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.
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 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.