We recently got our hands on a Mighty Plus to give this small but mighty vape our thorough review. Here’s what we thought.
What Storz & Bickel changed from Mighty to Mighty+
Compared to the previous version, the Mighty Plus features a few new features, improving on its past successes.
It Can (Sort of) Stand on its Own
You might laugh at this one, but one of the most frustrating things about the original Mighty was that it couldn’t stand on its own due to the contoured base. You were required to purchase a base for the vape. Storz & Bickel added little feet to the bottom of the Mighty Plus to help you load it, but for some reason, the feet in the front are longer than the feet in the back.
However, the little orange packing tool that they include, which stows away in the bottom of the device, can be pulled out a little bit to act as a kickstand, allowing you to pack it while it’s standing on your desk.
The Battery is Better
New and improved with the Mighty Plus is a more efficient battery. You can use the vape while it’s charging (via a feature known as pass-through charging). The battery life is definitely better than the Mighty, but it also charges faster (about an hour to full charge). While it’s hard to gauge the battery life for a vape since everyone uses it differently, you can definitely get the claimed 60-90 minutes of battery life out of it, depending how you use it. Vaping at lower temps seems to make the battery last longer, too (makes sense, right?) and if you’re using it for shorter seshes, too.
Oh — and Storz & Bickel have embraced USB-C — which for some might be annoying but for me is a godsend, since I find myself having way more USB-C chargers laying around these days for my phone, as opposed to Micro-USBs.
It’s Been CE Certified
CE certification is the European equivalent of UL Certification. I had never really thought too much about CE Certification until I thought about it — it’s kinda crazy that we’ve been using non-certified, non-tested, lithium-ion battery-powered devices near our faces. You hear stories about vapes exploding but you never think it’ll happen to you. In any case, having CE Certification is a big step forward for the industry as it just adds additional legitimacy to these vapes, and a little bit of a peace of mind for homeowners, parents, people who like their things to not explode, etc.
How Well Does it Actually Function?
So, how does the Mighty Plus actually work? Pretty dang well, if you ask me. Overall this thing is still one of the best vapes on the market, and while for the purposes of this review I’m going to nitpick some areas it could be improved, it’s a well-designed and powerful vape that won’t disappoint.
Somewhat Slow to Heat Up
Some people do express frustrations around how slow it is to heat up, but I don’t really think it’s an issue. Of course, compared to a 510 pen which you can basically just start sucking on and take a hit, it will be slow. But personally I think if you’ve set the temperature to 180C, taking 60 seconds to from ~20C to 180C is perfectly reasonable. The swoopy fins all over the device aren’t just a neato design, it keeps the whole thing cool to the touch by wicking off the excess heat from the batteries and heating chamber.
Extremely Customizable Temperatures
If you’re what I like to call a “Terp-Nerd,” someone that likes to vape at specific temperatures for the effects from specific terpenes based on their boiling points, then this is a great Vape for you. The other variable temp vape I use is a Pax 3 and while there are four temperature options, modifying them requires a phone app I just don’t have the time or energy for. So, having the ability to quickly tap the + or – buttons to modify the temperature on the Mighty Plus, will be a feature loved by many.
Not Too Large, Not Too Small
The size of the Mighty Plus doesn’t bother me much, but I could see how some might find it too large. It fits relatively comfortable inside my hands, and I don’t know if it’s the look or because of the shape of it, it feel somewhat like I’m using a grip-strength trainer.
A Few Places it Could Break
Overall the Mighty Plus is sturdy and droppable — an important characteristic for my possessions — and while I haven’t had any issues yet, there are a couple areas that worry me that they could. The first is the little tab on the lid that stops it from rotating. It’s a small tab of plastic that I could see breaking or shearing off with the right force. The other bit that might be at risk of breaking is that orange packing tool that is also used to keep it standing upright. Otherwise, the unit is pretty solid overall!
The chamber could be bigger, I guess?
The ceramic heating chamber is only about a 1/2″ deep and 3/4″ in diameter, so you don’t fit a ton of herb into it. For me, personally, it’s plenty. But this is an area I could see some folks preferring more capacity. Storz & Bickel also makes a sold-separately basket that you can use to vape concentrates, but I have only used dry herb in it so far. I assume it’d be a nightmare to clean, but, what do I know?
This thing cranks!
So how does it actually smoke? This thing rips, man! I was fairly skeptical about the “cooling” mechanism, which is the top lid of the vape, but the vapor is very, very cool to inhale. Again, my reference point for this is my
What’s in the box?
- The vape itself
- 1x USB-C cable (but not a charging brick)
- 3x normal screens
- 3x fine screens (not personally sure why we’d want different sized screens)
- 3x base seal rings (the gaskets that are in place under the mesh screen in the compartment)
- 1 dosing capsule (used to pre-pack some herb)
- 1 cleaning brush (you’ll need some solvent or isopropyl)
- The instructions (because clearly mine are not sufficient)
Overall, due to the the Mighty Plus has become my go-to portable dry herb vape. It’s got the right balance of portability, capacity and durability to make it a perfect everyday driver, so to speak. The battery life is great, the variable temperatures make it easy to adjust for a desired effect, and it delivers a super cool hit.