Dovpo Trigger 168W Review
Dovpo is a vape company unheard of by me, and now I have their latest box mod entry in my hand, the Dovpo Trigger 168W temperature control mod. The Dovpo Trigger comes in a stand-alone package since there is no accompanying tank or atomizer in the kit.
The Dovpo Trigger does not seem to be breaking any barriers since there isn’t anything new that it is bringing to the table. Except, there is something that the literature on the Dovpo purports to be different, and we’ll take a look at it later.
It takes dual, removable 18650 batteries loaded into the device from a back-loading battery door. The cells can supposedly bring the device to a 168W maximum, but I’m skeptical if the device can genuinely reach those levels.
I’ve reviewed a few devices recently that have boasted such astronomical power levels but did not deliver. And 168W seems like such an arbitrary number that I’m starting to doubt whether the Trigger can keep its word.
The Trigger Kit
The Dovpo Trigger comes as a stand-alone box mod, although Dovpo went to great lengths to intricately package the Trigger as if it were an entire kit.
The Trigger comes beautifully packaged in a pentagonal-shaped case that gets pulled off to reveal what’s inside:
- One Dovpo Trigger box mod
- One USB charging cable
- One warranty card
- One instruction manual
The Dovpo Trigger 168W Mod: A Closer Look
There seems to be a lot to the Trigger regarding its visual features. I noticed many accents and individual details. The “innovation” I alluded to in the opening is the separate “Set” button that you find on the front-facing side of the mod, right above the 0.96inch OLED screen.
The actual firing/power button on the Trigger is located on the back of the device, on the battery door. The reason for this separate-button setup is to eliminate the need for complicated button combinations necessary to learn and memorize to access various secondary menus on the chipset.
That’s what the “Set” button is supposed to do, in theory, but we’ll see later how it performs. The Trigger has that three-sided shape that many dual 18650 battery mods copy since it makes the most ergonomic sense.
The Trigger comes in three different color patterns; a blue/turquoise, an all-black option and a rainbow-colored one. And aesthetically, the Trigger does undoubtedly have some details about it that stand out. The gold-plated firing button and 510 connector pin do stand out, especially with the all-black version, and they not only serve a function but do visually improve the device’s appearance.
The first thing to mention would be the sticker accents (black matte for all versions) located on both sides of the mod. They do not take up the entirety of the side panels, like with some devices, but they do add a little edge to the overall look.
And thankfully, the stickers are recessed into the build of the mod so they won’t come off easily. Some mods have only LED lights; some mods have just stickers, but the Trigger has both.
The back battery door that is held in place with magnets and is also quite hefty for a battery door. But when you take it off, you’ll discover the reason behind all that weight. The door is where you’ll find the Dovpo logo cut into it, which also contains a few LED lights inside that light up whenever you press the firing button.
There are several airflow vents above and below the sticker panel that are covered from the inside with a wire mesh but also light up whenever you fire the device. Back to the front of the device, you’ll find two selector buttons above the centrally-placed “Set” button. And right underneath the screen, you’ll see the USB charging port.
The Dovpo Trigger 168W Mod: The Internals
I remember a device (I believe it was the Vaporesso Revenger Mini) that was one of the first mods I reviewed that had the sense to add a separate selector button to work on the menu options.
Relying solely on the firing button all the time to confirm your menu choice made for an awkward hold sometimes. That, and the endless amount of button combinations were sometimes the most infuriating part of an otherwise excellent device.
The “Set” button on the Trigger serves that purpose. Clicking the firing button five times turns the device on, but if you click the “Set” button five times, you can also turn the device on or off. You can also lock your settings into the device by clicking the “Set” button five times.
When you hold the “Set” button for five seconds, you can then access the menu that controls the different vaping outputs on the Trigger. Internally, the Dovpo Trigger does feature some rather innovative options. The main ones being the curve settings that you can employ in either variable wattage mod or all three of the temperature control modes, nickel, titanium and stainless steel.
The menu is top-down, so you don’t need to flip your screen or the mod to read out what it is saying, and since you just use the “up” or “down” button and the “Set” button to make your selection, it couldn’t be easier. There is no option to deactivate the LED lights on the mod, although you do have a puff counter and an option to change the language on the device.
The Dovpo Trigger 168W Mod: The Vape
The fact that the Dovpo Trigger 168W comes as a stand-alone device was a great opportunity to use the Vaporesso Cascade sub-ohm tank that I reviewed a few weeks ago. I also paired the Vaporesso Cascade with the iStick Tria from Eleaf, which was a high-powered device with its 300W maximum but went well with the sub-ohm capabilities of the Cascade.
The Dovpo Trigger works best with tanks that have a diameter under 24mm, and even though the Cascade is 25mm in diameter, I decided to use it anyway since the overhang was not something that bothered me that much.
I tried to use the lowest ohm coils that I had so I decided to throw in the GTM-2 0.4ohm coil that came with the Cascade, and I set my wattage to 70W. The flavor was smooth, and the clouds were bulbous. I started pushing the device to 100W, and I didn’t notice any overheating or decline in vapor flavor or size, in fact, the clouds became more significant and denser.
Comparing the Dovpo Trigger 168W TC
I was so enamored by the iJoy Capo that I turned to it to make a comparison everytime I received a new 100W device. This time, however, I decided to go with another iJoy device that also has a 100W maximum, the iJoy Elite PS2170.
I think, in my review of the Elite PS2170, I complained about its lack of originality or distinctiveness since it was just another high-wattage device. It did perform quite well, however, and even featured a curve setting in power mode that was a nice addition to the IWEPAL chipset.
The chipset on the Trigger, or “in” the Trigger, has more than one curve setting. It has a curve setting both for variable wattage mode as well as all three temperature control modes, which is a huge plus in my book. Visually, and even despite its many aesthetic refinements, I think the iJoy Elite has the Trigger beat.
I didn’t make much noise (either positive or negative) about the iJoy Elite’s appearance, but when compared to the flashiness of the Trigger, the iJoy Elite looks fantastic all of a sudden with its solid steel construction. The iJoy Elite came in a kit with the iJoy Captain sub-ohm tank, and it’s a great tank, but the lack of any stock tank or coils in the Trigger kit made for great customizability and personalization.
Ultimately, however, I think that the Trigger takes this contest. And that decision is based mostly on the multiple curve options that you can use with the Dovpo Trigger.
What I Liked about the Trigger
I shouldn’t be giving a pro to a device for something so intuitively simple as a separate selector button. Why don’t more devices have them? It seems like such an easy fix to a problem that dissuades a lot of people off of vaping, and that’s all those darned button combinations.
I know I’m going against the grain here as most other reviewers seem to decry the stickers and LED lights on the Trigger, but, I actually liked them. I’m the first one to complain about the redundancy of adding LED lights to a mod, but I had a feeling in my gut that made me think that I liked the lights and overall design of the Dovpo Trigger, even the gaudy back-placed, gold-plated firing button.
I was skeptical about whether the Trigger could reach an actual 168W and since I used a very low-ohm coil, I was able to vape at 168W, but I think a lot depended on the coil as well since the coils could resist the higher voltage output. So, if you are planning on taking the Trigger higher, make sure you have a very low-resistance coil attached.
Curve settings are something, in my mind, I should have to be asking for; they should come standard on most high-powered devices. They help you in a variety of ways from improving your overall vaping experience to helping you extend your battery and e-juice life.
What I Did Not Like about the Trigger
At least the Trigger takes two 18650 batteries, unlike the Wismec Sinuous P80 that only took one battery and was halfway depleted after just one chain vaping sessions. But even with two batteries, the Trigger did last me only eight hours with two fully charged 18650s inside.
The Last Word
For my first outing with a Dovpo device, I must say I was neither over or underwhelmed. The mod itself may have lost some other reviews for the tasteless stickers, LED lights and gold-plated fixtures, but I liked them for some reason.
I liked the addition of two of my favorite features on Vaporesso devices. Those features are the independent selector button, or “Set” button that freed up the firing button and made for more comfortable screen navigation. The second was the multiple curve options that add something to your vaping experience.
The Cascade tank worked incredibly well with the device, and I was pleasantly surprised to vape a device that delivered on its stated maximum power output.
I give the Dovpo Trigger 168W box mod a 7/10.
Dovpo Trigger 168W box mod
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