Why!? That is probably a lot of people’s initial reaction to PAX Labs releasing an app for both the PAX 3 and PAX ERA vaporizers. If this doesn’t sound appealing to you, then the good news is that you can use these products without the app too, as mentioned in our full PAX 3 review.
But for those who want to learn more about how to use it, this is a guide for you to get the best experience from your PAX Vapor App using the PAX 3. Since I was one of the first to have the opportunity to try the app, I will use my experience to get you started in the right direction….
Why an app?
Although both products work independently without it, the PAX Vapor app allows for a more customizable user experience. For the record, this is not the first vaporizer to utilize Bluetooth technology, but we just may see more “cann-apps” like these start to become a trend in 2017.
Did I get coin a new term, or make another corny joke? Let me know in the comments below….
Since the PAX 3 doesn’t have an LCD display, some people will prefer using this app instead.
Choose your mode
The modes can be adjusted by clicking in the upper right hand corner of the app.
The PAX Vapor app features five different modes, which includes the standard one that came with the original PAX vaporizers. These four new modes include boost, efficiency, stealth and flavor mode. Each one is suited for different vapers in various situations. Let’s have a look…
This is the default mode, which will be very familiar to those who own the original PAX or the PAX 2. In this mode, the oven heats up 5-10° when you start puffing on it. Using the PAX Vapor App, we now get to see the exact temperature of the device, in real time, which is pretty neat.
By swiping the temperature horizontally, you can also adjust the PAX in 5° intervals, or vertically, which will allow you to use 1° intervals. This applies to each and every one of the modes too.
Flavor mode is very much like the standard mode, only it cools down and heats up quicker and stronger to deliver the maximum flavor possible on each puff. This is a perfect option for people who want to taste the terpenes and individual flavor profile of each strain, aka flavor chasers.
Boost mode is for people who are used to a hot vape, or even smokers who are looking to get that desired throat hit. This is going to be the least discrete mode, you are going to be getting denser vapor and less odor reduction. Essentially this setting is for when you want to “blast off”.
Boost mode will reduce the cooling functions significantly and stay hotter for longer periods of time. This function is great for shorter sessions. Sometimes all you just need is that extra boost. Nevermind being stealthy, if you want a harder-hitting PAX 3, try out this mode and get boosted.
Efficiency mode is for people concerned with getting the most out of their dry herb material. It will gradually increase in temperature by a few degrees throughout your session, based on how hard you puff. It will keep going up to 430°, so be careful. This mode is great for conserving bud.
In Stealth mode, the LED lights on the PAX 3 will be disabled, and the cooling function works to reduce odors. Of course, there is still going to be some degree of smell involved, in fact the PAX has a very specific odor. One time my friend came over, smelled it and asked if I was “PAXing”.
If I was in Stealth mode, he probably wouldn’t have caught a whiff. When it comes to minimizing odor, then this is still your best bet. It will allow you to “PAX” like a stealth vaping ninja wizard.
You don't say, Simon...
The other games are PAX Run, in which one of the LED pedals will light up green, and the other red. You have to turn the PAX in the direction of the green pedal, avoiding the red one. The other game is PAX Spin, which can be perfect for playing “Spin the PAX” at those wild parties…
You might be thinking that these games are juvenile, or too easy to play. However, after a nice session of baking out with the PAX, you might find yourself getting hooked. Spin the PAX is also handy when it comes to deciding who has to make that munchie run. Think Half Baked….
But wait… there's more!
The PAX Vapor app also has the option of locking the device, changing the colors to one of three different themes and changing haptic feedback on your PAX 3. By clicking on the upper left hand corner, you can have access to the online store, and locate an official PAX retailer.
This would be great if you were on the go, and needed to purchase accessories for your PAX 3. Last but not least, one of the biggest advantages to using the PAX 3 Vapor app is being able to see your exact battery life, displayed in real time without having to shake your device anymore.