Crafty+ (Plus) Review – The upgrade we’ve been looking for?
We’ve checked out the Storz & Bickel Mighty and Storz & Bickel Crafty before and overall they’re some of the best dry herb vapes on the market. The Crafty did lately get a 20% battery life update, but now Storz and Bickel have given the Crafty a well-deserved upgrade. Is it what we’ve been craving, or just a cash grab disguised as an upgrade?
At around $279 USD, the Crafty+ is not a cheap herb vape by any means! A premium price-tag must mean premium features, surely. Oddly enough, there are less things in the box with the new Crafty Plus.
Check out our Crafty+ vape review here for more info! If you need more help finding the best dry herb vape for you, check out our Dry Herb Vaporizer Buyers Guide here for more info!
Highlights of the Storz & Bickel Crafty+
- More powerful heater, warms up quicker
- Much better battery life (7-9 sessions)
- Same form factor and size
- Top notch vapor quality
Downsides of the Crafty+
- Poor temperature control options
- Non-removable battery and uses Micro-USB charging
- Less things included in the box
Review: Crafty+ Vaporizer 2019
Vapor quality of the Crafty+
The Crafty and its bigger brother, the Mighty, have been known as two of the best herb vaporizers money could buy. Only few other units like the powerful Tubo Evic, RBT Splinter, and Firefly 2+ even come close. With that being said, Storz & Bickel decided to mostly keep things the same, using the same bowl, cooling unit, and hybrid heating tech found in the last model.
However, the Crafty+ now gets up to temperature noticeably quicker (around 1 minute total) than its predecessor. This means the heating tech or circuitry has been marginally upgraded. How does this work out in practice though?
Well, it’s better! How much better? Noticeably, but not overwhelming. The new heating system they’ve throwing inside definitely allows the heater to push out more power and keep up with those big and heavy draws better.
The taste is about the same as the original which is very good, but it’s not at the top compared to other high end units like the Firefly 2+ or Arizer Solo 2. Cloud production and power seems to have marginally gone up which is a good thing for sure.
With that being said, how different is it in reality? Well, we’ll need some more time to tell you. It seems to hit better and easier than the original Crafty, and feels a little bit better than the Mighty, though without as cool of vapor from the extended cooling unit found on the Mighty. It can power through a bowl faster, heats up just as fast, and with equal battery life!
Budget dry herb vapes are blown away by the likes of the Mighty and the Crafty already, and don’t really hold an edge in a head-to-head battle. If you have the cash, we’d recommend splurging a bit and going right into the deep end.
It works just as well with concentrates as the original Crafty, which is fairly alright. Not the best, but certainly above average. We’d recommend a dedicated wax vape for use with concentrates though.
Through a bubbler, the Crafty fills it up well and provides for some huge and satisfying hits that really pack a punch. You won’t find many portable herb vapes that can keep up with the Crafty Plus.
Temperature selection of the Crafty+
A big complaint people had over the original Crafty vape was that complete temperature control can only be had through the iOS/Android app. This issue hasn’t been solved however an improvement was made. You now technically have three pre-sets you can choose from! That’s not that great still since we’ve found many budget dry herb vapes to have full spectrum control.
The first two settings are able to be programmed in the app, while the third will always go to the top end of the temperature spectrum, capping at 210°C/410°F. This is actually pretty substantial since most of us can say we mostly only use a couple temperature settings anyways.
Still, for such a deeply anticipated upgrade from such an expensive vaporizer it feels like a cheap dry herb vape compared to devices like the Arizer Go and Healthy Rips Fury Edge which both have displays and complete temperature control.
Build quality of the Crafty+
The PEEK body is a terrific choice, and we can understand why they haven’t moved away from it. While an aluminum or an alloy body would be nice, how lightweight and durable the existing body is makes it hard to move away from. It has excelling cooling, great durability, and a stealthy look. Not to mention the medical certification the device has, it’s a completely understandable decision to not stray away from it. Still, we’d prefer an all-glass or ceramic vapor-path to preserve the flavor from your herb.
Storz & Bickel is known for their top-notch customer service and good reliability rates. They won’t throw out a cheap dry herb vape without going through their typical German process.
With that in mind, we have no doubt of the longevity of the Crafty+. They include a good warranty and throw in the box less than you used to get with the old Crafty! It comes with the device itself, charger, a dosing capsule, spare o-rings and screens, and charging cable.
They used to include a cleaning brush, grinder, and loading funnel with the old model. Sad to see these accessories go.
Not much has changed on this front seeing how similar it is to the old. It’s very practical and easy to use since filling the chamber, taking a hit, and all that is very easy. Sharing with a close friend or complete strange won’t be an issue at all. The new body design feels marginally better in the hand and looks slightly more attractive, but very slightly so.
Cleaning the Crafty vape has always been a bit of a pain and the new Crafty+ is about the same. While the brush can clean the cooling unit screen easily and effectively, you’ll want to give the cooling unit a deep clean every once in a while. No matter if it’s a budget herb vape or top-end premium product, you’re still going to have to clean it!
Soaking some Q-Tips in isopropyl alcohol and scrubbing any areas with build-up will help a lot, and we like to soak the cooling unit in a small glass of iso for around 10 minutes to get it squeaky clean. Definitely a lot more involved process than with most other vapes.
Storz & Bickel Crafty+ cleaning tips!
- Use 90%+ purity isopropyl alcohol (most pharmacies will carry this)
- Use cotton swabs to get to the head-to-reach places
- Deep clean every 10 sessions!
- Wipe the screen clear of debris every few sessions.
- Let the cooling unit soak in iso for ~10 minutes and swirl. Remove o-rings before doing this!
Portability and Size
Adhering to the current formula, the Crafty+ is about the exact same in portability as the old. It’s still quite small, very durable, and surprisingly light. You can toss it in almost any pocket or bag and have peace of mind knowing that it won’t come a part or get damaged in transit. In fact, we’d say it’s a perfect portable for someone who is doing all sorts of adventures – hiking, skiing, or advanced couchlocking.
It’s certainly one of the best portable herb vapes around and we highly recommend it if you’re out on the go frequently. The addition of dosing capsules makes reloading and re-filling super seamless. Definitely a top pick for the person on the go who doesn’t want to bother with reloading a chamber so much.
It’s pretty stealthy with its matte black finish and hides well in the hand, but keep in mind the considerable amount of smell it’ll put out! Though dry herb vapes smell a lot less than smoking does, you’ll still stink up a closed space or large room a minute into your session.
Battery life of the Crafty+
The new Crafty+ has much better battery life than the original! While it isn’t removable (which we were all hoping for), you can now expect around 5-9 sessions per charge! This is almost twice of what the original got. Some voodoo magic is happening with the new circuitry and heating they’ve gone with. Battery life will vary depending on your usage habits.
Still, we really hoped to see a removable battery and at least USB-C charging. While now it’s not as necessary to always keep it charged up, we’re mixed. It’s a solid upgrade over the original but doesn’t quite completely satisfy us.
We’re a bit torn. The Crafty+ definitely does have some significant improvements in battery life and heat-up time, but the slight increase of performance and marginally better temperature control isn’t anything to write home about. The new body design looks and feels a bit better, but it’s roughly the same all around and you’re not missing out on much.
It’s hard to say whether we recommend it or not considering how we’ve only been able to test it for a short while. It’s definitely better than the original Crafty, but not quite the upgrade we were dying to see.
With that being said, we find it to be a perfect replacement for the Mighty now and until the Mighty+ comes out, we designate the Crafty+ as the new best portable dry herb vape.
Giving it USB-C charging, a removable battery, an OLED display with full temperature control, and the same Storz & Bickel quality to really rock our socks off. If you’re looking for a top notch portable herb vape and have the money, then go for it! If you’re after a budget dry herb vape, then we’d recommend looking elsewhere. The Crafty plus is not cheap!
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