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Voopoo Doric Galaxy S1

VOOPOO have release a new starter kit, ready to take on the disposable market. Antony checks out the VOOPOO Doric Galaxy S1 kit

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Voopoo are well known for their great lineup of inexpensive starter kits, and today I’ll be taking a look at one of the cheapest entries in the form of the latest Doric Galaxy S1 kit which I’m seeing online for around the £10 mark. This puts it firmly into the ultra-budget category which will hopefully tempt people away from the dreaded disposables into something more environmentally friendly whilst still retaining an air of familiarity for them with its reliable no nonsense auto draw activation.

Specifications

  • 125.88 x 16 mm 
  • 31.5 grams
  • 800 mAh internal battery
  • USB-C 1 Amp charging
  • 2ml PCTG pod

The Voopoo Doric Galaxy S1 comes in super simple packaging with the device in a sealed plastic wrapper and a small multi language instruction pamphlet. There is a 0.7ohm pod preinstalled in the battery section and at this price point you’re perhaps not going to be too surprised when I tell you that a second pod, or for that matter a usb charge cable, isn’t going to be included in the package.

The Voopoo Doric Galaxy S1 is available in seven colours, and I was sent the black version for review. First impressions out of the box are that this is indeed very lightweight at under 32 grams, making it perfectly pocketable. I was surprised to find that Voopoo had managed to achieve this with a metal (presumably aluminium) chassis as at this price point, I was expecting this to be a bit plastic-fantastic. This means that the Doric Galaxy S1 should be durable and last you a good while. 

The main battery section consists of a 16mm diameter tube which is flattened on two sides, this is a great design feature as it means that it doesn’t roll off under desks and the like when you pop it down somewhere for a moment. One of the curved sides features some minimal branding (which proved to be incredibly difficult to capture on a photograph), and a two colour LED indicator. The LED will light up when you take a puff or when plugged in for charging, and is white until the power drops below 20% remaining where it will switch to red, you’ll want to find a charger quickly at this point as I tended to find that the indicator would flash red indicating a totally flat battery fairly quickly after this point.

There’s a USB-C charge port on the base with onboard 5V/1A charging. Testing this accurately became a bit of an exercise in frustration as this is another of those annoying cases where the charging never drops to zero, stopping my test timer, but in my tests, this hits a peak charge rate of 0.73 amps with a recorded useable capacity of 680mAh achieved in around 1 hour, which is perfectly acceptable. I was just about able to get a day’s use out of this with the included 0.7ohm pod.

The Doric Galaxy cartridge/pod sits in the top of the battery section and is held firmly in place with magnets. A 0.7ohm pod is included in the kit which is perfect for me, but there are also 1.2ohm pods available which I know are more popular with a lot of the people at work that I’ve given these Voopoo kits to in the past. These are fairly inexpensive at around £6 for a pack of two pods online. There’s an easy to use fill port on the side of the 2ml capacity pod, and this features a sleeved silicone drip tip which was incredibly comfortable to use.

This is an auto draw only system which has been totally reliable in use with the air being drawn into the pod via two subtle cutouts at the top of the flattened edges of the battery section, so I didn’t encounter any issues with accidentally blocking the airflow.

At the base of the pod, there are two air inlets which Voopoo claim gives the Doric Galaxy pod smoother airflow whilst reducing e-liquid oxidation and maintaining better flavour over the life of the pod. As is always the case with these Voopoo starter kits, the flavour has indeed been consistently good, and my pod is still going strong after a full week of use. This has generally been a leak free experience as well, although I did get a bit of mild seepage the other day when I had this stored in a trouser pocket, but no more than I would from any similar kit.

Conclusion

Another great entry level starter kit from Voopoo, the Doric Galaxy S1 should rank highly on your list, especially at this super budget friendly price point. If you’re looking to switch from cigarettes or disposables, you might want to try the 1.2ohm pods as I’m sure most of the people who fall into those categories will find that much more suited to them.

I’m happy to award the Voopoo Doric Galaxy S1 kit a solid 7 out of ten, and this would have been an easy 8 if they’d included an extra 1.2 one pod in the kit as well and perhaps bumped the price up another couple of pounds.

Many thanks to Voopoo for sending the Doric Galaxy S1 kit over for review.

Pros
  • Affordable starter kit
  • Replaceable pods
  • Simple operation
  • Lightweight
Cons
  • Only one pod included (although this can be somewhat forgiven at the price point)
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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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