The Firefly 2+ is a portable convection vaporizer made by the company Firefly Vapor. If I had to pick a portable vaporizer based solely on the quality of taste, the Firefly 2 plus would be the one I’d want. The Firefly 2 Plus comes with a few quality upgrades and a lower price than the older Firefly 2.
The downsides are the familiar complaints with older Firefly vaporizer models. I find myself cleaning the unit fairly often. You will need some iso wipes or a bottle of iso and a paper towel to wipe down the unit after a couple of sessions.
I also still need to stir every few hits if I want even extraction which requires a toothpick or stirring tool of sorts. It’s also not the easiest to stir but better than Ghost MV1 which is the main competitor.
Overall the unit is very quick and easy to clean, but you’ll need to stay on top of it for best results.
Other than having to stay on top of the cleaning, I’ve truly enjoyed testing out the Firefly 2+, and I think it is without a doubt, better than the Firefly 2. Time will tell how long the battery holds up, but I think anyone doubting whether or not this is an upgrade will be pleasantly surprised.
The Firefly 2+ NOW ON SALE! It retails for $249 and I recommend picking it up directly from Firefly. Read on below to get my full Firefly 2 Plus vaporizer review.
Size, Portability, and Build Quality:
Size and Portability – Although the Firefly 2 is not the smallest portable vaporizer on the market, it’s sleek and slender enough to fit easily in your pant pocket or shorts. On the flip side, people are going to see you hitting this device. While you can kind of palm the device, you still have to be able to press one of the buttons on the side and bring it to your mouth. It’s about the size of a Nintendo Wii remote but skinnier if that makes sense. It’s also one of the lightest vaporizers and won’t weigh down your pockets.
Build Quality – So far so good with the Firefly+. I love the way that it feels in the hands, the buttons are responsive, the lid secures tightly, and the logo even helps you line up the lid. There’s no funky taste or smells associated with the first couple rips. You can wipe it down with an alcohol pad and throw herb in it immediately which is just nice these days.
APP Info – I have used both the iPhone and Android apps. Pairing the device to the app is quick and painless. It’s easy to change temps, change button activation preferences and check battery life.
They also include some introductory tips as well as instructional videos via the Firefly website. So far no issues with the app and I’ll be biking more with the Firefly 2 plus as the weather gets a little warmer to see how it holds up.
What’s Included + Accessories and Add-Ons:
Included in the Box – You get the Firefly 2 Plus, (1) battery, (1) charging cradle, (1) USB Cable, concentrate pads and the instruction manual. The APP is available for free for both iOS and Android.
Extra Accessories – The first thing I would recommend for heavier users would be an extra battery and the external charger. You can’t use the unit while it’s charging on the cradle, so it’s nice to be able to charge a battery and still be able to use the device. I would also pick up some extra alcohol wipes because you’ll need them over time and it makes cleaning the Firefly 2 Plus that much easier. You can pick up a box of 30 here for $12.
Heating, Vapor Path, and Temp Options:
Heating – The first thing I noticed with the Firefly 2 Plus was the heat up time. It’s honestly one of the fastest heating vaporizers on the market if not THE fastest. I think the average time was right around three seconds. The Firefly 2+ uses dynamic convection heating which doesn’t reach max temp immediately. It will increase temp throughout your draw to ensure you get all of the compounds out of the plant. A lot of other units, especially the conduction vapes, will boil off a lot of the most volatile compounds before you ever take your draw. This technique makes the Firefly 2 Plus one of the best portable vaporizers for full extraction of your dry herb.
Vapor Path – The vapor produced from the Firefly 2+ is very smooth, and the flavor is phenomenal. The borosilicate glass bowl and vapor path create a unique, pure taste unmatched by any competitor in the niche. I do wish they had something other than the plastic mouthpiece though.
Temp Options – The Firefly 2 Plus offers a full temp spectrum via the APP. It’s easy to use, easy to change temps and make quick adjustments. I prefer the lower temps (right around 350-360F), and they tend to produce the best taste. You could also crank up the temp to 420 and rip an entire bowl in 2-3 hits if that’s your thing. The full temp spectrum runs from 200F to 500F. I wouldn’t go much above 420 for flower, but you can crank it up higher if you want to use it for concentrates. The Firefly vaporizers have always been one of my favorites for concentrate use.
Chamber Info and Draw Resistance:
Chamber Info (Bowl Size) – One of the biggest improvements with the Firefly 2+ is the ability to load varying sized bowls. The OG Firefly and the Firefly 2 required a fully packed bowl for good results, and while I still recommend a full bowl for best results, you can load smaller chambers for micro-dosing.
The good thing about the Firefly 2 Plus is that it does use 100% pure convection which means you can take a rip and leave the remaining herb in the bowl for a later session. Most other vaporizers require you to finish the bowl in one session otherwise you’re wasting herb.
A fully packed chamber is on average around .15 grams. I recommend a coarse grind and don’t pack down the herbs. Just let them fall as you load it. Be sure to keep all herbs in the bowl and brush any debris from the lid before closing it.
I’ve got the best results by building up a little mound over the bowl. Again, don’t pack down the herbs. Packing down the bowl will increase draw resistance and make stirring harder after a hit or two. Finer grinds will also increase the amount of cleaning and overall draw resistance but will still work.
Draw Resistance – The Firefly 2+ has increased airflow over the Firefly 2, and while it’s still not as free-flowing as the Ghost MV1, it’s a big improvement over the Firefly 2. You still need to pack the Firefly 2 Plus properly for best results. But I feel like the increased airflow along with the updated heating algorithm has drastically improved the units consistency and ability to get good results without the learning curve associated with the OG Firefly and Firefly 2.
Battery Specs – The Firefly 2 + uses a Lithium Ion 7.4 770mAh 5.7Wh battery which unfortunately is the same battery that’s in the Firefly 2. On the flip side, they have upgraded the firmware which has increased battery life.
The other plus side to the same batteries is that if you do have a Firefly 2 and upgraded to the Firefly 2+, your batteries will work in the new unit and should get better battery life. Using the same battery also means that the charging cradle and external battery charges are interchangeable and will work with both the Firefly 2 and Firefly 2 Plus.
Battery Life – Before the firmware upgrade, I was getting about five bowls on a fully charged battery. I was averaging about 4-6 hits per bowl at around 360-390 degrees Fahrenheit. These results are pretty typical for a brand new Firefly battery. The downside is that over time you will see some battery degradation especially if you don’t follow the battery tips mentioned below.
After the firmware upgrade, I have noticed I get almost an extra two bowls per full battery charge. Trying to kill this vape has actually been a chore. I was on bowl 6 last night, taking 6 hits from each bowl at 390F and I still didn’t kill it. Time will tell how long these batteries hold up.
Charging Times – One nice thing about the Firefly 2 Plus is that the batteries charge very quickly. A dead battery will fully charge in about 45 minutes and will charge to about 80% within the first 20 minutes. Meaning that if you can’t wait for a full charge, you can throw it on for 10-20 minutes and still get in a couple of sessions. This isn’t the best practice to maintain overall battery life but as long as you’re not doing it all the time it shouldn’t hurt it too much. The charging times are one of the best features of this device. Something like the Ghost MV1 takes over 2 hours to fully charge via the charging cradle and almost 8 hours to fully charge via USB. Not to mention the charging cradle and extra battery for the Ghost MV1 will run you an extra $120 if you don’t get the power bundle.
Firefly 2+ Battery Tips: The most important thing is not to store a full battery or completely dead battery for extended periods. So if you plan to let the battery sit unused for a while, try to leave it somewhere around 50% charged. I also recommend alternating batteries to preserve the longevity and labeling them makes it easier to keep track of.
Cleaning and Maintenance:
The cleaning and maintenance is an important category with the Firefly 2+. While the cleaning is very easy and takes less than 60 seconds to fully clean, it’s important to stay up on the cleaning. I recommend immediately clearing out the bowl after you’ve finished with a session when possible and a soft bristle brush works the best for this. You can also use a toothpick. Finer grinds will require more frequent cleaning especially if you leave the herbs in after a session.
I also recommend carrying alcohol wipes with you to wipe down the borosilicate bowl, vapor path, and lid. Again, it takes barely any time to clean the unit, but it’s important to stay on top of it for best results. You can also just keep some ISO and paper towels around the house for quick easy cleaning.
Firefly 2 – Overall the Firefly 2 Plus is a big improvement over the Firefly 2. The increased airflow is easily my favorite aspect of the new unit, and while they have decided to use the same battery, I have noticed a slight increase in overall battery life per full charge with the new firmware upgrade.
The other big change with the Firefly 2 Plus over my Firefly 2 is the consistency. The unit heats up faster, it’s not as finicky about loading types, and the learning curve is pretty much nonexistent other than figuring out how to load the bowl properly. You will still need to stir the bowl after 1-2 hits for best results, but this is pretty much the case with all other pure convection portable units.
If you’re on the fence about whether or not to upgrade, I recommend going for it. You will be pleasantly surprised by the upgraded features. Like I mentioned above, the Firefly 2 Plus is what the Firefly 2 should have been. They have addressed all the main issues I had with the Firefly 2, and I think any skeptics will notice the upgrades within the first couple rips.
Ghost MV1 – While these two units are very similar in taste and vapor production, the Firefly 2+ edges out the Ghost MV1 in overall flavor. I also find the Firefly 2 Plus easier to load, easier to stir and easier to maintain/clean. The Ghost is also the heavier unit of the two and costs quite a bit more if you want to keep up with battery life. Like I mentioned above, the Ghost MV1 takes roughly 8 hours to fully charge via USB. If you want to speed up that process, you have to buy the “Power Bundle” which runs $365. You’ll also need the crucible dispenser which is an extra $30. This brings the total of the Ghost MV1 to $395. You can get the Firefly 2+, charging cradle and extra battery for $310.
The one thing I would consider the Ghost over the Firefly 2+ for would be the overall battery life and ease of use with water pieces. The WPA for the Ghost is easy to use and provides excellent results. The other plus side to the Ghost is the lack of draw resistance. The GHOST MV1 is one of the most free-flowing vaporizers that I have tested. So if you have sensitive lungs or don’t like to pull hard on a vaporizer, the Ghost might be your best bet.
Between these two, I would personally go with the Firefly 2+. I will admit that the Ghost MV1 can put out massive clouds and will probably be better suited for the heavier cloud chasers but if you truly value taste, ease of use and just a better overall experience, I recommend the Firefly 2+.
Pleasantly surprised is how I would describe my reaction to the new Firefly 2 Plus. I was pretty skeptical of the unit when I first heard about it because I’m not a huge fan of slight iterations of products. I thought this was going to be the same thing as the Firefly 2 with a new logo and reduced price, but I was wrong.
The upgrades and lowered price are exactly what the Firefly 2 needed, and I would recommend the Firefly 2+ to anyone that values a higher quality of taste and vapor production. I also recommend it to anyone who likes to take a single rip here and there and doesn’t want to commit to full bowl every single session.
The Firefly 2+ is now on sale for $249 and I recommend picking it up directly from Firefly.
As always, if you have any question about the Firefly 2, 2+, MV1 or any other vaporizer, feel free to leave a comment down below, and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you for taking the time to read my Firefly 2 Plus vaporizer review and have a great day!