PAX Labs Inc. was founded by two Stanford Design Program Master’s Program Graduates. They’re based out of San Francisco, CA and are on a mission to create an epic, technologically advanced dry botanical vaporizing experience.
I was really excited to see what PAX Ploom had to offer with their second dry herb vape. There were a lot of seemingly easy to fix issues with the first model. The mouthpiece would get stuck a lot and there seemed to be only one good hit before the herbs tasted a bit burned. With the update you get a brand new mouthpiece and a new charger, no more worrying about if you balanced your vape just right. I think this might be the most awesome second round portable vape I’ve seen from a company.
What’s New with PAX 2 Ploom Handheld Vape?
Like it’s predecessor, the PAX 2 gets even more tiny, it is about 20-30% smaller than the original. This unit is also an epic amount more lightweight, it’s small enough to fit most perfectly in a pants pocket or purse side pocket. They’ve also introduced some new colors: turquoise, silver, black and red. The lithium ion battery charges on a wall charger resting on a magnetic chamber on it’s backside, a major update from the balancing act first charge
r that had you stand the unit straight up. The battery lasts about 30% longer than the old unit.
Turn the piece on from a button in the middle of the mouthpiece, another great improvement from the chronically sticking mouthpiece as the on switch. Set the temperature by applying pressure to the middle of the top of the unit to set the temp between four settings, the color of the logo on the front of the piece will indicate which temperature. Settings range from 360 to 420 degrees (F). This mouthpiece is just a simple slit in the top of the PAX 2 vape. If you want to hit it you just place your lips and it delivers a hit that is sensitive to your lip pressure. The vapor is thick and tasty, it definitely still has the heavy hit of the original PAX vaporizer.
Another amazing aspect of this update is the new chamber size. The old chamber was awesomely magnetic but burned the sides faster than the middle which caused a burnt taste after just the first hit. The new chamber is deeper and less wide, giving an even burn and in turn a better taste.
How To Use Your Pax 2
- Grind up your herbs finely as always. Push on the top of the unit until the light turns on. Oven will heat up in about 30-50 seconds, another epic improvement from the past PAX Vape oven.
- Push one side of the bottom of the unit to reveal the chamber. Fill the oven chamber ¾ of the way full and snap the top back on.
- Apply your lips to the opening on the top of unit and suck, the temperature algorithm will adjust to the most dynamic temperature and vaping settings for the pressure applied.
- You should get 3-5 hits out of your chamber before needing to reload. If you want to check your battery power just shake the unit and look at the light.
How Does PAX 2 Portable Vaporizer Compare to the Competition?
Let’s start out with the warranty, PAX 2 is under the same warranty as the original PAX: 10 years covered on malfunction with materials or workmanship. They’ve also manufactured this new PAX 2 vape out of entirely medical grade materials. It retails at $280.00 but is under an awesome warranty which makes it a bit easier to drop that kind of cash.
Between the PAX 2, the Firefly and the Ascent I think the PAX 2 wins. I do love the Ascent for its seamless switch from wax to dry herbs but for the sheer size and weight the PAX 2 takes the trophy. The Firefly is dang heavy, I have never and probably will never be a fan of it for that reason. PAX 2 has definitely made vast improvements from the original PAX handheld vape and that just pushes it far ahead of it’s handheld competitors.
The PAX 2 has included games! Aside from the epic technology updates, listening to every user issue made to date and the awesome size decrease; they included secret games to unlock. You can play Simon with the four color LED light on the front of the piece. Once you reach level 20 of Simon you can play yourself the song Funky Town by pushing the top button. The vaping process just got more fun!
- Thick, lovely vapor from only .2-.5 of dry botanical.
- Medical grade materials and an epic warranty.
- Great technology, lip sensors take the cake.
- Expensive, it is a high priced portable vape.
The Final Vape Verdict
I think it might be obvious that I’m a fan of this vape technology. I love a good portable dry herb vape, and this one is created by people that obviously listen to the user. They addressed every issue that I had with the original prototype, that is dang thorough. It is high priced but also under a fantastically safe warranty. I give this my first ever 10 out of 10 on the rankings. It is perfect.