Crafty Vaporizer Review and Demo Session
The Crafty is a portable 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 problems. You can’t say that about most portable vapes. I rated the Crafty a 9.3 out of 10 which currently makes it the 2nd highest rated of the ~50+(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 $339 and you can click here to check out the same place I got mine from.
One of the features I like most 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. I currently have it set so my iPhone vibrates and does the little “Note” jingle. You would think it would get annoying but this has helped me save so much herb (#stonerproblems). The App also shows you the total hours of operation which is sick and includes all sorts of information about different materials to vape and what temps to vape at.
Size, Portability & Concealment – The Crafty exact demensions 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.
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 otherwise I would probably forget about it half the time.
Chamber size, How-To-Use, Packing Techniques – The chamber in the Crafty holds about .2 grams of dry herb. Some other people on FC 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. The Cooling unit on top of the chamber does a decent job of cooling down the vapor before it hits your lips but it can’t really do much for higher temps.
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 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 very similar to the original Firefly in terms of average continuous use (the new Firefly 2 has much better battery life) so it’s definitely not the best. Plus side is that the Crafty’s USB charging system allows you to charge it practically anywhere. I recently picked up a battery pack on Amazon (~$20) that’s about the same size of some Chapstick and it can fully charge the Crafty one time.
Crafty vs Mighty & Other Portable Vapes – When comparing the Crafty vs the Mighty, it really only comes down to size and battery life. If you can fork out the $339 for the Crafty, maybe $60 bucks isn’t that much for longer battery life and the on-vape button temp control.
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 works well in group sessions and 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.
I prefer the Crafty over every portable except in two different categories, portability and vapor quality. 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. As far as vapor quality (taste, temp, density), I still feel like the Firefly 2 comes out on top due to the pure convection heating method. Though it’s not as easy to use, and a bit bigger than the Crafty, the Firefly 2 does have much better battery life.
Accessories & Filling Aid – They 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. Most of the other portable vaporizers in the $250-$300 range come with 5-10 year warranties so I wasn’t too impressed with this. Nonetheless, it is a Storz and Bickel product and they have a proven track record of quality products.
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 don’t like about it like battery life and the warranty but it’s definitely the easiest to use. Plus the USB charging system lets you charge it practically anywhere. You can even pick up battery packs off amazon for dirt cheap now.
The vapor quality (taste) is not quite as good as the new Firefly 2 but the Crafty design makes for a slightly more portable unit and still easier to use overall.
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!
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. - Click here to buy the Crafty.