The Crafty Vaporizer By Storz & Bickel Examined

Curious about Storz & Bickel’s portable Crafty vaporizer? So were we, which is why we put together this analysis. Want to know more about it? You’ve found the right article to read on the right site to read it.

Crafty Vaporizer by Storz & Bickel
This is one of Storz & Bickel’s two portable vaporizers, the Crafty, seen with its lid off. The mouthpiece, the long straw-like piece protruding from the lid, is on a swivel, making it more comfortable to use.

The Crafty is somewhat one-of-a-kind, but then again, it’s also pretty similar to the Mighty. Both are made by Storz & Bickel, however, the Crafty, being much smaller, is highly appealing at a glance. And the name behind it all, Storz and Bickel, serves as just one more reason to take this vape into serious consideration. Why? Because this is one vape manufacturer that is widely known for the quality of its products. Haven’t heard of them? They’re the same company that makes one of the world’s most popular vaporizers, the Volcano. Yeah, they’re that Storz & Bickel and the Crafty is one of two portable vaporizers that they make at this time.

What makes this vape particularly intriguing to us is primarily who makes it. Knowing what the Volcano vaporizer manufacturer is all about, we can’t help but be extremely curious when it comes to the Crafty. While we won’t weigh in at this time on how well it works, we will share the findings of some of the others out there who have reviewed it. But before we dive into all that, we’re going to tell you a bit about it.

General Information

Crafty is a full featured vape that has a temp range that stretches all the way up to 410 degrees Fahrenheit. This isn’t the highest temperature you’ve probably ever heard of a vape going up to, but unlike a number of other vapes, our understanding is that this one actually works really well while operating at lower temperatures. Why exactly? We couldn’t tell you. But according to the Crafty vaporizer reviews we analyzed, this is more than adequate to vaporize dry blends and concentrates. Typically, higher temperatures are often suggested for concentrates, but in this case, apparently it’s not necessary. While we won’t speculate on this, we will note that all of this company’s vaporizers are designed to work with all types of blends thanks to a simple accessory that makes a world of difference: the Liquid Pad. This little accessory, once placed inside of the vape’s oven, turns it into a concentrate vaporizer. So if you want to vape extracts, the Crafty is one of those portables that can handle what you’re looking to do.

When you first turn this vape on, it only has two temperatures settings programmed into it. These two settings are basically a default and a boost setting. The default setting is set to 356 degrees Fahrenheit and the boost setting, which is higher, is set to 383 degrees Fahrenheit. Now while you can change either temperature setting to whatever you want so long as it falls within the confines of the Crafty’s temperature range, the idea here, we believe, is to offer a solid temperature at which to vape and a higher temperature for use with concentrates. The higher temperature is, from our perspective, also attractive in the sense that it can be used near the end of a session to squeeze the remainder out of the blend inserted before calling it quits.

To change the temp, one actually needs to sync the vaporizer’s app with the vape itself. Once synced, the temperatures of both settings can be changed.

Size wise, this is one of the larger portables, according to our analysis of some of the more popular portables that we’re aware of. According to VaporizerShark.com, a website that publishes original reviews of vaporizers and their accessories, it’s actually more than twice the size of the Pax 3, which is the latest in the Pax series of portable vaporizers.

Crafty Reviews

Looking at the reviews from some of the biggest names in the vaporizer review scene, we see that the Crafty is undoubtedly a well liked vaporizer. Vaping Daily rated it at 85% in their review, which we assume to be approximately the equivalent to a B-rating. Vaporizer Wizard rated it a 9.3 out of 10, which is basically an A-rating. Toronto Vaporizer gave it a 9 out of 10 while noting that it’s expensive, but “awesome.” VapeGuide.com rated it a 9.2 out of 10 in their review, in which they noted that it’s “a little beast” that produces vapor on par with or better than most high-end desktop vaporizers. And Vaporizer Shark, who we just mentioned above, gave it a rating of 92%, noting that its vapor production is “literally the best” that they’ve come across in a portable vaporizer.

So what is, if anything, the big drawback with this vape? According to some of the reviewers, it’s the size. And for others, the length of the battery life. Having a somewhat short battery life is, in our eyes, a drawback. But in the case of the Crafty, it’s somewhat of a non-issue thanks to the technology that it uses to charge, which is USB. So long as you have a portable battery pack, you can plug it in and keep it charged. And seeing as there are numerous portable USB power stations to choose from, including one made by Storz & Bickel, it shouldn’t prove difficult to users of the Crafty to keep their vape charged at all times. Outside of these two complaints, the consensus among reviewers seems pretty clear: the Crafty is a good vaporizer, but expensive and a bit larger than some might prefer. But is it really that expensive? According to our own analysis, our answer would have to be “not really.” Some of the reviewers that we’ve referenced were published some time ago and were, we’re guessing here, not updated to reflect the changes in price that Storz & Bickel has enacted. Today, the Crafty is considerably less expensive than when it first came out. These days, it’s actually, given all that it entails, quite reasonably priced for a top of the line portable vaporizer, assuming that’s what it is as far as quality goes.

Video

Here’s a Crafty vaporizer video created and shared on YouTube by Got Vape, one of the most well known retailers and distributors of vaporizers and vaporizer accessories.

What do you think? Does the Crafty sound like a solid vaporizer that’s worth buying? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Vaporizer Shark Reviews The Portable Arizer Solo 2

Vaporizer Shark has finally reviewed Arizer’s latest portable vaporizer, the Solo II, which is the successor to the Arizer Solo – a vape that helped restore faith in the portable vaporization of dried blends for a lot of folks. With the new version already for sale online at various vape shops and the like, it’s no surprise that vape reviewers like VaporizerShark.com are actively trying to review the latest vapes. After all, that’s what everyone’s curious about, right? And to feed that curiosity, Vaporizer Shark followed its usual routine of comprehensively covering virtually every aspect of the Arizer Solo 2 in their new review of it. They cover everything from its temperature information to heat up time, vapor quality to build materials, and so on. Just about everything you might want to know and more can be found in it. So if you have an interest, be sure to check it out.

Arizer Solo 2 Review

Their consensus, in agreement with more than a few other vaporizer review sites, is that the latest Solo by Arizer is one of the best portable vaporizers for dry blend on the market, but they’re not without their reservations as they clearly note that it is on the larger side of modern portables and it doesn’t have a user-replaceable battery design or the ability to vaporize liquids. Still, they, like many others, can’t help but like it given everything else it entails: powerful vapor production, high quality vapor, fast heat up time, long battery life, ability to vape while charging, digital controls for adjusting the temperature and options, worthwhile accessories, and an interface that’s so easy to use – even novices can figure it out with little effort.

More About The Arizer Solo II:

What really sets this vape apart from the vape that came before, the original Arizer Solo, is its temperature control system. With the original, you have seven temperature settings to choose from – none of which can be adjusted, just selected. With the new temperature control system that the Solo 2 offers, you have a very wide range of different temperatures that you can choose from, effectively opening up more of the heating element’s potential. This allows you to fine-tune the vape to find what works best for you and your blends. Beyond this, it’s also seen as an improvement in a number of other ways, such as heat up time, battery life, and so on. Between all of its various improvements, it truly is the next version, the Arizer Solo 2.0 – which is formally known as the Arizer Solo II or Arizer Solo 2. Will there be an Arizer Solo 3? We imagine there could be, but we have yet to hear of any formal release date nor rumors for that matter. Still, we’ll keep you all posted if we happen to hear anything about a Solo 3 vaporizer either in the works or being released.

Back to what’s current and what’s out right now, the Solo II, what you’re looking at is a vaporizer that’s not built to compete in such a direction fashion to the Pax 3 and similarly compact vaporizers, as it’s quite a bit bigger. But what it lacks in portability, it does well to make up for with the power of its high quality vapor production. Which, from what various reviewers have claimed, is far better than the average portable.

Usage Tips From Vaporizer Shark:

VaporizerShark.com offers some interesting tip on how to use the S2. For the user that wants to get the biggest, thickest clouds, they suggest using a grinder like the Magic Flight Finishing Grinder to achieve a very finely ground blend before loosely stuffing it into the stem’s bowl and then cranking the heat up to a higher temperature setting. Apparently, this results in some of the best cloud production they managed to achieve with it. The Magic-Flight grinder we just mentioned, the Finishing Grinder, is designed to grind up your blend into really small particles, which Vaporizer Shark insists is better than large chunks of ground blend for packing the Solo 2, assuming that the desired result is large thick clouds of vapor.

Another tip they offer is to reduce the startup timer setting to the smallest possible number. This way, it’ll startup that much faster and you can start vaping that much sooner.

As less of a tip and more of a general note, they point out that you’ll have to clean the unit less often if you don’t overpack it. So you can actually save yourself a bit of extra effort by packing it less. You also won’t have to stir the blend, or at least as much, during sessions because it’ll more evenly vaporize the contents of the bowl.

What’s the best Arizer Solo 2 vaporizer temperature to use? To get the best vapor production, biggest clouds and all that, Vaporizer Shark suggests using a temperature right around 395 degrees Fahrenheit. Not much warmer and not much cooler if you want the best clouds, according to their review.

“Set the temperature to right around 395 degrees Fahrenheit and combine the above tip–finely ground blend loosely packed–for the biggest clouds. This combination results in large, thick clouds of vapor. So if you want fat hits, follow these tips.”

Solo II Vaporizer Comparisons:

As we’ve seen with all of their vape reviews, Vaporizer Shark made a point to include a section in their review dedicated to comparisons between the new Solo and its top rivals. Here’s a brief breakdown of what they found during their analysis and review of these different vapes as they compare to the S2:

Arizer Air – In comparison to the Air, these vaping sharks prefer the Solo 2. But for them, there is reason to get an Air instead. Need a higher level of portability? The Air is the better option of the two due to its more compact design. Really want the ability to remove your drained battery and replace it with one that’s charged? Then again, the Air is the answer. But for all other intents and purposes, they believe that the Solo 2 is the better vape.

Crafty Vaporizer – They call this “a tough comparison to make” in their review, yet in the end, they call it the way they see it: the Crafty is the better vape, “but not by much.”

Mighty Vape – In comparison, the two have their similarities, however, only the Mighty is designed to all types of blends. So if you want to vape liquids, waxes, or other forms of concentrates, then the Mighty is the vape for you. But if you want power just shy of what the Mighty offers and don’t mind giving up extracts for the sake of portability, the Solo II is your more compact solution.

DaVinci IQ – A vape that’s been in the news a lot lately, the new IQ can’t be beat – at least not by the likes of the new Solo vaporizer. That’s the way Vaporizer Shark sees it anyways as they “tend to get a lot more use” out of it (the IQ). Neither of these vapes, as reference, is designed to vaporize non-dry blends so if you have concentrates, you might want to look elsewhere for a solution.

Pax 3 Vaporizer – Ploom, by which we mean Pax Labs as they’re now called, really hit the ball out of the park with the new Pax. This is a very popular vape and not without good reason so seeing this comparison was, to us, nothing short of intriguing. As it turns out, both have their place in this world, at least that’s the way the Shark team sees it. For extracts/concentrates, the Pax 3 is the solution. Why? Easy: because it’s the only one of the two that’s designed to vape concentrates. It has a concentrate lid/insert that transforms it from a compact portable designed for dried blends to a compact portable that does it all. However, when it comes to dried blends, they prefer the Solo II’s powerful heating element and all glass vapor path as it produces a higher quality of vapor when vaping dried blends, or at least that’s the way they see it.

Then, of course, there’s their comparison between the original and the new version, which we discussed the findings of a bit in the beginning of this news report. To summarize their findings here, the Solo 2, perhaps unsurprisingly, is the better of the two. It is essentially an improvement in virtually every regard over the original and as such, is truly deserving of the “2” in its name. To recap, it has improved vapor production, a faster heat-up time, and it’s actually a bit smaller than the old one. It also has temperature controls that make the original’s look like a joke, not to mention a wider range of temperatures to choose from.

Solo II Accessories:

For owners of the original Arizer Solo, there’s at least one big benefit to already owning the original and that’s the fact that virtually all of its accessories work with the new version. So if you have a stem that you like, go ahead and use it with the new version. Bought replacement parts that you haven’t used? There’s a really good chance they’ll work with the new version. So don’t feel like you have to throw anything away because there’s a high likelihood that your old Solo’s parts and accessories will come in handy when you acquire the new version. This all according to Vaporizer Shark.

On the Arizer website, there’s a list of available accessories, however, this isn’t the complete list of accessories available for it – it’s just the list of manufacturer made accessories. The reality is that this vape actually works with a number of third party accessories thanks to the adapter that Arizer makes for it which allows it to be connected to a water pipe such as a bubbler or what have you. And according to Vaporizer Shark’s analysis, it works well in this fashion. To quote their review, “the vapor is super smooth” once you’ve attached your favorite water pipe. Which, just in case you missed it, is a type of product that Vape World now carries for sale on their online vaporizer store.

Of all the accessories available, there are some that stand out to us. There’s the car charger, which is something that a lot of owners are sure to find useful. There’s the belt-clip carry case, which might be practical but as Vaporizer Shark notes in their review, there’s a chance you’ll just end up looking “like a nerd,” which could be a good thing depending on how you see yourself and who, if anyone, you’re trying to impress. There are replacement screens, a stirring tool, and then there’s an accessory that really piques our interest here at Vaporizer Wire: the stem cap pack. These caps let you secure any blend contained within your stems, which allows you to pack a stem up in advance and then place it a cap on it to seal it, storing it safely for later use. We like this idea and find it reminiscent of what Haze Technologies did with their Haze vaporizers, providing a small container as an accessory that’s designed to hold pre-packed bowls for quick use. Think of it as a speed loading system that reduces downtime when it’s time to vape. Then there’s the most intriguing of all the accessories: the adapter. This single piece is perhaps the most important accessory as it turns the Arizer Solo 2 into a water filtered vaporizer.

What do you think, which accessory sounds the coolest to you? Also, let us know what you think about this new vape and whether you agree with Vaporizer Shark’s analysis and review. We look forward to hearing from all of you. From your friends here at Vaporizer Wire, stay vaped friends!

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Pax 3 Vaporizer Reviews Paint A Clear Picture: The New Pax Means Serious Business

From Business Insider to Forbes, the verdict on the latest Pax vaporizer seems clear: this ain’t your grandpa’s corn cob pipe.

Pax 3 Vaporizer
This is the Rose Gold colored Pax 3 Vaporizer.

The new Pax, version 3.0, came out last November and when it hit the market, we knew immediately that a new standard in portable vaporization had been set. With its release we saw the adaptation of technology from the e-cigarette industry, which should come as no surprise given that Pax Labs started out as Ploom – a company that was originally founded as a San Francisco-based electronic cigarette company. But that is, in our opinion, hardly how the company made a name for itself (e-cigs). No, it wasn’t their Model One that cemented the company in the vaping history books – it was the Pax, the first one, Pax 1. While it was somewhat revolutionary for its time, it’s the latest model, the Pax 3 that really sets the bar for portable vapes the world over.

The original Pax was pretty straight forward, simple even. What it entailed was a small oven that could be packed with loose-leaf blends, which would then be heated to one of three predetermined temperature settings. It was small, it worked, and it looked great. For a lot of folks at the time, the only question was where to buy it. But did it work? It did, but not nearly as well as some of the vapes that have come out since and for that matter, not even as well as some of the vapes that were already on the market at the time of its release. But even still, it did well. With a massive marketing push behind it, a product aesthetic that easily captivated many, and a design which adhered to one of the basic philosophies behind portable vaporizers (make it compact), it sold like crazy. And with its success, more was sure to follow. Enter the Pax 2.

When the Pax 2 arrived, lots of folks, ourselves included, were excited by the mere notion of a new entry into the portable vape market from Ploom. For reference, Ploom has since, more or less, changed their name to Pax Labs. Now while the second Pax did well to improve upon the first, it was the Pax 3 that really got us going – here was a vape that brought more to the table than most portables could ever dream of. Here it was, a stellar manifestation of what a portable vaporizer could be. The best? Debatable. But good? Absolutely, at least according to the numerous Pax 3 vaporizer reviews we read before we wrote this.

Curtis Silver, writing for Forbes.com as a contributor covering consumer technology and social media, referred to it as a “piece of high-grade technology” while noting that it’s not “some cheap pipe that you picked up at the Dollar Store or made out of a Coke can”.

“This isn’t some cheap pipe that you picked up at the Dollar Store or made out of a Coke can and a ballpoint pen.”

And if you thought Silver was the only one who thought the new Pax was a worthwhile vaporizer, think again. Business Insider named it the best vaporizer for techies.

Pax 3 is a “dual-use” vaporizer, which means it can handle extracts/concentrates and dry blends. In order to do this, it relies on a new insert, its concentrate insert, which takes it from a single-use (dry blend only) vaporizer to one that boasts the ability to vape it all.

Vaporizer Shark, a vaporizer website behind some of the most insightful reviews we’ve seen of vaporizers and their related accessories, called it “one of the best portable vaporizers on the market right now” in their review, which was published earlier this month on August 21, 2017. They also noted in their review that given all that it entails, it truly is a vape that “offers some serious bang for your buck.” Or in other words, it’s well worth the money.

So what does it offer? A lot. It has lip-sensing technology that helps conserve blend, among other things. This is something that we hadn’t previously seen in the vaporizer marketplace, only in the e-cig space. Perhaps it existed, but those of us here at Vaporizer Wire were not aware of it. With it, the Pax 3 is able to detect while it’s in use, which plays into the way it heats up and cools down – a feature controllable to some extent via its various “modes.” In its Boost mode, it uses this haptic feedback technology to aggressively increase the heat while it’s in use and to rapidly decrease the heat once it’s no longer in use. It also has a Flavor mode in which it reacts more quickly in this regard while boosting the oven temperature by just five degrees — the goal being to maintain the blend’s flavor profile, resulting in the tastiest vapor that the vape can produce. Or at least, that’s the idea. Does it work well? If you ask the reviewers, it works, but just how well seems to vary from one reviewer to the next.

Does it work with liquid? We mentioned earlier this it’s a dual-use vape but does that mean that it can vaporize liquids or are the liquid blends a no-go with this vape? The answer to that does not seem readily apparent. Some claim that the Pax 3 can be used with liquids such as e-juice but only a very small amount should be applied to the concentrate insert – one or two drops max. Others say that liquids are not intended to be used with the vape and that it’s really designed for waxy types of blends, ones that won’t run as much when they’re heated.

In total, Pax version 3 offers four preset temperatures and then a fifth option that can be programmed to whatever temperature, within its range, that you prefer. So for the fifth setting, you can use anything between 360 and 420 degrees Fahrenheit.

Adding to its overall consumer appeal, the makers of this popular portable decided to include a few games along with their app. The app, which is intended for use with smartphones and similar devices, is not required to use the vape but it does open up a number of options like the ability to lock the vape and, of course, the games we just mentioned. Although, with the games, you can actually access them without opening the app but the same is not true for the device locking feature nor the fifth temperature setting. So for those who want to lock their vape to keep others from using it, the app is a necessity. And for those who want to stray away from the preset temperatures and choose their own, the app, again, is a necessity. But who is really complaining here? The fact that this vape comes with an app is just another feature that, while unnecessary, it touts.

The time it takes for the vape to reach vaporizing temperatures, which is known as the heat up time, is one of the many selling points of this vape. Why? Because it’s fast. How fast? Well, according to the manufacturer, Pax Labs, it takes 15 to 20 seconds. But according to vaporizer reviewers VaporizerShark.com, it takes “closer to around 30 seconds” for it to reach vaping temps. This isn’t bad, not bad at all in comparison to most other portable vaporizers, but it’s also not the quickest as vaporizers such as the Firefly 2 take less seconds than one has fingers to heat up. Still, half a minute is a far cry from the days when it took many modern-at-the-time dry blend vapes a matter of minutes to heat up.

With all of the advanced technology that the Pax 3 ships with, it comes as somewhat of a surprise to some that its battery is not designed to be replaced by the user. Instead, the internal battery must be recharged each time it runs out. Contrary to this design, some vape manufacturers opt for something a bit more cutting edge, which is to say that their internal batteries are actually user-replaceable – a nice feature for those who want to keep vaping when their battery’s juice runs out. Switch out the dead one and replace it with a fully charged one – can you see the benefit? Beyond this, we haven’t noticed much in way of complaints and if this is a problem, well, it’s not a terrible problem to have. Have you had issues with the Pax 3 portable vaporizer? Let us know about them in the comments section below.