Storz & Bickel Crafty Vaporizer
The Crafty by Storz and Bickel. Released at the same time as its bigger brother, the Mighty. These are the first true Portables by Storz and Bickel whose claim to fame is the Volcano which may be the most recognizable desktop vaporizer of all time. Released without any hype or not even a word beforehand, the Crafty and Mighty hit the streets with big expectations and big price tags! Each one has its advantages/disadvantages over each other. For this review we will focus on the Crafty which is the smaller, less expensive one at $330.00. The Mighty is a whopping $430 which makes either one of these some of the most expensive portables on the market today. Even at $330.00, is the Crafty worth the price? Especially when there are many other alternatives in the market which have a better price tag and same value offerings like Haze V3 Portable or similar. Read on and I’ll give you my opinion…
In the box you will receive:
• Crafty Vaporizer
• Herb Grinder
• Crafty Loading Tool
• Micro USB Charger
• Various size O-Rings
• Two course screens
• One fine screen
• Oil Pad
• Brush Cleaning Tool
• Instruction Manual
Along with the Crafty S&B gives you everything you need to keep you going including a grinder and the loading tool. The loading tool is unique in that it allows you to load up your herbs in the tool and load the Crafty with no mess. Even so, I found myself stuck in my old ways with my old tools of trade so the grinder and loading tool are a nice touch and practical for some but they are of no use for me.
I don’t use the brush cleaning tool much nor the oil pad. I don’t have access to concentrates. Some folks use the oil pad a spacer for small loads but I don’t do those too often and if I do I just prefer to pack the herb down tight. It is nice that you can use the Crafty for herb or concentrates or both at the same time (which I’ve read on FC that most seem to do).
The Crafty has a size of 4.3 X 2.2 X 1.3 inches and a weight of .3 lbs. It’s not the smallest of the vapes above but it’s not the largest either. The Crafty can fit into your pocket without a huge bulge and its stealth enough for outdoor use.
As you might have noticed already it’s made of plastic. It keeps the Crafty weight down.
The Crafty is also unique in its styling. The ridges act a bit like a heat sink which is functional but also gives the Crafty it’s very recognizable look. Now being honest, I did not like this unique look or the fact that this vape was made of plastic. For $400 I’m expecting something built like a tank (metal) and has the heft to go along with it. The way this is engineered I don’t suppose you could make it much smaller and if it were made of metal it would be pretty darn heavy! You may find comfort in that. Also the ridges of the Crafty give the vape a nice grip and the way its shaped (kind of a wedge shape) makes it feel nice in your hand when you clinch it.
Concentrate Performance of Crafty Vaporizer:
Not so good. This is not a vaporizer for concentrates. Although it is advertised that it is compatible, do not expect much from it and certainly do not spend the money if you want concentrate performance. This is a dry ground flower vape in my opinion.
So the Crafty and the Mighty hit the scene like gangbusters. The thread for the Crafty is one of the fastest growing threads on FC and for good reason. (On the other hand, I see a lot of complaints on user forums, especially on FC as how the manufacturer handles the support and it is not very bright so you may want to read few forums for this). This is one of the best portable units out there in my opinion when it comes to performance and if we do not take price under consideration. The taste and performance are superior to most portables of the lower price point and the Crafty is pretty easy to use and maintain on top of it.
After using it a while now I have a hard time finding too much wrong with it. Just a few suggestions like a swappable battery (but still allowing USB charging), longer battery life without sacrificing size of the unit and maybe add some features to the app (which they can still do). Then of course there is the price…….$330-350 is a big number, especially for a portable.
I did not mention much about the concentrate performance of the unit because although it is advertised as “compatible” with concentrates, Crafty does not do a good job with it. It is not for shatter, wax usage. If you do occasional liquids or juices, you may find the performance satisfactory with the liquid pads.
But is it worth it? If you are a taste oriented person, vape dry flower exclusively, mostly vape at home and have the money to spend, you can go for Crafty. It will not disappoint you with its performance. This is obviously a luxury but if you are looking for one of the top portables out there and money is of no object, you would do yourself well to look hard at the Crafty. On the other hand, in my opinion, there are other great options in the market, such as Haze Dual V3 or Elevape which is relatively cheaper than Crafty but offer way more value for the money. For example, Haze Dual V3 has dual chambers (only dual bowl vape in the market), swappable batteries, handles dry flower as good as Crafty but also handles all concentrates extremely well. It gives both conduction and convection heating experience. Tastes great, costs $249.00 and worth every penny. One of the most versatile portable vaporizers out there with great customer support and 10 year warranty. So if you are looking for value proposition, you have better choices out there. Again, i recommend reading user review forums like FC Forum to compare all portables before making a decision.
Of course all of this is just my opinion and you may not agree. This just highlights the fact that you need to do your homework and decide which features are important to you.
I hope this review helped you in your quest and I thank you for reading it!
I always like to share how I’m storing my devices (and the Crafty is a keeper) so here it is……
This is the Otterbox Pursuit 40 case that is really made for phones but I use this size and the size 20 for many of my vapes. This one allows me to keep the Crafty, some herb to go, my cleaning brush, my Haze tweezers (which I use for all my vapes) and some alcohol prep pads all one tidy smell proof/crushproof/waterproof package.
I hope you enjoyed the extra’s!