Crafty+ 2021 USB-C Model Review




Author Rating: 8.5/10

Ease of Use: 6/10
Temperature Settings: 8/10
Chamber & Heating System: 10/10
Vapor Quality: 9/10
Battery Life: 9/10
Aesthetics & Manufacturing Quality: 9/10

Should you buy the Crafty+ vaporizer?

At face value, the Crafty+ is a smaller version of the Mighty+ with less battery life and user interface – But is it half the performance of it.. or a true top-tier portable dry herb vaporizer? With the recent 2021 upgrades including a new ceramic-lined chamber, updated app, super boosts, and more, there is a whole lot to love about the new version, but is it worth it? In this review, we’ll be going over these key features and comparing it to similar devices to help you decide whether it’s worth the upgrade or not. 

What’s in the Crafty+ 2021 USB-C Version Box?

  • x1 Crafty+ Dry Herb Vaporizer
  • x1 USB-C Charging Cable
  • x3 O-Rings
  • x3 Replacement Coarse & Fine Screens
  • x1 Dosing Capsule
  • x1 Cleaning Brush
  • x1 User Manual 

Crafty+ Vape Key Features

  • USB-C Charger Latest Version
  • Dual Convection / Conduction Heating
  • Ceramic-Lined Chamber *2021 edition
  • 3 Pre-set Temperature Settings
  • Super Boost Temperature Features
  • Supercharging *2021 edition
  • Dry Herb and Concentrate Vaporizer
  • Two Year Warranty with up to Three Years with Registration
  • Bluetooth app for Android & Web App Available

Crafty+ Hybrid Heating 

The Crafty+ uses the same hybrid heating system that will heat up the ceramic lined in combination with the jet of hot air intake coming from the bottom of the vape. As a rule of thumb, a hybrid-heated dry herb vape creates more of an even roast and overall better THC extraction. 

On the Crafty+ itself, there is a temperature range of 104-410°F / 40-210°C which can be fully accessed with application use. While using the app, you’ll be able to set the first two pre-set temperatures, and the third pre-set will always be the maximum temperature of 210C/410F. While you can get a good range of temperatures in a heat-up time of about a minute, and be able to do a decent job at temperature stepping for a good session, it doesn’t quite compare to the ease of use of its big brother, the Mighty+ user interface. 

Another thing to note is that the top temperature won’t be able to do the best job at heating concentrates – We’d recommend a dedicated wax vape for dabs.

Storz & Bickle Crafty+ Filling Chamber

Is the Crafty+ a portable vape?

One of the best advantages that the Crafty+ has for a Storz & Bickel vaporizer, is that is very a small design that comes in at only 4.4 x 1.3 x 4.2 in. This means that you’ll have zero problems getting it into almost any pocket or small bag. Since the chamber is funneled and the kit comes with a brush, it’s also super portable and easy to use on the go. For a small boost to this, we can recommend picking up a Tools420 Vape Case to help keep everything you need in one convenient spot. As you’ll be able to get a lot of creativity on the Crafty+ with accessories like a S&B Long Bubbler, a vape carrying case can make everything convenient for when you’re on the go. For example, a USB-C bank that would allow you to charge your Crafty while out on a hike. A S&B Capsule Caddy will also let you really crank up if you were to pick up some extra S+B dosing capsules. This would allow you to easily store up four 0.25g doses for a total of 1g of easy 420 storage that costs next to nothing. 

If you haven’t picked up what I’m trying to say here, it’s that this is a super portable device that you can take with yourself anywhere. Since it almost fits into the palm of the hand, you can basically only have the straw mouthpiece visible. With hybrid heating, your vapor won’t have as much smell to it, but just know that the blue and green lights are super visible and eye-catching at night. 

Crafty+ in Pocket

Crafy+ vapor quality 

Although the Crafty+ is much smaller than other top-tier dry herb vapes, it is not lacking in the vapor quality category thanks to an isolated air path, ceramic-lined chamber, and hybrid heating. Out of the box, the three preset temperatures are set as follows:

  • 1. 356F / 180C
  • 2. 383F / 195C
  • 3. 410F/ 210C

To summarize these, the first is good for flavor, the second for a good mixture of flavor and cloud production, and the last is quite harsh but will give you the biggest clouds. The airflow is super easy, and you won’t have any kind of draw resistance going on. While the plastic straw mouthpiece is personally a bit of a drawback, you can upgrade to a Crafty Glass Mouthpiece which will give you that fully unimpeded terpene profile vapor quality. Like the Mighty+, the Crafty Plus heater will work super hard to get back up to your set temperature meaning you’ll be able to take back to back. Because the air flow is excellent, long and slow draws will add a lot of convection temperature boosting and THC extraction, so we can highly recommend that method for the best vapor quality. 

Our personal favorite setup would be to use the Crafty+ with the Crafty+ 14mm Water Pipe Adapter for use with the fan-favorite 14mm whip bubbler which will let you place the vape on the top and then hit through the bong’s silicone hose and glass mouthpiece. It’s a super awesome setup that will let you take bigger hits and add a lot of creativity to your sessions! 

Crafty+ USB-C Charging + Battery Life 

In terms of battery life, the battery life is one of its best features, but also its worst. While the 2021 upgrade to USB-C charging has brought it into modern times, the overall battery life is a big hindrance. You’ll be able to get an hour maximum, and use with higher temperatures or with more short sessions will bring this down to 45 minutes total. For most users, this will mean about four to eight sessions per charge, which is a bit on the lighter side in modern times. 

While you’ll be able to have pass through charging with a USB-C battery bank, it’s not the optimal setup like a swappable battery that something like the new Arizer Air Max has. Comparing the Crafty+ to the Mighty+ in this regard, and you’ll be able to see the difference on the vapes as the Crafty+ only has one side column containing a single 2800mAh lithium-ion battery whereas the Mighty+ has two lithium-ion batteries on its side, making for twice the battery life. 

Storz & Bickle Crafty+ Side Profile with power button and green LED

Crafty+ USB-C model vs Crafty+ 2019

The original Crafty release date goes all the way back to 2014, with a major rehaul in 2020 that saw upgrades to the PEEK medical grade plastic design with ribbed fins that help dissipate the heat during sessions away from your hand. With the new 2021 model being upgraded to a ceramic lined chamber and USB-C, it’s super portable design got a much needed push to make it more competitive. 

The ceramic coating on the aluminum chamber make it much easier to clean, and overall more stain-resistant. Some users also believe the ceramic to have a better taste as the old one could be prone to a metallic aftertaste, but personally, I’ve never found that. USB-C charging also have helped bring the charging time down by about 30 minutes, too, which was nice. 

How to use the Crafty+ vaporizer?

To use the Crafty+, you’ll start by twisting off the cooling chamber (mouthpiece) counter clockwise to expose the ceramic 0.3g chamber. Using either a filled dosing capsule, or by manually pinching in your finely ground dry herb, if you miss anything just use the included brush to knock off any unwanted debris. After, screw the mouthpiece back on and then press and hold the power button until the light at the bottom begins to glow red. Once it’s reached temperature, the Crafty+ will vibrate, and the light will turn green to let you know that it’s reached temperature. To activate the second preset temperature, double tap the power button, or triple tap to go to the highest temperature. There is a 45 second timer, but this can be kept going by tapping the power button every so often. Once your vapor quality begins to decline or you begin to taste burning, you can power off the vape by again holding the power button down. 

Medicinal patients can also opt to use the Mighty & Crafty filling aid which will act as a funnel and storage container for your dry herb. 

In general, while the Crafty+ may be easy to use on paper, in reality it does take some getting used to. Since the Apple phone app is banned in Canada, users will have to resort to using the web application, and as well the lights system is a bit confusing at first. For example, when you’re power the vape off, the rate at which it pulses a blue light flashing is the indication of the battery meter, with fast flashing meaning a low battery indication. For medicinal users, this won’t be the most straightforward dry herb vape to use when compared to something like the Mighty+. 

Storz & Bickle Crafty+ filling chamber loaded with dosing capsule filled and brush

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.

Storz & Bickle Crafty+ Top of device with logo

How to clean the Crafty+ ?

With the upgraded ceramic bowl, cleaning is a lot easier, as all you’ll really need to do is knock out your AVB (Already Vaped Bud) out after every session with help from the included brush in the kit. When there does get to be a resin buildup, you can simply use a vape alcohol wipe to get rid of it. If you’re beginning to notice your airflow is starting to go down if you’re a heavy user, you can simply soak the whole cooling unit (besides the rubber O-Rings) in isopropyl alcohol for 30 minutes before a hot water rinse. To access the internals of the cooling unit for this reason, you can start pushing the cap towards the mouthpiece and then pulling it off. After that, wiggle the straw off and the cap lock itself, removing any O-Rings. Heavy users may want to do this about once a month to ensure good airflow!

Storz & Bickle Crafty+ mouth piece screen

Warranty 

As another plus for the Crafty+, it does come with a 2 year warranty, extendable to three years with the registration slip included in the box. This will cover against any manufacturer’s defects, but just know that you may have to pay for shipping for any repairs to Storz & Bickel.

Crafty+ USB-C Version Pros and Cons 

Pros

  • More powerful heater, decent heat-up time
  • Improved battery life and USB-C charging
  • Same form factor and size
  • Top-notch vapor quality

Cons

  • Poor temperature control options
  • Non-removable battery 
  • Expensive
  • Fewer things included in the box

Conclusion

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.

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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11 comments on Crafty+ 2021 USB-C Model Review

  1. Avatar for Bryan G. Bryan G. says:

    I’m a medical marijuana user and people all over Reddit were saying to get the Mighty vaporizer but I went for the Crafty+ which I find to perform really amazing! I use the dosing capsules and load up 40 at a time with the dosing capsule filler which I find to really be the amazing part of this vape.
    Since I vaporizer throughout the day I needed a device that was easy to load and reliable and the dosing capsules made that perfect. Now, the battery life is on the okay side but I can get through a whole day of vaping 5 minutes each around 7 times a day before needing to fill it up again.
    If I would make any changes I’d request a removable battery or even 2 batteries. Fine product though as we all know those pesky Germans make a mean product!

  2. Avatar for Bas R. Bas R. says:

    Yo imma be REAL I scraped together coins for mad time before I could afford myself a present and thinkin yah im going to spoil myself because I smoke kush a lot and need a heavy hitter. Ppl on reddit and stuff told me to get this vape and at first I was really cheesin bcuz I couldn’t even get a hit from it. Had the mouthpiece on sideways LMFAO put it it on normally and didn’t even get high for 10 minutes. 10 minutes later I was so freaking high like my first ever bong rips wtf this witchcraft shud b illegal lmfao arrest the makers. 100% worth gets me lit AF Sour Diesel all day

  3. Avatar for Graham L. Graham L. says:

    Was really hard to clean my Crafty plus vape but I figured it out and after like 3 months of using it it’s like back to new again! hits are great battery life is alright and its really small. Interesting design but I like it and its surprisingly light!

  4. Avatar for Harold F. Harold F. says:

    A+++++ shipping speed customer support was very friendly at helping solve a problem and were kind enough to include a free gift with my order. Great experience, will update the review once I try my shiny new crafty plus!

  5. Avatar for Thomas C. Thomas C. says:

    Ah memories of my first joints come rushing back since this vaporizer gets me extremely high. The bowl accommodates a lot of weed so for heavy users like me its quite a good thing. I’d normally smoke a gram joint but now I only use like 0.3 grams to get the same amount of high AND I can eat the vaped weed after which gets me super high. Would recommend

  6. Avatar for Darryl F. Darryl F. says:

    Looks weird power tool like my dad gave it to me but its really light and small and doesn’t overheat and hits really hard. Taste is really good clouds are thick overall really good vape 10/10

  7. Avatar for Franco Franco says:

    I’ve been unlucky I guess. I just recently bought a Crafty + directly from Storz n’ Bickle website and the battery is worst than the original Crafty I had bought in 2016 and that it died on me last year. With the original Crafty I could get at least 3-4 sessions, around 45 minutes. With the Crafty + I was expecting at least 70-80 minutes but I not been able to get past 3 sessions with a fully charge battery. I think it’s not lasting more than 40 minutes. I think that maybe I have a faulty version and it’s brand new, only 6 hours of operation. It’s been less than a month I bought it while I was in Europe travelling. I live in Brazil and unfortunately a RMA process is very complicated for me cause Storz n Bickle won’t ship to Brazil I think. I’ve also noticed that my new Crafty + vaporizer always dies on me everytime I still have 20% of battery left when looking at my iPhone Storz n Bickle App battery display. It sure looks like a battery leak, or something related to a faulty battery. It really sucks!!!!

    1. Avatar for Tools420 Tools420 says:

      Hi Franco, we’re sorry to hear about the issue you are having with your Crafty +. Even though you are located in Brazil and the RMA seem complicated, we still recommend contacting S&B for a second opinion, if they ship to Brazil then they most likely have a support team for that region. We’ve recently found out some issues can be resolved by simply draining the battery completely and recharging the unit. It resets the system and the unit will function perfectly fine.

      1. Avatar for franco godoy franco godoy says:

        Hi, thanks for replying! I’ll run a few more tests with my brand new Crafty+ to see how the battery is lasting before a Initiate an RMA. Brazil has very complicated customs and I’m afraid that If I have to send my Crafty for repair, when S&B sends it back to me, considering they will ship to Brazil, even though I bought my Crafty in Portugal directly from them, that it could take weeks or months for it to get to my hands. There’s a chance that it could be taxed by customs, 50% over retail price, cause it’s imported item, and even if S&B send it as an RMA repaired product, you can’t trust Brazilian customs, they could tax it if the want to, or send it back to Germany, cause there’s no regulation in Brazil for e-cigarretes e vaporisers and they are considered forbidden items for sale here and still we have many online stores that sells vaporisers and e-cigs. It’s a grey zone, so it’s a very complicated situation to deal with customs in this regard and I would like to avoid it if possible. But if my Crafty is really defective, I’ll have to deal with RMA and cross my fingers.
        I’ve just charged my Crafty+ using my OG Crafty wall plug charger instead of the USB connected to a laptop. I’m using a timer to have an exact idea of how long my battery will last til it dies on me so I know precisely how many minutes it’s lasting with a full charge. Do you know if having bluetooth set to permanently on has anything to with its battery draining too fast? Anyway, I’ll let the battery drain completely like you said and recharge again and see if it helps. But one thing that I found strange is that sometimes using the iPhone App I see the battery display displaying 2 boxes ( 20%) and suddenly the Crafty+ dies and needs charging? Isn’t that a sign that the battery has issues or is leaking? Thanks for helping out!!

        1. Avatar for Tools420 Tools420 says:

          It’s still a good idea to contact S&B for trouble shooting advise before going through the process of RMA.
          If the bluetooth is set to permanently then yes the device will always be searching to connect to a Bluetooth device and that does take a % of battery.
          It’s hard to say if it’s the battery or the app showing incorrect battery life. We had that issue ourselves once where the app was showing more battery but the device was drained. We had to disconnect and connect to the app for it to reset. I think with apple banning vaping apps there won’t be any updates available for the iOS app and people may run into compatibility issues with new vaporizers. Try S&B’s new web app (link above). Let us know about your findings.

  8. Avatar for Henrick R. Henrick R. says:

    Was a hard decision between the Crafty plus vs Crafty but I think it’ worth it to get this one. The battery life is good, the app has a lot of control but the hits are UNREAL! Big bowl too I stuff like 0.3g in there and that’s honestly good enough for 3 sessions. Haven’t tried the capsules yet but I’ll give em a go soon enough.

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