PAX 3 vs PAX 2 Vaporizer Comparison

The PAX 2 has recently dropped in price in response to the PAX 3 finally hitting the market, and it doesn’t look like the PAX 2 is being phased out anytime soon.


With that said, many of you may be asking the question “What’s the difference between the PAX 2 vs the PAX 3?”

Today we hope to clarify that exact question and look at the differences between the two units in a concise comparison.

In this comparison, we’re going to be only looking at 4 key features of each unit, which are the:

  • Exterior Finish
  • Heat up Time
  • App Functionality and Haptic Feedback
  • Accessories

Besides those things, the units are pretty similar when compared side by side.

Now that you know what we’re going to be looking at, let’s jump right in and compare these two portable vaporizers.

PAX 3 vs PAX 2

Exterior Finish

This would be the most obvious difference between the two units at first glance.

The PAX 2 is sporting a more metallic and brushed textured finish.


While I personally don’t find this finish as aesthetically pleasing as the PAX 3’s, it is a bit more resistant to scratches and general wear and tear. Likewise, it also doesn’t pick up on fingerprints, which could be a concern for some people.

The PAX 3 on the other hand has a very elegant, high polished metallic finish.


I love this mirror-like finish; it catches light in the best ways while walking around when the sun’s out. I also find it a little more comfortable to hold in my hand for a while; the smooth finish feels nice in the hand especially when you have the vape gripped in your palm for extended periods of time.

With that said, however, the beautiful finish does pick up on fingerprints, and if you happen to drop your unit or scratch it, it will be more noticeable than the brushed finish of the PAX 2.

Ultimately, it’s a pretty subjective comparison as to what finish is “better.” I wouldn’t necessarily let the finish of the unit deter you from buying one unit over the other, but it is good to know and understand the differences before deciding on which model you like better.  

Heat up Time

Another main difference would be the difference in heat up times between the PAX 2 and PAX 3.

The PAX 2 has a slower heat up time, coming in at 45 seconds to heat up to the lowest heat setting.

The PAX 3, on the other hand, improve in this area letting you reach the lowest heat setting in 15 seconds, and the highest heat setting in 20 seconds.

The faster heat up time makes it easier to heat the device quickly and take a few puffs before having to put the vape away again.

The fast heat up time of the PAX 3 and its ultra small size and discrete form factor make it one of the best stealth portable vapes on the market.

App Functionality and Haptic Feedback

The PAX 2 lacks any temperature control and additional features via a smartphone application, and it also lacks haptic feedback.

So this section will serve more as an overview of the app functionality and haptic feedback of the PAX 3 rather than a comparison, since the PAX 2 lacks these features altogether.

For starters, the smartphone application gives users of the PAX 3 a 5th heat setting, which allows you to designate your own preferred temperature.

Likewise, there are a few heating profiles with the app that change the experience pretty drastically:

Boost Mode – This eliminates a lot of the cooling down in between hits. It keeps the oven hotter for longer, allowing you to achieve much greater vapor production. This is very ideal for the concentrate insert, where you’re looking for the most heat possible to vaporize your oil.

Efficiency Mode – This mode gradually increases the temperature over a session, promoting the optimal efficiency of your herb.

Stealth Mode – This mode cools down the PAX 3 faster while in use, cutting down on the odor typically associated with conduction heating vaporizers.

Flavor Mode – This mode makes the PAX 3 a conduction on-demand heating vaporizer. What this mean is the PAX 3 will only heat your herb when you are pulling air through it. Clouds won’t be as dense, but you will get the maximum flavor and smoothness from the device.

Now let’s talk about the haptic feedback, a small feature but one that deserves a spot nonetheless. Haptic feedback simply means the device will vibrate or “respond” after the device is done heating up.

Most new devices are utilizing this feature now, and the PAX 3 has a pretty good implementation of it.

You can feel the vibration in your pocket or hand, but it isn’t loud or obnoxious like the Crafty can be for example. When the Crafty or Mighty is done heating, everyone within a 10-foot radius also knows it’s ready. This isn’t the case with the PAX 3.


Alongside redesigned internals, the PAX 3 is also sporting a new accessory suite.


PAX 3 Accessory Suite

To begin, let’s simply see what’s included standard with each vape:

PAX 2 Accessories

  • 1 Screen
  • Maintenance Kit
  • Charging Kit
  • Raised Mouthpiece
  • Flat Mouthpiece
  • Full Pack Oven Lid

Compared to the PAX 3, the PAX 2 is sporting a pretty barebones accessory suite geared strictly for dry herb.

You will have to pack full ovens as the full pack oven lid needs about .3 of finely ground flower to fully fill the oven.

PAX 3 Accessories

  • 3 Screens
  • Maintenance Kit
  • Charging Kit
  • Raised Mouthpiece
  • Flat Mouthpiece
  • Full Pack Oven Lid
  • Half Pack Oven Lid
  • Concentrate Insert
  • PAX Multi-Tool/Packing Tool

Personally, I think it’s worth it to just go for the PAX 3 at this point simply due to the new accessories, on top of the new internals and app functionality. Not to mention the fact that you can do concentrates as well.

The half pack oven lid allows you to load small amounts into the oven instead of having to load it fully every time. You can get away with loading as little as .15 of ground herb.

The concentrate insert is also a welcomed addition to the overall package offered by the PAX 3. Delivering about 5 very potent and dense hits, followed by a few more lighter and airier hits before the session is over.

I found a small dab in the PAX 3 would deliver a shorter session than a pack of herb with the half pack oven lid, but that shorter session produced the same end result effect wise in a shorter amount of time and hits.

The PAX 3 is great for a stealth user who doesn’t have a long time to have a session.

Conclusion of my PAX 3 vs PAX 2 review

If you don’t own a PAX vaporizer already or maybe you only have an original PAX 1, I think the PAX 3 is offering a very compelling package and is worth the money.

Pax 3 vaporizer

Based on the devices I have used thus far, the PAX 3 is my favorite discrete, portable vaporizer as of the writing of this comparison.

I would highly recommend just going for the PAX 3 and getting the new accessories and upgraded internals.

With that said, however, if you can only spend about $200 at maximum, you really can’t go wrong with the PAX 2 either.

Just know you will be missing out on the concentrate insert, half pack oven lid, faster heat up time, and app functionality if you do decide to go the PAX 2 route.

If you already own a PAX 2, I wouldn’t necessarily say you have to invest in a PAX 3. You already have a very competent and discrete portable vaporizer.

I would recommend possibly investing into a convection heating vaporizer like the Firefly 2 or the Boundless CFV to compliment your PAX 2 if you want something different.

Looking for the best place to buy either the PAX 3 or the PAX 2?

For either of these units, I recommend buying them directly from PAX’s website so you know you’re getting the real deal. They also offer great customer support should you need it for any reason.

Click Here for the PAX 3


Click Here for the PAX 2

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