For over six years the Mighty has set the standard for portable vaporizers, but is it still the benchmark? Surely someone has come along with something better, or just as good but less expensive, right? Maybe not. As it turns out, when you knock it out of the park on your first swing, it takes the world a while to catch up. Let’s see if the Mighty still leads the pack.
Table of contents
- The Gold Standard
- Consistency is king
- Satisfying vapor
- Amazingly efficient
- So easy to use
- Long-lasting battery life
- Medical build with an industrial feel
- Herb or concentrate sessions
- Slow heat up time
- Fantastic accessories
- Time tested
- A couple gripes
- What about the rumored Mighty+?
- What’s in the box
- For best results
- Easy maintenance
- Who is the Mighty for?
- Who is the Mighty not for?
- Our take
Mighty vaporizer review: the Gold Standard
Any time a good portable vaporizer releases, someone asks “Is this the Mighty killer?” with good reason. The Mighty aced every important talking point for a vaporizer, and most Mighty owners feel they don’t need to check in again until something better comes along. You may be satisfied with another portable vape for a little bit, but eventually your eyes will wander and long for what the Mighty provides.
Consistency is king
I usually lead a review with a report on the vapor and flavor. That’s coming. But I want to stress something unique about the Mighty - what truly sets it apart. Yes, it has great taste and efficiency and is easy to use. But what’s truly special about the Mighty is its consistency. It’s not just stellar, it’s always stellar. When you get a Mighty, you never have to look back.
Sessions with the Mighty are just the way I like it - tasty and dense from the very first hit. The Mighty can take longer than other vapes to heat up, but the first hits are more satisfying than from other vapes that race to heat up without giving the entire system a chance to balance.
Another thing I like about Mighty vapor is the stopping point. Some vapes keep producing visible vapor long after it’s effective, and I question the potency of the later hits. But the Mighty quickly extracts and then stops producing vapor. It takes fewer hits to finish off a bowl, even at lower temperatures. Somehow, Storz & Bickel (S&B) vaporizers seem to extract quicker and more completely than other vapes.
There’s a reason for all that efficiency - testing. During development, S&B tested the Mighty’s vapor output to see what was there, in what quantities, and how pure it was. I’m not aware of any other vaporizer manufacturers that put in that kind of time and diligence in their designs, and it paid off.
I believe S&B has landed on a special mix of convection and conduction heating, or hybrid heating, that fully extracts as quickly as possible, from anything you put in the oven. Other hybrid vaporizers can lean more towards conduction or convection, and they don’t quite pull it off. Meanwhile, the Mighty does it right every single time.
So easy to use
Using the Mighty is easy and intuitive. All the controls and information are on the front panel. The orange side button powers it on and off, while the front triangle buttons change the temperature. The display is simple - actual temperature on top, set temperature below, and the battery meter at the bottom. The Mighty doesn't use a traditional shut-off timer. Instead, it tracks your use and turns off after two minutes of inactivity. There’s very little to think about here. You can have a complete session with no more than one button press.
The Mighty is as easy to load as it is to use. It doesn’t matter if you grind your herbs coarsely, finely, or not at all - the Mighty will vaporize them fully, extracting everything. I’ll talk more about the Mighty accessories a little later, but the dosing capsules must be mentioned here. They’re the perfect pre-pack option for easy quick-loads on-the-go, and they’re inexpensive!
Long-lasting battery life
It’s hard to say how many bowls the Mighty can cook through on a single charge because it doesn’t have a session timer, but 90 minutes of runtime is typical. Those who make quick work of their bowls can get around 12 per charge, while vaporists like myself who drag things out may end up with eight. No matter the style, that’s enough to get through just about anyone’s evening, and then some.
With consistent, heavy use, I found myself charging the Mighty every two days. Casual users could go for weeks without a recharge. The Mighty takes about two hours to fully charge from dead, and has passthrough charging. If you need to vape quickly and the battery is dead, you can use it while plugged in after just a few minutes of charging.
The main downside to the Mighty’s battery life is the required charger. Most of today’s vaporizers charge via some form of USB cable, and are easy to charge anywhere. It’s not the Mighty’s fault, but I have misplaced the barrel-port charger a few times, and the Mighty was out of commission until I found it.
Medical build with an industrial feel
The Mighty looks more like a power tool than a medical device, dressed in cooling fins and a Black & Decker color scheme (black and orange). The look fits its style, however, combining industrial strength with medical performance. It’s tough - I regularly throw it in a backpack without a protective case.
The Mighty isn’t medically certified, but it benefits from all the testing and design that went into S&B’s medically certified portable vaporizer, the Mighty Medic, which is only available through medical channels in a handful of countries. The retail version is made to the same specifications in the same factory. There are only a couple differences between the units, none of which affect performance.
The bottom line is, if you prize medical certifications and exhaustive testing, the Mighty is just about the only choice. There aren’t more than two other vaporizers I know of that have undergone this level of scrutiny.
Herb or concentrate sessions
When it comes to vaping dry herbs, the Mighty is at the top of the class. S&B invented the hybrid heating system, and nailed it out of the gate. The first hit is mostly convection and filled with taste, while the clouds build throughout the session. It fully extracts everything from your herbs, everytime, with zero fuss. Others have imitated, but no one seems to come close.
The Mighty was built for dry herbs, but it also comes with a stainless steel mesh pad for concentrates that works really well. It’s not for those lung-busting, dab-style hits you see people take with hot nails and e-rigs. This is for a relaxed session that’s gentle, but effective. Take the same concentrate you’d use for a dab, and load it onto the mesh pad. As the Mighty heats, the extract melts into the pad and vaporizes over the course of several minutes.
Slow heat up time
Heat up time can take anywhere from one to two minutes, depending on the battery level and what temperature your Mighty is set to. That’s a little slow by today’s standards - most vapes take around 30 seconds. But, when the Mighty is ready, the vapor flows. Those quicker vapes need a hit or two to catch up.
Another thing I like about the Mighty is the temperature display. It is accurate and displays a live temperature. Other vapes might only show you the set temperature, and vibrate when they get there. After that, you don’t know what they’re doing, as they only display the set temp the whole time. The Mighty temp display fluctuates over a 15° F degree window as it adjusts to keep the temperature stable. All vapes do this behind the scenes, but the Mighty isn’t afraid to show you the results.
The accessories for the Mighty, both included and sold separately, form a complete package. Other than the herbs, the Mighty comes with all you need to vape - a grinder, filling aid, dosing capsule, cleaning brush, extract pad, and extra parts. When you’re ready for more, move up to the dosing capsule caddy that holds four capsules, or the magazine that holds eight. For serious users, there’s even a 40 dosing capsule set with a grinder, scale, and loading tray.
We also have some crucial accessories made by third parties. There are different types of water pipe adapters (silicon or glass), and stands to keep the Mighty upright when loading. If you swing for a Mighty, definitely get the stand. Mine never comes off.
Here’s where the Mighty wins all comparisons. No other portable vape has such a longstanding reputation for excellence. I can only think of a handful of vaporizers that can compete with the Mighty’s vapor, but they’re all either extremely hard to get, or very new to the market. Meanwhile, the Mighty has done it right for years. Simply put, there’s not a better vape to choose if you want to get the best and get on with your life.
A couple gripes
No vape is perfect, and I’m sure you will find something you would change about the Mighty after a bit of use. My list starts with the curved bottom. I don’t understand why it was done when the Crafty has a flat bottom. It’s harder to load and sends us searching for a stand. Luckily, stands are pretty cheap.
I’ve already mentioned my other gripes: the Mighty is a little slow to heat up compared to others, and it only charges via it’s barrel-port charger. A faster heat up time and USB charger would be welcome!
What about the rumored Mighty+?
At the time of this writing, a new Mighty+ is nothing more than that - a rumor. Although it seems pretty likely, given an updated Crafty was released in late 2019. I can think of several slight tweaks I would make to the Mighty, but nothing to the vapor. The Crafty+ confirms this, performing just like the original Crafty, but with more features and improved durability.
The bottom line is no one knows if or when a Mighty+ will come out. If it does, the vapor will most likely be identical to the original, and the price will be higher. I think you could safely buy a Mighty today and have the same vapor quality of whatever could come out later on.
What’s in the box
- Mighty Vaporizer (latest version)
- Power Adapter
- Liquid Pad
- Spare Screens
- Cleaning Brush
- Storz & Bickel Herb Grinder
- Filling Aid
- Spare Seal Rings
- 1 Dosing Capsule
For best results
You can read our full Tips and Tricks Guide at your leisure. The main thing I want to encourage you to do is explore. The Mighty is consistently excellent no matter how you use it, so play and find your sweet spot. Use different temperatures and grinds, even whole flowers, and give the included accessories a go. The dosing capsule and extract pad are fantastic!
Check out our Cleaning and Maintenance Guide to keep things running like new. The most important thing you can do is empty out the bowl after it’s spent. Too often I set it down and forget, only to later find the herbs stuck in place. It also gets the screens dirty a lot quicker. When you’re done, just empty out the bowl and sweep it clean with the brush.
Who is the Mighty for?
The Mighty is for anyone who googles “What’s the best portable vaporizer?” There isn’t one “best vaporizer” for everyone, but the Mighty is the best for most. If you just want to buy one vape and get on with life, this is the safest bet. It’s one of the most expensive vapes we sell, but given it’s long track record of excellence, it’s deserving of the spot.
Who is the Mighty not for?
At $349, the Mighty can’t be called budget friendly, and some very good vaporizers can be had for less than half that. It also doesn’t represent the latest in vape tech. It’s six years old, and the Mighty won’t appeal to those that like to live on the cutting edge.
Amazingly, the Mighty has ruled the roost for over six years. It’s truly a special vaporizer that many will have great memories of. I consider it the gold standard for portable vapes. Eventually someone will make a better vaporizer, but they’ll have to wait years to earn the trust and reputation of the Mighty. Buy the Mighty with confidence. Even if a new version comes out soon, it probably won’t vape any better than the original.