I am pretty excited to be reviewing the VooPoo Drag X Mod Pod (after I did the Drag S Mod Pod last week).
The line between what is a Pod, Pod Mod or Mod kit seems to get more blurry with every week that passes. With the launch of the VooPoo DRAG Pod Mods that line has never been so blurred; between Pod Mods and Mod Kits.
In the history of vaping, vape pens came first closely followed by box mods, then a couple of years ago pods came out. Pods originally took the place of the original pen styled, mouth to lung, vapes. Pods took the vape industry by storm. Then last year, came the pod mods, as the name suggests, pods mods are mods that use a pod instead of a tank.
At the time of writing, this system hasn’t been been released for sale yet and its unsurprisingly getting so much attention.
Although VooPoo was founded in 2010, they didn’t enter the vaping industry until 2016 with their acquisition of Woodyvapes (a US E-Cigarette brand).
In 2017 VooPoo partnered with Gene Co to develop exclusive chips. It was soon after that VooPoo launched the very popular 157w DRAG Mod. The rest is history and VooPoo has just gone from strength o strength.
Manufactured in china, VooPoo boast their products are sold in over 200 countries and regions across the world
The Drag Pod Mods aren’t the first Pod Mods from VooPoo. In fact they have an entire Series of ‘Mod Pods’. The Vinci Series consists of 4 Mod Pods and 1 pod, these pod mods include the very popular Vinci Mod Pod and the recently released Vinci X Mod Pod.
What Can We Expect From the VooPoo DRAG X?
After reviewing the DRAG S, I have pretty high expectations.
I expect all Pod Mods to be simple to use, the Drag X is no exception.
It fires up to a generous 80W and takes a 18650 battery. It also takes 2A charging via its USB-C Port.
If we’re looking for something different and innovative the DRAG X should be able to provide just that. The adjustable airflow on the Drag Pod Mods is the best and most advanced adjustable airflow I’ve seen on any Pod Mod to date.
The kit also has a “score ranking mode”.
VooPoo’s exclusive chips are always a focus point. The Drag Mod Pods are packed with the new GENE TT and VooPoo claims this chip enables the DRAG X to fire within 0.001s, as well as providing intelligent functions such as PUFF recording, SCORE ranking.
It’s evidently bigger than the DRAG S – in more ways than one, but let’s see if bigger really does mean better.
See the Voopoo Drag X In Action
Inside The Box
- 1 x DRAG X Device
- 1 x PnP Pod (4.5ml)
- 1 x PnP-VM1 0.3ohm coil
- 1 x PnP-VM6 0.15ohm coil
- 1 x USB-C Cable
- 1 x User Manual
- 1 x Warranty Card
- 1 x Chip Card
The VooPoo Website doesn’t currently mention a 2ml version, although I fully expect it will be available in TPD areas.
VooPoo Drag X Specs
- Kit size= 95 x 32.5 x 28 mm
- Weighs = ~121g (~167g with battery)
- Battery = Single 18650 – Interchangeable
- Power Range = 5 – 80w
- Output Voltage: 3.2~4.2V
- Material = Alloy & Leather / PCTG Pod
- Resistance: 0.1~3.0Ω
- Pod Connection: 360 degrees magnet
- Pod Capacity: 4.5ml
- Coils = PnP (currently 9 available)
- Charger = USB-C 5V/2A
VooPoo Drag X Features
- New Gene.TT Chip
- Button Activation Only
- Smart VW Suggestion
- 0.001 Fire Time
- Cloud Size Score Ranking
- Adjustable airflow
- Overtime Protection
- Short-circuit Protection
- Overcharge Protection
- Max Power Protection
- Output Over Current Protection
- Over Discharge Protection
- Over Temperature Protection
- Battery Reverse Protection
Design and Build Quality
The kit comes in 7 different styles:
Classic, Carbon Fibre, Retro, Mashup, Chestnut, Marsala and Galaxy Blue. – I have the Retro.
VooPoo DRAG X Mod
The leather section makes the device look rather a lot like it belongs to the GeekVape Aegis range, especially the pod kits.
The buttons on the mod are quite typical for VooPoo, there is a fire, up and buttons, all of which are round and the fire button is slightly indented, to comfortably accommodate the thumb or finger.
Between the buttons is the 0.96” TFT screen and below the buttons sits the USB-C Port.
On the back of the devices, sits a small handle to alter the airflow. The airflow is formed by two slits, one at either side of the mod.
The shape and size looks great but more importantly it fits the hand nicely too.
Flat at the front and round at the back, it looks like it may only fit comfortably in the hand one way. However, it’s quite comfortable regardless of which way round you hold it.
It looks elegant and stylish, in a unique way that it will suit almost anybody, irrespective of their age. If your 18 or 88, I’m sure you will agree, there is a very classy and trendy sense to this device.
In regards to durability, I have no concerns. The bottom of the device has rubber feet, to keep it from touching down. The leather back, which I presume is stuck on, sits nicely and feels well made.
The device in general feels quite strong and study.
If I had any concerns about the durability of the device, it would be for the fire button. Purely because the great and durable DRAG mods have been know to have a faulty fire button after years ( some times months) of constant use, they simply wear out internally.
However, this DRAG X is more compact and I feel pretty confident that the button will stand the test of time for most users.
The battery port, quite typically, opens from the bottom. The door has a latch on either side, the latches are pretty standard size, if not a little bit bigger.
On dual battery mods, I usually steer away from this type of battery door system. The fact is battery ports are spring loaded and with 2 batteries the door slowly bends over time and looses connection.
However this is only a single 18650 and I’m pretty content that it will be durable enough.
VooPoo DRAG X – the Pod
As stated above the pod is made from Plastic (PCTG aka Poly – Cyclohexylenedimethylene Terephthalate Glycol).
It’s evident that VooPoo has tried to give the pod a tank design and I think it’s worked.
The pod plays a major part in the system looking awesome – it’s clear, as with most pods.
However it is clear all over and it’s more of a grey colour, rather than the clear white that we are used to seeing with pods.
Although the pod is pretty cool – in the way it looks and feels – VooPoo hasn’t really done anything majorly different. They’ve just shaped it to look like a tank, and I think it has worked – it looks and feels awesome.
VooPoo’s website states they are bringing out a 510 connection adapter or the system, this isn’t a new idea among Pod Mods, but it would certainly be interesting to check out.
There is one thing that stands out about the pod, the connection…
VooPoo DRAG X – Connection – Pod to Mod
More often than not with pods, the coil has to go into a pod a certain way, and / or the pod has to go into the device a certain way.
It seems like a petty thing, but on certain pods, it can lead to major durability issues.
Well no longer do we have to pay attention to the fine details when doing the above. The circular coil fits into the pod at any rotation (providing the bottom is at the bottom).
After that the circular pod fits into the mod at any rotation. Simple.
A make or break point for pods is quite often the connection, it uses a magnet, but fear not!
The 4 magnets placed onto the bottom of the pod connect surprisingly well with the circular metal plate inside the mod. I have zero concerns about the pod unexpectedly coming loose or falling off.
VooPoo DRAG X – Charging port
Fast Charging isn’t a major issue for me, I have tons of batteries and a 4 bay charger. But if that’s not your style and you don’t want to faff about, you are in luck!
Even with the interchangeable 18650 the VooPoo DRAG X is equipt with a USB-C that has a 2A charge rating.
I often think a charging port is a bit like a registration plate on a car. It would probably look better without it, but more often then not you need one.
The USB-C port is on the front at the bottom of the device, which I like. It suits the device, and it is far better than it being on the bottom on the device, where it would be more prone to damage.
VooPoo DRAG X – Airflow
The VooPoo Drag Pod Mods have definitely innovated when it comes to airflow.
Most pod mods have a poor adjustable airflow if any all. Like the VooPoo Vinci Pod Mods, in which you remove and rotate the pods 180 degrees to change the airflow and even then you can barely notice a difference.
With the VooPoo DRAG X there is a full tank like, adjustable airflow.
The airflow is built into the mod rather than the pod and to control it you just slide the small handle on the front of the device. It is easy to use but isn’t so loose that it adjusts on its own accord.
Fully open the airflow is generous enough to be a true Direct To Lung Device.
The airflow’s biggest drawback is that it isn’t really capable of providing a really restrictive Mouth To Lung Draw. However it does go restrictive enough to do MTL vaping without it feeling awkward
VooPoo DRAG X Screen
The home screen has all the information you need, including the time.
In the top left it tells you what system you are using. This is also indicated by the colour of the screen, Blue = RBA and Red = Smart.
The top left is a battery level indicator with the locked/unlocked indicator just below it.
In the center is the current wattage setting, which is just above the resistance and voltage reading.
Just below those is the time and puff counter. And at the bottom is the puff score ranking status.
We will discuss most of those features below.
VooPoo DRAG X Quick Start
The user manual that comes with the kit is for both the DRAG S and DRAG X. Although the information below misses out some information relating to the DRAG S.
How To Change The VooPoo The DRAG X Coils
The coils are PnP coils, Although I can’t find any evidence, I’m pretty sure that stands for Push N’ Pull.
The Kit comes without a coil installed.
- Pull the pod off from the top of the mod.
- Turn the pod upside down.
- Pull the coil out from the bottom of the pod.
- Insert new coil into bottom of the pod and press firmly.
- Fill pod and allow to stand upright for 5 minutes before using new coil.
Tips: Look into the pod you will see a line where the coil meets the mouth piece, when held upside down, any liquid that is above that joint will leak out when you remove the coil.
How to Fill The VooPoo Drag X Pod.
- Remove the pod from the mod.
- Turn the pod upside down.
- Lift the black silica gel plug.
- Pour liquid into the now open hole.
- Reinsert the plug.
VooPoo recommend keeping the pod at least 2 thirds full. However I’ve been allowing the liquid level to go down to the top of the holes in the coil before refilling and it has been fine.
VooPoo DRAG X – Inserting and Removing the Battery
- Turn the system upside down.
- Firmly place your thumb/finger on the battery door and push in the direction the arrow suggests
- Looking into the device, there is a + at the bottom suggesting the battery goes in + side first.
- Close the battery door firmly sliding it back into place.
Operating The VooPoo DRAG X Mod
- Turn On/ Off = Press fire button 5 times.
- Clear puff count = Press the fire button and ‘-’ (down) button simultaneously.
- Lock / Unlock = Press the Fire button and ‘+’ (up) button simultaneously.
- Mode Switching = quickly press fire button 3 times.
- Enter Clock Interface = Press fire, ‘+’ and ‘-’ buttons simultaneously.
- Enter Puff Main Interface = Press ‘+’ and ‘-’ buttons simultaneously.
Inside the Clock Interface
- Change the number = Press ‘+’ or ‘-’
- Mover Cursor (between minutes and hours) = press fire button.
- Save and Exit = Press and hold fire button
Inside the Puff Main Interface
- View the recorded daily suction total for the last 14 days = press ‘+’ or ‘-’ to move through days.
- Display Chip ID Interface = Press the fire button briefly
- Exit Puff Main Interface = Press and hold fire button for 2 seconds.
VooPoo DRAG X Vape Modes
To switch modes quickly press the fire button 3 times.
- Smart Mode ( for PnP Coils ) = Identifies the best power for the coil and prevents the VW going too high for the coil; to help prevent burning out the coil. (Mode setting indicator is displayed at top left corner of screen).
- RBA (For RBA coil or full control over power settings)= allows any power setting and deactivates max power protection. (Mode setting indicator is displayed at top left corner of screen).
VooPoo Drag X Score Ranking system
Thanks to the GENE TT Chip, the system simulates the amount of vapour you are using per puff. And uses that information to score your puff count.
Iron, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Master then King.
Imagine pretty much any modern game, when you start using the system you are Iron with 0 stars.
As you use the system the bar under your rank icon goes up (like ‘XP’ on a game) when the bar is full you become Iron with 1 star and the XP bar resets.
The system continues like this until you have 5 stars, when you fill the bar and already have 5 starts, you get promoted to the next level (in this example bronze) and the the stars reset to 0.
Your rank is determined by the total amount of vapour, not vapour per puff.
How Does The VooPoo DRAG X Perform?
The Voopoo DRAG X comes with the newly released 0.15ohm coil. It goes to 80W and I personally think it’s about time VooPoo released an 80w PnP coil.
VooPoo DRAG X – 0.15ohm PnP – VM6 – Mesh Coil
VooPoo recommend using this coil between 60-80W with 10mg nicotine or less.
I started Using this coil with Juccier Strawberry Mango Crush, as the name suggests it is strawberry and mango with a hint of mint; mixed at 70VG/30PG with zero nicotine.
As always, I always start below the recommended wattage. I optimistically started at 5w (Using RBA mode).
At 5W a strange thing happened. It fired pretty high, I have no idea how high because the screen was showing information regarding 5W.
However it did definitely fire really high for a split second, and then back down to 5W. Because of that, you get a little cloud of vapour and a little flavour.
Up to 15W you get the same (unexpected) initial fire that you get at 5w and then obviously it goes it 15W. The flavour isn’t very prominent…it tastes a little bit like cardboard and again you get a little cloud.
At 40W we start to get the awesome flavour coming through. The strawberry and mango intertwine wonderfully at the back of the throat, and you get an impressive sized cloud.
60W is the bottom of the recommended wattage and it’s here that the flavour comes to life – it’s great!
From the second you press the fire button to the very last bit vapour exhaled the awesome flavour of strawberry and mango flood the mouth with that complimentary hint of mint to top it off. You get a fairly big and thick cloud, it could be better but it is certainly impressive for 60W.
Can you have too much flavour? At full power (80W) the vapour production is amazing, so nice and thick. The flavour is still prominent but it seems to be lessened, it doesn’t quite flood the mouth like it did at 60W.
To prolong the life span of any coil you should always use it within the recommended wattage (not higher or lower).
VooPoo DRAG X – 0.3ohm PnP – VM1 – Mesh Coil
VooPoo recommends using this coil between 32-40W with 10mg nicotine or less. Again I started using this coil with Juccier Strawberry Mango Crush at 70VG/30PG with no nicotine.
5W and 10W pulls a nice little cloud but with practically no noticeable flavour.
At 20W the coil pulls a decent little cloud, which is quite impressive for 20W. The flavour starts to come through but it still isn’t very recognizable, and there is no sign of menthol.
32W is the bottom of the recommended range and it’s here where the coil starts to come to life, It’s not ‘knock you off’ your feet good, but the you can definitely taste the strawberry and mango.
The cloud isn’t huge but it is certainly impressive in both size and thickness for 32W.
To the top of the recommended power range (40W), the kit provides a nice, decently sized cloud that’s nice and thick, however there isn’t much in the way of flavour.
The system wouldn’t let me turn it up anymore, so I put it in RBA mode and cranked it up to 50w. Here the coil seems to start struggling, the vapour production is definitely amplified but the flavour doesn’t really change at all; if anything, it is lessened.
Truth be told with every puff, I felt like I was 1 puff away from a dry burn; I still didn’t get a dry burn though.
VooPoo DRAG X – MTL
These coils were not really designed for Mouth To Lung vaping but I figured I best let you know how they performed with the system.
It didn’t go very well. I didn’t rate the MTL experience at all.
Even with the airflow turned right down it just didn’t feel right. I think the built in mouth piece is a little bit too big for MTL vaping and the airflow isn’t the most restrictive.
Although it should be noted, that the PnP coils that are designed for MTL Vaping have a smaller inner diameter, and I imagine that could make a big difference.
50VG / 50PG Liquid
Again these coils were not really designed for 50/50 liquid.
As I did with the VooPoo DRAG S I tested the coils with the Got Salts Blood Sun, an orange and grapefruit Nicotine Salts.
Although I urge you not to use sub ohm coils with nicotine levels higher than 10mg.
The results were very similar to the high VG Liquid I used previously, with slightly smaller clouds.
The 0.3ohm coil seemed to provide a better flavour with the 50/50, but still not much to brag about.
This summary includes the 0.2ohm coil; which comes with the DRAG S.
All the coils provided brilliantly smooth and thick vapour with a nice prominent taste. More importantly the vaping experience was consistent though out, there was no waves of lots of flavour to no flavour, they were consistent.
I had absolutely no dry hits, truth be told I didn’t have any problems with either coil.
As a cloud and flavour chaser I preferred the 0.15ohm coil followed by the 0.2ohm coil. For me they were both more fulfilling in regards to both vapour and flavour production.
I would be interested to try the system with a coil that is design for Mouth To Lung to see how much of a true mouth to lung experience it can provide.
Voopoo Drag X – Score Ranking System
I still haven’t decided how I feel about the ranking system.
It is a novelty to say the least but it also doubles up as different type of puff counter, counting the vapour output rather than just the amount of puffs.
Obviously 10 puffs for 1 person could easily equate to 20 puffs from another person, when taking the vapour production into account.
With that in mind, it does provide more information for those people that are interested in the amount that they are vaping.
Is it a make or break factor for the system? Not at all, in my eyes it is just a little fun addition to the system, I don’t think I’d miss it a lot if it wasn’t there.
Voopoo Drag X – Airflow
The adjustable airflow on the DRAG Pod Mods is definitely a game changer and it is certainly an attractive part of the system.
The airflow is pretty standard, for an 80w system.
If I had to say there was a downside to the airflow, it would be the fact it doesn’t really allow a restrictive mouth to lung experience.
The Voopoo Drag X System
One of the most common features from VooPoo is the smart feature it’s that mode that recommends what wattage to use. I’m sure there will be a lot of people happy to see the DRAG Pod Mods have the feature.
But the system goes further than just recommending the wattage, it prevents you from using the coil at too high power. It goes without saying, that is an awesome feature for a first time vaper to have.
More importantly it has an RBA setting, so you don’t have to use coils how VooPoo says you should, you can use them however you wish.
That being said RBA stands for Rebuildable Atomizer (which is a rebuildable coil). I don’t think it matters if the RBA setting is designed just for the RBA coil or not, the important thing is, the RBA setting gives you full control over power output.
An RBA PnP is available on the market, however the system does not come with one.
Battery and Charging
I’m not going to really talk about how long the battery life lasts because it depends on a lot of factors, including what mAh battery you are using.
Even if your battery doesn’t last as long as you’d like, you have the choice of giving it a quick top up using its 2A USB-C charger or carrying a spare battery.
If you do carry a spare battery make sure you do so in a suitable case, to prevent it from short-circuiting in your pocket.
One irritating problem I had with the VooPoo DRAG X, is the battery indicator. It’s great but I think it aught to be ‘tuned’ a little bit more.
It was pretty much perfect on the 60w DRAG S but on the 80w DRAG X, when the battery is on 23% it doesn’t have enough power to pull a good 80W puff.
This isn’t necessarily VooPoo’s fault if there isn’t enough volts to provide 80w. However it is extremely irritating to be told you have 23% battery and then not be able to vape.
I should point out, you could continue to vape for some time if you turn the wattage down a bit.
Voopoo Drag X – Coil Life
PnP coils have a great reputation in regards to life span.
In my experience they last roughly two weeks, often more than 2 weeks.
However that comes down to many things, including what wattage you’re using and what liquid you are using.
Sugary liquids and using the coil at a higher or lower wattage than recommended can drastically decrease the lifespan of a coil.
Voopoo Drag X – Leaking?
A few days before I started using the system, I filled it up and left it on the side, to check if it does actually leak.
And you will be glad to know after 2 days of being sat full of liquid there was no sign of leaking.
It is extremely rare to find a pod system that doesn’t have a slight leakage.
The truth is because the airflow comes from the bottom of the pod, where it connects to the mod, there is always going to be excess liquid on the top of the mod or bottom of the pod – be it vapour residue or a little bit of leaked juice.
The VooPoo Drag X is no different.
Once I had started using the system, every time I have checked there was evidence of liquid on the connector, but no more than usual, and certainly not enough to leak out of the system.
- Takes a 18650 battery
- 0.15ohm coil has great flavour and vapour
- Simple & effective pod connection
- Adjustable airflow
- Simple to use
- Looks good
- Feels Good in hand
- Starter friendly
- Fast charging
- Seems durable
- No menu
- 0.3ohm coil could be better
- Isn’t the best for MTL
Final Review Verdict
Lets start the conclusion with a comparison.
VooPoo DRAG X or S
If you’ve read the VooPoo DRAG S review you’ve probably noticed a lot of consistency, that’s because they’re almost the same device.
However there is a few very important distances those distances are:
- A Small Size difference: X = 95 x 32.5 x 28 mm – S = 87 x 33 x 28 mm
- The X is approximately 17g heavy (with battery)
- The X doesn’t have draw activation
- The X goes up to 80W & the S goes upto 60W
There you go, there isn’t a lot of differences but there is differences that can make a big impact.
Which do I prefer? The X is the one for me, I need interchangeable batteries, it’s a 100% requirement and I don’t mind missing the draw activation.
This is my new favourite Pod Mod.
Truth be told although I usually review pods and pod mods without bias, they’re not really my thing.
However I really do like the DRAG X and S, there was times while using both that I actually forgot I was using a pod mod, it is very much like a mod and tank.
I don’t like my reviews to sound like sales pitches, but every now and then a system comes along that just simply deserves it.
Is it perfect? No.
The 0.3ohm coil could certainly be improved.
And to make it the perfect All In One device the adjustable airflow could do with being able to be a bit more restrictive, as well as ideally having a removable drip tip so you can choose the thickness…