The MIGHTY Vaporizer is one of the two (2) flagship portable vaporizers of the German vaporizer manufacturer: Storz and Bickel.
Although not truly a pocket-vape, it is a battery powered, cordless vaporizer.
Combining convection with conduction heating, this is what we call a ‘hybrid’ vaporizer.
Even though it’s not full convection…it is EXTREMELY powerful. This beast produces clouds which rival those of any desktop vaporizer!
Except for the heating element, it is fully made of high quality food-grade plastic which makes it durable and sturdy. But can scare off health-obsessed users (do realize that the MIGHTY is the ONLY portable vape with a medical license!).
Being the manufacturer of the most famous and most reliable vaporizer ever made: the Volcano Vaporizer, they definitely have an amazing reputation.
Did they live up to their reputation…?
Continue to find out.
Or go straight to the pros and cons and conclusion:
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The MIGHTY Vaporizer is a war machine…not only in its performance but also in the way it looks and feels.
Its heat resistant and food-safe plastic body makes this vaporizer look like a Russian tank…ready to blast you to the next life.
If you’re looking for a sophisticated and elegant vaporizer, don’t be looking at the MIGHTY…
…because the MIGHTY might get angry and look back…brutally overpowering you with immense clouds of delicious vapor.
It might not be an elegant vape…but the build quality of this beast of a vaporizer is absolutely great.
Holding the MIGHTY in your hands, you’ll see each and every part of is made with the utmost care.
The overall feeling of quality is very good.
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), unfortunately it cannot qualify as a pocket vape.
Unless you’re some kind of giant, this vaporizer will feel like a big burden in your pocket.
Discreetness of design
Besides it’s not very discreet and stealthy because of its shape and size (its design does kind of scream weed vaporizer).
Plus it really is 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.
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.
Its battery is large and goes for at least 90 minutes of continues use. This is way above the industry average, most portables go only as far as 60 minutes.
So if you don’t need to be discreet, it’s actually a great portable vaporizer. 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!
Heating element and air path
The MIGHTY Vaporizer is close to fully made of plastic.
This includes the air path…and plastic doesn’t really have great reputation in the safety department.
Here’s the deal:
The plastic used in the MIGHTY does get 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 not known.
Either way it could have safety implications, so be very conscious of this part of your vaporizer…
And when you see any crack in your housing, it’s time to send your unit back and claim your warranty.
The heating element, like with every Storz and Bickel vaporizer, is made of aluminium…which 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 since the MIGHTY is it its bigger brother I’m pretty sure we can assume the same.
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 vaporizer with official medical certifications (the Volcano Vaporizer)…so they probably know how to make a safe vaporizer.
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 first when you got 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.
Vapor Potency (10)
THE top dog!
The MIGHTY together with its smaller brother the CRAFTY produce the most potent vapor you will ever get out of a portable vaporizer. Seriously…this thing hits like a boeing 747 and does it CONSISTENTLY.
Cloud after cloud will be coming out of your unit…but not your regular clouds…
…they will be extremely dense, potent and tasty!
The biggest reason for such powerful hits, is its heating element. Storz and Bickel simply is known to manufacture extremely high quality heating elements. All of their vaporizers are true powerhouses.
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.
Vapor Flavor (9)
The flavor is very high quality. Not the absolute best but very good.
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:
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 is a hybrid (conduction combined with convection), its efficiency definitely takes a hit when you would compare it to a full convection vaporizer. Conduction heating is not good for session-efficiency.
Also its bowl is larger than of the most efficient portable vapes. This means its threshold-efficiency is not great (GREAT for sharing with friends or long sessions though!).
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.
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…
But is annoyingly on the short side (just click the temperature arrow buttons to reset the timer, DON’T click the power button to reset the timer).
At least you will know when it turns off because it will clearly vibrate.
The only tip I would give you while using it, 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 is zero (0) 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 sucking hard 😉
Maintenance / cleaning downtime
Cleaning the MIGHTY is also easy. However the 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.
Temperature Control (9)
While most portable vaporizers make use of an interval-based control system, Storz and Bickel decided to design the MIGHTY with an extremely precise temperature control system.
The temperature setting ranges from 104°F – 410°F (40°C – 210°C), and it’s 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…too bad!
The MIGHTY Vaporizer is a great choice for any true connoisseur. With the precise temperatutre control you’ll be able to taste and feel the most subtle differences in taste and effect.
But even if you’re a vaping brute, it’s amazing to have such a 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 and Reliability (8.5)
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 in the world: the Volcano. So they definitely do have a great reputation.
How did they live up to their reputation though?
The MIGHTY is still a relatively new vaporizer. It has only been out since the end of 2014, that’s one and a half years at the time of this review.
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 mine for a little over a year now and it didn’t crack. It’s still in great shape. Apart from the battery working just a tiny bit shorter (which is normal after a year of heavy use), it performs absolutely the same as when I got it.
On a sidenote:
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).
It gets better:
They do have decent customer service.
The MIGHTY Vaporizer truly lives up to its name. Together with its smaller brother the CRAFTY, high and MIGHTY it stands on the top of the vapor quality mountain.
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 POWERFUL and CONSISTENT portable vaporizers you’ll ever use. The flavor and potency do not deteriorate even towards the end of your session.
And using and cleaning the MIGHTY is extremely easy and convenient. Really…even a monkey could use it.
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.
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Mighty Vaporizer Tips and Tricks
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.
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 your 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) with 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 you 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 damp 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!