Best Portable Weed Vaporizers for 2017 Reviewed -The Pax by Ploom
The Pax by Ploom seems to be on everyone’s lips these days, both is terms of conversation and debate as well as praises of it’s adoring users.
There are many advantages with the Pax, primarily it’s ultra small size and easy portability. Of course, there are some drawbacks to the Pax in comparison to others listed here as well.
Let’s take a quick look at some of the pros and cons before we get into the review itself.
- Ultra compact & portable fits in any pocket
- Very discreet and stealthy
- Easy to use
- Great overall design
- Good battery life for it’s size (60-90 minutes of use)
- Relatively large heating chamber
- Hard hitting, potent vapor, on the warmer side
- Novelty functions (shake for remaining battery life indicator etc.)
- 3 preset temperature settings
- Hard to get used to mouthpiece and attain proper puffing fit for some
- Difficult to mix bowl around once packed in
- Good flavor at beginning but can be slightly “plasticy” towards end of bowl
The Pax by Ploom is another great vaporizer overall with quite a strong following. I really like the Pax too, but the biggest drawback for me is towards the end of a bowl when I do get a little of that slight burnt plastic taste.
Many users I’ve spoken with say they never get that, so it may just be that I’m just hyper-sensitive to it.
I do feel like if is could mix around the herb a bit it might be better but it’s not easy to do without getting it everywhere and having to repack it all in again.
I end up just dumping it out which leaves a thin layer of my herb unvaped where it’s in contact with the oven door.
The mouthpiece is a little on the small end on the Pax (shown below) and I have a hard time making a good fit between my lips and the device.
I watched a couple of videos and people say they puff it kinda like a cigar and that does work, but for me it’s not how I really like to vape.
Personally, I like a round cigarette shaped mouthpiece where I can take a long slow draw. That being said, some of my friends actually prefer the shape of The Pax, so I know it really is just a matter of personal preference.
The battery life is quite good usually giving a good hour if not closer to 90 minutes of use per charge.
Considering the size of the unit which is a little bigger than a lighter, that’s pretty impressive.
There are some really cool features on the Pax which make it unique. The first is the shake to see remaining battery life.
With the Pax whenever you want to check the battery life remaining, simply give it a shake and the light with glow green, yellow or red depending how much charge is left.
The other really cool thing about The Pax is that no buttons show on the outside making it really sleek looking. To turn it on press the mouthpiece which is spring loaded and it just pops up.
The light turns a light purple to let you know it’s on. Once it turns green, usually within about 30 seconds to a minute, you’re ready to vape!
One big plus for most with the Pax is the size of the oven itself which is quite big for such a small unit (as seen on the left).
You can easily pack in .4-.5 of a gram into a single bowl.
Since the heating chamber allows for so much herb, the Pax is one of the hardest hitting vaporizers per draw simply because it has one of the largest holding capacities for ground herb.
The Pax features 3 preset temperature settings also indicated by the three green,yellow and red. To get to the temperature setting control, simply remove the mouthpiece and press the white light to your desired setting.
I didn’t find it worked very well on green, but yellow and red both vaped several different strains quite well.
The other unique thing about The Pax is the charging base. Whenever it needs to be charged, just stand it on the base like a old style portable phone!
There are a lot of really cool features on the Pax and all around, it’s a great little vaporizer. It isn’t my personal favorite but it’s really not bad at all. I have a couple of friends who swear by it and say they wouldn’t use anything else.
Although I have left this review unchanged, Pax Labs have since released two updated versions of the Pax. Read the full review of the latest incarnation, the Pax 3 here.
For someone who values stealth without sacrificing too much in the way of flavor quality, and is content with the 60-90 minute battery life, The Pax is a pretty good choice.
It is well designed and will keep most tokers going for a full day on a charge. It is by far the longest lasting battery for it’s size.
I do personally find that at the very end of a session, when I have vaped through most of the material, that I get a slight plastic taste.
For me that’s enough to want to find another vaporizer. When I complain about that to the friends I have that do use it, they say they never get that.
I don’t know if it’s just me, but if it wasn’t for that slight burnt plastic taste at the end of a bowl, I would be more keen on this vaporizer.
I really love how small it it and how it looks nondescript to anyone passing who isn’t familiar with it because there is no screen and no buttons showing on the outside.
For anyone with a very high tolerance, the Pax is a pretty good choice because the amount of vapor and overall effect produced are stronger than most portable vapes simply because there is more weed available in the chamber to be vaped.
For those who want something this small but a little bit higher on the vapor purity side, check out Arizers new Air. It produces clean vapor through an entirely glass vapor path and is almost as small as the Pax.
It only lasts 60 minutes per charge though. If you want both high quality vapor and long battery life, check out the Ascent which delivers almost 3 full hours per charge or the Solo which gives a full 2 hours per full charge.
If you think the Pax is the vaporizer for you, you can use the links provided below to get yours! Otherwise, feel free to go back to the list and find the one that suits you better.
Many argue that the Pax is still one of the best portable vaporizers on the market for 2017. What do you think? Let me know in the comment section below!
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