Well the Pax 3 is newer, so it’s the obvious choice, right? If you want the latest and greatest and don’t really care which device suits you the best, then sure, go for the 3. But if you care more about getting the best bang for your buck, consider which device makes the most sense for you.
When Less is More
The Pax 2 is for dry herb only. The Pax 3 is for both dry herb and concentrates. If you like concentrates, the Pax 3 is the clear winner. But if you aren’t realistically going to use concentrates, then spending the extra bucks to have that feature isn’t going to serve you. Think about your vaping style and if your high is from dry, stick with the Pax 2!
In terms of appearance, both the Pax 2 and Pax 3 look almost identical. They both measure 4”x1”x1” and have the same shape to their casing.
The Pax 2 comes in two colors with a brushed metal finish: Charcoal and Silver. The Pax 3 comes in five colors with a matte finish: Black, Silver, Rose Gold, Gold, and Teal.
Even though the finish is called “matte”, it’s actually shinier than the brushed metal finish. It has almost a mirror reflection to it, and will definitely catch the light more than the Pax 2’s finish. Because of this, any scratches on the Pax 3 will look substantially more noticeable than they will on the Pax 2.
You get more sessions between charges with the Pax 3 (8-10 for the Pax 3 while only 6-8 for the Pax 2). And not only that but the Pax 3 charges in 90+ minutes while the Pax 2 takes 120+ minutes to charge. That’s a lot of waiting.
If you’re someone who likes to have full control over every setting possible, you’ll have fun with the Pax 3. The app lets you choose the precise temperature setting (down to the degree), and the color hue for the petal lights on the device.
Having this level of control and precision is awesome. But awesome doesn’t always equate to necessary. The Pax 2 offers you four temperature settings to choose from: 360, 380, 400, and 420 degrees. Chances are, one of these settings will be great for most users. And as for the color of the lights… that just isn’t something I’d pay an extra $50-100 to have more control over.
There’s An App for That. Unfortunately.
So let’s talk about the app. The app is a controversial element that Pax added into the 3. The Pax 2 worked just fine on its own. It was really simple and easy to use, and became quite intuitive once you used it a time or two. Personally I found little to be improved upon. But, it lacked the visual element that a lot of people find useful.
If you struggled to use the Pax 2, then the Pax 3 was made for you. The quick and responsive app will get you all set up and ready to go in no time, and you’ll be confident your session will be enjoyable and just to your liking. If you’re more low key, you’ll do just fine without the app and won’t even miss it.
The Pax 2 is meant for vaping flower, and what it’s designed for it excels at. The Pax 3 is designed for flower and concentrates… and it still only excels at flowers. It’s great they included the option to vape concentrates, but unfortunately I found the concentrate adapter kits to be messy, fussy and a waste of time. The Pax is a flower vape and it does that well. Don’t dig a well with a spoon. Get a Puffco if you need a tool for dabs and shatter, but don’t spend the extra $100 for the Pax concentrates insert.
So, I only use my Pax 3 for dry herbs now. There are better options for oils and I just don’t want to bother with the Pax 3. That said, since my 3 now functions the same as my 2, I could have saved the extra cash and just stuck with my trusty 2. Live and learn.
Both the 2 and 3 produce excellent vapor. You really can’t go wrong with either of them in this area. But there was a noticeable difference between the two. While vapor from both was smooth and delicious, the vapor from the Pax 3 was a bit lighter. You can taste the difference and you can see it visually. This isn’t anything bad against the 2, but if you want the finest mist possible, the 3 gets our vote by far. It’s also more discreet, if that’s important to you. Neither produced much scent, so both are discreet on that level.
So which is the better vape? That’s up to you to decide, but we sure have our favorite. In our opinion, the Pax 2 is an incredible product that really has little room for improvement. The Pax 3 tried and put in a good effort, but the concentrates insert is sub-par, and the app is just unnecessary. We appreciate the upgrades to the battery power, faster charging time and more sessions per charge, and we appreciate the added level of temperature control. But $100 more for that? Nah, we’ll stick with our Pax 2.
Don’t like our opinion? Read what other users have to say and see if we’re on point or the odd man out.