Control Your Worry Before It Controls You

The VooPoo Drag was one of the most successful vape mods ever made, so it’s no surprise that the Chinese company decided to come out with a version 2. Anyway, the new VooPoo Drag 2 retains the same look of the original as well as the same fast-firing Gene chip that made it so successful, but also features slight design improvements that make it more ergonomic, as well as a completely new FIT mode that’s supposed to protect your atomizer and give you the kind of vaping experience you want.

A Take a look at the Contents

For some reason, the rectangular cardboard box that the voopoo Drag 2 kit comes in features no clear indication that the mod inside is actually the version 2 and not the original Drag. Luckily, the mod is listed as ‘Drag 2’ in the contents section, but that’s literally the only way to tell what version is inside the box.

Inside package, we have the brand-new Drag 2 box mod put in a Styrofoam holder, and below that we have a second compartment that holds the consisted of micro-USB cable television for charging, in addition to the VooPoo UForce T2 sub-ohm tank, 2 various coil-heads (one pre-instaled in the tank), an extra glass area for the tank, and a black envelope consisting of user manuals fro both the mod and the tank, a service warranty card, and a small card that reads “Gene chip, Born for fever”. That sounds ill …

It’s a nice set, however if you’re only interested in the VooPoo Drag 2 mod, I’m sure you can find it as a stand-alone, at a lower price.

Design and Construct Quality

It’s no secret that when it came out in early 2017 the original Drag essentially blew away all its rivals with its fast and fast-firing ramp-up time, but it was definitely not the most ergonomic vape mod ever made. It was a classic box mod, with really sharp edges and corners, and you might really feel them digging into the palm of your hand when holding it. This defect was overlooked by the majority of users just because of the mod’s outstanding performance, but it was still something that needed fixing, and VooPoo did simply that with the Drag 2.

The new version of the Drag is not only a bit smaller and somewhat more rounded than the original, however the edges are bevelled and the corners are rounded off this time too, which really makes it more comfy to hold in the hand. The distinction in between the two variations in regards to ergonomics is substantial, so if you disliked the method the first Drag felt in your hand, you’re most likely going to like the Drag 2 a lot more.

The 510 connection on the first VooPoo Drag was located way off to the side, whereas on the Drag 2 it’s been moved toward the center, although I wouldn’t call it centered due to the fact that it’s really off center, for some reason. Still, it’s an improvement over the very first one, and you can easily fit atomizers up to 25mm without overhang. Technically, even 26mm fit well, although they fall right on the bevelled edges of the mod that makes it look like you have a little bit of overhang, although you technically do not. I say adhere to 25mm at most, simply to be sure.

While the area of the 510 connection has actually been enhanced, VooPoo kind of dropped the ball when it chose to go for a raised connection instead of making it flush with the mod. I get that they wished to avoid accidental scratching of the gadget, and we have actually seen somewhat raised connection plates before, however this one is raised excessive and whatever atomizer you utilize on it, you’re always entrusted to a huge gap. This clearly does not affect the efficiency of the gadget at all, but if you care about looks, this will annoy the heck out of you.

The command panel of the Drag 2 is very comparable to that of the initial VooPoo Drag. We have actually the very same rounded and slightly recessed fire button, a rectangle-shaped and decently-sized OLED display, two small metallic ‘+’ and ‘-‘ buttons and a micro-USB port near the bottom. The fire button is very clicky and fits your thumb completely, however the screen is a bit frustrating, at least compared to the ones on other modern-day vape mods. Of all, it’s dimmer than I ‘d like, and it’s white and black, which in this day in age feels outdated. Compared to the large and lively screens of mods like the Modefined Draco or Smoant Naboo, this one just looks outdated.

The magnetic battery door of the Drag 2 features the exact same large ‘DRAG’ branding as the original variation and is held in location by a set of magnets. Unlike the door of the original Drag, which went inside the frame of the mod and didn’t wobble at all, this one is slightly raised and has a bit of movement to it, both up and down and side to side. It’s not a deal-breaker, in fact I question most users will even observe the wobbling, but I simply believe VooPoo ought to have stuck to the initial design, since it was just much better.

The battery compartment is quite standard, 2 18650 battery trays with extremely clear polarity indications and spring-loaded contacts at the top. It also includes a fabric ribbon to assist you get rid of the batteries easier.

Opposite the battery door we have a resin panel. Once you buy a mod, that’s the resin pattern you’re stuck with. I wish VooPoo had gone with interchangeable panels instead; it would have been a smart business decision, because it could have sold them separately, and it would have made the mod more customizable.

All in all, the VooPoo Drag 2 features a lot of improvements over the first version, while retaining the same iconic look. I ‘d say it’s better than the original Drag, but there’s still room for improvement.

Menu System and Navigation

You’re most likely going to get the hang of the Drag 2 in no time if you’re familiar with the menu and navigation of the original VooPoo Drag. Most of the button combinations are the same, the secondary menu system is almost identical to that of the Drag version one, and the screen layout of the menu is very similar.

The main menu of the Drag 2 vape mod allows you to cycle through the different available modes by pressing the fire button three times in rapid succession. Sadly, the manufacturer decided to make the newest and most confusing mode of this device the first to show up on the screen.

The first Fit setup is described as a battery saver. It provides a cooler vape, and moderate vapor production, but extends the time you have the ability to utilize the mod prior to charging the batteries. The second Fit option is obviously created to enhance flavor, however I personally am a bit baffled about how it’s able to do that. In this mode, you get more power than in the battery saver configuration, but the mod doesn’t fire as fast as it normally does. The third configuration is all about vapor production; the mod fires super fast and the power ramp-up is impressive.

I think the FIT mode is an intriguing addition, but up until now VooPoo has a done a very poor task of describing what it does and how it does it. There’s hardly any reference of it in the user handbook and the information on the VooPoo website is primarily marketing with extremely little significant information. I had the ability to find some info on the 3 configurations on Reddit, but I still do not know how the mode works. Is it checking out the resistance of the atomizer and using an algorithm to adjust the power output? Does it only deal with UForce coils or can it be utilized with any atomizer? Hopefully the company will offer answers to those concerns quickly.

Pressing the fire button three times while in FIT mode will take you to the temperature control menu. Pressing the fire button three times once again, will take you back to the default operating mode, wattage mode.

Similar to the original Drag, the secondary menu of the Drag 2 can be accessed by keeping the ‘+’ and ‘-‘ buttons pressed for a number of seconds. Depending upon what mode you are presently using (wattage mode or temperature control), you are presented with different settings.

In wattage mode, the first icon is a ‘W’ which acts as a ‘back’ button and takes you back to wattage mode. Selecting this icon with the fire button takes you to the last used memory mode. While in one of these five memory mode, you can input custom power curves for each of them by pressing the fire button four times.

The next alternative in the secondary menu is ‘SN’, where you can inspect the serial number of your mod, and lastly ‘Ver.’ where you can inspect the firmware variation currently set up.

The options are a bit different while in temperature control or one of the memory modes. The mod can read resistances pretty well, so I suggest you don’t mess with this setting.

One crucial thing to keep in mind for any fans of temperature control, to adjust the wattage, just press the fire button 4 times while in this mode, and you’ll see the wattage icon flashing on screen. Use the ‘+’ and ‘-‘ buttons to adjust the power.

The button mixes are the same as on the initial Drag. Pressing the fire button and the ‘-‘ button will flip the orientation of the screen, while pressing the fire button and the ‘+’ button will lock all the buttons of the mod. To open it, just press the same two buttons again.

That has to do with all there is to the Drag 2 menu. It’s quite similar to the first version, with the addition of FIT mode and custom power curves. It’s also missing out on voltage mode, which was readily available on the initial Drag, but I have actually heard that VooPoo prepares to add it again through a firmware upgrade.

The screen has actually been somewhat altered as well, in that there are now battery life icons for both 18650 batteries, and there’s also a puff timer subparameter too. The screen is not as bright as it was on the original drag, and there’s no way to adjust the brightness directly from the mod menu.

Battery Life and Efficiency

Similar to any other external battery vape mod, approximating the battery life of the VooPoo Drag 2 is virtually impossible. It depends upon what power output you have actually set on it, the capacity of your 18650 batteries, and finally, how much you’re utilizing it. I’ve personally been using my own practically solely in wattage mode, at 65W with the consisted of UForce T2 tank, and I’ve been getting about 8 hours of use out of it. I’m utilizing Sony VTC5a batteries, by the way. That’s good, and pretty much on par with the majority of the dual-battery regulated mods I’ve reviewed in the last few months.

If you’re out and about with no spare batteries and are looking to conserve battery life, the Drag 2’s FIT mode can help you do that. You’ll be getting a much cooler vape than usual, which will impact flavor intensity and vapor production as well, but in situations where you don’t have spare batteries on hand or any way to charge your mod, it’s an option worth considering.

The thing that made the initial VooPoo Drag so exceptionally popular was its responsiveness. That thing fired as soon as you pressed that fire button and the power ramp-up was insanely fast. Back in early 2017 when the Drag came out, it’s shooting speed was basically unrivalled, particularly in the budget price category. It blew away the competition and required competing business to come out with better, more responsive devices.

Things are a bit different now, as most advanced mods fire just as fast as the Drag, so the new version may not seem as impressive as its predecessor, because speed alone won’t help it stand out as easily. The Drag 2 is powered by the newest version of the Gene chip which reportedly helps it fire and ramp-up the power even faster than the first Drag mod and the VooPoo Vmate, although I doubt most users will even notice a difference without using sensitive measuring equipment.

The VooPoo Drag 2 likewise has a maximum power output of 177W, which is 20W more than the Drag 1, however still less than the majority of dual-18650 mods. I personally do not truly care about this slight power increase, as I never ever vape anywhere near that level anyway, and I don’t know anybody else who does either. If you felt the 157W of the original wan’t quit enough, you’ll probably appreciate this bump more than me.

The FIT mode is a great function, particularly for vapers just entering into advanced mods, as it offers three various configurations for battery conserving, taste improvement and vapor production. If you do not know how to set your mod to get the vaping experience you desire, the FIT mode can be available in handy. Nevertheless, VooPoo truly requires to explain how it works exactly, because right now we do not know much about that.

I haven’t used the Drag 2 in temperature control mode, because I’m not interested in that at all. I remember that the original Drag didn’t do very well in temp.

The UForce T2 Tank

This turned out to be a long evaluation, so I will not be entering into too much information about the UForce T2 tanks consisted of in this package. It’s a 24.5 mm size sub-ohm tank with 5ml capability. VooPoo offers a wide variety of compatible glass sections, which can increase or decrease capacity from 2ml to an impressive 8ml.

Perhaps the most outstanding thing about the UForce T2 tank is the vast array of available coil heads. I remember getting the UForce T1 tank a few months ago, but I regretfully never ever got around to utilizing it and doing an evaluation; I imagine that some of the coils launched for it are also compatible with the T2 variation. Today, the VooPoo site notes no less than 10 various coil-heads for this tank, with more to be released in the future. So if you’re trying to find something extremely adjustable, this is certainly worth your factor to consider.

The VooPoo UForce T2 tank comes with two coil-heads– the dual-coil U2 and the triple-mesh N3– as well as a spare straight glass section, if you don’t like the 5ml bubble glass. I only used the N3 coil-head as I’m pretty much using mesh coil-heads exclusively these days, and I can say that this is one of the best I’ve tried.

I want to try some of the other suitable coil-heads in the future, however up until now the N3 triple mesh coil has made rather an impression on me. I ‘d say it’s right up there with the triple coil-heads of the Freemax Mesh Pro.

Conclusion

The VooPoo Drag 2 is a clear improvement over the original version. It’s a lot more ergonomic, the 510 connection, though off center, is superior to the old one, and the minimized size makes it simpler to bring around and shop in the pocket. The slight increase in power is sure to please cloud chasers insane enough to vape at 177W, and the brand-new FIT mode is a nice addition, especially for beginners.

All that said, the Drag 2 is definitely not perfect. Still, the Drag 2 has the same impressive firing time and power ramp up as the original, so if you’re looking for the newest version of one of the most popular vape mods ever made, the VooPoo Drag 2 is a solid buy.

The VooPoo Drag 2 was sent to me directly by VooPoo for the purpose of this review.

For some reason, the rectangular cardboard box that the VooPoo Drag 2 kit comes in features no clear indication that the mod inside is actually the version 2 and not the original Drag. The command panel of the Drag 2 is very similar to that of the original VooPoo Drag. The Drag 2 is powered by the newest version of the Gene chip which reportedly helps it fire and ramp-up the power even faster than the first Drag mod and the VooPoo Vmate, although I doubt most users will even notice a difference without using sensitive measuring equipment. The VooPoo Drag 2 also has a maximum power output of 177W, which is 20W more than the Drag 1, but still less than most dual-18650 mods. Still, the Drag 2 has the same impressive firing time and power ramp up as the original, so if you’re looking for the newest version of one of the most popular vape mods ever made, the VooPoo Drag 2 is a solid buy.