PAX 3 Review – Vaping Herbs with Style


by James Bickford

Updated: September 1, 2020

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: $ 199

The Pax 3 is the successor of the Pax 2, and 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 this was accomplished without adding size or weight to the device.

The Pax 3 is a smart, versatile dry herb vaporizer. This is the first Pax generation to include an attachment for concentrates. Besides, it 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. It even comes with a ten-year warranty. Pax 3 users can have peace of mind knowing that also if the unit stops working, they’ve made a smart, long-term purchase.

What is in the Pax 3 Kit?

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 complete kit comes with a lot of accessories that many users will want. The basic kit 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 at a later time.

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’s 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. Which makes it an ideal choice for people who want a diverse, intense experience. Although the 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 3 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 3 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.

Using the Pax 3

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 .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 .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 3. Before the first pull, it’s a good idea to choose the desired preset temperature to get the perfect hit. Hold the power button for two seconds to enter temperature mode, and use short presses to cycle through the four temperature settings. If the preset options aren’t ideal, they can always be changed in the Pax 3 app.

VD Pax 3 concentrate adapter

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. This includes: a maintenance kit, three extra screens, a concentrate inlet, a multi-tool, two extra mouthpieces, and two extra oven lids. That number of accessories alone makes it worth the $199 price point. The groundbreaking lip sensing technology from the original PAX vapes is also featured in the PAX 3. This is one of the highlights of the product.

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.

The Pax 3 App

Once the app is installed on the user’s smartphone and Bluetooth is on, the app will prompt the user to pair their Pax 3. To pair the Pax 3, 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 3 dry herb vaporizer doesn’t work on its own. 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. When using the Pax 3 with the standard heating profile, it 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. This is the profile that heavy users will appreciate, 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 in order to mask odors, and it dims the LED leaves to avoid drawing attention.

The app can be used to customize almost every aspect of the Pax 3. Change the amount of haptic feedback, customize the color and brightness of the LED leaves, or even lock the device, all from a smartphone.

VD Pax 3mobile app

Devices Like the Pax 3


Regarding flavor and vapor production, the Pax 2 is all but identical to the Pax 3. The Pax 3 offers the ability to tune the unit via the app finely, and it provides better battery life.

VD Pax2

It’s also compatible with a lot of accessories that the Pax 2 isn’t, including the concentrate insert. Users that don’t need the extra functionality may find that the Pax 2 is a better investment for them.


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

VD Davinci IQ

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

Positives and Negatives

The Positives

  • 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

The Negatives

  • 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 for. 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: September 1, 2020

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

  • 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.