In this day and age, it isn’t a surprise if even vaporizers get cloned. From hard to find basketball shoes to actual currency, everything can be copied. If you’re an avid fan of PAX vaporizers then keep on reading because this article is dedicated to you.
PAX vaporizers have been a staple name in loose-leaf vaping circles because of its high quality that owning one can be considered a status symbol. People who own PAX vaporizers are of the no-nonsense kind and wouldn’t take anything less than perfect. That I believe is what the brand stands for. Perfection.
PAX stands by its words and its declaration as being the best loose-leaf vaporizer, “redefining the ritual” as they say themselves. PAX vapes are considered as one of the industry’s best dry herb vaporizers and a handful of them can be found for sale online since almost every online vape shops do their best to carry at least several PAX vapes on their stores, though they most often and certainly get sold out easily. Since these portable loose-leaf vaporizers spell money bootleggers have cloned copies of PAX 3 vaporizers for personal gain without thinking of the risks of using substandard materials in manufacturing counterfeit devices. There are several ways on how you can spot a fake PAX 3 vaporizer from the real deal but today we’ll be listing the most obvious signs that you’d be able to tell for yourself.
Brushing The Box
If it’ll be your first time to see a PAX 3 box then you might find it hard spotting these differences, but trust me, you don’t need a trained eye to help you notice these signs.
- If you pay close attention, you’d find that on the original PAX 3 vaporizer box, the trademark icon “®” is slightly smaller compared to the original print.
- The words “San Francisco,CA” appears to have errors in spacing.
- The fake PAX 3 has a space in between the printing of “© 2016.”
- The fake PAX 3 came sealed in a shrink wrap (a polymer plastic material that shrinks when heat is applied), the authentic PAX 3 did not.
- The fake PAX 3 has a seemingly larger “void” sticker than the original. The lettering on the sticker is unclear and is seemingly faded compared to the authentic PAX 3.
- The fake PAX 3 has another error in spacing between the words “options,check.”
- The fake PAX 3 has a few more noticeable spacing discrepancies from the original in the printed words “®2016” and “Patent:www.pax” the original reads “® 2016” and “Patent: www.pax.”
The errors you’ll see on the box of the fake PAX 3 vaporizer is simply just the tip of the iceberg. The quality of the packaging is clearly subpar from what the authentic vaporizer comes with. Now, please take note that fake PAX 3s are probably made by several bootlegging syndicates so there may be other variables to what fake PAX 3s will look like and the items listed above may not entirely reflect the vast majority of fake PAX 3 vaporizers, please use this guide with discretion.
An In-depth Inspection
Apart from the signs the fake box has to offer, the actual fake product exhibits several obvious indications which clearly isolates the fake PAX 3s from the authentic original devices made by PAX themselves. Here are a few more things to look out for when inspecting the actual vaporizer.
The body of the PAX 3 is made out of anodized aluminum. Now, anodizing aluminum metals involves the conversion of the metal surface making it durable, highly resistant to corrosion, and gives it an anodic oxide finish which gives it a sort of a vertically striped texture which is obviously visible when taking a closer look at the body of the unit. The fake PAX 3 will most likely sport a sandblasted finish instead which gives the fake PAX 3 a somewhat coarse texture as compared to the smooth feel from the original PAX 3.
Screws and Back Print
In comparing the fake PAX 3 and the authentic PAX 3 vaporizer units I found that the “X” in the original PAX has a more spaced and separated in the middle and features a more hard-edged font as compared to the fake version and the text “Designed in San Francisco, Assembled in China” has a more curvy font rather than having a sharp one. The screws at the back should also have a Torx head instead of a regular Phillips head.
This one’s possibly not that easy to tell but the lights from the LED display of the fake PAX 3 is a little blurry compared to the original PAX and is sort of a little unstable in terms of how the colors of the lights play and change. I noticed that the original PAX has a more opaque and smoky screen as compared to the translucent and clearer screen from the fake PAX 3s.
Finally, the most evident indication of a fake PAX 3 vaporizer is its inability to pair with your smartphone app. It might have something to do with PAX’s servers which fail to recognize the fake PAX. I’m no tech genius but I think the pairing will never happen probably because the server running or hosting the application from the back end fails to recognize the counterfeit device because it's not registered in PAX’s product directory.
How to Avoid Getting Fake PAX 3s
PAX is aware of counterfeiting. They recommend purchasing directly from them or from an authorized vendor to ensure product authenticity. To help you find a reputable online reseller, follow this link and enjoy exclusive deals for an affordable price. Those who have been vaping long enough know that it isn’t cheap, but quality comes with a price and you always get what you pay for.
Make sure to check for these signs before you buy your PAX 3 vaporizer and save yourself from the pain and the trouble of getting yourself a fake PAX 3 vaporizer.