Pax Ploom: Don’t Buy Until You Read This

The Pax2 vaporizer is one of the most popular portable vaporizers out today. If you are thinking of buying or recently bought one I have scraped up the abv of the best Pax 2 resources on the net and baked it into a guide that will knock your socks off.

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Pax 2 Review

Ploom Pax 2 Instructions

  1. Charge the device
    Place your Pax 2 in the cradle & watch for pulsing white petals. The more petals the more charge it has.
  2. Load your bud
    Remove the magnetic oven lid and pack with your loose material. Pack it firmly and at least halfway full. You can use the lid to pack down the contents of the oven. Close the lid.
  3. Attach a mouthpiece
  4. Turn it on
    A short press will turn your device on. Within 30-60 seconds the device reaches temperature. While it is heating the device pulse purple, when heated they turn green.
  5. Draw slowly
    Inhale it like you are sipping a cup of tea. Hold it for 5-10 seconds. When exhaling you should see a decent amount of vapor.
Pax 2 Cleaning Kit
Pax 2 Cleaning Kit

Pax 2 Cleaning

Here are the instructions from Ploom for how to keep your Pax clean.

Keeping your Pax clean is easy….

  1. Remove the mouthpiece and the oven lid.
  2. Dip a pipe cleaner in isopropyl alcohol—either from the bottle or poured into a suitable container—then insert into the vapor pathway to pop out the oven screen.
  3. It’s a great idea to soak both your silicone mouthpiece and oven screen in a cup of isopropyl alcohol—available from most supermarkets. But never submerge the oven lid in alcohol, or water.
  4. ‘Floss’ the pipe cleaner back & forth through the vapor path to remove any residue or build-up. Clean the inside of the oven and the top of the device using a Q-tip dipped in isopropyl alcohol.
  5. Once you’ve flossed the vapor path, cleaned the oven and the top of the device, soaked the mouthpiece and the oven screen, you’re all done!

Make sure the oven screen and mouthpiece are COMPLETELY dry before replacing.

To insert the oven screen, place one end in the oven—furthest from the vapor pathway. Then lay the screen in the rest of the way and press firmly in the center. It should snap into place and sit slightly bowed in the bottom of the oven.

We recommend cleaning the device every few uses for the best vapor experience with Pax 2.

If you find the indicator light is getting dirty then you can use silly putty or blu tac and lightly press it in to clean it out.

Pax 2 Questions

The Pax 2 is a very well designed device so most of the critical problems encountered are rare. As with all technology though there is a learning curve and for some people who do experience problems then it can be a battle to

  • Do you have to clean your Pax2 Vaporizer
    Yep. All vaporizers needs to be cleaned well & regularly to get the best use out of them. See the cleaning section for more details.
  • Is the Pax2 worth the extra $$
    The Pax 2 vaporizer is a premium portable vaporizer with a price tag to go with it. Everyone is agreement that it is an improvement on the original in every way and one of the best portable vaporizers on the market today.
  • My Pax2 vaporizer isn’t hitting / I bought a Pax2 and don’t feel anything / I’m not sure if I’m using it correctly / I’m new to vaping and not getting much vapor
    Keep in mind that there is a learning curve to using this device. Each step requires some finesse that you pick up after using it a few times.Grind your weed alot & make sure it is completely dry. Pack it down as much as you possibly can to almost brick like consistency. Remove the mouthpiece and put it on orange or the middle temperature. Inhale it like you are sipping a cup of tea. Hold it for 5-10 seconds. When exhaling you should see a decent amount of vapor. Use a screen (see accessories) if you want to preserve your weed.
  • I suck hard on it but not much vapor is coming out
    Regularly cleaning it properly should make a huge difference. See the cleaning section of this post for details.
  • The raised mouthpiece gets too hot
    The raised mouthpiece requires that you put your lips further down on the mouthpiece toward the metallic frame/body. Put the device into your mouth further so your lips aren’t touching the end of the mouth piece, which gets quite hot. Alternatively use the flat mouth piece which most people find works better.
  • If I purchase a Pax 2 from Vapeworld or PaxVapor will I still receive Ploom’s 10 year warranty?
    Yes, both PaxVapor & VapeWorld are authorized online retailers so you will get the warranty.
  • Can I vape while it is charging?
    No, unfortunately not.
  • Can I use it for anything other than herb?
    No, it isn’t suitable for concentrates or anything like that.
  • Can I charge it in the wall?
    It has a USB charger and doesn’t come with a wall plug so if you don’t already have one you will have to purchase one.
  • It takes more herb to pack than you would normally smoke
    The Pax 2 vaporizer is far more efficient compared to smoking and also more than the Pax 2 but it isn’t the most efficient compared to other vapes. It is probably one of the most efficient stealth vaporizers. However to use it properly the oven needs to be packed tight and if you are vaping alone it may be more than you would normally use.To fix this there is an accessory called the Pax Pusher which allow you to pack half as much weed. It stays inside the device and allows you to use less material while still getting a good result.
  • Charging slow or not reaching full charge
    Try using a different charger. They can look the same but deliver different amounts of power.
  • All 4 lights are flashing or blinking, is there a problem with my battery?
    When you run your Pax2 to 0% it pulses all four lights until it reaches 1 “petals” worth of battery.
  • Pax 2 power button issues
    Some people experience an issues where the device won’t turn on when they push the button or it only works intermittently. You might be lucky and it sorts itself out after a few days/weeks, otherwise you should contact their support and claim on the 10 year warranty.
Pax1 vs Pax2
Pax1 vs Pax2

Pax 1 Problems Fixed

Probably one of the biggest gripes about the Pax 1 was how often you needed to clean it and that the mouthpiece would get stuck. This is resolved with the Pax2 as there are no moving parts (therefore removing the problems with the mouthpiece) and cleaning the device is much easier.

Other Improvements to Pax 1

  • More portable
  • Sturdier feel
  • LEDs can do much more
  • It’s 1/3rd smaller
  • The vapor paths around the screen are 2x wider
  • Charging has indicators, no longer just: ORANGE: Charging, GREEN: Charged
  • Mouthpiece much more comfortable, no burning of lips
  • Mouthpiece cannot get stuck, and leave you in the temperature setting limbo ( No more lubricant )
  • Cleaning has been reduced to the easiest part of cleaning the original, using the pipe cleaners
  • Oven lid no longer has space around it for herb or other things to get stuck
  • Contacts for charging no longer are in a bad spot, charging got a whole lot easier.
  • Heating takes less time
  • Vapor quality has overall become very much better.
  • There are no glaring issues with the Pax 2 (Yet) but there are some things I would improve
    • The charging part on the back doesn’t look good with the silver color
    • There is no physical manual, if I didn’t own the original Pax, I don’t know how long it would take me to figure it out
    • It does not come with a wall charger, only a very short USB cable, even if I had a wall charger that took USB, the cable it came with is only slightly over a foot long. ( I ended up just using my phone charger )
    • The charger is magnetic, so you have to hold the charger down (There is nowhere to really hold it down) or you have to pick it up, then take the charger off.
    • The new LEDs are so god damn bright that the way I hold it is based around covering the LEDs with my thumb (You can see the color light through your finger, so this doesn’t disrupt knowing when it is heated)
    • On fresh ovens, after pulling, some vapor will rise from the mouthpiece

Pax 2 Party Mode

All four lights are different and cycle Pax different colors. There appears to be a rhythm/pattern to the color cycle. Lip sensor activation increases speed of color change. Oven is on. Standby timer extended to one minute between sensing movement.

Pax Ploom 2 Easter Eggs

Each Pax 2 unit has a unique assortment of the various hidden easter eggs available within it. Regarding whether these features were assigned based on physical aspects of the unit, or if they were distributed randomly:

  • Spin Technique
    Holding the Pax 2 horizontally in front of you spin it smoothly three times towards or away from you to change modes. Be careful not to shake the Pax 2, this will not register as a spin and throw your count off. The below modes are listed in the order they show up. It’s easier to count spins in successful cycles of 3 than in total. Therefore Simon is five cycles of three spins, instead of 15 spins in total. If you try to keep count you’ll constantly find that you’ll need to add a few extra spins because it’s difficult to make every spin count.
  • Party Timer
    All four lights are stationary. When the Pax 2 is moved they jump into a random light configuration, occasionally one or more of the lights are very dim or off. If the Pax 2 is held face down the lights flicker and change rapidly. Lip sensor activation makes the lights flicker and change rapidly for up to 10 seconds. At 10 consecutive seconds of lip sensor activation the lights freeze. Removing your lips and replacing them starts another 10 second flicker display. Oven is on. Standby disabled.
  • Light Painting
    In this mode all four lights show the same color and cycle through colors while the Pax 2 is being moved, when still, the lights are off. Waving the Pax 2 through the air yields a color changing stream of light. The heater can be turned off in this mode by selecting a fifth available temperature, all four lights blue.
  • Color Carousel
    The lights react to movement and position of the Pax 2. When laid flat the Pax 2 shows blue. When facedown, an orangish-yellow. When I hold the Pax 2 upright and give it a little circular flick, the colors begin to cycle with a noticeable pattern. The colors can be seen transitioning from one light to the next, as if there is a big globe of colors inside and the lights reflect whichever colors face forward. The heater can be turned off in this mode by selecting a fifth available temperature, all four lights blue.
  • Simon
    Spin the Pax 2 until all four lights flash white three times. The simon game will begin. Hold the Pax 2 face up, horizontally in front of you. Observe the pattern displayed on the lights, then repeat the sequence by leaning the Pax 2 towards the appropriate light. The heater can be turned off in this mode by selecting a fifth available temperature, all four lights blue.
  • Funky Town Tone
    Pax 2 faintly plays the tune to Funky Town when it turns on. You can hear it if you’re within a few inches of the Pax 2 when it plays. Difficult to hear unless you’re listening for it. To unlock this feature beat a 20 step sequence in the Simon game. The Pax 2 will confirm unlock by flashing the four lights red, blue, green, and yellow and playing the Funky Town tune. To disable the tone simply go into the temperature settings and press the button five times quickly. The Pax 2 will confirm by flashing the four lights red, blue, green, and yellow
  • Terminator
    Put the entire Pax in your mouth and pinch your nose while hoping on one leg. The red light in the device makes your eyes go red like the terminator.
  • Tic Tac Container
    Fill up a normal sized tic tac container with your pre-ground bud for on the go convenience. Just pop the top & tap the bud into the oven.

Parts & Accessories

  • Pax 2 Nectar Collector by New Vape, Nectar Collectors provide a water filtration and are much more portal than rigs in that they are smaller and designed to be held and moved around.
  • 1/2 Oven Insert for the Pax 2 (aka: the Pax Pusher) by New Vape, is machined from stainless steel and designed to be a premium upgrade to your Pax when attempting to perform the “screen trick” for filling an oven only half full.
  • Pax 2 Bottom Screen by New Vape, machined from stainless steel and designed to help dramatically increase air flow through the oven.
  • Pax 2 14mm or 18mm Adapter for male or female connections, by New Vape. Nub within the adapter allows for the Pax 2 to be turned on and off by simply pushing down on the unit.
  • Aluminum Accessory Case by New Vape, for storing and traveling with your Pax accessories without letting them rattle around in a bag and get lost.
  • Magic Flight Finishing Grinder to Pax 2 Oven Accessory by kwyjibo. Designed to allow you to grind directly into the Pax 2’s oven from the MFFG.
  • Pax 2 Oven & Lid Caps by Delta 3D Studios, is designed to help reduce smell when the unit is not in use, and prevent drops resulting in the oven spilling or the loss of the oven lid.
  • Pax 2 Silicone 14mm / 18mm Adapter by Delta 3D Studios
  • Pax 2 & 3 Mini Rig by New Vape, provides table top water filtration  for the Pax 2

Ploom Pax 2 Cases

Single-Button Use

The button on top of the device is stupid simple to operate. One push to turn on, one push to turn off. One long press to access the temp adjustments. When you do the Pax logo becomes four individual temp settings that you can cycle through with a single button press. Once you have your preferred setting you long press again to accept the new temperature setting and return to heating up the oven. Easy peasy!

Pax 2 Charging Dock
Pax 2 Charging Dock

Charging Dock

The device rests quite nicely in the charging dock while charging, it’s just a shame that it can’t be used while it’s charging. The magnets help to automatically align the unit when you need to charge it. As it is charging while standing up there is less chance that resin will run down towards the mouthpiece or accidentally knocking it over. Finally, the four individual lights on the Pax logo incrementally light up give an indication of how much more you need charge needed to reach full capacity.

The new charging cradle actually has a port for the old AC adapter to plug into, that can help it charge faster if you have the AC adapter (or even the car adapter from the Pax 1!)

Intelligent Heating

The lip-sensing capability was built together with the smaller and deeper over to keep the contents of the over at the right temperature.

In all over-based vaporizers the contents of the over take longer to heat than the oven itself. After the oven has reached temperature the contents are still heating up. Similarly the contents of the over are always cooling while you are drawing on it. Thus the vapor density and taste depends a great deal on how long it’s been since your last draw.

The engineers of the Pax 2 designed a system that aims to keep the temperature of the contents as consistently. This required a new oven design with more surface area in the right places, and auto-sensing feature to ramp up/down the oven based on how you use it.

After heating to its set temperature the Pax 2 cools slowly while you are not drawing from it. The over contents don’t heat unnecessarily when the device is waiting for you. When the sensor detects your lip it heats to full power quickly to replenish the heat.

You can test this feature for yourself by leaving your Pax 2 vertically on a table or flat surface. When the light turns blue (and without activating the gyroscope by moving the device) rest your finger on the mouthpiece. It should turn from blue to purple signifying it sensed your lip.

If you don’t like the lip-sensing technology then you can use the mouthpiece provided.

Pax 2 vs Firefly Comparison

Firefly Vaporizer
Firefly Vaporizer

The Firefly has heat on demand so it can provide a hit and be done before the Pax 2 has finished heating. While being more inconspicuous the Pax 2 also holds more material so is better suited to passing around. A downside with the Pax 2 is that it would still be cooking herbs on your way back in, producing odor and heat in your pocket.

Pax 2Firefly
Price:$279$269
Warranty:10 Years5 Years
Heating Type:ConductionConvection
Heating Element:Stainless SteelAll Glass
Battery Type/Replaceable?Internal Li-Ion/NoInternal Li-Ion/Yes
Battery Life:70+ Minutes45 Minutes
Recharge Time:100 Minutes45 Minutes
Can Use While Charging:NoNo
Bowl Size:.2-.4.15
Weight:~92 Grams~240 Grams
Temp Settings:4Digitally Controlled
Heat Up Time:30-40 Seconds10 Seconds
Can Use While Charging:NoNo
Pros:Size, Groups, ConcealVapor Quality, Heat up
Cons:Draw ResistanceBattery life

Buying a Pax Ploom 2 on Ebay

Beware buying a Pax Ploom 2 on eBay, anybody can sell stuff on there, including Chinese counter-fitters. Many of the sellers lie and say they offer a 10 year warranty. Even if you you were lucky enough to purchase a genuine device then Ploom would not honour the warranty. If you are unlucky then you could end up with a fake device which may not be manufactured to the same quality.

Smell

By design the device is going to have more odour as it is a conduction device that will continue to heat your material after you have finished a session. The result of this is that it will feel warm in your pocket and will continue to release some odour.

For a more comprehensive look at how you can reduce the small of your Pax 2 check out the article about sploofs.

Conclusion

The Pax2 is a great device, perhaps a little expensive but certainly a quality product. Most of the issues that are reported are questions about how to use it and the few people who do have issues and also have the 10 year warranty can easily get a replacement.

I hope this was useful and maybe even you learnt something new. If you have something to share please leave a comment below.

  • Bobby Hill

    My battery died after 6 months and ploom has one of the stupidest support centres. My ticket was continuously denied because my purchase date (which was correct) was NOT accepted. Plus my phone number was denied, too. So ridiculous because I’ sure they are having large numbers returned for this problem. The battery last a certain amount of charges, after that good luck finding a proprietary battery for this $300+ paperweight.

    • [email protected]

      I just took mine apart because it did work after an iso alocohol cleaning,I didnt pout the shit in but soemthing got dirty ,|I plastic pice fell out when I slide the internal guts out of the tube and cant see where it goes 100% .Now I am searching the net for an internal parts break down.Sending it back is a pain in the ass so I aM BETTER OFF DOING TO WORKING MYSELF IF CLEANING THE PRNITED CICUIT BOARD FIXES THE PROBLEM

  • John the Revelator

    POS is my experience so overprice drop it it’s toast and who dosen’t drop stuff when high?