Pax by Ploom is the newest portable vaporizer I’ve had the privilege of using. This slick ipod nano-sized vape is much smaller than my current go-to portable unit, the Arizer Solo. It’s also more convenient, thanks to its elimination of external parts that have made quality portables cumbersome in the past. Everything you need to make the magic happen is enclosed in the uni-body design from mouthpiece, to temperature selection, and even the auto-off function. Without the fragile glass mouthpieces my Solo uses, Pax comes off as a much better long distance travel vape than the Solo, and is less likely to eat up cash down the line on replacement parts. Operating Pax is very simple. The heating chamber’s design is unique; the user places their aromatherapy blends in the bottom of the unit instead of the top, which most other portable vapes require. This keeps the vapor cooler, since the activation site is not in close proximity to the mouthpiece.
The best way to ensure a smooth, even draw is to make sure the blend of choice is tightly secured in the heating chamber. When blends are not tightly packed, I find it less easy to achieve the full effectiveness and flavor of Pax. Once you have firmly filled Pax with your blends, simply pull out the mouthpiece to reveal a white toggle switch that controls the set temperature of the device. Press the toggle to rotate between heat settings. Pax has three pre-set temperature settings: low (Yellow – 370° F / 188° C), medium (Orange – 390° F / 193° C), and high (Red – 410° F / 210° C.) Once the temperature toggle is pressed, the indicator light on the front of the unit will change to the appropriate color. As soon as the temperature is set, Pax will begin to glow purple, indicating that the heater is active, and the unit is warming up. Once Pax reaches the desired temperature, the display will change to a bright green color to indicate that it is fully heated and ready for use. This cycle typically takes 30 seconds, depending on ambient temperature, and the set temperature. In other words, if you want to use Pax in an igloo, it might take more than 30 seconds. Once the unit is heated and the heat resistant mouthpiece is placed back on the unit, begin by taking a long, slow draw. I enjoy my vapor thick and flavorful, so rapid wispy draws simply won’t cut it. One of the reasons I like Pax so much is the quality and density of the vapor it produces. Users can manipulate the thickness of the vapor by drawing at different speeds. Heat up time on this unit is very quick compared to most other battery powered vaporizers. From setting the temperature to complete heat up is approximately 30 – 40 seconds. I am used to the heat up time of my Solo (about a minute and a half), so I was very impressed with Pax’s heat up time.
The internal battery has a suite of interesting and intuitive features that caught me by surprise, and helped to build my confidence about the device. First and foremost, Pax has a formidable battery life compared to its charge time — boasting two hours of continuous use after just one hour of charging. This two hours of charge has been lasting me up to a week. It’s so powerful that I had to neglect to charging Pax just to test how long it could last me on one charge.The battery has an indicator as well, that lets the user know the charge status of Pax at any time. Once the unit is turned on, simply shake lightly in your hand to activate the battery life indicator. When the user shakes the unit, Pax’s display will glow Green (Full Charge) Yellow (2/3 Charge) or Red (1/3 Charge). With the shake function, this cool device really does come off like an iPod Nano! I am a bit of a connoisseur, so taste means a great deal to me. I have always really enjoyed the Arizer Solo because it produces the best flavor and consistency out of any portable vaporizer I had tried. Needless to say, I was impressed by the quality and taste of Ploom’s new Pax Vaporizer — so much so that I worry my Solo will soon be collecting dust on the shelf. With its simplicity of use, sleek design, powerful battery, and great vapor quality, Pax by Ploom has quickly become my go-to portable vaporizer.