I recently introduced you guys to the PAX 3 portable vaporizer for dry herb. It wasn’t as impressive as I hoped, and in my opinion wasn’t even as decent as the Crave Air, a model almost half its price!
We recently unveiled the Crave Cloud, while the Crave Air has been on the market for over a year now. The Crave line of portable vapes come from Melbourne-based Crave Vaporizers who are notably the first Australian vape designers.
Due to their extreme likeness, I’ve decided to compare and contrast the PAX 3 and Crave Air for you guys in the hopes that you’ll gain a fuller perspective before going and engaging in a purchase!
If you’ve been hearing a lot about the PAX 3 or Crave vapes, or are looking to snag a great deal on a hot portable vape, this is definitely one for you!
PAX 3 vs Crave Air: VapeFuse Review
Aside from the exterior similarities, the PAX 3 and Crave Air are remarkably similar internally as well! In fact, the vapor produced is almost identical, leading me to ponder the massive difference in price.
Aside from a sleeker matte finish, the PAX3 doesn’t stand out remarkably. The ergonomic grip mold of the Crave Air device is actually more impressive, even with the chunky rubber mouthpiece on top.
Often referred to as ‘the iPhone of vaporizers,’ the PAX 3 has a level of style seldom seen in the world of portable vaping.
The Crave Air’s packaging is a little more basic, however, the kit is still more advanced than most other portable devices and the little drawer underneath the device in the box is a nice added touch.
Coming in at just over four inches (10cm), the Crave Air and PAX 3 both have an element of discreetness about them. While not as concealable as some of these vapes, the two portables are able to be easily concealed in any pocket.
The PAX 3 specifically, with its flat-top mouthpiece and discreet color schemes, doesn’t look out of place in any handbag.
In terms of accessories, the two are also quite similar, with the PAX 3’s kit being a bit more refined. It’s clear that a lot of work has gone into making this device look chic, with the box looking like something a smartphone would come in.
Shown above with the alternate mouthpieces, both devices come with interchangeable rubber mouthpieces. Aside from the PAX 3’s flat mouthpiece, it also comes with an included peaked mouthpiece for when you’re sharing your session.
The Crave Air has an included centered and side-arm silicon mouthpieces that allow you to set your preference based on how much airflow you like when vaping.
On both devices the mouthpiece comes off to reveal the power on button, however, the PAX3 doesn’t require you to remove the mouthpiece to do so.
The mouthpieces pull off to reveal the stainless steel vapor path that links the mouthpiece’s flow of vapor to the bottom-loading baking chamber.
With the help of the included pipe cleaners, it’s relatively simple to keep the vapor path clean on these devices. Unfortunately, the vapor path’s slim width results in a minimal amount of visible vapor and an extremely warm vaping experience.
The baking chambers are remarkably similar, aside from the small branded ‘X’ embedded on the PAX 3’s inbuilt screen.
Both of the chambers are relatively wide and can accommodate up to 0.3 grams of dried broken down herbs. Unfortunately, the tiny amount of air that’s allowed through the chamber isn’t effective in keeping the vapor cool.
With both the PAX 3 and Crave Air your lips will be burning a few minutes into the session. For the Crave this is ok as it’s almost something you’d expect from a budget vape.
For the PAX 3 though it’s inexcusable that something you’re paying nearly $300 for isn’t capable of producing decent vapor.
One of the PAX 3’s biggest selling points is the Bluetooth enabled smartphone compatibility. I have to admit, a lot of work has gone into the design of the mobile application.
It allows you to track your session and gain insight into your favorite way to vape. The customizable temperature paths and vaping modes (incl. stealth, flavor etc) are totally unique little features that help to improve your vaping experience.
Unfortunately, the vapor quality and production aren’t up to scratch compared to say, the Arizer Solo II or Storz & Bickel Crafty, so much so that the application almost seems like a waste.
I never like to be overly critical of any device, and generally, make it my mission to find at least a few features that are to my liking. With the PAX 3 though it’s been a major struggle.
After blasting a bunch of sessions through the little vape I’m yet to find a single reason, aside from cosmetic ones, for the insane price tag. If you’re a person that likes high tech apps and price isn’t much of an issue, the PAX 3 would be a good first vape for you.
Included in the PAX 3 Basic Kit:
1 x PAX 3 Portable Vaporizer
1 x USB Charging Cable
1 x Peaked Mouthpiece
1 x Flat Mouthpiece
1 x Cleaning Brush
10 x Coarse-Tipped Pipe Cleaners
For the price you’re paying, you can’t complain about the Crave Air at all. While it possesses a number of the same misgivings as the PAX 3, such as overheating issues and a lack of visible vapor, it’s an ultra discreet vape that’s perfect for beginners.
The battery life and heat up time are super decent, so if you’re just looking for a simple portable to keep on you for road trips, the Crave Air is the device for you.
Included in the Crave Air Kit:
1 x Crave Air Vaporizer
1 x USB charger
2 x Pipe cleaners
2 x Mouthpieces
1 x Extra screen
1 x Packing and cleaning tool