The original Pax by Ploom brought a wealth of innovation, a sleek design, and a top-of-the-line experience for vaporizer users around the world back in 2012. However, the original Pax suffered a few fatal flaws, such as the sticking mouthpiece. Four years following the release of the original device, the designers at Plum went back to the drawing board and produced a new and improved Pax 3. The new Pax 3 is smaller, lighter, and more powerful than its predecessor. But is it strong enough to knock out the Crafty? Continue reading for a head-to-head heavyweight comparison of the Pax 4 vs the Crafty.
Crafty vs Pax 3 Heating Mechanisms
The Pax 2 is designed as a 100% pure conduction vaporizers, which is the less efficient of the two models. On the other hand, the Crafty is a hybrid unit that uses both convection and conduction heating. In the beginning of the session, the Crafty uses a little bit of conduction to get the process started, and then it uses mostly convection heating from that point forward. The Crafty’s advanced heating method allows users to enjoy the best of both worlds, which is one of the ways the unit delivers a high quality of vapor. As a result, round one of the Pax 2 vs the Crafty goes to the Crafty.
Crafty vs Pax 3 Vaporizer Usage
First and foremost, one of the biggest problems with the Pax 2 is it doesn’t perform well with a partially filled chamber. This means that if you are running low or like to use smaller amounts, the Pax 2 will not produce as thick of a cloud of vapor. On the other hand, the Crafty doesn’t have this problem. Simply use the small liquid pad to act as a spacer for a smaller load, which pushes the herbs down so it will produce thicker vapor. The Crafty produces thick luscious cloud regardless of how full the chamber is packed, which renders it victorious in round two of the Pax 2 vs the Crafty bout.
Crafty vs Pax 3 Temperature Controls
The Pax 2 offers four different temperature settings, which is an upgrade from the three temperature settings on the original Pax. These temperatures range from 360F – 420F, while the original Pax was only 370F – 410F. Every temperature range is controlled through the temperature of the blend instead of the temp of the chamber. This new method is a clear improvement over the previous model, which allows the Pax 2 to offer more consistent draws compared to the original Pax. However, it doesn’t’ stand a chance against the Crafty.
The Pax 3 allows you to access 4 pre-set temperatures by pressing and holding the power button to enter the temperature select menu. There is also a 5th temp setting which is operated and programmed through the mobile apps. This makes interacting with the Pax 3 a fairly hassle free experience and really does not require a mobile device if you so choose.
The Crafty only uses two temperature settings, but you can set those temperatures at whatever you like ranging from 104F up to 410F through the awesome smartphone app, which is available on both Android and iOS. You can use the app to check battery life, control the temperature settings, and even see the temperature of the unit in real time. It can also be used to control several other features. This innovative app places you at the helm of your vapor ship, and you can steer as you choose. The Crafty app and superior temperature controls are a few facets the Pax 2 can’t contend.
Crafty vs Pax 3 Vapour Quality
Another major difference between the Pax 2 and the Crafty is the vapor quality or the amount of resistance in the draws. Simply put, the Crafty is in a class of its own. With one of the freest flowing vapor paths, this unit offers very little to no resistance. This is partly due to the high-quality all-glass vapor path of the unit. The low resistance of the Crafty allows you to pack it tight or loose as you like. In either case, you will always enjoy the same high-quality vapor no matter how you draw or pack the chamber.
On the other hand, the resistance in the Pax 2 is based heavily on the speed you inhale. Simply put, if you do not draw very slowly with the Pax 2, it will have a lot of resistance. As a matter of fact, the Pax 2 requires a certain amount of technique to truly enjoy your vapor session. This problem can be partially attributed to the mouthpiece of the Pax, which is explained in more detail later. With the Pax 2, it’s best to take slow long draws for anywhere between 10 and 20 seconds. The resistance of the Pax 2 is also affected more heavily by these factors:
- How tight or full you packed the chamber
- The type of aromatherapy you are vaping
- The coarseness of the grind
- The temperature you are vaporizing at
Simply put, the Pax 2 has too many factors affecting its vapor quality. While the Crafty effortlessly delivers knockout draws time after time. Round four of the Crafty vs Pax 2 goes to the Crafty.
Crafty vs Pax 3 Portability and Size
When it comes to size, the Pax is smaller than the Crafty. While the Crafty measures 4.3”H x 2.2”D x 1.3”W, the Pax comes in slightly smaller at 3.87”H x 1.21”W x .085”D. However, the real difference in size can be attributed to the weight of the devices. The Crafty weighs 136 grams, while the Pax only weighs 92 grams. In either case, both of these units are extremely small and light compared to the other portable vaporizers on the market today. For instance, the Ascent weighs 192 grams, the Haze weighs 193, and the Firefly weighs 241. In any case, you can still comfortably fit either the Crafty or the Pax in your pocket, but the Pax offers a more smooth and streamlined design. The Pax 2’s tiny size proves it victorious in this category.
Crafty vs Pax 3 The Knockout Round
One of the biggest problems with the original Pax was the sticking mouthpiece, which was solved with a new lip-sensing mouthpiece. The lip-sensing mouthpiece is a hole used for inhaling vapor approximately the size of a headphone jack located near the only button on the device. Although this innovative design allowed them to significantly reduce the size of the Pax 3, the unit can get hot if it is maxed out too long. Simply put, no one wants to put their lips on hot aluminum!
While this lip-sensing mouthpiece may have seemed like a brilliant idea, it proves to be more of a hassle than a functional value-added feature. Even though the temperature of the Pax 3 may not be hot enough to burn, it can be uncomfortable. Worst of all, using the optional mouthpiece of the Pax 3 doesn’t do much to mitigate the heat after a few draws. On the other hand, the Crafty manages to effectively draft heat away from the device and remain comfortably cool after repeated and continuous use, which is why the Crafty wins the final round of the Pax 3 vs Crafty bout…
Crafty vs Pax 3 The Final Scorecard
In the end, the Pax 3 offers several advancements over its predecessor, including increased portability from the smaller size of the device. Even with those updates and fixes, the Pax 3 doesn’t add up to the Crafty. The Crafty offers unparalleled vapor quality, outstanding functionality, and simplicity in use. Best of all, the Crafty always remains cool to the touch, which is something else the Pax 3 cannot do. On the final scorecard of the Pax 3 vs the Crafty, the Crafty remains victorious and cool under pressure!
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