Ploom PAX Review – Is it Worth it in 2018?

The Ploom PAX is a beautiful little device - it looks great and performs even better

The Ploom PAX is really a beautiful device. It’s sleek, stylish, and it’s just all-around neat. The thing is very good looking, performs well, and is a novelty to own. With all due respect and beating around the bush aside, the Ploom PAX is great to use in areas where marijuana use is legal. The Ploom PAX is a vaporizer, and is great for taking anywhere to use – of course, with the law kept in mind.

The Ploom PAX is a beautiful little device - it looks great and performs even better
The Ploom PAX is a beautiful little device – it looks great and performs even better

The Ploom PAX features a sleek little user interface, and does not actually have any visible buttons at first glance. The mouthpiece is retractable and has a little slide feature, where pressing it in once will cause it to slowly extend out and pressing it in a second time will cause it to extend out. However, the mouthpiece requires maintenance by lubrication and occasionally cleaning out, as using herbs or leaves will cause a sort of resin to build up around the little breathing hole and tobacco generates this even faster.

The PAX’s mouthpiece pulls out, revealing a little control panel and the actual “pipeline” where vapor travels through from the oven – the control panel has a button which can be pressed, causing the PAX to cycle through three heat intensities of low, medium and high. Depending on how dense the oven is packed, the low setting may not be enough to properly heat and generate vapor with an oven packed full of wet, high density product. High works the best, but quickly burns through product (figuratively – no combusting here!)

The oven is a hefty little size and can contain a deceptive amount of product
The oven is a hefty little size and can contain a deceptive amount of product

The oven itself is kept in place with a little magnetic panel which will always fall into place, and is very satisfying when it does so. This is kept with a metal plate inside the panel, which will cause the oven to retain heat better and generate more vapor. The oven itself is a surprisingly big size, and comes with a faceplate which may need to be replaced. The faceplate is golden and can burn if used under the high heat setting for too long, and caution should be exercised in trying to extend the life of the faceplates as long as possible.


The PAX is fairly durable and has a strong little steel body with laser etchings. In the front of it is engraved an X, which glows with different colored LEDs to communicate the heat chosen when the mouthpiece is removed, glows purple when heating up and green when ready to use, and will glow green, yellow or red to communicate battery life when it is shaken with the mouthpiece in.

Overall, the PAX is an extremely capable and discrete little device. The amount of vapor generated depends on the quality of product put inside the oven, but it always delivers a quality experience. There are a ton of neat little tips and tricks to the PAX, including using a brass screen in the oven if you do not have enough product to fill it the entire way – the screen will grow hot and cause the oven to be more evenly heated, causing the product to be vaporized much better than without the screen. The PAX also has a little nook where a folded up paper clip can be stored with enough bending in a circular way – the paper clip is then intended to be used to stir the oven in order to mix around the non-vaporized and somewhat vaporized product inside the oven.

Since my original ownership with the Ploom PAX (I’ve since had to part ways), the PAX 2 has come out. The PAX 2 represents an overall improvement of the old PAX, retaining the same design while improving features like cooling (the original PAX had a tendency to run fairly hot during use on even the medium setting), a better mouthpiece, and a “party mode.” The price bump is noticeable at an eyebrow-raising $80 more.

The one major (and only?) downside to the PAX is the proprietary charger; micro USB would have been so much easier
The one major (and only?) downside to the PAX is the proprietary charger; micro USB would have been so much easier

The PAX is expensive, costing $199 for the “old” PAX and $280 for the PAX 2. The PAX also needs to be constantly maintained in order for a proper vaporizing experience, which includes the use of a mouth lubricant, the replacement of the screens inside the oven, and the “pipeline” cleaned out with pipe cleaners – the mouth lubricant can be picked up at pharmacies usually, pipe cleaners can be found wherever, but the screens must be ordered directly through the company. 
Despite the higher price, the Ploom PAX is worth it. I loved mine, and I totally intend to get another one when I can. It represents everything I think I would want in a vaporizer, all contained in an extremely sexy packaging that looks professional and is something to boast about. It’s a great device, and I really can’t say much more about it. Sure, it’s expensive, but the thing performs so well and is such a neat little device that you’ll be carrying it with you in all the wrong but right places.

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