I feel the need to begin with a couple of obligatory prefaces: “Smoking is bad for your health,” and “After reading my product review below, please don’t feel influenced to begin smoking cigarettes or smoking anything for that matter.” My sole intentions are to simply educate and share my experience with the Pax portable vaporizer by Ploom.
Although smoking cigarettes has been (not proudly) a pretty big part of my life since my teen years, the urge to quit has likewise lingered in the back of my mind. But as any smoker would agree, it’s much easier said than done. Smokers grow accustomed to their ‘brand,’ we crave cigarettes by certain everyday ‘triggers,’ and sometimes, it’s not even so much about the way smoking makes us feel as it is about the ritual of doing it. For me, it’s the most vicious cycle.
So when Ploom so kindly offered up one of their new Pax portable vaporizers to GadgeTell, I was fast excited to give it a try. (Also, there aren’t many smokers in our office.) And even though from what I understand, studies are still being conducted on whether ‘vaping’ is a healthier way to ingest tobacco or not, nevertheless I am interested in trying alternatives to smoking cigarettes, especially if they are potentially better for my health.
Vaping for the first time
I should also include that prior to the Pax, my history with vaping was exclusive to trying a few kinds of electronic cigarettes (which primarily use liquid cartridges) carried by friends. As far as a portable full-leaf vaporizing devices, I had only heard of them.
The Pax by Ploom is hands-down the best vapor experience I’ve ever had, portable or otherwise. When it comes to vaping, as a smoker I approach each new product looking for two things; First is the quality of each inhale or ‘hit’ and second, is its ease of use. With Pax, it was delightful to experience a first solid gust of vapor, heavier and more tasty than I had expected.
Pax uses a tiny ‘oven’ kept closed by an easy-off magnetic wobble-lid, where inside a user stashes their tobacco leaf. This feature made for a fun time at the tobacco shop, catching whiffs of their various blends and handpicking a sack of my favorite as if I had been putting together a bouquet from a florist. The quality of the loose stuff is usually better than whatever you’ll find pre-rolled in packs and the particular blend that I opted for was even organically grown, sans additives.
By pressing on and engaging the mouth piece, which stores in a concealed, down-position, the Pax becomes triggered to activate it’s heating element. Thanks to some ingenuity by the Ploom design team, you’ll know when Pax is ready when the asterisk-like company logo illuminates green (purple means it’s heating up, blinking means the battery is about ready to die.)
Oh and did I mention that it packs its own rechargeable battery? On one charge cycle, I got a full weekend of vaping. Granted though, I wasn’t using it nearly as much as I’d light a up a smoke — in total, I’d estimate about an hour’s time. The battery fills back up in about an hour and a half or two — just place it mouth side down on a dedicated docking station and again, watch the lights to tell you when it’s ready.
Another awesomely handy component to the Pax is it’s heat control button, found underneath the mouthpiece. A light tug on the part where your lips go will lift out the full mouthpiece and reveal a tiny LED button. Default is medium heat (orange indicator light) but click once for high (red) and twice for low (yellow.) Sometimes you want a ‘harsher’ or more ‘meaty’ hit on high, but sometimes a chilled-out and more mellow yellow or orange will fit your mood. Either way, this is one feature that I appreciate and one that sets Pax apart from it’s competition.
Generally speaking, vaping will not replace my smoking habit, not any time soon at least. But that truly isn’t to say that I haven’t already adopted Pax into my everyday life. In fact, I’ve found myself reaching for the pocket vape in certain scenarios, especially when cigarettes are just aren’t a viable option. Public transit, for one, is a perfect place for vaping — block out the crying baby a row behind you, crouch low in your seat and catch a much-needed ‘nic fit.’ Also, when you’re already getting work done in the bathroom stall at work, why not enjoy a few puffs to hold you over until lunch time?
As I’m winding down each night, laying in bed before sleep, Pax is a really nice supplement to reading a book. I keep my charging station on my night table and if I click it on as I begin a new page, it’s good to go before I’m turning to the next one. Overall, it’s been a way to enhance my everyday smoking habits. I can honestly say that when it comes time to quit cigarettes, Pax will be my method of choice for cutting down on buying packs and to aid in hopefully stopping altogether.
Until then, there are ‘times’ and ‘places’ for Pax in my life. It’s been wonderful to discover these times and Pax has been a real nice addition to my regular stash of everyday pocket-sized items: smartphone, wallet, keys and of course, a pack of smokes.
I can’t speak highly enough of the Pax by Ploom. For smokers who are curious about vaping, smokers who want to phase cigarettes out of their lives with a solid vaporizer or for people who are generally interested in experiencing a flavorful and fun way to ingest tobacco, go Ploom. The only issue that I ran into was a need to purchase additional screens!
Each unit comes with a cleaning kit, pipe cleaners and mouthpiece lube. They come in a few sweet colors and offer additional accessories for Pax, such as car chargers, additional cleaning supplies and extra screens. The best place to pick a Pax up, as well as all of Ploom’s products, is from the essential online vaping resource, VapeWorld.
For more information about Ploom’s full line of products (including their unique and sleek electronic cigarettes,) check out www.Ploom.com.