When shopping for a new vaporizer, there’s a tough decision you have to make from the very beginning. Do you want one designed for dry herbs or one for concentrates and wax? Of course, there’s the other option where you get one that can do both. If you find yourself wishing you could find a good vaporizer that handles both well, you’re in luck. This review is pitting the Firefly 2 against the Focusvape Tourist, both of which have settings for both dry herbs and wax.

 The Firefly 2 may be the crowd favorite coming into the matchup, but the Tourist has some tricks up its sleeve…

 


Vapor Quality


Firefly 2

The Firefly 2 is a pure convection vaporizer and the materials involved with the vapor pathway are stainless steel and glass, plus a plastic mouthpiece.

Without even trying it, you would probably assume that this combination leads to some seriously high quality vapor. And you’d be absolutely right.

The number one strength of this vaporizer is that it delivers outstanding flavor, especially when you consider that this is a portable.

The plastic mouthpiece doesn’t seem to affect the flavor at all, but it would have been nice if they used a different material or approach.

Focusvape Tourist

The Focusvape Tourist has a stainless steel and ceramic vapor pathway with a glass mouthpiece. The heating seems to be a combination of both convection and conduction.

While the flavor isn’t on the same level as the Firefly 2, it’s still very good. And then there’s the fact that the Tourist comes with a bubbler on top that can be used when vaping either dry herbs or waxes.

This is a huge advantage over the concentrate mode on the Firefly 2 and would also be nice for people who enjoy vaping their dry herbs at high temperatures.

This feature alone made this a tough round to call. When you factor in that the Tourist has a full temperature range and the Firefly 2 does not, it becomes impossible.

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Vapor Quality Winner: Draw

 


Build Quality


Firefly 2

The most impressive aspects of the construction of the Firefly 2 relate to the heating. This thing can produce near instantaneous vapor through pure convection heating.

Developing a unit that is capable of this is no easy feat and really speaks to the amount of energy that went into making it.

The battery life is a little small for such a premium unit, but they combat this by including two in the box when you buy it.

With the rest of it being so meticulously thought out, it would have been nice to see more temperature flexibility.

Instead of precision temperature, you have to use the app to choose between six levels, one of which is only good for concentrates.

Focusvape Tourist

The Tourist really surprised me. I’m not sure what I expected, but it wasn’t something that was so well made and easy to use. The body is very sturdy, and the glass bubbler is also nice and thick.

There are completely different tops that you use for the dry herb and wax modes, and both screw on very smoothly.

You also get full temperature control with some nice ranges for both modes. With dry herb you can choose between 176F and 464F, while the wax range is 464F to 842F.

The fact that it has a full temperature range and separate attachment for waxes make it a  much better choice if you actually want to use the concentrate mode.

One more thing: the battery in the Tourist is a removable 18650.

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Build Quality Winner: Tourist

 


Portability


Firefly 2

The Firefly 2 is small and convenient to carry. The on demand heating is nice because it means you can just take draws as you go, without needing to stop for a full ‘session’.

On the other hand, the chamber only holds .15 grams of dried herbs, which means you’ll need to refill it fairly often.

The batteries are also pretty small, but this is offset by the fact that you get two.

Focusvape Tourist

The Tourist is a good choice for vaping dry herb while on the go, but it’s pretty much impossible to vape wax.

The wax attachment requires the use of the bubbler, which isn’t a feasible item to pack in most situations.

On the plus side, the battery life is good and you can buy as many extra 18650s as you want.

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Portability Winner: Firefly 2

 


Discreetness


Firefly 2

The features of the Firefly 2 are a double edged sword when it comes to trying to stay discreet.

On one hand, the on-demand heating makes it easy to quickly take just one draw and put the vaporizer away for later without wasting any vapor or herb.

On the other hand, the chamber is always visible and it looks like you are holding a pipe when you hold it to take a draw.

Focusvape Tourist

In terms of staying under the radar, the Tourist’s biggest advantage is that it looks more like some other electronic device than an herbal vaporizer.

Even if someone saw you using it, they may assume it was just some sort of e-cigarette.

The downside is that you can’t use wax without drawing a ton of attention thanks to the bubbler.

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Discreetness Winner: Draw

 


Winner: Focusvape Tourist

This is a huge upset in our opinions. The critically acclaimed Firefly 2 should have wiped the floor with the Tourist, but when you actually compare them head to head, its the Tourist that comes out on top.

Even though they technically tied on the amount of rounds they one in this matchup, the Tourist won the build quality round by a significant margin. The full temperature range, ease of use, and dabbing setup are pretty huge advantages over the Firefly 2.

Even when it came to vapor production, the Firefly 2 didn’t outperform the Tourist enough on flavor to justify a win. The flavor was slightly better, but the included bubbler brought the competition to even overall in our mind.

With that being said, both of these units would be excellent choices if you are in the market for a new vaporizer. If you are thinking of picking up a Focusvape Tourist or the Firefly 2, we recommend grabbing them from Vaporizera, they have no tax and free shipping on orders over $100.

 

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Dan is a writer with a massive vaporizer collection who loves video games, superhero movies, finding new music, comic and regular books and critically deconstructing those things until he wonders why he liked them in the first place. He's also a pragmatic fitness enthusiast who believes that the best actions you can take in your daily life are those that help you reach your goals, and that naps are the most lofty, but also the most noble goal one can have.

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