Pax 2 Vaporizer Review

The Pax 2 is Ploom’s update on the wildly popular Pax vaporizer, one of the smallest portable vaporizers on the market. With a 20% deeper oven, 25% smaller body, 10% lighter, and improved battery life, the Pax 2 improves on the original Pax in every way.

Pax vs Pax 2

Pax (left) vs Pax 2 (right)

Here’s an overall summary:

  • Vapor Quality: Very good, but because it is a conduction vape, the flavor could be a little better.
  • Battery life: A definite improvement on the original Pax, you can get 7-8 sessions instead of 5.
  • Temp range: There are 4 temp settings, ranging from 360°F-420°F
  • Maintenance: The Pax 2 eliminates the cleaning issues of the original, and has to be cleaned much less frequently.
  • Price: At $279.99, originally, it was one of the most expensive portables out there. Even so, we felt it  was worth the price. Now it is a steal at only $149.00
  • Warranty: The Pax 2 boasts a 10 year warranty, one of the best in the business.
  • How it compares to others: The Pax 2 is one of the highest quality vaporizers on the market, and it performs like it.

If you’re looking to pick up the Pax 2, click this link and you will be taken to PAX Official website

We’ll break down all these categories in more detail, but first let’s get to how the unit works:

How the Pax 2 Vaporizer Works

This is easily one of the simplest units on the market. To get started, you open up the magnetic lid on the bottom of the unit and fill it with your herbs. Because this is a conduction vape, you want to pack your herbs in tightly.

For a great trick using a .75 inch pipe screen to make your vape experience more efficient, check out our video review a little bit down the page. The trick in the video let’s you pack a lot less in the chamber and get a lot more out of it.

PAX vs PAX 2 Oven

PAX vs PAX 2 Oven

After you load the chamber, simple replace the magnetic lid and turn it over. After that, the similarities between the Pax 2 and the original Pax end.

To get the unit to heat up, you click the top center of the mouthpiece and the LED’s will begin to glow purple. It only takes about a minute and a half or so to fully heat, which is really fast compared to most units on the market.

To change the temp settings (which range from 370°F-410°F), you hold down the same button you turn it on with. The LED display will change to the top left LED for the lowest setting (yellow), then the top two LEDs (orange), then the top two and botom right LEDs (red-orange), then all four LED’s on the top setting (red). To change it back to heating up, you hold down the button again and you’re good to go.

Once the unit heats, the LED display will turn green and you’re ready to vape. It is best to hit this vaporizer with a long, slow draw to get the best results.


The original Pax required cleaning every few days to deal with the mouthpiece sticking. This sticking would cause the unit to malfunction, and either it wouldn’t be able to be activated, or it wouldn’t heat.

With the Pax 2, they eliminated the mechanical action of the mouthpiece (and moved the temp button from under the mouthpiece, so you don’t have to take it out every time), so cleaning is much less frequently needed.

Pax 2 Mouthpiece

Pax 2 Tall Mouthpiece Top

Pax 2 Tall Mouthpiece Bottom

Pax 2 Tall Mouthpiece Bottom

Pax Flat Mouthpiece Bottom

Pax Flat Mouthpiece Bottom

As you can see in the pictures above, there are either holes or channels that the vapor travels through. Because the vapor path isn’t centered (its along the left side), these make it so you’ll never block the vapor path. You do have to clean the mouthpiece (you can see the resin in the bottom of the flat mouthpiece), but it takes all of 3 seconds to swab it out.

Vapor Quality

The vapor quality that you get out of this unit is amazing for a conduction vape. The flavor is slightly less than convection vaporizers, but it is still very good for a conduction vape, and it’s definitely better than the original Pax.

Battery Life

The battery life of the Pax 2 is longer than any of the other portables I’ve tried. You can get up to 8 sessions out of this unit, which is a huge improvement over the old Pax.

Charging is also easy too, all you have to do is hook up the back of the Pax 2 to the magnetic charger, and let it charge until all the LEDs are solidly lit. This takes roughly two hours from completely dead, much faster than almost all portables.

Temp Range

The temp range of the Pax 2 is pretty standard, from 360°F-420°F. This is pretty normal for most vapes with variable temperature on the market, but adds an extra 10 degrees both above and below the temp range of the original Pax, so it’s a pro in my book.

The Pax 2 also heats up much quicker than the original Pax. It takes less than a minute and thirty seconds to get to temp, which is really fast when it comes to vaporizers.


At nearly $280, the Pax 2 is very pricey. While it is very high quality, I feel a price of $250 or less would be better for what you’re getting. But, we may see a price decrease soon, as they start to filter out old Pax models for the new one. In the meantime, if the Pax 2 is too expensive, you can get an orignal Pax for $200 (the improvements on the new one are well worth it though). UPDATE – The anticipated price drop has happened and the unit is now $149.99


The Pax 2 has a 10 year warranty, which is one of the best in the business. It is one of the reasons the price is so high, something people often rule out. Offering this long of a warranty is a great thing, because then if you have any problems within 10 years, you can get another unit to replace yours pretty easily.

How it compares to other portable vaporizers on the market

The Pax 2 stacks up against the top units on the market. It has better battery life than some of the high end units, and has comparable vapor quality to some of them too.

Our Video Review and Demonstration

Best Place to Buy the Pax 2?

*It is very important to buy from a reputable source with the Pax 2.* If you don’t, you may get a fake unit, which could lead to it not performing correctly and no warranty. This is because a lot of Chinese companies try to rip off the Pax and sell it as their own, which means you will get something that looks like the Pax, but really isn’t.

Final Thoughts

Overall, the Pax 2 is a great improvement on an already great vaporizer. It’s small, light, and very easily portable.

If you’re looking for a portable vape that will last you a long time, has great battery life, and vapes very well, get the Pax 2. It’s one of the best vapes I’ve tried hands down, and it will not disappoint.

Keep in mind the Pax 2 is only for dry herb (and concentrates if you get the right attachment) but will not do vapor liquid.

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  1. Toni says:

    Hi. I bought one for my friend, but he wants to know if you can fill chamber and not smoke it all at once as I got it for him so he can try quit tobacco and it’s too strong if he smokes it all. Can you put it down and let it cook and then use again until the weed is done?

  2. Hashmaster says:

    Don’t know if anybody has tried this but I replaced the mouth piece with part of a cotton ball n do nose hits? WOW the best results yet!! Very fast come on and wonderful aroma of whatever strain you’re using and has a real sinus opening effect like eucalyptus oil but much better;) I HIGHLY recommend trying this n PAX might want to jump on this to create a nose piece… It so enhances the experience!!!

    • admin says:

      Thanks for the tip Hashmaster. I’ll admit, I never thought to do nose hits with the Pax 2 but sounds like it’s worth a shot!

    • Glenn says:

      I was playing around with my pax one evening and took a hit throw the nose. I was perfect and the mouth piece is designed perectly for this. Flavor and aroma stuck with me for long time. Love it.

  3. Phil says:

    I love my pax 2 vape more than any other handheld unit.

  4. Val says:

    The 10-year warranty on the first Pax is a joke. I owned it and love it but after cleaning it meticulously and having to send it in for replacement every 4 months due to poor design, they did tell me if they decided I hadn’t cleaned it correctly, they would NOT honor the warranty. I kept it clean and it still ended up clogged. Sadly for me, the time I had with it was great. Will they still sell necessary, over-priced “mouth piece” lubricant with their new model?

    • Jake says:

      I’m sorry to hear they did that to you with your first Pax. The Pax 2 eliminates all mouth piece issues that the first one had by removing the mechanism and replacing it with a button. I haven’t cleaned my Pax 2 in months, and it’s still working great.

  5. Matt says:

    How does it stack up against the Arizer Air?

    • Jake says:

      Depends on what you’re going for. The Pax 2 is more of a stealth vape, where as the Air isn’t at all. The Pax 2 has a better battery life, but the air is also more efficient and has replaceable batteries. I’ll be writing a comparison review for them soon probably, so stay on the lookout!

  6. Cameron says:

    I just wanted to say, this review convinced me to buy the Pax 2. Although I may have to save up for a while, unless I happen to win one. 🙂

    • Jake says:

      It’s a great vape, I wish we could give everyone one. Even if you don’t win, it’s worth the money (although it should be cheaper)

  7. Faith says:

    This would be so supercalifragilisticexpialidocious if i could win this!

  8. Rob says:

    I really like how you guys have in depth reviews for the products you sell. Really helps make decisions when making a purchase. Thanks, you guys rock!

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  10. April Fitch says:

    I’d love to win one! I splurged on the Pax, so i cant afford to buy the Pax 2 now :/

  11. Glenda Beck says:

    I would love to have a chance to win a Pax2 ! I really want a vaporizer just can’t afford one on my limited income.

  12. Steve says:

    everyone likes give aways and this unit looks very interesting

  13. Greg says:

    10 years warranty? Oh wow!

    Also the size, awesome!

    The price seems a bit high 🙁 nothing i could buy…

    Please do a giveaway contest!

    • Ethan says:

      why not a clone version, that only cost less then $100, but works pretty good as original ones.

      • admin says:

        Pax clones are notoriously pieces of shit, that’s why we don’t recommend them.

  14. DDave says:

    Awesome looking unit! The first PAX was legendary.

    Would love to see the PAX 2 carve out its own place in history.

    Would also like to see a giveaway! Thanks!

  15. Chad says:

    Jake, would you say this is worth the extra $160-180 over the Source Ghost or E-Livi8? So far I have just been vaping wax with my Source Orb V2 and with the Source bubbler pen attachment, but I want to get a vape that wont combust dry herb

    • Jake says:

      The Pax 2 is kind of a “luxury vape”. If you just care about functionality and you don’t care about having it be really small, then I would go with another choice. The Pax 2 is a great vape, but it should be cheaper.

      • Chad says:

        Thanks for honesty! This is why I keep coming back here.

  16. Earl says:

    I like that raised mouthpiece also. The smaller size and extended battery life is a plus! Sure would like to score one of these in a sweepstakes!
    That ‘taco screen’ is a great tip!

  17. Diego says:

    Seems to be a top vape. A giveaway would be AWESOME!!! please do it buddy!

  18. Shane says:

    Gimmi gimmi gimmi.

  19. Britt says:

    This is exactly what I’m looking for… I need a good vape!

    If you guys do a giveaway, keep me in consideration! Hahaha! And if I don’t win, well… I dunno what I’ll do. Lol

  20. Ren says:

    Great review. Seems like a quality device. I am trying to get into the vapor world and have been using your website as a guide. I want to get a quality vape for dry herb but do not want to drop a lot of cash. I decided to get the atmos dart during the groupon sale based on your review of it. Unfortunately, I have not had much success with it. I believe the cartridge is just to small and there is nothing to keep the herb down on the coil. I could just be doing something wrong. Anyway, I am looking to upgrade to something better but am still afraid of spending a lot of money just to have buyers remorse. A give away would be awesome if I won because then I could try a quality vape to make sure i want to stay down the vape road. Keep up the great views and thanks for the help.

    • Jake says:

      I really wish Atmos wouldn’t put out false information. If we do the giveaway and you don’t win, you should check out the Source Ghost, it’s around $100 and vapes great.

      • Ren says:

        I’ll be sure to do that. Thanks!

      • Ren says:

        I’ve been searching around to find a good starter vape. I wanted to know what you thought betweenthe source ghost, cloud v terra, cloud v phantom, and the vaporfi orbit. I know its a lot but I can’t find much info on these pens. What do you think?

        • Jake says:

          Well the source ghost and the cloud phantom are basically the same vape. I personally would go with the Source Ghost out of all of those choices, mostly because they’re just a really stand up company.

      • Lealon Lang says:

        I’m a heavy smoker and have bought-en a lot of so called vaporizer and found that the coil gets gummed up really fast and burns up the coil so it doesn’t work. Will that happen with the Source Ghost or the Pax 2?

        • Jake says:

          Hey Lealon,
          With those, there’s no coil to get gunked up, so you shouldn’t have any issues.

  21. kevin says:

    Seems like a good vape. Please run a contest for one!

  22. nobby says:

    This or a Firefly?

    • Jake says:

      Depends on how you vape. If you like to sit down for a session with more than one person, the Pax 2 would be better. If you mostly vape alone and like taking a couple hits then setting down the vape, the firefly would be better.

      Edit: Scratch what I said above. Get the Pax 2 for sure!

  23. Chad says:

    Hi Jake, Thanks for the review. Been looking for a dry herb vape, though at the moment its out of my price range. That said, if you do run a give away as mentioned in the email, I would be interested!

  24. Naj says:

    Very interested in the possible giveaway. This is a super sweet mechanic and I’ve been in search for a great vaporizer. Tired of the papers and wraps! Excited to get one…..winning would be even better as a new single mom 🙂

  25. Dave says:

    Looks great! I’d love to get one.

  26. Louis says:

    $280 is outta’ my range, but maybe a giveaway?

  27. Nick says:

    Oooooh I want one! do a giveaway!

  28. Chris says:

    Looks a good vape .. like the 10 year warranty a lot. Love that oven size

  29. Travis says:

    Looks Great! Please run a giveaway contest on this one!

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