This month I was lucky enough to get my hands on not one, but two, kits: The Callisto and The Trident, both by Council of Vapor.
The Trident has its roots in mythology - the weapon of Poseidon, God of the sea. Weapon is right! This single battery 60w device hits you with power and ramp-up often only seen in two battery mods. It comes in a sleek black and carbon fibre finish. The SmartChip allows you to easily set five different settings and if, like me, you switch between tanks and drippers on the same device it means no fiddly resets each time, just a straight swap to the next setting. This feature also integrates switching between the Variable Wattage or Temperature Control settings.
Aesthetically, however, the Callisto stands out: brushed aluminium with a plastic ¼ grip makes a welcome change from bog-standard boxes. Pictures alone do not do it justice, a pleasantly weighty feel means this is a device you will know you are using.
Those of you who appreciate Greek mythology will also know that Callisto seduced Zeus and was punished by being turned into a bear -which probably explains that weight I was talking about! It is still a single battery device but reaches a heady 80w maximum output.
Both boxes have very different performances. The Trident is agile and great for using on the go, the Callisto, on the other hand, is the powerhouse that will make you sit up and admire it.
Personally, I’m a fan of the Callisto for its weight and power, but will happily use the Trident when out and about.
Now, let’s talk tanks.
The Trident comes with the Mini Vengeance Tank. Those of you who remember the Vengeance from its single release will know this is a combined flavour and cloud chasing tank with an innovative honeycomb shield to avoid spit back. It’s worth mentioning that the Mini Vengeance is a bottom-fill tank, however, performance and longevity of its coils more than make up for this.
Once again, I find myself spoilt for choice. The Callisto kit includes Council of Vapor’s RST (Rebuildable Sub-Ohm Tank) which is not only a handy little tank, but features a generous airflow considering its size, not to mention top-filling. This tank, if used at its maximum output (80w with stock coils), will drain the battery in the Callisto rather quickly. However, I easily managed a whole day without switching batteries.
Simply down to sheer innovation, within such a compact size, I’m inclined to steer towards the RST over the Veangeance but those of you looking for an easy to use fog maker should veer towards the latter.
Overall these are two very well-made, user friendly, devices. In the ultimate battle though, the title has to go to the Callisto.