The Firefly Vaporizer Review: Portable Perfection

Portable vaporizers are a dime a dozen these days, but the idea of inhaling nicotine from a mystery mix of liquids and chemicals can be off-putting at best. With the Firefly in your hand, you'll know exactly what you're lighting up.

What Is It?

A portable convection—instead of the usual conduction—vaporizer that accepts loose leaf plant matter rather than e-liquids.

Why Does It Matter?

Vaporizing is often billed as healthier than smoking, but a number of studies—including tone released yesterday by the University of Minnesota—have begun to throw those claims into question. The Firefly, however, allows you to better control what goes into your lungs.

Design

This device is drop-dead gorgeous. The convection chamber is accessible under the magnetic lift-off face plate—which comes in red, black, and silver—and can be easily monitored through the glass viewing port so you aren't left wondering when the bowl will be done. Plus, you can see the glow from the proprietary super-alloy heating element, so you know that it's working.

The Firefly is powered by a hot-swappable li-ion battery pack. The battery requires about 45 minutes to charge fully and lasts roughly 50 hits before dying, though if you're in a pinch and really gotta light up right now, you can squeeze out about six hits from a 3-5 minute charge, or simply swap it with a fresh (albeit separately sold) battery.

The Firefly Vaporizer Review: Portable Perfection

Using It

Pop off the face plate, load your plant matter—yes, it works equally well with both weed and tobacco—into the chamber. Put the lid back on, flip the unlock switch and press the power button. The chamber will immediately heat—unlike, say, the Pax, which takes up to a half minute to get going—and you can actually watch the vapor being formed. And since you aren't left waiting for the unit to heat, the Firefly proves to be a very capable sneak-a-toke.

Like

As I mentioned in the this year's Stoner Gift Guide, the amount, quality, and speed of the vapor it produces just stunning. There is no—literally zero—wait time between pressing the power button and inhaling delicious vapor. What's more, the unit heats to a maximum of 400 degrees F the longer you hold the button down so you won't have to fiddle with temperature settings or worry about overheating the chamber (because then you're just smoking).

No Like

At $270, it's a choice between this and an ounce of weed.

Should You Buy It?

Yes, yes you should. Right now. Like, now now. The price may make you choke but the Firefly is, hands down, the best portable vaporizer I've tested this year—maybe ever. It delivers an unsurpassed portable vaping experience and produces vapor quality that rivals even desktop titans like the Volcano. What's not to love? Get it here.