In this review of the MIGHTY you're going to learn why we rate the MIGHTY as the number 1 portable vaporizer at Herbonaut. But even the MIGHTY isn't for everyone. You're going to learn who the MIGHTY's for, but also who should look for a different portable vaporizer.
The best part? You're getting simple but effective tips to optimize the performance of this beastly portable vaporizer.
MIGHTY Review Summary
- Size: 5.5 x 3.2 x 1.2 inches / 14.0 x 8.0 x 3.0 cm
- Weight: 235g ( = 8.3 oz / 0.52 pounds)
- Battery-Life: 90 minutes or 9 sessions
- Heating System: Hybrid (convection + conduction)
- Draw-Resistance: Low
- Bowl-Capacity: 0.3 grams
- Heat-Up Time: 1-2 minutes
- Materials Outside: Plastic
- Material Heating Element: Aluminium
- Warranty: 24 months
Pros and Cons
- Creates dense, hard-hitting clouds
- Most consistent vaporizer
- Comes with official medical certifications
- Very easy to use
- Easy to maintain: just 1-2 mins downtime after every session
- Long battery life: 90 minutes
- Precise temperature control for full control over the effects of your vapor.
- Big, bulky and pricey
- Lots of plastic gives it a cheap feeling
- Batteries are expensive to replace (unless you DIY, but then you'll potentially void the warranty)
- The conduction heating present still makes it waist some herb
The MIGHTY is a powerful vaporizer, both in its performance and its looks. The rugged heat-resistant plastic body, combined with its bulky design, make the MIGHTY one of the most impressive ‘portable' vaporizers to behold.
But impressive doesn't mean beautiful. The MIGHTY honestly is quite an ugly vaporizer.
The MIGHTY definitely doesn't look sophisticated, sleek or elegant like some other portable vaporizers like the DaVinci IQ and PAX 3.
Now, it might not be an elegant vape, but the build quality of the MIGHTY is premium.
Holding the MIGHTY in your hands, you’ll see each and every part of is made with the utmost care.
Storz and Bickel didn't skimp on any parts of the MIGHTY. Even though this vaporizer is mostly plastic, every part that clicks and twists feels durable and well-designed.
Discreetness of design
The MIGHTY isn't discreet whatsoever. Of course, there's its big size. There's no way you'll be able to hide your MIGHTY anywhere. Even in your pocket, it will stick out like a sore thumb.
Then there's the mouthpiece that immediately gives away the fact that it's a device that delivers ‘something' to be inhaled. Anyone even a little bit in-the-know will immediately understand what the MIGHTY is.
Plus, it's a session vaporizer with a heat up time of 90-120 seconds. Quickly and discreetly getting in a few quick hits is impossible with the MIGHTY.
Size & weight
The MIGHTY really is large for a portable vaporizer.
With its dimensions of 5.5 x 3.2 x 1.2 inches (14.0 x 8.0 x 3.0 cm) and weight of 0.5 lbs (235 g), the MIGHTY can't be qualified as a pocket vape.
Even though it fits in most pockets, it won't feel comfortable with all the space it takes and its hefty weight.
If you’re going for those huge clouds that this monster is capable of, naturally, there’s going to be some smell involved.
It’s nothing out of the ordinary though and if you need to be discreet in terms of odor, just take smaller draws. You don’t always have to chase those clouds after all.
Battery life (9)
The MIGHTY operates on two (2) strong batteries and it can be used for 90 minutes straight without needing a recharge. This is way above the industry average, most portables go only as far as 60 minutes.
As you can see, big portable vaporizers do come with their benefits, and one big benefit of large portable vaporizers is their battery life.
If you're wondering what 90 minutes of continues mean for me:
I get 8-9 sessions per charge with around 15 draws per charge.
Edit: The MIGHTY has a ‘new’ model the MIGHTY Medic which has gotten an official medical certification just like the Volcano Medic. This means a governmental third party tested this vaporizer and decided it’s perfectly safe to use as a medical device.
Officially these are not the exact same vaporizers, but the differences are so small that this shoots the MIGHTY’s safety rating up from an 8 to a 10!
The heating element and air path
The MIGHTY Vaporizer is close to fully made of plastic, this includes the air path.
What can we say about the plastic used in the MIGHTY?
The plastic used in the MIGHTY gets advertised as 100% food-safe and heat-resistant.
Should you trust Storz and Bickel on their word?
The older (2014) models of the MIGHTY and CRAFTY do seem to have an issue with their design:
The plastic around the cooling unit can crack with prolonged use of your vaporizer. Whether this is because of improper molding or because of the heat weakening the plastic is uknown.
Either way, it could have safety implications. And even though the newer 2017 and 2018 models don't seem to have this issue, be very conscious of this part of your vaporizer. When you see any crack in your housing, it’s time to send your unit back and claim your warranty because cracked plastic can leak toxic chemicals.
The heating element, like with every Storz and Bickel vaporizer, is made of aluminum. Aluminum is fine in terms of safety, as long as it’s of a good enough quality (which I 100% trust it is).
Separation air path and electronics
The air path of the CRAFTY is fully separated from the electronics (this has been proven by taking it apart). And even though I didn't crack open a MIGHTY to scrutinize its internals, the MIGHTY is the bigger brother of the CRAFTY, so I’m pretty sure we can assume the MIGHTY's air path is separated from its electronics as well.
Besides Storz and Bickel is the only manufacturer which submits their vaporizers to safety regulatory institutions for approval and is the manufacturer of the only vaporizers with official medical certifications (the Volcano Vaporizer as well). Although it's always smart to be careful and treat every vaporizer on its own, I think it's safe to assume that Storz and Bickel knows how to design safe vaporizers.
In case you're wondering why you would want your vaporizer's air path separated from its electronics, read up on vaporizer safety.
Note: Doing online research, you might find a couple of reviews where the reviewer mentions the vapor having a plastic taste. We never experienced this, however, this does not mean these reviewers are not telling the truth. To minimize the chance on vapor tasting like plastic do the following BEFORE starting your first session (first as in the first time you ever use it):
- Fill the bowl with a tiny amount of herb;
- Set the temperature to the highest;
- Leave your MIGHTY on for 20 minutes;
- Take a couple of draws during these 20 minutes WITHOUT inhaling the vapor/air, just immediately blow it out after your draw.
This is where the MIGHTY outshines 95% of other portable vaporizers.
The MIGHTY together with its smaller brother the CRAFTY produce the most potent vapor you will ever get out of a portable vaporizer. Seriously the MIGHTY hits like a Boeing 747 and does it consistently, no matter what you throw in it or how you use it.
There are only a few vaporizers that hit harder, and all of them are premium quality desktop vaporizers that need access to a standard electrical outlet.
The biggest reason why the MIGHTY produces such powerful hits is related to its heating element. Storz and Bickel is known to manufacture extremely powerful heating elements. Literally, all of their vaporizers are true powerhouses that hit harder than vaporizers from most other brands.
Supposedly, another powerful mechanism at play with this vaporizer is the combination of conduction and convection heating. Although convection is the preferred heating mechanism for vaporizers from a vapor quality and efficiency-standpoint, according to Storz and Bickel “the conduction ensures that there is vapor created from the very first breath”…
And I can’t really argue with this since even the very first draws are really, really potent.
The flavor is very high quality. Not the absolute best but very pure, cool and smooth.
The conduction heating (even though it’s a small part) and the plastic air path probably are the biggest obstacles to letting the MIGHTY really be up there in terms of flavor with the Firefly 2 for example.
Also on the highest temperature settings, the cooling unit is not enough to take all the harshness away. So I would suggest some water filtration on the highest temperature settings (above 392°F / 200°C).
It gets better:
While the flavor of the vapor coming out of most portable vaporizers deteriorates half-way your session, the MIGHTY is extremely consistent both in producing great tasting flavor and potent vapor, all throughout my vaping session.
And the integrated cooling unit does really help to make the vapor smooth in the mid- to high-temperature ranges.
Convection / conduction ratio
Because the MIGHTY functions with a hybrid heating system (conduction combined with convection), its efficiency isn't as good as a full convection vaporizer.
Because conduction heating is not good for session-efficiency.
Also, its bowl is too large for proper micro-dosing. This means its threshold-efficiency is not great (the minimum amount of herb that's needed to produce potent vapor).
Even with the liquid pad to compress and fill up your bowl, the minimum amount you’ll need to produce decent vapor is 0,1 grams.
On the bright side:
Because the MIGHTY is so potent and consistent, this 0,1 grams WILL completely kick your ass.
Plus the integrated auto shut-off timer (of 1 minute) helps you conserve herb in case you forget to turn it off.
The big bowl makes it one of the better portable vaporizers to share with friends and also one of the better portable vapes for those long and intense sessions.
Ease of Use (9)
The MIGHTY Vaporizer truly is a ‘just turn it on vaporizer’ at the highest level.
There is zero (0) learning curve involved with this vaporizer. You just put your herb in the bowl, turn it on, wait 90-120 seconds and start drawing.
There are only 3 buttons: the power button, and two (2) temperature arrows. To help you conserve battery it even has an integrated auto shut-off function set at 1 minute.
It gets worse:
This auto shut-off sounds great on paper but the 1-minute timer is annoyingly short. To reset this timer click the temperature arrow buttons to reset the timer. DON’T click the power button to reset the auto shut-off timer because the power-button can't take too much abuse.
You will know when it turns off because it will clearly vibrate.
The only tip I would give for using the MIGHTY is to sip it instead of ripping it (draw slowly and controlled). This way you will keep the temperature in the herb chamber consistent at all times.
There's no draw resistance. The MIGHTY is extremely free-flowing. This is very rare with portable vaporizers, so it’s a great option for anyone who hates to use force when drawing.
Cleaning the MIGHTY is also easy. However, deep cleaning does take some time: 10 minutes.
Like with all vapes I would definitely recommend a short and sweet after-session clean-up:
Just quickly clean your bowl and the screen at the bottom of the bowl to prevent the air path getting blocked. Do this with a Q-Tip Cotton Swab and some ISO alcohol.
Do a deep cleaning session every 15-20 sessions to really keep your MIGHTY performing optimally. For the full cleaning tutorial scroll down till the end of the review.
Herbonaut's tip: ALWAYS use the included dosing capsules to vape your material, because using these significantly reduces the times you need to do a deep cleaning (you just clean or replace the dosing capsules).
Temperature Control (9)
The MIGHTY operates with an extremely precise temperature control system.
The temperature setting ranges from 104°F – 410°F (40°C – 210°C), and is adjustable in 1-degree increments.
The only problem I see is the temperature cap at 410°F (210°C). If you want to go as high as 446°F (230°C) for a super-strong body effect of your marijuana, you're out of luck with the MIGHTY.
The MIGHTY Vaporizer is a great choice for any true connoisseur. With the precise temperature control, you’ll be able to change your temperature in slight increments and taste the most subtle differences in flavor of your herb.
But even if you don't care about these sophisticated vaping techniques, it’s amazing to have such precise temperature control.
Let me explain:
The physical and psychoactive effects of marijuana (in layman’s terms: the ‘high’), are highly dependent on the temperature you use while vaping.
If you want full control over the effects of your marijuana, precise temperature control is an absolute must. And the MIGHTY provides you with this.
Also, keep in mind:
You will be more efficient with your herb with a precise temperature control system. Starting at the lower temperature ranges, then working your way up, is the most efficient way to vape your herb.
Its heat-up time is 90-120 seconds and you will know it’s ready when your unit vibrates. 90-120 seconds heat-up time is on the longer side and is one of the reasons why you can’t be quick and stealthy with the MIGHTY.
Reputation & Reliability (8)
Storz and Bickel is one of the most well-known vaporizer manufacturers. It’s a German company and they designed one of the most reliable vaporizers of all time: the Volcano. They definitely have a great reputation.
The MIGHTY has been around for 5+ years now (I updated this article in the beginning fo 2019).
In the safety paragraph, I already explained that with the older (2014) models the plastic around the cooling unit can crack with prolonged use of your vaporizer.
I’ve had for 3 years now and it still didn’t crack (and I use it often). In fact, the whole vaporizer is still in great shape. Apart from the battery working just a bit shorter (70-80 minutes, which is normal after 3-years of heavy use), it performs absolutely the same as when I got it.
On a side note:
The CRAFTY, the smaller brother of the MIGHTY, is a bit of a different story. The CRAFTY has a higher defect rate than the average vaporizer and definitely is not the best choice if you’re looking for a reliable daily driver.
Storz and Bickel does provide 2 years of warranty, which is on the short side but enough to replace any subpar unit (any faulty unit will die in less than 2 years). Their customer services department also has a decent reputation and they're known to be forthcoming and helpful in case you run into troubles with your MIGHTY (within the warranty period).
The MIGHTY Vaporizer truly lives up to its name. After 5+ years of its birth (it's 2019 at the time of this update), it still is the mightiest portable vaporizer. Together with its smaller brother the CRAFTY, high and MIGHTY it stands on the top of the vaporizer food-chain.
If you’re looking for a portable vaporizer and large, potent and tasty clouds of vapor are a top priority for you, there currently is no better choice than the MIGHTY or CRAFTY.
It’s also the ONLY portable vaporizer with an official medical license.
If stealth and discreetness are important to you rather go for the CRAFTY because the MIGHTY is too big to qualify as a pocket-vape. Otherwise, definitely go for the MIGHTY. You’ll have twice the battery power and it’s just a much more reliable device in general.
Its efficiency is above average, but not great.
It’s one of the most consistent portable vaporizers you’ll ever use. The flavor and potency don't deteriorate even towards the end of your session.
Using and cleaning the MIGHTY is extremely easy and convenient.
It is a pricey vape though and if you’re looking for a cheaper option which is almost as powerful as the MIGHTY (but worse in every other category), take a look at Boundless CFX or compare the MIGHTY to our other top-rated portable vaporizers.
Where to buy the MIGHTY Vaporizer:
Compare the MIGHTY to its biggest competitors:
Arizer Solo 2
|Size & Weight||5.5(h) x 3.2(w) x 1.2 inches(d) / 14.0 x 8.0 x 3.0 cm||4.5(h) x 1.7(w) x 1(d) inches / 11.4 x 4.3 x 2.5 cm||5(h) x 2.5(w) x 0.5(d) inches / 12.7 x 6.4 x 1.2 cm|
|Battery-Life||90 minutes or 9 sessions||150 minutes or 15 sessions||60 minutes or 5-6 sessions|
|Bowl-Capacity||0.3 grams||0.15 grams||0.3 grams|
|Heat-up Time||1-2 minutes||20-30 seconds||20-30 seconds|
|Ease of Use|
Tips and Tricks for the MIGHTY
How to grind your herb
- Use a fine grind. Go as fine as you can.
How to pack your bowl
- The new S&B dosing capsules work BEST for smaller amounts of herb;
- If you fill the bowl less than 80%, always use the liquid pad to compress your herb.
How to draw your vapor
- Draw slowly and controlled, to keep the temperature in the herb chamber consistent.
The best temperature for the MIGHTY Vaporizer
Here’s a general guideline:
- Up till 356°F(180°C): Best for flavor and very light, mostly mental medication;
- 356°F(180°C) – 392°F(200°C): Great flavor with great medication level, bodily effects will be more apparent;
- 392°F(200°C) and up: Best if you don’t have anything else to do that day, very strong level of medication, heavy bodily effects.
Realize that all of these effects are at least, if not more so dependent on the particular strain you’re vaping with.
If you want to dive deeper on vaping temperatures and how they affect your medication, read our full guide on the best temperature to vape weed.
How to reset the auto shut-off timer
- Use the temperature up and down arrows. Don’t mess with the power button. It’s the part that is most prone to breaking.
Stir your herbs
You don’t really need to stir with the MIGHTY. But if you’re obsessed with optimizing performance:
- After 6-8 draws stir the herb in your bowl. You will get maximum extraction this way.
Deep Cleaning Tutorial
What you’ll need for the big clean-up:
- Isopropyl Alcohol;
- Q-Tip Cotton Swabs;
- One (1) dry paper towel
- One (1) water-dampened paper towel;
- Stir tool (works best) or the included pick tool at the bottom of your MIGHTY;
- New normal screen (included with the MIGHTY);
- Potentially new seal rings (included with the MIGHTY).
The cleaning process of the bowl:
- Pick the old screen out of the bowl with your stir tool/pick tool;
- Hold your MIGHTY Vaporizer upside down and brush anything that’s in there out with the brush that comes with your vaporizer;
- Place a new screen at the bottom of the bowl;
- To clean/replace the seal ring that’s wrapped around the top of your bowl use the pick tool at the bottom of your MIGHTY to first get it off by getting the pick under the seal ring;
- Clean the seal ring with your dampened paper towel and put it back on.
The cleaning process of the top cooling unit:
- Unscrew the cooling unit off of your vaporizer;
- Separate the top piece of your cooling unit from the bottom to expose the inner parts;
- Take a Q-Tip Cotton Swab and dip it in your Isopropyl Alcohol;
- Start rubbing out the inner parts of your cooling unit;
- When you’re done take the water-dampened paper towel and rub out the inner parts once more;
- Pick off the two seal rings with the MIGHTY pick tool;
- Take a dry paper towel and dampen it in the Isopropyl Alcohol;
- Clean the seal rings with your Isopropyl Alcohol dampened paper towel
- Take the water-dampened paper towel and wipe your seal rings one more time
- And put them back on.
- Use the MIGHTY pick tool to push out the screen that’s found at the bottom of your cooling unit;
- Take a Q-Tip Cotton Swab and dip it in your Isopropyl Alcohol;
- Clean the hole that’s exposed by taking out the screen;
- Either clean your old screen or replace it with a new one (recommended) and use your MIGHTY pick tool to place your screen in proper way by snapping the edges;
This whole process will take a meager 10 minutes and a big cleaning session every 15-20 sessions is very modest!