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Crafty Vaporizer Review


Crafty Vaporizer Review and Demo Session

The Crafty is a portable hybrid convection vaporizer made by the German company Storz and Bickel. They are the same manufacturer of the simultaneously released Mighty portable vaporizer, and also the older but proven models, the Volcano desktop vaporizer and Plenty plug-in vaporizer.

The Crafty is currently my best rated overall portable vaporizer ranking extremely high in vapor quality, portability/discretion, design/look/feel and ease of use. I’m talking even the newest beginner vaporist can use it without any practice/problems. You can’t say that about most portable vapes. I rated the Crafty a 9.3 out of 10 which currently makes it tied for the highest rated of the ~100+ (its getting out of control at this point) portable vaporizers I’ve tested.

This in-depth Crafty vaporizer review will help you break down the features and decide if this is the best portable vaporizer for you. The Crafty currently retails for $279 and you can click here to check out the same place I got mine from.

One of the features I like is that you can control your Crafty via an APP available for most android/iPhone devices. The app lets you control the 2 temp selections, adjust the LED brightness on the unit, and change vibration/notification options. You can even set it so your phone vibrates and does the little “Note” jingle. You would think it would get annoying but this has helped me save so much herb.

The App also shows you the total hours of operation which is fun stat to see. I’m currently on my first Crafty from 2014 and it is at 110 hours last time I updated this article. It also includes all sorts of information about different materials to vape and what temps to vape at.

Size, Portability & Concealment – The Crafty exact dimensions are: 4.3 inches tall by 2.2” wide by 1.3” deep and weighs only 4.8oz (~136g). It’s fits nicely in your hand and conceals easily in your jean pockets, hoody or purse. It’s not quite as portable as the Pax 3 because it does have some bulkiness to it but overall much easier to clean and use.

Crafty Vaporizer Chamber

Heating Element & Temperature Options – Crafty comes with two different temperature settings, “Default” which is set at 356F and “Boost” which is set at 383F. Each of the two temps can be changed to any temp ranging from 104 to 410 degrees Fahrenheit via the APP. I’ve found the Crafty takes upwards of two minutes to heat up to around 365°F  which isn’t the fastest but I have noticed the temp is more consistent with aggressive or long draws. The vibrations are a nice reminder to let you know that it’s finished heating up since it is not instant.

Crafty vaporizer cooling unit

Chamber size, How-To-Use, Packing Techniques – The chamber in the Crafty holds up to about .25 grams of dry herb. You can get upwards of .3 with a super fine grind but if you over-pack the chamber it will increase the draw resistance. The Crafty is one of the most consistent portable vaporizers I’ve ever used. I can pack it loose, tight, half-pack, full-pack and I get the same great results every time. A lot of vapes only work well with full chambers, so it is really nice the Crafty works with partial loads. The Cooling unit on top of the chamber does an excellent job of cooling down the vapor before it hits your lips, the Crafty has the smoothest and coolest vapor of any session vape this size.

Check out my Instagram video below to see how to use the Crafty vaporizer. Pretty much just load and go.


Battery Life, Charging Options & Charge Times – The Crafty uses one lithium-ion internal rechargeable battery which lasts me about 45 minutes of average continuous use or about 4 sessions. The Crafty completely recharges in about 2 hours and also offers partial pass-through charging. This allows you to vape while charging provided you let it get to about 20% battery life first.

The battery life on the Crafty is definitely not the best. The plus side is that the Crafty’s USB charging system allows you to charge it practically anywhere. You can pick up external battery pack on Amazon (~$10-$30) that can easily recharge the crafty on the go.

Crafty vs Mighty & Other Portable Vapes – When comparing the Crafty vs the Mighty, the most noticeable differences are size and battery life, but the Mighty also preheats a bit quicker, and holds temp better especially in cold ambient temps (like skiing). If you can fork out the $279 for the Crafty, maybe $70 bucks isn’t that much for longer battery life and the on-vape button temp control. The Mighty has also proven more reliable for the heaviest users, so if you plan to vape all day every day the Mighty is probably the way to go.

So what you have to do is decide whether you want the more personal highly portable model, Crafty. Or, if you don’t care about size and just want a vape that has the best battery life of any portable vaporizer currently on the market, then you might want the Mighty. Trust me when I say that you won’t be disappointed with either.

Personally, I prefer the Crafty for the size, the smartphone app (vibrations + notifications), and the USB charging system. I’m always checking stuff on my phone anyways so it’s just convenient and like I mentioned above, you can charge via USB practically anywhere.

Crafty Logo on cooling unit

For overall best portability in terms of concealment, size, and session time, I still have to go with the Pax 3. The sleekness of the Pax 3 let’s you store it anywhere and I can completely palm it during my session for concealment. If you are looking for a vape that is similar sized to the Crafty or Pax 3, but has replaceable batteries you will want to check out the Davinci IQ.

Accessories & Filling Aid – The Crafty comes with some cleaning accessories like a brush and replacement seals/screens. You also get a grinder and the new “filling aid” which makes loading the Crafty super easy. It connects to the top of the Crafty and you can place herbs in the top so it basically just funnels your herbs in without having to worry about spilling anything. It’s super convenient.

Crafty Warranty Information – The Crafty only comes with a 2 year warranty covering against defects in materials and craftsmanship. The 2 year warranty is about average so I wish it was a bit longer, nonetheless, it is a Storz and Bickel product and they have a proven track record of quality products and solid customer support.

Summary: Should you buy the Crafty?

The Crafty is currently rated as my best overall portable at 9.3/10. There are a few things I wish could be improved like battery life and the warranty but it’s definitely the easiest to use and most consistent vaporizer its size. Plus the USB charging system lets you charge it practically anywhere.

The vapor quality and flavor are very good overall and the easy of use, consistency, no stirring required, and infrequent cleanings making this vaporizer a breeze to own.

You can buy the Crafty from the same place I got mine from. They have quick/discrete shipping, the best prices, and throw in a free gift.

Thanks for checking my Crafty vaporizer review and feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions. #StayMedicated!

9.3
Overall Score
Crafty Vaporizer Review

The Crafty is currently rated as my best overall portable vaporizer because of the small size, ease of use, and vapor quality it can produce. The smartphone app is extremely easy to use and makes changing the temps really easy.

87 Comments

  • Larry Iwaki says: April 5, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Hey Buzz– I’m thinking about getting the Crafty to vape tobacco. I realize that most everybody uses it for MJ but I enjoy the flavor of tobacco and the relaxing effect that e liquids simply do not provide. I was also looking at the PAX 2. What do you think about either for tobacco? Thanks.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: April 6, 2015 at 3:32 am

      Tobacco seems to do best around 257-302f (125-150c) so I would definitely recommend the Crafty. The Pax2’s lowest temp is 360f which is high for tobacco in my opinion. With the Crafty you will have complete temperature control.

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  • Geo says: April 11, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    You should post a crafty vape session/tips

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  • Duc says: April 24, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    How does the crafty perform when you don’t finish off the bowl. The Firefly seems really efficient for this sort of behavior.

    Great reviews!

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    • Buzz Danklin says: April 28, 2015 at 2:46 am

      The Crafty does well, it’s better than most vapes. However it does have a portion of it’s heating coming from conduction, so it’s still not quite as efficient as the Firefly for splitting a bowl into multiple sessions

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  • ananda says: May 10, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Hey Buzz,

    thanks for all the reviews…ordered the Crafty! A question just came up in my mind, should have thought of it before I placed the order. I live in India, and as you are aware, hash (hashish/charas) is of much better quality/potency than herb, especially the ‘cream’ from the mountains. Will I be able to vape hash (without mixing tobacco)? Have you tried vaping hash (without tobacco)? What was your experience?

    Thanks much for sharing Buzz, enjoy your self, stay safe!

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    • Buzz Danklin says: May 11, 2015 at 12:09 am

      Unfortunately I have probably not tried any type of hash similar to yours. I only occasionally come across concentrates where I live, but I have used ‘Wax’ on top of the included concentrate pad and it worked quite well, so I think your hash should also work well. I would appreciate it if you would comment back after you tried it and let us know the results though!

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      • brilz says: October 10, 2015 at 12:46 am

        dont smoke hash with that without topping it with green or at least enough tabacoo too keep the resin in the bowl otherwise itll get in your mouth or simply make a messitd be perfect with bud but you would have tock it in between 2 layers of herb

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      • TomTom says: November 10, 2016 at 11:32 pm

        Sticks on screen and melting badly into the “pad” you supposed to put on… messier than I told.. so I go only with herbs from now on in my mighty vape..;)

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      • Andrew says: January 9, 2017 at 10:00 am

        Works great to vape hash with & taste much nicer than vaping bud. I have had my crafty for almost 2 years, still going great (same use & charge times), & I have vaped MUCH weed & hash in it both individually & together. doing the hash alone I often use morrocan blonde or pollen, I crumble / powder it & use the metal wax pad which stops anything other than vapor getting through the cooler. Taste great & you need v little hash, just cover the bottom.

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        • Buzz Danklin says: January 9, 2017 at 1:57 pm

          Andrew I really appreciate you jumping in with your experience with various types of Hash! I can only get full-melt around here so I never knew how it did with the solid styles. Really great to hear your Crafty has handled it all well and is still performing up to your expectations.

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    • Dave says: January 11, 2016 at 5:43 pm

      I have vaped hash in my NO2 vape and it’s amazing , the crafty looks much the same , so I would imagine it would work fine , I’ve only ever put a bit in and it seems to burn long and does the trick ….

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  • Maxx says: May 12, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Congrats Buzz!! very well done review!
    i have a Volcano digit with solid valve from 3 years, i have a bigger baloon than standard one and i make about 4 baloons (2 for each time i use alone) with one bowl.
    I am looking for a portable one, and i am undecided between Mighty and Crafty.
    I have a question for you: a bowl is about 0.3/0.2 gr with Crafty/Might , how many hits i have before changing with new weed?
    Thanks for your help!

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    • Buzz Danklin says: May 12, 2015 at 10:37 pm

      Hey Maxx! Thanks man, I usually get between 6-8 hits with a Crafty/Mighty bowl but if you put it on lower temps then you could probably drag it out about. The Crafty does a very good job of killing a bowl in under 8 hits if you want too.

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  • Jonathan says: May 19, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    I’ve had the Crafty for a week now. My final decision to purchase it over the Pax 2 was your review.

    The jury is out on how the plastic shell will hold up over time and use with a wide range of temperature changes. And with the somewhat weak 2-year warranty as compared to other vapes, I was also a tad concerned of the “what-ifs” beyond 2 years, especially as it’s priced among the top in the portable vape world. With that being said, 1 week in and I do not care. The vaping session I get with the Crafty is superb, with smooth and cool hits. And when the smoke is done, so is the herb, every time. Perfectly clean brown herb with no burning whatsoever. I vape at 347F and bump up 50F near the end.

    But what is most amazing is the herb effect. It’s a feeling I have never really experienced with any other method I’ve ever used, whether it be a bowl, one-hitter, etc. And already having the Magic Flight Launch Box and AtmosRX Orbit (and have tried the Pax) I have something to compare. IMHO there is no comparison.

    As a CPA, I did the math regarding the long run. Forgetting the extra $150 (on average) you may spend compared to other vapes, even if it lasts only the 2-year warranty period, I imagine the cost difference would be easily made up in how efficient this unit is with the herb. I can use such a small amount (with the liquid pad filling the rest of the chamber) and get exactly what I want. And absolutely no waste at all.

    I am SO happy I pulled the trigger on this, and thank you Buzz for your excellent and detailed reviews (of which I have read many others).

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  • Mr. Me2 says: May 29, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Buzz,

    If you fill the oven halfway, do you recommend using the pad they provide to fill the remaining space , or is it not necessary? Thx for your help!

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    • Buzz Danklin says: May 29, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      I do like placing the pad over the top of a half packed oven to fill the remaining space, it also has the added benefit of keeping the screen/cooling unit a bit cleaner for longer :)

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  • Mr. Me2 says: June 3, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Thanks for the reply, Buzz. You’d be surprised how much I rely on your reviews and recommendations. So here’s another question. Do you recommend switching out the CU screen for the fine screen. Some on FC do that, so I was wondering what your take is.

    BTW, keep up your excellent work with the Grasshopper. I’m looking forward to more of your feedback with the Ti. Thanks again!

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    • Mr. Me2 says: June 12, 2015 at 10:17 am

      Hey Buzz…you skipped my question so I’ll add another. Do you know of an alternative spacer to use in the Crafty other than the pad supplied by S&B?

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      • Buzz Danklin says: June 12, 2015 at 3:53 pm

        Sorry that question slipped past me. I do not use any alternative spacers in the Crafty. I generally just use a full pack, or a partial pack with the S&B supplied liquid pad on top. I have been really happy with the liquid pad for partial packs so I have not felt the need to look for or try any other solutions.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: June 12, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      Sorry for the slow reply, this question slipped past me. I have tried both the fine and the normal screen in the CU. I find that the fine screen is better if you use a fine grind, but I generally use my Santa Cruz Shredder which is a fairly chunky grind and so I don’t need the fine screen. I also notice that the fine screen keeps the inside of the CU a bit cleaner, but the screen itself will get clogged a bit faster and the draw resistance will build up quicker. They both have advantages and disadvantages.

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  • John says: June 11, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Hey Buzz!
    Love the review, but I was wondering which portable vaporizer do you think smells the least? I am currently looking at the Crafty, Pax, Arizer air, and Davinci ascent. Thank you!

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    • Buzz Danklin says: June 12, 2015 at 1:07 am

      Of those ones the Crafty and the Air will smell the least.

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  • jack says: June 19, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Hiya,

    Does the crafty use all glass heating elements? bowl etc?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: June 20, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      The Crafty does not have any glass anywhere in the unit.

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  • Raja says: June 23, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Hey there,

    Thanks for the great review. I’m new to vaping, and I just bought the Crafty; I was wondering if you could share your experiences with using the Crafty in group situations. I bought the vape primarily for solitary use, but I’m curious about how it holds up with a group of about 2-4 people. Also, how would you compare sharing the Crafty to sharing, say, a bowl, joint or bong? Thanks, in advance!

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    • Buzz Danklin says: June 25, 2015 at 3:01 am

      The Crafty works really well for sharing, the only thing you will have to be aware of, is that after a long or fast draw, it will drop below the set temp for a moment until it heats back up. As long as everyone in the group gives it that moment to heat back up, it will work perfect.

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  • mk says: July 1, 2015 at 4:23 am

    hi
    thx for the review. allready bought the crafty :)
    i recommend for cleaning alcohol pads-you can buy them in every pharmacy (70%iso). i tried vaping some hash with the liquidpad and it also worked great (210°). another great solution for charging on the go is a mobile power bank (5V 2A output)
    i am really happy with my crafty :) storz-bickl knows how to pay off! my best compliments
    best regards

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  • Omar says: July 14, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Buzz, love your reviews, could you give me an advice?

    I’m looking for a relaxing body high from a vaporizer. I read that a lot of people state the Crafty hits are potent and effective. Do you think this is true compared to other Vapes like the Firefly or the Air? Maybe is because of the full temperature control? I heard the Firefly is more effective because its pure convection and it doesnt cook your herbs.. But if the Crafty gets you higher with less hits then Crafty would be more efficient, right? What are your thoughts regarding this, bro ? Thanks..

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    • Buzz Danklin says: July 18, 2015 at 10:19 pm

      I feel like the Firefly is more efficient because you can quickly heat the chamber, take your draw, and let off. It uses convection heating so it doesn’t have to take 30-45 seconds to heat up or cool down. The Crafty is more consistent and can hold more herbs. So you can definitely use the Crafty as a session vaporizer whereas the Firefly is kind of meant for 1-2 people taking turns or really even best for just one person. I don’t know if either one really gets me higher, maybe the Firefly. But the Crafty has a more free flowing smooth vapor.

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      • Omar says: July 20, 2015 at 7:32 pm

        Thanks, buddy. I got the Crafty. So far so good. Maybe I´ll get the Firefly later on. Or I might wait for the firefly 2, but who knows if they will ever release a Firefly 2..

        Happy vaping, Buzz .

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  • Zippy says: July 26, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Hey Buzz,

    Thanks for the wonderful info, I too would like to know how it behaves with Hash (solid) either mixed with tobacco or not.
    Can yourself or someone help ?

    Cheers
    Zippy

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    • Buzz Danklin says: August 21, 2015 at 12:20 pm

      I haven’t tried mixing with tobacco but it will do concentrates with the included mesh pad. It does have a full temp spectrum so maybe you could get it working with tobacco. Just might be messier and harder to clean.

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  • Edgar says: July 29, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Hi Buzz, can you please provide some info for temperatures related to vaping? This Crafty has a wide range of 104° to 410°, so how do you decide at which temperatures to use for dry herbs? Are there optimum temps for extraction of cannabinoids? Along with that, are there optimum temperatures for healthy use? Thanks!

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    • Buzz Danklin says: July 29, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      I prefer to start out at around 355-365F and work my way up to around 400F. You really get to taste the herb at the lower temps and then you can bump up your temp later on in the session.

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  • Don Q. says: August 10, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Hi, Just got a crafty, without a smartphone though so I won’t be able to adjust temps. If you had to pick just two temps what would they be? normal and booster?

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  • Eli sporn says: August 12, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Idk what to do i have the pax 2 at this point i like it but i hear great things about the crafty should i sellvmy pax 2 and go for the crafty or keep the pax 2 please help me out

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    • Buzz Danklin says: August 12, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      Both have good qualities that I really like. Personally I think the portability of the Pax 2 is awesome and it heats up much faster than the Crafty so it’s definitely not a bad vape. The main things I like about the Crafty over the Pax 2 is the lack of draw resistance. The Crafty is one of the most free flowing vapes on the market and I really like that in a vaporizer. It also has a full temp spectrum so you can really narrow down precise temps for different types of herbs.

      I don’t think I would sell it unless you can get a good price for the Pax 2.

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      • Eli spoen says: August 12, 2015 at 12:54 pm

        Im getting 240 for it and i can buy the crafty from a friend for 310 do u think i should do it? And whats the deal w smell do they both smell the same or is one smell less then the other

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        • Buzz Danklin says: August 12, 2015 at 1:11 pm

          Both are going to smell but the Crafty takes longer to heat up so the smell will be lingering for a bit longer. I dunno man, I really like the free flowing draws on the Crafty plus the full spectrum temp control. Yea you should probably do it.

          What about warranties? Is the Pax 2 yours? That 10 year warranty is nice and when did he get his Crafty? Does it have the latest firmware updates? You should find this out before you buy it because you might be able to have him send it in to get the most recent version. It would just suck for you to have a 10 year warranty on the Pax 2, sell it, buy the Crafty, and then the Crafty breaks in a couple months or something. Not saying it will but just CYA man. CYA.

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          • Eli sporn says: August 12, 2015 at 2:08 pm

            Yeh i gfeel yah thnx a lot n its a brabd new one bought a week ago or so and yeh idk what to do at this point i like the pax a lot but the draw resistance is kind of a pain in the ass also its such a damn pain to clean

  • Eli spork says: August 12, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    So do u think the final consensus is i should buy the crafty?

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  • Potamotrygorgeous says: August 15, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Hey there again, Buzz,

    Well.. I finally made it to vaping, thanks to your tutorials I decided to go with the Crafty :)
    Hope you want to make some time to answer some questions..

    1. I was wondering, how do you ‘know’ when the chamber need to be refilled?
    You say around eight.. but.. do you taste it? Or does it stop tasting? Or do you open every time to look at the color?

    2. How should I see one draw from the Crafty versus one hit of a (pure) blunt?
    One draw is one hit (as for effect)? (yeah, I should just go ahead and try it out myself)

    3. After vaping, there appears a sharp taste in the back of my throat, almost making me want to clear my throat. Do I inhale wrongly?
    Must I do it strongly, quickly, slowly, deep in my longs or not deep?
    Or is that what the cannabis just tastes like?

    4. Do I understand you correctly when you say a bowl can be used on two separate occasions (days), but preferably not?

    5. oooh my… it’s kicking in… signing out for now..

    5. Thanks man, for your blog!

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  • Peter says: August 18, 2015 at 9:37 am

    I bought The Mighty after doing a lot of research and your review convinced me to go for this brand. Other than a few odd leaks at the base of The Mighty it is everything you said it would be and more. Definitely this is the King of Portable Vaporizers. Thank you for your helpful advice.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: August 21, 2015 at 11:18 am

      My pleasure Peter. Really glad you love it.

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  • Sparkie says: October 24, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Hey Buzz,

    Thanks for your awesome reviews. They are much appreciated. I have had my Crafty for about 3 months and for the most part I love it. It is so simple and makes the best clouds ever. My problem with the Crafty is that it often won’t connect to my phone. S&B recognizes the problem and had me send it in for repair and it does connect more often now then it did, but still it isn’t fixed. While I still wouldn’t choose another vaporizer over my Crafty, the connectivity issue is a pain. Are you familiar with the problem and can you shed any light?

    Go Bucks!

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    • Buzz Danklin says: October 25, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      OH! IO! Thanks for the kind words Sparkie. I’m not familiar with that problem unfortunately. Have you tried connecting it to another phone to see if it might just be your phone or the just the Crafty?

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      • Sparkie says: October 30, 2015 at 10:54 am

        Hi Buzz,

        I sure have. Seems that it only connects every now and again to two different phones that I have used. The settings seem to stay where I have them set in between the times it connects so it’s totally functional. It would just be a little more convenient if it always connected. Could be the Crafty. Could be the app. Could be the phone. Either way, it makes the best clouds so I still love the Crafty.

        Take care and thanks for the reviews!

        Sparkie

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  • Scooter says: November 8, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Hi Buzz,

    Just purchased the Crafty and loving it so far! However, I have a question in regard to outdoor temperature with the Crafty. With the weather starting to cool off and temps dipping, if I were to have the crafty on me outdoors (on the slopes, hikes, etc) and start it up from being in the cold for a few hours, would the device be fine or would there be concern about condensation from heating up? Hopefully there’s no issue, but I could see this happening and if moisture were present, could also see the warranty being voided. Thoughts? Experiences? Appreciate any feedback!

    Thanks,

    Scooter B

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    • Buzz Danklin says: November 8, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      My pockets are felt lined in my ski jacket and I ski’d with it up at Big Sky last year with no problems at all. It will take longer to heat up and the battery won’t last as long but you could pick up an Anker battery pack for those longer days and it will charge it from dead a couple times.

      I was always more worried about my phone than my vapes. They all did pretty well up on the slopes surprisingly. Have a great season Scooter!! Check me out on instagram.com/vaporizerwizard, I’ll be taking lots of pics boarding/skiing this season!

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  • Stu says: November 11, 2015 at 1:05 am

    HI guys which is the best tasting vaporiser as brought a pen one (pro g ) and tastes like plasticky when you draw on it .. Disturbing the taste majorly .. So I’m going for a new one either a crafty .. Ascent or mi vape which one is the best flavour of vape as don’t want to be disappointed with flavour?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: November 11, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      I have not tried the MiVape yet, so I can’t compare/contrast to that unit, but I definitely prefer both the Ascent and the Crafty over the G Pro (especially in regards to flavor). I think the Crafty has even better flavor than the Ascent, and the rest of the vaping experience is also more enjoyable. I would definitely recommend the Crafty over the GPro and also over the Ascent.

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  • Peter says: November 19, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Yo Buzz :)
    Sick good work on the reviews, thanks a lot!
    I’m one step of buying the Crafty right now .
    My only concern about is that it’s all made of plastic.I see the Firefly is made of steel and glass which I feel are the better materials for a product exposed to heating.Im afraid that heated plastic might release miniature particles of itself with the smoke.The same logic applys for the fact that you shouldn’t take heated food contained in plastic boxes.

    What are your thoughts on this ?

    Regards,
    Peter

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    • Buzz Danklin says: November 20, 2015 at 10:33 am

      Hey Peter, I completely agree you should be very skeptical of heated plastic. Luckily the Crafty and Mighty use the same high heat medical grade plastic that has been used in the Volcano bowl for the last 10+ years. I personally use my Storz and Bickel units everyday and feel completely safe as they are one of the only vaporizer companies to subject their devices to third party lab testing

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  • Tom Davis says: November 28, 2015 at 9:17 am

    I thought I read that you’re doing a Crafty vs Firefly review?

    My main goal is to stop burning my throat on long inhales – seems like the crafty would be my better choice.. If I had started shopping earlier, looks like I could have got a great price on crafty with the Puffitup sale .. Now it looks like my best bet price wise is the direct from firefly weekend discount..

    Is my throat going to appreciate a cooler inhale for the extra $120

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    • Buzz Danklin says: November 28, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      Hey Tom, the Crafty vs Firefly comparison is in the works along with some Grasshopper comparisons. I think the Firefly has a little tastier hits than the Crafty/Mighty and you can control the temp via how long you hold down the button. So you can get really flavorful hits with the Firefly. On the flip side, I really like the full temp spectrum the Crafty offers. If you are looking for long cool draws, just set the temp to 340-350 and draw for 15 seconds or so. Great taste, veryyyy light vapor and you can session pretty much any amount. The Firefly does need a full pack for best results.

      Overall the Crafty is just the more user friendly unit and offers much more precise control over your sessions. And yes, the vapor is very smooth from the Crafty.

      Crafty charges via USB and the Firefly uses replaceable batteries. Both have about the same average battery life but the Firefly will charge faster. Crafty has pass-through charging. I’m probably missing some stuff, let me know if you have any more questions. Thanks for checking out my site man and happy holidays.

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  • Manuel says: December 3, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Hey Buzz, nice review! I got a Crafty few weeks ago and it´s great! I´ve noticed that when heats up the air flow gets pretty restricted and it´s harder to get a nice smooth draw, just cleaning the cooling unit and the screens should be enough to have it working just fine again?

    Thanks

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    • Buzz Danklin says: December 3, 2015 at 10:28 am

      Hey Manuel, the airflow does slowly get more and more restricted as the cooling unit starts to coated/dirty. The Crafty is great because it will continue to work for A LONG time without any cleaning, but the performance and airflow will slowly degrade the longer you put it off.

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  • Reggie says: December 12, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Hey Buzz,

    Really want to thank you for all these reviews and the way you engage with your readers. You’ve been the single biggest help in the research I’ve been doing on vapes.

    Was hoping to get your opinion on something. I want to get my mom a vape for Christmas, and I think I’ve settled on the Crafty. The two most important things:

    1. Ease of use — My mom’s in her late 50s and has been smoking since she was a teenager (she uses mostly glass bowls but will roll a J every now and then). She’s also not tech savvy at all (doesn’t have a smartphone, struggles with the TV remote, etc.). Ideally, I’d like to get her a vape that doesn’t require her to relearn how to smoke. I’d be around during the holidays to help set up the Crafty’s temps with my phone.

    2. Portability and discreetness — She does a lot of her smoking in the car while she’s out doing errands.

    Think the Crafty is a good choice? The Pax 2 sounded good for her purposes, but I’m worried about the draw resistance. Also, she’s accustomed to stashing her bowl in the garage, where the ambient temperature can get pretty low in the winter. I’m assuming this would be a bad strategy for any vape?

    Maybe this is all overkill and I should just get her a good pen. Interested to hear your thoughts, if you can spare a minute or two. Thanks dude!

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    • Buzz Danklin says: December 15, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      Hey Reggie,

      The Crafty is definitely easy to use. I do not think she will have any problems with that. The Crafty is also very discreet so it will work well on the go, the one thing she might have a problem with is battery life depending on how much vaping she does in-between charges. The Crafty gets about 3-4 full bowls when it’s brand new, and mine only lasts for around 2-3 now after lots of use. If her car has a USB slot, she will be able to charge the unit in the car though. If you think she might need more battery life, I would also consider the Mighty. Definitely leaving any vape in the garage cold would not be recommended. If part of the reason she left her bowl in the garage was the smell, that will be almost entirely eliminated with a vape. You are right about the Pax 2 having more draw resistance, it’s also not quite as user friendly because you need to be picker with your grinding/packing as well as your draw technique to get the best results. The Pax 2 is still a good choice if she wants something really tiny to keep hidden though.

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  • Robert says: December 25, 2015 at 9:24 am

    I bought a Crafty in June of 2015 and it stopped functioning within six weeks. I sent it back and they immediately sent a replacement. However, it is now December and I’m sending the replacement back! Two have failed in less than six months. Not very reliable.

    When the Crafty broke the first time, I bought a Pax 2 and alternated between the Crafty (reducing the load on the Crafty) and the Pax. I have had NO problems with the Pax, but the Crafty crashed again.

    That said, I must note that I am a “heavy” user. I use cannabis for pain control and smoke a little over a gram a day; I am constantly charging one vaporizer while using the other. (Btw, when I switched to a vaporizer, all my lung congestion cleared up.)

    I like both and wish I could “mate” the Crafty and the Pax 2 and get the best of both. The Crafty draws easy and is easier to use a small amount. I like the vibration to let you know when things happen and it cleans easily – although not as easily as the Pax 2 which has way fewer parts. Charging and heating are a little slow, but not bad. I’m not concerned with how much vap either can produce, but the Pax 2 on level three seems to have more vap than the Crafty on 198C.

    The Pax 2 charges and heats faster than the Crafty, but draws a little harder. The Pax 2 is metal; the Crafty industrial plastic. Both are sturdy, solid units. The Pax 2 is smaller, but both are discreet. Both are easy to clean, but the Crafty requires a little more work

    The Pax 2 was $299 at a local store, the Crafty $336 from company’s web site. Here’s the kicker: Crafty has a TWO year warranty as opposed to the Pax 2’s TEN year warranty.

    This biggest problem is reliability of the Crafty. I can’t believe I would have gotten to “bad” units. Although the return policy is fair and turn around time short, I still don’t want to have to be sending units back every 8 – 10 weeks until the warranty expires. If the third unit crashes, I’ll replace it with a Pax 2.

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    • Marko says: April 9, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      Hey Robert,

      Sadly this is the only reason i am not going to get the Crafty.
      I just can’t pay for a unit that much only for it to defect every month or so until the warranty expires.

      I’m currently in the process of buying a PAX 2.

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      • Buzz Danklin says: April 13, 2016 at 9:35 pm

        Hey Marko,

        The Pax 2 is really bullet proof, both the unit itself, and the battery longevity. When people are looking for reliability as their number one factor in a vape the Pax2 is at the top of the list. With that said, I am still on my original Crafty and Mighty units from 2014, they both get used frequently and have had their share of battery abuse, especially out in the cold temps on the ski hill this winter.

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  • Robert says: February 5, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Which version vaporizer on the market would you recommend for not harming your lungs when you’re doing medical cannabis? I also have allergies and cannabis tends to irritate them, which would be best for reducing the tissue?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: February 19, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      As far as portables go, I would go for the Mighty or the Crafty. They have the cooling units which helps make the vapor cooler and less harsh, they also have fully adjustable temperatures so you can start at lower temps and work your way up which will be the least irritable for your lungs. If you are still having throat irritation problems any vaporizer can be made even smoother if you vape through glass/water. Some vapes are easier to connect up to glass than others and the Mighty and Crafty easy.

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  • Tawney says: February 10, 2016 at 4:13 am

    I started vaping to cut down on smoking so much marijuana (blunts)… I have a simple Eleaf, and looking to upgrade, I like blowing big clouds too. Is the Crafty good for liquids also? Which do you recommend if you want to vape both dry herbs and liquids?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: February 19, 2016 at 6:59 pm

      The Crafty will blow big and satisfying clouds with dry herbs, and it has a concentrate pad, but I don’t fully trust it with thin runny liquids or oils, but I do like it for thicker concentrates. If you want to use runny liquids/oils and dry herbs I recommend the Haze V3.

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  • Jinzo says: March 6, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Is it OK to soak the Crafty parts in 70% alcohol instead of the 90%+ as recommended? I just got my crafty 3 weeks ago and the sticky stuff is now starting to coat the layers and its time for a clean. Its hard to use the cotton buds to clean off the sticky layer now so I feel soaking it will be the best option now. However, I can’t find any 90%+ alcohol easily in my country so hope soaking it in 70% is the same, just takes longer with lower alcohol%? Loving your reviews and depend on them hugely. Thank you

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    • Buzz Danklin says: March 19, 2016 at 11:44 am

      You can definitely use 70% iso and it will still work well, it just doesn’t clean and break up the buildup quite as fast is all.

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  • Stefan says: April 5, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Hi Buzz,

    Though I really like the Crafty, I have been having some issues that I feel may be of interest to those thinking of buying one. The short version: it’s a wonderful device if you happen to receive a version that works well. :)

    I sent the following e-mail describing my issues to Storz & Bickel.

    “Dear sir, madam,

    I live in Maastricht, The Netherlands and about three weeks ago, I purchased a Crafty vaporiser made by your company.

    The first one died last Thursday. The battery life was a big issue for me from day one, as it would only serve me for about 2 vape sessions before it needed to recharge. Also, it would overheat quite frequently (every other session), abruptly shutting down with its red-blue LED flashing. On Thursday evening, however, the LED suddenly started flashing red-orange and would not heat up anymore. I assumed that this indicated the device had probably been faulty from the start.

    I had also noticed that the installed firmware was an older version (v2.70) and the box had come unsealed, so I went back to the store (Sirius, Maastricht) on Friday and explained the problem, and they were wonderful. They gave me a brand new Crafty in a sealed box, with firmware v2.10 installed. I was happy and went home, and have been using it daily since.

    At first, it seemed that this Crafty performed a lot better than the last one. I could get 3 solid vape sessions in (30-40 minutes total), which was less than advertised but acceptable. Also, I did not experience any overheating at all, which was the greatest improvement. It looked as if the Crafty was finally living up to its promise, which considering its good reputation, functionality and vape results, would have been wonderful.

    But yesterday the Crafty overheated twice again (after about 10-15 minutes of use at temperatures between 135 and 200 degrees Celcius). The second time, the app lost its connection with the Crafty and would not reconnect, even after the device had cooled down. This must have been caused by the Crafty since I tried both my phone and a tablet which both had worked previously, and I even reset both devices to make sure the issue was not in the software. It took three hours for the Crafty to show up again in the app, time in which I could not use the Crafty at all since I use the variable temperature feature quite often and I had no idea what I had left it on.

    Then this morning, my Crafty managed to drain 1/2 battery in less than 10 minutes. I charged it last night and had 1 vape session before bed, so I know the battery indicator was accurate when it said it was half full this morning. However, in the middle of my first vape session of today, it switched itself off due to a depleted battery, and would not heat up again even after connecting it to the charger. As you hopefully understand, I expect more of the non-exchangable battery that comes with a € 350 device, after only 3 hours of cumulative operation!

    Which brings me to another issue: I have never been able to use either Crafty using pass-through charging as the moment I start using the device, it will simply start draining the battery, even if the Crafty is connected to the power outlet (though it may drain slightly slower, the difference is pretty much negligible). This is extremely frustrating when you notice you only have about 25% power left, plug in your device so you don’t run out before the end of your session, and then still have to face an automatic shutdown. It ruined perfectly good herb on several occasions. Also, the pass-through charging functionality was one of features that set the Crafty apart from other portable vapes, leading me to question whether purchasing the Crafty was the right decision.

    At this moment I feel compelled to pack the Crafty up in its box again and exchange it for a different brand altogether. I was told Storz & Bickel’s vaporizers are among the best on the market, but I have also read the many, many issues that users of the Crafty have reported on internet forums and message boards. The overall image is that the Crafty’s functionality is wonderful, but the reliability and durability of the device can be put to question. This combined with the relatively meager 2 years of warranty (compared to, for instance, the Firefly’s 5-year or the Pax’s 10-year warranty) has left me feeling worried, as I am sure you will understand.

    So I am reaching out to you in the hope that somehow, you can shed some light on this matter. Should I be doing something differently? Should I lower my expectations as to what the Crafty is and can do? I really want to love this product, but until these issues are resolved, I am afraid I am not a happy customer.

    I will be eagerly awaiting your response.”

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    • Buzz Danklin says: April 5, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      I’m very interested in what they have to say. Keep me up to date. I get about 2-3 bowls with mine now which is less than average. If you want something with longer battery life but same quality I would check out the Mighty. If you can get away with the size, I almost prefer the Mighty over Crafty but it’s just a bit too big for absolute concealment.

      I would also mention that vaporizers in general are not as reliable as other products I have owned. They are basically pushing the limit on heater and battery technology and they often do it in very small form factor. While I am still on my first Crafty from 2014, I know lots of people who have had to use the warranty process. You are right the Crafty does seem to have more problems than other similar priced vapes, although the Firefly had some problems, and now the new Firefly 2 has switched to a 2 year warranty. Whenever someone tells me reliability is what they look for most, I recommend a bullet proof desktop unit like the Volcano, or if they want a portable the Pax and Pax 2 are really reliable.

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  • Barry Bye says: May 19, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    THE CRAFT SUCKS IT BREAKS ALL THE TIME AND THEY DONT STAND BEHIND IT AND IT TAKES A MONTH TO GET IT BACK WHEN YOU ARE ON THE EAST COAST

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    • Buzz Danklin says: May 30, 2016 at 12:15 pm

      Shitty man, sorry you got a bad unit. How many hours did you have?

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  • Rob says: May 23, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    When it works, it is great. It unfortunately stopped working because of an electrical short 6 months in. Crafty fixed it and recommended that I pay to have a new battery put in for $75.00. I declined and 15-20 uses after getting it back, it stopped working again Another short. Do your research and talk to people who have had the Crafty for over a year. You will hear the same story over and over. Oh, and don’t try to call them. They REFUSE to provide any phone support. I asked and begged.
    VERY disappointed!

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    • Buzz Danklin says: May 30, 2016 at 12:24 pm

      Shitty man, sorry you had problems. Did it ever get resolved? Did you decide to get a different vaporizer?

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  • Rko says: August 23, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Hi, dont know if this has been mentioned, but this vaporizer WILL NOT WORK OFF THE MAINS as stated in the manual.

    Reply from storz & bickel repair service:

    The CRAFTY vaporizer has no real pass through. If the CRAFTY is operated while plugged in, the batteries will not be bypassed. The discharge current is higher than the current that is used to charge the battery. Therefore, the CRAFTY can only be operated while plugged in if a partial charging has been carried out beforehand. However, this process is stressful for the battery and may shorten the battery life faster.

    The MIGHTY vaporizer has a real pass through. So the MIGHTY can be operated through mains and the batteries then will be passed.

    We can offer you an upgrade to a MIGHTY vaporizer by paying the difference in price (MIGHTY-CRAFTY) of 50.00€.

    cheeky f*%^s

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  • Juan says: October 21, 2016 at 2:30 am

    Hey your videos are awesome, I have one question about which vape would you recommend that has little to none in smell afterwards. Thanks

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    • Buzz Danklin says: October 21, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      Firefly 2, Grasshopper or a butane vape like Sticky Brick. For the least amount of smell you’ll want a vaporizer that isn’t constantly heating the herbs. My personal choice would be the Firefly 2.

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      • Juan says: October 22, 2016 at 1:43 am

        You’re awesome man thanks!

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  • Trevor Kampen says: October 31, 2016 at 11:53 am

    I am debating between the firefly 2 and crafty. Which one has less heatup wait time along with best pure taste?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: October 31, 2016 at 6:19 pm

      The FF2 heats up much faster than the Crafty. The FF2 is an on demand vape, so you hold the heat trigger for each individual draw, and it gets up to temp in around 5 seconds. Its sort of similar to a glass bowl, where you can take individual hits, or a few in a row, or stop mid-bowl and save for later. The Crafty is a session vape, so it takes about 1.5 minutes to heat up, and then it heats the whole bowl, and its more like a joint, where you light it, and you puff away until its finished. The Crafty is drop dead easy to use and incredibly consistent, whereas the FF2 takes some practice/technique since you do manually control the heater, and your draw speed affects the vapor as well. Overall the Crafty is in my top couple for best flavored vapes, however the FF2 is at the very top with the most pure taste. I personally love both vapes, and use them both frequently.

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  • DankSquatch says: November 5, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    This is my first vaporizer so I’ve got an new user question. What is a safe temp to open it and pack a second bowl? Do you need to wait until it cools completely? Thanks for any tips/replies in advance.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: November 8, 2016 at 11:19 am

      Technically no. But as soon as you load the chamber with herbs it will begin vaping so just do it quick. And I would only do it if I was vaping consecutive bowls. If you just wanted to pack another bowl for later I would definitely let it completely cool down.

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  • Ann says: January 6, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Hi – I was wondering whether you’d compared this to the Arizer Air or Solo. I own both of them and think they are excellent. I’ve been using the Solo for years now and it works well consistently. I also own the Pax 2, which I don’t like as much – poor vapor production and it gets hot, the Magic Flight Launch Box, which I don’t use anymore, and a Vapium Summit, which also performs more poorly than either the Air or Solo. So I’m interested in a comparison of the Crafty and the Arizer products. What do you think?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: January 7, 2017 at 9:54 pm

      Hey Ann, I do have the Solo and the Air and have used them extensively. While I do prefer the Pax2/Summit for when I am on the go, I definitely prefer to use my Air/Solo more at home. The Air/Solo use a hybrid convection/conduction heating which produces tastier, and overall better vapor quality compared to the others. I also personally enjoy to vape around .1-.2g in most sessions, so the Air/Solo (which hold .15g) work great, whereas the other units you mentioned all hold more than I would prefer. Lastly the vapor quality from the Air/Solo is more consistent than the Pax2/Summit/Mflb which require stirring for best results.

      With all of this said, the same reasons I prefer the Air/Solo over the other units, are the same reasons I prefer the Crafty/Mighty over the Air/Solo. The Crafty/Mighty have in my opinion slightly better flavor than the Arizer units, they also have much less draw resistance, and they are incredibly consistent at vaping your herbs with any size load, and have strong vapor production. I can load up to .25g into the chamber, or I can only fill it 1/3rd full and it still vapes the herbs evenly. I do notice that with the same volume of herb the Crafty/Mighty also provide a slightly faster session than the Arizer units which may or may not be to your liking. Like the Solo/Air the bowl and main unit requires essentially zero cleaning, however the stem/cooling unit will collect condensates and need cleaned occasionally but much less than most units. Overall the Crafty/Mighty excel as some of the easier and most consistent vaporizers, they have great vapor production, flavor, and do not require frequent cleaning.

      On the down side, while the Crafty is portable and feels great in my pocket the battery is not amazing. It only gets 4 bowls per charge when brand new, and as it has aged mine only gets 2 or 3 now (Still on my first Crafty from November 2014) The Crafty battery also does not perform well if you like to vape back to back bowls as it can overheat sometimes (vape autoshuts off to cool down). The Mighty on the other hand has great battery life, and has never overheated on me (even after 4 bowls in a row during a group situation) It also has full pass-through so even if it’s 100% dead, you can plug it in, turn it on, and start vaping immediately. But the Mighty doesn’t fit well in my pocket. I would go for the Crafty if you want something that can be used on the go, fits into your pocket, and you don’t mind the battery limitations. If you are looking for a vape to use almost exclusively at home, the Mighty would definitely be my choice.

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