Pax Vaporizer Review

Posted September 24, 2013 by in Vaporizer Reviews






Total Score

8.5/ 10

Vaporizer Attributes:
Portable, Temp Control

Quick Review

Manufacturer: Ploom

The Good:

Heats up fast. Easily portable and discreet. Looks great.

The Bad:

Burns the herbs more often than not. Pop-out mouthpiece is a little weird. Difficult to clean. Needs more temperature variation.

Good but not great. It fits snugly in your hand and the lights are cool; but overall vapor quality is disappointing, and sometimes you get that charred bud taste as if you’re smoking a pipe.

Full Review

Relax, Hit the Pax.

The Pax Vaporizer, made by an e-cig company called Ploom, is undoubtedly one of, if not the most popular portable vaporizers available in today’s market. Its sleek and portable design makes the Pax an extremely convenient (dare I say, sexy?) vaporizer.

The Pax will also alleviate any concerns of being discreet, as it easily fits in your pocket. It’s approximately the length of the standard iPhone and about half of the width. Its light weight makes it more convenient to carry than some of the other, bulky portable units.

Many new vaporizer users are often overwhelmed with the overall complexity of some of the units, which is why I like the Pax. It’s user-friendly. Charging, packing, heating & drawing are all stress-free, simple tasks, making every vaporizing experience a relaxing one.

The heating chamber generates decent vapor production, but it’s not great. Some say that the heating chamber improves the taste of the vapor, but I didn’t notice a difference. The Pax has 3 pre-set temperatures, but I think it could have more. In comparison, The Arizer Solo has 7 heat settings, the Pinnacle Pro has 5 & the Sonic lets you set the exact temperature. All of these provide way more potent hits as well.

Also, I’ve noticed the Pax will sometimes overheat and combust the herb, essentially making the unit a fancy smoking pipe. When this happens, I usually turn the unit off and let it cool completely before using it further. The cleaning of the Pax is kind of a hassle, as well. It doesn’t have a removable bowl or replacement screens.

 Overall, I definitely agree that the Pax is an attractive portable vaporizer, but at the end of the day, vaporizing is about performance and efficiency. With these two factors in mind, there are other units I would recommend: for something similar in size and stealth, check out either the Crafty or the Arizer Air.

About the Author

Jack in Black

Jack is the newest addition to our vaporizer family. He hails from Buffalo, NY, and recently moved to L.A. to pursue a new life. Shortly after moving to Los Angeles, Jack bought his first vaporizer, the Easy Vape 5. Jack then decided to leap into the future of medicating. After using a variety of different vaporizers for 6 months, Jack converted to a full time vaporizer enthusiast. He now owns the Easy Vape 5,The Silver Surfer Vaporizer, the Sonic Vaporizer, The Arizer Solo, The 710Pen Mini & The White Rhino Sleek.


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    Very interesting article, Anothony. You’ve got me hooked up – keep up the nice work!

      Mark Heisler

      Yea, its good to see an actual review where they tell you bad as well as the good, most people these just sugar coat the vape and say it is the most wonderful vaporizer that man ever made. I had a Pax Vaporizer for about two months before I realized it was a fake, I bought it on Ebay and had no idea. It looked identical but after a few weeks the battery light failed and the unit stopped heating up. After that I decided to just get an MFLB, you can’t go wrong with Magic Flight.


    I had my Pax for about 8 months and it worked great until the mouthpiece broke the other day. It heats up pretty quickly and creates big hits of vapor. It’s really easy to carry around in your pocket from place to place. You can pretty much vape wherever you want. I sent back my broken unit and hopefully will be getting a replacement soon.


      Yea that seems to happen a lot, I dont know exactly what the issue is. A friend recommended that I stop carrying it around in my pocket but then wtf is the point of having a portable vaporizer. I managed to fix it after reading a thread on FC but I think the next vape I am going to buy will be an Ascent. I havnt tried one yet but I everyone I have talked to about them says they are awesome.

    Chris Greenber

    Stephanie you so hot! Now that I got that out of the way lets talk about this Pax its decent but I am kinda getting tired of it. I have to clean the damn thing basically every time I use it otherwise the airflow is terrible. Also recently my battery life seems to be getting shorter and shorter, is this a normal issue that you have seen before? I am thinking about picking up a Pinnacle Pro and grabbing the Hydrotube for some real man vaping.

      Erin Hiemstra

      I loved my Pax when I first got it but also noticed a diminishing return on the battery life after about 30 days. It looks great and when it is fully charged hits pretty hard but overall I think I would rather have gone with the Ascent. The Firefly looks cool too but have not had the chance to try one yet. The Pax requires a lot of cleaning too which I don’t really like. Did you end up grabbing a Pinnacle Pro?


    The Pax is the most consistently overrated portable vaporizer. I understand that it looks cool and I will admit that it vapes pretty well. But I don’t think it deserves all of the fuss it is always getting. I think that the Indica is probably the coolest new portable vaporizer and it looks just as cool as the Pax.

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