I went to the Vaper Expo UK – The Big Weekend and had an excellent time (if you would like to check out my visit, please click here). I met Scott of Voopoo Tech a lovely guy and we had a great chat for some time. I was honoured because as I was about to leave Scott asked me if I would do a review of the Voopoo DRAG. Scott gave me a device for the purpose of review.
Voopoo Tech’s Vision (taken from their website):
“To create brand-new living environment and propose healthy lifestyle in hope of that more and more people can Enjoy Vapor and Breath Freely. Taking customers into consideration, the product is designed on the basis of young people’s attitude towards enjoying a healthy fashionable lifestyle and preferring simple but not easy operation. Meanwhile, VOOPOO is strict to quality and hardware performance, endeavoring to innovate products, develop technology and improve its after-sales service, in order to bring customers the best product experience.”
What comes in the box:
- 1 DRAG 157W TC MOD
- 1 USB Cable
- 1 User Manual
- 1 Warranty Card
- 1 Gene chip card
Taking a look at the packaging
The device comes in a large cardboard box with the lid having the texture of leather (faux leather) and comes cling wrapped (removed before taking photos). On the front of the box, gold foil embossed is the Voopoo logo and silver foil embossed is DRAG with Gene chip.
On the back of the box you will find the name DRAG, a list of contents, a written warning and warning symbols, an ISBN barcode and a scratch and check authenticity. On one side you will find another gold foil embossed Voopoo logo and on another side another ISBN barcode and an indicator to the colour of the device.
The DRAG 157W specifications:
- Material: Anodized Zinc Alloy
- Wattage Range: 5W – 157W
- Input Voltage Range: 6.4V – 8.5V
- Output Voltage Range: 0V – 7.5V
- Wattage Resistance Range: 0.05Ω – 3.0Ω
- Temperature Control Resistance Range: 0.05Ω – 1.5Ω
- Operating Mode: POWER/SUPER/SS/Ti/Ni/TCR
- Temperature Range: 100°C – 315°C/200°F – 600°F
- Dual 18650 batteries
- Chip Set: Gene
- Firmware up-gradable
They come in two colours, both are carbon fibre, one with tiny red stripes and the other with tiny white stripes (which is the one I have).
They have also recently come out with some stabilised wood versions, which look absolutely gorgeous.
The Size of the device:
- Height – 90mm
- Width – 54mm
- Depth – 24mm
The device will comfortably sit an atomiser up to 24mm (leaving it flush with the device).
Taking a look around the device
This is a classic box MOD made from anodised zinc alloy and left to give that raw metalic finish. Looking at the sides, on one side is the carbon fibre detail which is protected by a thin plastic cover. On the other side, the battery door you will find the word DRAG which is printed within a slightly textured surround.
On the front of the device there is a good sized fire button, a display screen measuring 8mm x 25mm, the +/- buttons and a micro USB port allowing for firmware upgrading. The chip does support balanced charging. Though I would always advise to charge batteries externally. All the buttons are rounded and protrude from the device.
On top of the device you will find the 510 connector plate which are attached by two screws. A nice deep 510 connector hole with sprung loaded pin. I have tried several different types of tanks, RDAs and RTAs, all sitting flush on the device. The plate has some lovely machined groves to allow ventilation. The 510 plate does sit on the front side of the device directly above the fire button, which I found slightly unusual as most devices have their 510 plate away from the fire button.
On the base of the device you can see ten ventilation holes, there is an indentation so that you can get you nail under the battery door to open it. There is also some wording and warning symbols.
On the back of the device and as it is at the front, there is some machined detail to the body to take some the cornering off, which makes for a good feel in the hand.
If you look at the images above you will see the device with the battery door off, a lovely clear and clean space for the batteries. With spring loaded pins which allows the batteries sit snug and with the addition of the ribbon makes it easy to get the batteries out.
Looking at the image below shows you the good sized magnets used on the battery door and when fitted back on to the device I find no movement of the door and therefore no rattling from it either.
Looking at the screen and menu options
Looking at the images above, you can see the start up screens which can be customised using the Voopoo App (I will come back to this later). It will stop at the main screen which gives you the battery level, the ohm’s reading of the atomiser on the device, a voltage reading when pressing the fire button and the wattage that it is set at.
In the bottom right corner shows the devise in SUPER mode, which is when you have scrolled up to 130 watts and above, cleverly the Gene chip will not let the device fire if it thinks that the atomiser is not low enough to handle the wattage.
Above you can see the temperature control screen, a sub-menu with the choice of W – wattage mode, M 1-5 – Memory mode, Serial Number and chip firmware version. Also once upgraded there is W-V – which you can change wattage to voltage.
Using the device
Power on/off: Press the fire button five time continuously.
Temperature Control Mode Switch: Press the fire button three times quickly and repeat the pressing three times for each mode – 3 presses – SS, 3 presses – Ni, 3 presses – Ti and 3 presses to return to Power mode.
Temperature Adjust: Once in desired TC mode scroll up and down using the +/- buttons, when you hit 100°C press the down button again to reach 600°F. When you reach 200°F press the down button again to go to 315°C.
Wattage Adjust in TC mode: Press the fire button four times and the letter “W” will start to flash, you can then scroll between 5W – 80W.
Memory Mode: Pressing the +/- buttons at the same time for 1.5 seconds will take you through to a sub-menu (see images above), selecting ‘M 1-5’ will take you through to customisation mode where you can pretty much put in any configuration to give you your perfect set up. You can set up a preheat function so that it fires at a certain wattage for the length of time you require and you can have five different configurations. (you can also do this within the App on your PC).
Attaching an Atomiser: On putting your atomiser on to the device it will ask if this is a new coil YES/NO. If you press YES the devise will recognise the ohm’s of the coil (as most devises do) but it will then give you a conservative starting wattage for that coil.
SUPER mode: When you scroll through the wattage in 1W increments once 129W is reached you will need to press the up button again to go into SUPER mode. The devise will not let you fire unless your atomiser is within the allowed resistance range of 0.1Ω and 0.3Ω.
Safety Protection Function:
- Battery reverse protection
- Switch timeout protection
- Over-temperature protection
- Output over-currant protection
- Overcharge Protection
- Short circuit protection
- Support balance charge
If you go to the Voopoo Tech website there is a ‘download’ tab at the top of the page. This is where you can download the Voopoo PC App and any upgrades. Press to download the App and the upgrade. Once downloaded launch the App and let it do it stuff, once ready and open go to ROM update and press choose then search your files to find where the upgrade downloaded to (mine is called the download file). Click on it and it will drop into the Voopoo App.
Connect the devise to your PC via the USB cable provided and press ‘upgrade’ on the App, simple.
The fun bit is that you can customise a lot of the screens on the device – I did one ha ha looks awesome. Check the image below.
Thoughts and Conclusions
For the purpose of the review I have used the following atomisers:
- Aspire Cleito EXO with 0.16ohms coil
- Wotofo Troll V2 24mm with dual Alien coils coming out at 0.27ohms
- GeekVape Peerless 24mm with dual Clapton coils coming out at 0.2ohms
- Aspire Cleito with 0.4ohms SS 316L coil – for testing TC mode
I have had and been using the Drag for about three weeks now and I have been really impressed with the devise. The build quality of this devise is excellent and for a classic style box MOD it really is comfortable to use. I love the carbon fibre cover which gives it this beautiful look and I’m really pleased that they have covered it to give it longevity. I saw some of the stablised wood versions at the Vaper Expo and they really were outstanding, jaw droppingly so. Though a little heavy, I find that compared to some of my other devices it is fairly moderately weighted and carrying it around I have never felt that it was in-cumbersome. In the image below gives you a comparison to a couple of box MODs I have.
I have found that when I’m using the device and with the location of the 510 connector near the fire button that I hold the device with fire button away from me. Using my finger to fire rather than using my thumb, which is how I usually fire a device. Not a problem, just thought I would mention it.
I had never heard of the Gene chip before and never had a devise that clearly showed a great difference in performance. The reaction time from firing the device is instantaneous. Reading up, the Gene chip helps the device fire at a rate of 0.25 seconds, I have no way of measuring that. But it does feel like it hits like when I’m using a Mech MOD. Another thing I found really clever is when I have selected a new coil the device recognises the coil and moves the wattage to a conservative starting wattage. I say conservative as it is a little lower than what I would usually vape at. But saying that, it does stop you firing the device on a coil at a wattage not suitable. If you are like me, I will change between atomisers that I fire at around 50W or 90W respectively. So this is a great safety feature.
I found the user manual very easy to read and more importantly, i understood what it was telling me and found it very helpful when working out how to use all the functions this device gives. On top of that I have to mention the App is really well put together and really easy to use. I wouldn’t say I was a computer whizz by any stretch of the imagination and sometimes I find with these such Apps you need some sort of degree to understand and use it. Not with this, within a couple of minutes I had done the things I had wanted to and even customised the opening screen on the device (I’d normally have to ask my wife to help me with such things). Another plus point is that you can use the App to customise the Memory options on the device, so you can choose whether to do it on the device or the App. I like that a lot.
I have found that the scrolling whether temperature or wattage is at a good speed and I am able to actually stop at the desired wattage, another plus point for me. Nothing worst than a scroll that goes so fast that it takes several goes to get the desired amount.
I did test out the Temperature Control mode and found it worked really well for me and really easy to set up to how I wanted it.
When I first saw SUPER mode I was wondering what was that all about. Reading up, I think it is very clever and a great safety feature. To keep everything safe, it will not fire if the coil is not within the correct resistance. So this device we are told goes up to 157W and yes it does, though I don’t have the equipment to check the accuracy of that. It quite happily fires at 157W and though it is a bloody hot vape for me (I rarely go above 100W) it will consistently fire at that wattage. For this alone I have a huge amount of respect, because as a customer I want to know what the device I’m buying is actually capable of. Not this misinformation that some companies choose to give.
Battery life, the batteries I use are Sony VTC5’s and in the DRAG I am easily getting a full day’s life out of them. I do not feel any drop in performance as the battery level decreases, even on one bar I still get the impressive performance.
- Beautiful looking device
- Very responsive
- the very clever Gene chip
- Battery life – no drop in performance
- Safety features within SUPER mode and when recognising a new atomiser
- Well made – solid, no rattles
- The App – user friendly and lots of customisation options
- Firmware upgrade-able
I really can’t think of any.
I sit here trying to think of faults and I can’t, it has been a device that has been a real pleasure to use and really do feel that I will continue to do so. In this part of the world the name of the company may give us a smile or even a little chuckle. But for me Voopoo Tech certainly needs to be taken seriously as they have come out with a device that stands above other devices of the same price range. I for one will be looking out for what else comes from Voopoo Tech. The other two devices I saw on their website look really smart, the Alpha One has this retro look to it and the Newbie looks clean and tidy.
I think that we are going to be hearing a lot more from the guys at Voopoo Tech. The DRAG 157W is an excellent device and will help anyone from beginner to expert to have a very pleasant vaping experience. Well done Voopoo Tech.
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