Introduction – Wotofo Troll V2
The original Wotofo Troll was an RDA I’d fancied having a play with for ages but had never got around to, so when I was asked to take a look at the latest Wotofo Troll V2 I was quite pleased.
I confess the majority of my atomisers are tanks/RDTAs, the only RDAs being the SteamCrave RDA V2 Glass and the VaporShark Vortice.
So when I was sent the stainless steel version from Sourcemore and at the same time won the black version elsewhere I was pretty chuffed!
In The Box
The Wotofo Troll V2 comes in a (relatively) unassuming box labelled The Troll with the eponymous meme face above it.
On the side we have the obligatory authenticity scratch panel and on the rear the inevitable (if fallacious) Californian Prop 65 warning.
Inside we find the following:
- The Troll V2 RDA
- Additional Delrin “Chuff Cap” mouthpiece
- Three black plastic sachets labelled “comp wire”.
- Pad of Muji cotton
- Three twisted wire coils
- Spare O-rings of various sizes, grub screws and a handy T shaped tool having a cross head and two hex heads.
Yes, that’s right, no blue screwdriver!
Build Quality and Design
The Troll V2 is 22mm in diameter, fitting quite nicely on top of most current vape mods. It stands 24mm high (not including mouthpiece) and is made out of 304 grade stainless steel.
On top we have a nicely styled drip tip using a standard 510 sized fitting. While broad at the lip it is smoothly cone shaped towards the inside.
Each are coloured to match the outer colour of the RDA.
The drip tip connects to the top of the body via a removable black Delrin 510 adaptor that fits pleasingly snug into the top. I’d actually suggest removing the cap and pushing this out from the inside rather than trying to lever it out.
The alternative Delrin chuff cap also fits well and its walls are a good thickness.
The top cap pulls up and out from the main body, revealing horizontal and diagonal slots for the air flow control.
It has subtle but effective cuts in the edge to aid grip in rotating the AFC and removal.
The main body has rhombus shaped cut outs in the side for airflow, and an engraved Troll meme face.
It also pulls up and off, no mean feat as it’s held in place to using three O-rings!
Removing the main body reveals the deck. Here we see real changes from the original Troll design.
Gone is the 3 post design making way for a “velocity” style 2 post design. The post holes have been seriously enlarged, now accepting 2.7mm wires.
The post insulator is PEEK, very nicely fitted with no gaps or wobble. And then there’s the juice well… By crikey, that’s deep!
The well body stands a full 10mm tall and will hold more than enough for a good few heavy draws.
Underneath we find the laser etched name and branding, as well as a properly adjustable, gold plated 510 centre pin.
How Does The Troll V2 Perform?
I’ll start by saying this:
The Troll V2 is a very carefully machined RDA, which means that for the first few attempts you’re going to find that the seals holding the top cap to body and body to base are very, very tight.
This isn’t meant as a criticism more as a warning to go carefully! A bit of warm water and a cloth, everything will open up fine.
Once a little juice gets on the seals things become more manageable. This also affects the air flow control, so be kind and pop a bit of juice on those seals too.
What was a slight gripe however was that the black version did seem to have an oily smell about it and a residue feel. A quick blast in the ultrasonic cleaner did get rid of that however, it was probably some oil contamination from assembly.
It would be rude not to use the kindly provided twisted wire coils so popping those in we get a happy 0.26 Ohm reading.
Ready To Vape
Wicked and juiced up we’re ready to go, and yes, that juice well does hold quite a bit of juice.
Starting at 40W with the normal 510 and half airflow I immediately got a good mix of flavour and vapour without it being too airy.
Up to 50W and the same story but with a little more flavour. Due in no small part to the careful design and machining there’s no massive heat sink, the twisted wire lending itself to a lower ramp time as well.
Using a more restricted drip tip the vapour remained the same but we find more flavour, reducing the airflow to almost closed and we’re very nearly in MTL territory but no nastiness.
Time to switch things up a gear. Juice the wick back up, open the air flow (I’m struggling to find a difference between the two slow types but that’s just me) and pop the chuff cap on.
100W… Same build, same wick and now we’re in cloud town.
Six successive full lung draws from the Troll V2 sees the room full of cloud and…. no burning.
Of course we’ve lost a lot of the flavour but that’s to be expected. Just some slight colouration where the juice has concentrated.
OK, bravery time.
130W and more juice. Similar story, hotter, denser vapour, a little spitting and no burning. More juice.
180W. Again, warmer, denser but not horrible, however the vape is dense enough for me to struggle to take longer draws. We are using juice up a lot more quickly, so you do need to take time between draws for wicking to happen and check you’re not running dry.
Some colouration to the wire but no signs of burning.
Ok, insanity time.
210W and definitely more juice. Still warm but not hot, the airflow is too slick for that.
Stupidly dense vapour for a twisted coil and I’ve just set the smoke detector off…
A few more draws and pop the top off, definite colouring to the wire but still no signs of burning on the wick even after I pull it out to check.
Final Review Verdict
Wotofo make a claim on their description: Just much more better.
That sums it up for me, they’ve stripped down the old design and applied some good engineering thought to how to make it better without introducing unnecessary complexity.
The appearance is deceptively understated, an unassuming RDA which, like that Troll meme, is just waiting to take you down.
Here we have an RDA which isn’t huge in either direction, has no spinning things, lights or near naked models promoting it yet we’re easily able to go from 40W to 210W using the same coils and a supplied chuff cap.
It shouldn’t work, I should be getting dry hits, over hot vapour, burnt tastes….None.
My only real reticence is the Troll logo itself, other than that I’m struggling to find anything I don’t like about it.
I may just have to make some alien Clapton coils; I’ll see you guys later. Ignore my smoke alarm…..
- Simple, elegant finish
- Capable of massive clouds
- Very well engineered
- Wide wattage capability
- Deep juice well
- Good air flow adjustment range
- Very tight seals at first
- Oily taste/smell on one sample
- Troll logo