- Created: 02 March 2011
I have thought about a high voltage mod for a while. I really wanted something in stainless steel, but I was put off by the end buttons of the Prodigy and Precise, and the new Precious ended up being a very expensive aluminum mod instead of stainless.
Now that I've settled in on using Cisco 1.5 ohm and SLB 1.7 ohm attys, I am happy about 97% of the time at 3.7v. I used to think about it a lot more when I used Joye attys exclusively, but the Ciscos and SLBs have remedied most of my complaints.
However, every now and then I still have a day when I would like a little more intensity than I get from this combination. That's why I kept thinking about 5v. When I first saw the Kalamazoo Vapor Shop Triple V, I knew that this mod would probably end up in my hands. The combination of sexy aluminum tube mod, high voltage and low buy-in price ($75) all contributed toward piquing my interest.
So now that I've had the Triple V for almost a week it's time to post my impressions and a few poorly taken pics. I will be comparing the Triple V to The Bombshell, which is my everyday mod. The Bombshell has almost the same dimensions as a Silver Bullet, which many of you have or have used.
The Triple V is, as others have noted, is about 3/4" shorter than the Bombshell. It is approximately 1/16" smaller in diameter. It uses two 18350 batteries, which are available from KVS and elsewhere for $12-13, or from Deal Extreme for half that if you can stand the 3 week shipping time. The fit of the batteries is good. They don't rattle around inside the tube.
The finish of the Triple V is polished aluminum. Polished to a chrome-like luster. I built custom Harleys in the 90s, and I was a big proponent of polished aluminum over chrome. However, polished aluminum is high maintenance. It shows every fingerprint, and it oxidizes, requiring occasional polishing to restore the luster. My personal preference for the Triple V would be a satin finish. Not as sexy, but I am handling this thing all day, and a satin or brushed finish is immensely more forgiving than polished aluminum.
The large, black button is more confidence inspiring than the small brass button on The Bombshell. It's also mechanical, which means it'll work til it fails. +1 for the button.
Another nice design feature includes a nicely recessed juice well where the atty connector is. Overdrippers won't make a mess with the Triple V. The Triple V is also vented.
I also like how nicely done the interior of the switch assembly is. This it shares in common with The Bombshell, another very nice, reasonably priced aluminum tube mod. The following pic shows the Triple V on the left, Bombshell on the right. I should have dusted today.
The following point has been addressed on at least one YouTube review of the Triple V. It has a really short threaded section, so when you are screwing it together it feels like there are hardly any threads holding this baby together. However, note the following picture. The threading is approximately the same as the Bombshell, which has a much more solid feel than the Triple V in regards to screwing it together. The thread pitch here is what is causing that loose feel on the Triple V. The thread area is the same as the Bombshell, but they feel very different because The Bombshell has a finer thread pitch. Knowing that, the whole thread thing is kind of a non-issue. It just feels different on the Triple V. Like The Bombshell, the Triple V has a very smooth seam when screwed together, and the top and bottom sections match perfectly.
You can see in the picture below that the Triple V on the right has a coarser thread pitch, so the threads turn less when attaching the top and bottom sections. If anything, the Triple V actually has more thread real estate than The Bombshell, it just feels like less because of the thread pitch.
Overall my feelings about the Triple V are extremely positive. This is a beautiful and well constructed mod, especially considering the low price.
I am reserving the operational segment of this device review for later. At this time I have not found an atty that makes me happy on this device. I am waiting for 3.5 ohm attys to get back in stock at Ikenvape, the only place I've found that offers that resistance. The explanation for that will be in the next segment. So, look for a Part 2 to this review hopefully sometime in the near future.
As for Part 1, the Triple V made it through The Lab with high marks for style and build quality. This is a really nice device that looks great and feels great in my hand.