**The Crafty+ vaporizer has some features only accessible via a smartphone app. On November 15th, 2019, Apple removed all vaporizer apps from its store. Apps that were downloaded before removal will still work. Android users are not affected. Please read our blog post to learn more about the app removal, and how it affects specific vaporizers.**
Looking to take premium vapor with you, at any cost? The Storz & Bickel Mighty and Crafty+ deliver some of the best vapor on the market -- convection forward, efficiently cooled, with clear flavors. They’re a little larger than you might be used too, and they take a little longer to reach temperature, but the benefits are immense.
The Crafty+ is easily pocketable and compact, so you can take it with you wherever you go. In comparison, the Mighty is a little too large for a standard pocket, but offers better battery life, faster heat-up time, and on-board controls.
We think most users will prefer the Mighty, but it isn’t quite that simple.
Mighty vs Crafty: Very Similar Vapor
First up -- vapor quality. Both the Mighty and Crafty+ boast trademark Storz & Bickel vapor quality. It starts out with mostly convection, for clean, present flavors, and slowly warms up, bringing conduction in later for a full, deep extraction. It's efficient, tasty, and satisfying, and both the Mighty and Crafty offer an almost identical vaping experience.
The cooling units have a similar design, but the Mighty’s slightly larger top piece means better cooling. You’d probably only notice the difference side by side, or at hotter temperatures over a series of sessions.
Size in Numbers
The most obvious difference between the Crafty+ and Mighty is size. The Mighty vape is 5.5 inches tall, 3.2 inches wide, and 1.2 inches deep, and the Crafty+ is about an inch smaller in terms of width and height. It’s also a little over five ounces, a good deal lighter than the Mighty’s eight ounces.
Pocketable or Portable
The difference between the two becomes clear when you try to fit the Mighty vaporizer in your pocket -- unless you have cargo pants, it's unlikely to fit. It's easy to throw in a bag or a purse, but pulling it out in public is still likely to draw attention. If you're often on the go, the Crafty+ easily sneaks into pockets and hides in your palm during use.
Sitting or Standing
Also of note, the Crafty’s flat bottom lets it stand straight up while you load it. The Mighty’s rounded bottom won’t stand up on its own, so you’ll have to turn the multi-tool around to prop it up, or use a third party stand. It makes the Crafty a bit easier to load, and some users prefer having it sit upright for easier use. Both vaporizers include an easy loading tool that lets you store ground herbs and fill your oven without any mess.
|Controls||Connected App/Button||Fully On-Board|
|Battery Life||4-5 Sessions||8-10 Sessions|
|Charging Method||USB||110 Volt|
Big Battery Life Difference
A larger vaporizer means more battery life, and the Mighty delivers with almost twice the Crafty+’s vaporizing time. You can expect eight to ten sessions on a single charge with the Mighty, and about half that with the Crafty+. It’s a big downside for the Crafty+, but as long as you remember to charge it, you’ll have enough battery life for 3-4 ovens.
That said, it’s easier to find a place to refuel the Crafty. The Crafty+ vaporizer charges through USB, which is slower, but readily available, and works with external battery packs, which helps mitigate the poor battery life. The Mighty uses a 110 volt DC plug, so you’ll need the included power cord, or similar, but it charges faster than the Crafty+. Both devices feature pass-through charging, so you can keep vaping if the battery is dead, but a cable is handy.
On-Board or Smartphone Controls
**On November 15th, 2019, Apple removed all vaporizing apps from its store, including this Storz & Bickel app. In the summer of 2020, Storz & Bickel released a web app to replace the smartphone app for iPhone, mac and pc users. Please read our blog post to learn more about the new web app, and how it affects specific vaporizers.**
Both units feature full digital temperature controls, haptic feedback, boost mode, and an auto-shutoff timer, but it's how you control those features that sets them apart. The Mighty has clearly labeled buttons and a simple, intuitive (LCD) display. We prefer having all of our controls readily available, and the Mighty fits that profile.
On the other hand, the Crafty+ comes out of the box with a preset temperature, and two boost modes that compliment each other perfectly. If you want to tweak these three temperature settings, you’ll need to connect the app, but we found the on-board temperatures to be perfect for almost all of our vaping.
If the app isn’t connected, you can track the temperature through a light on the Crafty+'s base, which is red when heating, and turn green and buzz when ready. It’s not as clear as the Mighty’s LCD display, but it’s an easy to understand system. The Crafty+'s control scheme allows for more control over the auto shutoff, LED brightness, and provides some usage stats through the app, but the Mighty's just works, and it doesn't need any extra pieces.
Similar heat up times
Both vapes fall behind the competition when it comes to heat up time. On a full charge, they reach temperature in 60 to 90 seconds, depending on the temperature selected. Most modern vaporizers can heat up in 30-60 seconds, with a few clocking in at under ten seconds.
The Storz and Bickel vaporizers take a different approach, with large heat exchangers that slowly come up to heat, and hold it well. They aren’t great for a quick hit, but they hold temperature well, even during intense draws.
We feel like the quality is worth the wait when you’re looking for a relaxed session - it’s only 30 more seconds to stellar vapor.
Reliability Issues Put to Bed
Early on, the original Crafty had some occasional issues with overheating and short battery life. Storz & Bickel fixed almost all of them with the Crafty+, and we haven’t heard any complaints recently.
Which One is Right For You?
With almost identical vapor quality, it comes down to use case, and a few key features. Ultimately, the Mighty, at $349 has better battery life, on-board controls, and costs just $70 more than the $279 Crafty+. The Planet of the Vapes staff all prefer the Mighty over the Crafty+, and we recommend it for most users.
The Crafty+ vaporizer is the more pocketable of the two, so it’s the right choice if you're often hitting the town with an oven in your pocket, and you still want some of the best vapor quality available. It’s still not the most portable option, as conduction vaporizers like the PAX 3 or X MAX Starry are more pocketable, have better battery life, and heat up faster.
Instead of trying to draw comparisons between the two products, it's better to understand they both bring something different to the table. They’re different enough that, if you’ve got the cash to spend, you might even consider both. It’s an expensive proposition to be sure, but it would mean you have a vaporizer for home, one for on the go, and dosing capsules to share between them.