Vaporizers are more popular than ever — after all "vape" was named Oxford Dictionary's Word of the Year in 2014 — and one of the best vaporizers out there is the new Pax 2.
The original Pax, often described as the "iPhone of vaporizers," is a handheld vaporizer created by Ploom, a California-based tobacco company founded by two Standford Design Program alumni. Ploom first introduced the Pax back in 2012 and over 500,000 were sold. Three years later it's launching the Pax 2, which improves upon virtually every aspect of the original and makes a compelling case as the best vaporizer on the market today.
The first thing you notice when holding the Pax 2 is its minimalist design and astounding build quality. The exterior is built from machined anodized aluminum — the same metal used in the iPhone 6 — and it's immediately apparent that this isn't some cheap vaporizer from your local smoke shop.
The Pax 2 is 25% smaller and 10% lighter than its predecessor, which makes it fit perfectly in your hand. As someone who has used the original Pax before, I found the Pax 2 fit into my pocket a bit easier too, but at the end of the day both models are plenty portable.
Arguably the best feature of the Pax 2 is how easy it is to use. While some vaporizers are plagued by too many buttons that make it difficult to get the hang of, the Pax 2 echoes the original Pax and maintains its easy-to-use design. You reload the Pax 2 by removing the bottom lid — which is magnetic — and filling the stainless steel oven with tobacco. Plooom has upped the size of the Pax's oven this time around so you can hold more tobacco, which means you have to refill it less often. It's important to note that the Pax 2 works with loose-leaf tobacco — it's not a liquid vaporizer.
Once you've filled the Pax 2, all you have to do is press the top down and it begins to heat the tobacco nestled inside.
It takes less than a minute to heat up, and you'll know it's ready when the glowing LED Pax logo turns from purple to green. You can then take a draw from the mouthpiece at the top of the device, and press the same button to turn the device off when you're done.
Ploom has changed up the design of the mouthpiece for the Pax 2, and it's a huge improvement over the original. The first Pax featured a spring mechanism that needed to be cleaned and would often get stuck. The new mouthpieces are made out of rubber and don't feature any internal mechanics, which means cleaning is far easier and there's a lesser chance of anything malfunctioning.
The Pax 2 also includes some nifty sensors. An accelerometer detects motion in order to recognize when you've put the device down (it'll shut it off after a certain period of time so you don't have to worry about burning things to a crisp) and you can also check the battery levels by gently shaking the Pax back and forth.
The battery life in the Pax 2 has also been increased by 30%, and there's a new magnetic charging cradle that's basically Ploom's version of Apple's Mag-Safe charger.
All of these improvements come at a cost, however.
The Pax 2 costs $279, making it one of the most expensive portable vaporizers out there, but the build quality and genius design justify the cost. Ploom is still continuing to offer the original Pax, which now retails for $199, and some would argue the original is still better than any other portable vaporizers in the market.
At the end of the day, the Pax 2 is a premium, high-end vaporizer with a level of design and attention to detail most often found in cell phones. If you're looking for something that is hassle free and dependable — Ploom offers a 10-year warranty — the Pax 2 won't let you down.
The Pax 2 begins shipping April 2nd, and you can learn more or order one today by clicking here.