June 28, 2018. Hard to believe the Mighty is STILL the best weed vape on the market. There are a few vapes more powerful, and a few vapes with better vapor, and several similar vapes with a smaller carry – but the Mighty still reigns supreme as the king. (Now available for $350 with a bunch of freebies too!)
The Mighty is a portable vaporizer made by Storz & Bickel – the same company who makes the famed and absolutely fabulous Volcano vaporizer. It came out in October, 2014, but it is STILL one of the absolute best portable cannabis vaporizers on the market.
What’s in the box
The Mighty vaporizer comes with an AC power adapter/charger, a liquid/concentrate pad, 3 extra screens, a cleaning brush, a two piece plastic grinder, a filling funnel contraption, a set of spare o-rings, and of course… instructions.
Some reviewers have claimed that it comes with TWO grinders. Perhaps they just didn’t actually LOOK at the stuff. The ‘filling aid’ as they call it, looks similar to the grinder.
How the Mighty Vaporizer Works
The Mighty is powered by two enclosed (not user replaceable) lithium-ion batteries. It uses convection heating with a bit of conduction. This means it’s not heating up (and wasting) your cannabis until you inhale through the mouthpiece. Temperature settings are displayed on the bright and beautiful LCD display, along with current battery status.
Mighty Build Quality
The body of the vaporizer is rugged plastic. It almost feels like a tactical flashlight or something. It’s solid and heavy, but it’s still plastic. With constant usage, certain areas of the vaporizer may become slightly more fragile than the rest – but reports of significant damage are still infrequent.
The mouthpiece and the vapor path is plastic too, which is disappointing by 2016 standards. Despite this, the vapor doesn’t have any plastic taste or smell.
The two batteries will provide power for about 10-12 sessions, depending on how hot and hard you vape.
How to use the Mighty Vaporizer
Pop the top off and pack the chamber with your favorite herbs. The herb chamber of the Mighty is wide and shallow, holding .15 grams of your favorite greens with a semi-loose pack. The nice thing about the Mighty is it works really well no matter how course or fine you grind, as well as how full or empty the chamber is. Finer grinds will produce more dense clouds, but will taste bitter towards the end. Courser grinds will be more consistent throughout the session. The herb chamber is wide enough to pinch and fill with your fingers, unless you have banana hands.
The filling aid is neat, it latches onto the chamber (with the top/cooling unit removed) and allows you to shimmy and shake the herb into the bowl without actually touching it. It does a nice job of filling the chamber evenly without overpacking it. The filling tool itself can also store your already ground material, which is pretty handy. It seemed gimmicky at first, but it comes in really handy when you want to fill without spill.
Turn the unit on by holding the power button (on the side) for a couple seconds. The unit will immediately begin heating to the set temperature. The Mighty has built in memory to save your previously used temperature setting. Temperature is adjusted via the easy to use UP and DOWN arrow buttons next to the LCD screen.
With normal cannabis vaping temps, the heating time of the Mighty vaporizer is 1.5 to 2 minutes. When the desired temperature is achieved, the Mighty will vibrate to let you know. The Mighty was one of the first, if not the first, to have this feature.
Mighty Vapor Quality
This is really where the Mighty shines. It’s pure convection heating produces some of the best vapor possible, even rivaling many desktop units. It does a great job at low temps, as well as higher temps, although it performs best if you start at lower temps rather than jumping right in to the higher temps. The vapor path is short, but the cooling unit still manages to cool the vapor a bit.
If you’re a strain connoisseur, or you really want to taste your strains and the varieties of terpenes, you’ll need to take slower pulls and use lower temps. Most strains taste similar above 380 in the Mighty, at least after the first 45 seconds.
Upkeep, Cleaning & Maintenance
With daily use, a quick brushing of ABV from the chamber and screens IMMEDIATELY after each use is highly recommended. Get it wiped out while its still hot, otherwise it becomes harder to clean. About every week or two of daily use, you’ll need to do a deeper cleaning. The cooling unit comes apart and is relatively easy to clean – but it can be a bit cumbersome if you don’t know the shortcuts. There’s a few different rubber ring seals to deal with, as well as the screens. When deep cleaning, you’ll be dealing with a minimum of 4 parts, 7 if you remove the o-rings to clean them. As always, iso alcohol will come in handy – along with Q tips, paper towels, and for this unit – bendable pipe cleaners and an ISO container large enough to give the cooling unit a quick.
What I like about the Mighty
– mostly convection, for maximum efficiency. .1g of cannabis can go a long way
– looks awesome, feels awesome
– plenty of battery life
– can be used WHILE charging
– digital temp display
– herb chamber wide enough to load with fingers
– quick and easy reload/repack
– 2 year warranty
What I do NOT like about the Mighty
– plastic mouthpiece and vapor path
– batteries aren’t user replaceable
– the base of the unit isn’t flat, so it barely stands up on its own on a perfectly flat surface
– the unit turns OFF after 2 minutes unless you press a button or draw hard enough to make the chamber temperature drop. This is only a problem if you take long breaks between pulls.
The Mighty is a great vape with amazing vapor quality. It’s a bit on the BIG side, so it may not be a perfect pocket portable for everyone. But, I actually like the size. It’s great for passing around. I use mine mostly on the couch in the family room – where a desktop vaporizer wouldn’t be acceptable. I already carry a giant Note 4, the Mighty is fine in my pocket. The battery life is really really good. If the unit had a flat base and a glass mouthpiece, it would likely be the best vape ever. It’s priced at $400, but keep in mind it performs similar to desktop vaporizers in the same price range.
Where to buy the Mighty
NOT AT YOUR DISPENSARY! And NOT EBAY or Craigslist either. The Mighty vaporizer has been cloned by Chinese counterfitters. These units look very much like the real thing, including the packaging and accessories. However they do NOT perform, and the materials used inside are certainly not held to the same standard that Storz & Bickel uses. Any money you save buying a fake could turn into an expensive medical bill after years of inhaling Chinese leaded plastic fumes 😛
Buy your Mighty from a trusted retailer, like PuffItUp.com
They have the cheapest price, their customer service is fantastic, and they include a free 2.25″ 4-piece metal grinder. Tell Randy we sent you and you might even get a virtual high-five or something.
You can also purchase directly from Storz & Bickel.