Firefly Vaporizer Review

Firefly Vaporizer Review and Tutorial

The Firefly vaporizer is a dynamic convection portable vaporizer with an almost instant heat up time and produces some of the best vapor quality of any vaporizer I’ve tested. The pure convection allows the unit to heat up in as little as 5-7 seconds and that’s with the pre-heat included. It also requires very little maintenance and cleaning which is nice for daily users like yours truly.

Update: Before I get started, I just wanted to let you know the Firefly 2 is now out. It’s smaller and easier to use. You get more temperature control which makes it much better with concentrates, but it’s also a bit more expensive. The Firefly 1 is currently out of stock and will no longer be manufactured. If you think you may have found a Firefly 1 still out there, use caution because people will be trying to offload fake units.

You can check out my Firefly 2 Review to get all the details or read more about my top picks for best portable vaporizers in 2017.

firefy-vaporizer-sizeFirefly Review Continued…

This Firefly vaporizer review will breakdown all the features plus a how-to and then go over some of the cons like battery life and unit weight.

I feel like the Firefly is the perfect vaporizer for someone who needs instant sessions and wants the best vapor quality that you can currently find in a portable vaporizer.

The Firefly retails for $269. In my opinion, the Firefly has the best vapor quality and engineering of any portable vaporizer currently on the market.

Size, Portability & Concealment

The Firefly is a portable vape but it has some good size and weight to it. It’s comparable in height to a Galaxy S4  but about half the width. The reason the Firefly is a bit heavier is because the entire unit is designed around stainless steel heat sinks. The heat sinks add weight to the unit but also allow the Firefly to remain cool under extreme heat.


The Firefly comes with some great accessories for cleaning and travel. It includes a very nice travel bag with the name “Firefly” on it. It helps conceal it, protect it, and provides a little extra space to store some items. No one would be able to know what it was. It could be sunglasses. It also includes a multi-sided brush. The brush is perfect to use with the Firefly and all the rest of your portables. It’s very handy.  You get 5 replacement screens, 5 cleaning picks and a few cleaning wipes.

Firefly Convection Heating Element & Vapor Path

The Firefly uses an all glass heating chamber. The heating element can reach temperatures as high as 400F (200C) in seconds. The best part about instant heat is your herbs aren’t being wasted as the unit heats up or cools down. Your herbs are only heated when you want to use the unit. One of the Firefly’s unique features is the warm glow it produces while being used. This is the heating element getting to max temp and glowing through the glass heating chamber. It’s pretty cool to see at night.

Cleaning & Maintenance

Cleaning the Firefly is a breeze. I’ve only had the unit for a couple months and just did my first screen change and good cleaning. The Firefly is much easier to clean if you do it immediately after a session. This way the stainless steel and the window on the cover are still warm. I recommend just taking a paper towel or handkerchief and wiping out all the residue. If you don’t clean the Firefly regularly, then you could get away with a good clean about every 15 bowls.

I’ve found that after heavy use, you’ll begin to get a build up of residue on the window and the area around the bowl. If you wait for the unit to cool down, then you’ll need a little bit of alcohol to help wipe all the gunk out. I always save my AVB for desperate situations or to throw in some yogurt on a rainy day. It’s important to clean your unit because damage caused by neglect of cleaning will void the warranty.

Battery Life & Charging Times

The Firefly has a “High-Powered” Lithium-ion battery. I get about 45-60 minutes of continuous use and the Firefly fully recharges in about 45 minutes. The batteries can be easily removed by sliding off the back. This is nice so you can buy an extra one to take with you on long trips. You can also pick up the Firefly car charger adapter for an extra $30.

Firefly Warranty Information

The Firefly comes with a 5-year limited warranty covering against defects in materials and workmanship.

From NWT Holdings, LLC (Firefly) – …provides a limited warranty on the Firefly device and accessories against defects in material and/or workmanship under normal use for a period of (5) years from the date of purchase. They go on to say: The Limited Warranty does not apply to normal wear and degradation of the batteries.

Firefly Review Summary

Over the last couple months I’ve really enjoyed using this vaporizer. It’s simple to use, it produces great vapor quality and it requires barely any maintenance. There’s no extra pieces or external batteries. Everything is attached and ready to go. The 5 year warranty is a testament to the quality of this portable vaporizer. The battery life is decent for a portable unit and recharges fast.

The Firefly is my go to vaporizer right now and I’m guessing it will be that way for a long time. The only thing better would be the Volcano but that’s a desktop vaporizer.

Thanks for checking out my Firefly vaporizer review and if you have any questions about the Firefly or any other vaporizer feel free to leave a comment below.

Video Transcript:


Hey guys Buzz here with VaporizerWizard.com. Today I will be going over the Firefly portable vaporizer.

The current price at the time of this video is $269. You can click the link below in the about section to get the current price and a full review on my website.

After some thorough testing I have to admit that I think the Firefly is a contender for the best portable vaporizer on the market. Despite being skeptical at first, the Firefly has earned its spot as my go to portable. It has an incredible build quality, It’s elegant, easy to use, and very easy to maintain. It comes with some great accessories including a high quality discreet black travel bag and a double sided brush which makes cleaning out the bowl super easy. It is a bit bigger than some of the other portable units because of the convection design and engineering. But it’s also one of the most efficient units because it’s only being heated when you’re pressing the heat button. It heats up fast, automatically controls temp to eliminate combustion and produces great vapor quality. So first I’ll get into the features and how to use the Firefly. I’ll do a quick vape session, give you the pros and cons followed by some quick cleaning tips, and then suggest the best place to pick one up.

Ok guys so here is the Firefly vaporizer. It’s a portable convection vaporizer with an all glass heating chamber and stainless steel vapor path. The Firefly has the highest vapor quality of any of the portables I have tested all while being simple and easy to use.

How To Use:

Let’s go ahead and jump into how to use the Firelfy. The power switch is located here on the side and to turn the unit on, you just flip the switch. The green LED on the side will illuminate showing the unit is on and ready to use. The method I use to hold the Firefly is to put my thumb over the charging hole and I use my middle finger to press the heat button. Once you press the heat button, the Firefly will reach near 400 degrees F in less than 10 seconds. You can see the glow from the window of the lid. You will also know the unit is heating by the blinking green LED on the left hand side. Now the Firefly will only heat for 30 seconds continuously no matter how long you press in the button. It uses advanced software to limit the temp to no more than 400 degrees but also keeps the bowl hot enough to produce vapor. The longer you hold the button, the thicker your clouds will be. I’ll get more into methods for use later on in my vape session.

The lid is magnetic so it attaches nicely to the bottom of the unit. To remove the lid, find the grooves on either side and lift up. I recommend just lifting up on one side because it’s a lot easier. The magnet is actually pretty strong. Once you have the lid off, you can see the where the bowl is located and the grooves along the lid where the vapor travels to the mouthpiece. The window on the lid is very useful because it allows you to see the unit heating up and it also allows you to see the color of your herbs. This helps when determining if the bowl is done or not.

Now the bowl holds about .15 grams of dried herbs, which I’ve found to produce between 5-8 hits depending on your herbs, the length of your draws and how you pack the bowl. Now I’ve found the best method for packing the Firefly chamber is to build a mound over the bowl. So you would fill the bowl completely and then add a little more on the top as well. When you are loading your bowl, try to keep all the herbs inside the ring so it’s not touching the stainless steel. This makes it a lot easier to clean and helps you get a good seal when you reattach the lid. If you leave enough out of the bowl it can affect the vapor path along the top of the lid. After you are done loading, you can re-attach the lid. I like to start the lid on the top edge to guide it and then let the magnet do the rest. You can still adjust the lid after to make sure it’s a good seal. The mound helps keep the herbs in place while you’re inhaling. I also recommend that you use a coarser type grinder for your herbs. I’ve found that the Firefly doesn’t do too well with fine herbs. I use a Santa Cruz Shredder and it works perfect. It also helps to shake the Firefly around a bit after each session or give it a couple smacks like you would with the MFLB. This helps move around the herbs and will help you get more of an even vape.

Firefly Battery Info:

The battery is a lithium ion high powered battery, and to get to the battery you just slide off the backing like you would on a cell phone and place your finger in the grove. Lift up a bit and it should pull right out. This is really convenient because the batteries can be easily replaced or you can pick up extras for long trips. Firefly also has a portable charging adapter available for your car. Now, I usually get between 35-45 minutes of continuous use which usually produces about 30 draws. The battery life all depends on the length of your draws and how many draws you take per session. Another thing that I noticed is that the Firefly LED doesn’t have a low power indicator. It will just shut off on you which sucks when you’re in the middle of a session. Luckily, after a few sessions and continued use, you’ll have a pretty good idea of when it’s going to die. Just make sure you give it a full charge before you head out for the day. It recharges completely in about 45 minutes which is currently the fastest for a portable vaporizer. This helps make up for the lack of battery life. To charge the unit, make sure the power switch is in the off position and plug in the adapter into the charging port. The LED indicator will glow blue while the Firefly is being charged and a solid blue light indicates the unit is completely charged. It’s better to charge the Firefly before the unit dies completely. I recommend just throwing it on the charger whenever you have the chance.

The Firefly includes some really great accessories. It comes with a very high quality black sleeve to carry the Firefly in. It helps with traveling, it’s discreet, and it has a little extra room for other items. The firefly comes with 5 replacement screens, 5 cleaning picks and a few cleaning wipes. It also includes this multi-sided brush that comes in super handy when cleaning out the bowls on all my portable vaporizers. It comes with a standard charging adapter to plug into the wall and you can also pick up the car charger adapter for $30. If you wanted to make sure that you’ll never have a dead battery, you can pick up the external wall charger and an extra battery. This way you could use the battery in the Firefly and keep the secondary battery charging in the wall. Now one battery is plenty if you aren’t planning on taking any long trips but it’s always nice to have a spare when you’re out and about.

Firefly Vape Demo Session

So let’s go ahead and jump into the vape session. I’ve already loaded a fresh bowl with some herbs out of my Santa Cruz Shredder. Remember to pack the bowl with a mound. I have the best results with this method. Turn the unit on by sliding the power button. The green LED on the side will stay illuminated.

I’ve gotten the best results by pre-heating the bowl for about 4-6 seconds and continuing to hold the button for the entire 30 seconds. This gives you a good draw with great vapor taste but won’t generally give you dense vapor. Be sure to shake around the unit or give it a light smack to move around the herbs in the bowl. I do this after each draw to get an even vape of the herbs in the bowl. The second draw you will push down on the heat button and begin drawing immediately. If you can make it through the entire draw time on the second hit then you will get a very dense hit. I don’t typically need a third draw but it’s the same method as the second draw. Begin inhaling as soon as your press the heat button. The best hits are earlier in the bowl which is similar to other portable and desktop vaporizers. One fully packed bowl will last you about 8-10 hits depending on how long your sessions are, the type of herbs you are using and how many people are using it.


Ok so now we’ll jump into the pros and cons. The first pro would be the ease of use. Other than a quick couple bowls to get completely used to the technique, all you need to do is press a button. The Firefly automatically heats to the best temp, maintains it, and doesn’t combust your herbs.The next is the vapor quality. I’m a big fan of convection vaporizers because of the vapor quality they produce. The Firefly has the best vapor quality of any portable I’ve tried. The only vaporizers that produce equal or better vapor quality are desktop units. The cleaning and maintenance is also a pro because it’s very easy compared to other portable vaporizers.. It comes with some great accessories including a high quality travel bag and multi-sided brush. The next pro is the replaceable battery which swaps out in seconds. You can pick up extras to take on long hiking trips or beach days. It also recharges in as little as 45 minutes which is the fastest charging portable vaporizer I’ve tested so far. Another pro is the ability to turn it on, vape, and put it away before most portables even finish heating up. Due to the convection heating, this is one of the most efficient portable vaporizers. The firefly only heats your herbs while the heat button is pressed so it doesn’t waste herbs when you split a bowl into multiple sessions. This prevents waste that you would normally encounter with a conduction vaporizer when splitting a bowl into multiple sessions.


Moving on to the cons, the first being the overall size and weight. The Firefly is a medium sized unit but due to the stainless steel design, the firefly carries more weight than the average portable vaporizer. It still fits perfectly in my pocket whether I’m wearing shorts or jeans and everything stays concealed in the included travel bag. Another complaint is that I can’t fully palm this vape like the MFLB or Pax for maximum discreetness. Another con would be the battery life. I love that the batteries are replaceable and charge very quickly, but the battery life is a bit shorter than I would prefer. One charge will last me a full day when I am using it myself, but when a second or third person joins, the battery will only last for a 3 to 4 hour hike. If you are planning on doing a multi-person all-day adventure then I would suggest picking up an extra battery.


So I’d like to thank you for watching my Firefly Vaporizer review. If you’re looking to buy the Firefly, you can click the link below to get the current price from the authorized dealer I bought mine from. You can also find a link to my full Firefly review, and links to my social media where I post outdoor pictures with my vaporizers around beautiful Montana and surrounding areas. Don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube channel for new vaporizer reviews, modifications, and cleaning tutorials. I really do appreciate all of your support and if you guys have any questions about the Firefly or any other vaporizer, feel free to leave a comment below or contact me on my website vaporizerwizard.com. Thanks again and have a great day.

Firefly Vaporizer Review

Overall Score
Firefly Vaporizer

The Firefly is one of the first successful portable convection vaporizers. It produces some of the best vapor quality of any portable unit I've tried while being the most efficient. It's easy to clean/maintain and it's backed by a 5 year warranty. Trust me, you can't go wrong with the Firefly.


  • " Steve" says: September 29, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Is the firefly that much different than Pax, I ordered it before I saw this video, was just curious if I should return and get the firefly. (paid 225 after tax for pax)

    • Buzz Danklin says: September 29, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      First, I would verify with Ploom that you got an authentic Pax, because authorized distributors are not allowed to sell the Pax for less than $250. There are only 3 websites authorized to sell the Pax, Ploom’s official site, vapeworld (who also includes a free grinder), and planetvape.

      Second, the differences between the Pax and Firefly basically come down to personal preference. The Firefly is the best tasting portable, and it’s also the most efficient at using your herbs, and one of the fastest vapes. I can pull it out, use it, and put it away before the Pax is finished preheating. However the Firefly is larger, and quite a bit heavier than the Pax. The Pax is the most discreet, portable, and easy to use vape in my opinion, but you sacrifice taste, efficiency, heat-up time and you have to do extra cleaning compared to the Firefly. I love and use both of these vapes frequently and I know you will be happy with either one. I would just pick the one that suits your needs/wants more.

      • Deva says: July 5, 2015 at 6:29 pm

        which chamber is smaller…the Pax or Firefly? i ask because i usually keep my hits/sessions brief and will not use a full chamber. i prefer fresh herbs with every session (at least with my current arizer…i find that leftover herbs in it don’t fair as well on a second session). i’m in the market because after only 3 months the solo broke.
        thanks so much for your thoughts!

        • Buzz Danklin says: July 5, 2015 at 6:32 pm

          I would go with the Firefly. Quicker sessions and smaller chamber.

    • Steve Rappaport says: January 15, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      The Firefly vaporizer I received was defective – it could not be used for more than 10 minutes without recharging – so I phoned Firefly tech support. I was told not to worry: the unit is under warranty for a year and I could send it back for repair at any time within that period, but I was NOT told that the battery is only warranted for 30 days. When I sent the unit back later in the year, Firefly determined that the battery was defective but they informed me that I would have to pay for a new battery. If I had been told when I phoned shortly after purchasing the unit that the problem might be the battery and I should send the unit back immediately, I would have done that, but I was not given correct information by Firefly support, so I did not return the unit immediately. Although the fault lies with Firefly support for failing to give me accurate information, I must now pay for a new battery. Lousy product, terrible support, insensitive customer service!

      • stevie d says: January 30, 2016 at 9:54 pm

        i to have had the same promblem with battery

      • Chooch Maroney punched Bologna says: March 1, 2016 at 10:19 pm

        Their customer service is awful and they seem to think that cross-selling shit is the solution to all problems. They take no accountability for the products they put out and its almost an insult that they warranty a battery for 30 days. What the fuck is gonna go wrong in that time frame realistically? Stand by your product with at least a three to six month warranty and I’d be less upset about purchasing a battery every time one goes.

      • Rowen says: March 16, 2016 at 6:30 pm

        Just one site that has an opinion that I think is right on.

        I did not buy a state of the art vaporizer with a RECHARGEABLE BATTERY, and expect to have to replace that battery every few months with a new battery that cost about $35 each. All my electronic devices that have rechargeable batteries rarely need new ones, not for years. It was supposed to be rechargeable, and that means that you can recharge it and it works. I do not want a toy that costs as much in batteries every two years as the device did. Now that is very clear, logical and reasonable. I think one you are having a problem with the batteries or two with certain (a rather large number it would seem) devices being faulty and having problems with the batteries. You should either find us a battery that is truly rechargeable, and/or fix the device so they last longer. I would like a refund, unless you can fix my problem. It seems that you would prefer to obfuscate, and avoid responsibility? You should fix the problem, or refund expense for the purchaser. I hope you can do what is necessary and salvage your enterprise, and continue to supply a valuable product, rather than stonewall, and if so then in the end you will fail.

        Come on now. Be reasonable (as opposed to desperate)
        Thank you

    • wally says: February 17, 2016 at 11:36 am

      Steve save your mony the fire fly is a bad investment I have had to send my back twice for repair

  • Tearyn says: October 15, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Great review man! My roomate just bought one of these and I can confirm everything you listed here is accurate. I also learned a few tips like the shredder and how to session one of these guys so I’m gonna have to try it out with the Gorilla Glue Strain I picked up this week :D

  • justin says: October 23, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    I got my firefly last week after watching your review a few weeks ago and I couldn’t be any happier. I have had 4 portable vapes and a extreme q plugin and the firefly tastes better than all of them by a lot. The battery is so-so like you mentioned but everything else is so amazing I dont even care about the battery one bit. How long have you had your firefly?

    • Buzz Danklin says: October 23, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      Hey Justin, I am glad you like the Firefly, the taste really is sublime isn’t it? I have noticed it tasted better than quite a few desktops as well, something I was not expecting from a portable. I got my Firefly at the start of May, so I have had it roughly 5.5 months now.

  • Brittany says: October 26, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    I am new to vaping and bought the Firefly. I am having a hard time getting much vapor. Any suggestions?

    • Buzz Danklin says: October 27, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      I prefer to use chunky/coarse grind with the Firefly. I have a bunch of grinders and my santa cruz shredder produces the thicker grind that seems to work the best. If you check out my firefly review video and skip to 2:33, you can see how full I like to pack my bowls. The firefly performs best with dry material in my experience, if your herb is too wet, then grind it and let it sit out to dry for a bit before use.

      When packing the bowl, don’t smash it down, instead gently push the herb into the bowl, and leave a slight mound

      Now for draw speed, The easiest way I found to explain the perfect draw speed is to have you draw harder and harder until you feel draw resistance, then back off a bit. The draw is fairly slow.

      For the first draw on a new bowl when the firefly is completely cool I preheat about 4-6 seconds. So turn it on, hold down the heat trigger, count to 4-6, and then start drawing without ever letting off the trigger.

      Now all you do is just take long slow inhales until either the 30s heat timer shut off, or your lungs are too full.

      If you take a long slow draws, you will get lots of vapor. Lets say you preheat for 6 seconds for the first hit, that means you get 24 secs left to draw (30 second heat timer), I usually have a pretty solid cloud on the first hit, but draw 2 and 3 are wicked, no preheat needed, just hit the trigger and start drawing. Once you get used to that draw, you can get incredible flavor, and you can get monster clouds if you want. Although you don’t always have to go for monster clouds too, sometimes I prefer to take more and smaller draws, rather than than 5 long draws.

      Some people like to preheat, let off the trigger, and re-start the heating cycle again as they start to draw. In my experience this greatly reduces the consistency, and it also seems to go through my battery noticeably faster, however you may prefer that method.

      If you start to run out of breath mid-draw, you can breath in through your nose for a couple seconds, and then continue your draw.

    • Brilz says: January 13, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      Eeryting buzz says prettty much sums it up. it took me over 3 months to actually realiize the firefly really was consitently one of the highest quality vaporizers the vaper flavor and qality being the best goes without saying since it, the consisitency was the problem it takes a technice just like buss described you don’t want to pull hard And long to get thick big clouds but slow consistent and long. to make sure i dont choke now , I pull until i start too feel it in my throat then give it 2 to 4 maybe 5 seconds the longer the bigger and thicker the cloud after a couple or a few seconds i let go of the button and keep pulling for at least 3 more seconds. It took me way to long to learn to get hits like that everytime but now that i do until i finally reciave my firefly i rate this as the best convection portable, its also the best to use with concentrates idk why but despite the mighty and the firefly both using the same technnique to vape wax the firelfy gives you true heavy dab hits like you would get with a dab rig of course the technique is different but somehow the mighty’s concentrate pads don’t do much compared to the firelfy. they both seem to vape it but only the firefly feels like you;re taking a dab it which is what i prefer personaly its why i dont like the pax or any of those slow hitting vapes unless they yeild large dense clouds which is rare for all condution vapes it does exist but with my mighty my firefly, the davinci ascent i hardly wanted until i tired it with wax and realized it did have potententiol for concentrates but to me its worse than the Pax with herbs anyway with all those and my grasshopper on the way I have no need and not enough money to justify my interests especially after how disappointed i was with my Pax. I sold it for 50 dollars that’s how little i liked it and was even able to use it, sure that thing is small and gives decent hits But it REEKS I mean hold shit its not discrete out of all the vapes only the Pax reeks that bad out of the ones i’ve tried its ridiculous even if its hard to see or easy to conceal doesn’t make it discrete if it Reeks or you’re standing in a cloud of marijuana smoke. Fun Fact the reason for the strong smell is the oven cover has no oring or seal in fact the air to create the vapor clouds is pulled through the oven which is possible because of its lack of a seal honestly in my opinion that’s really bad engineering and with a seal it wouldn’t be that bad at all. In weed legal states sure but if its supposed to be discrete it still isn’t idk someone wanna explain that to me. Id like to ask PAX what they where thinking leaving it with that In my opinion a design flaw i’d like to know what they consider it, Anyway also after letting it pre heat and then after hitting it for 10 sec. leg go and reppress the button once or twice as often as every three seconds this raises the temp of the bowl and is good at the end of a sess. to get the last out of it. Remember not to over pack or pack it too tightly or it may com bust but pack it full tamping it down very lighty and once you get the hit technique down you’ll be getting amazing clouds with superb taste. frankly the best in a portable maybe Period but I cant say for sure.. I think Buzz would know doe

      • Brandon Shand says: March 22, 2016 at 2:14 pm

        *until i finally recieave my grasshopper

  • Brittany says: October 29, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Thanks for the response. I am getting much better results now after reading your suggestions. I think practice makes perfect with the Firefly. I do have another question…. How many hits should I be getting on average per bowl?

    • Buzz Danklin says: October 30, 2014 at 12:13 am

      The number of hits will change depending on how dry the herb is, how long your draws are, and if you finish the bowl at once or break it into multiple sessions. I generally finish a bowl in 5-6 draws, but sometimes more.

    • Dane says: December 25, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      Dont draw so hard, try to take real slow hit it takes a full 10 seconds to develop, if you suck hard your just getting air, amd clean it frequently ,
      How many hits depends how big your lungs are , i usually know because the clouds get lighter and the taste gets that kind of burnt popcorn flavor

  • vape convert says: December 1, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    I had a pax for about a year before giving up on it (switch mechanisms in vapor path design fail even though cleaned regularly). I’ve used the solo for close to a year now and love it for it’s per
    performance and simplicity. The solo is just not subtle enough and looks like paraphernalia when in use.

    So that’s where I’m coming from. This unit looks to address my needs perfectly. I just worry about the design. I looks kind of cramped? How has it held up to continuous use and cleaning? I cleaned the pax constantly and it still deteriorated to the point of seldomly even turning on. The super simple design of the solo is so perfect.

    Anyway, debating another solo (just gifted my old one away). Any comments welcome, and thanks for all the reviews!

    • Buzz Danklin says: December 1, 2014 at 9:10 pm

      Hey! I really don’t think you can go wrong with the Firefly. It’s one of the easiest to maintain and clean. It is a bit bulkier than your Pax and similar in weight to your Solo. I rarely have to clean mine because I just brush out the bowl after a session. Plus the Firefly is much more efficient than both the Pax and Solo because of its pure convection heating. Other than the learning the initial technique, all you have to do is press one button to heat the chamber and that’s it. Pretty easy to use.

      I also recommend you check out the new Arizer Air. It’s the newer version of the Solo with a smaller design and better battery system.

      • Dane says: December 25, 2016 at 8:46 pm

        Buzz I dissagree on cleaning, i keep mine clean, its so easy just use an alcohol swab, takes 30 seconds amd it works much better, and the taste is better, but do let the alcohol dry or it tastes bad.

  • Harold says: December 22, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Hi there!

    I’ve been looking around for a good vaporizer for an old buddy of mine. He recently obtained his card and is looking around for a good portable vape. I personally do not smoke, so I’m really quite clueless when it comes to picking out a good vape! There is simply too many to choose from – the market is flooded with them!

    I was previously set on purchasing the Arizer Air, but after reading your blog and reviews, I am now torn between the Air, Firefly and Crafty.

    Which portable vape would you recommend? Cost is not an issue – I would place an emphasis on efficiency, taste and durability (build quality).

    Thank you!


    • Buzz Danklin says: December 22, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      Hey Harold,

      Do you know how much your buddy currently smokes in volume per session,
      and also how often he has smoke sessions. Some people smoke/vape .1 gram
      every hour all day, others smoke .5 grams in once sitting once a day,
      certain vapes are better for each person.

      Overall the Firefly has the best flavor, however it does have a smaller
      bowl and battery than the Crafty. All three of these vapes are very
      efficient for portables. If he is a heavy smoker, the Crafty will
      probably be the best bet, it has the largest bowl, and can vape the
      largest quantity of herb in a single charge.

      I do enjoy the Air, but overall I think the Firefly is better if you have
      a low or medium tolerance, due to the best flavor in any portable, and its
      also a bit more efficient. The Crafty is definitely better for a high
      tolerance users than the Air.

      The Firefly can hold ~.15grams in the bowl, and you get 3-4 bowls per
      charge. So the battery lasts for roughly .45-.60 grams. The battery
      recharges in ~45 minutes. The Firefly has a 5yr warranty

      The Air can hold ~.15grams in the bowl, and I get 3 bowls per charge, so
      the Air lasts for roughly .45grams per charge. The Air battery takes ~120
      minutes to charge. The Air has a 2yr warranty

      The Crafty can hold ~.2grams and I get 4 bowls per charge, so the Crafty
      lasts for roughly .80grams per charge. The Crafty battery takes ~120
      minutes to charge. The Crafty has a 2yr warranty

      One final thing to note, is that the Firefly does take a bit of technique
      to use. It seems to take most people a bowl or two to figure out the draw
      speed and the heater technique. The Air requires very slight technique
      but its fairly forgiving. The Crafty (along with its big brother the
      Mighty) are the most forgiving portable vapes. You can draw fast or slow,
      short or long, pack tight or lose and it works great everytime.

      Sorry for the information overload, but I want you to know all of the
      important aspects so you can make the right decision for your friend. At
      the very base of it, if he doesn’t consume very much, the Firefly will
      most likely be the best option due to its on demand heat, so he can take a
      single draw at a time if he wants. If he wants to consume .15-.2grams or
      more in a session, the Crafty will most likely be best for him

      If you buy via the vapeworld links on my vape reviews, you get free
      shipping, as well as a free grinder.

      Let me know if you have any other questions, or if you want me to clarify

      Have a great evening.

      • Harold says: December 22, 2014 at 3:41 pm


        I will be meeting my buddy tomorrow and hopefully we’d get a better idea regarding his needs.

        Thank you for the prompt and detailed reply, you have certainly taken the time and effort in providing me with the best possible information.

        Are you affiliated with Vapeworld by any chance? If you are, I will certainly be writing them an email informing them of the great help and advice you have provided me thus far.

        Thank you once again.


  • David says: December 22, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Hey there,

    So I bought the firefly after trying to decide which vape is for me. Your review video sold me on it.

    I have a few questions though. I’ve used my firefly three times. I use a fine grind and pack it loosely till its just slightly above the bowl and then gently push It in. I’m using the same technique as you in the video. I’m getting smooth, dense, and tasty clouds very comparable to what I see in your vid.

    So here comes the question. I’m not feeling much. 2 to 3 inhales and I get a very very mild sensation of “tired”. I do notice my pain goes down (got into mj for pain relief) but I wouldn’t say I feel “high”.

    I think my technique is good as I’m getting good clouds. So maybe it’s an issue off too much or not enough herb? Maybe my tolerance is just crazy (felt nothing first 3 times I smoked a pipe, 4th I got hit hard though) or is it possible just weak herb (fire OG from dispensary).

    Thanks for any suggestions. Love your channel.


    • Buzz Danklin says: December 22, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      Hey David,

      First off, there is a chance your tolerance is high, but I find that pretty unlikely so we will skip that for now.

      The two main problems I usually see with the Firefly is herb that is too wet, and too fine of a grind. What grinder are you using? You wan’t the herb to be a more of a chunky/coarse grind, compared to a fine/powdery grind.

      I find the santa cruz shredder (coarser grind) works the best with the firefly, and the magic flight finishing grinder (finest grind) works the worst out of my grinders. Most grinders in the middle like the spacecase, mendo mulcher, sharpstone, chromium crusher work well. Also, how long are your draws when you say you are taking 2-3 and exhaling vapor?

      I generally take draws that are 20S+ with the heater on the whole time. If you are taking shorter draws, you will need to take extra draws. If you are getting long good draws, you should definitely be feeling it more.

      The very first thing I would do is make sure your herb is mostly dry, if its too wet it takes much longer to fully vaporize, as its mostly water vapor at first. You can grind it up, then dump it on a white sheet of paper and just leave it out in the air for a while. If your herb is mostly dry and its still not giving you much effect, I would try another strain.

      If it is dry and still not working with another strain there is a chance you do have a very high tolerance and will just need to vape a full bowl (5-8 large draws) or maybe even two. Although most people I have met can get where they need to be with two 25-30second draws on the firefly if the herb is high quality.

      Have a great evening, and please keep me updated!


      • David says: December 22, 2014 at 3:49 pm

        Hey Buzz,

        Thanks for the advice.

        The grinder I was using is definitely more on the fine side. Just vaped using same herb, but I put it through a grinder with a much coarser grind. I also just slowed my draws down and waiting a second or 2 before taking my draw. 1-2 second preheat + 25 second light and steady draw seems to be the sweet spot on mine. MUCH BETTER! 3 draws in and Im more than good now.

        Thanks for the tips again, Now I am really in love the Firefly even more. Keep up the great reviews and videos. Gonna get all my friends to sub too.


    • Eren says: March 11, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      Quality of the herb is probably the issue

  • John plunkett says: February 16, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Question: Buzz, I have a firefly vaporizer and was wondering how long your battery last before you have to recharge it with a 4 to 5 second heating time and a 25 second draw. I pre-heat my firefly for about 8 seconds, release and draw for about 6 seconds, repeat 2 more times and this seams to work. That a total of 4 draws per session (counting the per-heat time). Sometime I get really good Vape sometiimes not to much Vape. But I only get a total of round 16 draws before I have to recharge the battery. Does this sound about right to you? I will be trying your method the next time I vape!

    • Buzz Danklin says: February 18, 2015 at 12:38 pm

      Hey John I would try pre-heating for about 3-5 seconds and then continue to hold the button down for the entire duration of your draw. My battery will typically last me three, maybe four bowls before the battery dies. I would say I get about 4-7 draws per bowl depending on the how I pack it and the consistency of the herb. Let me know how this works out for you.

  • Helen says: February 22, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    I’m new to the vap world, which vaporizer would you recommend for a rookie? Is the Firefly something I can use for the first time?

    • Buzz Danklin says: February 24, 2015 at 12:16 pm

      Absolutely. Just follow the techniques in my video and you’ll be fine. I also recommend you check out the Crafty. The Crafty is a bit easier to use but more expensive and I still think the Firefly has better vapor quality.

  • Josh says: April 15, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Would you go for the Pax 2, firefly or daVinci ascent? I’m new to camping and just curious your thoughts as they are relatively similar in price. Would mainly be just me using it.

    • Buzz Danklin says: April 15, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      Hey Josh,

      I’m a little confused. Are you actually going to be using it for camping? If that’s the case, two options:

      Option 1: Get the Pax 2 and pick up a battery pack so you can charge it on the go via USB. Most battery packs around $25 should fully charge the Pax 2 from dead multiple times. You can’t beat the portability of the Pax 2 especially in that type of situation. It is a conduction type vaporizer so it’s meant to session for 5-10 minutes or so and then turn off.

      Option 2: Get the Firefly and pick up an extra battery or two. This way you can swap in and out batteries quickly on the go. Just make sure that you have them charged up before you leave. The Firefly is the perfect vaporizer for one person because it can only hold about .15 grams in the chamber and it’s practically heat on demand. The bowl is ready to vape in 5-7 seconds and you can basically pull out the Firefly, pre-heat, take your draw, and put it away before the Pax 2 is finished heating up or right as it’s finished.

      I’m not really a fan of the Davinci Ascent when you are comparing it to the Firefly and Pax 2 so it’s not really a contender IMO.

  • Josh says: April 16, 2015 at 10:44 am

    I meant vaping, my phone autocorrected to camping. My bad.

  • Udo says: April 21, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    I have never understood why people rate vapes based upon how much vapour comes out on an exhale.
    Technically nothing should come out on an exhale as that vapour should be absorbed and if tons is coming out then too large of hits are being taken and thus those vaporized trichomes are being wasted.

    • Buzz Danklin says: April 22, 2015 at 3:33 pm

      Our lungs only absorb somewhere around 23% of the THC that we inhale and the denser clouds (higher temps) release more components of the plant. This is what gives you different types of highs from the same type of strains. For instance, if use the Volcano at temp 4-5, this creates an energetic light high with very little (if any) vapor in the bag which is similar to what you are talking about. I can still function pretty well and get stuff done. If I up the temp to 7-9, this will increase the amount of vapor in the bag because more of the compounds are being released from the plant. This will give me a more couch locked, lazy high good for right before you go to bed at night.

      Everyone is different and different vape temps produce much different results. The Firefly is dynamically controlled so you have to figure out how long to hold the heat button in order to achieve the vapor density that you want. If you hold it for the full 30 seconds then you most likely get some pretty dense clouds and be extremely medicated. If you hold it for the 5-7 pre-heat and then start drawing for only 5-10 seconds then you won’t be nearly as medicated and it won’t produce large clouds either.

      Hopefully this helps :0

  • Jimmy taiwo says: April 28, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Hello Buzz
    I’m enjoying reading through your website. I have vaped before, but most of the portable vaporizers I have used haven’t worked too well with the dry herbs (gpen and some atmos pens) as they really just burn the herbs and are difficult to clean.
    I am looking to upgrade to either the Pax 2 or the Firefly and was hoping you could help me decide. I usually vape/smoke in the streets of NYC so yea discretion is important, but price and performance among other things are more important.

    So my questions –
    If I pack my vape before I go to work (so i can use on my commute/walk home) which vaporizer will conceal the scent of the herb the best (when I vape the herb the smell will come out I know)? I understand I can pack it when I’m on the way but i prefer to just be able to whip it out and vape when i leave the office.

    Can I use the Pax 2 and get a good vape within 3-5 minutes? or do i need to wait 5 minutes to use? I’m not a huge quantity guy, probably smoke/vape once a day and not too much so I’m really looking to whip it out and get a good hit and be done. Seems like the firefly would be best for this but if I can use the Pax within 5 minutes that is fine.

    How much herb does the pax hold? You mentioned the Firefly holds ~.15 grams.

    and the most important question, how is each holding up for you still and which one do you prefer?
    It seems like the firefly is a better experience but the pax 2 is more compact. I’ll probably go for the firefly but am really interested in your answers to my questions.
    Thanks in advance for your help.

    • Buzz Danklin says: April 28, 2015 at 7:29 pm

      Hey Jimmy,

      They will both smell, but the Pax 2 will smell a bit more since its a conduction unit vs on demand convection. However the smell will not be near as bad as combustion. When you are drawing from the Firefly, it stands out quite a bit more, since its larger and bulkier, whereas the Pax 2 you can basically palm it and put your hand up to your mouth so its much harder to see.

      One thing about the Firefly, is you need to take a long slow draw, even longer/slower than the pax. Which can make it harder to do while walking depending on lung capacity. If you can stop somewhere and just take a draw or two I think it would be the best way to use the Firefly.

      You can definitely get a few good draws from the Pax 2 in 3-5 minutes, it heats up in under a minute. The Pax 2 can hold about .25 with a normal grind/pack, and up to .4 with an extremely fine grind and tight pack.

      They are both holding up great, and they are both used frequently. The Pax 2 is a bit better on the go for the size/discreetness of using it, but the Firefly flavor is just amazing, so I always use the Firefly over the Pax 2 at home. You basically hit the nail on the head with your last sentence. The Firefly is a better experience, but the Pax 2 is more compact, and it holds more herb.

    • Brandon Shand says: March 22, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      you’d have to get something like the firefl or FF2 or the crafty. the pax’s lack of a seal on the oven cover creates an enormous amount of smell. i say this from personal experience. its like baking with a vented or an open oven. the crafty has an o-ring seal around the bowl and several other parts leading up to the mouthpiece and the firefly {FF} has a rubber on the inside of the lid to create a seal very different design but the same idea plus the all convection feature of the FF should make it the least smelly unit.
      while the Crafty and Mighty are probably right next to the FF the crafty has a small amount of conduction which could make the vapor you exhale smell a bit more. I’ve found these vapes only smell in a small radius 3 to 5 feet or maybe a bit more for the mighty or crafty but to really notice it it has to a huge cloud or blown almost straight in the persons face. Maybe walking around in a crowded area of NYC or at a concert you could get away nicely with a Pax but using it walking down the street or standing would reek to anyone to walk by lol or worse
      i almost got kicked out of a hotel room cuz i didn’t realize how much it still smelled and why/


  • Jimmy taiwo says: April 28, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Buzz I hadn’t gone through your website to find you actually have a whole page comparing the Pax2 and Firefly lol. I will look at that page too. Thanks

  • Cabrrron says: May 4, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Thx man…. your good. Liked this review very mutch and liked your way of saying.

  • dani says: May 12, 2015 at 6:40 am

    Hi man,

    Great web site! Thanks I am using it extensively to buy my first Vape. I have some question (though you basically cover everything here). I am at the moment unsure if to go for the Firefly or the Crafty. I know I can’t be wrong, yet…

    1 – Firefire (to-go?).

    Pro – The on-demand conv heating and the superior taste are a great differentiators and I believe they make the firefly quite unique for me. 5 yrs warranty. Weed efficiency. I can’t adjust directly the temp but I believe holding the bottom does the trick (you explained somewhere).

    Cons – A bit skeptical about battery life and the fact I can’t use while recharging. Is the “to-go” a must have (this would increase the price for me)? Another thing is, you said it is not the best to use with wet weed is that correct? Because what I buy here is quite wet. Skeptical too about the learning curve, but I saw your video, it should be easy.

    2 – Crafty.

    Pro – I can use while recharging. USB is one of the best advantage. Probably best in class manufacturer.

    Cons – 2 years warranty. Not pure conv heating: flavor might be less and/or vape might be not too efficient. Iphone app: my Bluetooth is broken, would I be able to connect?

    My usage. Mostly at home, max 2 person. I would like the best flavor (or at least very high standard) from my session. I would go Firefly blindly but the battery life, the fact that I can’t recharge while using and probably the need to buy the to-go (so higher price) are making me wonder if I should go for a “standard” vape as the Crafty.


    • Buzz Danklin says: May 17, 2015 at 9:51 pm

      I think the Firefly is the best choice if you are wanting the best flavor. It works really well at home, and I think I have only killed the battery once while at home (It fully rechrges in ~45 minutes, and can vape ~4 bowls on a charge) so unless you are consistently vaping a bowl faster than every 10-15 minutes it can keep up if you throw it on the charger when not in use. If you do want to vape more/faster, the external charger and battery is nice, but I don’t really use mine that often to be honest. The Crafty still has amazing flavor though, and like you mentioned you can’t go wrong with either unit.

  • CherryM410 says: June 15, 2015 at 3:31 am

    Buzz I have a question, If your at home and the battery is about to die can you plug it in an outlet and still take hits?? Or do you have to let it charge completely? Thanks!!

    • Buzz Danklin says: June 15, 2015 at 11:46 am

      Hey Cherry! Unfortunately the Firefly does NOT offer pass through charging. So you will need to charge the battery fully or pick up an extra one with the external charging dock. Then you can always have a battery charged ready to go.

      • New Lungs says: June 15, 2015 at 5:54 pm

        I just ordered mine today, they currently have a promotion where you can order an extra battery and external charger for $30 instead of $60. Not sure if it’s only if you order the firefly out not but check it out.

  • Larz says: July 7, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Hello Buzz,

    I’m about to pull the trigger for a Firefly, been deciding between FF and Crafty to upgrade from my Arizer Solo. What I´m looking for is, better vapor taste and quality, low draw resistance and portability (I don´t care abt the FF being heavy) The only thing that makes me wonder if I should save for a crafty is the ability to vaporize other herbs, like Eucalyptus, Chamomile, Lavender, etc. Have you tried it with the Firefly? I wonder how the experience might be, since it doesn’t have a precise temp control and the craft y does.. also I heard people saying you get more high with the Crafty hits that any other vape..

    Your help will be much appreciated man ! Thanks and regards,

    • Buzz Danklin says: July 8, 2015 at 5:37 pm

      Seems how you didn’t mention anything about heat up times then I would go with the Crafty. I think you can get slightly better taste with the Firefly but you can’t beat the consistency of the Crafty. You also get a full temp spectrum with the Crafty just in case you ever did want to try to vape actual herbs. The Crafty takes about 90 seconds to heat up whereas the Firefly can be vaping in less than 10 seconds including pre-heat.

      Crafty is also much lighter, but probably not as durable as the Firefly either. Hmmmm. Crafty. Go with the Crafty in my opinion.

      • Larz says: July 9, 2015 at 2:51 pm

        Hey, thank you for the reply, Buzz. Yeah, maybe the Crafty is the way to go :)

        Since you have tried both, Firefly and Crafty, my last question is, how do they compare in hit potency? I read that crafty hits were almost as strong as desktop vaporizers, you think Firefly vapor is lighter and harsher to the throat than the Crafty? Or how would they compare in vapor smoothness and the “high” they provide ???

        Thanks in advance and sorry for so many questions, I just wanna pick up the right one.

        • Buzz Danklin says: July 18, 2015 at 6:59 pm

          I would say the Crafty is the smoothest hitting. The Firefly can really get a strong dense hit. It really all depends on the temp and herb type which is why its nice to be able to adjust the temp on the Crafty.

  • Mr bobo says: July 15, 2015 at 11:23 am

    I am a very light smoker who just smokes about one puff on a pipe before bed. I’m looking to change to vaping because I fear the smoking could effect my health. I’m looking for the vaporizer that has the cleanest vapor…I’ve read that some of the cheaper ones are made with plastics which can produce fumes. I was attracted to the firefly because of the glass heating element. I was also looking at the Pax but that seems to have more plastic parts in it. Can you confirm or provide a recommendation for someone with those concerns.
    I also would like something that will allow me to use very small amounts of mj at a time.

    Thanks for your through reviews and comments!!

    • Buzz Danklin says: July 18, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      I would definitely recommend the Firefly. It uses an all glass heating chamber and a stainless steel vapor path and I think it’s one of the cleanest hitting portable vaporizers right now. It uses true convection and you can adjust the temps of vapor based on the lengths of your draws. It also depends a lot on the herb and the consistency of the herb but yea I think you would like the Firefly very much. It’s easy to turn on, quick to heat up and easy to take small puffs right before bed.

  • Alex says: July 20, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Hey Buzz,

    Thanks for all the info. I found the comments to be as equally awesome as your review. I went ahead and got the Firefly and Santa Cruz Shredder on your recommendation through your link. So far really impressed with both esp the Firefly. Still have to hone my technique a bit but you were right, the taste this vaporizer produces is next level. Thanks and keep up the awesome work!

    • Buzz Danklin says: July 20, 2015 at 2:52 pm

      Awesome! I’m so glad you like it. I still use mine quite a bit and it’s going on over a year now I think. Great stuff man I really appreciate the kind words. Take care.

  • Raven says: August 3, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    I am still a bit confused about how to get what I want from the Firefly. I have had it for a few months now.

    The problem I am having is getting actual SMOKE into my lungs and on exhale. HACK HACK! That is NOT why I bought a vape!

    Sounds like maybe too long a draw? Too fast? I have also been keeping the heater button depressed during the entire draw. I mostly vape indicas for insomnia, right before bedtime.

    I understand about using the best grind and the best packing of the chamber and DRY weed.



    • Buzz Danklin says: August 9, 2015 at 11:24 am

      So what I like to do is kind of pre-heat the chamber by holding down the heat button for about 8 seconds before I start taking my draw. Leave the heat button pressed down the entire time until you are finished taking your draw. If you have more problems I would probably send it back in.

      Make sure the grind is NOT a super fine grind. It needs to be a normal consistency for the best results.

      • Raven says: August 11, 2015 at 8:42 am

        Seems to help a lot to slow down my draw. No more smoke, but wonder if I am getting all the goodies from the weed now. HA! One of the gals at my favorite dispensary said that it is very important to be able to adjust the temperature on a vape, as I think you can on the Pax. She said the different strains need different temps to activate the chemicals you need. You supposedly can do this with the Firefly, but it is guesswork.

        Thanks for your answer!

  • A C says: August 7, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Absolutely do not purchase this vape. I have had mine for only a few months of light in home use and the heating mechanism has stopped functioning. Firefly will have you pay to send it to them and wait 2 weeks for them to fix or replace it. Horrible customer service. An item this expensive shouldn’t break so quickly.

    • Buzz Danklin says: August 9, 2015 at 11:11 am

      That’s shitty you have to be without a vape for a bit man sorry. I’ve still had mine for over a year now and just upgraded batteries on mine. I’m sure they will take care of you soon. Shitty situation though. Thanks for checking out my site.

    • Joey VonKnuckles says: August 31, 2015 at 10:33 pm

      I would highly recommend that you do NOT get the firefly. I am now in the process of getting my 5th one replaced. I have had nothing but trouble since day one… first ones battery crapped out in a couple weeks, but it was replaced quickly, but then only half the element wouldn’t heat up. Replaced and it took two weeks. Second ones top plate had in perfections in the vaporizer channel and was replaced but then it stopped working all together in 2 weeks. Third one stopped working after 3 weeks. Fourth one in a month and now this one stopped working after 4 weeks. Reconcider your choices because as nice as this one looks, feels and when it works it works amazing but come on now, 14 months later I’m onto my 6th. Glad it’s under warranty but how many am I going to go through until that day comes and then what.

  • Unhappy says: September 19, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    What a complete waste of money. If you can get one that works, it works beautifully for a day maybe but only with an extremely strong chemical taste and smell. They won’t bother telling you what it is either. They will just offer to replace it and maybe they will pay for shipping, but you’re minus a vaporizer for even longer. Then that replacement is just as bad if not worse smelling. The top cover IS NOT stainless steel; it looks like cheap metal plating or some kind of metallic paint.

    Keep in mind to read message boards because people have had to replace theirs over 7 times. Nine times and counting for one person.

    • Buzz Danklin says: October 2, 2015 at 12:21 pm

      I’ve had mine since April/May of 2015 with no problems what-so-ever. It’s a good vaporizer for most and I’m sorry that you’re having problems with your unit. Thats definitely shitty to be without a vaporizer for weeks. Let me know if I can do anything to help out. Sorry man.

  • Manning says: September 23, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Hey, I’m looking for a vape for very casual and conservative use. I was keeping a steady high throughout the day for awhile, but circumstance has changed and I’m looking more for a single sesh-oriented vape. Would you say this is one of the more efficient vapes out there? And how about the temp, does it tend to get hot? I’ve been using the Alfa by goboof for awhile, and it was working out pretty well but I felt like I was wasting a fair bit of herb, mostly because I needed to pack it pretty tight and half full to get quality vapor. I know that the Alfa is kinda mid tier, how would you compare it to the firefly? It’s the only other vape I’ve owned, so I’d appreciate whatever you can tell me.

    • Buzz Danklin says: October 2, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      I would check out the Firefly and the Crafty. I really like the Crafty because it’s the most free flowing and coolest vapor. One of the downsides to the ALfa is the short vapor path which can produce some pretty warm vape temps. You don’t get that at all with the Crafty and you get practically ZERO draw resistance.

      The Firefly has a much better heat up time (10 seconds with pre-heat) so you can definitely get your session in much faster with the Firefly if thats what you needed. Battery life on both is sub par but you can charge the Crafty on the go via micro USB and portable battery packs. The Firefly offers removable batteries so you could also just pick up an extra.

      I would say the Firefly would be more effecient just because of pure convection heating method and the lack of time waiting for the unit to heat up and cool down.

      Let me know if you have any more questions and I’ll help you out.

  • Brady says: September 28, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    I’m a light smoker so I won’t go through a full chamber. Can you comment on how much or little can you put in the chamber to make it work.
    Is it best to fill it realizing that you won’t use it all, but how fresh would it hold up if you come back in the next day or two? It seems like a fresh fill per use is the best bet…
    I’m new to vaping and purchased the firefly based on your recommendations. Your web site is very informative.

    • Buzz Danklin says: October 2, 2015 at 12:08 pm

      I think you would be best with a fresh fill if you are waiting a couple days in between uses. The Firefly is decent with varying pack sizes and the chamber isn’t that big to begin with. I do recommend in my video to pretty much fill it all the way but i’m a heavy tolerance user so it’s definitely not needed. Let me know how it works out and if you have any more questions.

      • Brady says: October 8, 2015 at 6:39 pm


        I used your idea of placing the concentrate pad over the top of a partially filled oven that you described with the crafty. This technique actually works well with the firefly. The pads are not included but is a cheap accessory. This way you can always use fresh if you don’t want to use a full chamber.

        • Buzz Danklin says: October 19, 2015 at 1:52 am

          Awesome man, glad it worked out for you.

  • Dawn says: November 11, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Hey Buzz!
    I’m new to vaping. I tried a friends atmos and the slow draw drove me nuts. I’m not a heavy smoker, but I’d really like something closer to the draw of a glass pipe. I was so close to buying the firefly but I just saw in the comments you said it has a slow draw. Suggestions?

    • Buzz Danklin says: November 12, 2015 at 1:12 am

      Most vapes require a slow or medium slow draw to perform best, whether it’s from a heater that can’t keep up with the fast draw, or draw restriction (the firefly has draw restriction on a hard/fast draw, but no restriction on a slow draw). There are only a few that do well with a fast/hard draw. You will want to check out the Crafty, the Mighty and the Grasshopper, all of those will do well with a fast draw, they have low draw resistance, along with powerful heaters that can keep up.

  • Adrian says: November 20, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    Hi I need to buy a vape for a birthday present for my pal how is an amateur is the world of vaporizers.

    I think the firefly is the best option for him, ¿Do you know is the Black Tie Grinder will work as good as the Santa Cruz?

    Only to understand the heating system and Flavor of the Firefly is better than the Crafty?

    Thank you very much in advance!!!

    • Buzz Danklin says: November 21, 2015 at 7:15 pm

      The Firefly does take a bit more practice and technique than most vaporizers so if you really want the easiest and most consistent vape for a friend who is new, you might consider the Crafty or the Mighty. Otherwise the Firefly will work well but just tell your friend that the first bowl or two will be a slight learning experience and you won’t get the best performance his first draw. I have not seen or tried a Black Tie grinder unfortunately, but most grinders work great with the Firefly. The main thing you don’t want is a grinder that grinds into a fine powder, you want a chunkier grind.

  • greg says: November 23, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    What kills it for me is the degradation of the battery. It costs $30 a battery and they last a few months at max. I’ve gone through 4 in a year which is really awful, and i don’t want to keep spending money to buy more. It’s pretty expensive as is.

    • Buzz Danklin says: November 23, 2015 at 7:45 pm

      Even the newer 770 mAh batteries are wearing out in a few months for you? How many times do you use the unit per day? That is REALLY unfortunate to hear.

  • zahava says: November 29, 2015 at 10:37 am

    I bought pax 2 and it feels like a heat missile. It burned my lower lip and tongue. I have only used it 3 times but it feels like smoking an iphone.
    Any suggestions?

    • Buzz Danklin says: November 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm

      Use the flush mouthpiece and move your top lip further back away from the vapor path. That’s crazy that it gets that hot. Mine gets hot when I used the raised mouthpiece, so I just use the flush one exclusively.

  • Mike says: December 31, 2015 at 9:47 am

    I have a Randy’s Tru Vape and consistent use of that caused migraines, I think it was because it took to long to heat. Have you ever had this problem with a Firefly? Lastly, how long does a bowl last and how do you know it is cashed? With my Tru Vape it doesn’t hold the appropriate heat settings when it is cashed. Thank you for your informative review and have a glorious day.

    • Buzz Danklin says: January 14, 2016 at 9:25 am

      I haven’t. I usually just pre-heat the chamber for about 4-6 seconds and then begin my draw. I try to aim for the full 30 seconds or so and release. If you are thinking about getting the Firefly, you might want to hold off for a couple weeks because FF2 could possibly be out by the end of this month. Don’t quote me on it though.

  • rick says: January 11, 2016 at 7:12 am

    Fully charged firefly I get two uses and its dead? What a piece of crap for the money I spent! Very disappointed!

    • Buzz Danklin says: January 11, 2016 at 10:53 am

      I would reach out to them and tell them about the issues especially if you just recently purchased the unit. The Firefly is definitely not the best portable for battery life but it should be getting more than 2 sessions. How many cycles would you say you are getting within each session?

  • Joey says: January 20, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    I purchased my firefly in June of 2014 and initially was very impressed with the design, feel and it worked pretty good after playing with it and using your suggestions. Unfortunately the battery didn’t last long at all and after a month a new battery was sent to me free of charge, but it was only a month later a new one had to be sent out again. Three months (now at 5 months since original purchase)the units heating element button started sticking and eventually stopped working all together. Sent it in and was replaced within the month at a shipping and insurance cost of over $30.00. Second unit lasted only 2 months until the heating element wouldn’t turn on at all and wouldn’t heat. Sent in and replaced within a couple weeks at a cost of over $30.00 again. Third unit lasted only a month with the same issues, and again sent in and replaced at a cost of over $30 again. Okay so to make a long story short I’m on my 7th, yes you read correctly, 7th replaced firefly at a cost of over $200.00 in shipping costs.
    Now I should probably explain that I Don’t use it as a portable vape, only in one place and it’s kept clean after every use, never banged or dropped. I spent over $300.00 initially and look after it.
    would I recommend this to a friend? Not if I want to keep them as one.

  • dlox says: March 27, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    Is the warranty transferable ?

    • Buzz Danklin says: March 31, 2016 at 10:46 am

      I’m not for sure on this one, I would try going to their website and sending them an email or hit up their chat to see what they say.

  • Wayne Brown says: May 1, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    I’ve had my Firefly since December and have had nothing but problems. Out of the box it wouldn’t hold a charge for longer than 12 hours or 4 hits whichever came first. I returned it to the company who sent it back after two weeks and with no packing slip listing what was work was done. The unit had the same exact problem. After contacting customer service again they told me that they replaced the circuit board and heating coil and sent it back. They also said that the technician noticed that the battery was near the end of it’s life… That means that they sent it with a bum battery to begin with and didn’t bother sending an email or a note with the reconditioned unit. Also, this assumes that they replaced the board and coil knowing that the problem was most likely the battery, which… wait for it… has only a 30 day warranty. Great job guys! While this appears to be a quality product, it is made and serviced by amateurs. Possibly great product but a garbage company. Buyer be forewarned!

    • Buzz Danklin says: May 2, 2016 at 5:38 am

      Really sorry to hear about your experience, this is not how they have treated others I have talked with who have gone through the warranty process. I would definitely contact them again and demand a new battery if it was shipped with a faulty one.

  • Leory says: May 24, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Did anyone else notice that the author mentioned that the Firefly had massive “heat sinks”? Um, shouldn’t that be “insulation” instead? You don’t want the chimney heat sinking into the grip.

    • Buzz Danklin says: May 30, 2016 at 11:24 am

      I’m fairly certain they are referred to as heat sinks. Just like you would have a over a processor in a PC. It pulls all the heat out to exterior sources of metal to allow more cooling.

  • Daniela says: January 29, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    I bought a brand new firefly and it only lasts for 6 pulls before having to be recharged completely! Unsatisfied with this product and firefly vapor provided no assistance. Beware

    • Buzz Danklin says: February 3, 2017 at 5:58 pm

      I would definitely contact support, that is far from normal. There is a chance you may have ended up with a counterfeit unit since the original Firely has not been produced for over a year, however I still see knockoffs being produced and sold.

  • Paul says: February 21, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    I don’t know what all the rave about the Firefly2 is all about. I believe it’s an over-priced under-performing piece o’ junk. 1) Battery sucks. @ batts sucks twice as much. 2) Bowl too small. 3) Draws is too hard. 4) Easily broken. The mirror glass looks nice, but don’t drop it. A curious design choice for a product intended to be used by stoned people.

  • linda gross says: April 14, 2017 at 9:31 am

    I’m not getting any clouds, what is wrong, its new?

    • Buzz Danklin says: April 23, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      Do you have the OG firefly or the Firefly 2? Both units require a full pack for best results and the sessions are controlled heavily by your draw speed. So I would hit the button, let it pre-heat for a bit and then start slowly drawing until you feel the vapor in the back of your throat. I like to draw for the entire duration which is about 30 seconds. Consistency with your draw helps a lot. What temp settings are you on if you have the Firefly 2?


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