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Review: Firefly vape burns well, with some drawbacks

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez |

The Firefly is a top-notch vaporizer, but a few drawbacks set it back from a perfect ranking.

The Firefly is a slim two inches tall and looks like the love child of a 90s Nokia phone and a PT Cruiser. The grids at the end, as well as the bowl, glow orange as you take your shot – reminiscent of a lightning bug glowing in the dark. The bowl is mainly for flowers, not oil, although you can buy small pads to vaporize extracts.

Let’s talk about the positives first. The top of the Firefly is magnetically attached, making it easy to remove and clean. The mouthpiece is wide, a smart touch, allowing you to inhale more evenly than with narrow mouthpieces.

And unlike other herbal vapes that have long heat-up times, the Firefly is ready to light in just a few seconds. I was shocked when I first turned it on and realized it was ready to be swallowed immediately. The hit was smooth and clean, a top flower vape experience.

But, dear reader, this immediate use comes with a price.

The Firefly has a fairly short battery life, although this depends a lot on the nature of your use. When I smoked alone, I found the Firefly lasted for two short sessions before needing to be recharged, and with a group of friends the battery drained quickly. And I’m not sure if it was the battery or the heating element, but the Firefly also gets quite hot to the touch, which sometimes makes me nervous to hold it.

Additional rechargeable batteries are available for about $30 on Firefly’s website, but the original battery life should really last a little longer.

Portability is also an issue. If you have a shoulder bag or handbag with you, you’ll be fine, but it’s not as small and easy to carry in a top pocket as a vape pen. Vape pens are also less noticeable. More than a few passers-by looked at me as I leaned against a wall on Powell Street, puffing at the device the size of a Nokia phone.

The Firefly’s noticeably significant weight (because of the battery) also makes it an unappealing option to put it in your pocket. On the other hand, if you need a heavy blunt weapon, the Firefly will certainly suffice.

Having said all that, the Firefly delivers an extremely smooth vaping experience. If you’re looking for a good home vape, and the nearly $300 price tag doesn’t deter you – go for it. But if you’re looking for something portable, the Firefly’s battery life, heat, and weight should give you a break.

The verdict

Cool Factor: Personally, I love the smooth retro finish. But it’s definitely a love-it or hate-it look.

practical: The Firefly is portable – up to a point. But if you don’t have a backpack, courier bag or handbag with you, you’d better have some hollow pockets.

Affordability: The cost of $269.95 gave us sticker shock. If that’s a hit for you, look elsewhere. But if it’s reasonable on your wallet, the Firefly is an attractive option.

General: If you’re planning to smoke the Firefly at home, it’s a sleek, well-built, and smooth-flowing vaporizer. But if you want to take your vaporizer with you on the go, you might want to think twice about the Firefly.

Score: 3.5/5

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