Drag Mod by VooPoo
New from VooPoo is the Drag Mod. This device offers up to 157 Watts of power and can be used in either Variable Wattage or Temperature Control Mode. The Drag Mod requires two 18650 batteries which can be charged externally or via Micro USB cable.
Featuring an attractive looking design long with very solid construction and powered by the 32-bit super US Gene Fun chip. The Drag mod also boasts the fastest fire speed ever at 0.025s. The device has full compatibility for SS, Ti and NI coils as well as firmware upgradability. In my opinion the Drag Mod sounds highly appealing so let’s find out for certain shall we?
Drag Mod features
- Size: 90 x 54 x 24mm
- Working Voltage: 6.4-8.5V
- Working Current: 1-40A
- Output Voltage Range: 0-7.5V
- Resistance range: 0.05-3.0 (VW); 0.05-1.5 (TC)
- Output Power: 5-157W
- Temperature Range: 200-600F/100-315C
- Requires 2x 18650 Batteries (Purchased Separately)
- 32 Bit Super U.S. Gene Fun Chip
- Super Mode: Automatically Activates At 130W+ and the Resistance is below .3ohm. (Wattage Boosting Function)
- Smart Atomizer Detection
- Power Stabilisation
- Resistance Adjustment
- Magnetic Battery Door
- Firmware Upgradeable
- Five Memory Slots
- TCR Adjustment
- Power Curve Adjustment
What’s in the box?
- 1 x VooPoo Drag Mod
- 1 x Micro USB Cable
- 1 x User Manual
- 1 x Warranty card
Drag Mod styling and build quality
I have to say that I really do think this is a very attractive mod and in some ways in terms of shame it looks a bit like my Therion 166 if you were to hold it in reverse. For anyone who prefers lightweight and discrete mods this one is not for you because it is heavy and seems much heftier than my Therion 166, yet despite the weight the balance is nice and it feels comfortable to use.
In many ways it’s built like a brick quality reminds me of older Sigelei mods like the 100W+. As such I am sure this device could take its fair share of knocks without compromising its functionality. There are no sharp edges and everything has been well chamfered.
Unfortunately the nice chamfering does lead to one slight issue and that’s the fact that you will get slight overhang when using 24mm atomizers. 25mm atomisers will have very noticeable overhang. The 510 connector looks to be made from Stainless Steel and the pin itself is spring-loaded and made from brass. I have noticed that not every atomizer I own sits completely flush so you will get a slight gap with some.
The Drag Mod features three buttons and all of them are very responsive and thankfully rattle free. The OLED screen is both bright and clear and the font used is of a decent size. All of the typical information you would expect is shown including Wattage, Resistance and Voltage. In addition the remaining battery life is displayed as is Temperature and coil material when in that mode.
The Micro USB Port is conveniently located at the bottom front of the device and the fitting looks to be decent. The battery compartment which takes two 18650 batteries is excellent and features full warnings printed on the inside. In addition the correct battery orientation is clearly marked. The contacts are made from brass and there is a ribbon to assist with battery removal. The compartment is secured by a solid press-fit magnetic lid which is held extremely securely and I noticed no wobble at all.
At the base of the device there are ten small ventilation holes.
Ease of use
- Five clicks of the main fire button switches the device on and off.
- Three clicks of the fire button changes the operation mode.
- Wattage or Temperature can be adjusted by using either the plus or minus buttons. In my opinion the adjustment speed is a little slow. Please note the Temperature does not round robin between Fahrenheit and Celsius.
- All commonly used wire types are supported and include Nickel, Titanium, and Stainless Steel and Wattage.
- Pushing the Wattage over 130W puts the device into Super Mode. Going over 130W put the device into Super Mode which is essentially a Wattage boosting function.
- Holding down the fire button and the up adjustment button locks the device.
- Holding down the fire button and the minus adjustment button flips the screen.
- Holding down the plus and minus buttons brings up the menu. This allows access to five memory slots or lets you display the device’s serial number and firmware version. In addition it allows you to adjust the Curve Setting in either Wattage or Temperature Control Mode.
- When you fit a new atomizer the device will ask you to confirm whether you are using a new atomizer or not when you fit it. The device will apply a suitable Wattage dependent on the Resistance of your atomizer when first fitted which you can choose to accept or change.
- When in TC mode the Resistance can also be set. In addition the TCR can also be adjusted.
Drag Mod performance
In Wattage mode this device is absolutely superb and highly responsive. One press of the fire button and it immediately fires. VooPoo state that the Drag Mod has the fastest firing speed of any mod currently on the market. I tested this and compared it to my Therion 166 which features an Evolv DNA chip and while the Drag Mod was certainly faster it wasn’t a huge amount of difference at least not something a typical user would be especially concerned about. In Wattage mode I always felt like I was getting the true actual Wattage at all times. When using my Kennedy Trickster at 135W with a very low Resistance build the device went into Super Mode. Now one minor annoyance of this is that when you are adjusting the Wattage it will stop when you reach 130W and you have to once more press the fire button to increase it further, regardless you quickly get used to it. I wouldn’t say I noticed any real difference when vaping in this mode and for all intents and purposes it seemed like a similar vape to my Therion 166 at that Wattage.
Temperature Control is where this device suffers a little because Temperature Co-Efficient settings are rather different to what you might be typically used to and as such a fair bit of fiddling around is need to get a comparative vape to your other devices. It still definitely works and offers an acceptable enough vape when you get it right but it is perhaps not as convenient or desirable. Another thing to take into account is that while the device offers a maximum output of 157W, TC mode only goes up to 80W.
So we can quickly ascertain that this device absolutely rocks in Wattage Mode and is acceptable but limited in Temperature Control. Yet there is one issue to mention which really annoyed me. This device will not fire my Kayfun 5! For some reason VooPoo have the 510 pin fitted far too low down which means not all of your atomizers will fire. Consider that the Kayfun 5 is a very common and popular atomizer yet it simply will not work with this device and since adjusting the 510 pin just ends up loosening the base of the tank it will never work.
There will no doubt be other atomizers which you own which cause the same problem and in my opinion that is something Voopoo need to rectify immediately because no one wants to buy a device which only works with a handful of RTA’s or RDA’s. Now providing you have a lot of tanks or RDA’s with a long pin or an adjustable one it is less of a concern but for the average user who might just want to use whatever atomizer they have to hand it does represent an issue.
With that out of the way let’s move on to the last thing and that’s the App which is available for this device. Now while I haven’t tried it myself and never actually felt the need to one thing you really need to know is that it only works on a PC not on a Mac.
In terms of battery life the Drag Mod performed just like every other dual 18650 device I own and it will depend entirely on your chosen Wattage and how regularly you vape.
Regardless of the 510 issue which I found somewhat annoying and the fact that Temperature Control Mode is only average at best I do feel that the Drag Mod is a very well made and sturdy device which is highly appealing in a market which now tends to be saturated with lightweight and less robust products. The performance in Wattage Mode is excellent, the styling is attractive. In my opinion the device is quite straightforward to use but the additional menu might complicate things for brand new users.
The Drag Mod is typically priced at about £60 which to be honest is acceptable providing you only want it for Wattage mode. If VooPoo were to sort the 510 issue out and make their Temperature Co-Efficient settings in line with everyone else then that would really elevate the appeal of this product greatly.
At the end of the day this might actually be a very worthwhile device to consider but it will depend greatly on your own individual requirements.
Many thanks to VooPoo who kindly submitted the Drag Mod to Planet of the Vapes for us to review. You can find them on twitter here https://twitter.com/voopootech/ and instagram here https://www.instagram.com/voopootechofficial/.