Our fair and honest reviewer Jonny B, The Ganja Gadget Goo-roo tests all our products with great care and joy. JonnyB is the owner and inventor of NoGoo Nonstick Products, The Digger One Hitter, ERRL GEAR, and works with many other product owners and inventors. JonnyB holds several patents in the industry.
Up to this point, I have only used some of the older type dry herb vapes that filled up the bags, which are fun at a party, but kind of bulky and a pain in the ass to use. These 2 products make handheld flower vaping easy, though these are 2 totally different products – with a clear winner. A whole group of us played with these toys at the beach, and all had pretty much the same opinions. It was a GROUP EFFORT!!!!!
The Firefly 2 vaporizer came nicely packaged with all the necessary charging gear. This product looks VERY SIMILAR to a cell phone with a glass window. Even the battery is a cell phone type battery. It’s a very solid, quality-built device. The unit separates into two pieces to load your flower into the glass heating chamber. You then place the cover back on and press a button to turn the power on. Then, you press another button to activate the heat. The mouthpiece is at the base end of the unit and you hold the heat button and inhale through the mouthpiece. You can “THROTTLE” the heat button, mixing in cooler air, to increase and decrease the amount and strength of the vapor, depending on your preference.
The PAX 2 came nicely packaged with all the necessary charging gear. The PAX 2 is much smaller and lighter than the Firefly (maybe a little taller than a lighter) and fits nicely in your hand. There are NO BUTTONS on this unit, and the 4 minute tutorial video was great and highly recommended. You load your flower into the base oven section of the unit, which is covered by a magnetic lid. You then choose one of four heat settings and wait for the led light to turn green as it’s heating up. Once the light turns green, you’re good to go. The device came with two mouthpieces: one is a flat style mouthpiece with a small slit like opening, and the other looks similar to their old style pop-up mouthpiece. You simply draw the vapor through the mouthpiece while the LED is green, and vape away. The unit will then reheat itself back to your desired setting for your next hit.
Both products are well-built, quality devices. However, I liked the PAX 2 much better than the Firefly. The PAX 2 was VERY simple to use, without having to press all kinds of buttons. I really like the size and the discretion of the unit. I felt the Firefly was not ERGONOMICALLY correct, and had a really weird feeling when using it. I tried with both hands, too. Imagine sucking on the end of your cell phone, while trying to look at the screen and press the volume button at the same time.
The PAX 2 was very powerful, simple to use, and gave a great hit. My only complaint with the PAX 2 is that it gets pretty warm in your hand, and I only had it on the second-level heat setting (which worked great for me). That might be great on a Ski Slope, but it was a bit warm here on the beach in Maui. At first, I sort of burnt my lip with the vapor, using both mouthpieces, but I figured it out quickly. It takes a very short time to get used to, and it really gives one hell of a hit.
The Firefly didn’t produce nearly the same quality hit as the PAX 2. My pick is definitely the PAX 2, and I give it 4 BUDS. I could only request that PAX figures out how to make it cooler to hold and that they adjust the new mouthpiece design. ALWAYS make sure that your flower is ground up well and that you pack it tight into the oven chamber with either of these units. This will make your product cook evenly and get the best vapor possible. If you just load a bud into these devices, it will not cook evenly, and you won’t get the most out of your flower. Interested in finding more dry herb vaporizers? Take a look on our website! Happy vaping!!