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Firefly 2 vs. Pax 3: A Portable Vaporizer Comparison

Firefly 2 vs. Pax 3: A Portable Vaporizer Comparison

Darren Harris
August 2, 2017
Firefly 2 vs. Pax 3: A Portable Vaporizer Comparison(Julia Sumpter/Leafly)
When it comes to portable vaporizers
, there are a lot of options available depending on your budget as well as both your discretionary and performance needs. Two heavyweights on the higher end of the price spectrum provide similar features and experiences: The Firefly 2 from Firefly
and the Pax 3 from Pax Labs
. Both devices claim to be the best out on the market, and since they each offer similar features, it’s only fair to put these two against each other head-to head.


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Which portable vaporizer comes out on top? I broke it down to three main operational aspects people tend to consider for portables vapes: heating performance, functionality/ease of use, and overall vaping performance.

Firefly 2 vs. Pax 3 portable vaporizer comparison

Click to enlarge. (Amy Phung/Leafly)

Heating Performance

Firefly 2 portable vaporizer with the Pax 3 in the background

The Firefly 2. (Julia Sumpter/Leafly)

Both the Firefly 2 and Pax 3 boast that users will be able to further customize their desired temperature settings using a phone app that’s free to download and connect with Bluetooth.

Temperature Settings


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Heat Time

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Even though the Firefly 2 boasts a much quicker heat-up time, in my opinion the additional temperature selection function puts the Pax 3 over the Firefly 2, as you still have a wider range of temperature control on the Pax 3 whether or not you’re using the app. Although the apps for both devices were easy to connect to and use, the Pax 3 provides a wider range of options outside of the app by giving you the option to change settings on the device itself. Additionally, the Pax 3’s 10-15 second heat-up time isn’t much of a deal-breaker.

Winner: Pax 3

Ease of Use

Pax 3 portable vaporizer with the Firefly 2 in the background

The Pax 3. (Julia Sumpter/Leafly)

The Firefly 2 and Pax 3 both use clever design features that make using either device very straightforward and simple.

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When it comes to functionality and ease of use, the Pax 3 and Firefly 2 are virtually tied. However, I will give a slight edge to the Pax 3 because it has a slim advantage in the different ways you can use and operate it. Even though it’s incredibly easy to use, the heating sensors on the sides of the Firefly 2 pretty much restricts you to holding it hotdog-style, which doesn’t always make for the most discreet use.


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With the Pax 3, however, the unit is slightly slimmer, and its rounder frame along with its buttonless design allows you to hold it any way you like. The flat extra mouthpiece that’s included also makes for complete discretion when taking pulls. That plus the fact that you can cycle through temperature settings without having to reopen the app gives the Pax 3 the slight nod in this category.

Winner: Pax 3 (by a slim nug)

Vape Performance/Experience

The Firefly 2 portable vaporizer

The Firefly 2. (Julia Sumpter/Leafly)

Both the Firefly 2 and Pax 3 provide an enjoyable vaping experience when it comes to inhaling that delicious vapor.

Heat Performance


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Power Settings

Vapor Production


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I found the Pax 3’s vaping experience to be more powerful and enjoyable overall than the Firefly 2, and even though my sessions weren’t as consistently flavorful as the Firefly 2’s, the Pax 3 had me feeling higher and more stoned in general. The slightly larger chamber allows for more bud and thus longer sessions, but the additional settings in the Pax 3 app gave me a ton of control over what kind of vape experience I wanted to have.

The Firefly 2 gave me a consistently tasty experience, but I was sometimes left feeling a bit unsatisfied and not as high as I wanted to be after some sessions compared to the Pax 3. I also felt that the Pax 3 was easier and more discreet to use.

Winner: Pax 3

Final Verdict: Pax 3

Pax 3 portable vaporizer

The Pax 3. (Julia Sumpter/Leafly)

When it comes down to it, the Pax 3 edges out the Firefly 2 as being the overall better portable vaporizer. Both devices are very similar in their function and performance, but the Pax 3 offers just a bit more at about $55 less than the Firefly 2, making it the victor in my eyes.

The Pax 3’s app design gives users more flexibility than the Firefly 2’s app in creating the best individual experience, and it also comes with some fun games to serve as high time-wasters while you’re using the unit. It’s is also better designed to be used discreetly virtually anywhere you find yourself thanks to the auto-draw function and its buttonless design, whereas the side sensors on the Firefly 2 dictate that you hold it a certain way.

Ultimately, though, you can’t go wrong with either product, as both the Firefly 2 and the Pax 3 are setting the standard in sleek portable vape technology. The original Firefly was designed
to get the most out of every cannabinoid present, and the Pax 3 is an impressive improvement over its previous generation, the very solid Pax 2
. If these brands mark the future of portable vaporizers, I can’t wait to see what comes next.

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

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