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The Crafty is a beast. It is impressive to carry around, it gets attention and it delivers performance. I know it is not cheap, but it is one of the best portable vaporizers available today. It is able to handle Herb and Concentrates, and the design and build quality is just as you would expect from the biggest name in vaporizers for the last 10 years - Storz & Bickel. If you are a "session" user, the Crafty is your best option.
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In-Depth Crafty Review
We are stoked for this Crafty Review as the Crafty from Storz & Bickel is the latest release from a long line of some of the most renowned products in the industry, such as the Volcano and Plenty Vaporizers. The Crafty often appears in every “best vaporizer” list (as well as in mine) and for good reason. The two closest competitors are the Pax 3 (full review) and the Firefly 2 (full review) that I absolutely love. If you are looking for a “luxury vaporizer” the Firefly 2 or Crafty are your current best choices.
Together with the Crafty, S&B also introduced a larger unit – the Mighty Vaporizer. This review is for the Crafty, but the Mighty is the same exact animal, with a longer life between charges. The Crafty and Mighty Vaporizers are the first portable units ever released by S&B, and feature the same precision and quality as the company’s previous releases.
We waited for a long time for a major Brand to release a portable vaporizer that sets the standard, and the Crafty is it. It is by no means cheap but is well worth the money in the long run as it is reliable and very efficient, so you will get more of your herb than you would otherwise. Let’s explore what make the Crafty vaporizer unique, and such a major player in the new generation of vapes, read on for the in-depth Crafty Vaporizer Review.
Crafty’s Key Features
- Top Notch performance. Best Portable we ever tested
- Smartphone app to control temperature and settings
- Small, sleek, impressive design
- Made by Storz and Bickel- the manufacturers of the Volcano Vaporizer as their first Portable Vape.
As expected, the Crafty Vaporizer has a sturdy, durable feel and is clearly well made. The outer shell is made of a special plastic, that does not feel cheap, but is sturdy and balanced. The body is rigid, helping with cooling the Crafty, and keeping the warm parts of the unit away from your hand, this way it never really heats up, it just feels comfortably warm.
The Crafty Vaporizer is 135 gr, and is easy to fit and hold in your hand. The mouthpiece swivels inwards while not in use, and sits flush with the body so you will not accidentally break it 🙂
Using the Crafty Vaporizer
The Crafty was extremely intuitive to use and simple to operate. The mouthpiece easily twists off the top of the unit, exposing the Herb chamber. The Herb chamber can fit about a third of a gram (maybe a little less), and it is recommended that you grind your herbs fine with a good grinder.
Loading the chamber is actually a fun job, with the grinder/ filling aid that Storz and Bickel included in the package. The filling aid has 3 parts and neatly screws into where the mouthpiece used to be, and sits perfectly over the chamber. All you need to do is push the herb from the filling aid through a hole in the middle, directly into the herb chamber. Pack it down and screw the grinder off the device. No herb falls on the desk / floor, you do not even need to touch the herb: from the grinder to the chamber, perfectly and neatly. The Grinder can hold enough herb for 3 or 4 sessions so you can grind in bulk, and just refill as needed. Genius! Once the chamber is loaded with herb, the mouthpiece screws right back into place, very easy and smooth design.
Press the power button and get ready! The Crafty vaporizer will vibrate once when turned on, and once more when it reaches desired temperature (a little over a minute). The LED light will also turn green and the device is ready to use.
One learning curve first-time users might have is related to the Crafty’s auto shut off feature. The Crafty is programmed to auto shut off after one minute of inactivity. Now, by “inactivity” we mean you will have to either press the power button during your session to reset the timer or take a pretty long and deep draw for the device to detect usage. The first method (of pressing the power button) was preferred by us. Just press the power button once every less than 60 seconds to reset the timer. If you do not, and the device vibrates and shuts off, you can simply press the power button to turn the Crafty back on, and it will reach the programmed temperature quickly as the oven is still hot.
Crafty’s Temperature Settings
The Crafty Vaporizer comes out of the box programmed with two default temperature settings. One is 356F (180C)and the other is booster mode (activated when pressing the power button twice while the device is on) and it increases the temperature to 383F (195C).
The Crafty comes programmed with these settings, but they might be changed by using a smartphone app for iOS or Android users. The app will allow you to change the default settings, increase and decrease temperature, and view current temperature. The app also allows to change device settings such as LED brightness.
Crafty Vaporizer Performance
We experienced the best results with the default temperature setting of 365F. We experimented with other setting but seems like Storz & Bickel did the research for us, and this is truly the best setting for most dry materials.
The draw resistance was minimal and we produced a large amount of rich, tasty, visible vapor throughout our sessions. We were actually amazed by how good the Vapor quality is.
The Cooling unit (built into the mouthpiece) does a great job at cooling down the Vapor and it never ever gets hot and the mouthpiece never becomes uncomfortable to the touch like so many other dry herb vaporizers – a truly impressive feature.
The performance of the Crafty is similar to its big brother, the Plenty vaporizer, only in a much smaller and portable design. With a fully packed chamber, we got about 15 draws per session, and as always we recommend that you vape a full session rather than splitting to two.
Crafty’s Battery and Power
The Crafty’s internal Li-Ion battery cannot be replaced by the user, and takes about 2 hours to be fully charged. We experienced 45 minutes of heavy usage between charges, that was usually enough for 3 sessions. That might not be the best battery life in the industry but with such high-performance somethings gotta give.
The Mighty Vaporizer has double the battery power of the Crafty so if battery life is a big factor, go with the Mighty. It did not bother us at all the somewhat short battery life, especially being the Crafty supports pass-through charging so you can use the vaporizer while it is being charged.
The charger uses a standard micro USB so you can purchase a charger anywhere and it is not some unique plug that is being sold for a ridicules price in one store. We like that compatibility, it makes it easy to charge at the car/ home / office with existing USB cables you might have, or cost a $1 in amazon.
Cleaning the Crafty Vaporizer
The Crafty is extremely easy to clean, as all the active parts are located at the top of the unit. The mouthpiece/ cooling unit slides right off to reveal the chamber, where you should clean and remove derbis with the included cleaning brush. The Crafty requires minimal maintenance compared to other vapes we reviewed.
The Crafty smartphone app is available to download for iOS and android devices and is actually a lot more than just a gimmick. The app is free, and it connects to the Crafty via Bluetooth display and control features of the device such as temperature settings, booster temperature, LED brightness, and more. When the device is heating up you can actually see the exact temperature in the chamber via the app. Pretty cool.
The Crafty is protected with a 2-year warranty. In the event of any defect, Storz & Bickel will eliminate the defect free of charge. If the damage was accidentally caused by you they will send you an estimate for the repair and will do the repair as soon as you have agreed to their Price estimate.
Where to buy the Crafty?
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