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VOOPOO Argus P2 kit

VOOPOO take things up a notch whilst keeping things small and tidy with the new Argus P2 kit

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Today I’ll be taking a look at VOOPOO’s other recent starter kit, the Argus P2. Once again, this is the slightly more advanced version of their basic starter kits with a bigger battery and more control over your vape than you would find in the basic kits, but it still manages to come in at around the £25 mark making it a tempting proposition. 

Specifications

  • 78.2 x 49.2 x 17.6 mm 
  • 89.3 grams (TPD version)
  • Power 5 to 30 watts
  • Internal 1100 mAh battery 
  • USB-C charging
  • Compatible with Argus Pods and ITO coils
  • 0.54” OLED screen

The VOOPOO Argus P2 comes in eight different colours with your choice clearly displayed on the front of the box, in my case I was sent the “pearl white” version which has a car paint quality finish. Also in the box you’ll find a brief user guide, USB-C charge cable, lanyard and a second pod.

The Argus P2 does away with the traditional stick style design of the Argus G2 and goes for the small rectangular shape that is fairly common these days. I’ve found myself gravitating more towards this design recently, so this has become my go to device for the last couple of weeks. 

There are definite nods to the earlier Argus pod kits with this form factor, there’s the familiar painted zinc alloy chassis capped off on one side with a polycarbonate shell exposing the screen and some of the circuit board below. On the other side from this, you’ll find the small but very serviceable airflow control plus the attachment point for a lanyard, not that I’m sure you’d want to use this on a lanyard as it weighs in at just a midges under 90 grams! Finally on the base there’s a USB-C charge port.

The paint on the chassis is up to VOOPOO’s usual high standard but the “ARGUS” logo is made from inlaid stickers. I’ve found that these inlaid letters have been prone to falling off on earlier units (usually right after the review is published!) so I wanted to give this a bit of a longer test than usua,l and so far these have stayed firmly in place this time around.

Controls are driven by a single button on the top of the Argus P2 coupled with a 0.54” OLED screen and LED indicator bar. Two main modes are available. First is “power mode” which does what it says on the tin allowing you to set your own power from 0 to 30 watts, this will be capped according to the pod you have inserted to prevent accidentally burning the coil out which is handy for beginners. The second mode is the “shift mode” which still allows you to select from three different power levels but keeps things much simpler. The power levels in the shift mode have all been spot on for me, so I’ve stuck to that for the most part.

The charging on both the Argus G2 and Argus P2 kits have been great, and with the P2, I recorded a peak charging rate of 1.8 amps with a final recorded capacity of 979mAh in just 37 minutes. The larger battery and rapid charging on these has been one of my favourite features.

The Argus P2 is compatible with the full range of Argus Pods and ITO coils, and you get a 0.4ohm (restricted direct lung) and 0.7ohm (loose mouth to lung) pod included in the kit. The resistance of each pod is marked on the side fill port bungs, but one criticism I have here is that these can be quite difficult to read.

In international markets these come in a 3ml capacity as shown on the left, whilst here in TPD land, we’re obviously limited to just 2ml pods as shown on the right. These have always given me a leak free experience, and you have a convenient side fill system as well as a decent coil life.

My favourite has always been the 0.7ohm pod with its looser mouth to lung, bordering on restricted direct lung draw. I’ve given quite a few of the earlier Argus pod kits out to people at work and the most popular pick amongst my colleagues is the 1.2ohm coil with its tighter mouth to lung draw.

A new addition for me this time around was the 0.4ohm direct lung coil which gave a slightly restricted direct lung draw with good flavour. I think VOOPOO is really pushing this coil to its limits though as after about five days, I did start to get random burnt hits, so the pod was pronounced dead. It is a great option if you do want a direct lung vape in a compact form factor, just don’t expect the coil to last you for weeks!

Pros

Cons

  • The disco lights can be distracting but you can turn them off

Conclusion

I’m a big fan of the Argus pod kits and there’s always a clamour in the office for the opportunity to grab the latest version from me once I’m done with the review so I know I’m not the only one. Whilst one of the smaller simpler kits might be a better choice if you’re a first time vaper, this make a great choice if you’re going up a notch or looking for a second kit. For a new vaper, I’d possibly recommend this over the G2 kit as well because of the slightly easier to use control interface. Another solid all-rounder from VOOPOO again nets the Argus P2 a solid 8 out of 10 from me.

Many thanks to VOOPOO for sending the Argus P2 over for review.

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Antony Lord

Reviewer at POTV
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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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