Second Time Is a Charm for the Firefly Vaporizer

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Firefly Chief Executive Officer Mark Williams has made the Firefly 2 a sleeker, lighter, and more useful vaporizer, and he’s targeting dispensaries.

When Firefly 2 had its soft launch in April—2,000 units were distributed—one thing in particular struck CEO Mark Williams: Fewer than 1 percent of customers returned the item. Firefly 2 is a dramatic improvement over Firefly 1.

Williams has an impressive design/product developer resume: He worked at Apple for many years and led the team that created MAC OS X. In 2010, he had an epiphany as he sat on his couch smoking a joint. “I realized,” he remembered, “this is terrible for my lungs. There’s got to be a better way.” Williams, who had a nice nest egg from working at Apple, got to work designing Firefly 1. The product was a big success, but it wasn’t 100 percent what Williams, or the consumer, wanted or needed. Hence, the vastly improved Firefly 2 is coming this fall.

The Details

Designed for both aromatic blends and concentrates, Firefly 2 heats in only three seconds and produces a borosilicate glass vapor path. The device charges in 45 minutes via a new charging cradle with a USB 3.0 cable that connects to any phone or tablet charger. The sleek, magnetic lid keeps everything tidy. A two-year limited warranty covers damage. Five color choices—black, blue, gold, red, and white—allow consumers to pick a look they like.

Convection vs. Conduction

While almost all vaporizers use conduction technology—direct contact with a heated surface—Williams opted for convection, the passing of hot air around and through aromatic blends. “Convection is superior, I believe, because as you inhale you only heat what you want to use,” he said. “You can take small puffs…and there’s no waste while cooking with conduction.”

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By closely monitoring customer feedback (Williams read almost every customer-service record), Williams knew what he had to improve with the second version. “Customers wanted something smaller, and lighter, and they wanted more battery life,” he said. “Hence, Firefly 2 is 33 percent smaller and 55 percent lighter, and it comes pre-set at a default heat setting of medium-high. Finally, the entire vapor pad, sans the removable mouthpiece, is lined with the same resilient Gorilla Glass found in smart phones today. This provides a nice, clean flavor, as well as easy cleaning.