Introduction – The Triade DNA200 by Lost Vape
Following on from my recent review of the Lost Vape Therion DNA75 and the Therion BF DNA75 mods, I was lucky enough to be sent a third Lost Vape mod to review………. the Triade DNA200.
A triple 18650 devices pumping out a whopping 200 watts/9.0 volts. But is there anything different about the Triade or is it just another 200 watt mod.
Again, as with the Therion review, this is solely a look at the Lost Vape Triade device and not the Evolv DNA200 board or the Escribe software. For more information check out our eVolv DNA200 guide.
What’s In The Box
- Triade DNA200 device
- USB cable (charging & data)
- User Manual
- Wattage Output Range: 1.0 to 200W
- Voltage Output Range: 0.5 to 9.0V
- Triple 18650 battery setup
- Kanthal Resistance: 0.1 to 2.0 ohm
- Temperature Resistance: 0.08 to 1.0 ohm
- Temperature Range: 200°F to 600°F / 100°C to 300°C
- Supports Ni200 Nickel, Titanium, and Stainless Steel
- Intuitive OLED Display
- Die Cast Zinc Alloy Chassis Construction
- Genuine Leather Battery Door
- Three-Button Operation
- Patented Evolv DNA200 Board
- Upgradeable via Escribe Software
- Cell-by-Cell Monitoring
- Cell Balancer
- Atomizer Protection
- Low Resistance Protection
- Short Circuit Protection
- Overheat Protection
- Low Voltage Step Down Protection
- Micro USB Port – Firmware Upgrades
- Stainless Steel 510 Thread Point
- Spring-Loaded Nickel Plated Brass 510 Connection
- Dimensions: 85mm x 50mm x 40mm (HxWxD)
- Weight: 320g
Build Quality & Design
The Lost Vape Triade is primarily constructed from die cast zinc alloy and is exceptionally well machined.
The die cast body provides the Triade with a weighty & sturdy feel without being overly heavy.
As you can gather, Lost Vape have configured the device in a flat sided oval shape to accommodate the three 18650 batteries which surprisingly is very comfortable to hold in the hand.
The Triade measures 85mm tall x 50mm deep x 40mm wide.
At the top of both mods we have our standard 510 connection with a spring loaded nickel plated brass centre pin.
The 510 connection is slightly raised on a small three sided plinth and can accommodate, aesthetically, atomizers up to 25mm in diameter.
Anything larger will overhang the raised plinth.
Along the front section of the Triade we have the fire button, OLED screen, the “+” & “-“ buttons and the USB charging/upgrade port.
The buttons appear to be constructed from zinc alloy and blend in with the chassis of the mod very nicely.
Button press is soft with a very faint click and are very comfortable to use.
On either side of the front panel of the Triade there are 4 angled vent slots presumably for venting and cooling the DNA board.
The OLED screen, similar to many other recently released DNA devices, provides a wealth of information!
- Battery level meter
- Coil resistance in ohms
- TC temperature
- Voltage and wattage
However, with the Escribe software this is completely customisable.
In addition to this customisation also extends to screen time-out, brightness and screen graphics, which are made up from a series of replaceable monochrome bitmap files.
Alternative screen display items customisable through Escribe include:-
|Battery Charge||Output Current||Average Output Power of the most recent puff|
|Battery Pack Voltage||USBt Voltage||Average Temperature of the most recent puff|
|Cell 1 Voltage||USB Current||Total Energy of the most recent puff|
|Cell 2 Voltage||Board Temperature||Duration of the most recent puff|
|Cell 3 Voltage||Room Temperature||Puff Counter|
As with the “fire” button, the “+” & “-“ button appear to be zinc alloy only slightly smaller in size. And button press again is relatively soft with a very faint click.
Typical button actions and combinations include:-
- Wake device from power off state: Tap the Fire Button
- Lock the device: Pressing the fire button five times
- Stealth Mode: With the device locked, holding the fire and down (-) buttons together for five seconds
- Power Locked mode: Holding down both the up (+) and down (-) buttons for two seconds
- Resistance lock: With the device locked, hold both the Fire and Up (+) buttons for two seconds
- Temperature Adjust: With the device locked, holding down both the up (+) and down (-) buttons for two seconds. Use the up (+) and down (-) buttons to adjust the temperature. To save temperature setting and exit, press the Fire button.
On the rear section of the devices we have a leather wrapped battery compartment door.
Several variation of the leather wraps are available, including:
- Black Leather
- Black Patterned Leather
- Dark Brown
- Ostrich Leather which I received for this review.
In Addition to this, there are alternative battery covers which can be purchased separately and are also compatible with the Triade DNA250 mod by Lost Vape.
Beneath the battery door there is an incredibly compact battery compartment which accommodates three 18650 batteries.
This is where you begin to really appreciate the thought that has gone into the design of this device.
The tolerances are incredibly accurate and the batteries sit inside the mod perfectly with just enough space remaining to fit the door back onto the mod.
Yes, it’s all a bit of a squeeze but everything fit very snuggly.
Batteries are arranged in a pyramid style with two at the back of the compartment & one single at the front.
Contacts all appear to be gold plated and are spring loaded to ensure good contact.
There is a nice little feature on the battery contacts which make it impossible to damage the DNA board if the batteries were to be installed incorrectly.
On each Positve (+) contact there os a slightly raised lip which fits nicely into the positive end of your 18650’s but should the battery be inadvertently installed the wrong way around the lip prevents the Negative (-) end of the battery from making contact.
A very nice little and well thought out feature.
How Does The Lost Vape Triade DNA200 Perform?
The performance of the Triade, as you would expect from a DNA board device was extremely good. And the menu system on the DNA200 board is intuitive and simple to navigate.
Temperature Control, as you would expect from the Evolv DNA board performed absolutely flawlessly!
As with the Therion devices, Lost Vape have pre-loaded the Triade DNA200 with a good array of wire profiles which include:
So, as you can see, the device is ready to go straight out of the box.
As with other recent Evolv DNA boards the DNA200 can also support other wires types through custom TCR (Temperature Coefficient of Resistance) settings which can be configured through online resources.
Again I would point out that features such as TCR mode is an advanced user feature and should only be used by the more experienced vaper.
For a triple 18650 device, battery life was average.
I’m not a high wattage vaper by any stretch of the imagination, 30 to 50watts on average.
On rare occasion I’ll creep up to 70-75watts and I do mean rare occasions.
So, for my 30, 40, 50watt average I was getting a good full day out of the Triade which would suggest that this is a Series device providing more available power than battery longevity.
Nonetheless, a full day is still pretty respectable.
What I Liked
The Triade is another excellent piece of vaping hardware from Lost Vape.
I would be as bold to say that it’s the best 200w vape mod I have tried to date.
Evolv have set a very high standard with their latest release of DNA boards and the fact that they are upgradable and incorporate user customization has really future proofed these devices for a very long time.
Aesthetically, I love the look of the Lost Vape Triade mod.
The die cast zinc ally body gives it a real workhorse look while the finer features such as the leather wrap give it an excellent yet elegant finish.
All in all a very well designed and constructed device.
What I Dislike
The Triade’s battery compartment is incredibly snug, which can make installing the triple 18650’s a little tricky!
I did note that Efest batteries don’t fit as well as other cells as they appear to be minutely longer and their wraps seem to add slightly more girth which does cause the battery compartment door not to fit as well as it should.
Other than that I can’t really find anything else that I disliked on the Lost Vape Triade!
As I pointed out in the Therion review, before you dive into the Escribe software I recommend that you check out Google and YouTube for some tutorials.
This can help with any initial problems like connectivity and adjustment of the Triade settings. A good place to start is with DJLsb Vapes Escribe, DNA200 software tutorial.
Final Review Verdict
The Lost Vape Triade is well designed, well made, easy to set up and use. Aesthetically very pleasing. The best 200watt device I have used to date. Enough said!!
- Price point – £120-£125 ($146-$152)
- Pre-installed Wire Profiles make the Therion ready to go straight out of the box
- Excellent build quality with looks to match
- Top performance from the DNA200 chip
- Fitting the 18650’s can be tricky (subjective)