Those of you who have been using a dry herb vaporizer for a few years may already be aware of the PAX device, but what you may not know is that there is a new version of the incredibly popular vaporizer now on the market. You would hope that a new version would mean better quality and potentially new features, but that is asking a lot of a vaporizer that was already pretty good. Let’s take a look at the PAX 2 Vaporizer to see if it is indeed an improvement on the older model.
Portability is of paramount importance when deciding on a dry herb vaporizer, and the PAX 2 definitely get the job done there. It is smaller and lighter than the older model, and now has a polished aluminum finish that makes it look a little sleeker. One of the ore common issues with the older PAX model was with the mouthpiece, which required a lot of cleaning and maintenance. It seems as though the makers have listened, as the PAX 2 Vaporizer comes with a detachable mouthpiece that is not in any way mechanical. You can also use the device without the mouthpiece, although some of you may find that a little weird, especially if you are making the switch from the older model.
How you use the device will also affect your feelings about the PAX 2. If you take short draws, you may not get a totally satisfying amount of vapor, but if you take long draws, you are going to get the very best out of this unit. That is really just something that comes down to personal preference. Since you are dealing with a combustion vape, draw resistance becomes a factor with this unit. You will quickly learn that keeping the PAX 2 vaporizer clean and well maintained will essentially make draw resistance a non-factor.
The oven chamber is a decent size, but for best results you will want to create a very fine grind before you load it up. You also need to make sure to pack the chamber full and tamp it down in order to get the most from your draws. With a fully loaded and packed chamber, you can expect to average around 15 really long draws. You get excellent vapor quality with each of those draws, and the flavor is certainly improved over the older model. There are 4 heats levels available on this dry herb vaporizer, so be sure to try each one to see which suits you best.
The best way to use the PAX 2 is as a one-person, one-shot vaporizer. You won’t get much of a session out of a single load if you pass it around, and allowing the chamber to cool the contents before using it again will lead to a degraded quality of vapor. All in all, though, this is a fantastic little device that is a definite improvement over the model it replaces. Look after it well and you can expect the PAX 2 to deliver quality vapor for a very long time.