The holiday season is quickly approaching and everyone, even you connoisseurs are looking for bargains to make your money stretch that extra mile. In search for deals to do good by your dollar bills you might be tempted to pick up a vaporizer for a price that’s too good to be true and unknowingly end up with a fake. Regardless of the reason, if you’re thinking of getting a fake or already have one, this battle is for you! In one corner, we have a fake Pax, and in the other we have the real Pax ready to defend its territory. Who knows who’ll win this epic battle, so let’s get into the battle and find out!
Fake Pax vs Real Pax
The Pax makes some pretty good vapor. The oven does a good job of heating your botanical and the special screen filters out small particles from the vapor to make every draw pure vapor and nothing else. The vapor can tend to be a bit warm at its max temperature, but the middle temperature yields nice smooth vapor that’s much less harsh.
When we tested the fake, we were getting some very, very thin vapor. We assumed it was because the unit wasn’t heating our botanical enough, but a peek into the chamber revealed an oven filled with golden brown botanical! Somewhere in the vapor pathway, the vapor is lost, making for a poor vapor experience at best.
The Pax has an anodized aluminum shell that is nice and durable and the unit’s parts are well machined and fit together snugly. The price tag on this unit is justified by Ploom’s approach to the execution and design of the unit. All the elements feel polished and well executed.
The fake has a lot of elements that just look and feel poorly handled. The oven cover feels like really cheap plastic, the magnets are noticeably weaker than the original, the metal in the oven cover looks poorly machined and the screen falls out of the chamber regularly. Even the LED doesn’t shine the right colors. This unit’s build quality is very underwhelming.
Ease of Use
The Pax is incredibly easy to use. All you have to do is click the mouth piece out to turn it on, pull the mouth piece out and press the button inside it to adjust the temperature if you have to, put it back in and then wait for it to reach temperature before loading your botanical and enjoying it! Once you’re done, just pop the oven door off, empty the chamber, then click the mouth piece in to turn the unit off. It’s that simple.
Using the fake Pax is nothing short of annoying partly because the vapor never actually reaches your mouth. Beyond that, when you try to empty the chamber, the screen falls out almost every single time! It makes for a really unpleasant experience.
The Pax is a nice and small unit bevelled edges so that it sits comfortably in your pocket. The retractable mouth piece also makes it easy to carry this unit from point A to point B without incident.
The fake is made to be as close to the original as possible, so it benefits from the same portability score as the real one.
The black exterior and lack of flashy or glowing features on the Pax makes it really discreet. The only thing that could give the unit away is the LED on the front of the unit, but that can be easily hidden from general view with your hand.
The fake manages to benefit from the fact that it’s as good a copy as the manufacturer could make. This means that it’s just as discreet as the original.
The original Pax has pretty good temperature flexibility with 3 distinct settings and you can pick from the vaporizing temperatures by pulling out the mouth piece and pressing the button inside the unit. The fake has the same temperature flexibility, but it never really matters because the temperature doesn’t translate into vapor. Though they technically have the same temperatures, the fake makes no use of it which is as bad as not having it at all.
We’re sure most of you connoisseurs expected this, but the fake took a beating in today’s battle! The fake is a clever attempt to make a cheap alternative to the original unit, but their inability to properly execute on a lot of the smaller key design elements left us feeling like this wasn’t even worth the cheaper bootleg price. Congrats on the win, Ploom!