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Firefly 2 Vaporizer Review


Firefly 2 Vaporizer Review [4K Video] ~13:52

The Firefly 2 is the second iteration of the on-demand, dynamic convection, portable vaporizer from Firefly Vapor. Firefly was founded in San Francisco back in 2012. The heat up times on the original Firefly were pretty much game changing and they have made the Firefly 2 heat up even quicker. You can start a session with the FF2 in as little as 3-5 seconds.

firefly 2 vs firefly 1 comparisonThe original Firefly was also fairly low maintenance, but the new unit has some of the lowest upkeep of any of the portables I own at this point. I am also glad to report that my biggest complaints about the original unit like the battery life, overall size & weight have all been addressed. If you’re looking for the cleanest tasting portable convection vaporizer, look no further than the Firefly 2.

Like the original FF, this unit is perfect for someone who is looking for a premium taste with a smooth cool temp. The Firefly 2 has nearly instant on demand heat up which works great for people who like a really quick session or prefer to split bowls into multiple different sessions.

The Firefly 2 retails for $329 and comes with a two-year warranty. I recommend getting it directly from TheFirefly or VapeWorld.

Size, Portability, and Discreetness


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The Firefly 2 is 33% smaller and 55% lighter than the original Firefly. The unit is now very similar in size and weight to the to the Crafty and the Air vaporizers thanks to them switching from a stainless steel body to a magnesium alloy body.

While the FF2 is not the most discreet unit at first glance, its near instant heat up for quick sessions and minimal smell compared to the average portable vaporizer makes it pretty easy to use on the down-low.

Accessories


The Firefly comes with two easily swappable batteries which is really cool since very few vapes come with more than a single battery. The unit also comes with a cleaning kit that includes two plastic toothpick/sword tools, and a great multi sided brush, and a couple isopropyl alcohol wipes. The unit also comes with a usb charging dock, and concentrate pads

Heater and Vapor Path


firefly 2 and firefly 1 mouthpieceThe Firefly 2 uses a 50-watt heater and a borosilicate glass bowl. The Firefly 2 offers six different heat settings. Five settings for dry herbs and one setting for concentrates. The FF2 will reach 400F (204C) in three seconds and 420F (215C) in five seconds.

The glass bowl transfers very little heat. I can literally place my finger in the chamber (touching the glass side and the metal bottom), set it to concentrate temp (500F or 260C) and hold the trigger down for nearly 10 seconds before my finger starts to get warm. This is why this unit is so efficient at breaking single bowls into multiple sessions because it only heats the herbs while you are drawing.

The Firefly2 uses 55 hole pattern in the bottom of the bowl and larger air intakes compared to the original unit for increased airflow. However, like the original, the new Firefly 2 faintly glows when it first ramps up to temp which looks pretty cool. You can also cover the glow with your hand pretty easily if your were trying to use it discreetly in the dark.

iOS and Android Application


The Firefly 2 uses an application available for both iOS and Android which connects to the Firefly 2 via Bluetooth. With the app, you can change the temperatures, check battery life, and change a couple different settings on the unit.

The Firefly 2 has 5 temperature settings for dry herb 340, 360, 380, 400, 420 Fahrenheit (171, 182, 193, 204, 215 Celcius) and one setting for concentrates 500F or 260C.

Cleaning and Maintenance


firefly 1 and firefly 2 chamber comparisonThe Firefly 2 is actually one of the easiest vapes I have to clean. It can go long intervals in-between cleanings without any performance loss but will get some buildup on the window. There is no screen in the bowl to replace or clean. You basically just take a paper towel with some ISO propyl alcohol on it and wipe out the bowl.

Next, wipe down the vapor path on both the body and the lid and boom, you are done. Altogether I am usually done cleaning in under a minute.

I was able to vape 26 bowls before I noticed any performance degradation. The buildup on the lid caused the unit to not fully seal but a quick wipe down had it good as new.

Firefly 2 Battery Specs


The battery life on the original Firefly was definitely the biggest drawback. Not only did the FF1 have the shortest battery life per charge, but it also had manufacturing quality problems which caused a percentage of the batteries to degrade faster than they should have. With the new Firefly 2, they have drastically improved heating efficiency and Firefly Vapor says they have the improved battery life by over 100%. In my testing, I was trying to take every draw to the max length (30 seconds), and I tested at 420f to keep a consistent setup.

I have been getting 6 bowls per charge for dry herb, and each bowl is usually getting 6-8 draws for a total of about 35-45 ~25-30 second draws. With concentrates the battery life is reduced a bit.

Overall, I get a good amount of bowls per charge, and the unit comes with 2 easily swappable batteries so I’m quite happy with the battery situation. The icing on the cake is that the batteries charge in roughly 45-50 minutes and they hit 80% charge in the first 20 minutes. They can also be charged in the original Firefly external charger.

Firefly 2 Review Summary


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Over the last month of testing I have really grown to love this vaporizer. My favorite parts about the unit are the amazing flavor and cool vapor. It’s really enjoyable to use and efficient with my herbs.

It does require a bit of practice and technique to get the best results but one the plus side it requires almost no cleaning or maintenance.

For people who like to use concentrates as well as dry herbs, this has become my favorite unit for concentrates. The 500F concentrate temp not only gives amazing flavor but very potent draws. My biggest complaint, which is still pretty minor is that it needs stirred or mixed up for the absolute best results and most even AVB. If you don’t pack it too tight you can generally tap the bowl against your hand to mix/stir it up.

If you are interested in the Firefly 2 you can pre-order it directly from FireflyVapor or pick it up from VapeWorld. Sometimes VapeWorld will run a sale or throw in a gift so it’s best to just check out both places and weigh your options.

Thank you for checking out my Firefly 2 vape review and if you have any questions, comments or concerns please leave them below.

 


Video Transcript:

Introduction:

Hey guys Buzz here with vaporizerwizard.com and today I will be reviewing the Firefly 2 vaporizer by Firefly Vapor. The Firefly 2 is a great improvement over the original Firefly which was released back in late 2014. The Firefly 1 was one of my favorite vaporizers when it came out with its great flavor and near on demand convection heating. But the battery life was shorter than average, the stainless steel design weighed over 250 grams, and the original Firefly required a few practice sessions under your belt to get the best results.

I’m very happy to report that Firefly Vapor has addressed all of those issues with the new Firefly 2. It’s 33% smaller, 55% lighter and provides much, much better battery life. I’ve been averaging between 5-6 bowls on a full charge and the heater is much more responsive due to the new design of the unit. I’m able to get much quicker hits without the need for a pre-heats and the Firefly 2 has become my favorite dry herb vaporizers to use with concentrates.

The Firefly 2 was improved from all angles, but the changes that stand out the most to me are the improved overall ease of use, and the battery life increase. It’s very easy to get smooth, tasty vapor now and the new Firefly app lets you easily fine tune temps. I am also really pleased that battery life has been doubled per charge, and they even included a second battery.

At the time of this video, the Firefly 2 is currently on pre-order for $329 and units are expected to ship towards the end of May. So keep in mind that these delivery times are just an estimate. You can click below in the about section where it says full review to get all the current shipping updates, price changes and product updates on the Firefly 2.

So in this Firefly 2 vaporizer review I’ll go over the new features, show you how to use the vape and set up the app. I’ll go over my pros/cons, demo the unit, show you how to clean it, and lastly, compare the Firefly 2 to the original and some other popular portable vaporizers.

So let’s jump into the Firefly 2 vaporizer review.

Firefly 2 review:

So here is the Firefly 2 vaporizer. Like I previously mentioned this unit is quite a bit smaller than the original Firefly. It’s also much, much lighter. We’re talking over 100 grams lighter. The Firefly 2 fits nicely in the hands and the buttons are easy to reach and operate. The new design uses a magnesium alloy body and features a glass lined vapor path.

Included:

So let’s jump into what comes with the Firefly 2, First you get the Firefly 2 itself, the new charging dock, a USB 3.0 Cable, not one but two rechargeable batteries, three concentrate pads and a cleaning kit. The one thing I would consider picking up is the external charger, that way you can be charging your second battery while you are using the FF2.

Specs:

The Firefly 2 is a slimmed down, more efficient version of the original Firefly. While the heater itself still draws up to 50 watts of power, it has been redesigned to be more reliable, and more efficient. The body’s main material was switched from aluminum, to magnesium alloy and it provides a couple of big advantages. The first advantage is that magnesium is roughly 34% lighter than aluminum. Second, the Firefly 2 now has less thermal conductivity or heat transfer, meaning the heat stays where it is supposed to and the outside of the unit will stay cooler during use. Lastly, the entire vapor path except for the removable mouthpiece is lined with the same sturdy Gorilla Glass found in most smart phones today. This provides a nice clean flavor, along with very easy cleaning.

The exact dimensions of the Firefly 2 are 5.1 inches tall by 1.4 inches wide by .96 inches deep. By comparison the original Firefly is 5.5 inches tall by 2 inches wide and .85 inches deep. So the unit is smaller and not quite as wide but a smidgen thicker. The first thing you notice between the first and second firefly is the huge weight difference. The use of Magnesium Alloy over aluminum and stainless steel cut the weight of the Firefly 2 roughly in half. The Firefly 2 weighs around 141 grams which is about average for a portable vaporizer.

For reference the Titanium Grasshopper weighs only 55 grams, the Pax 2 weighs roughly 90 grams, the Crafty is about 136 grams, the original Firefly is 240, the Mighty comes in at 230, and the Haze v3 is about 190. So the Firefly 2 is very easy to pocket on the go.

The Firefly 2 changed up the buttons a bit by removing the power switch and using two “dual capacitive touch sensors” on each side of the unit. You can set the heat trigger via the APP to just left, just the right, or both buttons combined to activate the heater and begin your session. The buttons are only activated by your fingers which work nicely for storage in backpacks or purses and there’s no need to worry about the heater coming on accidentally.

How to use, temp spectrum:

So let’s jump into how to use the Firefly 2 and go over the temp spectrum. So first things first, I have a full charged battery already in the unit but I’ll show you how to remove it and place it back in the unit. So first place your thumb on the arrow at the bottom by the mouthpiece, press down and push up. Now we have access to the battery. Remove the battery by placing your finger under the lip at the top and pull it out. Very easy to remove and replace. To get it back in, just seat the battery in the bottom of the compartment and press down.

The lid is kind of finicky and really the biggest downfall to the unit in my opinion but it in no way effect’s the unit’s performance. Start the lid up from the bottom a bit and then slide it into place. From here, just make sure that all corners are flush and snapped in.

Next you can remove the mouthpiece by wiggling side to side as you are pulling and it will come out. Then to get it back in, just line up the notch on the bottom and apply pressure to lock it back in place. Realistically I don’t remove the mouthpiece outside of a full cleaning and I don’t need to do that too often with this unit. Since the mouthpiece is removable, I am excited to see both what Firefly Vapor themselves and third party vendors come up with. Hopefully a water pipe adapter mouthpiece is coming soon!

Next we jump into the APP. The APP allows you the pair your smart phone via Bluetooth with your Firefly 2. You can check information like battery life, change your heating profile, change the heating activation button, and get current device information. So first thing you’ll need to do is pair your unit with your smart phone. Once connected, we can change the heater profile to our preferred temperature and set the buttons we want to activate the heating chamber.

So to pair your unit, first make sure your phones Bluetooth is on and then click “connect device”. From here select the unit that appears, you should have a connect button to click on. Once the device successfully pairs with the phone, the LED on top of the Firefly 2 will blink blue multiple times.
Now we can see the battery life and our current settings.

Let’s jump into heating profile. The Firefly 2 has 6 different heat settings that can be easily changed via the Firefly app. The first five temps range from 340 to 420 degrees Fahrenheit or 171 to 215 degrees Celsius. These temps are represented by the names low, medium low, medium, medium high and high. Each setting is a 20 degree Fahrenheit or 11 degree Celsius interval. The sixth setting is reserved for concentrates and will hit 500 degrees Fahrenheit or 260 degrees Celsius in less than 10 seconds. The new efficient design allows the unit to be much more responsive for heat up times and also much better at maintaining the proper heat setting during your session.

I’ll jump into the vape demo soon so we’ll bump the temp up to the “high” setting which is 420 degrees Fahrenheit. The Firefly 2 will blink red 5 times acknowledging that it received the temp change and it’s ready to go when you are.

Remember that the Firefly 2 doesn’t have a power button. It’s always in a constant standby mode and will immediately activate once you press your preferred button. To set this up, click on the activation tab and select Left, Right, Both or Either. My preferred method is both just so I’m not accidently turning it on while loading or emptying.

So now that we know how to use the unit and set it up, let’s go over grind types, how to load it and draw resistance.

Grind Type:

My preferred grind type is a coarser grind provided by the Santa Cruz shredder. But any standard 4 piece grinder like this Space Case will work solid as well. I’ve found that a really find grind from grinders like MFLB finishing grinder tends to create more draw resistance and increased cleaning duties.

The Firefly 2 is very easy to load and unload. I’ve found the Firefly 2 works pretty well with varying load sizes as long as you fill the bowl at least halfway. My preferred chamber size would be about .1 grams and load it fairly loosely so you can stir up the herbs a bit after a couple draws. I recommend a light tap against your hand to mix up the bowl a bit, or actually open the top up stir it completely.

Heater/Chamber:

The Firefly 2 uses a glass bowl, glass vapor path and a removable plastic mouthpiece. The newly designed mouthpiece also includes a little screen to keep from getting snacks in your mouth. While I have not had any problems or off flavors from the plastic mouthpiece, I would prefer another material so I am hoping some new mouthpieces become available down the road.

The heater is one of the biggest improvements over the original unit. The Firefly 2 heats up much faster and delivers more consistent temps while using less power. The new heater is also designed to be sturdier and more reliable than the Firefly 1 heater. Battery life still varies a bit based on your herbs, temp settings, and loading techniques but for me it works out to double the battery life.

Batteries, Battery Life, Charge Time, Charging Options, External Charger, Extra Battery Costs, Battery warranty info:

The Firefly 2 comes with two internal rechargeable batteries. The exact specs are the same as the original Firefly (7.4v 770mah 5.7Wh) but they changed manufacturers, and combined with the heater and material changes they are lasting much longer. 80 % of the battery is charged within the first 20 minutes and complete charging times have ranged from 50-90 minutes depending on how dead the battery is and what type of USB port I am plugged into.

Now I definitely recommend considering the external charger for the Firefly 2 if you are a heavy user. The unit comes with 2 rechargeable batteries but you have to charge the batteries inside the unit on the charging dock. So if you want to use the unit, you can’t be charging your other battery unless you have the external. If you want to charge the FF2 on the go with a battery, you will need to use a rubber band or hair tie to hold the unit on the doc.

Accessories, color options, glass compatibility:

The Firefly 2 is currently available in Blue, Gold, Black, White, and Red. I’m using the Black model for this review and it’s kind of like a dark charcoal color more than straight black. This model was provided by Firefly vapor so if I purchasing one for myself, I would probably go with the Blue, Red or White. Then again the black is definitely less flashy than the rest of the colors so keep that in mind if you’re looking to avoid possibly standing out in a crowd.

Cleaning/Maintenance/Warranty Info:

So far the Firefly 2 is one of the easiest vapes to clean that I have tested. Not only is cleaning very quick and easy, but it doesn’t need to be done that often. The one thing that gets dirty reasonably fast is the window, but it is only cosmetic and does not affect performance. I can’t recommend these vipes enough for cleaning. For a complete cleaning just open up the unit and brush out any herbs left in the chamber. Grab a Vipe and wipe down the chamber, vapor path, and the glass on the lid.

Occasionally you will have to pop out the mouthpiece and blow or clean out the small screen but I have only had to do that a couple times since getting the unit. I do recommend letting the unit completely cool down before you wipe down anything with liquids and always clean the unit with the bowl facing down just in case you get an excess of liquids in the chamber. Lastly, give the unit time to air out before using it again.

I would say that I average doing a full wipe down about every 10 sessions just too clean out the window and get the unit looking sharp again. I can make it 20+ sessions before I notice any drop in performance, but I tend to stay on top of it along the way since the cleaning is so quick and easy.

The Firefly 2 comes with a 2 year warranty. Two years is still a solid warranty length for a portable vaporizer but less than I would prefer for a premium priced unit. The Crafty and the Mighty also have 2 year warranties, but the Pax 2 has a 10 year warranty, and the Grasshopper comes with a lifetime warranty.

So now that we’ve covered pretty much everything about the Firefly 2, let’s jump into the vape session.

Vape Session:

So first things first, the Firefly 2 comes with 5 different settings for herbs and one for concentrates. I will be using the “High” heat setting which is the highest temp for dry herbs because this is the demo. I prefer to start out at medium and then often work my way up as I go through the session. The lower temps really have amazing flavor and smooth clouds but sometimes I really like to rip a bowl and the Firefly 2 can definitely do that as well.

The Firefly 2 has very little draw resistance and the heater is powerful enough to keep up with aggressive draws. I have noticed that a slow steady draw tends to produce the most consistent results and a quick stir or two during your session will help get the most out of your herbs. So now let’s go ahead and jump into my pros and cons.

Pros/Cons:

So the first and biggest pro of the Firefly 2 is the vapor quality. The smoothness and flavor is second to none and the added temps give you a lot more control over your sessions. You now have 6 temps total, 5 for dry herbs and 1 for concentrates.

Next is the heat up time and the on demand convection heating. After pressing the heat button, you are ready to vape in less than 10 seconds and you can completely finish a session before most portable vaporizers finish pre-heating. The convection heating allows you to split a bowl into multiple sessions because the herbs are only being heated when you are drawing.

The Firefly 2 is much smaller than the original Firefly and about average when compared to other popular portable vaporizers. The Pax 2 and Grasshopper will still be easier to conceal but the Firefly 2 can still fit easily in your pockets.

The Firefly 2 is also much easier to use overall. It’s not as finicky as the original when it comes to loading and the new design allows it to be much more consistent with temps.
Next the Firefly 2 is currently the easiest portable vaporizer to clean. You can literally clean the entire unit in less than 30 seconds and I can get over 20 sessions without having to wipe down the vapor path.

The extra battery is the icing on the cake and not only do you get an extra one, but the batteries themselves last about twice as long as the originals due to the new design of the Firefly 2. They are still the same batteries but the entire unit is that much more efficient at reaching temps and maintaining them.

So this takes us into our first con. Straight out of the box, there’s no way to charge the extra battery. The only way to charge the batteries is within the unit on the charging dock. So I’m hoping that they will release the external charger for the Firefly 2 fairly soon and I will update this review with an annotation when that happens.

Next con is the charging dock. There’s no way to lock or secure the Firefly 2 to the charging dock. Now this isn’t a problem if you never plan to charge the Firefly 2 outside of the house but if you needed to charge out on the go, you will need to use a rubber band or a hair tie to hold the unit in place.

Next is the plastic mouthpiece. Everything is glass except for the mouthpiece so hopefully we will see some third party accessories soon for the Firefly 2.

The Battery cover leaves something to be desired. It feels extremely cheap but it does its job without any problems so far.
You only get a 2 year manufacturer warranty with the Firefly 2. Even the first Firefly had a three year.
And lastly the Firefly 2 does require a bit of stirring to get the best results and finish up a session.
Vapor Quality (Flavor/Smoothness), Heat up time, on demand convection, much smaller/lighter, ease of use (much easier to use/load), cleaning/maintenance, spare battery super clutch, vapor quality, concentrates and dry herbs, 6 temp options including one for concentrates, good battery life
No way to charge extra battery, 2 year warranty, possible to accidentally hit buttons when loading, Firefly 2 doesn’t secure/lock to the charging dock, plastic mouthpiece and battery cover, need to stir for optimal best results

Summary:

Overall the Firefly 2 is a HUGE improvement over the original. They kept all of the things that made the original Firefly great and improved on all of the downsides. The streamlined designed makes the unit much more portable and helps the unit be that much more efficient overall. The first thing you’ll notice is the reduced weight and that’s a huge plus in the portable vaporizer category. I also really like the improved consistency and ease of use with the new unit.

For more information on the Firefly 2, you can check out my full review below in the about section with more photos and my overall score.

As always thanks for watching and if you found this video helpful or would to see more videos, go ahead and hit that subscribe button and give this video a like. If you have any questions about the Firefly 2 or any other vaporizer, feel free to hit me up in the comments section or contact me on my website, vaporizerwizard.com. Take it easy and have a great day.

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9.3
Overall Score
Firefly 2 Vaporizer Review

The smoothest and best tasting vapor quality and currently my favorite dry herb vaporizer for concentrates. Heats up in as little 5 seconds with very little cleaning and maintenance.

140 Comments

  • Cannamelier says: March 1, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Nice write up! I haven’t had it in my hands yet!

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    • Buzz Danklin says: March 1, 2016 at 5:27 pm

      Thanks man, hopefully you get one soon! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

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      • ken sukhdev says: January 18, 2017 at 2:03 pm

        are you serious?? i was really considering this. any update, did you try a different technique yet

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      • David Harland says: January 21, 2017 at 12:32 am

        Your obviously doing something wrong

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      • Buzz Danklin says: January 30, 2017 at 1:35 pm

        In my experience, and I’ve been using mine for almost two years now, you don’t need to stir after every draw and you don’t need to clean the bowl after every session. For me, the Firefly is one of the easiest vaporizers to clean as I just wipe it down with a small amount of ISO and a paper towel.

        It does, however, require more technique than most vaporizers and does best with an average grind/full pack. I’ve never combusted with my firefly nor has it overheated. The Firefly 2 is heavily dependent upon your draw and how hard or how little you pull during your draw. It’s not the easiest to use but once you do get the technique down, it’s one of the most rewarding portable vaporizers to use.

        The battery life is also pretty impressive but it does suck you have to charge the batteries within the unit on the charging dock. Firefly is supposed to be working on an external charging dock which will allow you charge the batteries externally but I haven’t heard anything lately. I will check with Firefly to see what the progress is on the external charger.

        The other thing about the Firefly 2 battery is that it full charges in 45 minutes and 75% of the battery will charge in the first 15-20 minutes. So you still have lots of functionality with the battery plus you get two of them.

        I understand your upset and I value your opinion but my experiences with the Firefly 2 have been quite a bit different.

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        • Steve says: August 1, 2017 at 1:46 pm

          I loved my new ff2. Excellent taste and extraction. Batteries crapping out was a bit of a hassle but they gave you 2. They both are needed. The stirring and cleaning were what I was expecting. I used it daily for 7 months, then the batteries stopped taking a charge. I complained to the manufacturer and was told that I should expect to replace the batteries every 5 to 7 months. At $60 for two every 5 months, I bailed on this lux item.

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          • Buzz Danklin says: August 1, 2017 at 4:01 pm

            That’s shitty. What are you going to do with your Firefly 2 now? Did you buy it directly from firefly or another distributor? When did you contact Firefly?

    • siggi says: April 18, 2017 at 5:32 am

      i dont get it how you could rate this piece of **** that high.
      i own many vapes like you and i agree most of your reviews but this time not.
      i hate my ff2
      the battery dies way to fast, the position you need to hold it is shit, the buttons are shit, also the draw resistance is shit and it does not vape evenly always a darker spot at the bottom, then the herbs get sucked against the glass so it gets milky after 3 bowls and you do not see the herbs anymore, loading the bowl is shitty and putting back the cover sucks sometimes you think its closed but there is a tiny little gasp which draws air….
      the glass vaporway gets gunked up fast and smells heavy dont know why maybe more surface or its the glass gassing of the smell faster….
      and with concentrate the battery life is even more terrible.

      i love my pax3, mighty and lily they are my favorites for on the go…

      greetz and keep on the good work

      its just my opinion
      ya know opinions are like…

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      • Buzz Danklin says: April 20, 2017 at 1:14 pm

        Definitely appreciate your opinion mate. Thanks for sharing your side of things. The Firefly is not the easiest vaporizer to master but it sounds like maybe you had a defective one from the start. Are you still using it or have you moved on? I use my Firefly 2 most at home these days and I’ve had nothing but good experiences with it. We used the Firefly 2 pretty much exclusively for concentrates while we were in vegas and it was superb.

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      • Bo says: October 13, 2017 at 6:54 pm

        Siggi,
        Thanks for your info……….very useful…………makes me wonder about The Wizard……….I`m south of the big river………been here for decades………..No place it………………Live and let Live…………….(and be careful,always).

        Good luck and Life Siggi…………
        bo

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  • Sally says: March 1, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    I love you

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  • Isaac says: March 1, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    How would you compare it to the grasshopper?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: March 1, 2016 at 11:46 pm

      Compared to the Grasshopper it has tastier, smoother, and overall more enjoyable vapor, but it’s larger, heavier, and more expensive. I really love both vapes.

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  • Gampo says: March 2, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Howdy Buzz Danklin!

    First of all, awesome review! Definitely appreciate all the time and effort you’ve put into the process– the comparison pics are also pretty rad!

    Only one thing is missing that I think a lot of people would probably appreciate (maybe add it to your article on the site?) and that’s a direct comparison of it to the crafty and pax 2, which are obviously the (previously?) best portable vape (and the Mighty, yeah), and the best selling/more popular portable vape.

    My roommate owns a crafty and I have a volcano, so I do have that benchmark for quality expectations. However after seeing his crafty already needing to be warrantied, I was attracted to the true portability and discreteness of the pax2– that is I could walk down the street even during broad daylight and enjoy the vape. Could you expand a bit on its quality as a direct comparison to the crafty and the pax 2, and for that matter, the crafty’s vapor quality?

    I also plan on vaping solo and in groups about equally, so that’s definitely something to consider. A repack or two never hurt anyone, that’s for sure, but how have you felt about using the Firefly 2 in groups? I feel like it’s insane efficiency via the pure convection heating may actually allow it to work better in group since the herb is only being heated when the user wants it to be, but this is something I obviously can only speculate haha.

    And one last thing! How would you say the AVB quality is? I know with the crafty and the Mighty, we’ve been able to enjoy really even, really high AVB quality which we can then combust, re-vape, or even use in edibles. How would you rate the Firefly 2 in this department?

    Thanks so much, take it easy brotha!

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    • Buzz Danklin says: April 13, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      I appreciate the kind words and I apologize for letting this comment slip through the cracks without a reply for a while.

      I intentionally did not compare the units too heavily to the Crafty/Mighty and the Pax 2 because I planned to write some full comparison articles and videos between the units, however I am unfortunately behind and have not gotten them out.

      I cannot compare the reliability of the FF2 to the Pax2 and the Crafty/Mighty since it is so new, but you will get the best flavor, and the smoothest and coolest vapor from the Firefly 2, followed by the Crafty/Mighty followed by the Pax 2. If you care a lot about overall vapor quality and especially flavor then you will really appreciate the Firefly 2 even after coming from some of my very favorite units (Volcano and Crafty). As far as reliability goes, the Crafty seems to be about average or slightly under, the Mighty is about average or slightly over, and the Pax 2 is probably the most reliable portable vape.

      The Firefly 2 is a pretty fast extracting vape so it is a bit different in groups than the Crafty/Mighty because you can generally finish a bowl in 4-8 draws with the Firefly 2, so you will definitely be repacking with more than a couple people. The Pax 2 does even better than the Crafty/Mighty in groups because the bowl is larger, and it doesn’t extract the herbs as quick so you can just keep passing it around easily. On the flip side, the Firefly 2 does the best for solo use, the Crafty/Mighty are in the middle and the Pax 2 is the worst of those units for solo use (although if you pick up a newvape paxpusher it works well solo)

      As far as AVB goes, the Volcano and the Crafty/Mighty basically set the standard for completely even AVB, although the AVB tends to be weak since its so thoroughly extracted. With the Firefly 2 the AVB will not be quite as even, parts of it will be a bit darker, and parts of it will be a bit lighter. Like the Volcano and Crafty the AVB is pretty thoroughly extracted so it won’t be terribly potent for edibles.

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  • Rob Brub says: March 4, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Great review, I need to get one of these.

    I’m with Gampo; a comparison against the crafty would be great! Also nice comparison pic, helped me visialize the size better.

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  • Brian says: March 7, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Hey Buzz.

    Thanks for the review. Can you give the physical dimensions of the unit? I have one on order and am looking for something to carry / protect it.

    Thanks!

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    • Buzz Danklin says: March 31, 2016 at 10:44 am

      Hey Brian, I got 5.1 inches tall, 1.4 inches wide by .96 inches deep. That’s standing the unit on the mouthpiece.

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  • Niko Kush says: March 10, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Can you compare this unit to Haze v3?
    I’m stuck on the fence between the two.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: March 19, 2016 at 11:40 am

      The largest difference is that the Haze V3 is a conduction session unit (even the ‘convection’ screens are still mostly conduction) So with the Haze you will heat up your bowl, and its best to finish it all at once. Since the Firefly 2 is convection and on demand you will get better flavor, and you can also break a bowl into multiple sessions. So I could load it, take 2 rips, then set it down for 15 minutes, take another rip, set it down for a day, and then finally finish the bowl. I prefer the Firefly 2 in basically every aspect, except for the Haze has a longer warranty, and the Haze requires no technique, the Firefly 2 will take a bit of technique/practice at first to get the very best results.

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  • Willow says: March 12, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Just wondering if this would be the best option for someone who tends to take a toke off the pipe once in a while over the course of a day. I usually grind my herbs fine and just place a small amount in the bowl for a one hitter. I’d like to invest in a vaporizer that is good for this type of usage. The Firefly 2 seems like a good option. Any other suggestions or vapes I should be looking at that would suit this usage style well?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: March 19, 2016 at 11:36 am

      The Firefly 2 is my favorite vape for this type of usage. You can break a single bowl into multiple sessions throughout the day without wasting any of it during heat-ups and cool-downs like you do with most other units. The FF2 also does a great job of preserving flavor when using the same bowl for multiple sessions, so when you come back for your second or third session it will still taste good and be enjoyable.

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      • Willow says: June 3, 2016 at 10:52 pm

        Thanks Buzz, as a new vape user I’m not sure I’m doing it right. Any suggestions on technique? It seems pretty straight forward but the experience is similar to the experience I had years ago where it wasn’t that great and I just stuck with the pipe. I don’t get any clouds, occasionally a light mist. I get the flavor but it doesn’t seem to be getting the job done. Suggestions?

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    • MauiMedicine says: June 4, 2016 at 1:44 am

      If you go with the FF2, be careful not to grind up flowers too fine. It can make its way out of the bowl and along the airway. The directions state to break it up with your fingers and I paid the price for missing that info. I use my FF2 mostly for concentrates, and I use a plenty for flowers, but the flavor from the FF2 is better than the plenty when using flowers.

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  • Nevets says: March 15, 2016 at 3:02 am

    Nice review, I really like the FireFly 2 but i’m wondering about its draw resistance.
    I prefer vapes without too much draw resistance and was wondering whether the firefly 2’s was bothersome like the original PAX was for me

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    • Buzz Danklin says: March 19, 2016 at 11:33 am

      The draw resistance on the FF2 is a bit interesting, if you draw slow is has minimal resistance, but as you pull faster it starts to give you resistance. So I personally just take longer slow draws, and I have no problems with the resistance. It has less draw resistance than the first Firefly, as well as the Pax, but it definitely still has resistance if you try to pull hard.

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      • Hendocat says: April 11, 2016 at 12:59 am

        It sounds similar to the Magic Flight Launch Box in that regard. Would that be a similar comparison? Cheers!

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        • Buzz Danklin says: April 13, 2016 at 9:50 pm

          You are correct, it is sort of similar, however the Firefly 2 is larger, heavier and more expensive but it is improved in basically every other way. The largest difference is that the FF2 limits the maximum temperature to whatever the app is set at (340f-420f or 171c-215c), so the heating is much more consistent than the MFLB, you just hold down the button the whole time without worry of overcooking. The vapor flavor, smoothness, and temperature are all basically as good as it gets on the Firefly 2.

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  • roberta says: March 25, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    does the different temperature setting only work if you have the app? What temp settings does it have without the app? Thank you for all your reviews you are very thorough!

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    • Buzz Danklin says: March 31, 2016 at 10:36 am

      You do need the app to change temperature settings. Unfortunately I do not remember what the starting temp was on when I first got it. I will try to find out and report back

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  • Gaus says: March 30, 2016 at 2:18 am

    Hey Buzz

    Love your reviews, the one thing i am trying to find a portable vape with the coolest vapour and a direct path from herb to mouth.
    As i have a medical condition that has given me a very sensitive throat, all the other features of FF2 tick my requirements.
    Cheers
    Gaus

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    • Buzz Danklin says: March 31, 2016 at 10:33 am

      I think the FF2 is the perfect vape. Very little draw resistance and the flavor/vapor is sooo smooth and cool. I would also check out the Crafty but the battery is NOT quite as good as the new FF2. The reason I suggest the Crafty is because it’s one of the most free flowing vaporizers currently on the market and it also offers VERY cool and smooth vapor. The difference is that the FF2 can stop in between a session and save those herbs in the chamber for later whereas with the Crafty, once you start a session, you’re usually going to want to finish it for best efficiency.

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  • Joe says: April 1, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Please reply Buzz I need help making this decision! I love your reviews but I am torn between the crafty, the plenty, and the firefly v2. The qualities I am looking for is something I can pick up and use here and there and not feel obligated to finish it it, something that is easy on my throat and heated in the healthiest way, something that has a lot of flavor and is easy to use. Which do you think of the three would be the best? I would like your opinion on this matter. It would be primarily used for dry herb.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: April 1, 2016 at 6:11 pm

      Hey Joe,
      The Plenty is not the best vape for vaping partial bowls, and while I do really enjoy using the Plenty, it is an herb-hog. Between the Crafty and the FF2, the Crafty is going to be a bit easier to use, but like the Plenty it is also best to just finish the bowl in a single session. The Firefly 2 is everything you are looking for except it does require a slight bit of technique and practice, but it works amazing for splitting a bowl into multiple sessions, and it has very smooth and tasty vapor. The Firefly 2 also comes with 2 batteries and they are replaceable which is big advantage over the Crafty. If you do ever happen to use concentrates, the Firefly2 also happens to be the best in that situation as well.

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      • Joe says: April 3, 2016 at 1:16 pm

        Thank you so much for your reply. The firefly V2 it is!

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  • Joe says: April 3, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Oh I doubt you have any but do you have a promo code or anything I can use when preordering it to get it cheaper? Figured I would see if they gave you one for marketing purposes.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: April 24, 2016 at 7:31 pm

      There are no promo codes yet, but I will definitely post them if/when I ever find any!

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  • Ravi says: April 4, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    Hey. I really appreciate your reviews and dig your site. I’m torn between getting the mighty or now the firefly 2. any thoughts on which you would lean more towards?

    Thanks so much

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    • Buzz Danklin says: April 5, 2016 at 3:52 pm

      Firefly 2 has replaceable batteries and it’s a convection vaporizer meaning you could take draws here and there without having to vape the entire bowl in one session. I really like the free flowing vapor path on the Mighty and the on vape temp buttons/full temp spectrum. Really it just comes down to the style of sessions you prefer. Do you want to session a vape for 10 minutes (mighty) or do you want to take a quick draw and get back to your business(Firefly). Firefly has a bit better flavor and vapor quality as well. Let me know if you have any more questions.

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      • Sam says: October 11, 2016 at 7:30 am

        Hi Buzz, have gone through the entire review and your review of other vapes. It’s narrowing down to Crafty, Pax 2 and Firefly 2, leaning towards the latter. More of a dry herb user and occasionally hash. Generally I smoke solo, say an entire joint but at my own pace, maybe an hour or two, while staring at the night sky (we all have our unique ways of enjoying plants!). So it seems FF2 is the best way to go. But is that what this vape is ideally suited for? Would the battery be depleted within this time or does it actually only release power with each drag to fire up the oven? Am I wasting the FF2 when it’s used in this manner since it doesn’t seem to be a session vape like the Crafty, yet looks perfectly fine to be used as such? Don’t want to spoil the dang thing by misusing it. Thanks bro, and keep the good work up! Loving all your reviews.

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        • Buzz Danklin says: November 16, 2016 at 5:20 pm

          I really like the Crafty because of the smooth, cool, free-flowing vapor. The Firefly 2 has better taste because of the convection heating system but it’s not quite as enjoyable to use in the scenario you just described to me. If you are familiar with a joint, the Crafty is pretty much a direct replacement. The sessions will last about the same length, around 15 draws total. The Firefly 2 can definitely be used in that scenario as well but works best if you just wanted a couple puffs and not vape the entire chamber. The Firefly 2 also extracts the compounds from the herb much quicker. You can vape an entire Firefly 2 bowl in 5 hits (depending on temp, pack type and type of dry herb) if you rip it for the full 30 seconds each time. If you wanted the purest taste/flavor I would go with the Firefly 2. If you wanted the most enjoyable session for the scenario you just described, my choice would be the Crafty.

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  • Brad says: April 6, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Hey man, thanks for the great review! when you say FF2 has become ur favorite vape for concentrates, do you mean favorite among other “flower vapes” or among all vapes including the ones just meant for concentrates. Thanks again!

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    • Buzz Danklin says: April 6, 2016 at 5:43 pm

      Thanks Brad! It’s my favorite among dry herb vaporizers that can do concentrates.

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  • Gambit says: April 8, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    Can you talk about toxicity?

    A few things that concern me:

    -quicksilver finish? What kind of Fi ish is that? Is it actual silver?

    -Magnesium Alloy in place of a solid Stainless Steel like the FF1 which I personally love it feels like quality

    -Boroscillate glass bowl? But with a metal bottom of the bowl? What kind of metal?

    Most importantly:

    -Plastic Moutpiece with Rubber and silicone? Is there any heat transferring to the mountpiece? Is it even safe to have high grade plastic or rubber or silicone like that?

    I get that it is “Food” Grade, but that just means from a eating off of it standpoint, not inhaling.

    Can you comment on any or all of this? Love your reviews!

    Haven’t heard from Vape Critic and I asked him weeks ago, hopefully you’re much more responsive

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    • Buzz Danklin says: April 13, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      Hey Gambit,

      I am not sure what you mean quicksilver finish. The new chassis is a magnesium alloy like you mentioned and the actual vapor path is lined with gorilla glass. While the old unit did have more of a solid feel because of the weight, the new unit feels much nicer in my pocket and it’s easier to carry around on the go. The metal at the bottom of the bowl is stainless steel. While I am not a huge fan of plastic and I was not thrilled when I saw the mouthpiece was made out of it, it has turned out to be fine in my opinion. I don’t get any off flavors from the mouthpiece and the vapor is definitely cool before it reaches the mouthpiece.

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  • Bill says: April 21, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Great site, very helpful. I’m a newbie to vaping and getting ready to buy my first vaporizer. The most important thing to me is ease of use, and vapor temp and quality. I cough like crazy when I smoke, so I probably need the smoothed vapor I can get. The FF2 seems to be the one to go with. The only question or hesitation I have is, FF2 seems to smoke like a pipe/bowl. I prefer a joint to a bowl. Should I consider the crafty because of this ? Or is the FF2 smooth enough , I’ll also enjoy it ?

    Thanks in advance for any help

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    • Buzz Danklin says: April 21, 2016 at 12:20 pm

      The main difference between the Pax 2 and the Firefly 2 is the convection heating on the FF2. So if you like joints more, you like to sit down for a bit, take your time, enjoy your session for 10-15 minutes, finish the bowl and be done, I think you would like the Crafty. The Crafty is a session vaporizer meaning that you can take multiple long draws over the course of that 10-15 minute session. Just like a joint.

      Now with the FF2, you are heating up the herbs only when you are drawing. So you would press the heat button on the firefly 2, wait about 5 seconds and then start drawing immediately for about 30 seconds and then the vaporizer turns off. You’re not wasting the herbs in the chamber when you aren’t hitting it and you can leave the herbs in the chamber to come back and hit it later. The best practice for the Crafty is to finish the entire bowl in one session whereas the Firefly 2 is an on demand convection vaporizer to get you quick hits and move on with your day.

      It sounds like to me that you would enjoy the Crafty more but the Crafty battery life is much less than FF2, is NOT replaceable and takes longer to charge than FF2 batteries. The entire battery system is much better with the FF2 as far as session length and amount of session that you can get.

      But yea, joint wise, Crafty seems like the winner. Bong rips/pipe hits, I would go with FF2. FF2 has slightly better vapor quality but slightly more draw resistance than Crafty. Let me know if you have any more questions.

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      • Bill says: April 21, 2016 at 1:54 pm

        Is the FF2 smooth? A bong or pipe is almost too harsh for me. Don’t enjoy it. Although, I really like the idea of just a bit here or there and setting down.

        Is ff2 is still a really smooth smoke, and isn’t harsher than crafty ? Is it harsh like a bong or pipe hit?

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        • Buzz Danklin says: April 21, 2016 at 2:37 pm

          Both the FF2 and the Crafty are very smooth and great tasting. The sessions are the difference, the FF2 is meant to take a couple draws from and put away/come back to later. The Crafty is meant to session for 10+ minutes and finish the chamber. Neither vapes are anywhere near as harsh as a bong hit/pipe hit/joint hit.

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          • Steve Gerrish says: October 2, 2016 at 7:37 pm

            Im also torn between the two, FF2 and Crafty… im trying to come off joints and change onto vapes, trying to be healthier in my old age plus the fact my lungs are starting to ache… anyway, all the reviews ive read have specified that the Crafty is more of a session vape, but surely when the FF2 has run out cant you used top it up again therefore turning it into a session vape?

          • Buzz Danklin says: October 3, 2016 at 5:05 pm

            If you want a similar experience to a joint, I suggest the Crafty, it’s a really similar ritual overall. You will fill it up with about .25g turn it on, and then take draws for 4-8 minutes, about the same length as a joint. The FF2 is on demand like you mentioned, so it performs more like a bowl, where you finish the .15g load in much fewer draws and less time overall. You can refill the FF2 and rip through another bowl right away if you like as well. The main advantage to the Crafty will be the ease of use and consistency, it requires no special techniques, grinds etc. You will just get good results no matter what. With the FF2 the advantage is the on demand heat makes it more versatile, if you want to stop halfway through a bowl that’s fine, with a session vape its wasteful to stop halfway through. You will also get the very best flavor, and overall vapor quality with the FF2. On the flip side, the FF2 requires more technique/practice than the Crafty, and you will occasionally have to stir the bowl to get it to vape 100% evenly. Overall I love both the Crafty and FF2, so pick whatever one fits your lifestyle/preference but I think you will love either one.

  • Bajangreen says: April 24, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Hey Buzz, I’m guessing that as it is ‘on demand’ the body of the FF2 doesn’t get as hot as the Crafty does eh? Also, besides battery and concentrate pads, are there any other components that may require changing (noticed no screens like Crafty)? Lastly, like Joe asked… Would you by chance have a promo code? Looking to upgrade from Crafty.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: April 24, 2016 at 7:33 pm

      The Firefly 2 does not get as hot as the Crafty, the hottest I have gotten it is after heavy concentrate use, and its still less hot. There is a very small screen in the mouthpiece, that may need replacing way down the road, but so far mine is still in 100% perfect condition. Unfortunately there are no promo codes yet, they didn’t even have a 4/20 sale, but if/when I ever come across any I will definitely post them in this article.

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  • JDH says: April 25, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    I really like everything I have read about this vape, except that I cannot use it for really low temp herbs like 215 F.
    Do you have any ideas of something similar that is convection that can heat between 215 – 400 F?

    Nice, detailed review tho :)

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    • Buzz Danklin says: April 26, 2016 at 6:20 am

      For full convection the closest would be the Grasshopper but that goes from 266-410F. If you want a hybrid conduction/convection unit the Crafty and the Mighty will go from 104-410F

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  • silat says: April 29, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Great review.
    Can the battery be charged while it is outside the FF2?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: April 29, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      Only if you pick up the external charger on their site (it says for the Firefly1, but it works flawless for the FF2 as well) for an additional $30, otherwise the batteries can only be charged internally.

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  • G says: May 4, 2016 at 12:44 am

    My apartment doesn’t allow smoking (nothing related to vaporizers). How much ‘smoke smell’ does this vaporizer have?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: May 8, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      All vaporizers will smell, people generally say vapes smell half as much as smoking, but the smell goes away over twice as fast. I would also say the Firefly 2 is one of if not my very least smelly vapes overall

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  • talis says: May 5, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Sounds great except for one serious issue.
    Temps are only controlled through a phone app.
    Sadly this is a deal breaker for me.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: May 8, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      I understand, not everyone has a phone or wants to deal with one. I hope they add functionality to the app eventually that lets you change the temps with the unit, maybe something like 2 or 4 taps on the right buttons raises the temp, and 2 or 4 taps on the left button lowers it?

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      • FarNortherner says: November 22, 2017 at 7:31 am

        With the latest app update–Nov. 2017–you can now change the temps using the buttons without the app.

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  • K8 says: May 17, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Thanks so much for detailed review. One thing: Is this an open bowl? Like a pipe? So you have to empty it before you put it away?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: May 18, 2016 at 4:12 pm

      The bowl is not open, it just has a viewing window so you can see into the bowl while its closed. You can definitely leave it full when you put it away, one of the best parts about on demand convection vapes is that I can hit it a few times, then put it away. Then I can pull it back out and finish the bowl another time.

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  • donaleen says: May 17, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    I have a firefly and love it except for the battery life. I spoke to Firefly and I am not sure I would like the Firefly 2 as well even though there are several improvements. What I like about the firefly original is I can control the temperature with how I use the button. I was told by Firefly that this will not be true on the Firefly 2. I have to hold the button to draw which means the unit is controlling the temperature, not me. I control it based on taste.

    I also am unhappy with the temperature settings being available only by app. Have you heard of anyone who prefers the old model over the new model?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: May 18, 2016 at 4:22 pm

      The battery issue has been solved with the FF2, I get double the battery life from a full charger, and now you get two batteries. As far as controlling the temp, I find it to be really similar to the FF1, just overall easier. I find myself choosing a temp setting I like, and then controlling my draw speed to control the vapor based on taste rather than using the trigger and taste. Basically I draw much slower than normal until I get the taste/density I am looking for and then I speed up my draw to keep the vapor how I like it, the faster you draw the lighter it gets, and the slower the denser.

      I have heard of people who had complaints about certain aspects of the FF2, like not being a huge fan of needing a phone app, but a lot of people seem to enjoy playing with the temp settings until they find what works best for them, and then quite a few people are staying at that temp unless they switch to concentrates.

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      • Koty says: May 19, 2016 at 3:41 pm

        Do you have any recommendations for carrying cases? How do you transport yours between your place and your buddies?

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        • Buzz Danklin says: May 22, 2016 at 6:17 pm

          I am currently using the fabric sleeve that came with my original Firefly 1, but I know Firefly has a case in the works, that I will definitely buy/test as soon as it comes out.

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    • Mike says: January 14, 2017 at 1:44 am

      You can use the firefly 2 battery in your firefly 1, and the battery life is a lot better.

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    • Mike says: January 14, 2017 at 1:47 am

      Firefly and firefly2 batteries are interchangable.

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      • Buzz Danklin says: January 14, 2017 at 4:03 pm

        The Firefly 2 battery has a tab to help for easy removal in the FF2, so the FF2 battery works great in the FF1, but the FF1 battery is sort of tough to remove from the FF2.

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  • lb says: June 2, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    great reviews. I have a Crafty which died in 4 mos, and is at s&b for repair. they said i could exchange for a Plenty or get it back. Not sure which to choose.,I am impressed with two others now: The Firefly2 and new cloud xhaleEvo. I’d like all 4, but the cost is out of the question, as, Im in Canada, so the Firefly is around $525 CAD to the door, if they don’t charge duty on top .The Evo is $450 plain, $600 w honeycomb. both uncomfortable prices. ( Crafty was $458) and I would like a premium piece, as I am using Arizer Solo while the mercedes is in the shop, and its just not a luxury item. Im leaning towards keep the crafty plus get a Firefly. thanks!

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    • Buzz Danklin says: June 5, 2016 at 11:38 am

      I think if you keep the Crafty you should get the CloudEVO! Or if you get the Crafty back, sell it and pick up the Firefly 2 and the CloudEVO. The Crafty and Firefly 2 both have good, cool vapor quality but the CloudEVO is on an entirely different level. Especially with the honeycomb hydratube. If it was me and I already had the Crafty, I would pick up the Grasshopper or the CloudEVO. Something with more power that can really take me to the next level if I wanted too. I’m also a heavier user so I like the big draws every so often. The Firefly 2 and the Crafty don’t really deliver the punch of the Grasshopper or the CloudEVO. Hope that makes sense, let me know if you have any more questions.

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  • Jo Ann says: June 4, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Hi Buzz, thanks for the all the great comments. I just received my FF2, and I have to say it was worth the wait. I have used it now for two days, and I tend to clean it more often than most say they do. What I am not too happy about is the mouthpiece. I found it tricky to pull off, without being able to get a good grip on it, my fingers were slipping from it. Also, I didn’t realize that tiny microparticle filter was loose, and I almost lost it sitting out on my deck before I even tried my new FF2. I went back online to do a search about it, but I couldn’t find any forums or reviewers who discussed this issue. Then, I find out you have to buy the entire mouth piece, and not just the filter. I went to order one (they actually come two for $9.95 on the FF website), and they are out of stock. I am worried that if I do lose the filter, that I won’t be able to use the FF2 until FF has the mouthpiece back in stock. I couldn’t find any other vendor selling the mouthpiece. Your comment?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: June 5, 2016 at 11:31 am

      I’m hoping we see some 3rd party Firefly 2 mouthpieces here soon but for now don’t lose it! The FF2 will still work fine without the screen just don’t grind as fine and hopefully you won’t get any snacks in your mouth. You could even just pick up some circle screens and custom cut the size to fit the mouthpiece. I’ll reach out to them and see if they will have some in stock soon and update this comment. Thanks for the kind words!

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    • csmoke88 says: June 28, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      Hey, how long did it take for you to receive your firefly 2?

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      • Buzz Danklin says: June 28, 2016 at 9:19 pm

        I would say about 3 weeks. But I bought a Blue colored Firefly 2 and I bought it right in the beginning of pre-sales. I have heard of people getting them as soon as 3 days but it may take a little longer.

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  • notshortcuts says: June 30, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Great review and closest to my experience of the reviews I’ve read. Differences for me: One of my batteries died after only a dozen sessions or so. Firefly says they’ll send me another. I get a chemical flavor the first hits of each session. I get less smoke and need more hits to get high than with Mighty. While you and others claim the instant heat makes bud last longer, I actually get more sessions out of Mighty. So, while I like the design and function greatly including flavor (overall), efficiency, size, ease of packing and cleaning …. I would not rate this as good as the current kings Crafty/Mighty.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: July 5, 2016 at 4:58 am

      I really appreciate your thoughts. I absolutely love my Crafty and Mighty as well. I often reach for one of them when I am looking for a longer relaxed session, and definitely when I am in a group. Then I go for the Firefly when I want to get topped up quickly, get maximum flavor when I get a new strain, or when I just want to finish a bowl in 5 or 6 rips at my own pace rather than a straight session. The Firefly 2 works great while I am playing video games, and I can just take a draw here or there. Have you had your Crafty or Mighty fail on you? I am still on my first units for each *knock on wood* but I am seeing lots of other people have units failing.

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  • Peter Roberts says: August 8, 2016 at 4:23 am

    Hey man, Great review. I’m most concerned about discretion, which includes smell. How smelly does the ff2 get when you put it back into your pocket after a session? I wouldn’t want to bring it to a party and have it stinking up the place post usage. I wouldn”t want my apartment to smell of weed after smoking either. If I smoked on the way to a movie and then kept the ff2 in my pocket, would it be noticeably smelly?

    This is actually made me decide against the pax. What would you say the least smelly vape would be?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: August 8, 2016 at 7:14 am

      The Firefly 2 might actually be my least smelly vape, with other on demand vapes such as the Grasshopper also being low smell. Keep in mind if you run the higher temps and take a huge rip you can still exhale big clouds, and big clouds will always smell, but its very easy to take a handful of small stealthy rips with the FF2.

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      • Peter Roberts says: August 8, 2016 at 11:03 am

        I was wondering about how the unit itself smelled after its usage, Ive read the pax 2 is very smelly post session. How would a post session firefly 2 smell in my pocket?

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        • Buzz Danklin says: August 8, 2016 at 11:08 am

          The Firefly 2 might actually be my least smelly vape, with other on demand vapes such as the Grasshopper also being low smell. The good thing about the FF2 is that it only heats up as you’re using it so when you go to put it back in your pocket, it’s already cool and not heating the herbs. Whereas something like the Pax 2 will still be cooling down as you throw it back in your pocket and still producing smell. As a general rule of thumb, convection vapes like the Grasshopper and Firefly 2 will smell less than the conduction vaporizers due to the heat up and cool down process.

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          • Peter Roberts says: August 8, 2016 at 11:05 pm

            Great news. Almost buying one. Have you heard of any manufacturers defects or issues with the Firefly 2 since writing this review?

          • Buzz Danklin says: August 9, 2016 at 3:40 am

            I have not, the launch has actually been much smoother than most vape launches even with demand outpacing supply.

  • Jon says: August 21, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Can i exchange my original firefly for a new one?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: August 21, 2016 at 1:18 pm

      As far as I know, no. But you can always ask for a discount or something. Worst case scenario they say no.

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  • Viktor says: August 26, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Can i smoke hash in the FF2 or in other portable vapes

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    • Buzz Danklin says: September 8, 2016 at 10:54 am

      I don’t have any experience with hash man sorry. I would check out fuck combustion or maybe ask on r/vaporents

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  • Doctor Vape says: August 26, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    I give the Firefly 2 a 9.8 (Glass and Scientific grade metal). I got it last Friday. I have used it everyday. It is a great vape. The metal and glass build, the glass window, the flavor, very powerful, the dock, easy to clean and when cleaned its like brand new every time, no filters to clean or replace, it comes with 2 batteries a cleaning kit, the unboxing is top rate, the warranty is great, the app is a very good feature, the size is very good, excellent portability and the convection oven and dynamic heating is like no other vaporizer very stealth.

    The batteries do have to be changed sometimes in midst of a long session. This would be a major negative but the Firefly 2 does come with 2 batteries. It can be awkward to hold when touching both sense buttons. This would also be a major negative, but it can be changed via the app, and its not that difficult of a hurdle to get used to. The downside to the app is it needs to be reconnected each time, or it will be set to factory settings. I find this annoying because I need to keep my phone close.

    I am retiring some great vapes in favor of the Firefly 2, My Magic Flight (9.6), My Arizer Air (9.6), and My Arizer Solo. I will still use my Arizer Extreme Q Desktop unit, but not as much the Firefly 2 is an extremely powerful device. I would also like to warn you to take it slow while getting used to your Firefly 2, it is a very powerful vaporizer.

    I have learned via the vapes I have purchased that, although the plastics get top tier reviews fo vapes like the Volcano, Plenty, Mighty, Crafty, Pax, and others made with plastic. I have learned that there is a major taste difference, and the taste from these plastic vapes, is coming from the plastic and rubber washers. This is something that has been ignored by Bud and many other critics.

    I would like to say I am on a crusade to make my fellow Vapers aware the plastic vapes are marketed extremely well, the initial results are great, but the long term results go south pretty quickly.

    The Firefly for the most part will take the place of my Solo (Metal and Glass), Air (Metal and Glass), Magic Flight (Wood, Metal Acrylic) and my desktop The Arizer Extreme Q (Glass and Glass!) desktop unit. Please stay away from the highly rated and marketed vapes made of plastic and rubber, its toxic. The performance might be super duper but plastic and rubber when heated and inhaled into your lungs cant be a good thing. Glass and Metal is pure vaping.

    — Doctor Vape

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  • Thom warren says: August 29, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    While all the reviews rave about this device (I have a FF2) none addresses tips in getting a decent vapor draw other than just finger crush the buds (NO grind) and loosely pack. I am about 50% successful (at best) on getting a decent draw. Very frustrating for a + 300 device touted as the best on the market… I have the app loaded and have tried all the heat settings. Medium and below I get hardly any vapor. The lid is sealed (another challenge) and I draw per the instructions. At least with my Arizer solo I get a good draw every time… Unless someone can tell me why this isn’t working for me, I feel I have wasted a fair chunk of change and all the rave reviews are just very subjective.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: August 29, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      I definitely recommend grinding your herb and fill the chamber completely with herb. Pre-heat the chamber, wait for the light to go solid, begin drawing extremely slow and for about 20-30 seconds. I slow down my draw speed until there is basically no resistance. It’s definitely a long pull and requires more lung capacity but I get huge rips with this technique. A lot of the “clouds/vapor” depend on the herbs as well. How wet or dry it is and what strain specifically you are vaping. Also, the temps that you vape at. Just because you are at low temps and don’t see any clouds doesn’t mean you aren’t getting the effects, they just won’t be as strong. In my experience, the lower temps that don’t usually create clouds is a “clearer” or “lighter” experience, whereas the higher temps that produce large clouds are stronger. Lastly, make sure that the herbs are cleared off around the chamber and all the around the device before putting the lid back on.

      For me, the biggest thing is the draw speed. Slow it down and try to aim for 30 second draw times. I use medium high. Let me know if this helps out or you have any more questions. Hopefully, you can get some better results.

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      • Thom Warren says: October 21, 2016 at 5:18 pm

        Hi Buzz;
        So I’m getting pretty good clouds when I grind , pack and draw correctly. Now my beef is the company. I sent my FF2 back because the buttons were being intermittent and I sometimes had to remove the battery and reinsert to get them to work. The support people say there is nothing wrong and won’t do anything. Terrible customer service. Why would I misrepresent this problem ?
        Everything is current, the app, firmware, etc. If I had it to do over I would not spend that kind of money on a vape except to buy two more Arizer solo units. At least it works dependably.
        This unit and company is highly over rated IMHO. It may heat fast but if you have issues with it, don’t depend on the company to be concerned about it. Very poor customer service. The least they could do was to replace the unit…..
        Thanks fo rlistening

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        • Buzz Danklin says: October 22, 2016 at 11:44 am

          Yea that’s a shitty experience, sorry dude. Is the unit still defective?

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          • Thom Warren says: October 25, 2016 at 9:43 am

            I am told they are shipping it back as of last Friday with the diagnosis “our tech people say your unit is functioning properly”. If that’s their def of working properly, there you have it.
            We’ll see. Thanks man. I appreciate your listening and reply…..

          • Buzz Danklin says: October 31, 2016 at 6:05 pm

            If you get it back, and are still having trouble getting the results you are looking for, you should email me at admin@vaporizerwizard.com and I will gladly walk you through my technique step by step.

  • path51 says: September 3, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Probably a stupid question but I am brand new to vaping. Just bought a FF2 after reading your and other reviews. But have been puffing on it since last night and there is still flower in the bowl. Since it doesn’t burn, what does happen? When should I empty?

    I have seen no clouds but definitely feel a smooth high. Maybe I’m not doing it right but liking it so far.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: September 4, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      I like to grind my herb pretty good and pack a fairly large bowl. Make sure that NO herbs are touching the edge of the chamber or blocking the lid from sealing completely. The Firefly works very well when splitting bowls into multiple sessions and it’s basically made for that purpose. You’ll notice the herbs are finished when they are a dark brown color and not putting out any vapor.

      If you wanted to get some better clouds, I recommend the medium-high setting, pack the chamber full of ground up herb, pre-heat the chamber until the light stops blinking and then slowly draw for about 30 seconds. This gives me the biggest clouds and the hardest hits. Basically, slow down your draw until you feel zero resistance and continue to draw until the unit stops heating.

      Now just because you aren’t getting any vapor doesn’t mean you aren’t getting any results. I’ve found shorter lower temp draws will produce a lighter, more refreshing type of session where the higher temps will create larger clouds and the effects will be more intense. If you fully pack a chamber, I would estimate at least 4-8 good sized rips before the herbs are spent. I also recommend stirring up the herbs in between draws to get the best results.

      Let me know how it goes and thanks for checking out my site.

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  • Aliyah Dwyer says: September 9, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    I purchased mine, a few weeks ago. The good quality of parts, the window, the glow, the glass path, and the sleek look. The bad, the battery is on the weak side. Its very easy to clean.

    The Bad:
    The unit is not powerful, you need to ramp it up to High, in order to get medium, if your at medium it feels like its not working.
    The unit despite its low output gets very hot, to the point where it needs to be put down. The fix for the low output is a firmware update from the app.
    You cant work the vape without the manufacturing bugs without the app.
    The app needs to be turned on and your phone right next to you.
    The battery has little plastic footers that have broken off on batteries.
    Draw resistance is a big problem it takes a lot of huffing to get a puff. I feel exhausted after 5 hit.
    Its a lot of work to get the vape working the way I want.

    I am sorry for the negative feedback but the bad outweighs the good to say the least. I appreciate my Arizer Air and Solo more.

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  • Exodia says: September 27, 2016 at 1:36 am

    Hey Buzz, love the detailed vid review and content! Quick question about the Firefly 2, coming from a fellow skier. I’m looking for a vape that I can pull out every once in a while and take a few sips or maybe one longer draw, then stick back into my pocket and repeat at various times throughout a day. I understand that this vape excels at this sort of stop-and-go usage due to it’s on-demand heating style. My question is, will this vape perform at temperatures typically found at ski resorts? I’d plan to just toss it into my jacket pocket and only be pulling it out every once in a while for a hit; perhaps on a ski lift or on the side of a ski trail.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: November 16, 2016 at 5:28 pm

      Yes, here is a picture I took of my buddy testing out a beta firefly 2 before they even released it. We made sure it would work out there lol. Pray for snow! Have a great season!

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  • Natalie Jane says: November 20, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Buzz, where have you been all my life?! After spending the last half hour reading up on your reviews for both the FF2 and the Crafty, I’ve decided on the FF2. I had been about to buy a Crafty when I decided to read your review on the FF2 before buying (just in case) and between your review and your answers to questions above, I’m so glad I did! While I am a novice with flower (I have terrible asthma so I’ve usually stayed away from it), I’m super stoked to start vaping flower. (Side note: I have lupus and have found a killer strain to help the pain in my hands but I can only get easy access to it in flower form.) Thanks again and I’m thrilled I found you. Cheers!

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  • Toni Tannon says: December 8, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    I recently purchased an FF2 and was disappointed initially due to many of the same issues listed by some of your readers, but after reading your replys, tips and following your recommendations the FF2 really is a superb work of art. Thank you for being so thorough and generous with your time, our vaping experience will be all the better for it ;-).

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    • Buzz Danklin says: December 8, 2016 at 4:18 pm

      My pleasure Toni! Thanks for the kind words and for checking out my site. I really enjoy my FF2. It’s definitely not the easiest vaporizer to use but it can produce amazing results once you’ve mastered the techniques. I always find myself getting super ripped when I come back to it after testing other vapes. I’ve had it for so long at this point but every time I pick up the Firefly 2, it completely surprises me.

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  • Vape Master says: December 22, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    First There was Fire, The Wheel and then The Firefly2.

    ^ ^ ^ The Vape Master ^ ^ ^

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  • vin says: January 11, 2017 at 9:27 am

    hi Buzz, could you compare to Davinci Ascent and the Pax 3? I’m mostly concerned with battery life (or replaceable extra batteries for on the go), and ease of cleaning

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    • Buzz Danklin says: February 3, 2017 at 6:28 pm

      I don’t really recomend the Ascent to be honest, it does have good battery life, but there are just a lot of better units out at this point. I would strongly the Davinci IQ over the Ascent The IQ has pretty good battery life, and replaceable batteries. The Pax 3 does have better battery life, but they arent replaceable. As far as cleaning goes both the Pax 3 and the IQ take about medium effort for cleaning. Something like the FF2 does clean easier/quicker for sure.

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  • Paul says: January 22, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    I am new to this and just ordered my FF2 based on the reviews and comments here etc. I have not received it yet but I do have a newbie question with regards to the FF2 and concentrates. What exactly are concentrates? Is that tinctures? I have drops from Tilray that come with a coconut oil carrier. I assume that this is not concentrate and should not be used in the FF2. Is that accurate? If so, what are concentrates and where do you get them and what is the benefit vs. dry herb or tincture drops? Thanks in advance for all the info!!

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    • Buzz Danklin says: February 3, 2017 at 6:35 pm

      Hey Paul, ‘concentrates’ are the concentrated and/or extracted oils that come out of the dry herb. They are usually created using some sort of a solvent, or using heat and pressure to get separate them from the flower. You might see names like ‘shatter/wax/bho/budder/rosin’. The coconut oil product you are referring to is definitely not safe to vape. You don’t want to vape any fatty oils, as you can actually get something called lipid pneumonia.

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  • Catherine says: January 29, 2017 at 4:08 am

    Thanks for this great site. I am considering the Crafty and the FF2. I would like to know your opinion on which one of these might be best for using with herb and oil/wax/shatter. I read a comment here that has me concerned it had to do with pieces of hot material finding its way into someone’s mouth and lungs! Additionally, in the same comment the issue of having to stir and clean the bowl while using it. Again this was about the FF2. Any thoughts?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: January 30, 2017 at 11:03 am

      If you will be using it with wax/shatter I would recommend the Firefly 2. I get the best flavor/taste and vapor production from the Firefly 2 but it’s the harder unit to use for sure. Definitely a learning curve associated with it. I actually think the Firefly 2 is one of the easiest vaporizers to clean. I can wipe down the lid and entire vapor path with an ISO wipe and it’s good to go. Literally 15 second clean up time.

      I would also check out the Pax 3 for the concentrate/wax use. The included concentrate insert is legit and works well without creating any big messes. If you’re looking for the best flavor/taste and vapor production I would get the Firefly 2. If you want easy, portable, consistent and reliable, I would go with the Pax 3.

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  • Marcos Augusto says: February 20, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    I received my Firefly 2 vaporizer on Thursday, February 15th, and i just contacted the seller requesting to return it.

    I found it to be extremely unyielding and “fussy” requiring very/very careful bowl loading, you can only fit a miniscule “pinch” amount of herbs into it (enough for maybe four/five draws) that definitely needs to be mixed after the second draw, top and bottom glass surfaces getting all sticky with resin + herb material that needs to be cleaned every day after two/three uses otherwise it accumulates very quickly making cleaning an even worse nightmare – actually, use of isopropyl alcohol is the only way to clean/dissolve that mess but owner must be careful not to use it on the rubber gasket, which also gets some contamination on its surface, but how to clean it then ? – very inconsistent draws (once in awhile puffy clouds but much more often, no clouds upon exhaling), too much draw resistance that in most cases require very long inhalations taxing the lung’s power.

    The only reason i bought the Firefly 2 is because i lost all confidence that my Grasshopper vaporizer will last any longer than two weeks without any problems (specifically its LED sensor) before being shipped back to manufacturer for repairs; My unit so far required repairs twice as well as it arrived with a defective charging cable, and i received my brand new Grasshopper barely three months ago.

    It is almost like these manufacturers don’t do any extensive period of in-field testing before releasing their products nor they seem able to fully comprehend the meaning of the word “ergonomics” as it applies to product development and testing.

    So far my experiences with portable vaporizers have been a bust and now i am afraid of even pursuing it any further; The problem is that taste of vaporized herb is almost addictive to my sense of taste and its results in my brain are far more rewarding than just smoking herb on a pipe or joint…

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  • Rob R says: February 27, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    NOTE: Sorry if this is double posted, if so please remove. I thought I hit submit, but back on the same window I see my whole comment still typed out so trying again!

    Just found your site and channel – so glad I did – love the detail and simplicity of your reviews! I’m looking to get my first vape and can’t decide between 2.

    I’m looking for on-demand, and can’t decide between the Firefly 2 and the Grasshopper.

    Background: I am a novice/intermediate user. Smoked probably 20-30 times in the past couple years, recently decided to get my own stuff (as opposed to just doing it when people offered). I still have low tolerance – I smoke about 1x on like a Fri or Sat night, and still 2 hits out of my Grav Labs bubbler and I’ll be set.

    I think this is definite call for an on-demand vape, not a session one. I used a Flowermate once, but other than that I’m a beginner when it comes to this.

    The FF2 sticks out to the most, I’m a sucker for clean build quality, and I love how it reminds me of a bowl. I’m actually not the biggest fan on the GH’s resemblance to a pen. It’s cool, but I definitely like the form factor of the FF2 better – but I guess looks is trivial. I’m concerned about the finnicky and technique I hear the FF2 has – while the GH seems so easy.

    Especially since I can take such a low amount – would the GH be better since in your video you said it can be filled with .02g (like a tiny amount). It seems the FF2 has to be filled all the way – but it’s on demand so couldn’t I just take 1 hit, stow it away, use it later (would I be able to keep it in their for a week – it’s not airtight (or can I salvage it and put it back in a jar) – Sorry for the beginner questions!

    I think in one of your reddit posts I saw you say you love both, but for at home you pick the FF2, which is where I’ll be most. I like a portable one mainly in the sense of a cordless walk around vape for my apartment – I don’t need the super stealthy decoy look like GH looks like a pen since I won’t be in public doing it. Even though I’ll be at home, I Don’t want a desktop one.

    Is it honestly that hard to learn the FF2 technique for a novice? Considering a low tolerance, is the GH or FF2 better or worse? Or do they not matter since it’s on-demand so I can take a little hit(s) on either and be fine! Hopefully this isn’t too much information – I’m just trying to make the informed choice and probably have already hit paralysis analysis and over-information!

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    • Buzz Danklin says: February 28, 2017 at 11:51 am

      Wow dude you’ve definitely done your research. Kudos. Most people don’t even read stuff, they just ask questions so thanks for narrowing it down! I think you’ve pretty much made your mind up and I think the FF2 is going to be your best bet. The Firefly 2 isn’t really hard to learn the best technique, it will just take a couple tries to figure it out for your preferences. It does suck that you have to fully pack the chamber but you CAN leave the herbs in the chamber and just come back to it later. The Grasshopper works better in this case because like you said, you can load very tiny amounts. The big downside to the Grasshopper is the hotter vapor and the mouthpiece can get warm with prolonged use. The Firefly 2 IMO has the best taste and smooth/cool vapor.

      The only thing I would mention is that the Firefly 2 doesn’t really have any WPA attachments to hook up to glass. Some companies make a silicone sleeve and it does work but no where near as good as the Grasshopper with glass. Last thing I will mention is that the Firefly 2 can also do concentrates. You might now use them at all now but it’s nice if someone happens to have some or you decide to try it. The concentrate taste is one of the best you can get in a portable vaporizer.

      I love both of these vaporizers but from what you’ve said, I think the Firefly 2 will absolutely be your best bet. Let me know if you have any more questions and I can help you out. I do make a small commission if you buy the vapes from my links.

      Thanks Rob for the comment and for checking out my site. Take it easy, Buzz.

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      • Rob R says: February 28, 2017 at 7:36 pm

        Hey Buzz! Thanks for the awesome reply!

        I think I am leaning towards the FF2 – I’m so indecisive – hence why I love people that go in detail like your reviews. I went into that wanting the FF2 more so I’m hoping I didn’t sell it that way – I really want to be objective and not just basing it on the first vape that caught my eye.

        After typing it up – I actually started leaning more towards the Grasshopper and still might be – I’m focusing too much on it just be simple and easy to use. But even so every 5 minutes, I’m back on wanting the FF2 more once I hear about GH issues. I hear the expectation is to buy it knowing you will have to send it in – they have the warranty which is good. Maybe yours is working fine – but do you know if the overall community reaction is true? or just the vocal minority?

        Is the issues of the GH that annoying, that sending it in every few months, outweigh it or at least make the technique on the FF2 bareable?

        Maybe I’m just overthinking the technique and finnicky-ness of the FF2 – I’m sure I’d get it over a few sessions. I’ll keep trying to decide!

        Also – the jet black does look sweet if I go that route of the FF2 – I think the normal black does look cool too with the contrast to the metal color!

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        • Buzz Danklin says: March 7, 2017 at 4:54 pm

          My Hoppers have been good, I did have a back end pop open when I first got my Blue Ti unit, but they shipped me a new one quickly so it was back in action before the end of the week and it has worked great since. Most hopper owners I know have had no problems at all, but there is a higher percentage of users with problems than with most other good portable vaporizers, especially when they first started production. They have been consistently lowering the rate of defects as time goes on, but there are still some users who have their hoppers break while they are pretty new.

          As far as the technique goes with the FF2, if you like to practice things, or tinker, the technique can actually be a lot of fun. You can go for different temps/flavors/effects all by playing with your draw speed, power button usage, and packing style. But if you are someone who just wants to press a button and have it work right away, then the technique could be a nuisance so it really depends on your personality. I agree, Jet Black looks great!

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  • Travis Silva says: March 27, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Buzz, I don’t know where you find the time to do all this stuff, but thank god you do. I think I read your reviews for every single portable vape machine. I have it narrowed down to 4 units. I have 2 questions if you wouldn’t mind. First off , the 4 units are Ti grasshopper , PAX 3 , davinci IQ , or FF2 . Out of the 4 machines , which one smells the least while loaded with bud and which ones vapor will smell the least during use. My second question is, with any of these units besides the FF2 , can I load them , take a hit , put it down , and come back to it later ? And if I do that , how bad would it smell up a bedroom. Thanks for dedicating so much of your time for people such as myself .

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    • Buzz Danklin says: April 8, 2017 at 10:44 am

      Hey Travis! Thanks for checking out my site! The Grasshopper will function just like the Firefly 2 but much much easier to use overall. I prefer the vapor quality of the Firefly 2 over the Grasshopper because it is a smoother, cooler experience. Both the Grasshopper and Firefly 2 can break bowls down into multiple sessions and overall I use the Grasshopper pretty much on a daily basis. The main reason I think you will like the Grasshopper over the Firefly 2 is because there are NO loading techniques. You simply load the amount of herb you want for that session and rip it. The Firefly 2 is more finicky and requires a fully packed chamber for best results. Don’t get me wrong, the Firefly 2 is a wonderful beast when you get the technique down right but I can hand the Grasshopper to a friend and he/she will have NO problems ripping it. So really you won’t even have to leave herb in the Grasshopper. Just load the amount you want for that session and cash it when you’re finished. Let me know if you have any more questions! Take it easy man and thanks again for checking out my site.

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  • Summers says: April 12, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Wow fantastic stuff Buzz much respect and I enjoy your reviews! Feeling 95% confident in loving my new Jet Black FF2. I was able to get one in the same price range if not cheaper then the Pax 3 and IQ (for me). IQ maybe great but only if U get the right working unit etc.. Battery/heat/technical issues aside, it still only does flower very well and FF2 does it excellent. Pax 3 does flower quality lesser then the IQ but does do concentrates ok/good. So Pax 3 concentrates quality don’t come close to the FF2. And in California​ the Concentrates & Flower heaven I need both forms at it’s best. And pretty much no other convection portable seemed to even challenge the FF2 overall build ability, effectiveness, and A+ quality standard etc..in being able to pull off doing both. Here’s the turn about with all the new wild west of beautiful hand crafted wooden convection Vapes like Milaana MistVape & one U did a review on FW4 (Not ranked in your top portables list)
    Word from many so it seems that the Milaana or MistVape are setting a higher quality standard with either flower or concentrates and for bigger more potent hits. These folks swear the FF2 is the lesser of them? Having read people’s mishaps​ not using proper techniques or complaining about having any kind of learning curve etc…with the FF2 How can these unregulated units that still seem to be a work in progress aka Milaana with fix’s and changes reworking etc…How can this be? Because it’s still a breathing technique one must learn etc…And If not mistaken​ U still need to stir the herbs? For example Wavy Vapes loved Milaana as did Namaste vape but Sneaky Pete couldn’t do much of anything with it ? All experienced vaporist but this sounds like it’s uneven Steven like the FF2 where either simple is simple in learning it or people just don’t get the curve…Or is it really about the higher price tag on the FF2 that’s really driving the celebration of these more affordable convection units? How can unregulated technology be better then regulated excellence? Thanx Buzz
    PS. I believe the FF2 should jump the price down officially​ same price point as Pax 3 & IQ and make it a much more interesting race by year’s end. I couldn’t afford it at $330 but very thankful getting a legit one at $255 why even consider the other two?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: April 20, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      I was just asking Firefly about a price drop but they didn’t tell me anything lol. I think you basically hit a lot of the points pretty good. $329 is a lot of money to shell out for a vaporizer especially now that Storz and Bickel dropped prices on the Crafty ($279), Mighty ($349) and the Plenty ($249). If you can get close to the quality of the higher end premium vaporizers but keep the price under $200 you’ll be good. The biggest price range increase I’ve seen has been from $100-$150 range. I think that’s the sweet spot for a lot of manufacturers right now.

      I think we’ll start to see vaporizers creep down in price a bit as batteries improve and more companies enter the market. I personally like something that is regulated like the Firefly 2 but I sure do love my Stick Bricks. Just something about the experience of using a flame/torch kind of brings you back to the old days but still no combustion.

      I also think that people don’t want to have to work for an enjoyable experience. When you’re spending $329 on a Firefly 2 and don’t get good results right away, your immediately going to be discouraged. Whereas if you spend $100-$200, you might not be expecting as much from the experience. I dunno man, hopefully they drop price and more people can try out the Firefly 2.

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  • Jim High says: May 8, 2017 at 11:42 am

    I’ve had my FF2 for a couple of months. It was a bit disappointing at first until I learned how to use it. My problem now is the glass bowl has broken on the outside (where you can see from looking in the end). It still works as well as it ever did. I will continue to use it as long as I can but when I called them, they wanted to charge m $30 and postage each way to fix it even though they have a warranty. It most likely broke there because of a temperature related internal glass stress. I offered to buy the part and fix it myself but they want to make the $30 and make me wait for 14 days to repair it. I’ll keep using it as long as the glass doesn’t crack to the inside but I’m ordering a grasshopper. Pretty disappointed with the Firefly 2 company at this point. Beautiful design except for the glass temperature stress risers. But don’t count on much support!

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    • Buzz Danklin says: May 11, 2017 at 9:35 am

      Crazy that it’s still working. I would try to get that fixed and I’m surprised they wouldn’t fix that for you. Did you drop it or did it just crack?

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      • Jim High says: May 16, 2017 at 4:27 pm

        I have no idea what cracked it. It wasn’t dropped. It wasn’t cracked from the inside but on the outside that you can see from the end. Didn’t really hurt performance but I really like things in their original condition. But after pleading and cajoling I was able to get Firefly to send me two new glass bowls for a reasonable amount. I’m used to working on very small electronic things so it took a lot of convincing on my part to get them to sell me parts as they would rather fix things at the factory. In any event, they went outside their normal procedure and I didn’t have to wait for shipping both ways. It works as good as new now, and while it took some convincing on my part, they are definitely an honorable company and I am no longer disappointed with them as mentioned in my previous post. This sure is a cool product, and no I didn’t end up ordering a grasshopper as I understand it is impossible to even talk to someone on the phone at that company. Firefly 2 is my all time favorite vaporizer at this point.

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        • Buzz Danklin says: May 16, 2017 at 6:16 pm

          That is both awesome that you can fix it yourself AND that they decided to just send out the part. They should have handled it that way from the beginning! I’m glad they took care of you and that you are enjoying your Firefly 2! I was just using it earlier today and it rips!

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  • Old School Ganja says: July 2, 2017 at 2:47 am

    Is it normal for a new unit to have a chemical taste when drawing from the mouthpiece? Do I need to bathe the mouthpiece in alcohol, or do an initial heat up of the unit before I use it?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: July 2, 2017 at 11:42 am

      I run the vaporizer at the hottest temp, draw from it and then blow it out without inhaling. Like puffing from a cigar. Then wipe everything down with ISO.

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  • Phil says: July 5, 2017 at 9:34 am

    I have tried course grind, fine grind, hand torn, full bowl, half full bowl, temp low, med, med high, high. I have watched several videos on how to use the thing. After that I tried puffing like I was sucking through a small straw, puffing like I had a gigantic straw. I usually get nice flavor off the first drag but little to no vapor. No matter what I do I get more vapor off one drag off an ego-C pen than I do off an entire bowl with the firefly 2. Right now it’s a high priced paperweight because I simply don’t use it. I’d really like to, the reviews were good for this thing, which was why I bought it. I can’t imagine after so many different ways I’ve tried to use this thing that it’s still just me doing it wrong.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: July 26, 2017 at 9:49 am

      Your draw speed is the key. Slow it down until you barely feel any resistance and then as you start to feel the vapor form on your tongue, start pulling harder. Definitely does best with a full pack. Not necessarily tight but needs to be completely full and then some. Be sure the all debris is free from the lid closing and forming a good seal. Sorry you’re not having any luck with! Let me know if this works any better!

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  • Paul says: July 9, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    Hi I have heard that the original firefly has a much better air path, with much less restriction. The contrary is stated here, that the firefly to has a less restrictive air path. Can somebody please confirm?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: July 26, 2017 at 9:55 am

      The Firefly most definitely has a restrictive draw. The trick is to slow down your draw until you barely feel any resistance and it will produce HUGE clouds. The harder you pull the more resistance you’ll get. If you wanted the most free flowing vaporizers, I would check out the Crafty or the Mighty.

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      • George Spelvin says: September 21, 2017 at 9:53 am

        Have used the FF2 for a few months and after reading on how to draw and temperature control am very pleased. In the last two days, after cleaning it, I am having a very tough draw as if it was clogged. Have cleaned mouth piece screen but have noticed a light brown stain in the convection bowl. The draw is difficult even with no herb. Should I clean the convection screen and if so, how? Is there something else to do?

        Thanks,

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        • Buzz Danklin says: October 9, 2017 at 6:18 pm

          I throw a little bit of ISO on a q-tip, turn the firefly upside down and swap out the chamber. Only use a small amount.

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  • Vapefan says: August 4, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Hi guys!

    This may be a dumb question … but how exactly do you inhale?
    Do you pull directly into your lungs or do do pull like smoking a cigarette and inhale after pulling?

    Thanx for you help,
    Vapefan.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: August 5, 2017 at 9:42 am

      Deep inhale, like your inhaling into your stomach. Pull and inhale simultaneously!

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  • FarNortherner says: October 14, 2017 at 7:10 am

    I’ve had my Firefly 2 since May 2016, bought after reading Buzz’s review here. Though I admired the beauty of the thing, I found it had to get a good draw and very frustrating. After getting ready to just give up on it, I contacted the company and they immediately sent me a replacement top cover for free. Turns out some of the covers, no matter what you do, do not form a tight seal. The new cover resolved some 60-70% of my issues. If your FF2 just won’t give you good hits, this may be the problem. Then when they came out with the power setting, the final percent of my issues was resolved. I’ve been a doper for nearly fifty years, currently own five other quality portable and home vapers and an equal number of inexpensive ones. The FF2 is far and away my favorite. Over time the things I’ve learned to love about it are the purity of the tastes, the ease of cleaning, and the coolness of the smoke. After many years of smoking cigarettes and herb, I find cool vapor essential to not bothering my lungs. Without hooking up bubblers or even double bubblers, the FF2 vapor path provides the coolest vapor I have experience from any vaporizer that doesn’t use bags.

    If I have any criticism at this point regarding the FF2 it is that it really isn’t a portable, or at least not for the kind of outdoor activities that I enjoy, like hiking above treeline or out in the open in windy places or xc skiing. The slightest breeze makes it impossible to reload and the device is really too big and a bit too heavy for a chest pocket. Nonetheless, for all other times, the FF2 is THE BEST. Thanks Buzz for all your good work on our behalf!

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    • Buzz Danklin says: October 14, 2017 at 10:14 am

      I’m glad that you love it! Definitely not the easiest vaporizer to master! But once you do the results are outstanding. I’m still blown away every time I pull it out for a quick session. Thank you for your thoughts and for checking out my site!

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      • FarNortherner says: October 15, 2017 at 8:45 am

        Hey Buzz, I just learned something new and important about the FF2. The version of the app for Apple products is no longer available at the App Store. If you already have the app, it appears that things are fine. This means that people with an iphone or ipad who don’t already have the app won’t be able to manage their new FF2. Going to be some really irate new buyers. Hope FF the company can do something about this.

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        • Buzz Danklin says: October 15, 2017 at 11:45 am

          Good to know. I’ll reach out and see what the deal is.

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          • FarNortherner says: November 22, 2017 at 7:26 am

            Everything seems to be resolved. The new app appeared last week and I downloaded it without problem and it gives even more control of the FF2.

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