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Mighty vs Crafty: Sibling Rivalry

These excellent vaporizers look pretty close on paper, but they both use excellent vapor quality to accomplish different tasks.

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 Size Comparison

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.

Related: Mighty Vaporizer Review

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.

Crafty Mighty
Price CAD$319 CAD$399
Controls Connected App/Button Fully On-Board
Hybrid Heating
Battery Life 4-5 Sessions 8-10 Sessions
Charging Method USB 110 Volt
Boost Mode
Haptic Feedback
Stands Upright

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 2-3 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.

Mighty vs Crafty Temperature Comparison

On-Board or Smartphone Controls

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 the Mighty fits that profile.

On the other hand, the Crafty comes out of the box with a preset temperature, and a boost mode, which pushes the temperature up slightly to finish off an oven. If you want to tweak these two temperature settings, you’ll need to connect the app.

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.

The Mighty Heats up Faster

Both devices fall behind the competition when it comes to heat up time. It takes just under two minutes for the Mighty to reach 390° F, and the Crafty reaches the same temperature in a little more than three minutes. Most modern vaporizers can heat up in 30-60 seconds, with even faster heating on the way.

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 vapor quality is worth the wait when you’re looking for a relaxed session.

Mighty vs Crafty Vaporizer Comparison

Reliability Issues Put to Bed

Early on, the Crafty had some occasional issues with overheating and short battery life. Storz & Bickel quickly responded, providing replacements to affected owners. The latest firmware and battery updates have solved the issue, and we haven’t heard any complaints recently.

Mighty vs Crafty which one to choose

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 CAD$399 has better battery life, a faster heat up time, on-board controls, and costs just CAD$80 more than the CAD$319 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.

Written by

brad bourque

Brad is a writer and tech nerd from Portland, Oregon, with a fondness for video games, craft beer, and the Portland Timbers.

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