After doing some reading on this new vaporizer called the Firefly, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one to try it. It was mentioned by Gizmodo as one of the top stoner gifts of the year for this recent holiday season. It was also mentioned in a New York Times article for its new technology and sleek design.
The Firefly is a portable convection style vaporizer used for loose leaf tobacco and other dry herbs. The MSRP for a new unit is $269.00. Not the cheapest vaporizer on the market , but it does come with a hefty 5 year warranty.
Whats in the Box?
- Firefly Vaporizer Unit
- Rechargeable lithium ion battery
- Cleaning Kit
- AC Adapter
- Soft Case
- User Manual
The first thing I noticed when I opened up the box and pulled out the Firefly , was it’s modern sleek design. I’ll say I was rather impressed, it felt pretty good in my hand. Though the Firefly weighs almost three times as much as a the Pax, it feels very well made and durable.
The Firefly is available in three different colors, red , black and silver. The magnetic plate lid that covers over the borosilicate glass heating chamber is interchangeable, allowing for lids with different colors. Not all that useful , but still kinda cool. One of the best features of the unit was the window on the magnetic lid that gives a full view of the heating chamber, allowing me to keep track of the status of my herbs, without having to open the packing chamber just to check.
There are no heat settings that come on the Firefly, its more like the longer you hold it the hotter it gets. Though it never gets hot enough to burn the herb, there is a slight learning curve on how to achieve the perfect thick vapor everybody wants.
Also interchangeable is the battery and battery cover, again allowing for a mix up of the three color combinations for the cover . The rechargeable lithium ion battery for the Firefly recharges in just 45 minutes, and has about 50 puffs worth of juice in it. With the option to have a second battery(which is sold separately), since the unit itself is not the battery.
How to use the Firefly
Using the Firefly is actually pretty easy, here are the basic steps.
- Remove magnetic cover
- Place finely ground dry herb in the all glass chamber
- Place the magnetic cover back on
- Slide the button to unlock (located on the left side of the unit)
- Hold the power button (located on the right side of the unit)
- Enjoy thick, delicious vapor in a matter of seconds
Though the Firefly has a remarkable heating time of 100-400 deg in ten seconds, I found that it made the experience a little better if I held the button down a good 5 seconds before beginning to draw tasteful, thick vapor into my mouth.
Pros of the Firefly
- Beautiful design that is sure to impress anyone
- Full view of the heating chamber
- Extremely fast heat up time
- Glass and metal vapor path make for delicious tasting vapor
- Battery charges in just 45 minutes
- Very easy to clean and maintain
- 5 year warranty
Cons of the Firefly
- A little heavier than most portable vaporizers
- Bigger than most other units
- Its a bit expensive
- Slight learning curve in its use
Overall I think the Firefly is a wonderful vaporizer. It has a beautiful look and feel. Delivering great tasting vapor in little to no-time at all with its extremely fast heat up time, its perfect for a quick hit anywhere. The window allows you to keep an eye out for the condition of your herb and saves you the hassle of having to constantly check if its time for a new batch. The all-metal and glass vapor path ensures a wonderful taste with every use. And since maintenance is always an important factor, its important to mention how simple it is to clean the Firefly Vaporizer. This saves you more time to enjoy its delivery of wonderful tasting vapor. Though the unit cost more than say its biggest competitor, the Pax, don’t let the price scare you away. It is worth every penny, and the 5 year warranty is one of the longest available on the market of today’s portable vaporizers. Though its bigger and weighs a bit more than the the Pax, the Firefly heats up faster and is much easier to maintain. So If you want something that’s very beautiful in design, whether its set down on the table or in your hand, look no further the Firefly. It could just be the vaporizer for you.
I hope my review of the Firefly was helpful information and gets you closer to choosing the best portable vaporizer for you.