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Firefly vs PAX 2: Vaporizers Comparison

Gabi Antunes

May 31, 2019

When researching portable vaporizers, consumers are certain to stumble upon two mainstays in the vape community: the PAX 2 and the Firefly 2. Both have built strong followings with their original releases, and the second iteration of each brand’s portable vaporizer have made major strides in terms of design and addressing customer concerns. Let’s jump in and see how the PAX 2 and Firefly 2 compare with the originals and see how each second edition fares against the other.

Exploring Design and Functionality

Since aesthetic is often the first thing consumers notice, let’s take a look at the appearance of each portable vaporizer before we dive into functionality. As portable vaporizers, both PAX 2 and Firefly 2 have made significant improvements to size within their product family.

The Firefly 2 is about a third smaller and less than half the weight of the original Firefly portable vaporizer. The magnesium alloy body keeps the device lightweight while protecting the mechanism inside. The lightweight portable vaporizer fits comfortably in your hand, with the approximate length and width of a candy bar (which you may also have in your pocket or bag).

Multiple improvements were made to PAX 2’s construction as well. The newer model measures out at about 25% smaller than the original PAX, about 10% lighter, and a bit shorter than the Firefly 2. With a new flat mouthpiece option which lays flush with the top of PAX 2, the unit becomes instantly more discreet than PAX 1. Importantly, too, the mouthpiece no longer requires lubricant. The outer cross-brush anodized aluminum shell is durable, yet very stylish.

The PAX 2’s design creates as much space as possible between both ends of this 4-inch vape, with the stainless-steel oven on one side, the mouthpiece on the other side, and the surgical-grade stainless-steel vapor path connecting the two. The heating element is located outside the vapor path as well, a design maneuver that works to considerably improve the taste and vapor quality. This design is an intentional element that improves user experience considerably while maximizing functionality.

The PAX 2 vs Firefly 2 Vaporization Experience

Now that you’ve absorbed the design of the two units, let’s discuss the vaping experience. While the oven of the PAX 2 is deeper than the PAX 1, the PAX 2 can hold approximately 0.35 grams of material, while the Firefly 2 holds 0.2g. takes between 30 seconds and 1 minute to heat up while the Firefly 2 takes significantly less time.

The heat capabilities of each vaporizer greatly alters the user’s vaping scenario. PAX 2 and Firefly 2 utilize two different heating types. PAX 2 utilizes dynamic conduction heat, while Firefly 2 utilizes hot air – convection heating – to heat materials. Both vaporizers recommend finely-ground material for even heating.

Ease of use is minimized somewhat here, with the Firefly 2 requiring a very different process than simply picking up the portable vaporizer and taking a draw. Consumers need to hold touch sensors on either side of the device during a considerably lengthy draw, letting go of the sensors at a precise time to draw vapor. This type of deep inhale isn’t necessarily ideal for every consumer in every scenario. The Firefly 2 also utilizes an app which provides greater control over temperature in 10-degree increments, but without the app, consumers can only cycle through seven temperature settings.

Comparatively, PAX 2’s intuitive usability matches its pared-down, sleek design. From the virtually-undetectable power button underneath the mouthpiece to the front-facing LED display, the PAX 2 keeps things simple and features four heating settings via a pure conduction process, an upgrade from the three temperature settings on the original model.

With the Firefly 2, you can enjoy quick sessions as the unit heats up and cools down fast, leaving you to enjoy any leftover material at a different time. The PAX 2 is ideal for consumers interested in longer sessions, where they could share a leisurely vape with friends. Its new “lip sensing technology,” a change from the PAX 1, allows the vaporizer’s mouthpiece to sense when your lips are touching the device. This communicates with PAX 2 and tells the device that it’s in use, thus providing a more stable vaping experience. If the unit does not sense motion on the mouthpiece after a while, it lowers the temperature of the oven to prevent wasting material.

Vapor Quality, Flavor and Discretion

Generally speaking, lower temperatures are best for flavor and smaller clouds, while higher temperatures create larger, more visible clouds. The temperature range of both portable vaporizers supports both types of sessions. Firefly 2 supports higher temperatures for creating robust clouds and boosting flavor, whether using dry herb or concentrates (but keep an eye on the temperature – high temperatures meant for concentrates can combust plant material). PAX 2 aims for discretion and smaller clouds, with lower temperatures designed to preserve and even enhance flavor. However, consumers that prefer robust clouds will not be disappointed by the device’s vapor production capabilities either, making it a diverse option that suits any taste.

Cleaning and Charging

The PAX 2 charger is a flat dock, making it easier for an easier charging experience, though not necessarily a quick one at around 2 hours. The PAX 2’s battery lasts for about six to eight sessions per charge.

The Firefly 2’s USB option allows for much more flexibility than the original Firefly’s charging design and offers two rechargeable batteries, allowing for consumers to change batteries on the road. However, that means carrying an extra battery around and remembering to keep two batteries charged. The Firefly 2 lasts six to eight sessions per charge.