How To Spot A Fake Pax Vaporizer
When it comes to vaporizers, there are plenty of counterfeits going around and the Pax Vaporizer by Pax Labs (previously known as Ploom) is no exception. In fact, it’s likely one of the more commonly counterfeited vapes due to its high level of popularity. But when it comes to knockoffs, you don’t want to get shafted with an inferior product that’s not covered by a warranty, which is why we’ve put together this article on how to spot a fake Pax.
For starters, you’ll want to take a look at where you’re buying it. If you’re buying it directly from the manufacturer or one of their authorized resellers, you’re going to be just fine. But if you’re buying it from somewhere else, you’ll want to be very careful. If you see that the price is well below the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP), you’ll want to be extra cautious because you might be staring at a counterfeit.
For those involved in counterfeiting operations looking to take advantage of Pax’s good name, be warned: Pax Labs isn’t the only one after you as U.S. law enforcement is also on the hunt. Proof of which can be seen in the 2014 raid conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on an alleged trafficker of fake Pax vapes.
Tips For Identifying Fake Pax Vaporizers
Below are some of the ways you can determine whether a Pax you encounter is the real deal or just another one of the fakes looking to cash in on its name.
> LED Display
The Pax has a little star-shaped LED display on the front of it. With the real version of the vape, the screen isn’t completely transparent – it has somewhat of a hazy appearance. On the fakes, this LED display is clear. It’s a subtle difference, but just one of many variables to check.
> Exterior Shell
The exterior, or “shell” if you will, is constructed from anodized aluminum and on the real ones, it has somewhat of a sandpaper-esque feel to it, which is to say that it’s not completely smooth. On the fakes, the shell tends to be much smoother.
> Screw On The Back
On the back of the unit, there’s a screw that will help you differentiate between a real and a fake. On the real ones, the screw looks a little more solid than it does on the fakes. It can be found between the logo on the back and the “Designed in San Francisco” text.
> Text Style
The text itself, on the back, is also different. On the fakes, the part that says “PAX by Ploom” is a bit more clean – not as rounded, and the “X” part of the “PAX” has more space in the middle. The “Designed in San Francisco” and “Assembled in China” text below it has a softer appearance on the real ones. On the fake ones, it looks like a rigid and uptight style of font.
As these differences can prove to be subtle to the untrained eye, those of us here at VapeGuide.co strongly suggest that you buy only from authorized retailers like this store. Otherwise, you run the risk of accidentally buying a fake. And Pax Labs does not reimburse or refund purchases of counterfeits so if you buy one, don’t expect to get any money back! That said, make sure you buy the real deal as the manufacturer does it cover it under its warranty.
If you want to know more about the Pax, we suggest you take a look at our Pax Vaporizer review.