Storz & Bickel, one of the heavyweights in the vaping industry and world renowned for their pioneering Volcano vaporizer, have recently introduced a new product in their desktop vaporizer range. The Volcano Hybrid. But, will we see another portable any time soon from the guys at S&B?
The Mighty vaporizer is easily considered as one of the best vaporizers around. Expertly crafted by the team at Storz & Bickel, the Mighty is known exclusively for being the vaporizer that has the nicest draw with an impeccable flavor.
In early 2018, Storz & Bickel announced plans for a new portable for 2019 and 8 months into the year we have yet to hear a stir from the S&B team. However, rumors have begun to circulate within the vaping world that not only has a new portable vaporizer been under development for some time, but the release date is imminent.
When do we expect to see the Mighty 2 and what changes do we expect to see?
Will we see a new Mighty in 2019?
A team such as Storz & Bickel have created a reputation for themselves as being the market leader in vaping technology. They pretty much invented the vaping industry as we know it. They are the best of the best and their products reflect that.
With this great power also comes great pressure. They know they have fierce competition from other vaping companies on the rise such as Pax Labs and Arizer. One slip up with a substandard product and they could lose their mantle at the top of the vaping game.
This pressure puts added delays in product development because rigorous product testing is necessary to fix any flaws that are found. Any flaws then require more product development which leads to more testing and so on. Everyone expects the next portable vaporizer from Storz & Bickel to be ‘the’ market leader, and they know it.
Added pressure is cause for the creation of a better product, but at the cost of time.
What other factors have the S&B teams faced?
The release of the Volcano Hybrid may have delayed plans for the Mighty 2, but it could also be due to the purchase of the Storz & Bickel brand by Canopy Growth Corporation. The Canadian company purchased S&B for $220 million CAD at the end of 2018 and after the takeover, S&B CEO Jürgen Bickel stated,
“Joining Canopy will enable S&B to take the next significant development step forward. Access to Canopy Growth’s extensive portfolio of test laboratories as well as pharmaceutical and medical-scientific know-how opens up entirely new product development opportunities,”
Canopy Growth Corporation are known to have a keen interest in the medicinal aspects of cannabis, known for funding clinical research and well as their compassionate pricing for medical cannabis to make it more affordable for patients in need. It potentially stands to reason that the focus from Storz & Bickel may also focus in this direction. What this means for a new Mighty vaporizer is anybody’s guess, but could factor in delays.
What changes do we expect to see?
Even though the Mighty is a heavyweight in the world of vaping, there is always room for improvement. We expect to see the newer version being slightly smaller considering the Mighty is quite a large vaporizer compared to its competition.
Other comments from users have been that the auto shut off timer needs to be adjustable because you have to constantly press the power button to prevent it from turning off. We also believe that they may improve on the already fast heating time of 30 seconds, with similar priced competition heating in around 20 seconds.
It’s hard to improve on near perfection, but the S&B team will try. We hope to see a new portable from S&B before the close of 2019 and we expect it will be mightier than ever!