As I play with the Pax 2, these are my notes, documenting the hidden functions. I thank everyone who helped me find and document these differences and features.
Because some modes alter the Pax 2 standby time, I would like to point out that the default standby is 30 seconds after the last sensed movement. All modes have an auto-shutoff time of three minutes after the last movement was sensed.
The Pax 2 UK has two versions that I have found so far. The Simon model is the obvious difference. The unit will play the Funky Town song if it is shaken vertically. My Pax 2 does not have these light patterns. One of them looks similar to the colour green when you swipe across the LED x. Another is identical, but with red. Non-Simon units do not have the fifth “oven off” setting, even if they are in a mode that allows it.
The instructions below are for a Pax 2 unit with Simon. It does not play Funky Town when shaken.
- Spin Technique: Hold the Pax 2 horizontally in your hand and spin it three times to change modes. It would be best if you did not shake the Pax 2, as this could cause it to register as a spin and possibly throw off your count. Below are the modes listed in the order that they appear. It is easier to count spins in successful cycles with 3 than in the total. Simon has five cycles of three spins instead of the 15 total. You’ll find it difficult to count every spin if you keep trying to count them all.
Note: I am seeing confusion online about how to get to Simon mode. Stop counting if you are having difficulty getting to Simon mode. Instead, watch the lights. Waiting for the X flash white three more times. You shouldn’t miss the X if you are paying attention. No counting involved. For a demonstration, see the video below. It could be that your Pax 2 doesn’t have a Simon mode.
- Party Mode, Each of the four lights is different and cycles through different colours. It appears that there is a rhythm or pattern to the colour cycle. Colour change speed is increased by activating the lip sensor. The oven is turned on. Standby timer extended up to one minute between sensing lip movement or lip.
- Party Timer: All four lights remain stationary. The lights change to a random configuration when the Pax 2 moves. Sometimes one or more lights will be very dimmed or off. The lights will flicker rapidly if the Pax 2 is held down. The lights flash rapidly up to 10 seconds after lip sensor activation. The lights will freeze after 10 seconds of lip sensor activation. The lights will flicker for another 10 seconds after you remove your lips and replace them. The oven is turned on. Standby disabled
- Light painting: This mode shows all four lights in the same colour and cycles through them while the Pax 2 moves. When the Pax 2 is still, the lights remain off. The Pax 2 can be waved through the air to produce a colour-changing stream of light. You can turn off the heater in this mode by choosing a fifth temperature, which will make all four lights blue.
- Colour Carousel: The lights respond to the Pax 2’s position and movement. The Pax 2 is blue when laid flat. If the Pax 2 is facedown, it will turn an orange-yellow. The colours cycle in a visible pattern when I stand the Pax 2 up and give it a circular twist. As if there were a large globe of colours inside, the colours appear to be changing from one light to the next. The lights reflect the colours facing forward. In this mode, the heater can be switched off by choosing a fifth temperature, which will turn all four lights blue.
- Simon: Spin The Pax 2 until all 4 lights flash white 3 times. The Simon game will now begin. The Pax 2 should be held horizontally in front. The lights will display a pattern. Next, turn the Pax 2 horizontally in front of you and repeat the process. You can turn off the heater by choosing a fifth temperature, which will make all four lights blue.
- Funky Town Tones: When the Pax 2 turns on, it faintly plays the tune to Funky Town. It will only play if you are within a few inches from the Pax 2. It’s difficult to hear unless it is being heard. This feature can be unlocked by following a 20-step sequence in the Simon game. By flashing the four lights yellow, red, green and yellow, the Pax 2 will confirm that the feature has been activated. Simply go to the temperature settings, and then press the button five fast times to disable the tone. The Pax 2 will flash the four lights yellow, green, blue and green to confirm.