Vapor quality is almost entirely dependent on the moisture content of your material. Factors such as how tightly the material is packed into the oven, how it is ground, what temperature setting you're on, and how hard you draw on it will also affect your experience. Below are some detailed tips, which will make your PAX perform much better:
- Material: PAX doesn’t create vapor, but instead extracts moisture from your material in the form of vapor. Material such as cigarette rolling tobacco is too dry, and will not give you a good experience even if your technique is perfect. Grind your material to a medium consistency (not a fine grind) and load the oven at least halfway. Most importantly, pack your material firmly into a brick.
- Screen Placement: The screen doesn’t have any holes, but allows air/vapor to travel around the scalloped edges. Place one end of your screen into the corner of the oven and let the other side of the screen fall loosely above the opening. Now press gently on the “X” in the middle of the screen to secure it. Flip your PAX over and shake it. If your screen stays put then you’re good to go.
- Loading: PAX is a conduction vaporizer, so load your ground-up material into the oven and tamp it down firmly. Pack it tightly enough so that no material falls out if you were to shake your PAX with the oven lid off.
- Temperature: We recommend the 2nd or 3rd setting if this is your first time using your PAX. Enter the temperature selection mode by turning your PAX on with a short (1 second or less) press, and then giving the power button a long (2 second) press. Once in this mode, use short presses to cycle through the 4 temperature settings. To exit temperature selection mode, give the power button another long press, or just shake your PAX.
- Draw: Sip it, don’t rip it! Your PAX is doing the work for you by collecting vapor in the vapor path. A short 3-5 second, a gentle draw will clear the path of the vapor that’s been collected. Drawing harder, or for longer, will not create more vapor
- Most importantly, spend some time experimenting with PAX and learn what works for you.