The Crafty+ is the much anticipated follow-up to the Crafty and it brings with it some much needed improvements. The original Crafty had great vapor quality and a set of great accessories and the Crafty+ obviously doesn’t change any of that, at least not too much. So what’s new and what’s changed? Keep reading.
The Crafty+ still has the signature cooling fins of the original but now they slant upwards to give it a brand new, and much sleeker, look. While the form is slightly different, the functionality is still the same, which means that they help to dissipate heat so that the vaporizer keeps cool while you use it.
Changes On The Inside
There are changes and improvements on the inside that you can’t see, but they include new circuit boards and better firmware. Both of those should help to improve the long-term durability and performance of the Crafty+. Of course, time will tell if that is the case, but it is nice that Storz & Bickel considered improvements in longevity as well as performance when designing the Crafty+.
Better Battery Life
The poor battery life was one of the biggest downsides of the original Crafty, so that is one area where it could definitely use some improvement. The Crafty+ does have a longer battery life, but it’s not as long as you were hoping for since it only adds about five to ten minutes to the battery duration. That means an improvement from about thirty to forty minutes, to about forty-five minutes on average. That’s definitely better than the original Crafty but it can’t really match other vapes in this price range which have about ninety minutes of battery life.
Additionally, the charge time of the Crafty+ has been improved from the original Crafty and now it takes about ninety minutes to charge instead of two and a half hours despite still using a micro USB port instead of the faster USB-C. Unfortunately, pass-through charging is no longer available.
(Slightly) Faster Heat Time
The original Crafty took what seemed like an eternity to heat up, but the Crafty+ manages to get to temperature in a little over a minute. That may still seem like a long time to some, but at least you will get strong, full-bodied vapor when it does reach your selected temperature. And speaking of selected temperature…
Extra Temperature Setting
The Crafty+ now has three temperature settings that you can select from on the device itself. You have the 356°F and 383°F settings from the original Crafty, as well as a new super-boost setting of 410°F. If you want more precise control, then the smartphone app from the original Crafty is compatible with this new vaporizer. With the app you can select from any temperature between 104°F and 410°F.
However, you should know that the Crafty app, and all other vaporizer related apps, are no longer available from Apple’s iOS store as of November 15, 2019. We don’t know whether they will eventually return, but unless you already had the app downloaded, you won’t be able to use it. The app is still available on the Google Play store, so Android users will be unaffected.
One way that the Crafty+ is actually worse than the original is that it includes fewer accessories because the herb mill, cleaning brush, and filling aid are no longer included in the kit. The removal of the herb mill isn’t too big a loss since there are better grinders available, but the removal of the filling aid is disappointing because of the convenience it gave to users.
The loss of the cleaning brush is also unfortunate but at least new ones are inexpensive and easy to find. At least the optional dosing capsules still work with the Crafty+ and Storz & Bickel was generous to include one in the kit.
Same Great Vapor
The hybrid conduction/convection heating method is still present in the Crafty+ and it still provides the same excellent vapor that it always has. It’s the same rich, flavorful vapor that you got in both the original Crafty and the Mighty vaporizers. You will get that great-tasting vapor at any temperature you choose but if you are worried that you need the smartphone app to select the best temperature, then there is no need for concern.
The preset temperatures on the device all deliver excellent vapor. That vapor is still easy to access since the swiveling mouthpiece feels extremely comfortable when you’re inhaling from it and the draw resistance is still very low.
Still Perfectly Portable
The Crafty+ has the same basic dimensions as the original, which means that it will fit pretty easily into any pocket or purse. The swiveling mouthpiece that folds away when you’re not using it helps of course. Not only does it make the Crafty+ more portable friendly, it also keeps the mouthpiece clean while it is stored away. So, the Crafty+ is still one of the most convenient portables around.
Always Easy To Maintain
The original Crafty and the Mighty were renowned for how easy they were to maintain and that legacy continues with the Crafty+. As before, the entire top section—called the cooling unit—can be removed and replaced if you can’t bother cleaning it. You only need to replace it every few months and replacements aren’t too expensive, so it’s not a costly proposition.
If you can be bothered to clean it, then you will find that it is pretty easy and doesn’t take a long time. Of course, it would be even easier if the kit came with a cleaning brush as it did before, but as mentioned earlier, they are easy to find and not particularly expensive.
The Crafty+ Is a Big Improvement
Since it’s called the Crafty+ rather than the Crafty 2, you can probably tell that this is more of an upgrade than a huge leap forward. Even though none of the changes are huge, they make an already great vaporizer even better. Yes, the fact that some of the better accessories are no longer included in the kit is a disappointment, and it would have been great if they could have improved the battery life even more.
However, on the whole, the majority of the changes are for the better, not to mention that it costs the same as the original Crafty. That makes the Crafty+ one of the premier dry herb vapes on the market right now.
The Crafty+ and Mighty are two of the top dry herb vaporizers because of their impressive vapor quality, simple use, and long-term durability. The performance is consistently great, and their maintenance is minimal. Vaping at its best.