Today we’re going to be looking at two very hyped and very popular vapes to compare their similarities and differences respectively.
The first one is the PAX portable vaporizer by Ploom. This particular model has been on blast for some time now, and due to its consistently positive feedback, it seems to often be lauded as the king of the hill when it comes to handhelds.
Now mind you, this is when put side-by-side to other notable but perhaps inferior units like the Pinnacle Pro and Arizer Solo. The challenger in today’s bantamweight match-up however, is the new Ascent by DaVinci. So ladies and gentleman, settle in for what looks to be a bout that goes the distance and really keeps you watching right to the very end.
To begin with, both units are evenly priced at 249.99, so we can readily assume that they are both at least somewhat similar in terms of functionality and features. But a closer look at the designs quickly reveals just how different these two units truly are. At about roughly twice the weight of the PAX, the Ascent is definitely a larger vaporizer. But it also feels more durable and less flimsy when held in one’s palm.
The PAX may be more easily concealed, so we’ll give credit there, but being that these are portable, durability is going to be key to someone like me who is about as rough and tumble as they come. The battery life would be my next major concern, as when you’re on the go, seldom does a plug randomly materialize to afford you a quick recharge. Now the PAX gives about a solid hour’s worth of vaping which isn’t bad, but the Ascent truly outshines its competitor in this aspect with a full two-hour usage window for a fully charged cell.
Convenience is indeed crucial, and when buying a handheld, this is always a priority. Neither of them are able to be used when charging which, if unfortunate, is ultimately a wash. The Ascent will of course have a longer charge time for a bigger battery; no surprise there.
What is surprising though, is that we get a fully digital, backlit screen on the Ascent. A welcome feature that really lets you toggle your heat to a precise setting, and keeps you in touch with what temperature you’re currently holding in your hand. There’s no readout on the PAX, but rather a flower-like lighted indicator that uses color coding to show you the status of the vape.
Me personally, I like to be able to adjust my heat to within a single degree, but for many others the PAX may be preferred with its three presets of heat ranging from 370 degrees, to 390, up to 410 as the maximum. I have never liked having to remember what the various colors of an indicator meant, but yellow, orange and red should be obvious enough to imply which setting is activated.
Now when it comes to output and performance, I think we’re touching on the most important area. The all-glass pathway of the Ascent leaves little to be desired in the way of taste, and while the PAX lacks this luxury feature, it still tastes decent enough to be acceptable for most everyone. Both herb chambers are sizable, and I found the PAX to actually do better with different sized packs, its smaller herb chamber notwithstanding.
The density of the vapor is not super robust of course, these both being smaller units, but I would have to say the Ascent has a typically thicker cloud, which while yielding a faster net result, will also more quickly deplete the herb chamber of active material.
They both have auto-shut-off features, though the twenty second timer on the PAX is a bit fast for my liking. The motion sensor on the PAX makes for superior ease-of-use in its own right, but it also lacks a digital readout which doesn’t allow it to come full circle for the ultimate in user-friendliness.
The Ascent is perhaps a bit less sexy than the sleeker lines of the PAX, but it seems to put you in better touch with the goings-on of your vaporizer, and so it’s a classic toss-up between style versus substance. I’ll let you decide this one, but overall for me, the deciding factor was, which vaporizer gives me more? I’ve made my choice and found what suits me best as a winner, though only by split decision. My final take? Two solid vapes worth their salt in that both definitely deserved to be experienced. Personally, I still think the Arizer Solo is better than either one.
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