Pax versus Crafty Vaporizer Showdown

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The Pax has been admired by many people even before it hit the market. The unit was one of the first to make vaporizing look cool and elegant, and that attracted a lot of attention. It may have captured many hearts because of that, but it was only a matter of time before the big guns in the vaporizing industry started dropping their own units to go toe-to-toe with Ploom’s brainchild. Storz and Bickel recently released their first portable units and they both sit securely in the premium bracket to compete with units like the Pax, but how do they compare? To see just how one of Storz and Bickel’s new units would compare to the Pax, we decided to put the Crafty up against the Pax to see which had more to offer. Let’s get into the showdown to see who wins!

Pax vs Crafty

Pax versus Crafty Vaporizer Showdown
Vapor Quality Winner - Crafty

Vapor Quality

The Pax’s vapor quality is pretty underwhelming. The reason for this is that the vapor is quite warm and pretty harsh. This goes double for the vapor produced at the unit’s highest temperature setting. Ploom did do what they could to make the vapor decent by creating a screen that works amazingly to trap small particles and keep them from getting in your mouth when you take a draw. Unfortunately, this isn’t enough to make the vapor anything but decent.
The Crafty comes from the bloodline of the much sought after Volcano, and brings with it the same sort of quality you’d expect of a Storz and Bickel product. The unit uses convection and conduction simultaneously to provide quick, efficiently extracted and delicious vapor from the first draw. The manufacturer also developed a cooling unit, which is the top of the unit and forces the vapor to move through it in such a way that is gets extra time to cool down so every draw is cool and smooth.
Manufacturing Quality Winner - Crafty

Manufacturing Quality

The Pax is made mostly of aluminum with a plastic mouth piece. The unit actually looks really nice, but the problems with this unit aren’t in the way the unit looks. The issues are in some of the choices made by the manufacturer. The first is that the oven cover is magnetic. This is only a problem because heat and magnets don’t go together well and the heat will diminish the effectiveness of the magnets until the oven cover eventually fails which will likely be sooner rather than later. The second is that the mouthpiece, which is how you turn the unit on and off, gets gummed up really easy. When that happens you won’t be able to turn the unit on or off. These issues could have been avoided, but instead they stand as some of the unit’s biggest flaws.
The Crafty’s shell is almost completely made of plastic, but it still manages to feel high quality. It may not look pretty, but the design features make this unit much more functional than the Pax. The cooling unit is well constructed and easy to take apart to clean, all the parts feel well machined and all the small details like the LED and the power button feel like they’ve been well attended to.
Temperature Flexibility Winner - Crafty

Temperature Flexibility

The Pax has 3 temperature settings that you can cycle through by pulling off the mouth piece and pressing the white button inside the unit under the mouth piece. The temperature settings let you vaporize at either 188 Celsius, 199 Celsius, or 210 Celsius. This isn’t bad for temperature flexibility, but the lower temperature settings are below what we’d consider to be a temperature that can get good results.
The Crafty has 2 initial temperature settings that can be engaged. The basic temperature is 180 Celsius and the booster temperature is 195 Celsius, but these are only the pre-sets. If you download the free app that comes with the unit, you can customize the temperatures to anything between 40 Celsius and 210 Celsius. This makes this unit capable of satisfying any connoisseur no matter their preferences!
Portability Winner - Crafty

Portability

The Pax was made to really maximize its portability among other things. They did this by making the unit small and allowing the mouth piece to retract into the unit. The unfortunate truth about this unit is that the poor battery life of this unit makes it less amazing to take with you unless you’re just going on a quick jaunt and might want a quick session or two outside the house. If you plan on using this unit for more than 40 minutes without access to a charger, you might want to rethink taking this unit with you.
The Crafty is quite a small unit. The mouth piece swivels in and out to keep it from becoming a problem when you put it in your pocket and the whole thing fits pretty easily in just about any pocket. The battery life is also better than the Pax which makes this a great unit to take with you out of the house.

Discreetness Winner - Crafty

Discreetness

The Pax was also meant to be as discreet as possible. The unit is colored to look less flashy, designed to be easy to put in your pocket and is small enough to fit in your hand pretty easily. Unfortunately for Ploom, the oven cover lets odor and vapor leak from the unit which leads to a much lower score in discreetness than it might otherwise have.

The Crafty’s one small weakness in this category is the LED, but that can be pretty easily covered up with your finger. The unit is pretty small so it’s easy to fit in your hand and the swivelling mouth piece is easy to bring out and swing back in. The unit also doesn’t let vapor escape at all which makes for a much more stealthy session.

Ease of Use Winner - Crafty

Ease of Use

The Pax can be turned on and off by retracting or extending the mouth piece, to load it just pull off the magnetic heating cover, fill the chamber, then close it again. The problem with this unit is how often it needs maintenance. In order to keep the vapor quality decent and keep the unit working you need to clean it on a very regular basis. This is a much bigger pain than many other units on the market.

The Crafty is a 1 button unit that you can tell was well thought out. The heating chamber is nice and wise which makes it really easy to load, even without the filling aid. Turning the unit on, off or changing the temperature can be done at the press of a button and even the app that you use to customize the temperature settings is really ease to understand and use.
Battery Life Winner - Crafty

Battery Life

The Pax has a pretty underwhelming battery life. The unit only lasts about 40 minutes before it needs to be charged which is a huge problem. Part of a portable’s appeal is the ability to take with you on the go and enjoy sessions on the go. This unit’s battery life means that you won’t be able to enjoy many sessions before you’re forced to search for a way to charge your unit back up.
The Crafty sacrificed battery life to make the unit more portable, but the unit still has a decent amount of battery life. The unit can run for an hour of continuous vaporizing which is a good amount more than the Pax. The best part is that because the unit is so efficient and because the unit turns itself off after 60 seconds of inactivity to save battery, the unit doesn’t need very long per session and it can give you that many more sessions!

WINNER

Showdown Winner - Crafty
The Pax may look great, but when it meets a unit that’s backed by many years of experience in the industry at the top of the game, there’s no competing. The Crafty is an expertly crafted vaping machine and it will take more than a cool new look to take down an industry powerhouse like that. Good try Ploom, but the Crafty has you beat!
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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.'

1 Comment

  1. Yet another glowing review for the Crafty, certain to encourage many new purchases. I was there not too long ago. However, in my experience, the Crafty has great vapor quality but is poorly constructed, prone to malfunction and breakdown.

    I purchased the unit in January from Vapefiend UK. Since then, despite only light and careful usage, it has already spent an entire month out for repair and is about to go again. First error was the dreaded orange/ red flashing LED; now it is the Red/blue.

    I had purchased with confidence based on the S+B brand – big mistake! Comparing my experience with the many reviews on S+B customer service, I wonder whether there might be a difference between the US and European HQs. Maybe also between the units themselves, given different power requirements between continental Europe, the UK, and North America?I have no idea. Sending to S+B from the UK is also a drag because of the UK shipping regulations with respect to devices with batteries.

    BOTTOM LINE FOR ME: No Bueno. I will sell the unit when it returns from warranty service for whatever I can get. In the interim, I will purchase a new device – definitely NOT another S+B — despite their glowing reputation.

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