I WAS VERY TAKEN with the first version of the Firefly vaporizer when it first came out. What wasn't to love? It was, by far, the most retro art-deco-style vaporizer ever made. Its solid construction, glass bowl, the ability to handle flower and concentrates, and a full convection heating system made it a solid bet.
And yet the first Firefly had its drawbacks. Its weight made you wonder if it was constructed of dwarf-star matter. The battery could only handle 30 or 40 hits before needing a recharge. Unless you were going through an ill-advised MC Hammer pants revival phase, it was somewhat bulky for most trouser pockets. But the tradeoff of weight and size for a cannabis connoisseur-quality vape was worth it.
The Firefly remained my go-to portable, but I felt there was so much more that could be done with its design. Then I received a Firefly 2, and my concerns vanished like a cloud of vapor.
Spoiler alert: This thing is great.
It's smaller and lighter than the first version. How much? 55 percent lighter and 33 percent smaller.
It goes from zero to 400 degrees Fahrenheit in three seconds. I'm busy, but I have three seconds.
It even has a phone app that allows you to control the temperature remotely, with six presets: 340, 360, 380, 400, 420 degrees, and "concentrates."
There is now an LED light embedded on top of the unit, so you can easily see when the light turns green, alerting you that it's ready for liftoff.
It now has a particulate filter mouthpiece, which is removable if you are all about getting some grit in your high.
You can swap out the cover, which comes in a variety of colors. What with orange being the new black and all.
The battery now lasts longer and recharges faster, giving up to 80 hits off a single charge. Do you actually need more than 80 hits in one session? I'm not your mother, boo. You do you.
I tried to find something about the Firefly 2 that I didn't like. I searched for something about its design that I would change. The only thing I came up with is the price, which is going to be a deal-breaker for some folks: $330. Yes, that's spendy. Yes, a package of rolling papers costs less that two bucks, and they're gonna get you just as stoned.
But this is a high-end tool for vaporizing in a manner that obtains the fullest range of terpenes, especially at lower heat settings. Maybe you have a tax refund coming. Maybe it's time to cash in that pyramid of empty beer cans. If you're looking to elevate your portable vaping experience to one with the utmost ease, taste, and high, the Firefly 2 may be the unit you've been waiting for.