The Firefly 2+ (Plus) is a portable convection vaporizer made by the company Firefly Vapor. If I had to pick a portable vaporizer based solely on the quality of taste, the Firefly 2 plus would be the one I’d want.
Not only does it excel at delivering flavorful flower (dry herb) rips, but the Firefly 2+ is also one of the best portable vaporizers to use with concentrates. The taste is out of this world and clean up is a breeze.
I’ve tried over 150 different portable vaporizers and I can honestly say that the Firefly 2 delivers THE BEST vapor quality you can get out of a portable vaporizer. Now that they have fixed some of the issues like battery life and consistency, I really don’t think it gets much better.
Pros: The Firefly 2+ is what the Firefly 2 should have been. I’ve found it to have less draw resistance; quicker heat-up times, improved battery life and much easier to get consistent results.
Cons: The downsides are the familiar complaints with older Firefly vaporizer models. I find myself cleaning the unit fairly often. You will need some iso wipes or a bottle of iso and a paper towel to wipe down the unit after a couple of sessions.
I also still need to stir every few hits if I want even extraction which requires a toothpick or stirring tool of sorts.
TL:DR: Other than having to stay on top of the cleaning, the upgrades are exactly what the Firefly 2 needed and they dropped price quite a bit on this version compared to the original Firefly 2. The Firefly 2 Plus is honestly the best vaporizer for anyone looking to get the best possible flavor from their dry herb and/or concentrates.
The Firefly 2+ retails for $249 and I recommend picking it up directly from Firefly. Read on below to get my full Firefly 2 Plus vaporizer review.
SIZE, PORTABILITY, & BUILD QUALITY
Size and Portability
Although the Firefly 2 is not the smallest portable vaporizer on the market, it’s sleek and slender enough to fit easily in your pant pocket or shorts.
On the flip side, people are going to see you hitting this device. While you can kind of palm the device, you still have to be able to press one of the buttons on the side and bring it to your mouth. It’s about the size of a Nintendo Wii remote but skinnier if that makes sense.
It’s also one of the lightest vaporizers and won’t weigh down your pockets.
So far so good with the Firefly+. I love the way that it feels in the hands, the buttons are responsive, the lid secures tightly, and the logo even helps you line up the lid. There’s no funky taste or smells associated with the first couple rips. You can wipe it down with an alcohol pad and throw herb in it immediately which is just nice these days.
I have used both the iPhone and Android apps. Pairing the device to the app is quick and painless. It’s easy to change temps, change button activation preferences and check battery life.
Unfortunately, the IOS version of the APP is no longer available however you can still adjust temps via the on-vape buttons. You can also still use the app if you already had it from a previous Firefly vaporizer.
INCLUDED WITH FIREFLY 2+
In the Box
- Firefly 2+ Plus Vaporizer
- (1) Replaceable Rechargeable Battery
- (1) Charging cradle
- (1) USB Cable
- Concentrate Pads
- Instruction Manual
- The APP is available for free for Android but like I mentioned above the Firefly App is no longer available.
The first thing I would recommend for heavier users would be an extra battery and an external charger. You can’t use the unit while it’s charging on the cradle, so it’s nice to be able to charge a battery and still be able to use the device.
I would also pick up some extra alcohol wipes because you’ll need them over time and it makes cleaning the Firefly 2 Plus that much easier.
HEATING, VAPOR PATH & TEMP OPTIONS
The first thing I noticed with the Firefly 2 Plus was the heat up time. It’s honestly one of the fastest heating vaporizers on the market if not THE fastest. I think the average time was right around three seconds.
The Firefly 2+ uses dynamic convection heating which doesn’t reach max temp immediately. It will increase temp throughout your draw to ensure you get all of the compounds out of the plant. A lot of other units, especially the conduction vapes, will boil off a lot of the most volatile compounds before you ever take your draw. This technique makes the Firefly 2 Plus one of the best portable vaporizers for full extraction of your dry herb.
The vapor produced from the Firefly 2+ is very smooth, and the flavor is phenomenal. The borosilicate glass bowl and vapor path create a unique, pure taste unmatched by any competitor in the niche. I do wish they had something other than the plastic mouthpiece though.
The Firefly 2 Plus offers a full temp spectrum via the APP. It’s easy to use, easy to change temps and make quick adjustments. I prefer the lower temps (right around 350-360F), and they tend to produce the best taste. You could also crank up the temp to 420 and rip an entire bowl in 2-3 hits if that’s your thing.
The full temp spectrum runs from 200F to 500F. I wouldn’t go much above 420 for flower, but you can crank it up higher if you want to use it for concentrates. The Firefly vaporizers have always been one of my favorites for concentrate use.
CHAMBER INFO AND DRAW RESISTANCE
Chamber Info (Bowl Size)
One of the biggest improvements with the Firefly 2+ is the ability to load varying sized bowls. The OG Firefly and the Firefly 2 required a fully packed bowl for good results, and while I still recommend a full bowl for best results, you can load smaller chambers for micro-dosing.
The good thing about the Firefly 2 Plus is that it does use 100% pure convection which means you can take a rip and leave the remaining herb in the bowl for a later session. Most other vaporizers require you to finish the bowl in one session otherwise you’re wasting herb.
A fully packed chamber is on average around .15 grams. I recommend a coarse grind and don’t pack down the herbs. Just let them fall as you load it. Be sure to keep all herbs in the bowl and brush any debris from the lid before closing it.
The Firefly 2+ has increased airflow over the Firefly 2, and while it’s still not as free-flowing as the Ghost MV1, it’s a big improvement over the Firefly 2. You still need to pack the Firefly 2 Plus properly for best results. But I feel like the increased airflow along with the updated heating algorithm has drastically improved the unit’s consistency and ability to get good results without the learning curve associated with the OG Firefly and Firefly 2.
I’ve had the best results by building up a little mound over the bowl. Again, don’t pack down the herbs. Packing down the bowl will increase draw resistance and make stirring harder after a hit or two. Finer grinds will also increase the amount of cleaning and overall draw resistance but will still work.
The Firefly 2 + uses a Lithium-Ion 7.4 770mAh 5.7Wh battery. This is the same battery that’s in the Firefly 2 but they made a few firmware tweaks and increased the overall battery life quite a bit compared to the original Firefly 2.
The other plus side to using the same battery is that you can use them interchangeably. So if you have batteries from the first Firefly 2, they will work in the new unit and you should get better battery life. Using the same battery also means that the charging cradle and external battery charges are interchangeable and will work with both the Firefly 2 and Firefly 2 Plus.
Before the firmware upgrade, I was getting about five bowls on a fully charged battery. I was averaging about 4-6 hits per bowl at around 360-390 degrees Fahrenheit. These results are pretty typical for a brand new Firefly battery. The downside is that over time you will see some battery degradation especially if you don’t follow the battery tips mentioned below.
After the firmware upgrade, I have noticed I get almost an extra two bowls per full battery charge. Trying to kill this vape has actually been a chore. I was on bowl 6 last night, taking 6 hits from each bowl at 390F and I still didn’t kill it. Time will tell how long these batteries hold up.
One nice thing about the Firefly 2 Plus is that the batteries charge very quickly. A dead battery will fully charge in about 45 minutes and will charge to about 80% within the first 20 minutes. Meaning that if you can’t wait for a full charge, you can throw it on for 10-20 minutes and still get in a couple of sessions. This isn’t the best practice to maintain overall battery life but as long as you’re not doing it all the time it shouldn’t hurt it too much. The charging times are one of the best features of this device.
Tips and Tricks
The most important thing is not to store a full battery or completely dead battery for extended periods. So if you plan to let the battery sit unused for a while, try to leave it somewhere around 50% charged. I also recommend alternating batteries to preserve the longevity and labeling them makes it easier to keep track of.
CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE
The cleaning and maintenance is an important category with the Firefly 2+. While the cleaning is very easy and takes less than 60 seconds to fully clean, it’s important to stay up on the cleaning. I recommend immediately clearing out the bowl after you’ve finished with a session when possible and a soft-bristle brush works the best for this. You can also use a toothpick. Finer grinds will require more frequent cleaning especially if you leave the herbs in after a session.
How to Clean
I also recommend carrying alcohol wipes with you to wipe down the borosilicate bowl, vapor path, and lid. Again, it takes barely any time to clean the unit, but it’s important to stay on top of it for the best results. You can also just keep some ISO and paper towels around the house for quick easy cleaning.
FIREFLY 2+ REVIEW SUMMARY
Pleasantly surprised is how I would describe my reaction to the new Firefly 2 Plus. I was pretty skeptical of the unit when I first heard about it because I’m not a huge fan of slight iterations of products.
The upgrades and lower prices are exactly what the Firefly 2 needed, and I would recommend the Firefly 2+ to anyone that values a higher quality of taste and vapor production.
I also recommend it to anyone who likes to take a single rip here and there and doesn’t want to commit to full bowl every single session.
Where to Buy
The Firefly 2+ is now on sale for $249 and I recommend picking it up directly from Firefly.
As always, if you have any questions about the Firefly 2, 2+, or any other vaporizer, feel free to leave a comment down below, and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Thank you for taking the time to read my Firefly 2 Plus vaporizer review and have a great day!