Posted anonymously so as to stave off bribery or other coercion.
Editor's Note: Late last year, in an operation called Project Firefly 2, the Proper staff searched its combined contacts lists to ferret out the most inflexible marijuana know-it-all that any of us were acquainted with. We assigned that person—who shall remain anonymous for reasons that will soon become clear—the task of test driving the Firefly 2 Vaporizer in a fully independent, unfiltered, tact-light review process. Read on for the unvarnished truth we ended up with.
Why you should read this
I’ve been smoking weed regularly (everyday, unless I’m on vacation to a country where I can’t get it) for the past six years. In that time, I’ve used bowls, bongs, hammers, bubblers, vaporizers, joints, edibles, hastily engineered gravity bongs, more vaporizers and spliffs. Getting high is probably the thing I’m best at.
My personal bias is toward spliff. What you may find surprising is that the first time I actually tried a cigarette, I was 25 (I’m 30 now). I was in the back of a Bushwick bar in the summer, trying to convince this cute little tattooed girl that I was edgy enough for her to take me home. I remember smoking the cigarette, getting a head rush, and promptly rushing to the bathroom to vomit. It was amazing.
If I had to choose, it’s almost always going to be a spliff. Something about the combination of nicotine and tobacco speaks to me in a way that no other method of ingesting THC compares to.
But spliffs are fucking awful for you. You’re essentially smoking unfiltered cigarettes. Your clothes will reek of smoke, and your lungs will consistently ask you what they did to offend you.
As a result, I’ve purchased and used a lot of vaporizers including the Volcano, Pax 1, Pax 2, Da Buddha, G Pen Pro, Magic Flight Launch Box, and countless disposable pens.
Personally, the Volcano is undefeated in terms of fun. You get giant bags of weed vapor—how fucking cool is that? However, there’s no real point comparing a desktop vaporizer to a portable one. The Da Buddha also ripped really well, but whip vapes are annoying to clean and store.
I’ve never liked the PAX series. They’re super portable and they look like Jonny Ive’s wet dream. They’re also really fucking awful to clean. They get all gunky after like two or three uses, and the vapor hits become super flaccid. As Louis Henry Sullivan wrote:
"Whether it be the sweeping eagle in his flight, or the open apple-blossom, the toiling work-horse, the blithe swan, the branching oak, the winding stream at its base, the drifting clouds, over the coursing sun, form even follows function, and this is the law."
The PAX was definitely a form first design. Superficial ass bullshit. It reminds me of an ex-girlfriend who once confessed that she wanted nice things but didn’t want to work very hard. And I included that Henry Sullivan quote so you know I’m smart and that you should trust me.
Ease of Use: I never read the owner's manual so the Firefly 2 had a bit of a learning curve in order to get good pulls out of it. Honestly, the first few times I used it, I thought I had a defective unit. I would pull on it and not catch any visible sign of vapor.