Pax Vaporizer Battery Replacement

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Introduction: Pax Vaporizer Battery Replacement

Replacing old battery with a high capacity Panasonic NCR18650B in Pax Vaporizer.

Tools needed:

  • T4 Torx driver
  • Knife
  • Soldering iron

Materials needed:

  • Solder
  • Shrink tubing
  • Electrical tape
  • Replacement 18650 Lithium Ion battery with pre-welded tabs

Pre-tabbed NCR18650B are available here (xpresstekstore.com)

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Step 1: Disassembly

Remove a single T4 Torx screw from the back of the unit.

Step 2: Disassembly, Cont.

Slide the cover toward the mouthpiece. The cover is very tight and may require some force to slip off the unit. Be careful not to loose 2 little bowl magnets as shown in the image.

Step 3: Disassembly, Cont.

Once the cover is off, you will see the internal circuitry and a single battery cell taped to the unit.

Step 4: Battery Removal

Carefully cut the tape, remove it from the battery and slide the battery out of its compartment.

Step 5: Disconnecting Battery

Simply rip the weld tabs off the battery.

Step 6: Insulation Removal

Using a knife, cut and remove the shrink tube insulation from the weld tabs and wires. After shrink tubing is off, the solder joints will be visible. Use a soldering iron to desolder tabs from the wires.

Step 7: Prepare the Wires

Slip new shrink tubing over the wires. You can also use electrical tape in the later steps if you don't have shrink tubing.

Step 8: Connect New Battery

For a replacement, I used Panasonic NCR18650B 3400 mAh battery. This cell had the solder tabs spot welded on in our shop. The tabs are thinner and narrower than standard weld tabs in order to match the original.

Solder the wires to the terminal tabs only.

Do not solder directly to the battery!!!

Step 9: Complete the Insulation

Slide the shrink tubing over the terminal tabs and solder joints leaving as little of the tabs exposed, as possible. Heat them up with a hair dryer or a heat gun to shrink in place.

Step 10: Re-assembly

Insert the battery back into its compartment and replace the tape that was cut during the disassembly, any electrical tape will do. Slide the cover back over the unit, replace the torx screw.

Your Pax will not turn on. Don't worry, you just need to "unlock" the internal protection circuit. Simple place your Pax on its charging base and make sure that it is plugged in. Watch that light come to life!

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    10 Discussions

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    mofuzz
    mofuzz

    1 year ago

    This was perfect! Great step by step tutorial. I didn't even have to do the power reset step at the end - my pax worked perfectly when I turned it on.

    I learned that when purchasing batteries it's important to make sure you are getting cells that are "tool grade" (can pull high amperage). There are very similar batteries out there that are "laptop grade" and won't work for vaporizers. I got this one:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Panasonic-NCR18650PF-10A-...

    Thanks again for an awesome instructable.

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    hernanreba
    hernanreba

    1 year ago

    Hi. Can any PAX 1st gen owner tell me what is the value of the C19 smd capacitor? Thanks in advance!

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    RoscoZ1
    RoscoZ1

    2 years ago

    Is this applicable to a PAX 3?

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    DannyR77
    DannyR77

    2 years ago

    Thanks! Two successes with this guide. Make sure to orient the battery right! Haha

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    ReubenA8
    ReubenA8

    3 years ago

    I've done the replacement but the pax doesn't turn on even after charging.

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    Diescum88
    Diescum88

    3 years ago

    is there a way to bypass having to use the charger? have a pax 2 clone that won't charge and was gonna try replacing battery making it interchangeable

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    drem reeds
    drem reeds

    4 years ago

    was there any improvement to quality or battery life?

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    poctob
    poctob

    Reply 4 years ago

    Yes, about 30%.

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    PjD12
    PjD12

    Reply 3 years ago

    Any Idea as to where to get the pretabbed battery you used here? The link you gave is out of stock and my pax lasts for one maybee two heat ups:(

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    poctob
    poctob

    Reply 3 years ago

    Search ebay for NCR18650B with tabs. Last I checked, couple sellers in the US have them.