The Crafty and the Mighty are to some the best portable vaporizers on the market. For the typical cannabis consumer, I feel they are one of the best options you have.
The large bowl size and the insane and effortless vapor production both of these units have make these some of the best options for someone switching from combustion to vaporization.
The Crafty and Mighty vaporizers are hard hitters that will put down an experienced user and a beginner alike.
Both of these vaporizers are exactly the same in some departments, but they do have some differences.
These vaporizers are different in terms of their temperature control, battery lives, and portability.
We’ll look at these differences and compare them so you can see which model would fit you better.
This review is going to be broken down into the following categories:
- Vapor Path
- Temperature Control
- Oven Capacity and Efficiency
- Vapor Quality
- Dry Herbs
- Build Quality
- Battery Life
- Pros/Cons Breakdown
- Final Subjective Assessment
Now that we know how this review is going to be laid out, let’s finally jump right into it!
The Crafty and the Mighty’s vapor path both are manufactured out of the hard black plastic that is used on the exterior of the devices.
For being the material used in the vapor path, I find it great for its application. It doesn’t produce any odors and foul tastes even when the vape’s heat is cranked up as high as it goes.
The vapor path is actually called the “Cooling Unit.” This cooling unit is a series of channels and chambers that extend the effective vapor path of both of these vaporizers.
What does this mean exactly?
The vapor has a longer pathway to take before reaching your mouth, giving it time to cool down and become less harsh.
This is why the Crafty and Mighty are so smooth and you’re able to hit these vapes back to back with little to no throat irritation at all.
Overall, the cooling unit in combination with the Crafty and Mighty’s heating solution create the smoothest vapor you can get in a portable session style vaporizer.
Both the Crafty and the Mighty offer fully adjustable temperature spectrums. However, they differ in how they control and display said temperatures.
In this section, we’re going to look at both the Crafty and Mighty separately and give an overview of how each device handles temperature control.
The Crafty’s Temperature Control
As we just established, the Crafty allows its users to fully adjust which temperature they want to vape at.
To allow the unit to come in at a smaller size, some sacrifices were made, and the Crafty doesn’t offer much temperature control on the device itself.
The way to adjust the temperature is by pairing your smartphone with the Storz and Bickel Crafty app, which allows you set your primary temperature and your “Boost” setting.
The Boost setting allows you to set a temperature modifier for your Crafty. So you can for example set your Boost setting to +10.
From there, you can activate the boost temperature by simply pressing and holding the power button on the Crafty itself.
This effectively gives you two different temperature settings to choose between on the fly without needing your phone. You can have your Crafty preset to 380F, and then when you want to raise the heat, you can activate the boost mode to finish up a session without having to pull out your phone every time.
You can also use the app to adjust the Crafty to any temperature you want during your session. So if there’s a temperature you want to vape at that isn’t your default temp or boost temp, you can select this on the app and it will go to that temperature.
The Mighty’s Temperature Control
The Mighty needs very little explanation on how to control its temperature, but I’m going to go over it anyways.
The Mighty offers its users a fully adjustable, accurate temperature spectrum maxing out at 410F like its little brother the Crafty does.
However, all of this control is done on the device itself, and the Mighty even tells you your temperature on the device rather than your phone.
The “+” and “-” buttons are self explanatory. “+” raises the set temperature, while “-” lowers the set temperature.
The temperature readout displays two different temperatures.
The top temperature, which will be highlighted in orange, is the temperature that the oven is currently at. From a cold start, this temperature should be your room or environments ambient temperature.
The bottom temperature, which is highlighted in grey, represents the temperature you set the Mighty to.
In short, the top temperature is what you’re at, and the bottom temperature is what you want to be at.
Oven Capacity and Efficiency
The Crafty and Mighty both use a hybrid of conduction and convection heating to vaporize your material.
Both of these vaporizers hold about .2-.3 of ground flower. You can pack more if you grind your herb on the finer side, but I found this increased the amount of finer particles that get lifted into the cooling unit. If you grind finely every time, you’ll find the need to clean the cooling unit more often, which is something to remember if you don’t like cleaning your vapes.
Both the Crafty and Mighty work well when the oven is fully loaded, but you can get away with loading less herb if you desire with a little trick:
You can load a small amount to evenly cover the screen on the bottom of the oven and then load the concentrate pad on top of it to fill in the remaining space. This is great for someone with a low tolerance or someone who’s trying to cut back on their usage or just doesn’t want a huge session at the time.
I found both of these vaporizers to be very efficient uses of both my dry herbs and concentrates. The Crafty and Mighty will fully extract all of the active cannabinoids in your oven over a typical 10-15 minute session. Every pull will provide satisfying vapor from start to finish of a session.
You never feel like you wasted your material when you use it in the Crafty and Mighty. You can’t go wrong with either of these vapes if you’re coming from combustion and are looking for a portable vape that won’t you let you down.
These vaporizers both have identical vapor quality in my opinion, and they both handle dry herbs and concentrates wonderfully. In this section, we’re going to look at the vapor quality of both dry herbs and concentrates separately.
Vapor Quality with Dry Herbs
Let’s preface something before going into this. Before having the opportunity to use the Firefly 2, the Crafty and the Mighty were both my top picks for vapor quality in a portable vaporizer.
With that said however, I will still say that the Crafty and Mighty have the best vapor quality out of any session style portable vaporizer.
The vapor production these vaporizers produce is insane, and the fact that the vapor goes down easy is another thing in itself.
If you hook these vapes up to a water pipe, they will instantly white wall it if the temperature is turned to max. If you think you’re going to be using your Crafty or Mighty with a water piece a lot, I would opt for the Mighty for reasons we’ll go into when we talk about the build quality.
The flavor these two vapes produce is fantastic and a very good representation of the herbs you put in the oven. If you clean or replace your cooling unit monthly, I find the flavor to be very comparable to the Firefly 2, however when side by side you can see how the cooling unit does dull the flavor somewhat.
The longer vapor path does impede the flavor slightly, but it isn’t a huge deal or noticeable to most palettes.
With that said, the vapor path does create hands down some of the smoothest vapor you can get in a session style portable vape. Even on the higher end around 380F-410F, the vapor never gets too harsh or scratchy on the throat.
A major pro for the Crafty and the Mighty is the fact that throughout the whole session, these vaporizers maintain a consistent experience. Flavor, vapor production, and smoothness take a very gradual decline over the session and aren’t as pronounced as other vapes on the market.
You don’t notice the degradation of flavor as much after each hit as you would with other units that rely more on conduction heating.
Vapor Quality with Concentrates
While I wouldn’t buy the Crafty or the Mighty specifically for concentrates, I would like to tell you guys that it is a great addition to have in these vapes.
Both the Crafty and the Mighty offer one of the best concentrate vaping experiences you can get in general. Vaporizing concentrates with convection heating as opposed to dropping it on a nail produces and preserves so much more of the volatile cannabinoids and terpenes.
Vapor production is what you would expect – it is very comparable but greater than the vapor production of the Crafty and Mighty vaping dry herbs at the maximum temperature. Each hit will fill your lungs with potent vapor.
Flavor is ultimately the reason why I would use the Crafty or the Mighty over my traditional dab rig. Even though I personally just love the act of dabbing, I still turn to vaporizers like the Crafty and Mighty to really enjoy the flavors of my favorite concentrates.
If you’ve only dabbed concentrates and haven’t tried vaporizing them in a high end vaporizer, you’re really missing out on the flavorful vapor.
This is also the smoothest method I found of consuming concentrates. The cooling unit does a great job of cooling the vapor without the need of filtering it through water and stripping it of water soluble cannabinoids and terpenes.
Both the Crafty and the Mighty have outstanding build quality for being constructed of plastic.
The material they are using on both vapes feels very high quality in the hand and can live up to the normal wear and tear of a daily user.
Older units had issues of the outer casing cracking and what not, but these issues have since been remedied over a few revisions of the Crafty and Mighty.
If you’re going to be using a water pipe or will be using your vape primarily at the high temperature range of 400F-410F, I would recommend the Mighty over the Crafty.
I found the Crafty would overheat with excessive use at higher temperatures or when vaping through water. Since the Crafty is so small, there isn’t anywhere for the heat to dissipate to. I just found in my experience the Mighty has a better time of handling high heat settings and has never overheated from extended use.
This is where both of these vaporizers differ greatly. The actual battery life and the ways you can charge said batteries is different between these two vapes.
The Crafty’s Battery Life
For starters, the Crafty is charged with a standard micro usb cable. It is highly recommended as per Storz & Bickel’s instructions to use theirs and I have not deviated from that.
I found that from a dead battery, the Crafty takes about 2 hours to recharge from a wall outlet. You also have the ability of charging your Crafty with a portable power bank if you wish to charge your Crafty on the go since it doesn’t have replaceable batteries.
I get an average battery life of 1 hour, which equals about 2-4 ovens.
The Mighty’s Battery Life
The Mighty simply plugs into the wall to charge and you unfortunately do not have a way of charging the unit on the go with something like a portable battery charger.
I found on average it takes about 2 hours for the Mighty to become fully charged.
With the Mighty I get about 6-8 ovens per charge, or a little under 2 hours of usage. Battery life with the Mighty isn’t exactly double, but it’s more or less 1.5x the Crafty’s battery life.
Yet again another area where both of these units have some big differences, and the most obvious difference between these two units – the size.
The Crafty’s Portability
Ultimately, the Crafty is the more portable version of the pair.
Coming in at about 4 inches in height and 2 inches in width, if you’re a mostly on the go user and stuck between the Crafty and Mighty, I would just go with the Crafty.
Its small size makes it a very pocketable and portable design. It easily fits into any pocket.
The Crafty can also be concealed easily in the hand for public use. To the ignorant eye, the Crafty resembles some box e-cig mods.
This is a great high performance portable for on the go use.
The Mighty’s Portability
The Mighty is about 5 inches tall and and 3 inches wide.
While it fits pretty well in the hand, it definitely isn’t concealable in most people’s hands unless you’re someone like Bigfoot.
The Mighty is more what I would consider an at-home portable. You’re free to move about your house without being tied to an electrical outlet or a short battery. At the same time, you aren’t sacrificing desktop performance as we learned earlier.
You also have the ability to vape away from home, so a vape like the Mighty doesn’t limit users in how and where they can enjoy their cannabis for the most part.
If you do want to bring this on the go with you, it does fit snugly in most pockets and is easily transportable in a bag.
The cleaning process of the Crafty and Mighty is my biggest gripe.
Disassembling the whole cooling unit and thoroughly cleaning it is a chore that I never look forward to doing. Your hands are also bound to get a little sticky unless you wear surgical gloves when taking the cooling unit apart.
I clean mine once a month, but it doesn’t really matter when you do it. The more frequently you do it, the easier it will be to clean each time. If you let it go too long, the mouthpiece starts getting sticky, there’s a noticeable draw resistance, and there’s an off flavor when just drawing from the unit with nothing in it.
I know a lot of people don’t clean their Crafty and Mighty pretty much at all, so you can get away with it being dirty for a while, but why spend so much money on something you won’t take care of in the first place?
You can also buy 3-packs of cooling units for both the Crafty and Mighty. If you have enough cash, you can just flat out throw them away when they get too dirty.
Or a more economical option would be to start a rotation of cooling units so they’re easier to clean. If you have something like 4 cooling units in rotation, I would imagine it would be a lot easier to clean them at the end of the month rather than if you put work on one cooling unit all month long like I do.
So for the most part, the Crafty and Mighty both contain the same accessories in their respective retailing packages.
Each package should contain the following:
- Replacement Screens
- Replacement O-Rings
- Cleaning Brush
- Storz and Bickel Filling Aid
- Storz and Bickel 2 Piece Grinder
The grinder and filling aid are both actually really handy. The grinder will fulfill pretty much anyone’s needs, and the filling aid makes loading both the Crafty and Mighty an easy and painless process. I don’t use it all the time, but I do when I’m sitting at my desk and it makes it very easy to load the oven without much effort or cleanup.
Both the Crafty and Mighty are covered under a 2 year warranty on defects and flaws in the devices workmanship.
I do not believe battery replacements are covered for either vapes under the warranty, which is a bummer since pretty much every battery is going to fail eventually. Since the Crafty and Mighty don’t offer user replaceable batteries, you may have to send your vape in eventually to have its battery replaced at a fee.
Likewise, I have anecdotally seen a lot of people having to send their Craftys in for servicing around the 100 hour use mark. Now obviously this could be a case of the vocal minority who speaks the loudest, but I have seen a lot of people who have had to send their Craftys in 2-3 times over the course of them owning it.
I have not seen really any complaints about the Mighty’s reliability, however, and from my experience along with many others, it’s definitely solid and the better option for a heavier user.
To summarize this review, we are going to break down the Pros and Cons of both the Crafty and the Mighty.
- Consistently good vapor quality
- Large oven size
- Small design
- Multiple charging options
- Temperature control primarily on phone
- Overheating with high temp vaping
- Device reliability with extreme use
- Battery life
- Consistently good vapor quality
- Large oven size
- Long battery life
- Temperature control on device
- Very large size
- Can’t charge on the go with a typical battery bank
Final Subjective Assessment of the Crafty and Mighty vaporizers
These are two vapes I really love, but out of the two, I really like the Mighty more as it fits my needs better than the Crafty.
I typically vape at home, so I prefer having a fully featured device even if it sacrifices portability since I’m not taking it anywhere.
I always find time to vape with my Mighty; it’s one of the few vapes I have that always draws me in at least once a day. I love sitting back and enjoying a session with it. You don’t have to do much other than load it and set your temperature.
I also love not having to worry about how I draw from both of these vapes or anything like that. There’s no technique and that makes using both the Mighty and the Crafty a really enjoyable experience from the first time you use these units.
So which one should you go with?
If you’re looking for the best in class portable with no compromises in vapor production, flavor, or smoothness, the Crafty is a great option.
Offering desktop-like vapor production in a portable form factor, this vape will wow anyone who uses it.
The Mighty would be great for the person who will be vaping at home primarily. It is great to have desktop-like performance in a vape that allows you to move around without being tethered to an electric outlet or a ridiculously short battery life.
Likewise, if you’re a heavy user and think you will find yourself vaping 1+ grams of flower a day, I would opt for the Mighty as it has shown to be more reliable with heavy usage patterns.
Regardless of which vape you choose, they are both great options for anyone. The vapor quality that both of these units produce alone is worth the price in my opinion.
I don’t think I could stand not having either the Crafty or Mighty in my collection after having them both for so long.
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