Crafty and Mighty are two dried herb vaporizers that should satisfy the needs of even the most advanced and pretentious vapers. Both portable vaporizers are manufactured by the German company Storz & Bickel. Manufacturers of the already famous Volcano desktop vaporizer, the name Storz & Bickel has become over the years synonymous with durability, efficiency and outstanding vapor quality. I have been using my Volcano for almost 5 years now and had absolutely no issue with it, still works as it did on the first day.
Since their launch, Crafty and Mighty have received constant favorable reviews from critics and end users alike. Even if both products are in the portable vaporizer niche, these two herbal vaporizers deliver different features and specifications. This is why I decided to incorporate both of them in one review, I hope after reading this review it will be easier for you to make up your mind about which device better suits your needs.
Ok let’s get started and see what all the fuss is about.
The Crafty immediately catches your eye with his awesome and unique design. This one is perfect for when you are out on the town or taking a holiday, the stealth factor is quite high and not to mention it fits perfectly in your hand. But design and portability aren’t the only things that should make you consider purchasing a Crafty of your very own, what really soled me on this device was the advanced build technology coupled with some really awesome thermal engineering features.
The Crafty vape comes with 2 unique heating features that work very well together: convection heating and conduction. Most of the devices manufactured by Storz and Bickel are equipped with the same system but only with Crafty they have managed to fit all that in a pocket size herbal vaporizer. You might be wondering right now how exactly this convection and conduction thermal system actually works. I will try to give a general idea right now in a few words.
The hot air convection has the ability to deliver constant vapor without any down time what so ever and the conduction heating is used in the very beginning for preheating the chamber. By combining this two thermal features Crafty is able to deliver southing vapor instantly, basically after you turn on your vape and it reaches basic functional temperature you can use it constantly without any down time until the battery is depleted.
Crafty is extremely easy to use and has intuitive controls. All it takes is just pressing the button once and the device will start heating up right away until it reaches its basic temperature range of 356 F (180 C) , this process takes about 90 to 120 seconds. However if you choose to click the button twice the Crafty will automatically heat up until it reaches the boosted temperature of 383F (195C). When the desired temperature settings are achieved you will be notified by a gentle double vibration and the LED light will go from red to green.
Another cool feature provided with the Crafty is the ability to control it remotely and set your own temperature settings by using the Crafty app powered by Bluetooth low energy. The smartphone app is compatible with both Apple iPhone 4s or higher and with Android 4.3 or higher. I think there are 1 or two other brands that offer this kind of app, but I suspect in the near future this will become a standard feature for the next generation of herbal vaporizers.
As I said before The Crafty can be really useful if stealth is one of your main concerns. This is the tiniest dried herbs vaporizer manufactured by Storz and Bickel. The size is 4.30 x 2.2 x 1.3 inches (11.0 x 5.7 x 3.3 cm). Weight is 0.3 lbs. or 135 g. Just place it in your pocket and you’re ready to go, best suited for people who entertain a more active life style.
Battery life and heat up time
Because of its small size this tiny vape uses only uses one lithium-ion internal rechargeable battery that lasts about 45 minutes for continuous use. Heat up time as I said before is anywhere between 90 and 120 seconds. To recharge it takes about 2 hours but as added bonus you can use it as its recharging, so no down time when you using indoors.
It’s true that other competitor’s vaporizers have a more long lasting battery life, some of them even reaching 1 hour and a half. But few of them deliver the same vapor quality that we have come to expect from the Crafty. Some of you may need more battery life while others may prefer uncompromising vapor quality. Unfortunately current vaporizing technology has its limits. So it is up to you to make the choice best suited for your own specific needs. As Storz and Bickel have stated on their website, they have tried to prolong battery life as much as they could without affecting vapor quality and portability. My personal preference will always be for quality vapor and portability over battery life. Again, this is a matter of choice and the final decision rests in your hands, so be sure to give it proper consideration.
How to use
This herbal vaporizer is also extremely easy to use. Just unscrew the cooling unit on top and place your dried herb inside the heating chamber with the help of the filling aid. You can pack it any way you want; loose, tight and anywhere in between, Crafty performs the same either way. After packing the bowl just screw the cooling unit back on and you can begin using after 90-120 seconds.
What’s in the box?
When purchasing Crafty from vaporizer chief this what you expect to receive: Crafty vaporizer; the mouthpiece; a cleaning brush; the very useful user manual; a liquid pad; 3 normal screens; one filling aid; a set of backup seal rings; the Storz and Bickel grinder and the power adapter complete with USB cable.
Basically all you need to get started vaping right away.
Price: $279 – Buy from Vaporizer Chief Use coupon code BUD to get a 10% discount.
Now it’s high time to see what The Mighty has to offer.
As its smaller brother the Crafty, this one immediately catches your eye with its unique and attractive design. But one more thing is painfully obvious when setting eyes on the Mighty, this is not a portable vaporizer that you can carry around in your pocket, not by a long shot. The size of this vape speaks for its self: 5.5 inches x 3.2 inches x 1.2 inches (14.0cm x 8.0cm x 3.0 cm).
Mighty has a weight of 235 grams (o.5 lbs.), making it one of the heaviest portable vaporizers ever build. But what I have come to learn is that while Mighty has some shortcomings in the portability and stealth department it more than makes up for it with its extended battery life and vapor quality. So if portability and stealth are not two of your main concerns then rest assured Mighty is one of the most inspired choices you could make. I use this device at home and when I go on holyday, it’s really great to share with friends too, curtesy of the extended battery life witch last at least twice as long as its smaller counterpoint, the Crafty.
The Mighty features a LED display which informs you about the current temperature output. By using the 2 controls placed on each side of the display you can easily control temperature settings. Unlike the Crafty you get more versatility with your temperature settings. You can choose your preferred temperature ranging from 110 to 405 degrees F, that’s a definite plus in my book.
It was surprising to me to find out that the Mighty can’t be controlled with the smartphone app as with the Crafty, but I am sure this is a feature that will be added in the near future on newer models.
Battery Life and Heat up Time
Battery life is where the Mighty really makes a difference, you can use this device for more than 90 minutes continuously. Heat up time is similar to the Crafty, so about 90 to 120 seconds but some users have reported a slighter faster heat up time when using the Mighty and I tend to agree with them from personal experience. The heating system is identical to The Crafty using both conduction and convection heating. Both portable devices provide great quality vapor but my own personal choice is got to be the Mighty because of its slightly larger cooling unit on top.
Recharging this vape takes about 2 hours but like the Crafty you have the ability of using it as it charges.
How to use
You can pack inside the bowl anywhere between 2 or 3 grams max and get about 5 or 6 sessions out of it. You fill it up just like you would the Crafty, just detach the cooling unit on top, pack the bowl by using the filling aid and then just reattach the cooling unit back on top. Simple and straight forward. The bigger cooling unit is a definite plus for the Mighty.
Although The Mighty is considered one of the biggest portable vaporizers ever made, you can easily take it with on the town in your backpack or handbag. Just be careful as it’s harder to be stealthy with this one. But if stealth is not one of your main concerns, this durable and reliable portable vape should rank very high on your list of future purchases.
One more thing I like about the Mighty and The Crafty alike is that there is absolutely no issues with overheating. No matter how much you use these devices they never overheat and stay cool to the touch even.
So summing up, if you want a top of the line portable vaporizer which delivers outstanding vapor quality, long lasting battery life and no overheating then the Mighty is definitely the way to go. But on the other hand if you are more interested in portability and stealth and battery life is not a main concern then Crafty would be a much more suitable choice for your needs. Both devices are great choices when shopping for a new vape and they both provide the user with outstanding vapor quality.
What’s in the box: The Mighty herb vaporizer, the filling aid, wall power adapter; the cleaning brush; the Storz and Bickel grinder, 3 backup seal rings; the mouth piece; 3 normal screens; liquid pad and the user manual.
Price: $349 – Buy from Vaporizer Chief Use coupon code BUD to get a 10% discount.