The original Pax vaporizer may be years old, but its technology was and continues to stand the test of time. Originally, it retailed for $250, which is a steep price for the latest in vaping technology. At the time, my main gripe with smoking cannabis was the smell and, sometimes, the harshness of it. Vaporizing cannabis was a viable alternative to combusting plant material with a butane lighter. I purchased the onyx color, but there was also cobalt, amethyst, and newer limited edition colors. Currently, however, original Pax vaporizers aren’t sold by Pax Labs, but if you can score a well-preserved used one, they are sturdy and unfailing vaporizers.

Even without the 10-year limited warranty, the Pax 1 was a reliable and effective piece of technology for vaping flower. The small and portable device comes in a little over 4 inches long and 1 inch wide. It fits comfortably in the palm of my hand. Its sleek design and smooth exterior make this vaporizer a visually-appealing tool. Although the newer Pax versions are lighter and incorporate more temperature controls and lip-sensing technology, the original Pax produces sizeable draws and decent battery life.

The Pax 1 comes with three temperature degree settings: Low at 370F, Medium at 390F, and High 410F. A small button inside the body of the vaporizer (under the mouthpiece) lets users switch temperatures easily. I found that the medium temperature option was best for me because the hottest temperature setting made the device too hot. To use, you simply load ground flower into the oven chamber, close the magnetic lid, and pop out the mouthpiece. I used a small tobacco screen filter inside the oven chamber when I didn’t want to pack the full chamber.

The 2,600 mAh Pax vaporizer has a pretty good battery life for a portable vaporizer lasting around five oven-loads, give or take. The problem was that I didn’t buy the car battery charger, so I’d have to have the Pax fully-charged before going out with it. Its minimalistic design made it a convenient and discreet way to vape on-the-go. The device heats up within a minute and lowers its heat when put down. As with any vaporizer, the user has to wait a few seconds between each draw to let the vapor accumulate in the oven chamber.

The Pax works best when it’s completely clean. Build-up can creep into the oven chamber and mouthpiece which can restrict airflow. A pipe cleaner and some isopropyl alcohol are all that’s needed to remove any gunk from the device. The Pax 1 is a dependable and easy-to-use portable vaporizer for first-time or everyday users. Pax 1’s technological capabilities may seem obsolete by modern standards, but after more than four years with it, I can honestly say that it’s been the only vaporizer I need.

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