The Firefly 2 is built for flavor but it definitely takes some technique and best practices to unleash all of it's potential. Follow our tips below and you'll come out on top. Feel free to add your own tips in the comments!
The most important thing with any vape is to get your expectations in order. With the Firefly 2, taste is great almost all the way through the bowl, but vapor clouds will only be there in the middle of it. Early draws are pure taste while later hits are going to thin out until it is done.
Unlike most convection vapes, the Firefly 2 performs best with a coarse grind or even just hand torn material. The top of the bowl has no screen between it and the cooling path, so if you grind too finely the bits will get sucked away from the heater whereas coarser material will stay put and vape better in this one.
Again a bit counter-intuitive for a convection vape, the Firefly 2 needs the herbs packed tightly to stay in place and not sucked away from the heat.
Filling the bowl less than full doesn’t work well either, because the air stream will push the herbs to the sides and flow right by, producing no vapor.
Firefly suggests gently tamping a full bowl, and I have found it works well even with a tighter pack.
DRAW | SLOW → WHISTLE
Draw slowly at first, increasing speed during the draw. Play with your draw speed to get the results you want.
I like to start slowly, and ramp it up, and at some point the unit will start to lightly whistle. The whistle is a nice indicator of where I am in the draw speed. I like to get it whistling or higher for the last part of the draw when the oven temp has increased a bit.
SHOULD I STIR?
Stirring is a necessary evil of convection vapes, and you will want to stir the Firefly 2 once vapor production drops. I do so by dumping my material into my palm and then back onto the unit. I then push the herbs into the bowl with my finger and put the lid back on.
If you’re into rituals in your routine, this can become a fun one and I find it relaxing.
The unit will auto-shutoff after 30 seconds, and if it happens during your draw and you want to keep going, just give one of the buttons a quick release to restart the timer. (The light will go out when you let go of the button and will come right back on after you touch it again. If you do it quickly enough the temperature of the bowl won’t drop.)