Pax Vaporizer Review
Easy to Clean
  • Simple Function
  • Easy Loading
  • Adjustable Temps
  • Uneven baking
  • Warm Vapors
  • Frequent Cleaning
4.2Overall Score
Reader Rating: (4 Votes)

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.

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The Pax fits in the Pocket well.



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.

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The Pax’s inner temperature control button.




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.

pax vaporizer specs

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
   Cost   $249.99
   Heat-up time   ~ 1 minute
   Style   Conduction
   Warranty  10 Year
   MFR   Ploom
  Made in   China


Beware of counterfeit Pax!  Always buy from an Authorized Retailer.

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  • Gary Lamb

    I have had mine a little under a year. I followed all the instructions on cleaning/maintaining the device, but… The power button has almost stop working. I have to hold the power button in for a few seconds- up to a minute to get it to power on, and then it’ll shut off as fast as it came on. I have contacted the company on several occasions, with an answer from the product submit page to my email, (please provide a address to have it shipped in). Okay I did weeks ago with nothing since. Poor service!

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  • Erik Pye

    Fun Tricks & Hidden Easter Eggs on The Newest Version of the Pax?! Here’s a Run-Down:

    Pax 2 Party Mode Timer: All four lights are stationary. When the Pax 2 is moved the lights jump into a random light configuration, occasionally one or more of the lights are very dim or off. If the Pax 2 is held face down the lights flicker and change rapidly. Lip sensor activation makes the lights flicker and change rapidly for up to 10 seconds. At 10 consecutive seconds of lip sensor activation the lights freeze. Removing your lips and replacing them starts another 10 second flicker display. Oven is on. Standby disabled.

    Pax 2 Party Mode: All four lights are different and cycle through different colors. There appears to be a rhythm/pattern to the color cycle. Lip sensor activation increases speed of color change. Oven is on. Standby timer extended to one minute between sensing movement or lip.

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  • the pax is exactly like a new born baby. So exciting to have in the house but god, the cleaning effort is incredible. I have t clean my daily which can be a pain in the arse.

    also annoyed of how sensitive the charger is, should have been a plug in rather than a cradle that needs the pax to sit exactly right to make a connection,,,, very annoying

    now my Pax is stuck in Med oven temp and it wont change to Hot
    anything other than hot is useless.

    i will not buy another pax

    • Vape-ologist

      Based on your experience, I wouldn’t buy another either. Its just that your experience is extremely rare. Pax sells so well because it (normally) delivers exactly the opposite experience that you had. Could it be a fake?

  • Matias

    I bought the PAX. I could never use it because the Charging Base was broken. Ploom never took really care of my case and did not honor their warranty. Be careful the Charging Base has a very bad quality.

    • Vape-ologist

      We heard rumors of PAX charging stations having issues, so we checked with the company and indeed there was a bad batch of chargers. The problem has been acknowledged, and since then been rectified. They claimed that all people that contacted them were taken care of.

      Contact them, and just a tip, don’t yell. You’ll get alot further.

  • Ryan

    Pax is one of the best vaporizers on the market. I use mine mostly at home as I replaced my SSV with the Pax. I love the flavor and once you are use to the toke it offers, this baby gets you really ripped. The one thing that sets this vaporizer aside from others is I actually get stoned. I have owned many vapes & can say with confidence the Pax is one of my favorite, no more popcorn flavor!

  • James

    Please don’t waste your money on Pax if you are considering purchasing it. It is completely not worth it – you get no vapor at all – and apparently that’s how it’s supposed to work? Plus, the company is more concerned about if your unit is counterfeit (mine wasn’t) than actually helping. Choose literally any other vaporizer than Pax.

  • I just purchased the Pax soley on your recommendation of it. I regretfully purchased another vape almost 2 years ago and which I had read this before doing so. The pax has definitely renewed my faith in vaping.

  • Joseph

    Recently bought one. Grossly defective. I was reimbursed full amount of sale and told to keep it. To me, this is a sign that there is a large batch of defective units in the market place. Very reluctant to purchase another one. Though the PAX received great reviews, I am no longer confident about what the product is ranked up to be. Looking for something else.

    • Jeff

      You clearly bought from a non authorized seller. Ploom does not handle defective units that way.