With the release of the ‘new’ Voopoo Argus pod kit, I have to ask if the Argus Pro Kit wasn’t enough?
Or is it too much for some?
One of my favourite words to use when talking about vape kits that offer a number of options for the vaper is ‘versatility’. Its a lovely word, sounds clever doesn’t it.
For me, the more versatile a device is the better, and as much as I’m not the biggest user of Pod Mods that welcome coils both for MTL and DL vaping on a day to day basis, I still like devices that offer both.
Voopoo released the Argus Pro kit alongside this device, the Argus.
The Argus pro was a 3000mAh device that could fire up to 80 watts and of course made use of Voopoo’s Pod-Tank and PNP coils.
So what does the baby 1500mAh Argus device have to offer that the Pro doesn’t?
Or is this just a baby version for people with smaller pockets and lighter wallets?
What Can We Expect From the Voopoo Argus ?
The Voopoo Argus pod kit is much like the Pro in many ways when it comes to design, but its a little simpler I guess.
The Argus pod kit comes with 2 pods of different styles (There’s that versatility) along with two different pnp coils.
The device itself is powered by a 1500mAh internal battery, can fire up to 40 watts and also has an Auto-Draw system so you can leave the fire button alone for a while.
So let’s crack on with the review and see what the Voopoo Argus kit is all about.
This kit was sent to me free of charge for the purpose of review.
All views and opinions are solely those of my own and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of others.
Inside the Box
- 1 x Argus Device
- 1 x 4.5ml pnp Pod Tank
- 1 x 2ml pnp MTL Pod tank
- 1 x VM1 Coil – 0.3Ω
- 1 x TR1 Coil – 1.2Ω
- 1 x Type C USB Cable
- 1 x User Guide
Specs and Features
- Size: 108.0 x 33.0 x 30.0mm
- Battery: 1500mAh Built-In
- E-Liquid Capacity: 4.5ml (MTL Version 2.0ml)
- Output Wattage: 5-40w
- Airflow – Airflow Slider on device
- Charging: Via USB-C Port 1Amp Charging
- Available colours: Litchi Leather & Blue | Vintage Grey & Silver | Litchi Leather & Red | Denim & Silver | Carbon Fiber & Black
Design and Build Quality
Straight out of the box you can see just how durable looking the Argus device is, and it certainly feels that way too.
Oddly enough Voopoo don’t rate this device to any sort of IP rating (Dustproof/Shockproof etc) but that shouldn’t put you off the devices build quality.
The Argus makes use of Voopoo’s PNP Pod tanks as there is no 510 connection up top, but rather Voopoo’s own pod tank housing which has some very strong magnets inside for a snug tight fit along with an odd metal clip which Voopoo claim is to attach the device to your belt buckle.
But I feel more people will be inclined to pull it off with a set of pliers to stop the annoying jangling.
For me however, I like jangly bits. So I left mine on…
I received the Denim & Silver variant, and I can clearly tell the wrap around design on the Argus is not real Denim, but rather a squishy spongy plastic, but it still feels pretty good and fun to squish
Finish wise, the Argus’s black coating is matte finish, but really smart.
One thing I’m not a fan of is the ‘Sneezed On’ look – Like hundreds of tiny glossy splash marks all over the paintwork.
At first I thought this was a paint problem when the device was manufactured, but it seems that’s actually how they were designed.
At least make the splash/splatter effect in different colours so they don’t look like a sneezed on device!
On the side of the device is a fairly small, but nicely clicky fire button and below that is a small, simple display.
Not quite as funky or functional as the Voopoo Argus Pro display, this ones a lot more simple.
However, because of its simplicity and almost out-dated style, its very clear to see. I actually quite like the simplicity of the screen.
Below the display is 2 pushed together, but nicely sized Up & down buttons for adjusting the wattage from 5-40 watts. And no, it does not round-robin.
Under the rubber flap located below the up/down buttons is a USB Type-C port for charging, and he device offers a 1amp charge which isn’t too bad.
But we’re seeing a lot more devices charging and 2Amps Plus these days.
The Voopoo Argus Pod Kit Pods
The Argus kit comes with what I would call the ‘Direct Lung’ and a ‘Mouth To Lung’ pod tank:
I say this clearly because the smaller of the two Pods has a completely different mouthpiece design that’s clearly more for MTL users.
However considering the size of the device, I’m not sure why they didn’t just make the MTL Pod Tank the same size capacity as the larger ‘Direct Lung’ version. I guess MTL vapers dont plough through half as much e-liquid as DL vapers do.
If you’re unfamiliar with Voopoo’s Pnp system and Pod Tanks, it’s really quite simple.
All the PNP pod-tanks will house either the PNP Coils, the GTX coils by Vaporesso, and also now the Wotofo ‘D’ Coils along with their new SMRT Rebuildable PNP Coil.
So there are plenty of options when it comes to coils.
I’m a big fan of the airflow slider which is mounted on the device and not part of the pod, and we’re seeing more and more of this idea being used from other manufacturers.
Airflow control is a key ingredient for making a versatile system so I’m glad Voopoo has utilized this idea with the Argus.
Also the Pod-Tank itself is compatible with a number of Drag devices from their range along with an adaptor so you can house the Pod-Tank within a 510 adaptor and use on a regulated device.
However, the Pod-Tank does have its limits with the Argus
Due to the nature of this device and its 40watts cap, the PNP Pod-Tank will only work on coils at the lowest 0.3Ω, meaning if you like the VM5, or VM6 Mesh coils, they will be useless on this Argus kit and the device itself will state ‘Low Resistance’ if you try it.
So perhaps consider the Argus Pro kit or another one of Voopoo’s PNP compatible devices which can offer a higher wattage.
Voopoo Argus Pod Mod In the Hand
The Argus kit is one of the smaller Pod-Mods, especially when compared to the Argus Pro.
It feels solid and well made and the squishy plastic denim design gives your hands a little comfort and also a little more grip.
As both a thumb, and finger firer, the Argus is an ease to use and very comfortable.
Its actually fairly heavy considering its size, but that’s mainly because of the sizable 1500mah battery and metal construction.
Personally I’ll happily accept the additional weight for my device to be made of metal over cheap plastic.
How To fit the Coils and Fill the Voopoo Argus Pod Kit
Here’s how to fill the Pod-Tank’s with e-liquid:
- Remove the pod-tank from the device
- Prime your coil with a few small drops of e-liquid
- Press fit the coil into the Pod-Tank making sure you have a tight fit
- On the under-side, open the rubber bung from the arrowed end
- Fill with your desired e-liquid
- Leave the Pod-Tank for 5mins to allow the e-liquid to soak the cotton
Voopoo Argus Pod Kit Display Functions
The simple OLED display on the Voopoo Argus pod kit really doesn’t offer much when it comes to functions, but here’s the basics anyway.
Quick Start Guide
Here’s how to operate the Device:
- Device On/Off – 5 clicks of fire button
- Lock/Unlock Device – Press & Hold Fire & Up button
- Puff Reset – Press & Hold Fire & Down button
- Auto/Manual Fire On/Off – Press fire button 3 times
How Does the Voopoo Argus Pod Kit Perform?
Because the Voopoo Argus pod kit offers two types of Pod-Tank, and two different coils in the kit I’ve had to be diverse with my e-liquid choices.
For the Larger tank, using the VM1 0.3Ω coil, I went with my usual Code Red by Darkstar. A max VG e-liquid to really put the coil through its paces.
For the smaller ‘MTL’ pod tank, using the TR1 1.2Ω coil, I was using Just Juice Nic Salt – Berry Blast.
Firstly – I mostly used this device with the Auto-Draw function off, meaning I had to fire the button to vape.
However, especially in MTL mode, the Auto-Draw is very responsive and works very well.
With the 0.3Ω coil for a more Direct-Lung draw, the Auto Draw system didn’t seem to keep up as well, I guess that’s because the restriction of the airflow is less and the device doesn’t pick that up as easily as a MTL vape.
Voopoo Argus Pod Kit – the VM1 0.3Ω Coil
Recommended between 32 and 40 watts, and I used this coil at around the 35w mark but I did flit around a little.
I also left the airflow wide open for a more Direct Draw.
Decent flavour, the 0.3Ω coil does a decent job with flavour and vapour production, but in my opinion I enjoy the lower resistance coils more which I used in the Voopoo Argus Pro kit.
So as good as this coil is, I’ve had better.
Voopoo Argus Pod Kit – the TR1 1.2Ω Coil
Recommended between 10 and 15 watts, and I never really went over 12 watts.
I also put the airflow slider as pretty much its tightest, and although the restriction is not as tight as I would like, its still comfortable and very quiet.
The flavour from this coil is good for a MTL stock coil, the mesh certainly helps and in comparison to the ceramic pep coil which I used on earlier devices, this one is leaps and bounds above it…but there is still room for improvement.
Voopoo Argus Pod Kit – Airflow
Thanks to the airflow slider on the Argus device, you can tailor the restriction to your desired, and it does a very good job.
The noise from the Argus is minimal and the adjustments do make a difference.
My one gripe is that with the MTL pod-tank and a very high resistance coil, the restriction still isn’t tight enough for me.
Battery Life & Charging
For such compact device, I’m impressed with the 1500mAh rating, however they could have quite easily made this an 80w device, or even 60w and then you could enjoy the 0.2Ω coil or similar.
With regards to battery life, that always depends on how much you vape and at what wattage but I’ve happily enjoyed a days battery life at 35 watts and more so using the MTL coil at 12 watts.
With regards to charging, the Argus takes a little over an hour to charge which I’m happy with.
Does the Voopoo Argus Pod Kit Leak?
Unfortunately the PNP Pod-Tanks, and coils are prone to the odd leak, and especially condensation build-up.
So make sure you check inside the pod tank housing regularly and clean up any moisture, it’s not the best when it comes to leakage, but not the worst.
- Compact and well made
- Decent battery life for its size
- Decent flavour from both coils
- Airflow adjustment works well
- PNP coils are super versatile
- Easy to use
- Flappy belt buckle thing
- Leaky pod-tank
- Limited wattage output limits device versatility
- No 510 connection
- Auto-Draw doesn’t work well with Direct-Lung Vaping
- Non-replaceable battery may be a con for some
- MTL isn’t quite tight enough for how I like it.
Final Review Verdict
As the pod mod battle for domination continues and continues and continues forever, I feel a little confused.
Was the Voopoo Argus Pro not enough?
Is there really someone out there that will choose this, over the larger capacity, more versatile Argus Pro?
Is its smaller size and addition of an MTL Pod-Tank what some people will choose over its bigger brother?
I don’t have the answers to those questions because everyone is different. I just feel the Argus Pro offers more, for probably a very similar price.
For such a small device it packs a fair punch and has all the simplicity of use and portability that people who use these kind of devices is looking for.
Would this device be long lasting and still work 3, 6 or even 12 months from now?
I’m impressed with the build quality and this device really just as well as you treat it.
If you’re banging this device every day at 40-watts and charging twice a day, I doubt the battery will get you past the 6 month mark.
But as a cute MTL vape every now and then, sure, this will last well into 2022.
Does this device deliver the flavour, vapour and general experience I require, in order to be enjoyed?
The Voopoo PNP Coils across the board are very good, the included coils aren’t the best from the vast range, but they’re good and enjoyable.
Also thanks to the two different pod-tank, you can enjoy a Direct-Lung or a Mouth To Lung vape no problem.
Just not quite enough restriction for me with the MTL pod-Tank and high resistance coils.
Is this device versatile to suit a new vaper, and an experienced one a like?
The Voopoo Argus pod kit is certainly versatile.
Will it suit a new vaper? Perhaps.
For someone who’s quite practical and is the type to watch reviews and tutorials, they’ll pick up the Argus, along with the PNP idea in no time and be fine.
So those smokers looking for a simple option, the Voopoo Argus pod kit may actually be a little too much to start off with.
Perhaps be their second device once they’ve got over the switch.
Have you bought the Voopoo Argus kit?
Or have you given it a try?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.