We’re only days away from the release of Firefly’s latest iteration, the Firefly 2+, and we’ve been kicking one around for a week and putting it to the test. The air flow is more open than its predecessor, and feels more relaxed at a medium pace. It will still frustrate anyone favoring fast inhales, but it doesn’t force you into a painfully slow draw anymore. Couple that with an $80 price drop, and suddenly we have a connoisseur-level portable vaporizer within reach for more people.
The Firefly 2+ will officially launch on May 28th, and we’ll update this post with news on availability as we learn more.
Firefly 2+ fast facts
- Available May 28
- Price – $249.95
- 200° F – 500° F (105° C – 260° C) via smartphone app, with seven on-board settings
- On-demand convection heating
- Dry herbs and concentrates
- Height 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
- Proprietary, User-replaceable 7.4V Li-Ion Battery
- Two year warranty on workmanship and defects
The Firefly 2+ uses the latest convection heating tech, delivering instant, tasty hits on par with some of the best vaporizers we’ve tried. Its user-replaceable batteries and pocketable form factor keep the vapor flowing everywhere you go. The on-board control scheme favors minimalism, with two touch-sensitive buttons and a single, lighted logo, while the smartphone app will satisfy tech-hungry users looking for the latest features and full temperature controls, and an upcoming update will also add instructional manuals and videos. Firefly claims they’ve increased the airflow by 33% compared to the Firefly 2, with better power management, to go along with the lower price.
Firefly 2 (above, in gold) with the Firefly 2+ (below, in black)
From the outside, the only indication of an improved vaporizer is the lighted logo, an upside down omega, that replaces the plain light on the Firefly 2. The Firefly 2+ uses the same smartphone app, with all the same controls and features as the Firefly 2, so it feels like the same vape, until you hit it. Although Firefly claims a 33% increase in airflow, it feels like more. It’s still far from free-flowing, but it’s a more natural pace that feels more like sipping than sucking.
Like any connoisseur level product, the Firefly 2 Plus needs you to get a few things right for the perfect hit, such as the pack and draw speed. We were fans of the Firefly 2 from the day it came out, even though it came with a very restricted draw, clunky controls, messy stirring, and a top-shelf price point. The control scheme was refined during the Firefly 2’s life-cycle, while the 2+ addresses the air flow and price tag, but it’s still a messy vape to stir. We’ll have more to cover in our full Firefly 2+ review, and by then we’ll know if the updates can bring more people into the fold, or if it’s still better left in the hands of enthusiasts.