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FireFly 2 Vaporizer Review
Unboxing and usage with herb and concentrate
The Firefly 2 delivers superior performance to the original Firefly and is packed in a smaller, lighter package. It feels solid, and the unique feature of having instant-heat on demand is addicting. A mobile app functionality has been added, and the device is now compatible with Herbs and Concentrates. It is impressive to carry around and produces best-in-class vapor quality. The Firefly 2 is as good as they get.
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In-Depth Firefly 2 Review:
The Firefly 2 is much-anticipated pure convection Vaporizer by Firefly Vapor that was introduced as the successor of the original Firefly. The Firefly 2 has a whole bunch of super-useful features, the best one in my opinion, is the ability to Vape in short sessions. Unlike other vaporizers, the Firefly 2 has a small chamber (about 0.1-0.15 grams), and it delivers instant heat. This makes the Firefly 2 an outstanding “quick-hitter” vaporizer. You can activate and take a draw instantly, not having to vape all your material in one session. With most Vaporizers, once you activate, it takes around 30-45 seconds to heat up and then you have to vape all your herb (usually .3 grams) in one session. That’s great if you are hanging with friends and using together, but what happens when you are alone and just want two hits of your medicinal herbs? You will have to pack a whole chamber, as most vapes do not work well with a “half-empty” chamber. Not anymore! The Firefly 2 is capable of packing small amounts of herbs to use on demand, and there is virtually no ramp-up time. This makes the Firefly 2 one of the most efficient Vapes I ever tested.
The Firefly 2 is compatible with Dry Herb as well as Waxy Concentrates. The package includes 3 small Concentrate stainless steel Mesh Pads that you can place inside the bowl. Place your Dab on the little pad and close the magnetic cover. You will also need to change the settings on the mobile app to “Concentrate” in order to activate a slightly higher temp settings.
Firefly 2 Design:
The Firefly 2 has been re-designed from the ground up and is smaller and much lighter than the original unit. In fact, Firefly 2 is 55% Lighter and 33% Smaller than the original version. The Firefly has a sporty yet elegant design and feel. The Firefly 2 consists of 2 main parts- the actual body of the Vaporizer, and the magnetic lid. The lid can easily snap on and off, exposing the chamber and the air-path. The lid has a small window allowing to see your chamber and herbs while you vape- another cool feature. With other vapes, you have to open the chamber to see if your herbs are fully exhausted. Nice to have a window that you can glance and know the situation in your chamber.
The mouthpiece is removable and allows for easy cleaning. The Firefly 2 Vaporizer users a USB 3.0 charging dock with an empty-to-full time of 45 minutes. The Dock is magnetic and you do not need to plug in any wires. Just place the Firefly 2 on the charging platform and it will charge.
The Firefly 2 features a Glass air path and keeps Vapor-Cool and Tasty. The Battery and efficiency have been improved and the Firefly 2 claims to have double the power of the original version. The battery is swappable and may be pulled out and replaced, or charged with an external charger. Firefly 2 included 2 batteries so you can always have one in the charger and one in your device. Each battery lasts between 40-80 draws, depending on heat settings and intensity.
The Firefly 2 is very well designed and was impressive to carry around and show people. It has an “iPhone” feel to it and buttons are “touch sensitive” not “pressure sensitive”. Everything about this Vaporizer feels luxurious, from the packaging to the smallest component everything was perfectly designed and placed.
The Firefly 2 heats up as you draw, meaning there are no lost components while the chamber is heating up. It allows you to inhale your material from room temperature to 400 degrees within seconds. This makes the Firefly 2 an extremely efficient device. With other Vapes you have to wait 30-45 seconds for the chamber to heat up, causing your material to “cook” while you are waiting for a draw. This makes using the same chamber for two sessions is not a pleasant task. But with the Firefly 2, there is no heat up, and this allows for multiple sessions with the same bowl.
The Firefly 2 features a Borosilicate Glass Vapor Path to ensure the purest flavors and aroma from Dry Herb or Concentrate. The heating chamber has 55 Laser-drilled Micro Jets that evenly distributes convection heat through your material. Unlike other Vapes, the herb you use does not need to be finely ground, and can be broken up with your hands.
Firefly 2 Vapor Quality:
The original Firefly was known for its excellent Vapor Quality and the Firefly 2 is no exception. The Vapor is smooth and consistent, both with Herb and Concentrates. The Borosilicate Glass Vapor Path and Glass chamber are doing a great job in keeping the vapor clean and aromatic.
Many other portable vapes have the mouthpiece sitting on top of the heating element, not allowing the vapor to cool down. This causes harsh vapor and a hot mouthpiece- not fun. Since the Firefly design is different and the chamber is located away from the mouthpiece, the vapor was never warm, always cool and smooth. The mouthpiece never got hot.
Overall the Firefly 2 is outstanding in terms of performance and vapor quality. It is in par with the best Vapes in the industry and is a leader when it comes to innovation and unique features. The Vapor quality is good enough to impress a professional Vaper (I consider myself one) and to amaze a beginner. Some of my friends and family that tried the Firefly 2 said it is the first Dry Herb vape that truly delivers beyond their expectations. Quality sure has a price. And it is slightly over $300.
But the Firefly 2 is a smart investment and over time will make you use less material and save on your buds. I explain all about that in my Firefly 2 Efficiency article.
The most exciting upgrade to the Firefly 2 is the addition of a mobile app, where you can set the temperature, and easily switch between Dry Herb or Concentrate modes. You can select between a few heat levels for herb, and one mode for concentrate. Concentrate mode is the strongest heat, and should not be used with herb as it may burn them. The app allows control on other device settings for a truly customized experience. The FireFly 2 is Bluetooth connected and the app is available for iOS or Android smartphones.
UPDATE 11/1/2016: Firefly updated the smartphone app with a Boost feature that allows fine tuning of the heating algorithm up or down. This basically makes the heating profile more aggressive and will good results if you want to increase the vapor production or just want more heat. Using this new feature added another layer of control and made a noticeable difference in overall performance.
Firefly 2 VS Crafty
Size, chamber size, performance, and vapor quality of the new Firefly 2 vs Crafty by S&B
The Vape Guide Recommends the Firefly 2 for:
The Firefly is known to have superior flavor and the fastest heat up time in the industry. It is a perfect Vaporizer for you if you like using small amounts of herb at a time, and take breaks between draws. Most Herb Vaporizers are “session” Vapes, meaning you click a button to start a session and at the end of this session your herb is fully vaporized and you need to reload the chamber. The Firefly 2 is more of a “One-Hit-At-A-Time” device and will allow pauses with the same material in the chamber.
Is it worth the price tag?
Definitely. In my opnion, the Firefly 2 is the Best Portable Vaporizer available today (view full list here). If you are serious about your vaping, the Firefly is a necessary tool in your arsenal. It quickly became my favorite vaporizer, and if judging by the Firefly 1 life expectancy, I’m sure it will perform well for years to come. Sure you can buy a $150 vape that will last for around a year, but the FireFly 2 is timeless and will pay for it’s on investment in terms of material efficiency.