Dovpo Topside Dual has come up with another mod called Topside Dual. It comes after the Basium which was also a dual battery squonk mod. Dovpo is an established company but I have not done many reviews about the company’s products.
However, I have reviewed the company’s single battery Topside. The review was very positive with the Topside performing well.
This mod has also been designed by Brian. He is also the brains behind the Drop series of atomizers.
The Topside Dual shares some similarities with the single-battery Topside.
For instance, the design is crafted so as to enable you to refill without having to remove the bottle. The Dual features dual-18650 and it is rated at 200 watts. There is a wide range of colors to choose from but all of them have a black top and bottom. The black and white screen on the front looks rather nice.
The mod is available at $76.95 at Element Vape.
The first thing you note is that this is just a bigger dual battery version of the original Topside. The extra thickness comes from the fact that it has an extra battery.
Apart from that, the original and this mod look very similar. This version comes with installed and updated mods. Unlike the original, it doesn’t require updating to access features such as temp control.
The design is actually quite nice if you consider the price of this dual-18650 squonk mod. It is on the same level as the Pulse Dual, the Smoant Battlestar and the expensive Drone 250C.
Build Quality and Design
The Dovpo Topside Dual has a very comfortable feel. However, it is bigger than most mods of this design. This means that it is also a bit heavy. It is not inconvenience but you will feel the difference if you prefer smaller devices. The size is expected since you have to fit two batteries and a squonk bottle.
Its design is very efficient and it allows for easy squonking with your ring or middle fingers. The design also allows for squonking while vaping. The finish is somewhere between shiny and matte and it does not chip off even with prolonged use. Its design also allows for easy screwing and unscrewing of the fill cap.
Button rattle is non-existent with this mod. The 510 pin, in particular, works well with atomizers. The platform can support a 25mm atomizer comfortably with room to spare. The only issue you might have is if you want to use a 30mm RDA. However, 30mm RDAs are rare and they are almost out of production.
The 0.96inch screen is convenient and clear. In addition, the USB is well placed on the side. The fire button is impossible to miss due to its size. The bottom latch system for the battery tray is easy to use since you can easily remove and replace the batteries. However, it can sometimes be a little difficult to open and shut.
Functions and Features
Dovpo Topside Dual mod features all the basic modes. However, it doesn’t have any extras. Something extra would have been nice. In addition, the “stats” option allows you to keep count of your puff count and displays the puff timer.
Topside’s major selling point has been its top-fill mechanism. This feature allows Topside to keep pace with the competition.
There are two filling holes that come into view after unscrewing the cap at the top. The cap goes back on as easy as it comes out. You just have to press on it as you screw it back on. This mechanism is very practical since it doesn’t involve the messy bottle removal procedure.
Using the Dovpo Topside Dual
Dovpo Topside Dual comes ready to use. There no need to install any features or mods. The menu is also very easy to understand:
-Click the fire button 5 times to toggle on and off.
-Fire + up to toggle wattage.
-Fire + down to activate the menu.
You can use the up and down buttons to scroll through the menu and the fire button to accept. The menu is simple and easy to understand. It is also very easy to adjust wattage by holding either the up or down buttons.
The main issue with the big bottle is that it can get difficult to see whether the bottle is full. The issue here is that you risk overfilling the bottle. Removing the bottle for washing is easy. There is only one difficult part might be removing the battery latch.
You can remove the bottle along with its housing bracket to clean the bottle. This feature is the same as other mods such as the Aspire Feedlink.
Squonking is a bit of an issue and you can argue that it is worse than with the original Topside. The bottle releases e-liquid properly until it reaches half-way down. You have to keep squeezing to allow for squonking. This Topside gives you about 5ml of proper squonking before it starts having issues.
Power Mode Performance
The specs are listed as 12 volts and 200 watts. However, testing has shown that the watts can go as high as 232. The max amps are around 40 amps which is within the range of dual battery modes which range between 37 to 40 amps. The 200 watts limit is accessible even with a low resistance build.
Tests also show that the mod can easily get to 12 volts. This shows that this mod has a boost circuit which optimizes performance. A boost circuit is rare with dual battery mods but it seems to work very well with this mod.
Stress testing also shows that this is a very handy mod. It doesn’t heat up even if you push it to the limit. The mod is most accurate below 100 watts at 0.15 ohms. Anything more than that, the mod tends to hit high. The easiest solution is that you start at about 10 watts lower than normal. This will allow you to compensate for the above situation.
Temperature Control Mode Performance
Temperature control mode comes as basic with this mod. It is very easy to change the wattage using the fire and up buttons. SS mode does not provide the accuracy needed for the right temperature. TCR mode, however, can produce a vape of about 450 F when dialed up to 130.
However, its performance is not consistent. It forces you to adjust the power after every few vapes to get the same quality puff. This issue is also present in other dual mods of the same price range. To put it bluntly, this mod performs poorly when it comes to temperature control.
-A wide range of colors to choose from.
-Superior build quality.
-Unique top-fill system.
-Effective on power mode.
-Minimal button rattle.
-Large fire button.
-Accurate volts and watts ratings.
-Features a boost circuit.
-Menu options are easy to select and understand.
-Lack of a preheat option.
-Poor temperature control performance.
-Squonking becomes problematic once e-liquid is halfway used.
-Difficult battery door operation.
The overall verdict is positive for Dovpo Topside Dual. It has its imperfections but it also has some major strong points. It is efficient in power mode and the boost circuit boosts performance massively. The fill method is effective and innovative. It saves you the hassle of having to remove the bottle.
The only slight downsides are the size and temperature control mode. However, It still remains a great mod despite its flaws.