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  • Compact
  • Outstanding build quality
  • Sophisticated yet simple to use
  • Draw resistance
Battery life

Ploom is a relatively new tobacco company in San Francisco. It started as two students, a smoker and a nonsmoker, talked about what they each loved and hated about smoking. The result was a thesis that has ended up reinvented smoking for hundreds of individuals, and the trend is only growing.

The first vaporizer they made was the modelOne, and in order to use it, consumers had to also buy “Ploom pods” pre-filled with blends of herbs.

They have since released their second model of vaporizer, the Pax. Unlike its predecessor, the Pax can be filled with whatever herbs or herb mixers the user wants.


Many people are turned off by the Pax Vaporizer because of its price, because it tends to cost more than the other available brands and models. Read on, though, before you decide that price is your determining factor, because you’re likely to find that the features Pax has to offer are well worth the extra money. Besides, Ploom is so confident in their product that they offer a ten year warranty with every Pax Vaporizer they produce.

Design and Portability

Besides being safer for other people, many people turn to vaporizers as a means to reduce the harmful effects smoking has on their own bodies. Until now, these people were often unable to meet their smoking goals because vaporizers have a history of being bulky and unattractive. With the introduction of the Pax Vaporizer by Ploom, this is no longer an issue. The Pax is sleek in design and attractive, resembling many Apple products, and it comes in three different metallic colors to fit your personality: black, blue, and purple. It’s smaller than a pack of cigarettes, and will easily fit in your hand, purse, or jacket pocket.

One of the most fascinating and innovating features of the Pax Vaporizer is that it is motion sensitive. If you set it down for longer than thirty seconds while the device is on, it will automatically lower the temperature of its internal oven, keeping your herbs warm and ready without wasting unneeded battery life. If you ever want to know how much battery you have left, simply shake the Pax. The LED indicator light on its surface will turn green if it is fully charged, yellow if it’s moderately charged, and red if you should charge it soon.

Battery Life and Charging

The Pax Vaporizer by Ploom comes with a wall charger and charging dock. To charge your Pax, all you need to do is set it into your loading dock, just like you would with an iPod or iPhone, and the LED indicator light will turn on to let you know that it is charging. It will be fully charged and ready to use about an hour later. The Pax Vaporizer also has a significant battery life: with nonstop use it will last up to two hours, but most people will use it intermittently or moderately throughout the day. People who use their Pax in this manner typically go a day or more before it needs to be recharged.

Other Features

The Pax Vaporizer by Ploom has many other features worth mentioning. For example, there are three different temperature modes to choose from, based on the moisture and composition of the herbs you use. Once you turn the Pax on and it senses motion, it will be heated and ready to use in thirty seconds.

The surface will never overheat and become uncomfortable to hold, despite the Pax’s internal temperature. You can open the chamber to add new herbs by pressing on the magnetized bottom. This bottom has been designed so that it will not become dislodged while in your purse or pocket, but if the vaporizer is dropped, the sudden impact may cause the bottom to pop off. If you lose the magnetized bottom, you can purchase a new one, as well as new screens mouthpieces.

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