions of the PAX III. Both feature anodized aluminum exterior making the already durable aluminum tougher to withstand the toil of everyday use. Toe-to-toe, the PAX II and the PAX III aren’t exactly neck and neck and compared to other vaporizers in its class, the PAX III Vaporizer wins the race by a mile. Here’s a close look at both vaporizers and how they stack up against each other.

Build Quality ★★★☆☆ ★★★☆☆
Vapor Output ★★★☆☆ ★★★★★
Battery Life ★★★☆☆ ★★★★★
Portability ★★★☆☆ ★★★★★
Efficiency ★★★☆☆ ★★★★☆
Convenience ★★★☆☆ ★★★★★
Overall Experience ★★★★☆ ★★★★★

Undoubtedly, the PAX III gets the upper hand in the battle for vaporizer supremacy. That’s why almost all reputable online shops make sure that they have a PAX III in their collection. The differences It would be worth your while to try out the PAX II Vaporizer and all the advantages and improved features it could offer.


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