Storz & Bickel recently released the Crafty+ (Plus) which will replace the original Crafty, no longer in production. The Crafty+ boasts both external and internal upgrades but so far these minor adjustments don’t make it a far cry from the original model Crafty Vaporizer released in 2014. I always opt for the blindfold test in these situations and if you blind fold me and I hit the Crafty and Crafty+ I do not know which is which.
- The stir tool is a different color and has the S&B logo on it
- The cooling unit doesn’t have the word’s Crafty on the top but the S&B logo instead
- LOGO on the side says Crafty+ in Orange
- Heat guard shell slants upwards
The one external difference of any meaning is how the heat guard shell is designed. Storz & Bickel have stated that this is to dissipate heat up and away from the unit. Just like the original Crafty the Crafty+ is ergonomically designed to fit snug in the hand.
Most of the external changes are of no consequence and if anything have the vapor community a little angry at the stripping down of accessories for a more lean packaging.
The Crafty+ comes in a much smaller package than the original Crafty and lacks some of the original accessories
Not included with the Crafty+
- Cleaning Brush
- Crafty/ Mighty Filling Aid
- Storz & Bickel Grinder
- Large Cooling unit O-Rings
- Wall Charger adapter for the USB Cable
Included with the Crafty+
- Small Cooling Unit O-Rings
- Extra O-Rings
- Extra Screens
- Liquid Pad
- Dosing Capsule
- USB Cable
While the external updates are meager it’s under the hood what matters and Storz & Bickel have made a handful of improvements based on customer feedback to make the Crafty+ more power efficient giving the unit faster heat up time, longer battery life and requiring less energy so that the battery and circuitry will last longer.
- Circuit Board
- Heat up Time / Heating Element
- Improved Battery Life
- Faster Charging Times
- (3) Pre Set Temperatures / Super Boost
- Extended Warranty
- No Pass Through Charging
The Crafty+ circuit board was redesigned to give more precise temperature control and improve the feedback loop to the Storz & Bickel app. These improvements are simply due to the advances in technology where more can be done with less.
The improved feedback loops can be seen while inhaling from the Crafty+. During use the temperature of the unit will drop, but quickly rebounds to reach the set temperature much faster than the original Crafty.
Heat up Time / Heating Element
The Crafty+ heats up about 30% faster with a redesigned heating element which still uses the hybrid convection / conduction heating but with a more efficient design. While the heat up time is slightly improved, I am still waiting around 90 seconds to hit 380°F.
Longer battery Life
Again with the internal improvements the battery is getting more bang for the buck. The battery is not bigger or any different it just operates with less energy. There have also been some adjustments to the internal elements which surround the battery. This is the most notable update given the gripes over the original Crafty’s terrible battery life
On the new Crafty+ one can expect to get about 7 sessions (360°F – 385°F degrees) with a full pack of around 10 draws on a full charge.
Faster Charging Times
The Crafty+ will charge in about an hour twenty
Triple press the power button at anytime during your session and the Crafty+ will climb to the 410°F max temperature.
Pre Built Temperature Settings
The Crafty+ will come preset at 356°F with a built in boost to 383°F and super boost to 410°F
The Crafty+ comes with a 2 year warranty which can be extended an extra year (making it 3 years when registered). This warranty however cannot be transferred and will only apply to the party who originally registered the device.
No Pass Through Charging
While you can still use the Crafty+ when it is connected to the USB cable it will stop charging when powered on. It was determined that pass through charging was detrimental to the wearing down the battery.
Things That Didn't Change
- Vapor Quality
- Build & Design
- Temperature Range
- Size & Dimensions
The Crafty+ is the same price as the original Crafty – $279.
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The Crafty+ gives off the same amazing vapor quality as the Crafty. When I mentioned I can’t notice a difference between the vapor of the Crafty+ from the original, this is not a knock on the Crafty+ at all. The vapor quality from Storz & Bickel vapes is just that high end that it’s hard to get any better.
Same Great Build and Design
Storz & Bickel are known for making great vaporizers, using only the highest quality medical grade inputs. That rings true for the Crafty+ and everything from the size and weight to the interchangeability of accessories (mouthpiece, cleaning pick, cooling unit) are the same
The Crafty and Crafty Plus still function with the main power button serving as the main source of control. Given the IOS app fiasco, if you have not downloaded the Storz & Bickel app already, but still want to get something with crazy good vapor. We recommend the Mighty – no app needed.
The temperature range is 104°F – 410°F. Alot of customers wanted to see this improved for the use of concentrates, but it still maxes out at 410°F, which works fine for your loose leaf and will still do concentrates, just not the degree a Puffco Peak or Firefly 2+ will.
Size & Dimensions
The Crafty and Crafty+ are the same dimensions and weight
Do I Need the Crafty+ (Plus) ?
Ultimately the Crafty+ and Mighty remain in a category of their own with few vaporizers coming close to providing this level of quality both inside and out. The Crafty+ gave us some much needed improvements over the original and the plus should not be misconstrued to be a totally different vaporizer, but an improvement for 2020 and beyond.