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PAX 3 Vaporizer Review - The Smartest Portable Herb Vape on the Market

PAX 3 Vaporizer Review | The Smartest Portable Herb Vape on the Market

pax 3 vape kit


Pax 3 Review Summary

Still the best Portable Weed Vaporizer on the Market today. This is my go to anytime I leave the house. Sure I use other vapes to mix it up, but this is my default vape hands down. My new “old faightful”.

It’s your boy! Back again with another vaporizer review. This time I’m giving my two cents on the PAX 3 by Pax Labs (formerly Ploom).

The third generation of the vape that changed the game is a big improvement on the Pax 2 vaporizer (2nd model). It heats up faster, produces a more dense vapor, and can even vaporize concentrates, and I’m personally love that. The PAX product line has long been a favorite of mine for dry herb use and the original pax vaporizer was a game changer when it came out. It’s so nice, in fact, that it’s (current) our number 1 pick for the best dry herb vapes of 2018. When I learned that it would now come included with a concentrate lid I was beyond stoked to try it out!

If you’re interested in vaping concentrates or extracts you will need to get the “complete kit”.

Pax 3 Vape Accessories

The PAX 3 comes in two packages: The Vaporizer Only or Complete Kit. Let’s break down each of the kits in more detail.

Pax 3 Vaporizer Only ($199)

This version of the kit is the “bare-bones” version of the pax 3 vape. It doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles but it’s

  • Charging Kit
  • Maintenance Kit
  • Mouthpiece Set (Standard/Elevated)
  • Standard Oven lid

Pax 3 Complete Kit ($249)

pax 3 vape kit

Pax Labs came also came out with a complete kit that comes with all the bells and whistles

  • Charging Kit
  • Maintenance Kit
  • Mouthpiece Set (Standard/Elevated)
  • Standard Oven lid
  • Half Packed Oven Lid
  • Concentrate Insert
  • 3 Screens
  • Multi-Tool
  • Protective Pouch

So now that you know what you’ll get with each package option I’ll dive deeper into the rest of my pax 3 review where I go over the most important attributes of any handheld vaporizer: Durability, Portability, and Functionality.

Pax 3 Herb Vaporizer Parts


The PAX line is known for its solid, minimal design and the third model is no different. Considered by anyone who knows anything about vapes to be on of the best herb vaporizers on the market, it stands toe to toes with heavy hitters like the Mighty/Crafty or the Davinci IQ dual style vapes. It feels solid in-hand, and with little to no moving parts it is about as durable as they come.

Now, initially during my first review of the PAX 3, I was a little upset with how easy the glossy finish got greasy, dirty, and scratched. But PAX recently dropped the matte finish option on their website, and after getting my hands on a matte rose gold model that problem was solved. No more greasy finger prints on my vape. 🙂

This pen scores a solid 10/10 on the durability meter for two reasons:

  • Solid design (10 year warranty)
  • Upgraded battery (Improved battery life / Heat up time 3x faster)


The PAX line of handheld vapes are known for being pocket-sized and easy to transport. The 3rd model is no different. Actually, compared to the 2nd edition it’s basically the same size, which means it’s still just as stealthy and low-key.


  • Dimensions: 2.5 x 5.25 x 5.25 in.
  • Weight: 0.70 lbs.

The PAX 3 boasts some pretty interesting tech…. With Haptic Feedback (the vibes… literally), Mobile App compatibility, and the ability to vape concentrates, it is one mean smoking machine.

Haptic Feedback Technology

The Haptic Feedback feature is a nice addition. It’s essentially a vibratory notification that you feel when the pen is ready to rip. I’ve heard some people say they don’t like the haptic feedback on some other vape models, but I really liked it. It wasn’t a loud or annoying vibration, and I was able to feel the vibration through my jacket pocket which I thought was super convenient.

Mobile App

The other hi-tec feature included with this pen is its mobile app compatibility which, when used right, opens up a whole new world of possibilities. After walking through the app and giving it a try I’m convinced that the PAX 3 is the smartest portable vape on the market.

pax 3 vaporizer mobile app

Here’s a quick breakdown of what the mobile app allows you to do:
Temperature Control

Boost Mode, Efficiency Mode, Flavor Mode, Stealth Mode)

LED Color Customization

I love this!(completely useless but still love it)

Locking Functionality

Now you can stop your friends from chiefing your pen while you’re out of the room 😀

I think it’s important to note that you don’t NEED the pax 3 mobile app to change the temp settings. The app just allows for further customization and changes to certain settings.

Pax 3 Vaporizer Review Summary

All in all, the PAX 3 is a solid piece. There aren’t any major upgrades to the aesthetics or design, but the technical and internal improvements to the pen are what really impressed me. It even got love from the mainstream press. The major differences over the PAX 2 are upgraded battery, concentrate compatibility, and the mobile app feature. If you’re currently a PAX 2 owner and are wondering if it’s worth the switch, just consider if those 3 things are what you worry about with your current setup.

Notable Pax Improvements:

  • Improved battery efficiency
  • Mobile app compatibility
  • 3x faster warm up time
  • Dual-purpose — Flower & Concentrates
  • Half-pack oven lid (for the solo sessions…)
  • Locking feature — for the friends with vacuum lungs
  • 4-mode temperature control

All in all, I love this vape. It’s one of my go to portable herb vaporizer when I’m heading out the door. I highly recommend it. You can buy the Pax 3 vaporizer here.


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