Introduction – OBS Draco
The OBS Draco is from a brand that we mostly associate with good quality atomisers. The Engine 2 has had its praises sung high and low. Now, OBS have started to add to a growing range of mods in their stable.
The OBS Draco is a pen style kit that comes with a 3000mAh battery mod and a fixed wattage of 80w.
Available in Stainless steel and Black I loved the clean lines of the kit and as for the new mesh coil, well you’ll just have to read on to find out what I think of that.
Disclaimer: I received the OBS Draco kit for the purpose of this review. All opinions are based on my own experience and testing.
In The Box
- 1 x Draco Kit
- 1 x Spare glass tube
- 1 x USB cable
- Spare O-rings
- 1 x Draco OCC coil
- 1 x M1 Mesh Coil
- 1 x User manual
Features and Specs
- Draco Mod
- Size: 24 x 87mm
- Weight: 96g
- Capacity: 3000mAh
- Resistance Range: 0.1 – 2.3 ohms
- Wattage Range: Locked to 80w
- Output Voltage: 3.2-4.2V
- Continuous firing time: 10s
- 510 connection: Spring loaded, gold plated 510 pin
- Draco Tank
- Height: ~126mm (not including drip tip or 510)
- Width: 24mm
- M1 Mesh Coil Resistance: 0.2ohms (50-80w, best at 65-75w)
- OCC Coil Resistance: 0.3ohms (30-80w, best at 35-70w)
- Filling method: Removable top fill
- Drip tip: 810
- Capacity: 2ml (standard glass), 3.5ml (bubble glass)
- Threading: Gold plated, non-adjustable 510 pin
- Available colours: Stainless Steel | Black
Design and Build Quality
The build quality on this little kit seems quite good. The construction looks solid and has a familiar look to most other vape pen style devices. The mod itself is a simple affair. The fire button is plastic and has a little give to it when you tap it lightly and when firing it has a confident click.
The LED showing battery life is easy to see indoors, but outside can be unclear. 5 clicks turn the mod on and off.
On start-up and shut down the battery indicator flashes through green, blue and red. However, it doesn’t end on the current battery level which would have been a nice touch.
When firing the mod an OBS logo appears at the base. This is purely for aesthetics and serves no functional purpose.
The USB charge port is set at the back of the mod, behind the fire button. There’s no real issue with it being there. Although, were it set lower down it might have made it more stable when charging.
The LED shows the current charge level at 3 stages. However, there is no indication of what the charge level is at each stage on any of the literature or web sites I’ve read.
The mod feels good in the hand. There’s a well-balanced weight to it. I do find myself holding it life a tube mech and sometimes trying to fire it as such. Perhaps in version 2 we might see a base fire button like we saw on the Vapeonly Dwarf.
The tank is neat and sits absolutely flush to the accompanying mod. Starting at the top we have an 810 drip tip. This can be swapped out for your favourite tip for a level of customisability.
However, I did find that my Dead Rabbit tip was a little loose. The supplied drip tip was held in place by a chunky O-ring set into the top cap of the tank. The bore is a little narrow for my liking, but it matched up perfectly with the tank chimney and provided and even draw.
The top cap is fully removable with a quarter turn for easy filling through 2 kidney shaped holes and has a O-ring embedded in the cap to help prevent leaking.
The coils are set very close to the top cap to help provide a good all-round flavour with a variety of e-liquid types.
Changing coils is easy with the base unscrewing, allowing for a quick change and reassemble.
The Draco tank has bottom airflow. There are 2 large holes which are easily adjustable and have a stop at both fully open and fully closed. The knurling on the AFC allows for an easy and smooth change in air flow.
How Does The OBS Draco Kit Perform?
The Draco mod is very straight forward and would be a brilliant kit for anyone who is just starting to get into vaping. Although the locked 80w output might be a little off putting, I did, however, find the ramp up was smooth.
Charging was very fast. I plugged this Draco in when I saw the red LED and within an hour I was back to green and good to go.
I used the Draco every day for 2 weeks. Mostly in the car and out and about and I didn’t find it underpowered or lacking in anyway.
The battery has a good standby: I would regularly leave it switched on in the car overnight and when I came back to it the next day it just kept on giving. This kit will definitely have a place in my cup holder for a long time.
I have to admit I have really enjoyed using this tank. The 2ml capacity is standard for TPD and I found that neither of the supplied coils were overly thirsty on the e-liquid.
The draw was nice and light, it manages the 80w output very well. Even though the bore of the drip tip matches with the chimney I prefer a wider bore and a fuller draw.
The top fill cap was easy to remove. Although, as a bit of a fumbler I found that filling on the go was a bit troublesome and I did drop the top cap occasionally and the use of a sliding top cap might have worked better.
M1 Mesh Coil – 0.2ohm – Brand Recommended Output (30-80W, best at 35-70W)
The M1 mesh coil was great. It has 4 wide triangle juice feed holes and I found that I never got a dry hit. Vapour production was good with a looseness to it that I liked.
The flavour was even better.
It was nicely rounded and worked great with 70VG:30PG ratio liquids. I tried fruit and pastry flavours and found that it worked better with fruits. With daily, but not constant use the coil easily lasted 2 weeks and the only reason I changed it was that I needed to try the OCC coil for this review.
OCC Coil – 0.3ohm Brand Recommended Output (30-80W, best at 35-70W)
The OCC coil is a twin parallel wrapped coil. The juice inlet is 4 columns of 3 reasonably large holes, giving an even flow of juice. I’ve had 3 tanks through this coil and as yet have not had a dry hit.
I found vapour production to be denser with this coil and although the flavour was good, it didn’t stack up against that of the M1 mesh coil. Again, I’ve tried both fruits and pastries and found that for flavour the fruit are the better of the 2 with this coil.
The airflow was clean and unobstructed. There was a little too much noise for my liking and even closing the AFC off by a quarter didn’t have much effect. Closing the airflow down almost all the way did allow for a very restricted draw, but I don’t think it can compete with dedicated MTL tanks. Direct to lung on the other had was easy and I had a satisfying draw each time.
- Clean looks
- Long battery life
- M1 mesh coil is really good!
- Pocket friendly design
- Top cap would be better as a slider
- Battery indication at start-up and shut-down would be nice
For a pocket friendly DTL device for out and about I’m very happy with the OBS Draco. It’s well balanced and easy to operate. Coil life with not overly sweetened juice is really very good. But please, in version 2 give me a base fire button.