- Created: 18 April 2011
Some of you may be wondering why it's been so long since I published the first part of my KVS Triple V review and then haven't published the follow-up.
Well, it's because I no longer have my KVS Triple V, but it's not because I found any fault in the mod. It is time to put a bow on this review and post my final thoughts, both about the mod and about 5v vaping.
The Triple V really had me excited from the first time I saw it. I had been longing for a new tube mod, and I really hoped that 5v was the answer for my recurring feeling that 3.7v at LR wasn't always enough for me.
The status devices like the Precise and the Precious (which looks like it's turned out to be kind of a dud anyway) were more money than I felt like parting with, and the Triple V represented a fantastic value at only $75. I also liked that it uses a mechanical button, eliminating one of the things that can potentially make the device a paper weight.
Once I got the Triple V I was very impressed with the device. This was a very nice, professionally finished mod. The only possible gripe I could have with it was the polished aluminum finish. Note to mod makers: I like polished aluminum too. It looks great on bikes and cars, not so much on something you handle all day long. Maybe we should start experimenting with bead blast and satin finishes, hmmm?
The deal breaker on this device for me was not the device itself, but 5v. I tried many different atty resistance levels to try to find the sweet spot with this mod. My goal was to get a combination that delivered more oomph than 3.7v+LR. More throat hit, more vapor, more punch.
The problem I ran into was that at every level that delivered that impact, the extra current fried the juice. Flavor was reduced significantly, and a burnt taste imparted to what was there. Obviously not all people are sensitive to this, or there wouldn't be so many people vaping high voltage. I liked the extra warmth. I liked the extra vapor. Everything else was severely compromised. It used more juice, and that juice was bland and burnt tasting. I tried almost every juice in The Juice Cellar to make sure that I didn't have at least one or two juices that would hold up under the extra current, but they all tasted burnt at all combinations at 5v.
Once you get around 3.5 ohms that problem goes away, but then another problem pops up that ruins the proposition again. Once you get to a level where that flavorless and burnt thing disappears, the device is hitting no harder than 3.7v plus a LR atty. I could happily vape at 5v at 3.5 ohms, but what was the point? It delivered the same experience as my 3.7v device. Now, the load on the battery is probably less severe on the 5v device, so your batteries are operating more within their intended output, but I am a 18650 guy. 18650s don't mind your LR attys. More of a plus for those vaping on 16340 and 14500 devices, but for me it wasn't a compelling reason to stick with it.
I did try both 510 and Bloog cartos on this device, and my impressions were the same.
6v is a different animal. The combination I desire may very well exist at 6v with a 3.5-4.2 ohm atty, so I'll invest in a couple CR123s and test that theory on another device.
Again, obviously there are many, many people happily vaping away on 5v devices, so my observations here are not going to hold true for every vaper. Many reviewers I like and trust have a preference for high voltage. I do think that all juice reviews should be based on the 3.7v vape, because no juice is going to offer what the designer intended above that. Reviewing at 5v or 6v is fine as a supplement, but if you base your observations about a juice solely on that experience there is no way that you can provide accurate evaluations about juice that was designed for 3.7v. That is where the vast majority of people are going to vaping them.
The Kalamazoo Vapor Shop Triple V is a very, very nice $75 mod. You can get it in 5v or 3.7v versions. It's shiny, so if you're obsessive about fingerprints on your devices that will put you off, but its performance won't. This is a very nicely constructed unit that operates flawlessly, looks great, and feels wonderful in the hand. I have no problem endorsing this mod, it just wasn't for me because of the issues described above.