Firefly 2+ Review & Vaporizer Tutorial
Update 2021: We still love the Firefly 2+ and the flavor that it delivers. It's still top of the pack when it comes to flavor. We just wish the battery was a bit better! It doesn't last nearly as long as a Mighty or Solo 2.
I would recommend it to anybody looking to get into vaporizing and anybody with a cheaper vaporizer that wants to step up a little bit. It not only looks good, but the vapor you get out of it is fantastic. If the battery life was a little better, I think this would be a contender for best vaporizer in the world.
I'm going to show you:
In the Box
Here's what's included when you open up the box:
1 x Firefly 2+ vaporizer
1 x USB charging cable
1 x Charging dock
1 x Concentrate pad
Firefly 2+ vs. Firefly 2
The original Firefly 2 was a good vaporizer but it was a little bit tricky to use because you needed to learn how to use it and take long draws with it. The Firefly 2+ is much easier to use; the herb doesn't need to be ground as fine.
There's also a 33% increase in airflow and it's easier to draw from, so that's definitely an improvement. The battery was improved a bit, but also it doesn't include a second battery that the Firefly 2 had.
It also has a lower price point. This goes for a much cheaper cost than the original Firefly 2 which I think was needed because the Firefly 2 was a little bit expensive, so this is actually a bit more of an affordable unit.
Firefly 2+ Review
First off, the first good thing I think is that the design is outstanding. It looks really sexy and sleek. This looks like something that you could put on your table in the family room or a TV room and you would have no problem having it sitting there. Most people want something that blends in, and the Firefly 2+ does exactly that.
The colour choices are also great. You can choose from Jet Black, Zebra Wood, Blue, Gold, Oak and Black. Not exactly sure why they included two versions of black but there are!
✅ Comfortable to chill with
Second good thing about the Firefly 2+ that I've really been enjoying is that it's very comfortable to chill with. I love just sitting down on the couch packing a bowl and then just getting to work on it. It's a really great vaporizer for just hanging around the house with.
✅ Outstanding vapor
Since the Firefly 2+ is fully convection you can pull some great tasting, big hits from it. I think it provides the best vapor quality for its size. It's also much easier to get big pulls than using the original Firefly 2.
✅ Instant heat up
It also has instant heat up, so that means almost right away, after you click the two buttons, it starts lighting up. Then once it's lit up completely then you can just draw in. That means you can also use it for micro-dosing if you just want to take one puff at a time.
✅ Easy to clean
Cleaning the Firefly 2+ is a breeze and it's one of the easiest vaporizers to maintain on the market. Keep scrolling to see exact instructions on cleaning the unit, but it doesn't take much... just a q-tip and some rubbing alcohol.
✅ Works with concentrates
Sixth thing that's very good about the Firefly 2+ is that it works well with concentrates. I lost my concentrate pad already so I need to replace it, but it works really well with concentrates, I tested that quite a bit. After using it with concentrates, I lost it—I guess that's what happens haha!
✅ Quick charging dock
And the last good thing about the Firefly 2+ is it has a quick-charging dock. Just like the Firefly 2, it just slides right in and then it gets to 80% battery in 20 minutes, which is actually very fast. You don't need to wait for hours for it to charge. It doesn't have pass-through charging like other vaporizers, like the Mighty, but with charging that goes up to 80% in 20 minutes, that's actually awesome.
❌ Mediocre battery life
I think the battery life is just average. I get about four or five sessions out of it, I definitely would want it to be longer so I don't have to worry about charging it as much. But with the charging dock, it makes it super simple to charge it, so you just remember to put it in the dock. It depends on your use case, but if you're taking this on longer trips, you definitely need a second battery before you have to charge it.
❌ Stirring bowls
You also need to stir the bowl midway through a session and it doesn't come with a stir tool. Halfway through, you just want to mix it up to make sure that you get all of the herb in the chamber, which isn't necessarily a bad thing if you have a stirring tool close by, but it's definitely not easy to use. It's not like the Ghost MV1 where you don't need to stir it at all and it heats through the bowl completely.
❌ Interface isn't great
I think the third thing that I don't necessarily like is that it's not completely intuitive to use and change the temperature. To change the temperature, you just need to play with the side buttons.. it's not hard but it's not simple. You don't know what temperature you're at, or what the battery life is, without the app.
⚠️ A note on the app
Apple took the app off the iPhone store so you can't actually use the app for Apple devices (you still can on Android devices). Not that I liked apps anyway; I think apps aren't necessary for vaporizers, I just think it's something that you don't really need. You should be able to change the temperature and check the battery life directly on the unit itself.
How to use the Firefly 2+
Let's show you how the Firefly 2+ works:
You just pop off the lid and get some ground herb, put it in there. You can pack the bowl pretty tight, don't tamp it down, just let some airflow in there and then toss on the lid again.
Then when you hold the two side buttons, you'll see it glow green.
Then it'll go solid green and the inside of the bowl will turn orange, and then you're pretty much ready to go. Like I said, instant heat up.
Then you can just hit some more bowls, stir it up a little bit once you use that up and that's all you need to do to use it.
- Take the lid off.
- Put some ground herb in the bowl.
- Put the lid back on.
- Hold the two side buttons.
- Ready when indicator turns green and bowl glows orange.
Changing the temperature of the Firefly 2+
Hold the button on the right side and then press the left side three times, and then you'll see it goes red. Then you just press the left side up to six times to change the temperature setting. Each tap makes it go up to another temperature.
You really don't need more than six temperature settings. It lets you go from a light heat all the way up to concentrate mode.
How to clean the Firefly 2+
Cleaning out the Firefly 2+ is very easy, it's one of the easiest vaporizers to clean and maintain. All you need is some rubbing alcohol and some Q-tips.Here are the basic cleaning instructions:
- Pour some rubbing alcohol into a bowl.
- Open the vaporizer up.
- Dip a Q-tip in the rubbing alcohol.
- Clean the lid and also the main unit.
After you do that let it dry off before you use it again!
Wrapping it up
Overall, I've been loving the Firefly 2+ vaporizer. It not only looks good, but the vapor you get out of it is fantastic. If the battery life was a little bit better, I think this would be a contender for best vaporizer in the world.
I do think I would choose this over the Ghost MV1 right now because it's just less finicky.
I would recommend it to anybody looking to get into vaporizing and anybody with kind of a cheaper vaporizer that wants to step up a little bit. You can't really go wrong with a Firefly 2+, it's a stellar vape.
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