After using my beginner vape for a while, I purchased the Firefly 2. I previously wrote a very negative post regarding this vape, which I stand by 100%. I still believe that the FF2 is overrated, overhyped, and overpriced. Although I can get it to work, too many things have to all be done just so. I do understand that some people love the FF2, and I respect those opinions. Feeling that I wasted $330 on the FF2, I was determined not to get burned by another expensive vape in my search for a better alternative. I am a light user and vape at home so portability was not an issue. I considered the Mighty but quickly eliminated it from consideration. No way was I was going to plunk down $400 on a product with a ridiculously high defect rate. I looked at the Boundless CFV, but could not live with the thought of another vape that required stirring every couple of draws like the FF2 does. I settled on the Boundless CFX. So far I find this to be a great performer at a great price. It is an absolute pleasure to use. I like the big bright screen, precise temperature control, lightning fast heat up time, efficiency, price, long battery life, and ease of use and cleaning.
The CFX has a big, beautiful screen with useful information and precise temperature control. The FF2 requires an app to make any adjustments. I personally prefer a self contained unit and do not like having to use a separate app. The CFX performs well no matter how you grind your material or how much or little you load into it. The FF2 requires a certain course grind and a fairly precise fill level. Some say grind your material for the FF2 with your fingers – which to me negates the benefits of the high end 4 piece grinders that we all have. The CFX battery lasts for about 15, 5 minute sessions. The FF2 battery is a joke and needs recharging after a couple of sessions. The CFX offers 2 ways to charge your unit, a very fast wall charger plus a USB port. The FF2 has a docking cradle, which I don’t care for. The CFX is easy to use and clean. The FF2 is very finicky to use, and although easy to clean, does require a lot of cleaning. Plus, most of the residue on the FF2 is on the top piece, and is almost impossible to clean with getting ISO on the sealing ring, which I’m sure will deteriorate over time. The CFX is a convection/conduction hybrid. The first few draws are pure, delicious flavor, then the conduction kicks in and produces more vapor. The flavor does diminish after several draws but never becomes harsh or unpleasant. You are in total control of the experience by simply adjusting the temperature. The material is used completely and efficiently. The CFX seems best for a single session and the flavor is not as good after the first session. As I mentioned, you can load a very small amount and this vape still performs. The FF2 does produce good flavor at first, but also goes downhill and is also diminished after the first session. The idea that the convection of the FF2 allows you to just hit it on demand is way overrated. The vape does not really get going until things heat up on the 3rd or 4th draw, so a quick single hit is probably going to disappoint you. It’s also better for solo use for this reason. I’m not even convinced that the FF2 is truly pure convection since it doesn’t get going until the oven gets everything heated up. Some CFX reviews have cited the draw as a negative. I have the newer version that uses a screen as opposed to a metal plate with holes drilled in it. To me, the draw is free and easy and not an issue at all. There are very easy screen mods online if you want an even easier draw, but I don’t really see the need so far.
One last point, you can get the CFX for far less than the suggested retail price, which means that you can either get one Mighty or 3 CFX’s and still have money left over. Kind of makes it a “no-brainer”. Thanks for reading this long post – I hope you find the information useful.