The Voopoo Drag X Plus Professional edition looks to be the fifteenth addition to the burgeoning range.
It only feels like yesterday I picked up my original twin 18650 Drag box mod…complete with sharp edges and easily flaked paint work.
Yes, it’s seen better days but still hits like a train.
That same train appears to be the subject of a few emergency stops of late – we’ll get into that as we gather momentum..
Voopoo created a sub range when it released the Drag X Mod Pod.
This time they were riding the gravy train of pod market success alongside countless other manufacturers.
Everyone was capitalizing on the ease of use with PnP coils and easy (or not so easy!) to fill pods.
The Voopoo Drag X Plus arrived later with support for higher capacity 21700 external batteries and boasting a maximum power output of 100W.
What Can We Expect From the Voopoo Drag X Plus Professional Edition?
In kit form it’s essentially the Voopoo Drag X Plus, however, it comes with the upgraded TPP Pod Tank 2.0.
The universal 510 Pod connector does allow backwards compatibility for use with the PnP pod, PnP MTL pod and the PnP RTA pod.
All the coils in the TPP and PnP series will work in the upgraded Pod Tank.
Maybe controversially, the Voopoo Drag X Plus Pro Edition supports a maximum 8.5V output to boost the voltage circuit. This should ensure constant voltage regardless of battery strength.
It’s predecessor came under fire for not achieving that capability unless running coil resistances of 0.18ohm or under.
Inside the Box
I’ve received the mod as a standalone product for review so I’ll be testing it across a few of my own tanks.
I won’t be using any Voopoo pods on this occasion.
The Voopoo Drag X Plus Professional edition comes in a slip case and sits snug within a foam cut out.
Removal exposes a thin cardboard box containing a few extras.
- Drag X Plus Professional Edition
- Type C USB charge cable
- User manual
Voopoo Drag X Plus Professional Edition – Key Features
The Voopoo Drag X Plus Professional edition features the recent Gene 2.0 chip.
It’s designed to provide a consistent and much stronger output of power.
The menu interface has been tested 124 times to ensure user friendliness and the Mod will fire in 0.001 seconds.
By using either an 81650 or 21700 battery, a maximum power output of 100W is possible.
The built in smart wattage mode has the newbie in mind auto detecting the best wattage for the installed coil.
The RBA mode will suit the more seasoned vaper by allowing manual adjustment of the wattage.
It’s available in a choice of colour schemes: Black and Coffee (under review), Silver and Grey, Silver and Blue, Silver and Retro Brown, Black and Black.
Voopoo Drag X Plus Professional Edition – Specifications
- Size 28 x 34.5 x 88.5mm
- Material Zinc Alloy, Leather
- Weight 133g
- Battery Single 18650 / 21700 (not included)
- Output 5 – 100W
- Max output 8.5V
- Output modes VW, Smart, RBA
- Input voltage 3.2 – 4.2V
- Screen 0.96in TFT display
- Resistance range 0.1 – 3.0ohm
Voopoo Drag X Plus Professional Edition – Design and Build Quality
This is my first experience with a single battery Voopoo product but comparing it with the dual 18650 Voopoo Drag 3 there aren’t too many differences.
Other than the obvious difference in width, the screen and button configurations are one and the same, they both incorporate the Gene 2.0 chip.
I measured the Mod 88mm in height with a width of 28mm and a depth of 35.8mm when taking into account the raised fire and menu buttons.
The aluminium shell of the mod helps to keep the overall weight down. The brushed anodized black finish gives it something of a neat and tidy look.
An 18650 battery adaptor is pre installed. The negative end includes a few raised serrations which provide grip, preventing any unnecessary rattling.
Voopoo Drag X Plus Professional Edition – 510 Connector
The 510 plate measure 20mm in diameter.
Tank sizes of anything up to 26mm should be fine sitting on top without overhang.
In the centre is a gold plated spring loaded 510 contact which has plenty of give when depressed.
Voopoo Drag X Plus Professional Edition – General Aesthetics
The sides and rear of the Voopoo Drag X Plus Professional edition are lined with a leather finish. it feels quite spongy and comfortable when held.
This time the Drag X Plus branding is embossed as opposed to the printed finish of its predecessor.
Running vertically along the bottom and opposite each other are the words Voopoo and Gene Chip Inside, written in a discreet manner.
Voopoo Drag X Plus Professional Edition Battery Door
The underside of the mod is home to the hinged battery door.
In a closed position it has a fair degree of movement, lots of rattling can be heard when shaking the mod.
When opened it certainly feels on the flimsy side and there’s a little side to side play when tested.
It looks wafer thin so I have to question the strength and how long it’s going to hold up.
However, once a battery has been inserted everything feels very solid and any battery rattle disappears.
Check out Harley’s review of the Voopoo Drag X Plus [above].
Nothing of the front interface has changed, we’re given the exact same look and feel.
The raised circular fire button measures 11mm in circumference and is perfectly placed for ease of thumb firing.
Below the main screen the menu buttons are also raised and make a distinctly audible click, unlike the fire button there’s movement within their housing.
Voopoo Drag X Plus Pro Edition – How To Operate
It’s the usual five clicks to power the Mod on or off.
- Press the fire button three times to toggle between Smart mode and RBA mode
Smart mode will automatically adjust power for optimal wattage.
You can still adjust down to a minimum of 5W but the maximum limit is pre set in this mode.
RBA mode gives the user the freedom to select their own wattage up to a maximum of 100W.
- Press the fire and – (lower) button to clear the puff counter
- Press the fire and +(upper) button to lock/unlock the device
You cannot use the device once locked. This also means the inability to vape.
- Hold the + and – buttons together to toggle between Iron and Core screen themes.
- Hold the fire button to select the screen theme.
The menu buttons function the same way regardless of the selected theme.
- Press the + button to increase power in single watt increments
- Press the – button to decrease power
Hold the buttons down to increase the speed of the adjustment. There’s no round robin feature.
- Press the fire, + and – buttons together to display chip ID and level code (?).
Voopoo Drag X Plus Pro Edition – Safety Features
The Mod has a host of built in safety measures.
The Gene 2.0 chip will protect against:
- Over vaping (8 second cut off)
- Short circuiting
- Output over current
- Over discharging
- Over heating/temperature
- Maximum power
- Reverse battery
How Does the Voopoo Drag X Plus Professional Edition Perform ?
Using an 18650 Samsung 25r 2500mAh Battery
My first test was carried out using the Vaporesso Forz RDA.
I installed a single Wotofo Ni80 fused Clapton coil with a resistance value of 0.2ohm.
I ran the mod initially in Smart mode with a predetermined 50W output.
Initially it hit hard showing a steady 3.16v.
After a handful of vapes the voltage began drastically falling to 0.78v, always occurring after around 2-3 seconds of continuous vape.
This issue continued even when reducing power to 45W.
I switched to RBA mode to test the single 18650 battery at 100W.
Again the voltage dropped – this time after around 6 seconds of continuous vaping – during this time it fell from 3.86v to 2.75v.
As soon as this dramatic voltage drop happened power to the mod would fail…a highly disappointing start.
Testing With The Aspire Cleito Sub Ohm Tank
I used an Aspire 0.15ohm prebuilt mesh coil for the test. It has a power range of between 60-75W.
The mod registered the coil bang on with a 0.15ohm resistance and smart mode recommended a 65W output for optimal performance.
I got the same results as the Vaporesso Forz RDA. The mod was having none of it at this power output it seemed.
Delving deeper I discovered the erratic behaviour would only happen when overstepping the 3v mark.
Whenever I did manage to get a successful vape it was still very strong and punchy with a fresh 18650 installed.
Such a severe voltage drop kind of derails the whole vaping experience..
The mod refused to hold a constant voltage output when tested in RBA mode at 100W.
Testing With The Hellvape Dead Rabbit RTA
With a single Wotofo Fused Clapton coil installed running at 0.3ohms I began testing.
This time Smart mode picked up the coil with a suggested rating of 35W or 3.24v.
After a couple of vapes the voltage sunk to 0.79v completely halting any output from the battery – extremely frustrating!
28-29W kept me below 3v so it came as no surprise that the mod was now behaving.
This considerably weakened the vape, hampering flavour performance although cloud production was fine.
The mod doesn’t hold a constant voltage when tested in RBA mode at 100W.
Using a 21700 Molicel P42A 4200mAh Battery
I spent the entire day vaping on the same Hellvape Dead Rabbit RTA set up and running in RBA mode at 45W.
From the word go the voltage held steady regardless of the duration of vape.
Even at this relatively low power output the vape was feisty and packed plenty of flavour and cloud production.
It took three and a half hours (75 puffs) for the single 21700 Molicel to start showing signs of depletion.
During this time the Mod held the same 3.67V as before.
When the battery was half spent I noticed very little loss in clout or flavour quality, and extended inhales proved very satisfying.
As the battery reached the end of its charge cycle I was still getting an impressively powerful vape with no loss in performance.
It’s Time For A Boost
The mod was initially tested at full charge with the maximum 100W pumping through it.
5.47v registered with the chip which proved that a boost feature had indeed been incorporated onto the voltage circuit.
With 50% charge remaining it dropped to 4.55V which also proved the boost isn’t consistent.
With very little battery charge left the device was hitting 4.37V at 100W.
- Fast boot up and power down
- Clear, bright screen visible in direct sunlight
- Highly ergonomic -comfortable in the hand
- Excellent performance throughout the lifespan of the single 21700 battery
- Voltage and power issues when vaping over 3v (18650 battery)
- Battery status icon is misleading (erratic read out)
- Voltage only displayed while vaping
- Unable to vape when the device is locked
- Unresponsive fire button on occasion
Voopoo Drag X Plus Pro Edition – Final Review Verdict
The mod performed disastrously when using the single 18650 battery. It was simply not capable of maintaining a steady voltage beyond 3v over the three tests I carried out.
Although the vaping experience was still flavoursome below this margin it obviously wasn’t hitting as hard as it could and should do.
Avoid using a single 18650 battery with this device, unless you’re into MTL vaping at low wattage.
To me, that kind of defeats the whole idea of the mod’s potential versatility to handle other tanks, RDA’s or RTA’s.
With a 21700 battery installed it’s a different matter altogether.
I managed eight and a half hours from a single charge during which I vaped 280 times.
Because the voltage held its own throughout there was no loss in power, flavour or cloud production.
I’ve yet to come across a mod able to perform as efficiently when the battery is reaching the end of its charge cycle.
To sum up the difference in performance between the two batteries is quite simple.
The vape from an almost depleted 21700 Molicel P42 battery is still more powerful than a fully charged Samsung 25r – vaping at the same 45W output.
That’s the experience I found, anyway..
Great Using a 21700 Battery!
The Voopoo Drag X Plus Pro Edition does offer a boost feature, depending on the coil build there’s every likelihood of hitting that fabled 8.5V.
I also discovered the built in safety features work. While testing the mod at 100W the high temperature protection kicked in after 6 seconds continuous vaping.
Were this solely a 21700 device I could wholeheartedly recommend the Voopoo Drag X Plus Professional Edition.
In Smart or RBA mode it retains a constant voltage right up to the last gasp breath of battery life.
If you’re using this one are you noticing the same issues as me?
Is it a mod you’re looking to buy?
Please let me know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!