Review: Firefly vape lights up right, with some drawbacks

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez |

The Firefly is a top vaporizer, but a few drawbacks pull it back from a perfect ranking.

A sleek five inches long, the Firefly looks like the lovechild of a 90’s Nokia phone and a PT Cruiser. The grills at the end, as well as the bowl, light up orange as you take your hit – reminiscent of a lightning bug lighting up in the dark. The bowl is primarily for flowers, not oil, though you can purchase small pads for vaping extracts.

Let’s talk about the positives first. The Firefly’s top is attached magnetically, making for easy removal and easy cleaning. Its mouthpiece is wide, a smart touch, allowing for more even inhaling than narrow mouthpieces provide.

And unlike other herbal vapes with long heat-up times, the Firefly is ready to light in just a few seconds. I was shocked the first time I flicked it on, and realized it was ready for immediate imbibing. The hit was smooth and clean, a top flower vaping experience.

But, dear reader, this instantaneous use comes at a cost.

The Firefly has a pretty short battery life, though it depends much on the nature of your use. Smoking alone, I found the Firefly lasted through two short sessions before it needed a recharge, and in a group of friends its battery quickly died. And I’m not sure if it was the battery or the heating element, but the Firefly also gets rather hot to the touch, at times making me nervous to hold it.

Extra rechargeable batteries are available for about $30 on Firefly’s website, but the original battery life really should last a bit longer.

Portability is an issue as well. If you carry around a messenger bag or purse you’ll be fine, but it’s not as small and easily carried in a top pocket like a vape pen. Vape pens also tend to be less conspicuous. More than a few passers-by eyeballed me as I leaned against a wall on Powell Street, puffing away at the Nokia-phone sized device.

The Firefly’s noticeably substantial heft (due to its battery) also makes putting it in your pocket an unattractive option. On the other hand, if you’re in need of a heavy blunt force weapon, the Firefly will certainly suffice.

All this said, the Firefly delivers an extremely smooth vaping experience. If you’re looking for a good flower-vape at home, and the nearly $300 price tag doesn’t scare you off – go for it. But if you’re looking for something more portable, the Firefly’s battery life, heat and heft should give you pause.

The Verdict

Cool Factor: Personally I dig the slick retro finish. But it’s definitely a love-it or hate-it kind of look.

Practicality: The Firefly is portable – to a point. But if you’re not carrying a backpack, messenger bag or purse, you better have some cavernous pockets.

Affordability: The $269.95 cost gave us sticker shock. If that’s a hit to you, look elsewhere. But if it’s reasonable to your wallet, the Firefly is an attractive option.

Overall: If you intend to smoke the Firefly at home, it’s a sleek, well built and smooth-hitting vaporizer. But if you’d like to take your vaporizer on the go, you may want to think twice about the Firefly.

Score: 3.5/5