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Product Review: The Firefly 2 Portable Vaporizer

September 29, 2016
Welcome to Leafly’s Product Reviews, where we take a closer look at a cannabis gadget, accessory, or consumable, and give it a test spin. Today we’re trying out the Firefly 2 portable vaporizer.


The Firefly 2 at a Glance

Product Type: Dry herb and concentrate portable vaporizer

Manufacturer: Firefly

Price: $329.95

Features: Fast-charge battery, customizable temperature settings, convection heating, interchangeable magnetic faceplates

Includes: Firefly 2 vaporizer, 2 rechargeable batteries, charging dock, USB 3.0 cable, cleaning kit, 3 concentrate pads

Initial Impressions

The Firefly 2 is the latest flagship entry in portable herb and concentrate vaporizers from Firefly. Having never used a Firefly before, I was really impressed by the slick, clean, and space-age design the Firefly 2 has. Their website claims that the Firefly 2 is 55% lighter and 33% smaller than the first Firefly, and while I can’t personally attest to that since I didn’t use the first Firefly, I can say that this was a very easy device to carry around.

At around five inches long and an inch thick, the Firefly 2 has a very high-quality feel without being too heavy, and its slim profile makes it a breeze to carry in either my pocket or my backpack with no hassle. The magnetically attached faceplates can also be interchanged with ones in different colors, providing a level of personalization that I appreciate having in a vaporizer.

I was also intrigued by the fact that there are no outward buttons on the Firefly. Instead, there are two finger sensors on each side of the vaporizer by the bowl that indicate when the vaporizer should heat up, and the subtlety of this design choice along with the slim profile and quality build gives the Firefly 2 a very simple yet sophisticated appearance.

Loading and Operating the Firefly 2

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Simply put, the Firefly 2 is an awesome piece of technology aimed at making vaping even easier while giving the user incredible control over what they want their vaping experience to be like. For starters, the unibody magnetic faceplate is easily removable yet very strong, making it easy to access the bowl while still feeling like the device is secure. After removal of the faceplate, you can either fill the bowl with your favorite herb or use one of the included concentrate pads to load up your concentrate of choice before setting it into the bowl.

The people at Firefly were kind enough to send me an invitation to use the app that coincides with controlling the settings for your Firefly 2, and I have to say that I was a bit skeptical at the thought of using an app just to control the settings for my vaporizer. However, that all changed once I saw the amount of options the app gives you in regards to heat settings. The free app that accompanies this vaporizer allows you to not only choose between low and high heat for concentrates, but to be able to use a sliding scale to fine tune the exact temperature you want within a matter of percentage points.

I was really impressed by the level of control the app gave me to create the perfect vaping conditions for me. Some people may not care about having this amount of control, but the capability to is nice to have. I also like that operating the vaporizer through the app allows the Firefly to maintain such a sleek and futuristic look, and the firmware updates that go along with the app will ensure that your vaporizer will be up to date with any new features Firefly may plan on adding in the future.

Vaping Experience

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The Firefly 2 provides for an incredibly smooth (almost too smooth) vaping experience, regardless if you happen to be vaping flower or concentrates. Placing either one or both (it depends on how you have your settings) fingers on the side sensors will make the Firefly 2 light up to start heating, a process that only takes a few seconds. After the light turns a solid green, all that’s left to do is inhale to activate the Firefly 2’s convection heating system to vape your flower or concentrate.

I recommend taking long and deep hits with the Firefly 2, as the airflow allows you to take the deepest pulls without feeling any type of burn or heat while inhaling. This is a credit to the Firefly 2’s convection heating system that only heats up your cannabis while you inhale, saving and extending the length of any bowl you pack. The unit is such a finely tuned piece of vaping equipment that there are often moments where it feels like I’m just breathing in regular air, only to blow out a nice shroud of vapor. Don’t expect to consistently blow any huge clouds with this vaporizer, but also don’t worry if you feel like you aren’t getting any vapor as well. After a few deep pulls I was already feeling pretty stoned, but in a way where I felt that I was absorbing everything my cannabis had to offer.

During my vape session, I used the app to crank the temperature either a few points up or down, which allowed me to really taste and experience the full range of my herb. However, one thing that was a bit annoying was that it was often hard for me to see the heat indicator light on the faceplate while I was using the product outside in the daylight, and the incredibly smooth vaping process meant that I often had no idea if my cannabis was heated up fully. Other than that, the Firefly 2 provided possibly the smoothest vaping experience that I’ve had personally, and the convection heating system and precise temperature controls through the app allowed my bowls to last much longer.

Note that this smoothness extends out to vaping concentrates as well; I was still treated to the same flavorful and airy experience using shatter and the provided concentrate pads that are placed in the bowl.

Our Verdict

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In conclusion, the Firefly 2 is an incredible piece of technology for the portable vaporizer market. From the sleeker and modern design to the use of a finely-tuned app to control an effortlessly smooth vaping experience, the Firefly 2 is on another level compared to most other portable vaporizers on the market. This difference is also reflected in the price, and at $329.95 the Firefly 2 is definitely on the far end of the price spectrum for portable vaporizers.

However, don’t let the price scare you if you are considering picking one of these up. This is a very high-quality piece of technology with a high-quality vaping experience, and the app with firmware updates will ensure that your purchase will be well worth it in the long run.

If you’re looking for a vaporizer that doesn’t come with any frills and allows you to rip big clouds, this may not be the one for you, but if price isn’t a big factor and you’re looking for a high-quality vaporizer that gives you immense control to get every useful bit out of your herb or concentrate, give the Firefly 2 a try.

Have you tried the Firefly 2? If so, leave a review on our Products page!

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Darren is a former data support specialist at Leafly, where he specialized in products and brands.

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  • Chris Jones

    I have the Volcano, Pax2, and Crafty, and none of them come close to Firefly2’s efficiency or the vapor quality. Firefly2 is truly impressive. My hat is off to the guys at Firefly. It’s so fast, but yet, you can put it down after one puff and it doesn’t keep cooking the stuff like the other ones. The flavor is so pure. I totally agree with Leafly on the indicator light. It’s a pain to see it at day time!… Also, I see some of my friends sometimes struggling with Firefly because it requires taking deep breaths, but once you figure it out, it feels completely natural… I am a big fan of this product and so happy that the vaping technology has been evolving to such sophistication!…Highly recommended!

    • Open Minds

      Chris, comparing the Firefly 2 to the Volcano makes no sense, a quality desk top will beat the snot out of a quality portable any day of the week. Moreover, I clicked on your profile and you’ve only made 2 comments ever with this profile which makes me wonder…

      • Caleb Dillport

        Wow sure ran this dude in the ground. For a portable it is the best on the market unless your using power converter in your car to make the volcano work for you driving down thr road.
        People need to like one another more so now than the seventies. Look at our so called candidates for presidents. I know one person that hates everything and it’s down right scary knowing he would have the codes and power for nuclear war. Back to the discussion the portable is the best for carrying around and accomplishing the job. But you can turn your volcano into portale and it would be close in comparison as far as good product. Peace brothers happy trail to all.

        • Greenleaf910

          Thank God for Trump!!

      • Richard Clark

        Why Be So Critical . You Must Be A DEMOCRAT !

      • julius

        Agree I tried the Volcano it kicks ass

  • JR Conklin

    but still, sheeesh guys! i’m no alley-rat living off the public dole but i gotta have a decent supply (and hate smokey lungs/teeth) for 24/7 post-mva migraines. this sweet lil gizmo exceeds my monthly grocery bill! i guess here i wave ole glory and break into a chorus of “o say have you seen capitalism mocking me?” heavy sigh.

  • SlabHardcheese

    I understand you the reviewer doesn’t have experience with Firefly 1, nor any prolonged experience over a few months. So you may not have experienced the problem with the Firefly 1 I have. The primary problem with the Firefly 1 at least for me is regarding battery life.

    I loved my firefly 1, at first. I still love the design and what they are trying to accomplish.

    You cannot use the FF while plugged in. So I originally bought two batteries and an extra charger with the #1 Firefly so I could have one charged and ready when the other needed recharging. Due to the fact (I assume) I didn’t use it everyday both my batteries would not hold a charge after a couple months. So I complained and the good folks at Firefly sent me two more after mentioning they have had some problems with the early batteries.

    The new batteries also died after a couple months however, not holding enough of a charge even for a single toke. I thought maybe keeping a battery in the charger or in the FF while unplugged for a couple weeks without use may have been causing the problem. So I bought a third pair of batteries. It took about two months and they were both dead even though I was careful not to leave them in the charger unless charging. At this point I am done spending money on batteries at over $30 each only to result in a useless Firefly device after a couple months. I have spent quite enough money on this that I could have spent on something reliable.

    What I want to know is have they done ANYTHING to rectify that constant expensive battery failure? I have a couple other vapes that I like to use and sometimes I don’t vape for a week anyway, so the Firefly only got used periodically. I assume that is the reason for the battery failure. Maybe if I used it everyday like a cell phone it would have been fine. If I could simply use it while plugged into AC I’d be mostly a happy camper, but nope. My old Firefly 1 is still sitting lonely never to be used again, and I won’t be purchasing any more batteries for it. Sad but true.

    I do like the device’s design and other non-battery features so I would love to know if anything has been done for this in the new Firefly? I might even be tempted to try again if there is hope for my usage style and batteries to work successfully. Or if I could use it while plugged in.

    Thanks
    Slab

    • Caleb Dillport

      Thanks Slab, Kinda late returning back message. Just lately have been feeling well enough to get online. Have epilepsy and all the B.S. drugs being pushed down my throat from MD’s for control of seizures. At least Arkansas has passed some what of a relief for cannabis in the future for medical help. But being in the bible belt and changing issue 7 after voting on it for patients to be able to grow one plant with my medical problems was dumped after seeing it was going to pass. Now 6 passed but the capital and it’s right wing reps. With many more against it at state capital especially Tom Cotton and Asa Governer of AR. against as they say here “MARIJUANA” like it’s the gateway to hell for heroin. My gosh never have been in a place that’s against even beer. I looked at the pain meds being written by doctors here and AR. Is in the one of top ten in nation for most scrips wrote. Cannabis would put alot of that out, but big pharmaceutical will lose. One scrip for elliptical seizures for me is one thousand a month. Sorry bout raving on my conditions, just hope this state sticks to it’s voters and gives help for what has passed. At least CBD will be at dispensers quoted from doc friend. I got new vape pens here at tobacco stores that have chargers with them and performance is fanonamall compared to the high dollars ones I’ve ordered. Took a trip to Memphis and bought hundred dollars ones and after they stopped charging and falling apart just got tired of driving two hundred miles I stopped at a cig. shop and they out perform any high dollar vape pen from most cannabis stores, that is ordering online. We haven’t gotten that far yet in this state. Good luck and happy vaping to all on leafly.