Introduction – The Rota Pod System from VooPoo
The VooPoo Rota essentially is a mouth to lung pod vaping device but masquerading as a fidget spinner!
VooPoo is based in China and established in 2014 to serve the medical and industrials fields, since 2017 they have bought us some decent gear including: Drag, Drag2, Drag mini, Too mod, VMate and the X-217 mod we reviewed not long ago!
Personally I think VooPoo have lost the plot with the Rota it’s so last year! What do you think? Let’s go and take a good unbiased look at it, before giving you my true feelings about this one!
This product was sent to us for the purpose of review. As always my thoughts and views are my own!
In The Box
- 1 VooPoo Rota device
- 1 Pod
- 1 USB cable
- 1 User manual
- Size: 79x37x14mm
- Battery: 340mAh (internal)
- Power: 6-10W
- Material: Zinc Alloy / PCTG Plastic
- Pod resistance: 1.5Ω
- Weight: 63g
- Bottom fill pod
- Pod capacity: 1.5ml refillable
- Fidget spinner body
- 8 colours available
Design and Build Quality
The Rota comes in a card box with over sleeve and a plastic inlay tray to hold the Rota body, pod and micro USB cable.
The body is made of Zinc Alloy and the pod is made of PCTG PlasticThe kit as a whole seems to be designed well with a good quality build.
The pod is made of PCTG Plastic and is a dark gray in colour but transparent enough to keep an eye on the liquid level. PCTG has a high toughness and temperature quality to it, which I guess is good if the kit is to be used not only as a vape product but as a fidget spinner.Weighing approx 4.3g empty, the pod has a 1.5Ω coil in it that is suitable Mouth to Lun (MTL) vaping for both salt nicotine and standard nicotine e-liquid products. Filling takes place on the bottom of the pod the fill port is plugged by a silicone bung that is attached to the pod.There are 2 gold plated contact point separated by the airflow valve.The pod holds 1.5ml of liquid and can be refilled. The mouthpiece has a small slot which is idea for mouth to lung vaping.The pod fits into the battery body and is held by press fit with no movement, in fact it can be a little difficult to remove the pod once in place!
My opinion is the pod is of good design with quality and toughness.
The Rota is made of moulded zinc alloy as you can see mine is the light gray coloured version, if you look carefully on one side you have an AF slot! The advertising is minimal with just “VooPoo” printed one side The device has a small battery light (which lights blue in use and blue while charging) but no safety markings. The bottom edge of the Rota has a micro USB charge point.The spinner portion of the device moves freely in the body and has a windmill type design printed on it.
Internally the Voopoo Rota has a 340mAh battery which is about standard for a device of this size, which with the pod attached is 79mm by 37mm with a depth of just 14mm.
The battery casing feels very solid in the hand and weighs (without the pod) approx 58.7g, the design of this device is ok and the quality is good.
Quick Start Guide
- Open the plug on the bottom of the pod to reveal the fill port
- Fill the pod with e-liquid, I suggest a needle nose bottle and make sure to re plug the port
- Place the pod into the battery
Tip: Leave your new Rota pod system for 10 minutes before first use so the coil/cotton can soak.
There are no buttons to push with the Rota the vape is auto activated by sucking on the mouth piece.
To use the device as a fidget spinner hold the Rota between your finger and thumb an spin it LOL
How Does The VooPoo Rota Pod System Perform?
For this example I have filled the VooPoo Rota with Coffee House “Coconut Cappuccino” with 18mg nicotine.
As a Vape
The Rota is most defiantly a MTL device, and for those that like that, that’s great, for me the draw is too much on the tight side, it’s almost like sucking a very thick milkshake through a very narrow straw LOL.
The resulting flavour is however very good and is quite intense, the vapour production is acceptable for a MTL device.
I recommend that you use either a 50/50 or 70/30 liquid with a high based nicotine or even a high Salt Nic liquid for a stronger throat hit and quicker nic hit.
I have had no leaks from the Rota pod in the time I have been testing.
The device has a 340mAh battery, the power output is between 6 and 10w and can last quite a long time. I managed approx 6 hrs from full charge!
The design of the zinc alloy body is very good it has a solid heavy feel to it again which is great as you won’t drop it without noticing LOL.
The predecessor of the spinning toy has been around since the early 90’s and simulated that of a spinning windmill, the fidget spinner really took off in its latest incarnation in 2017 and has become very popular, these days they come in different balance shapes and wacky colours.
There are claims that a fidget spinner can help calm down people who have anxiety(as a stress release toy) or for other neurological disorders such as ADHD and Autism, there is no scientific evidence at this time that they are effective as a treatment for ADHD, but speaking as a parent of a child with mild autism we find fidget spinners are a great way to keep said child entertained.
My boy is pretty good too, he can do all sorts of tricks with his that I can’t repeat no matter how hard I try LOL.
The Voopoo Rota as a Fidget Spinner
While the Rota does act somewhat like a fidget spinner, the Rota battery is too heavy one end and sends the spinner out of balance. It shakes and wobbles while spinning between finger and thumb and you can’t change fingers or spin on one finger like a normal spinner as the thing will just take off LOL.
Spinning on a table, a normal fidget spinner will spin in place because the balance is even, the Rota will take a trip around your table!
Which brings me to why did VooPoo design a pod system that can double as a fidget spinner?
Personally I just think it’s a money making gimmick, yes I can see some using it as a fidget spinner while trying to give up the stinkies to keep their fingers busy!
If they had bought this out maybe a year ago it might have been popular but for now I’m not so sure! However I can see the US government jumping on this as proof that youngsters are vaping and maybe use it as yet another tool to prove that vaping is bad for our youth!
- Well build
- Good quality
- Very good as a MTL device
- Good intense flavour
- Fair vapour production
- No safety markings on the device
- Could be controversial
Final Review Verdict
I will give VooPoo credit for trying something that hasn’t been seen before; it works ok as a pod system, but somewhat flaky as a spinner. However, I would feel amiss and somewhat guilty if I didn’t give my honest opinion and say this kit is just a silly gimmick to increase sales with no true thought for child safety!
Safety in my house and with my child is paramount, he has a fascination with fidget spinners and with things of bright colour; he is always putting things in his mouth (yes even given his age), if he knew I’d got this kit he’d be after it!
So with that in mind as soon as this review is complete the Rota will be put under lock and key and only used when he is not around.
Would I buy the Voopoo Rota Pod System should this one be lost or destroyed? Nope!