The $329.95 price tag will seem a bit bananas for many weed lovers (and will place the device outside the budget of most vapers), but if you want to treat yourself to one of the best in the game, we believe this vaporizer is the way to do it. Upon its release, numerous cannabis and tech publications urged people to buy the Firefly 2. Here is what a few of the biggest names in the game had to say about it: “The sleekest thing I have ever owned.” – New York Times.
“One of the most perfect vaping machines.” – TechCrunch. “A+ Vapor, A+ Flavor, A+ Efficiency.” – The Vape Critic. The list of positive reviews goes on and on and on, and it didn’t take us long to learn why. Like the original, the Firefly 2 vaporizer is a portable convection vape for dry herb . However, unlike the original you can also use wax and other concentrates such as butter and rosin. It is 55% lighter and 33% smaller than the Firefly 1, but is far more powerful with an even faster heating up time. The device is unfortunately made in China (albeit with Grade A quality materials), and this is a fact which is immediately obvious as soon as you scan the box and its contents. (However, it’s worth noting that at the time of writing the vape’s defect rate is exceedingly low). So despite being lighter and smaller than its predecessor, the Firefly 2 loses none of its durability. In terms of materials, the brand switched the main body from aluminum to magnesium alloy, which accounts for the drop in weight (and also means the unit has a far lower rate of thermal conductivity).
In simple terms, the use of magnesium alloy means the outside of the device stays cool during sessions, even while the inside is a searing 400+ degrees Fahrenheit. Also, the whole vapor oven (barring the removable Firefly 2 mouthpiece), is lined with Gorilla glass – virtually indestructible unless you’ve got some serious anger issues and send it flying into oncoming traffic or something. February 2016 was the initial release date of the Firefly 2 vaporizer, and this was a time when most units were still taking up tp 60 seconds to heat up. The Firefly 2 on the other hand, enables you to start vaping within three seconds – as close as you can get to an instant hit. In design terms, the Firefly team realized that they got it right the first time and there are actually few significant aesthetic changes. Firefly 2 vape accessories include a pair of swappable batteries, a cleaning kit with two plastic toothpicks, a multi-sided cleaning brush & alcohol wipes, concentrate pads, and a USB charging dock. Where the Firefly 2 really diverges from its original, though, is in its temperature settings. While the original was a one-shot deal, the Firefly 2 offers you six heat settings, which is crucial as it now allows you to fully customize your high . It uses a 50-watt heater and a bowl made from borosilicate glass, and one of the six settings is specifically for concentrates such as wax and butter. The heating element will warm your herb (or wax) to 400 degrees Fahrenheit in a scarcely believable three seconds, and it takes just five seconds to reach the lofty heights of 420 degrees. When using concentrate, the heating element hits 500 degrees, and one of the many amazing things about the new Firefly model is the fact that the glass chamber transfers hardly any heat at all. For example we were able to keep our finger in the chamber for almost 10 seconds while holding down the trigger, before we felt any danger of getting scalded. For the record, here is the full list of the five dry herb temperature settings: If you recall you’ll remember that one of the biggest issues with the first Firefly was the painfully short battery life, but this has been addressed in the new model to more than make up for it, with the addition of a removable 770mAh lithium-ion battery. While the original allowed perhaps three full chambers on a single charge, the Firefly 2 vape is good for up to eight sessions of at least eight draws each (battery life is lower when using concentrates). One minor issue that the Firefly 2 vape review team found, though, is that the battery has to be in the device to charge it. This means that you have to have a second battery, and that can be a downer to some. If battery #1 dies during the session and you switch to #2, for instance, you have to wait until the end of your session to charge #1. On the plus side, the battery charges to 100% in 45 minutes (and amazingly to 80% in just 20 minutes), so it’s really not a big deal either way. There are some slight changes to the original in design terms. The power switch is gone and has been replaced by a dual capacitive touch sensor on both sides of the vaporizer. As the buttons are only activated by your fingers, there is no danger of the unit getting turned on accidentally. Put your thumb at the arrow on the bottom of the unit, press down and push up to see the battery. Put your finger beneath the lip at the top of the battery to pull it out and putting it back in is easy. We found the mouthpiece a little irritating to remove as it requires wiggling it a bit. One crucial thing to note is that the Firefly 2 has no power button which means it is always in standby mode. You can control the temperature by installing the Firefly 2 app which connects to the device via Bluetooth.
It is quick and easy to use and also tells you how much battery is left. You have the option to choose which button controls the heater; left, right, or both and we discuss the app in more detail below. One slight issue is the size of the oven which only allows you to pack around 0.15 grams of dry herb, more or less the same as the original. We recommend stirring or mixing your herbs every few hits to ensure they heat evenly. The default temperature setting for herbs is 400 degrees and is an excellent starting point.
If you want more vapor, increase to 420 degrees or lower it for a smoother and longer lasting session. The Firefly 2 retains the efficiency of the original as your herbs are only cooked when you press the heating button and begin drawing. After letting go of the button, the vaporizer stops cooking the herb.