The Topside is a single battery squonk mod by Dovpo. It is designed in collaboration with reviewer TVC (The Vapor Chronicles), the designer of the widely popular Drop series of RDAs. This is Dovpo’s second squonk mod, after the dual-battery Basium that got released back in July.
The Topside is a 2×700 mod, which means that it can be used with 20700s, 21700s or 18650s (with the included adapter). It is made to compete with the line of popular 2×700 squonk mods like the Vandy Vape Pulse X and HCigar Aurora. I have been using the Topside for a few days now, let’s see how it fared in the first impressions department.
This mod was sent to me free of charge by MyVpro, where it’s currently available at a discounted price.
Colors: Black, silver, red, gunmetal, purple, blue
The Dovpo Topside is a utilitarian looking mod that manages to also look good. It’s not the smallest or lightest mod out there by any means, but it feels durable and well-built. For comparison, the 3D-printed Pulse mod weighs 89.3 grams, while the Topside weighs 190.5 grams. Currently, they have six color options for order. They all have a black top and bottom and a black fill cap, while the body has beautiful coloring that looks like an anodized finish. The blue one I have looks great and with the black top, and the knurling on the fill cap matches well with my upcoming Cthulhu Mjölnir RDA.
The battery door is a standard bottom latch, which unfortunately is a little too tight. Not a big deal, but I think it could be better. It has a large front-facing 0.96-inch black and white screen that is pretty basic, but bright and clear enough to read easily. It displays all the essential information, including power setting, resistance, and battery level. It also shows live voltage and wattage reading. The voltage reading allows you to see your charge of the battery when idle and the actual voltage delivered to the atomizer when under load.
The mod feels really solid and well-built, and more comfortable in the hand than you would think from the pictures. The circular fire button is large, clicky, and concave – it feels nice and has no rattle at all. The 510 platform appears to be able to handle up to a 26 mm diameter atomizer without overhang. I’m using a 24 mm RDA currently, and there is some room to spare. I can’t imagine anyone using a bigger atomizer than 25 mm on this, so overhang should not be an issue.
Feature-wise, sadly it comes pretty barebones. There are only two modes on this mod out of the box: power mode and Bypass. There is a firmware update to enable temperature control mode, but I haven’t gotten it to work yet as of writing this. I talked with a few other reviewers as well, and most have had no luck getting the firmware to update – hopefully I’ll get it to work before the full review. The power mode is pretty basic; it goes up to 90 watts and has no pre-heat option or power curves. Bypass mode makes it work like a non-adjustable mod, similar to the AsMODus Pumper 18 or the Aspire Feedlink.
The cool feature of this mod that has everyone buzzing is the unique top-filling method. While all other squonkers on the market require you to remove the bottle and unscrew their cap to fill, the aptly named Topside allows you to fill it from the top without removing the bottle. The fill-cap, which you can remove for dripping juice straight into the large 10 mL bottle, has nice threading and easy-to-grip knurling. It’s very convenient and an innovative design choice.
Overall so far, I think Dovpo has a real winner on their hands. I just hope the firmware issues get solved; not including TC modes out of the box makes it feel rushed to me. But as long as performance is there, this will be a mod I’d be happy to recommend. You’ll know soon, as I am currently testing it for the full review. Let me know what you think in the comments!