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The Firefly 2+ Review: A Needed Improvement!

The Firefly 2 gets an upgrade: better air flow, $80 price drop, new logo, and a “+” added to the...

**The Firefly 2+ vaporizer has some features only accessible via a smartphone app. On November 15th, 2019, Apple removed all vaporizer apps from its store. Apps that were downloaded before removal will still work. Android users are not affected. Please read our blog post to learn more about the app removal, and how it affects specific vaporizers.**

The Firefly 2 just got an upgrade, including better air flow, an $80 price drop, a new logo, and a “+” added to the name. At $249.95, the new Firefly 2+ is an affordable, connoisseur vaporizer that fits in any pocket, with instant, great tasting vapor anywhere.

Amazing flavor

Chances are, any marketing you see for the Firefly 2+ will tout great taste as a big reason to buy one, and they’re right. It tastes fantastic. Whether it’s herbs or concentrates, the gentle, convection heat and pure air path deliver amazing taste. You’ll taste flavors in your herbs that never show up in conduction vaporizers, and with a little practice, you can have sessions that taste great all the way through.

Vape at your own pace

Another strong reason to consider the Firefly 2 Plus is the instant heat up time. Once packed, you can take a full draw from a cold start in 20 seconds and drop it back in your pocket for later. No other vape on the market gets you in and out of a hit quicker, and you can take as long as you want to finish it off, without waste between hits.

Still a tight draw

The Firefly 2 suffered from a very restricted air flow that made you work for it, a lot like getting that first sip from a thick milkshake. Firefly claims they’ve improved the air flow by 33% this time around, and you can tell with side-by-side comparisons. The draw on the Firefly 2+ feels more natural now, but is still slightly on the restricted side of the scale.

Firefly 2 Plus on Table

Hit it their way

Every hit on the Firefly 2+ is designed to be 15 to 30 seconds long, and it works perfectly with the right draw speed. The first six or seven seconds are flavorful, as it gently ramps up to your set temperature, before it starts to push out thicker vapor. Our testers that preferred short sips of vapor, like a Pax or Starry, lengthened their draws to find their sweet spot. The heavy hitters had to slow their draws before it got uncomfortable. If you like a slow, 10 to 15 second draw (or longer), the Firefly 2+ should be right down your alley.

The occasional stir

The Firefly 2+ uses convection heating, so you’ll need to stir the herbs at least once or twice per session to get full extraction. How often you need to stir will be up to you. Our flavor chasers stirred after every hit, and the herbal taste lasted a long time. Otherwise, we stirred after the vapor stopped, or every three or four hits. Getting to the bowl is easy enough - just pop off the lid. But there’s nothing included to stir with, and if you open it up in the wind you could see your herbs blown all over the place. Our best solution was to use a metal stir tool that stuck to the outside of the magnetic cover, so we could stir anywhere without using our fingers.

Simple but awkward interface

With one light and two touch-sensitive buttons, the Firefly 2+ is simple to use, but expect to pick up the manual before you tweak anything. Touch both buttons at the same time to activate the heating, and start your draw three seconds later. If you want to change the temperature, you’ll have to either connect the smartphone app, or pick up the instructions and learn the button commands. Out of the box, it is set to 400°F, with a total of seven on-board temperatures to choose from, including 500°F for concentrates.

The two-button-press keeps the Firefly 2+ from heating up unintentionally in your pocket, but feels a little awkward to hit, unless you’re used to smoking from a Sherlock-style pipe. You cradle the vape in one hand while pressing the buttons, and the mouthpiece’s flat shape forces you to hold it flat, never sideways. You can use the app to make the Firefly 2+ fire with only one button, but then it’s easier to accidentally turn on.

Helpful smartphone app

**On November 15th, 2019, Apple removed all vaporizing apps from its store, including this Firefly app. It might not be permanent, but we are planning on an extended absence. The Firefly 2+ works fine on its own, but can’t be customized with the app on an iPhone, unless it was downloaded before November 15th. Android users still have access to the app.**

Technically, you don’t need the smartphone app, since the on-board temperature controls range from 320°F to 420°F (in 20 degree increments) for herb, with a 500°F setting for concentrates. But the app widens the temperature scale all the way down to 200°F in 10 degree increments, adds a few nice features, and fast-tracks you to the help videos. You can change the button press configuration, toggle between Fahrenheit and Celsius scales, and fine tune the heating so you can juice it all the way up to an “11”.

Firefly 2 Plus Docked

Ready for concentrates

The Firefly 2+ comes with a stainless steel concentrate pad already installed in the bowl, ready to go. Just add a small amount of concentrate to the center of the pad, change the temperature to 500℉, and let her rip. You’ll take a few cigar-style puffs to melt the concentrate into the pad, but hit it normally after that. The hits are drawn out over a session at your pace, instead of a single concentrated hit, and are some of the tastiest around. It’s rare that a vaporizer works equally well with herbs and concentrates, and the Firefly 2+ does it better than most.

Average battery life and a quick-charging dock

On-demand vaporizers are tricky to nail down when it comes to battery life. Your mileage will vary depending on the temperatures used, and how hard and long you draw. On average, you can expect to get around six bowls, with five to seven hits per bowl. Overall, it feels like typical battery life for a vaporizer, and recharging is quicker than normal. The usb-C dock fully charges the battery in 45 minutes, and up to 80% in just 20 minutes. If it’s completely dead, you can throw it on the charger and have enough power for a bowl in as little as ten minutes.

Frequent, but easy cleaning and maintenance

Cleaning the Firefly 2+ is incredibly easy. Just open the lid and wipe down the bowl and glass. The only other thing to do is check the mouthpiece screen for clogs. The downside is that convection vaporizers are finicky, and do best with more regular cleaning. You’ll clean it a little more often than other vapes, but not enough to be a pain. If you consider yourself a neat freak, you’ll appreciate how easy it is to get the Firefly 2+ back to sparkling new.

Small and classy

Firefly vaporizers have always had a classy elegance to them, and this one is no different. It’s barely larger than a Pax 3, so it’s very pocketable, with smooth lines and gentle curves that tell you it’s something different, but doesn’t scream vaporizer. It’s the kind of vape that makes you want to relax into a mindful session.

Firefly 2 Plus In Hand

Dimensions

  • Length 5.1 in / 13 cm
  • Width 1.4 in / 3.6 cm
  • Depth 0.95 in / 2.4 cm
  • Weight 4.9 oz / 140 g

Warranty

Firefly covers any workmanship and defect issues with the Firefly 2+ for two years. Like all of our products, the Firefly 2+ vaporizer is covered by our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

What’s in the box

  • Firefly 2+ Vaporizer
  • 1 Stainless Steel Concentrate Pad
  • 1 Rechargeable Battery
  • Charging Dock
  • USB-C 3.0 Cable
  • 3 Alcohol Wipes
  • User Guide

For best results

The Firefly 2+ is a full convection vaporizer, and works best if you pay attention to your draw speed, maintenance, and herb pack. Here are some tips to get you started off right.

The Firefly 2+ has a 15 second hit timer, and you’ll get thicker draws if you can pull the entire time. Draws less than ten seconds risk feeling weak.

Check the mouthpiece screen for clogs. It’s easy to forget about this one, since it’s far away from the herbs.

Pay attention to how you pack the bowl with herbs. Use a coarse to medium grind. Fine grinds will flow out of the bowl and clog the screen. Pack the bowl full, so the hot air doesn’t move the herbs to the side and flow right by.

Who is the Firefly 2+ for?

The Firefly 2+ is built for the vapor connoisseur who prizes great flavor anywhere, anytime, whether it’s dry herbs or concentrate. It’s also a strong contender if you’re trying to conserve your herbs, since the on-demand heating wastes nothing between hits. It’s not difficult to use, but you’ll benefit from a little time spent dialing in your preferred technique. The Firefly 2+ is a vape we want to grab at the end of a long day, when we want to have a relaxing session, and feel a little special.

Who is the Firefly 2+ not for?

If you don’t care much about taste, you’ll probably get something less expensive and easier to use. There are better vapes out there if you just want to tear through a lot of herbs. Some people will complain about the stirring, but anyone who wants a convection vaporizer should be prepared to stir.

Our take

Without a doubt, the Firefly 2+ is a connoisseur’s vape. The taste is up there with the best of them, and the new, lower price slides in below most other top-shelf vaporizers. The more open air flow is a definite, needed improvement, but will that and the lower price point turn this one into a hit? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Firefly 2 Plus Lid Removed on Dock

Written by

jerry stickstones

Vaporist, vape beta tester, vape reviewer. I like to vape, talk about vapes, and think about vapes. Sometimes I dream...about vapes.

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