- Simple Function
- Easy Loading
- Adjustable Temps
- Uneven baking
- Warm Vapors
- Frequent Cleaning
Pushing the Industry Forward
The explosion of vaporizers and e-cigs has caused alot of poorly made and ill-conceived vapes to hit the market, especially with portable units. Some designs look cool, but don’t function well, others work great but are poorly made. Enter the Pax.
There was so much buzz around the Pax when it came out, but I thought it was all hype. No company had made a portable unit that hit it out of the park yet. We all want a vape that can fit in our pocket, last a long time, and work efficiently. Is that asking too much?
Ploom, the company behind the Pax, didn’t think so. They ignored what every other company was doing, and started from scratch to create what they hoped would be the perfect portable vape. This conduction style vape has a sleek design, just a 4in long aluminum tube, shaped like an over sized bic lighter that fits perfectly in your hand. THe mouthpeice recesses inside the vape and also acts as the power button.
The pax has a lithium-ion battery that heats an ‘oven’ as they call it to bake your herbs. Use is simple: Load the oven, click the mouthpeice up to turn it on, and when the indicator light turns green, the Pax is ready to go.
You aren’t able to draw from this vape easily, there is a certain restriction to the air flow by design, to prevent the oven from cooling down to low. Its like drinking a shake through a straw. Major drawback for me, I like taking easy natural breaths. The taste was initially great…better flavor than most portables, to be sure, but towards the end of the bake, the flavor turned a bit…plasticy.
My loafs were being a bit over baked at first, but under the mouthpeice is a temperature adjustment with three levels of heat. I was on high, so I lowered it to medium and it was almost perfect, it just didn’t bake evenly. Keeping the temperature adjustment inside keeps the design super clean. The unit gets a little warm, but never hot. Don’t try and reload it right away…the oven can certainly be too hot to touch.
Ploom packed a lot of technology into the Pax. The indicator light changes colors to convey many things, like heat level, battery life, and standby mode. There is even a party mode setting, check the video on how to trigger it. They must have put an accelerometer in it as well, as any movement whatsoever will pull it out of standby mode. Crazy.
Ploom spent a chunk of change on the packaging, but I would have preferred that they put that money towards a travel case of some kind. The Pax comes with a charging stand, but I would have preferred USB charging, but that would have negatively impacted the design.
The Pax is a great vape. Its extremely easy to use and has good battery life. But it feels that Ploom focused more on design than they did function. The draw is difficult, but with patience it can be manageable. The uneven baking can be mitigated by stirring, but that also requires you to repack the oven. The taste at the end of the loaf is noticably poor, I think using less plastic internally might help. I use the Pax, but only when situation demands. Its strongest feature is its design, and as much as I appreciate good design, I can’t sacrifice function for it. When sitting around at home, the Pax stays on the shelf. But as soon as I am headed out, its the first thing I grab.
|VERDICT: Ultra easy to use, sleek design, decent battery life. Buy it!|
|Pax Portable Vaporizer|
|Heat-up time||~ 1 minute|