The Holiday season has brought to connoisseurs the early gift of a whole heap of new vaporizers to enjoy. With all the new units available purchase, it can be hard to sort through them and pick the best one for you. To help make that decision a bit easier, we’ve created this showdown to put a newcomer from ZEUS Arsenal, the Smite, against the pretty PR success, the Pax! Let’s get into the review to see which one of these units comes out on top!
Pax vs Smite
The Pax does what it can to provide decent quality vapor. The strategy it uses is the screen in the oven, which doesn’t actually have visible holes, but still manages to keep smaller particles from entering the vapor pathway, and it does a good job. If it has other strategies, we have yet to notice it as the vapor is still quite warm and a bit harsh, especially at the high temperature settings.
The Smite uses a ceramic heating chamber to evenly heat your botanical for vaporization and the silicone mouth piece is very heat resistant and doesn’t add any extra flavors to your vapor. This makes the flavor of every draw nice and smooth and flavorful.
The Pax uses an anodized aluminum shell to make the unit pretty durable. The overall design of the Pax is very visually appealing and makes for a really nice looking unit. The functionality though leaves something to be desired. The first thing is the use of magnets near the oven, which over time will weaken the magnets and cause them to fail on you. The second problem is the mouth piece which can get gummed up pretty easily unless you very regularly clean the unit.
The Smite also has an aluminum shell and features sliding doors that cover the ceramic heating chamber and the compartment at the bottom of the unit where the mouthpiece hides when it isn’t in use. The mouthpiece is made of a heat resistant silicone that makes it comfortable to take draws from the unit. The manufacturing quality of these units is pretty close until you consider that the Smite doesn’t require as much maintenance to stay at optimal performance.
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 Smite also has 3 temperature settings that can be cycled through by pressing and holding the power button when the unit is on. The first level is 196 Celsius, the second level is 204 Celsius and the highest temperature setting is 212 Celsius. Though it’s the same number of settings, the base temperature is still high enough that it provides good results for connoisseurs who are fans of thinner, more flavorful vapor and that gives this unit the edge.
The Pax aims to be really portable by virtue of its design. The size of the unit, the shape of it and the retractable mouth piece are all aimed around making this unit as convenient as possible to carry around with you. The place where this unit fails is the battery, which is too short to really make this unit a good fit for anybody who likes to take their unit with them on longer excursions.
The Smite has also been designed to be as portable as humanly possible. The outer shell is aluminum and the edges have been smoothed out to make carrying it in your pocket easy. The unit also has a compartment at the bottom to store the mouth piece to make carrying this unit around even easier than it already is. The unit also has a serious leg up on the Pax in that its battery lasts about 2 hours, so it can go with you if you need to take it away from the house for a long time without dying quickly and leaving you disappointed.
The Pax is designed to be nice and discreet. The first element of its design that makes it discreet is the colour. The unit is all black, which makes it very stealthy. The unit also easily fits in your hand and can be put in your pocket without much concern or issue. The miss step this unit make in this category is the vapor and odour leakage from the oven. The oven cover doesn’t provide enough of a seal to keep the odor or all the vapor in and it ends up killing the discreetness the unit worked so hard to achieve in its design.
The Smite follows the rest of the ZEUS Arsenal products and sports an all-black look, even in the mouth piece. The unit looks a lot like an external hard drive when the mouth piece isn’t attached and when it is, the unit is still stealthy because of its colour and size. The unit also does a good job isolating the heating chamber from everything except the mouth piece to keep odor and vapor leakage to an absolute minimum.
Ease of Use
The Pax is pretty straight forward to use. The unit can be turned on and off by retracting or extending the mouth piece, loading the oven is a simple matter of pulling off the magnetic heating cover, filling the chamber, then closing it again. The problem with this unit is in its need for maintenance. In order to keep the vapor quality decent and keep the unit operational, regular cleaning is needed which makes this unit much harder to use than many other units on the market.
Using the Smite is really easy. This is thanks in part to the design of the unit in terms of the heating chamber placement and partly due to the unit’s 1 button design. The button on the unit is used to turn the unit on and off as well as change the temperature. To top it off, this unit doesn’t need as much maintenance to get the best out of the unit and not cleaning it after every use won’t lead to the unit not turning on.
The Pax has a pretty abysmal battery life when it comes to portables. After testing, it came in at about 40 minutes of continuous use. This is a huge problem for a portable as it’s expected to do its job even during longer excursions. The Smite on the other hand has the ability to vaporize for about 2 hours on a full charge which puts it leagues above the Pax. With the Smite, you could take it on a much longer trip with you and be able to enjoy many sessions before having to stop and charge the unit.
The Pax attempts to take you by surprise with its design, but unfortunately it doesn’t have much to offer in terms of functionality that can beat the ZEUS Smite. It’s a lot like seeing a Lamborghini and then looking into the window and under the hood to realize inside it’s basically a Toyota Corolla – you expect more for the price and the poor performance allowed the newcomer to steal victory from the Pax in this showdown. Well done, ZEUS!