Voopoo Drag S
Newvaping asked us to take a look at the Voopoo Drag S kit, an evolution of the Voopoo Vinci. Having previously reviewed both the original Vinci and the 18650 Vinci X late last year, I was more than happy to see what was on offer this time around, in fact I was positively looking forward to it arriving.
- Size 87 x 33 x 28mm, 154 grams
- 2500mAh internal battery, 2amp charging
- Output 3.2-4.2V, 5-60W
- Range 0.1-3.0ohms
- 2ml TPD compliant tank (4.5ml for non-TPD regions)
- Compatible with all PnP coils
Whilst the Vinci already felt like a quality piece of kit, Voopoo appears to have gone that extra mile with the Drag S and this feels like an even more premium piece of kit all around. The frame loses the shiny fingerprint magnet finish with bright stickers/panels, and now sports a matt finish with a (p)leather grip with “DRAG” embossed down the back and contrasting stitching around the edges. It's almost the same height as the Vinci but it's gained a few millimetres side to side and front to back to accommodate the larger internal battery which is now 2500mAh, a definite improvement over the original 1500mAh.
The screen is much brighter this time around making it much easier to use outside and whilst the buttons all feel solid, there is unfortunately still a tiny bit of button rattle present on the up/down buttons.
The charge port has been moved from the bottom to the front panel for easier access, and it’s also been upgraded to a more modern usb-C port. Voopoo claim 2 amp charging, but in my tests it peaked at around 1.56amps. Whilst charging, the screen displays the charge percentage and I recorded 2100mAh when it reached 100% after 1 hour and 30 minutes but it was difficult to lock down final capacity and time as it continues to intermittently trickle charge beyond this point.
The pod has been updated and now looks more like a traditional tank with a round finish and an integrated drip tip. I didn’t mind the duckbill style drip tip on the Vinci, but this is definitely much more comfortable in use! PnP coils are simply press fit from the underside as before, and there’s a generous sized fill port which has been hassle free. As Newvaping are based here in the U.K, a TPD compliant 2ml pod was included and I’m happy to report that this didn’t cause wicking issues like I experienced in the 2ml Vinci pod (the wick ports were partially obscured by the non-removable bung in that case). It’s all held in place by super strong magnets and there’s no fear of the pod falling out or getting lost.
The biggest improvement this time around is the fully adjustable airflow. I found with both the included coils that having it set about two thirds open at the default wattages was perfect. It should be noted that I did find that if I was trigger firing, my fingers tended to naturally come to rest over one side of the airflow restricting it even further so I’ve primarily been using this as a thumb firer which eliminates this issue. I also found that there was quite a delay with the autodraw function so I turned that off.
The firmware/board seems much better on the Drag S with an increase in power from 40 watts to 60 watts. The smart auto wattage function appears to now only change the wattage if the resistance changes, a much welcome improvement as that was a “feature” that drove me around the bend before as it would constantly revert to the “default” wattage for a coil whenever I filled the pod! The “RBA” mode is now included as well (it is available as a firmware update on the Vinci), although it is slightly disappointing to see that there’s still no boost function which means that you’ll experience a drop off in performance with a depleted battery, especially at higher wattages. One new annoyance, however, is that the board seems to enter a deep sleep state if left for thirty minutes requiring two presses to vape again (one to wake the Drag S, one to vape)
I won’t dwell too much on the PnP coils as these have been covered quite extensively already. The flavour as always is top notch and it’s easy to see why the Vinci line has been so popular. One complaint with the PnP coils has always been that they have a tendency to leak, I’ve generally not had too many issues personally but it still appears to be a crap shoot on this front. The first coil didn’t leak at all, but the second one has leaked on and off right from the get go!
- Increased 2500mAh battery capacity
- 2ml pod doesn’t compromise wicking ability
- Premium feel
- Coils still tend to leak
- Tiny bit of button rattle
This is a great successor to the previous Vinci systems with several welcome improvements like increased battery capacity, a better pod system and premium materials. Add in the continued use of the PnP coils (despite their leaky nature!), and you’re onto a winner. Plus I’ve already spotted several upcoming RTA pods, including one from Voopoo themselves, which look like they could be interesting. If you’re looking for a convenient to use pod kit then this is still up there and it comes highly recommended by myself.