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Last Updated on November 21, 2017 by Team Spinfuel
In a week that will see millions of people eating countless pounds of turkey, I’m coming to you with a mouth full of crow. Because the Dovpo Trigger 168W mod shut me up, silenced my doubts, and delivered one of the best no-nonsense vape experiences I’ve enjoyed in some time. In fact, because of the Trigger, I’m going to be taking a much closer look at Dovpo from this point forward.
As you might remember, my previous experience with Dovpo has been a little hit or miss. But I went into the Trigger mod review with an open mind and a willing heart, and I’m glad I did. Here’s why.
Initial impressions of the Dovpo Trigger 168W Mod
After opening the hexagonal package, which is similar to a designer watch case, the first thing you’ll notice about the Dovpo Trigger mod is how compact it is. In fact, I checked the manual before realizing this was indeed a dual-18650 device. They packed a lot of technology into a very tight space here.
For lack of a better comparison, the Trigger is shaped similarly to the Wismec Reuleaux 2/3 (in two-cell mode), or the recent Hcigar VT75D, albeit with a more rounded, streamlined feel. The matte black zinc alloy has a soft feel, interrupted only by a series of sharp cutaways with carbon fiber inserts.
One item of concern, right from the outset, is the notable lack of venting on the Trigger, save for a few slots on the bottom of the device. Considering how compact the Trigger is, I was pleasantly surprised how cool it stayed, even at higher wattages. It wasn’t exactly cool to the touch, but it never became uncomfortable.
The 510 connection is absolutely bulletproof. I initially thought it was press fit, but instead was greeted with a solid, screwed-in, gold plated array that can accommodate atomizers up to 26mm without overhang. Using a handful of different tanks, I found the Trigger handled most, if not all, with ease. Only my taller tanks, such as the SMOK Cloud Beast, made the compact mod feel a little unbalanced.
Finally, the Trigger has one of the coolest screens we’ve seen. Looking straight ahead, it’s a standard, vertically oriented 0.96-inch OLED display. But the curved glass screen cover – whether intentional or not – reflects the display forward, regardless of which angle from which you’re viewing the screen. I could actually see every setting from nearly 50 degrees in either direction. A small feature? To be sure. But what a nice design perk to discover!
Operating the Dovpo Trigger 168W Mod
I’ll come right out and say it – the Dovpo Trigger mod is an absolute pleasure to operate and adjust. The four-button control setup is replete with springy, clicky zinc alloy buttons, a dedicated action/enter key, and an oversized fire key that is slightly recessed to stave off pocket firing.
In a nice design touch, the operation keys and fire key are positioned on opposite sides of the mod, which helped me avoid unwanted button presses when vaping. Of course, your opinion of this will depend on how you hold the device, but when held as – you guessed it – a trigger, the mod nestles right into your palm.
But the real gem of the controls is the display. We’ve already mentioned the nifty curved screen, but Dovpo also maximized every pixel on the 0.96-inch monochrome display, in a similar manner to how iJOY is handling visual layouts, but in an altogether cleaner, more-legible manner.
All necessary information – from wattage/temperature, coil resistance, puff count, battery life, etc. – is there, but is now visible at an immediate glance. On a device that is already proving to be user-friendly, this screen layout just made it even more accessible.
Making adjustments using the proprietary menu system was equally smooth, with the action button making selections a breeze, with no accidental adjustments coming from fire button finger gymnastics. Simple, effective, and easy-to-learn, the Dovpo Trigger has a lot to offer new and experienced vapers alike.
Vaping the Dovpo Trigger 168W Mod
The Trigger is one of those mods that barely requires a manual. Though we always recommend reading all documentation before operating a vape device, the Trigger is intuitive from the get-go. After installing a fresh pair of 18650 cells, I quickly attached my OBS Crius 2 RTA (review coming soon) and got to vaping.
The mod quickly recognized my Kanthal build, accurately reading it at 0.5 ohms. I fired and was immediately impressed by the Trigger’s fast ramp-up time – especially nice, since the current feature set doesn’t have adjustable ramp settings or wattage curve adjustment (remember, simplicity is the name of the game here).
I started at a modest 35 watts and already enjoyed a flavorful vape, even at these conservative levels. But moving things up the ladder only improved the vape quality.
Moving to a more cloud-friendly build, I tried to max out the Dovpo Trigger, and was happy to see how easily the mod handled its max capabilities. Though battery life suffered a bit above 150 watts, this is to be expected on two 18650 cells. When kept at more moderate power settings, the Trigger was a dream on battery life, offering me nearly nine hours of smooth vaping before a swap was needed.
The basic TC functions all performed as intended, with simple adjustments and accurate coil readings throughout my testing. Of the three coils I tested in temperature control mode, I found the titanium was the most finicky to get right. But this might have been the rest of my coil building skills as much as it was the Trigger, which has been otherwise flawless to this point.
The TCR settings are also standard fare, but work well to accommodate more complicated builds and combination wire types. I found – as has been the case with several mods of late – that setting a TCR value for titanium coils worked better than using the pre-set option. Nothing fancy to see here, just good performance.
One item of note – I could not find a minimum resistance point on the Trigger documentation, nor did my test model display any warnings with my ultra-low-ohm builds, even down to 0.05 ohms. I don’t like building this low, nor would I attempt to build lower. All I’m saying is to use caution and good judgment here.
That said, there is considerable protection built into the Trigger mod, including Reverse Polarity Protection, Atomizer Short Protection, Low Voltage Protection, Overheat Protection, and Over Current Protection. I just couldn’t create a scenario in which any of them activated.
The bottom line is that the Dovpo Trigger isn’t designed to make you change the way you vape. It simply wants to perform, with everything a modern vaper needs, and nothing extraneous to get in the way. When reviewed under these parameters, the Trigger is near-flawless.
Wrapping up… and the Score
I sure hope crow works well with gravy, because I sincerely regret doubting Dovpo, and going into this review with some reservations. The Dovpo Trigger 168W mod is an absolute gem, and a steal at this price point (current pricing at Element Vape). If you’re looking for a new daily driver, or a battery-friendly road warrior, the Trigger should be on your short list.
Dovpo Trigger 168W Mod Specs and Contents
Dovpo Trigger 168W specs:
- Material: Zinc Alloy
- Display: 0.96” OLED
- Working Voltage: 6.4 v – 8.4 v
- Wattage Range: 5W – 168 W
- Temperature Control Range:
- 200°F – 600° F/93° C – 315° C
- Battery: 2 x 18650 High-drain battery
- 2A Quick Balance charging
Dovpo Trigger 168W contents:
- 1x Trigger mod
- 1x Micro USB cable
- 1x User manual (English only)