New Reviews: Crafty Vaporizer And The Crafty Power Bank

Two new reviews on our website and only one of them is a vaporizer! The vaporizer review is for the Crafty, a portable from the Volcano vaporizer company, Storz & Bickel. The other review is of a vaporizer accessory, which in this case is actually an accessory designed for the Crafty but it also works with other USB-compatible devices like cell phones and the like. What is it? It’s the Crafty’s “Power Bank,” a portable charging station that triples the amount of time you get out of the Crafty before its battery dies. This is a big deal. Why? Because the Crafty’s battery only lasts 45 minutes (roughly). That might be long enough for some, but when we’re sharing, which we do often, it’s not enough juice to make it through the long sessions we like to put on our vapes. Subsequently, the Power Bank is a must-have accessory. You need this thing. It owns. But more on that in a bit because right now we want to tell you about the vape that it’s designed to support, the Crafty.

Storz & Bickel Crafty
You guessed it, this is a the Crafty by Germany’s Storz & Bickel. And yes that is the same German vape manufacturer that makes the Volcano, Plenty, and Mighty. The lid you see with the mouthpiece sticking out of it goes on the top of the vape and actually cools the vapor as it makes it way to you. Awesome little vape. Be sure to check out our full-length Crafty review on our website at VaporizerShark.com if you want to know more about this pocket-friendly little vape and its powerful heating element. This is one vape that does not disappoint!

Crafty Vaporizer Information

What really sets this vape apart from most other portable vapes we’ve tested is its crazily powerful vapor production. This thing is straight fire in that regard. By which we mean: it’s amazing. We couldn’t believe it the first time we used it – here it was, a portable vaporizer that worked better than a lot of the plugins out there. Pretty much the only thing it’s missing are built-in digital temperature controls, but that’s something that the Mighty has, which is the other Storz & Bickel portable that’s out right now – so the Crafty really doesn’t need them and it more than makes do with its app. The app, if you didn’t know, allows you to customize its temperature settings, among many other things. Without it, you’re actually stuck using the two default temperatures programmed into it when you get it. But that’s actually good enough, although we personally prefer to customize our temps to our liking. This is the only real downside to not using the app – not having the ability to adjust the temperature. Which, if you don’t use it, is a total bummer because it actually has a really wide temperature range that you can select from. For those that don’t use it, be it that they have no device compatible with the app or just don’t care to, this leaves two temperature settings to choose from, which, as we mentioned, are actually good enough. You basically have a solid vaping temperature on the default setting, which is surprisingly low but unlike with quite a few other vapes, this one works well on low temps so it doesn’t matter that the stock setting is low because it works and it works well. Need a bit more heat? How about a lot more? Hit the boost button and jack up the heat. Simple as that. Those are the two settings. We have all the exact temperature information in our Crafty review on our site. So check that out if you want the specifics of what the temp range is and what the default temp settings are for this vape. Obviously, that (our review) is also where you’ll find out exactly what we think about this vape and how well it stacks up against its competitors, the latter part thanks to the Crafty vaporizer comparison section we included in our review. That’s something that we always include in our reviews – a comparison section.

What else does the Crafty have going for it? A lot. Seriously. For instance, it can handle anything you can throw at it. It’s able to do this (support all blend types) thanks to this little insert that it comes with, the same insert that all of the Storz and Bickel vapes use to vaporize blends other than dry. And what is this little insert called? It’s called the Liquid Pad and what you do is you drop it in the oven and then add your concentrated blend to it, be it liquid, wax, or whatever, and then you vape it as you normally would. We’ve found that higher temperatures work better with these types of blends and also, when vaping them, we’ve noticed that they don’t tend to release vapor immediately as they need to heat up a little first. So if you’re vaping extracts, take a puff to get things going, and then take a nice long slow draw to really get a good hit once it’s heated up. Otherwise, without this little insert, it’s just a really good dry blend portable vape. But because of its little Liquid Pad, it’s a lot more than that – it’s an everything vape. Vape it all.

Heat up time with this portable isn’t the best we’ve seen. Subsequently, we really appreciate the fact that it vibrates to let you know that it’s ready, which is feature that you can turn off and on via the app. What happens is, you turn it on and it starts to heat up, but you stop paying attention because it’s not as quick as one might hope. Next thing you know, it vibrates. As we usually have it a pocket or resting on a flat surface, we either feel it as it shakes or hear it as it rattles. While this feature wouldn’t make a lot of sense for the Firefly 2 due to the fact that it heats up almost instantly, it makes a lot of sense for the Crafty and its much longer (comparatively) heat up time.

How It Works

This is one vape that requires no training to use. It’s so straight forward, we were able to figure out how to vape with it without even looking at the instructions. Admittedly though, to get the most out of it, we did take a look at the usage manual it comes with. This allowed us to make the most of it. Now while we could sit here and tell you how to use, TVape has already put together a video tutorial which they’ve shared on their YouTube channel – so we’re just going to drop that below and let you take a look if you care to know more about how this vape works.

Power Bank Information

Now we’re on to the next segment, which is the part where we tell you all about this handy little portable power supply that is the Crafty Power Bank. This pocket-sized battery pack that extends the usage time on the Crafty by an additional 90 minutes is powered by a 6600mAh lithium-ion battery. Any USB compatible devices can be plugged into it, which means you can charge a lot more than your vape with it. In fact, you can even charge other vapes with it, assuming that they use USB to charge. It has a 5V 1A and 2.1A output and a 5V 1A input. Also, when it comes time to charge the battery pack, you can actually plug it into your laptop or what have you to charge. It’s like the circle of life, only the circle of electronic life. Maybe that doesn’t make any sense. But our point here is that the Power Bank works with a lot of devices, giving you that much more of a reason to carry it around with you. For Crafty users, we highly recommend it. To learn more about it, you can take a look at the review we put together for it on our website. And while you’re there, don’t forget to take a look at our other fresh reviews, reviews for vapes like the somewhat new Hydrology 9 – the portable vaporizer with the built-in liquid filter that you must have heard of by now. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re definitely going to want to take a look because it is one sweet looking vape.

Power Bank For Crafty Vaporizer
This portable battery designed with the Crafty in mind can be used to extend its vape time by 90 minutes, which is tantamount to tripling the amount of time you can use it before recharging it. This is one accessory that all Crafty owners should seriously consider using because it really does make a world of difference if you feel as if it just doesn’t have enough juice in its single lithium-ion battery.

That’s all for now. We hope you enjoyed reading this little update and if you’re interested, be sure to follow us for more vape related content because that’s what we’re all about. Vape all day. Stay cool friends. Until next time!

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Examining Our Work On Behance, A Vape Tech Portfolio

Combining vaporizers and web technology is no easy task, which is why we’ve spent countless hours hunched over our keyboards making it happen. The end result? Our website, this blog, and our other sites and online profiles – all about vapes, all created using modern technology. We wanted to showcase some of this work that we’ve done in the digital space to share our thoughts on vapes and vaping in general so we slapped together a portfolio on Behance that we’re taking a moment here on our blog to tell you about.

The first thing we shared on our Behance portfolio was our homepage. We snapped a screen shot of our website’s homepage and uploaded it to Behance along with a description and explanation. We described what it was we were showing the community: a vaporizer website making use of a lot of white space to place emphasis on the site’s content itself. We also explained why we went with the design, which we just mentioned in part – to place the focus of visitors on our site’s content and not on its design. Why? Because in the end, our goal is to share very specific information and we want our readers engaged with what we’ve shared with them. So instead of distracting our visitors with a flashy website design, we went with flashy content and a simple design. This way, the content — our images, videos, articles, etc — is what pops out, not the design.

While we didn’t show the entire homepage of our site in the screen shot we uploaded and shared, we did capture the top segment which shows the featured slider, the floating top bar, and more. This still leaves something to the viewer’s imagination, but for those who want to see more, there’s obviously always the option of visiting our site to see what it looks like. But we made a mistake when we shared this, we didn’t realize we were showing the HTTP version (non-SSL) of our site instead of the HTTPS (SSL secured) version of our site. This really doesn’t make a difference but we do want people to realize that our site uses SSL to encrypt data, making it that much more secure than those that don’t. This isn’t necessary for sites like ours because we’re not transferring any important information but we wanted to make a point to keep the security and privacy of our visitors in mind when we put our site together so we opted for SSL. But enough of all that, here’s a screen shot of the project as seen on Behance where we shared it:

VaporizerShark.com on Behance
Here you can see the project we shared on Behance. The project obviously being our website at VaporizerShark.com and for this particular part of our Behance portfolio what we have here is our homepage. Below the screenshot of our homepage you can see a bit of what we wrote on Behance to describe it.
VaporizerShark.com Menu
This is the same screen shot of the VaporizerShark.com menu we uploaded to Behance to share on our portfolio page. As you can see, it’s simple yet effective – just the way we wanted it.

The next part of our project we shared on our Behance portfolio was the site’s popup menu. This isn’t really anything special, just a clean, simple menu that’s cross-platform compatible. It’s functional and it looks good. Or at least, that’s our take on it. We included in this menu some links to the different sections of our site like the vaporizer reviews section, the portable vaporizer reviews, and so on. There are also links to sections of our site that are pretty standard today such as a link to our about page, contact page, privacy policy, and all that. There’s also a little widget that shows our top rated vape products (those which we bestowed upon our highest ratings). We say “vape products” because it’s actually a mix of both vaporizers as well as vaporizer accessories. Basically, all of the main sections of the site are contained within this pop-out menu and that’s what we wanted to showcase: our simple but effective menu. As of the time we wrote this blog post, our menu had received one thumbs up on Behance, which is similar to a “like” on Facebook. Yay, go us! Team Vaporizer Shark for the win!

Also, as you can see in the screen shot of the menu to the right, we also have links to the vape news and vape guides sections of the site. We wanted to mention those because between those two and the vape reviews section, that’s basically what our site is all about. Those are the three main categories that all of our site’s content falls into. Obviously, the site is 100% about vaping, which is exactly what we intended from the start.

Then there’s the third piece of the puzzle that we shared, which is actually our Pax 1 vaporizer review page. We wanted to not only share one of the meaty pages of our site, but also one that had a original photograph taken by us. In this case, it’s a photo of the original Pax. In the screen shot we shared of the page, you can see the way that by using a lot of white and grey, we’re able to highlight things by simply making them black. We add more emphasis by making the items bold, as is the case with a lot of the links on our site and the social sharing icons that float to the side of each page. We also noted in our description of the screen shot that the social buttons actually move to right below the image and right before the text of the article when these types of pages of our site are viewed on mobile devices. You can see the screen shot of what we’re talking about below.

Pax 1 Vape Review On VaporizerShark.com
This screen shot shows the Pax 1 review on our website, VaporizerShark.com

Currently, it is this glimpse of our Pax review that has received the most thumbs up on Behance, as it raked in a total of 3 thumbs up at the time we wrote this. While not super impressive, we’re happy because the ratio of views to likes is really good. In this case, out of 5 views, it received 3 likes. So most of the people that have seen have liked it. We like it too so that makes us happy! Yay, happy Vaporizer Shark!

And then there’s the last thing that we shared: the speed review part of our reviews. We wanted to showcase this because we’re actually really proud of what we’ve managed to do, which is to make it easy for our visitors to quickly see what it is exactly that we think about a vape without having to read too deep into it. We did this to save time for those who are lazy and for those who just don’t have the time to read our entire reviews because, we get it, they’re long. But for those who do want the whole picture and not just some quick summary, there’s always the option of reading everything we have to say. But this speed review makes it easy to get in and get out with the information you’re after. And we make a point to place these review summaries near the top of each review so there’s no scrolling to find it – it’s right there in front of you. Everything you want to know all in one place. Making information accessible and easy to access are two different things, but in this case, we handle both sides of that equation with grace and elegance (or so we like to think). You can see the way this looks by taking a look at the screen shot below – it’s the same one that we shared on our portfolio.

Speed Review On VaporizerShark.com
This is the speed review on VaporizerShark.com that corresponds with the site’s DaVinci IQ review.

That sums up this post. It might not seem like much, but this is what we’ve managed to create as far as our vaporizer website is concerned. If you ask us, we’ve done an excellent job! But the real question is, what do you think?

Adobe’s Behance Is Crazy Slow, But We Now Have An Account

There’s this website out there called Behance where you can share your media-based projects, be it illustrations, graphics, videos, or what have you. In our case, we wanted to share the totality of our work – our website. So we made an account and soon after realized that their website, at least the parts we’re trying to access, are unbelievably slow to respond. We’re talking minutes of trying to load a page. We wanted to browse through the projects that others have shared but after staring at the same project page for what seemed like 10 minutes, waiting for the illustrations to load, we gave up. How could it be this slow? We refreshed. Same thing. So we went to a different part of the site, the part where we can upload our own work and when we got there we found the same thing: minutes of loading, still not completely loaded. Will it ever load? We wondered so we went over to our favorite search engine and queried it. We found some listings on the Adobe forum with similar complaints about the slowness of the site. They start years ago and carry into the present. An ongoing problem? Seems it. Persistent through years. But we imagine that not all users are experiencing such issues, just some. Otherwise, surely, or so we’d like to imagine, something would have been done by now to resolve it. The strange thing is that sometimes pages of the site load quick for us and other times, basically the opposite.

But for now, we do have a profile on there. Which we actually didn’t seem to have any trouble creating. It was only after we’d created our profile that the troubles began. Either way, we have an account and a profile that corresponds with it. We managed to once again secure our name, Vaporizer Shark, so you can find us at Behance.net/VaporizerShark or just search for us on there by name if you already have an account and find that easier for whatever reason.

After what was definitely a matter of minutes (not hours, but still quite the wait), the “Create Project” section of the site loaded for us so we’re going to jump back in there and try to upload our work and see what happens. If we do manage to get our work shared, we’ll be sure to post an update here on our blog in some fashion to let you all know about it so you can head on over to check it out and give us a big thumbs up if you like what you see.

Update: The Behance website suddenly began working for us – loading at speeds we consider to be normal. Subsequently, we’ve managed to add one of our projects, which we’ll tell you more about in our next post, so stay tuned!

Reddit And The DaVinci IQ

The DaVinci IQ Vaporizer In Silver Color
This is the silver version of the DaVinci IQ portable vaporizer. You can click this image to see our complete DaVinci IQ review on our website.

While we ourselves are reviewers of vapes (and knowledgeable ones at that), we couldn’t help but find ourselves curious as to what the Reddit community had to say about the latest portable from DaVinci Vaporizers, the IQ. Mind you, this is a vape that we like and have our thoughts on, which we’ve detailed in our review, but still, we found ourselves wondering what the Redditors had to say about it. And thanks to the way the Reddit website is setup, this was by no means an impossible task so we headed over to the Vaporents section of the site, which is where all the vapers get together to talk vapes, and we started combing through their comments to see what they had to say. While we can’t say that we read through everything and analyzed it all, the sampling that we did examine left a clear impression upon us: some appreciate it, some do not. But how could this be? How is it that some customers found themselves ecstatic with their new vape while others were, based on their statements on Reddit, thoroughly displeased with both the vape itself and the company’s customer service? This is a question that we then dug deeper to answer and that answer, along with the rest of our findings, can be found on our site.

DaVinci IQ Information

While we’re not going to spill all the beans here, leaving you with a reason to take a look at the analysis we shared on our site, we will tell you a bit about this vape in case you’re unfamiliar. It’s called the “IQ” and it’s made by one of our favorite vaporizer manufacturers, at least as far as portables go given that they don’t even make any desktop units at this time, the DaVinci Vaporizer company. These guys, a Las Vegas based outfit, really know what they’re doing when it comes to designing and manufacturing portable vaporizers. You look at what they’re doing as of late and it’s extremely impressive. They’re taking into account that component materials matter and depending upon where they’re located in the vape and what they do, the material they’re constructed from can be incredibly important. Take, for instance, the vapor path. We and just about everyone else that knows what’s good wants the material that the vapor path is constructed from to be as inert as possible and that’s at least one of the reasons why DaVinci decided to design their last portable, the Ascent, with a 100% glass vapor path that is glass all the way from the bowl/oven clear through to the mouthpiece. All glass, all the way. But then they got to thinking, or so we assume, that they could really one-up themselves and use something like glass, only stronger. In steps ceramic zirconia, a material that’s inert like glass, only much-much stronger. So it has the same quality that glass is often used for in smoking and vaping, only it’s a whole lot more durable. And this is just one example of DaVinci’s keen eye for detail and their proactive take on improving vaporizer technology one vape at a time.

The intelligent decisions made in the selection of materials aside, the DaVinci designers certainly have some tricks up their sleeves and when it comes to the IQ, there’s quite a few. In this case, we’re looking at a vape that’s definitely with the times as it not only has some of the most advanced digital temperature controls we’ve ever seen, it also has an app. Back to those temperature controls we just mentioned, there’s a feature that we always have to point out because we’ve basically fallen madly in love with it and that’s the boost mode. When you hit it, the heating element just kicks into full gear and starts heating up like it has nothing better to do than to prove how aggressively it can heat up. This is a feature that we often use near the end of our sessions to squeeze out whatever remains of our blend before we dump the leftovers in a container for reuse. If you don’t know what we’re talking about when we say that we make a point to save our leftovers for reuse, you’ll want to take a look at our guide on recycling vape trash. Anyways, the boost mode is just one of the numerous heating modes that the vape offers and there aren’t just heating modes, there are also other modes… We use the “…” to add a sinister effect even though there’s nothing sinister about what we’re about to tell you about, but there’s even a “stealth” mode. Guess what that does? It makes the vape disappear into the shadows like a ninja! Just kidding. But it does turn down the lights in an attempt to make it a little less conspicuous. But these aren’t the features that really get us, well not the stealth mode anyways, it’s actually the replaceable battery design that really does it for us. Well, that and the fact that this vape is basically awesome. But the battery design is one in which you can pop it out and pop in a new one in a few seconds, keeping the vaping going as long as you want it to (assuming you keep some fully charged replacement batteries handy at all times). Compared to any other system, this is the ideal. At least, that’s the way we see it at this point. Smart move on DaVinci’s part.

As far as displays go, the IQ’s is one of the coolest we’ve ever seen implemented in a portable vaporizer. It uses LED lights to convey what’s up with the vape, but not like you might think – nothing like the Pax 1 vaporizer. It actually uses a total of 51 small LED lights in a fashion that’ll make you question how an actual display could be better. This extremely energy efficient means of conveying the status of the vape is yet another way that DaVinci proves that when it comes to intelligent design, their heads are definitely in the right place.

That’s it for this blog post. You can learn more about the DaVinci IQ and other vapes by visiting our website at VaporizerShark.com – a site that we strongly suggest you bookmark and homepage, but we’ll settle for just having you take a look and letting us know what you think. Thanks for reading, from your friends at Vaporizer Shark, stay healthy, wealthy, and wise.

Future Vapes: Vaporizers That Don’t Yet Exist

Perhaps we were silly for doing so, but we thought it a good idea to discuss some vapes that don’t yet exist, particularly the Firefly 3 and the Haze V4. While neither of these vapes is on the market yet, we figure that they might be seeing as there’s already a Firefly 2 and Haze V3. So what’s next? Exactly. And in the meantime, we thought some of you might be interested in keeping tabs with what is known about these vapes– information like release dates, rumors, and all that. So we put together these articles about each nonexistent vape and shared them in the vape guides section of our website. They’re on there if any of you care to check them out. We also linked to them in the opening sentence of this paragraph so you can click those links to take a look at their corresponding articles on our site.

What inspired this? Well basically, we put together a similar article and published it on our site about the Pax 4, which we actually told all of you about in an earlier blog update. After doing so, we thought to ourselves: why not do it with some other vapes that we might see successors to? Given that there’s an original Firefly, the Firefly 1 vaporizer as some have come to call it, and there’s a Firefly 2 – why not a Firefly 3? And with the Haze vaporizer, there’s an original, then there’s the Haze V2, Haze V2.5, and now the latest, the Haze V3. What’ll come next? The Haze V3.5? Maybe. But it could be the Haze V4. We’ll just have to wait and see. For now, all that we do know about these vapes can be found on our site. So if you’re interested, head on over to our site to see what we know.

Have some speculations, comments, inside information about either of these vapes? Share it in the comments section here or on our site, or if you really want to, you can even use the contact form on our website to send it directly to us.

That’s it for this blog update. In our next one, we’re going to be talking a bit about the DaVinci IQ and what others think about it.

Vaporizer Shark Now Has A Facebook Page

Why it took us so long we will never be able to explain, but as it stands, we are now active members of the Facebook community as we now have an official page for our website that you can find at Facebook.com/VaporizerShark. If you take a look at it, you’ll find that we’ve already shared a great deal of content even though we don’t have any followers. But if you do follow it by pressing the “like” button on the page, you’ll find that we’re more than capable of keeping you up to date with what’s good and new in the vaping scene and our site. So if you want to stay current with the vape industry and us, your favorite reviewers of vaporizers, then click the like button and follow our page!

We’re actually pretty happy about this, especially because we managed to get “VaporizerShark” and didn’t have to settle on some weird URL like Facebook.com/VaporizerShark181882 or something similarly less desirable.

Social Media App Icons
We’re now on Facebook, but we’re also on Twitter and other social networks. You can generally find us by searching for “VaporizerShark”

So why’d we do it? why did we go out of our way to make a Facebook page for ourselves? For a lot of reasons. One, we wanted to make sure to claim the “VaporizerShark” alias/URL for our page if it was available, which thankfully it was. Two, we wanted to make sure that we were able to connect with our followers online and we can’t help but recognize that former AOLer Mark Zuckerberg’s ginormous social network is one of the most popular in the world. So we figured we’d be able to connect with a lot of our followers and those with like-minds if we setup camp there. And with that, you have our reasoning for finally creating a FB page. Honestly, we should have done it sooner, but it’s done now, so that’s pretty much that. We hope you like it, but even if you don’t – no worries, we’re going to update it soon.

In our last post here on our blog, we talked about a similar topic as we shared with all of you, our lovely visitors and followers, a link to our Crunchbase profile. But in our next post, you can expect something a bit more fun as we talk about some of the fresh content we just added to our site. So if you’re interested in knowing what’s new on our site, stay tuned for the next update. In the meantime, you could just surf on over to our site at VaporizerShark.com to see for yourself what it is we’ve been up to (hint, hint).

Vaporizer Shark Joined The Crunchbase Business Directory

TechCrunch, a news publisher dedicated to the coverage of technology and startups, is the force behind Crunchbase, which is somewhat of a research arm for their company that helps them gather data on companies and their individuals. While this might not have any significance to you, it does to us as we like to keep up with the latest happenings in the world of tech and new tech startups are a big part of that. That’s something that we fall into, the world of tech and new tech startups, as we ourselves are a tech startup of sorts. With this in mind, we went ahead and added ourselves, Vaporizer Shark, to the Crunchbase database of company profiles, which we later tweeted about on our official Twitter account.

Impressed with how few likes and retweets our tweet received? We’re not. We would love to see our social media presence expand on social networks like Twitter, but as it stands, we’re just too focused on delivering fresh content to all of you – content that’s not just fresh, but accurate, in-depth, and interesting as well. And that just simply takes up too much of our time, leaving us with not enough free time to try and expand our reach by increasing our following. While that’s a bit of a bummer for us, the upside is that all of you can still visit our website at anytime and find all kinds of fresh new content churned out by our knowledgeable team of vaporizer aficionados.

Anyways, here’s a link to our Crunchbase profile so that you can take a look if you’re interested. It’s really not anything special, but for us, it marks a pivotal moment in our existence: the day we joined Crunchbase and became that much cooler. We’re joking about that last part, but it does mark the day we joined their business directory. We wonder if anyone will find us on there that isn’t reading this or checking out our twitter? It seems kind of obscure to us, like the kind of thing people don’t just stumble upon. Maybe we’re wrong. Who knows. Anyways, enjoy. That’s it for this post. We’ll update again soon. So stay tuned for more because it’s coming at you.