The Firefly 2 proves that each vaporizer ought to have its personal app

The Firefly 2 proves that every vaporizer should have its own app

The primary Firefly vaporizer was revolutionary when it debuted in late 2013. Together with the unique Pax, it helped take moveable vapes mainstream with Apple-esque minimalist design and convection heating. However within the trendy Web of Issues period, the OG Firefly now feels laughably outdated — particularly in comparison with the Pax 2. Fortunately, Firefly has simply launched a second-era mannequin that is smaller, lighter and extra practical than its predecessor. It is even obtained an app!

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The only coolest function on the brand new Firefly is certainly that companion app, out there for Android and iOS. Whoa, whoa, whoa, put down your pitchforks. I am critical! Look, the Web of Issues is, for probably the most half, a foolish excuse so as to add connectivity to stuff that basically does not want it. However the Firefly 2 does IoT proper. Pairing the vaporizer to your telephone is lifeless easy. You open the app, be sure that the vape is awake by touching both activation button, and that is it: It’s going to automagically join.

As soon as paired, the appliance supplies all types of useful info and added performance. In contrast to the unique Firefly, which had simply two energy settings — on and off — the app permits you to choose from amongst six heating profiles, together with a superhot setting only for concentrates. It additionally lets you choose a most popular activation-button setup — left, proper, each or both — which makes it extra usable for southpaws. Moreover, the app provides you an in depth battery-cost indicator so you will truly know when your battery is getting low earlier than the vaporizer dies.

I did not assume that a vape might truly profit from the addition of an app however this factor is basically fairly useful. The app permits the Firefly to outsource numerous performance to your telephone, which saves area, weight and battery life for the vaporizer itself. And until you are continually swapping between unfastened leaf and wax — thereby necessitating steady warmth-profile switching — the app does an excellent job of staying out of the best way. That’s to say, the Firefly works simply wonderful by itself however is even higher with the companion app.

The Firefly 2 proves that every vaporizer should have its own app

The $330 system itself can also be a extra manageable measurement. My largest challenge with the unique Firefly was the dimensions of the rattling factor. Weighing greater than half a pound and measuring almost 6 inches in size, the OG mannequin might double as a bludgeon. I imply, overlook the roll of nickels: You toss that right into a sock and you have got your self a do-it-yourself flail. Not so with the Firefly 2. It is 30 % smaller and 50 % lighter than the unique. It even manages to pack a bigger battery into its smaller body (770mAh at 5.7Wh, up from 750mAh at 5.5Wh). As a bonus, the Firefly starter package comes with a spare scorching-swappable battery.

What’s extra, the brand new version incorporates a useful LED indicator into its cowl. See, the unique had a wonky mechanical energy button that would not all the time activate the system should you did not push it good. This typically resulted in me futilely huffing a chilly bowl as a result of the one approach to see if it was truly on was to attend and see if the heating coil began to glow. The brand new Firefly has not one however two — rely ‘em, two — energy buttons, one on both aspect of the gadget. You simply have to the touch them to activate them. You will know you probably did it proper because of the glowing LED mild.

That stated, the LED is not notably brilliant and was typically unreadable in direct daylight. I additionally observed that the contact-activated energy buttons would flip the unit on randomly, like once I was refilling the bowl or adjusting the magnetic cowl plate. It ran by way of a full battery cost simply sitting in my bag as a result of the material case I had it in (that is a lie, it was a sock) had are available contact with them.

Lastly, the Firefly 2 has a brand new trick. Whereas the unique solely dealt with shredded unfastened leaf, the brand new one can warmth strong concentrates as nicely. You will solely should tamp a small aluminum disc into the heating chamber to maintain the weed wax from gumming up the works. And it had higher, provided that this Firefly is definitely $60 costlier than its progenitor (and $50 greater than the Pax 2). All advised, you are going to need to drop a whopping $330 for the Firefly 2. Nonetheless completely value it, although.

Andrew Tarantola has lived in San Francisco since 1982 and has been writing intelligent issues about know-how since 2011. When not arguing the finer factors of moveable vaporizers, flat display TVs, and army protection techniques with strangers on the Web, he enjoys tooling round his backyard, knitting, and binge watching anime.