PAX 3 Review – Vaping Herbs with Style


by James Bickford

Updated: November 4, 2022

PAX 3 Review

Review Score: 90/100

Price Range:
matte black, teal, silver, rose gold, gloss gold, rose gold
3.87 x 1.21 x 0.85 Inches
Works with:
  • Wax icon
  • Herbs icon


  • Sleek and extremely portable design
  • The beautiful and minimalist user interface


  • Costy (but package and 10 years warranty make it worth the money)

Starting Price: $ 200

The Pax 3 is the successor of the Pax 2. It brings many improvements to a design that many already considered flawless. The Pax 3 vaporizer improves upon the previous model’s design in many ways. It offers more battery life, faster charging, and faster heating. What’s truly impressive is that the Pax 3 was accomplished without adding size or weight to the device.

The Pax 3 is a smart, versatile dry herb vaporizer. It is the first Pax generation to include an attachment for concentrates. Besides, the vaporizer comes with two herb chambers for different amounts. This way, even if there’s a limited amount of herb, it’s possible to get a nice, even vape session.

The Pax 3 vaporizer even has an app that allows the user to customize the preset temperatures to their liking. This feature gives the user maximum customization without overcomplicating the user interface. This unit is packed with features, but it still has that beautiful, minimalist design that Pax fans have come to love. The device even comes with a ten-year warranty. So Pax users can have peace of mind knowing that if the unit stops working, they’ve made a smart, long-term purchase.

Pax 2 vs. Pax 3

The Pax 2, like the Pax3, have been a bestseller on the vaporizer market for years. Both of these devices are characterized by producing excellent vapor production and flavor. However, the intensity of vapor and its thickness is one of the improvements of the Pax 3.

Both vaporizers have a stylish and elegant design. They come with a flush mouthpiece and a raised mouthpiece.

They last approximately 7-10 sessions, depending on the vaping style and temperature settings.
And now, the differences.

  • Heating time: Pax 3 is definitely heating up faster than Pax 2. It needs only 15-30 seconds of heating time, and Pax 2 goes from cold to ready in 1 minute.
  • Temperature settings and the application: both devices have the same temperature range. However, in the Pax 3, it is very convenient to reach the desired temperature with an accuracy of up to a degree just by using the application. Though Pax 2 is easy to use, it is very intuitively designed and can be used even without the app.
  • Material compatibility: Pax 2 can use only dry herbs. Pax 3 is a universal all-in-one vaporizer compatible with dry herbs and concentrates.
  • Power mode: the updated version features additional options that support a lot of vaporizing effects: standard, flavor, boost, and efficiency mode (these options are described in more detail below).
  • Charge Time: even though the battery in Pax 3 is 3500 mAh, charging the device is much faster, 80-90 minutes, and in version 2, 100-120 minutes. It’s a good upgrade for an everyday vaper.

So, PaxLabs did a great job improving Pax 2. Although the differences are insignificant, both vaporizers produce a smooth and delicious flavor and vapor and are easy to use. But if you want to use both flowers and concentrates and get more battery life, then you should consider buying a new Pax 3.

What is in the Pax 3 Kit?

Pax 3 Review

There are two Pax 3 kits: the basic package and the complete kit. The complete kit costs a bit more than the basic kit. However, the full kit comes with a lot of accessories that many users will want. The basic pack is a more budget-friendly option that comes with bare essentials. If the budget is tight, it’ll provide the basics, and there’s always the option to buy the accessories later.

The basic kit comes with the following items:

  • Pax 3 vaporizer
  • Magnetic charging dock
  • Two mouth-pieces
  • Cleaning Kit

In addition to these items, the complete kit comes with the following accessories:

  • Half-pack oven
  • Concentrate insert
  • Multi-tool
  • Extra screens
  • Tweed carrying case

Both are great options, and which to choose comes down to the individuals budget. The complete kit is undoubtedly the better value, but if there are only two hundred dollars available and no time to wait, the basic package will do just fine.

Using the Pax 3

You can vape dry herbs as well as concentrates with the Pax 3. It makes it an ideal choice for people who want a diverse, intense experience. Although the Pax vaporizer performs fairly well with concentrates, it excels when used for herbs.

Before using the Pax 3, it needs to be charged. Merely hold the Pax device face-up over the magnetic charging dock and watch it snap into place. It’s fully charged when all four of the LED leaves are glowing. The Pax vaporizer typically takes ninety minutes to charge, but the 3500mah battery makes the need to charge very infrequently. The average user should get nine or ten sessions in between charges.

VD Pax 3 concentrate adapter

It’s almost time to turn the Pax 3 vaporizer on, but it’s a good idea to load your material first. Those that want to vaporize a full bowl can finely grind 0.3 grams of herb and fill the herb chamber at the bottom of the unit. Those that want a smaller bowl can utilize the half-pack bowl accessory, which only used 0.15 grams. If concentrates are being used, there’s an accessory for that too.

Once the unit is filled, press down on the mouthpiece to turn on the Pax. Before the first pull, it’s a good idea to choose the desired preset temperature to get the perfect hit. Next, hold the power button for two seconds to enter temperature mode and use short presses to cycle through the four temperature settings. Of course, if the preset options aren’t ideal, they always can be changed in the Pax 3 app.

How many hits can you get from Pax 3?

How many hits you can get from a Pax 3 depends entirely on the vaping material (herb or concentrate), the amount of material, the temperature setting, the inhalation method, etc. The Pax 3 has a small oven lid that users can adjust to decrease the oven size to get more hits from a smaller amount of material. Without this lid in place, users can get anywhere from ten to twenty hits from a fully loaded chamber on the Pax 3.

Does the PAX 3 smell?

The Pax 3 does not smell. It may create a faint odour of cannabis, but it will soon dissipate. Vapor does not generally stick to clothes and furniture like smoke does.

How can you make Pax 3 stop smelling?

A Pax 3, in general, does not smell, but it does produce a distinctive odour. You can try vaping the Pax with the windows open or blowing the vapor into an air ventilator. You can also try the method of blowing vapor into a paper roll with a dryer sheet on the end to eliminate the odor. Finally, Pax Labs itself recommends using air fresheners or candles to minimize the smell.

Overall Performance

The flavor of the PAX 3 is also remarkable as it is smooth and nice, which is different from the harsh flavors of some vapes. It comes with several handy accessories which add to the experience. It includes a maintenance kit, three extra screens, a concentrate inlet, a multi-tool, two extra mouthpieces, and two extra oven lids. That alone makes it worth the $199 price point. The groundbreaking lip sensing technology from the original PAX vapes is also featured in the Pax. It is one of the highlights of the product.

VD Pax 3

Pax 3 has some built-in LED-based games, a feature that is not only superfluous but also annoying. It was a sheer hassle figuring out what the LED lights were saying. Therefore, I gave up on the games within 10 minutes. I didn’t need Simon on my cannabis vaporizer anyway.

Is the Pax 3 healthy?

Vaping with any vaporizer is a health risk, and the PAX 3 is no different. While vaping presents advantages over combustion, it is still much healthier to not vape or inhale any foreign material into your body.

Is Pax 3 overpriced?

The PAX is one of the pricier options when it comes to portable dry herb vaporizers. But compared to the price of stationary or desktop options like the Volcano, the Pax is much cheaper. But there are portable dry herb vaporizers that are also much more expensive than the Pax.

Temperature Settings

The vaporizer has four temperature settings that are switched on the device:

  • 360°F / 180°C (relaxing effects, light euphoria);
  • 380°F / 193°C (for euphoric effects without feeling sleepy);
  • 400°F / 204°C (strong psychotropic effects);
  • 420°F / 215°C (Intense psychotropic effects, but can induce lethargy).

A convenient gadget app allows adjusting the heating modes with an accuracy of one degree. The vaporizer does not make you wait and heats up to the desired temperature in just 15 seconds.

You can change the taste and vapor quality of the material using the temperature settings. When the device is turned on, and the LED indicator is either purple or green, enter the temperature settings menu by holding down the middle of the mouthpiece for 2 seconds.

The Pax 3 App

Once the app is installed on the user’s smartphone and Bluetooth is on, it will prompt the user to pair their Pax 3. To pair the Pax vape, shake the device. When the unit is paired, the user will be prompted by the LED leaves turning blue.

The app offers a lot of functionality that the Pax dry herb vaporizer doesn’t work on its own. For example, in addition to customizing the preset temperatures, the user can choose different heating profiles. There are several heating profiles to choose from, so let’s briefly discuss them.

VD pax 3 app

Standard – This is the default heating profile. Using the Pax vaporizer with the standard heating profile boosts temperatures during use and cools when idle.
Flavor – The flavor heating profile uses higher temperatures and heats faster to deliver the best possible flavor.
Boost – The boost heating profile heats up aggressively and cools slowly. Heavy users will appreciate the profile, but it takes a toll on the unit’s battery life.
Efficiency – The efficiency heating profile utilizes auto-cooling and gradual heating. It’ll make the most of both vaping experience and battery life.
Stealth – The stealthy heating profile auto-cools quickly to mask odors, and it dims the LED leaves to avoid drawing attention.

Users can use the app to customize almost every aspect of the Pax 3. For example, change the amount of haptic feedback, customize the color and brightness of the LED leaves, or even lock the device, all from a smartphone.

The Pax 3 Competitors


The DaVinci IQ is more similar to the Pax 3 than any vaporizer on the market. However, it has an app for extra customization, a beautiful LED interface, haptic feedback, and a small footprint.

Davinci IQ Review

At $275, even the price closely mirrors that of the Pax 3. They’re both premium, bleeding-edge devices that’ll impress any vape enthusiast. The most significant difference between the two is design. They offer very different aesthetic profiles, and preference will determine which is better for every individual user.

Pax 3 Specifications

Battery Capacity: 3500mAh
Dimensions: 3.87 x 1.21 x 0.85 Inches
Heat-up time: 15 second
Colors: Matte Black, Teal, Silver, Rose Gold, Gloss Gold, Rose Gold

Pros & Cons


  • A plethora of customization options via the smartphone app
  • Sleek and extremely portable design
  • Surprisingly large amount of vapor output from such a small device
  • Vapes concentrate
  • The beautiful and minimalist user interface
  • Two kits to accommodate different budgets
  • Fast charging and long battery life
  • Doesn’t become warm to the touch as many vaporizers do


  • Costy (but package and 10 years warranty make it worth the money)

Is the Pax 3 Worth it?

The Pax 3 is one of the most premium herbs and concentrate vaporizers on the market, and anyone with the appropriate budget will be glad they invested in one. Even if it’s outside the given budget, it’s worth saving a little longer. The ten-year warranty alone makes it a wise investment, and the device’s outstanding performance only makes this offer more appealing. If a $200 unit is entirely out of the question, the Pax 2 is an adequate substitute that’ll get the job done for only $150.

Published: August 6, 2018Updated: November 4, 2022

James Bickford

My way of understanding the significance of vaping came not only through the disruption of smoking but its effects on society as a whole. Now I bring people to vaping and bring vaping to people. I love using new gear, writing in-depth reviews and generally nerding out about vaping to like-minded people.


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8 comments on “PAX 3 Review – Vaping Herbs with Style

  • Rob

    November 28, 2021 at 3:48 pm

    Why is it recommended to NOT use isopropyl alcohol to submerge and clean the mouthpieces with their rare earth magnets?

  • peter martin

    December 26, 2020 at 2:33 am

    Pax 3 vs Mighty Vaporizers. These devices are already pretty popular regarding their features and innovative technologies, which are more advanced than that of classic vapes Pax 3 vs Mighty

  • S sham

    October 20, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    Hey can anyone suggest or make me understand which is the best option for hash, hash oil and weed and wax.

    • James Bickford

      November 3, 2020 at 9:19 am

      Hi S sham, thanks for writing in. There are a lot of answers to your question. Pure hash is best for dedicated dab rigs, which have the requisite heat settings to vaporize something with the consistency of hash. Hash oil, like any other liquid concentrate is suitable for 510-cartridges but maybe with variable voltage settings so you can control the power. Weed and wax? Well the Pax 3 is known for its ability to vape both, but some are not satisfied with its performance. If you want a dedicated atomizer for waxes, check out something from Humboldt Vape Tech which are considered the gold standard. Hope this helps, let us know how it goes. Happy vaping!

  • Trixie

    April 29, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    Is this unit compatible with pre-filled pods and carts?

    • James Bickford

      April 30, 2020 at 1:53 am

      Hi Trixie, thanks for asking. No, the Pax 3 is not compatible with prefilled cartridges due to its chamber structure that supports dry herbs and concentrates only.

      The Pax era might be what you need. It works with prefilled cartridges and pods only. Also, you can find more cartridge-compatible devices here


    April 6, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    Watched your video, I am new to vaporing and have moved into a smoke free apt.When you smoke herb in the PAX 3 does it elimainate the smell of herb.

    • James

      December 26, 2018 at 8:13 am

      Yes Linda, almost completely removing the smell.