Fake Pax Vaporizer Review

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More often than now, and especially around this time of year, people are looking for deals on premium items. Sometimes it’s because you don’t have enough cash to cover a premium price tag, and other times it’s just to make every dollar stretch that much further. No matter the reason, these people provide the perfect opportunity for bootleggers to make some money. As long as there are people out there designing and making new vaporizers, there will be people who piggyback off of their ideas to make knock-offs. That brings us to the subject of today’s review: The Fake Pax Vaporizer. There’s no telling who released this unit, but it sure wasn’t Ploom, so we wanted to take a closer look to see if this wannabe could even meet the mark of the real one.

Review: Fake Pax Vaporizer

Fake Pax Vaporizer Review
How It Works

How It Works

The fake operates just like the real one in that the unit is activated by bringing out the mouth piece and turned off by clicking it back in. To change the temperature that the unit is set at, all you have to do it pull out the mouth piece and press the button inside it to change between the 3 pre-set temperatures. The unit even comes in packaging that looks pretty much exactly like the real one and even comes with a charging station that looks pretty much identical to the real one. True to form, all you need to do to charge it is plug in the docking station and then put the fake Pax on it. The oven on the bottom of the unit also works identically to the real one and magnetically attaches to the bottom and it pulled off by tilting the oven cover and pulling it off.
Temperature Flexibility

Temperature Flexibility

The fake Pax has 3 temperature settings that are meant to mimic the settings on the real unit. The first setting is meant to be 188 Celsius, the medium setting is supposed to be about 200 Celsius and the highest setting is supposedly 210. Are these temperatures accurate? We wouldn’t say so. Our unit was very flawed in terms of its performance which made it next to impossible to compare the heat settings. Even if the oven was reaching the temperatures, we had no way of knowing that while testing it.

Vapor Quality

Vapor Quality

The reason we couldn’t accurately tell what effect the temperatures were having on our botanical was because the unit didn’t deliver much, if any vapor. The lowest setting gave no return, which prompted us to turn up the heat and see what it could do at medium. At medium, even the most careful and precisely slow and long draw yielded next to no vapor at all and cranking it up to max didn’t change much. Opening the oven showed us that the now golden brown botanical was being subjected to heat, but whatever vapor it was producing simply never made it out of the mouth piece for some reason. This kind of inefficiency is the kind of thing that breaks the experience with a unit, but there was more to dislike about this unit than the vapor quality.
Manufacturing Quality

Manufacturing Quality

This fake is also missing many of the finer details that make the original as strong as it is. The outer shell on the original is made of anodized aluminum like the Zeus Bolt Grinder and you can see it in the stripped pattern on the metal. This shell is likely still aluminum, but not of the same quality as the original. The striping you’d see on the outside of the original is replaced by a sort of bumpy look if you look closely at it. The metal on the inside of the oven cover isn’t as well machined and formed to contours of the cover and the screen consistently falls out of the heating chamber. To cap it all off, the screw at the back even looks like a lower quality replacement for the original. All of this stacked on top of some of their other faults, like the font on the lettering on the back and inside the mouth piece and the LED’s not being as clear as they are on the original made for a really poor score in this category.
Battery Life

Battery Life

This unit is supposed to last about an hour in terms of battery life, but you’ll be lucky to get more than about 35 minutes of operating time from this unit. We say operating time and not use because you’re not really going to get any vapor from it so you aren’t exactly using it for its intended purpose, but not for lack of trying.

Portability

Portability

Piggybacking off of the original design does yield some advantages when the design is as unique and useful as the original Pax’s is as we mentioned in our Pax vaporizer review. The fake has all the same advantages in portability as the original because it’s built exactly like the original in terms of shape and operation. It’s still slim and easy to fit into your pocket and the profile of the unit doesn’t get in the way when carrying it from one place to another.

 

Ease Of Use

Ease of Use

Normally, because of how much it resembles the original Pax in terms of how it works, we’d say that the unit is very easy to use. Unfortunately for the fake, because it doesn’t actually deliver when it comes to vapor – arguably the most important part of a unit’s function – the unit is very difficult to use. It’s on the verge of impossible because of the lost vapor. No matter what temperature it’s set at, no matter how you choose to take draws from the unit, getting a significant amount of vapor is practically impossible. This makes using the fake a next to impossible chore rather than the relaxing treat it should be.

Discreetness

Discreetness

Once again, being like the original has earned the unit some points in this category. On one hand, the unit has an elegant and unassuming look that doesn’t attract much attention courtesy of the original’s design. On the other hand, the unit has odor leakage from the poorly made oven cover and still manages not to deliver any vapor. Some might consider that a zero-sum game, but we just consider it a loss.

Overall Experience

Overall Experience

In the end, the extra cash in your pocket you get from paying less for a knock-off really isn’t worth it. What you’ll likely end up with is a cheap, sub-par, under performing piece of hardware that has no warranty to speak of that you’re now stuck with as a result. This is one case where you should make sure you don’t get caught up in the savings. Purchase an original from an authorized retailer and you’ll be much better off, believe us!
So what do you think, fellow connoisseurs? Do you think the risks associated with a knock-off are worth the savings?
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About Author

Milad is a gadget collector and master crafter extraordinaire. He loves taking things apart, marvel comics and 'Iron Man.'

15 Comments

  1. I have the real deal. I love it a lot. It is really worth investing the money in the long run. You will have a quality product and the company to go back to if anything goes wrong.

  2. No way! Stick with what you know to be good and don’t take the risk with fakes and vapes that have no warranty. You know there is something wrong when there is no warranty.

  3. Not worth it at all. The point of buying an authentic item is to get the quality that brand had to offer and advertised but if you go and purchase a fake one just because it cheaper then you can’t expect a cheaper item to be made the same as a more expensive one.

  4. the whole point of buying a specific brand of anything is for the quality that brand has to offer which in this case the fake doesn’t so you might as well buy a authentic one for more or a different brand that offer you what your looking for in the price range suitable for what your willing to pay

  5. Knock offs definitely aren’t worth it. You won’t be receiving the quality of the original, and you won’t qualify for the warranty (which for some units is one of their main selling features). Plus, with a knock off you’re more likely to need the warranty. My grandfather always told me you get what you pay for when it comes to quality, and that applies here. Don’t go for looks over substance.

  6. Heck No! Spend the extra money and get the real deal. Save yourself from throwing money in the trash and a major headache if something goes wrong with it. Yes some no name brands/ knock off stuff in great but at the end of the day you get what you pay for.

  7. The risks are not worth it, if the product doesn’t function properly, you waste your blends. You have no recourse if there are D.O.A units or a break down. Supporting Suppliers that deal with original products like Toronto Vaporizers not only warranties a great burning product, it ensures a great company can continue to supply and support what they supply on an ongoing basis. As was said, you get what you pay for, and quality is worth the extra few dollars always. Adrian Amberg

  8. worth the risk?? Absolutely not!! Forget that the supposed savings will only eat into, and produce a greater loss in the botanicals that get browned but produce little vape. But think about whatever cheap battery, many of which tend to go up in smoke these days. Fire only does something for me when it’s feeding a new forest or it’s surrounded by big rocks in a circle. Spending the 30, 40 , or 50 bucks doesn’t seem like an overpay looking at it in those terms.

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