A Portable Vaporizer from the People Behind the Volcano
Not many manufacturers in the vaping industry enjoy as much respect as Storz & Bickel, the German company being the Volcano desktop vaporizer. Naturally, when Storz & Bickel releases a new product, everyone pays attention. And when the product promises the same high-quality vapor production as their desktop device but in a sleek, compact form-factor, wallets start to open and credit cards begin to shake in anticipation.
But does Storz & Bickel’s Crafty, a portable convection, and conduction hybrid vaporizer, live up to the legendary status of the Volcano? You bet it does.
Tell me more
The Crafty is a battery-powered convection and conduction hybrid vaporizer with an unassuming industrial design that promises the same top-of-the-line performance Storz & Bickel customers are used to from the Volcano desktop vaporizer.
Because Storz & Bickel’s target customers are recreational and therapeutic users alike, their products are designed with people who’ve never vaped before in mind. The Crafty is no exception, and we were pleased with how easy it is to use. You simply swivel the top of the unit to detach it and reveal a cylindrical herb chamber with a capacity of about 0.3 grams of botanical.
Filling the Crafty using the provided herb mill and filling aid is effortless, and it doesn’t really matter how finely you grind your herb—the Crafty vapes great every time. With the chamber packed, you press and hold the only button on the unit for 2 seconds to turn it on. The Crafty will vibrate when turned on, and an LED will turn red.
It takes the Crafty approximately 90 seconds to heat up to the default temperature, which is set at 356 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the Crafty reaches its operating temperature, it will vibrate again, and the LED will turn green. At any time during your vape session, you can double-tap the power button to engage Boost Mode, which instantly increases the temperature inside the chamber to 383 degrees Fahrenheit.
The temperature settings, as well as many other aspects of this vaporizer, can be fully customized using a smartphone app for Android and iOS. The app also tells you what the battery charge level of the Crafty is. You’ll be glad to have this information because the Crafty needs to be roughly 20 percent charged to turn on, even when it’s connected to a charger.
The Crafty draws power from a single lithium-ion rechargeable battery, and it takes about 2 hours to recharge it fully. Unfortunately, the battery gives you not more than 45 minutes of usage, which we consider to be the bare minimum for portable use.
The Crafty’s industrial design won’t appeal to everyone, but we find it hard to dislike something that feels so solid—even if it’s made of plastic. Of course, the hard, plastic material used for the outer case is no ordinary plastic. It’s the same medical-grade plastic that Storz & Bickel has been using in the Volcano bowl for the last decade. It has been molded to disperse heat better, and we’re happy to report that overheating was never an issue during our testing.
Concealing this vaporizer is easy because it stands about 4.5 inches tall, 2 inches wide, 1.25 inches thick, and weighs only 4.8 ounces (136 grams), making it one of the lightest vaporizers on the market. The compact size in combination with the lightweight and ergonomically molded plastic body make the Crafty fit right in the palm of the hand.
If you like to vape outdoors but don’t like attracting attention to yourself when you’re enjoying your favorite botanical, the Crafty is the right device for you. You can even change the brightness of the LED using the app to make it less visible at night. That’s what we call attention to detail.
Vapor quality & taste
The Volcano has arguably become the most popular therapeutic vaporizer in the world, mainly because of its outstanding vapor quality. Countless manufacturers have tried the replicate Volcano’s vaping experience and make it available in the form of a portable vaporizer, but all have failed in one way or another.
Thankfully, Storz & Bickel had decided to do something about it and released the Crafty. To say that this vaporizer is convenient would be an understatement. No matter how finely you grind your botanical, how expertly you load the bowl, and how strongly you draw, the Crafty will always give you an amazing vaping experience characterized, above all else, with a mind-blowing flavor.
On the default temperature settings, the Crafty creates nice vapor clouds that don’t feel too hot in the mount, and it delicately browns the botanical without scorching it. We’ve never experienced any harshness when vaping with the Crafty but were always swept off our feet by the sheer amount of flavor that attacked our taste buds.
Thanks to the provided liquid pad, it’s possible to vape oils and concentrates as well, making the Crafty extremely versatile. Of course, oils and concentrates work best with different temperatures than solids, which is where the handy smartphone app comes in and takes the vaping experience to the next level.
You pair the app by entering a serial number located on the bottom of your Crafty. From there, you can easily adjust the default temperature, change the boost temperature, LED brightness vibration, or see how many hours you’ve been vaping, just to name a few interesting features. The app even shows the vaping temperature inside the chamber in real time, allowing you to get scientific about your vaping.
What’s in the box?
- Crafty vaporizer
- Power adapter with USB cable
- One set of spare seal rings
- Three spare screens
- Liquid pad
- Filling aid
- Herb mill
- Dosing capsule
- Cleaning brush
- Instructions for use
Makes me happy
There’s plenty that makes us happy about the Crafty. For starters, the vape has clearly been designed by someone with tones of experience, and it shows in every way.
Even complete beginners who’ve never vaped before won’t have a problem achieving a perfect vape every time, and experienced users can tinker endlessly with the smartphone app and easily experiment with different temperature settings.
All the engineering prowess that oozes from every pore of the Crafty culminates in a cloud of vapor so thick and so delicious that it’s hard to let go of the power button.
Makes me sad
Even though the Crafty costs around $300, its price isn’t the main thing that makes us sad because it’s so well justified by its excellent performance. What makes us sad is how mediocre the battery life is. Even though Storz & Bickel has recently upgraded the battery to have 20 percent more power, it’s still decidedly below average.
It’s a wrap
The Crafty expertly demonstrates why Storz & Bickel is one of the biggest names in vaping right now. The value this discrete vape provides is out of this world, and the vaping experience is out of this galaxy. The Crafty is capable enough to impress even veterans, but it’s so easy to use that we can wholeheartedly recommend it to complete beginners.
If you want to buy the Crafty vaporizer do that only at authorized dealerships, this promises you will get an original unit (no fakes) and a valid warranty. I recommend this store, it is an authorized Crafty retailer with excellent customer service and free shipping.
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