The Hellvape Trishul V2 mech mod review and I’m hoping for big things from this one!
The last mod that I’m aware they made was the original Trishul near the beginning of 2017, which they then made some minor updates to during it’s time, at the time, it was well received.
What Can We Expect From The Hellvape Trishul V2?
Also, this is a pre-production unit that I have been sent by Hellvape, so imagine a huge asterisk over any negative points I make, as things may change between now and the retail release.
Seeing as it’s not officially out yet, there’s also no easy spec sheet to get all of the information from, so I’ve had the calipers out for all of my measurements.
This was sent over for the purpose of review directly from Hellvape, thank you. As always, I will report back honestly on what I find, and I am not influenced by freebies.
Inside The Box
- Trisul V2 Mech Mod
- 18650 Adapter (inside the mod)
- Spares bag including magnets and washers
- Plastic Key
- Safety Leaflet
- Dimensions – 27mm (26mm at the top cap) x 100mm
- Weight – 152g
- Power Output – Direct Battery Output
- Connection – Hybrid Connection
- Switch – Constant Contact, Magnetic
- Battery – 2X700 or 18650 with adapter
Design and Build Quality
As this is pre-release, I’m unsure if there are going to be any additional colours, and I received mine in plain brass. Though I believe it may have a clear top coat, as I have used it for a couple of weeks now and not noticed much patina developing.
The original Trishul came in black as well, so I would not be surprised to see this as an option when it launches.
Update – Colourways
Now the mod is closer to release, the final colourways have been revealed as Copper Black, Copper and Brass.
Hellvape Trishul V2 510 Connection
As mentioned, this is a hybrid mod.
So whereas on most mods you would see a positive pin in the centre of your 510, on a hybrid you just have a hole, so that the positive pin of your atomizer makes direct contact with the positive end of the battery.
The top cap measures 26mm across, but a 25mm tank will also look spot on due to the slight bevel at the top.
I wasn’t sure if Trishul meant anything, but I’m guessing there might be something about it having tri in the name maybe?
A quick Google tells me it’s a divine symbol shaped like a trident in Hinduism – so I wasn’t far off!
On the top plate you have three battery venting holes and cut outs, with your two regulatory marks, and the name of the mod arranged between them.
The cut outs are important, in terms of venting, because if a battery vents it’ss from the positive end. Obviously if your tank is screwed down tightly on to the top of the mod and covers the venting holes then the gases have nowhere to escape to.
So the cutouts solve this problem in a worst case scenario, and allow the gases to vent out from underneath any attached atomizer.
Space for your battery to vent is incredibly important, especially on a mech mod.
The top cap isn’t as well finished as the rest of the mod, but being a pre-production unit, I am not going to knock any points off for finishing concerns, though I will point out where I find them.
Hellvape Trishul V2 Tube
First things first, inside the tube you will find your spares and the 18650 adapter to use if you don’t have a 21700. I tested this just to make sure there were no nasty surprises, and it works as you would expect it to.
The tube has a series of ridges near the top, they have the appearance of a heatsink, but I think this is more aesthetic as I don’t think they will do much to reduce heat as they don’t increase the surface area dramatically.
Below this section, the tube has a slight hourglass shape to it. It makes it very comfortable in the hand, and subconsciously lets you know how far up (or down) you’re holding it.
On the lower section of the hourglass, you have what I presume is the Trishul logo moulded into the metal. A stylized “T” with 3 vertical lines in a circle.
Looking inside the tube you can see there is a plastic insulator running down the length of it.
This is a nice touch, and an improvement over the original Trishul. It means that if your battery wrap has a tiny tear that you haven’t noticed, the battery won’t be in contact with metal.
However this is no excuse to not check your batteries! Any tears or nicks in the wrap, and you should stop using it until you get a chance to re-wrap it.
You can also see in my photo that the finish on the base of the tube is not perfect, and there were black marks both in the thread and on the base.
However I have to reiterate that this is a pre-production model, so I’m not going to be knocking off any points for that.
The threading itself however is super smooth, with no squeaking or grinding. So after a quick clean, it was looking as good as it felt!
Hellvape Trishul V2 Switch
Now this is always the bit that people are most interested in when it comes to mech mods! And with good reason, as it is the only moving part and typically where any innovation occurs.
The base of the switch as the Hellvape logo, and like the top cap, is not quite as mirror finished as the rest of the mod. Hopefully they will improve the finishing on the final release. You have three holes in the base, continuing the Tri design from earlier.
It’s a constant contact, magnetic switch, so the plate of the switch is always making contact with the bottom of your battery.
I tend to prefer these, as it means that any arcing, where the electricity jumps between surfaces, is going to be confined to the switch assembly itself.
As you can see you have a nice wide copper contact at the top of the switch. I have photographed it as I received it, and I feel that the finish wasn’t quite up to scratch. I would recommend giving this a polish up before using it.
Under and around the contact, there’s a rubber insulator. This is what is creating the gap between the top section of the switch, and the bottom section.
It’s nice and thick rubber, and the top contact is held in place by a little lip that runs around the inside.
Having said that, this is the one area of the switch that I could see potentially failing over time as the rubber degrades.
So I would definitely keep an eye on it, and if you get any tears in it, swap it out for the included spare.
Underneath the rubber section is the other solid copper contact plate.
In my photo I have inverted it, as there was no way to get it to stand on end.
This screws down into the base of the switch, passing through a pair of very strong neodymium magnets.
The only other piece is a small washer, that sits underneath the upper magnet.
These magnets are separated by the housing of the switch, so that when you push the button in, it forces the magnets apart, raises the copper contact, and completes the circuit by making contact with the the other copper contact that is touching your battery.
Hellvape Trishul V2 – Taking it Apart
NB If you are going to remove the magnets from the switch, make sure you don’t have your phone, credit cards, or anything else that can be harmed by magnets nearby. These are strong!
- Pull the top copper contact off the rubber insulator
- Remove the rubber insulator
- Unscrew the second copper contact using a set of ceramic tweezers (or you can just use the flat of your finger for grip)
- Push down through the centre of the magnet to pop the switch assembly out the buttom. I found the easiest way to do this, was to unscrew the copper contact fully, and then keep it in place but use the centre pint to push out the switch
Nice and easy, and as I say, I would recommend doing this first to make sure both of the copper contacts are properly cleaned and polished up. Hopefully they will be perfect in the final version, but it’s always a good idea to check.
On my own version, the lower of the two contact plates had quite a number of small scratches across it. They were very light, but as seasoned mech users will know, anything that isn’t a perfect finish will just increase the chance of arcing.
I used some very fine grit sand paper, and polished everything up to a mirror finish.
Hellvape Trishul V2 – Spring In A Magnetic Switch?
If you take the switch apart you will also notice the there is a spring, sitting inside the switch assembly.
This is not designed to be removed and sits in the base, coming into contact with the switch when it’s pushed in.
This is a canted coil spring, and is there to provide a good contact between the tube and the switch.
These type of springs are designed in such a way that they form a perfect path for the electricity, spreading it out across the whole length of the spring and making contact with the switch, without interruptions and minimising heat build up.
How Does the Hellvape Trishul V2 Perform?
I know that I am mentioning safety in this review a lot, but it is really important with mechs in general, and ones that have hybrid connections have some further considerations.
Make sure that whatever atomizer you’re using has a positive 510 pin that protrudes at least 1mm. Remember that when you screw it all together, this will be touching the top of your battery, so you don’t want any risk of the negative portion of the 510 touching it and causing a short.
Also even if it looks ok, I would avoid using a stock coil sub-ohm tank. There are two reasons for this, firstly I have come across enough duff stock coils in my time that I am hesitant to rely on any company’s quality control when they make them in the thousands.
Secondly on a lot of stock coil tanks, the positive pin of the 510 connector is floating.
This means that it can move up and down a little to account for different mods.
However it raises the risk that it may get depressed enough that the negative portion of the 510 makes contact with positive top of your battery. Not good.
Also, as it is a hybrid, remember to screw your tank on first before you put a battery in – since the base of your tank is what is going to be the top contact of the battery.
Hellvape Trishul V2 – Testing
I’ve had the Trishul V2 for a few weeks now, and I have tried a variety of different RDA and RTA’s on it.
Although it’s not a perfect match, I kept the Serpent Elevate RTA on it for the longest time.
For all of my testing, with the exception of checking the 18650 adapter worked, I was using a Molicell P42A.
Hellvape Trishul V2 – Does It Hit Hard?
Yes, it definitely does!
I’m afraid I don’t have the required testing apparatus to determine what voltage drop the mod has. However with a solid brass construction and large copper contacts, with only one set of threads for the switch (no removable top plate), I would imagine the voltage drop is fairly negligible.
Certainly in use I didn’t notice it firing with any less power than some of my other mechs.
Hellvape Trishul V2 – How Does the Switch Feel?
I really like the switch, although people that like spring based mechanical switches may not.
The original Hellvape Trishul gave you the option of spring or magnets. However I’m personally happy with one system designed well, rather than trying to accommodate two different types of switch into one design.
It requires as decent amount of pressure to fire, so be aware of this if you have weak fingers or you like to pinky fire.
Also there is a very distinct *snap* as the magnets separate and the switch makes contact. There is absolutely no mushiness to it, no grinding against the side, and no sticking.
Any Other Thoughts?
I really like how the mod feels in the hand. The hourglass shape feels like it is at just the right place to comfortably grip the tube and have access to the switch.
The original Trishul had a similar shape, but the hourglass waist was much further down the tube, so I think this is a definite improvement.
- Solid brass construction
- Really snappy switch design
- No option for a spring based switch (subjective con)
- Poor finish on interior surfaces/contacts (pre-production unit)
Final Review Verdict
So as you can probably tell I am pretty impressed with the Hellvape Trishul V2 mech mod.
For a company that doesn’t have much of a back catalogue when it comes to mechs, it is a solid effort.
I am a really big fan of how tactile the switch is especially. The *snap* as the magnets part and the switch makes contact, along with the reassuring return pressure of the magnets to join together again, is great.
Although my pre-production version had some niggles when it comes to finish, I’m hopeful that Hellvape will sort these out for the final release.
In fact, I like this mod so much I may well pick up another at retail, and if so I will report back with any updates.
So…is the Hellvape Trishul V2 mech mod one you’re considering buying?
Let me know in the comments below and of course I’m more than happy to answer any of your questions 🙂