As the vaporizer market continues to explode, it seems that most brands are focused on producing devices that are flashy and futuristic, as opposed to reliable and well-made. While features like endless controls and LED light shows make sense for extract vaporizers and the hypebeast culture they predicate, flower vapes cater to a different mentality, one that is a little slower and more thoughtful.
If concentrate vapes are about blasting off, flower vapes are about savoring the experience. They tend to attract those who enter the cannabis market from a wellness angle, as opposed to those looking to obliterate themselves. Part of this is due to the fact that vaporizing is better for you, mentally and physically, than smoking.
When you vaporize flower, you're boiling the high-inducing chemical compounds like terpenes and cannabinoids at optimal temperatures, as opposed to eviscerating them with a lighter. Not only is it easier on the lungs, it doesn't make you smell, generally lending itself to a more discreet consumer. The best flower vaporizers are simple, because that's all they need to be.
One of the most trusted brands in the industry, Storz & Bickel, nailed it with their stunning new Crafty+, an updated version of their original Crafty flower vape. With its survivalist aesthetic, pared down functioning skills, and impressive capability, this is the perfect device for the enthusiast on the go.
What is the Crafty+?
The Crafty+ is a compact and portable flower vaporizer by respected European vape brand Storz & Bickel. With a simple yet effective design, this device reduces the act of vaping flower to its most basic form.
Similar to the much larger Storz & Bickel Mighty, the Crafty+ is ready to go with perfected factory settings. Literally all you have to do is insert your ground flower, press a button, and get high.
Upgrades from the original Crafty include a 30% faster heat-up time, a new design for optimized grip, and “super boost” function where triple pressing the power button takes you to the max temperature of 410°F. There is also an app for Android users for further customization — but more on that later.
At the crux of the Crafty+'s stellar performance record is its patented hybrid heat exchanger. By combining conduction and convection heat, then filtering the vapor through a cooling element in the mouth piece, this device keeps temperatures stable, resulting in a laid back and flavorful experience that never burns your lungs.
What can you vape with the Crafty+?
The Crafty+ is compatible with ground flower and includes a drip pad for concentrate use.
How do you use the Crafty+?
Now that you're familiar with the Crafty+ vaporizer, how does it work?
- 1 pc. CRAFTY+ Vaporizer
- 1 pc. USB Cable
- 3 pcs. base seal ring, small
- 3 pcs. normal screen, small
- 3 pcs. coarse screen, small
- 2 pcs. drip pad, small
- 1 pc. dosing capsule
- 1 pc. cleaning brush
- Charge fully before use using the USB cable.
- Unscrew cooling unit from the vaporizer by turning it 90 degrees counter-clockwise.
- Fill the chamber with ground flower up to the plastic rim — do not overfill.
- Screw the cooling unit onto the vaporizer by turning it back 90 degrees clockwise.
- Switch on vaporizer.
- Red LED light indicates device is heating up.
- Green LED means it's ready for use.
The Crafty+ App
While the Crafty+ arrives ready to go and shines in its implementation of easy-to-use one button controls, there is also a Storz & Bickel smartphone app available for Android users. And though the Storz & Bickel app is not currently available in the app store, there is a WebApp for Apple users as well.
The Remote Control App allows you to customize different settings, like temperature control, shutoff timer, brightness, and various alerts. While the app is definitely a cool feature, it's not a must. The device works perfectly with its basic factory settings. Any further customization would simply be a matter of preference.
Is the Crafty+ worth it?
Coming in at $279, the Crafty+ does fall on the pricier end of the vaporizing spectrum. However, given its years-long warranty, reliable design, and a battery powerful enough to vape for 40 minutes on a full charge (up to five or six full sessions), makes this device totally worth it.
My favorite thing about the device is the simplicity of the design. Resembling binoculars, it has a super discreet, kind of spy gadget feel. In a backpack or bag of similar outdoorsy items, no one would peg this for a vaporizer.
From it's internal function to its external aesthetic, this is a cohesive device that delivers on the wellness-angled stoner lifestyle it indicates. Perfect for nature lovers, medicinal users, and those looking to give their lungs a much deserved break, the Crafty+ proves the age old notion that less is more.
Find the Crafty+ vaporizer on storz-bickel.com
Featured image courtesy of Storz & Bickel