Is this the Best Dry Herb Vaporizer Money Can Buy?
The Firefly 2 is a dry herb vaporizer that is creating a real buzz in certain circles – and pretty soon you’ll see why!
Designed by a former Apple designer Mark Williams the Firefly 2 is known in vaporizer circles as the iPhone of those devices – for obvious reasons!
However, after using this bad boy for a little over a month – I don’t think that label does it justice – it’s the Rolls Royce – with might I add gold trimmings and diamond encrusted wheel nuts!
In a word this is amazing – yeah I know I’m already gushing but trust me this is something a little bit special to say the least!
This is an upgrade to the original Firefly – which sadly I never used – and those in the know say as upgrades go this is perfect.
The Firefly brand was formed by Mark and partner Sasha Robinson back in 2012 – they met at the Burning Man Festival [go figure lol] and had a dream to create the ultimate vaporizer.
So from the sound of my intro it looks as though they have succeeded – or have they?
Let’s take a closer look.
This was kindly sent to me by Mark and Sasha free of charge for the purpose of this review – to say I’m grateful or should I say ‘stoked’ is an understatement.
However, and as always, my thoughts and opinions are my own and most importantly honest.
If the use of certain dry herb offends you or more importantly is illegal in your country or state – then obviously this review is not for you and most importantly neither are we promoting its use. Please check your country or state for laws regarding the use of marijuana and certain ‘concentrates’.
Inside the Box
Nice classy packaging with everything packed away neatly inside its own smaller boxes and a kind of cut-out ‘template’ cover with a list of tips and instructions.
- Firefly 2 Vaporizer
- New Charging Dock
- USB 3.0 cable
- 2 X Rechargeable Batteries
- 1 X Cleaning Kit
- 3 X Concentrate Pad
Firefly 2 Specs
- 2 x 7 x 7 inches – 5 x 17 x 17 cms
- 140 grams
- Herbs – waxes and concentrates
- Internal 7.4v lithium-ion battery
- 55watt heater/oven
- Firefly 2 app to change settings
- 6 heat presets via Firefly 2 App [android and iOS]
OK the first thing to note is not only the simple clean lines and elegance of this device – but the ease of use.
Secondly is the sheer speed of the bake – 3 seconds flat and your herb is at a toasty 400F.
Pair this up via Bluetooth with your chosen device and you have an extremely easy to navigate and operate system as well as upgrading the firmware.
Unfortunately, as I’m an old guy I didn’t have anything that I could ‘pair it up with’ – however I was able to borrow my sons phone [I forgot to take a photo of it ‘paired up] and set up the Firefly 2 as I wanted it.
If like me you’re in the stone age the device can be used straight out of the box until you find or borrow a suitable phone or tablet.
The Firefly 2 can be used for both herbs and concentrates and just like the designers say ‘a little goes a long way’.
The vaporizer is extremely lightweight and certainly pocket friendly and features two touch sensors.
This can be changed to one via the app – however I found that keeping the two setting was best.
So how do we get the Firefly 2 to send us to that happy place?
Firefly 2 Quick Start Guide
[Please check the list of compatible devices – as I mentioned none of mine would pair up.]
OK, to get into the control system you’ll need to pair the device up via Bluetooth – once that’s done you can tinker to get your perfect settings.
The screen is pretty self-explanatory:
- Switch heating profile from concentrates to herb
- Increase decrease temperature
- Update firmware
- Battery level indicator
- Set the sensors from one to two or left or right
Operating the Firefly 2
Its best to charge the device as soon as you get it – to do this connect the USB cable to the charging dock and then to your PC or whatever you use to charge.
I found that on a flat battery it can take around an hour to fully charge – out of the box it was ready in 15 minutes as it must have had some power left in the tank.
To remove the battery you’ll need to slide off the base – take out the battery and replace with the spare.
You do need to put the device [with battery installed] on the dock to charge – it’s very similar to those re-chargeable batteries you find in cameras – so vaping whilst charging.
OK I found that like the previous dry herb vaporizers I’ve used the herb doesn’t need to be finely ground – keep it quite coarse.
The bowl looks small but trust me due to the amazing [and very even] convection heating system as I’ve already said ‘a little goes a long way’.
- Fill the herb to the rim of the bowl and pack it down gently giving it space to breathe.
- Replace the magnetic cover.
- Place both fingers on the touch sensors to begin baking your herb or concentrate.
- LED light turns to ‘green’ [lol] when ready to vape.
- Inhale long and deep – whilst still holding the sensors.
- Once you release the sensors the Firefly 2 stops heating.
- Stir your bowl every 5 or so puffs.
For heating concentrates follow the same procedure but first change the profile via the app to concentrates and place one of the supplied pads in the bowl.
And like the amount of herb you really don’t need much!
Design and Build Quality
One word – sublime.
The design is down to former iPhone designer and Apple employee Mark Williams and it shows.
Little wonder those in the know call this the iPhone of the dry herb vaporizer world – it not only looks good it feels good and everything marries together beautifully.
The Firefly 2 is elegant to say the least with clean un-fussy lines and a wonderful texture to it that is good to grip and apparently made from aerospace grade materials – not sure what they are but this is a joy to hold and look at.
The magnetic top cover is held on with very strong magnets that do take a bit of a tug to pull off – which is a good thing ensuring an airtight bowl.
Speaking of the bowl it does come with pads for concentrates – unfortunately I was unable to get my hands on any.
The bowl and indeed the mirrored glass top is made from ‘Gorilla Glass’ the type found in higher end mobile phones whilst the vapor travels along what Mark describes as a borosilicate glass vapor path – this I assume is where the incredibly rich – deep – clean – crisp and ultra smooth taste comes from.
The mouthpiece is plastic and comes with a particle filter to capture those loose strands that might get through and there is word of glass tips becoming available soon.
The mouthpiece can be removed for cleaning purposes though trust me you need to be careful as out of the box it’s in there tight!
I received the jet black version which I have to say looks bloody gorgeous and black – blue – gold – red – white – zebra wood and oak are available.
The front is topped off with a discreet Firefly 2 logo – which looks very similar to a cannabis plant – and really does add to the absolutely stunning look of this dry herb vaporizer.
To say I’m impressed is a real understatement.
I’m not an Apple fanboy – I had the first iPhone but prefer Android – but Mark Williams is nothing short of a design genius.
This is understated yet sublime simplicity in design of the finest I’ve seen on any vape device and ever likely too.
How Does the Firefly 2 Vaporizer Perform?
Packing is as easy as can be [keep it loose!] and the magnetic cover snaps into place with a satisfying click.
The touch sensors are just that – light to the touch to say the least and flash on instantaneously.
I absolutely love the orange glow that lights up the bowl and the tip of the device – guess you can see what it’s called a Firefly!
Using a new and very pungent strain I’ve been able to pick up – that I’d been using in the VaporFi Orbit – I filled the bowl and got baking.
I was immediately met with the most amazing aroma – it seemed this herb had been waiting for this device in able to fully release its depths!
Because of that I was a little shall we say conservative with my first toke as I was expecting to get walloped by what the smell was suggesting.
I needn’t have bothered because instead of the harsh taste and throat hit I was expecting what I got was the smoothest tastiest draw I’ve had in a long time.
My God anyone who likes the taste of herb will know exactly what I’m getting at – earthy – rich – natural and the taste and smell of the terpenes was mind blowing – literally.
Based on that I held on my next draw for a full ten seconds and really did get the benefit of a smooth clean tasty and extremely potent bowl of goodness – and we ain’t talking cornflakes!
And oh boy – this is a superior vape in every way.
With a clearer head I looked a little more closely at the heating system to find there’s ‘55 laser-drilled micro jets of superheated air’ streaming into the bowl and just like the designer says this really does give ‘rich, thick vapor on demand.’
You can literally cut the vapour with a knife it’s that dense and as I keep banging on about – with a flavor to match.
I dunno about the iPhone of dry herb vaporizers – for me this is definitely the Rolls Royce!
What I Like
Looks and ease of use aside – which in themselves are fantastic – it’s the depth of flavor you get from this beauty.
And given it only bakes when you’re taking a draw – the bowl lasts a lot longer.
As design goes it’s quite simply stunningly simple yet elegant and screams class.
The ease of use is straight out of the box simple and paired up with your Bluetooth device the settings are a breeze to use enabling you to really tailor your vape.
But it’s the flavor and vapour that stands out here – my goodness its rich – deep – satisfying and I’m pretty sure that means it brings out the very best in your chosen ‘filling’ – and then some.
Here’s another Wow!
What I Don’t Like
OK back with my grumpy reviewer hat on and to be honest there’s not a lot to dislike about the Firefly 2.
However I have to say the mouthpiece being plastic is maybe a bit of a letdown – glass would have lifted this device to a higher level than it already is – it’s also a bugger to get out the first few times so be careful!
Whilst charging is super fast you do have to charge the battery whilst still inside the device – so make sure you keep one battery fully charged to stop you from hanging around!
However to balance that battery life is superb and I guess I was getting about 8 lengthy sessions out of it before I needed to re-charge – me and the battery!
And finally the price – it might make you gulp a little but trust me for the serious herb and concentrate user it’s a small price to pay for the sheer pleasurable perfection the Firefly 2 delivers.
Final Review Verdict
It’s not often you see the words stoner and sophisticated in the same sentence 😉
However with the use of this type of herb fast coming into the mainstream for all types of users then it’s only natural the more discerning are catered for – particularly those of us who prefer to ‘toke without the smoke’.
I say sophisticated and the Firefly 2 really does deserve that label but like the very best designed things out there it’s the simple clean lines that makes this stand out from the crowd – it looks bloody classy.
Looks as we know aren’t everything and underneath that gorgeous exterior lies a real tamed beast of a device that delivers the best vaping experience – e-liquid or herb – I’ve ever had the pleasure to enjoy.
Dude this is sick – gnarly – and literally dope – see I told you I was down with the kids lol.
I suggest the serious stoners and regular users of ‘green’ should invest their hard earned greenbacks in the Firefly 2 – trust me with the right filling it will light up your life giving you the perfect buzz 😉
- Simple to use
- Elegant looks
- Superfast baking
- Mobile app for tailored settings
- Herb and Concentrate
- Superb flavor and vapour
- Easy to clean
- Mouthpiece in very tight at first