Pod System Reviews

VOOPOO Argus G2 mini

VOOPOO have refreshed their ARGUS series, and Antony has been taking a look at the bargain priced G2 Mini

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VOOPOO are rounding out the recent refresh of the Argus pod kits with the G2 mini. This retains a relatively large battery for this style of kit but cuts back on all the complicated stuff like buttons and screens, and brings the G2 mini into the sub £20 range which might make it the ideal starting point for anyone wanting to give the Argus pod series a whirl.

Specifications

  • 115 x 25.6 x 13.4mm 
  • 49.4grams
  • Maximum output 30watts
  • 2ml Argus PGTG pods (3ml for non-TPD regions)
  • Compatible with all Argus Pods and Ito coils 
  • 1200mAh internal battery 
  • 1 Amp charging via USB-C

Packaging for the Argus G2 mini is minimal with just a brief user pamphlet, the device itself and a single 0.7ohm pod included in the box, which given the entry level price point isn’t too surprising. The G2 mini is available in eight colour options to suit most tastes, and I was sent the “Moonlit Grey” version for review which transitions from a deep grey (almost black) at the base to a silver at the top.

As this is the new baby in the Argus pod series, the screens and buttons found on the recent G2 and P2 devices have been dropped for a simple, no fuss draw activated system giving the G2 mini a sleek, minimalist look with an Argus logo along with a LED indicator light on the front, and a simple but effective airflow control on the back. The main chassis is made from aluminium so the G2 mini is light enough to go unnoticed in a pocket as well weighing in at just over 49grams despite the fairly generous 1200mAh internal battery.

In use, the small LED indicator on the front of the G2 mini will light up as you take a puff, and this will eventually turn red once the charge drops below 15 percent. Charging is done via a USB-C port on the base of the G2 mini, and in my charge test this hit a peak charge rate of 0.672 amps. Whilst charging the small LED indicator will slowly blink and eventually turn solid once charged, annoyingly this is another device that never drops down to a zero amp draw once charged so I had to run the charge test twice with a final recorded useable capacity of 997mAh achieved in 1 hour and thirty five minutes. This falls quite a bit short of the claimed 1200 mAh capacity, but even so, I was easily able to get through a full day when using this as my only device.

The USB-C port is also surrounded by a bright light guide which lights up when you take a puff if you want a more obvious sign this is in use, fortunately this can also be turned off if you want to be more discreet, despite the lack of controls. To do this you simply puff three times quickly to turn this on or off. I was worried that I would find myself turning this on or off at random in daily use, but this hasn’t been the case at all so this seems to be well tuned, and you have to make a deliberate effort to activate this feature which is quite clever.

Pods are inserted into the recess at the top of the G2 mini where you can also find the airflow and draw activation sensor. As with the other Argus pod kits this is compatible with the full range of Argus Pods or Ito coils with an optional empty pod and these are amongst my favourite mouth to lung pods. They don’t leak and the flavour is amongst the best in class with easy side filling so you don’t even have to remove the pod for a refill.

The supplied 0.7ohm pod is my go to choice, but I know a lot of people I’ve given these kits to in the past prefer the 1.2ohm pods despite these not being available in a side fill option at present. Coil life is very good as well, the only exception being the 0.4ohm pod which I found didn’t perform that well on this front the last time I tried one.

Conclusion

Looking for a cheap intro to the VOOPOO Argus series? Then look no further, the Argus G2 mini is perfect for beginners and experienced vapers alike, and with the sub £20 price point, it won’t break the bank either. I never seem to manage to hold onto these for long as they’re popular with my co-workers, and yes, someone has already called dibs on this once I’m done with the review… I’ll hold onto it for a few more days though because that 0.7 ohm pod is still delivering punchy rich flavour even after a week of solid use.

I’m happy to give the VOOPOO Argus G2 mini a solid eight out of 10.

Many thanks to VOOPOO for sending the Argus G2 mini over for review.

Pros
  • Simple draw activation system
  • Compatible with all Argus Pods and Ito coils
  • Lightweight
Cons
  • Relatively slow charging
  • Only one pod included in the package
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Antony Lord

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I was a twenty a day smoker for 25 years and like most smokers I was always going to quit "next week". Having hit my mid forties and having the usual smokers cough and difficulty with anything more than moderate exercise it was obviously time to give up the cancer sticks. I bought my first e-cigarette in 2013 when they were expensive, difficult to find and quite frankly... crap. I used it for about a week then went back to the roll ups, mark up another failed quit attempt. The fact that I had just changed jobs and was under quite a lot of stress probably didn't help. Move on to 2016 and whilst I was browsing eBay I noticed that one of the suggested items that would occasionally pop up was for a cheap e-cigarette. It looked similar to the one I'd bought 3 years earlier but it was only £5 (about 8 times cheaper than before) so I decided to give it another go on a whim. Once the kit arrived I managed to gradually replace the cigarettes with my new kit over a two month period and got into watching YouTube reviews for newer kit. My cheap and cheerful kit was replaced by a more upmarket affair, and being a noob I made a mistake once it arrived... I put in the supplied direct lung coil, this was of course a complete revelation and I haven't touched a cigarette since. Oh and I no longer spend the first five minutes of every day having a coughing fit either.

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