After more than a year of reviewing vaporizers for this publication – a time when my elongated novel, The Tiger’s Revenge, collects more and more kief-dust – a reward for this dubious anniversary appeared on my desk in the form of the Firefly2.
And what a reward. This San Francisco-designed device is a clear innovator in premium vapes.
Don’t take my word for it. Take the monkey’s word.
No one cares more about quality than my editor, Stephan. He is, as many of you already know, a monkey of no great size, but he has an extremely angry impatience with bad writing, unclear or illegible manuals, and bad products – peccadillos that became apparent after the tiger found me.
Perhaps for the first time, Stephan has given a vaporizer an unqualified monkey thumbs up.
Most of what we’ve reviewed falls into two categories: Pax impersonators and concentrate-oriented, coil-driven vape pens. The convection-heated, old flip-phone-shaped Firefly2 is neither.
The entire top panel of the device slides off firmly but not too easily, thanks to the perfectly calibrated magnetic design. The dried flower material chamber underneath isn’t huge, but reloading is so easy it doesn’t matter. There are also pads useful for concentrates.
There is a small window in the circular room. The user simply places a finger on the touch sensor on either side of the device – my God, aren’t opposable thumbs great? – and it is activated. That is it. You don’t even have to squeeze.
There is also no uncertainty. An indicator light comes on and soon – and I mean very soon – you can see your room glowing and the vapor is already going where it should with a strong, clear stream.
The maximum temperature is adjustable with an easy-to-use smartphone app (it’s not the only vape with an app, but one of the damned few). But perhaps the most wonderful, intuitive and downright useful aspect of the touch sensors is that the user can control the current and temperature by activating them for as long as desired.
You can even tap it while you draw, just like you would stroke a bowl of weed with a lighter while smoking.
Maybe he’s just high and happy, but Stephan also swears that the Firefly2 vapor reveals better flavors than competitors. (He just discovered the word “terpene,” you see.)
The physical design brings other benefits as well. In our household, Stephan turns his nose up at such tasks, but vaporizers need cleaning. The Pax 2, a beautiful device, makes you feel like you have a sexual deviance when you poke a pipe cleaner through the urethra-like length of the thing to get the old resin out. Most of the Firefly2’s vapor stream goes directly under the removable panel, leaving it clean with a casual swipe that can handle even the stoned stoner.
What’s not to like? Very few. It’s a huge improvement over its predecessor, but the Firefly2 isn’t particularly small or light. Although it snaps beautifully into a phone holder charger, the battery only lasts three or four bowls of vapor. Firefly’s answer? They just give you an extra battery.
It’s true that it’s easier to sit down to reload as the loose panel leaves you with one hand if you’re trying to do this task on a Tenderloin sidewalk, but I haven’t seen a portable vaporizer that solves this problem yet .
If you want to invest in a premium vaporizer, this is primo, completely equal to the Pax 2 (albeit with different advantages). Take the monkey’s word.
Cool Factor: Not exactly the coolest to look at, but the Firefly2 is cool to use and the compact convection feature has won design awards. The company founders met at Burning Man. If Prince ever vaped he would use it in heaven, Eye just knows.
practical: The Firefly2 sacrifices long battery life for incredible performance, but the usability is so pleasing that it probably won’t hold you back, and if you do, tuck the other battery in. It also has concentrate pads for your favorite oils.
Affordability: At $329, this is a premium vaporizer, and it’s just hitting the market (the Pax 2 costs $279). Note: app, extra battery and cleaning kit are all included. There are even small pads to put concentrates on so you don’t clutter the room with them. So if you were ever going to spend money on a vaporizer, this one justifies it.
General: Superior, innovative design makes for more than a pretty vaporizer – the Firefly2 manages to eliminate the nagging question that comes with so many vapes, even good ones: “Does it work?”
Available at: www.thefirefly.com