I was given the Storz and Bickel Mighty vaporizer last week to test out for the first time. If you’re not familiar with the Mighty, you may recognize the Storz and Bickel name from their groundbreaking vaporizer, the Volcano. The Mighty is a portable vape priced at about $350 (available here), and it packs a subtly powerful punch.
This vaporizer uses a patented technology that combines full hot air convection heating with additional conduction, providing a smooth and efficient hit each time. And while it may look like a cell phone straight out of the ‘90s, I promise it’s functionality is nothing short of its given name.
How To Use The Mighty
Assembling the Mighty was as simple as taking it out of the box because the unit already comes together in one piece. I had to sift through the extra grinder, loading tool, and cleaning brush provided, but these were welcome additions. Also provided was a bag filled with extra parts including extra screens and a pod for concentrates.
Mine was charged upon receiving it, but you may need to plug a new one in first. The charger is a basic wall accessory that will charge the vaporizer fully in just a couple hours.
Let me circle back to the loading tool. This thing is super cool and I mistook it as a second grinder originally because it is extremely similar. You can attach it to the vape and load your bud directly through it, even attaching the grinder to directly dump your freshly ground herb into the chamber without making any mess.
There’s also a built-in tool located at the bottom that you can pull out and use to poke your herb with. Between the loading tool and the little poker, the Mighty definitely sets users up for a clean and successful session. I loaded it with a medium amount of ground herb and didn’t even make a mess!
It only takes a minute or two to heat up to the desired temperature at first, which isn’t super fast but is by no means a slow heat-up.
High Experience - 10/10
I am no vape connoisseur, so I opted to use a lower-THC, higher-CBD flower. The Mighty comes with pods to add concentrates to, but I did not have any so my review is solely on the Mighty with dry herbs. We'll probably update the review after we've tried some concentrates in it.
I tried a few different temperatures and found that I liked it around the 200-degree mark. This didn’t produce big clouds, but it did produce an extremely clean, pleasant taste. I kept questioning if it was working because I wasn’t seeing much in terms of vapor, but then I’d get hit by the taste and know it was working.
As I moved higher up the temperature scale, it remained pleasant to hit and continued to taste good. I love any vaporizer that does not feel like I’m inhaling anything into my lungs, and I can say with certainty the Mighty fit this criterion.
Even though I just spent most of my time using it around the 200-degree zone, this device is very capable of producing big clouds as it is pretty monstrous.
My favorite part about using the Mighty is the consistency. Nothing about the potency or taste changes as you use it, even if it’s been on for a while. It's refreshing not to have the taste and smell of burned popcorn when you near the end of the bowl.
Look and Design - 2.5/5
There are so many things I could say about the look and design of this vaporizer. Walkie Talkie? Breathalyzer? Auto part? Tiny heater? It looks like so many fun things, just not a vaporizer. Or better, not a vaporizer I’d want to show off.
I feel bad calling the Mighty ugly, but it is mighty ugly. It’s chunky, it’s big, and it looks very mechanical (even though it was easy to set up and use.) Sure, it’s technically a portable vaporizer, but it wouldn’t fit in any of my pockets. It also lacks discreetness, something many people look for when buying a vape.
As far as the actual act of hitting the Mighty went, I wasn’t a huge fan of the mouthpiece. Something about spinning that straw-like attachment around to my mouth felt, and looked odd. The vapor came out of the mouthpiece just wonderfully, so it didn’t impede the experience too much, but I was not a fan of using the mouthpiece and neither were the people I shared it with.
It’s not sleek. It’s not elegant.
Build Quality 4.4/5
What it lacks in appearance it definitely makes up when it comes to quality. It’s powerful, rugged, and utilizes resistant plastic that makes it a tough and, well, mighty vaporizer.
It was clearly designed with intention and care, as a closer look reveals great craftsmanship. The pieces are all intuitive and strong, even the parts that have to be twisted off to load or pulled out to clean.
The only thing that makes me nervous about the Mighty’s build is the mouthpiece. It’s a small straw-like piece of plastic that looks much less durable than the rest of the device. While it is strong and intact, I imagine the mouthpiece being out and hitting a hard object or dropping, only to have it pop off and render the whole thing unusable.
It must be a common problem that consumers have because Storz & Bickel sells replacement mouthpieces in a 4-pack for just over $10. I'd recommend buying that when you buy your Mighty and saving it for a rainy day.
Maintenance - 5/5
As I said before, the Mighty has you covered as far as setting users up for a successful session. A grinder for your bud (its a plastic grinder though, so maybe use it as a last resort), a loading device, a poking tool, and a cleaning tool all make it easy to keep it in good shape and boost its life expectancy.
The whole vaporizer comes in one piece and you don’t have to do much to get it going or maintain it, other than clean it out. The battery life is pretty good, as it can typically last between 90 minutes and two hours before needing a charge.
I also appreciate that it comes with a 24-month warranty, which can provide peace of mind to anyone nervous about dropping the money on this vaporizer.
Overall Rating - 4.5/5
For those looking to vape on-the-go, this is not the right product. It’s bulky, it’s not discreet, and it is downright ugly. It doesn’t produce a strong smell, but anyone will know what you’re hauling around as soon as they see the mouthpiece. Its mobility is probably most useful for walking from room to room in your house, not walking to the mall.
But I still love this vaporizer solely for what it does: vaporize efficiently. It feels good, it tastes good, and it is very durable. I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to vape at home without having to go through the trouble of setting up a table-top vaporizer. Very few vaporizers I’ve used have provided such a smooth and desirable hit like the Mighty.
The Mighty truly is mighty, and a medical patient or someone who wants consistent and heavy doses would benefit from using this device at home.
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