Voopoo Drag X/S
Voopoo are perhaps best known for their Drag line of successful vape mods. Their modern designs, clean edges and attractive panels made them a hit and now Voopoo is adding two new members to the family.
The Drag X and Drag S are two ‘pod mods’ that are similar in a lot of ways to Voopoo’s Vinci devices. They use the same PnP coils as the Vinci line and also feature adjustable wattage; 5-60W on the Drag S and 5-80W on the Drag X.
Both devices use Voopoo new GENE.TT chipset, have large full color screens, and a 4.5ml capacity pod. The Drag X & S are nearly identical but the big difference is that the S packs a built-in 2600mAh battery, while the X takes a single 18650.
I’ve been using both of these devices for about two weeks now and I’m already impressed. Keep reading for the full run-down on the Drag X & Drag S.
These devices were sent to me directly from Voopoo for the purpose of this review.
- 1 x Drag S/X Device
- 1 x 4.5ml Pod
- 2 x PnP Coils (Drag S: 0.2ohm & 0.3ohm / Drag X: 0.15ohm & 0.3ohm)
- 1 x Type-C Cable
- 1 x User Manual
- Zinc Alloy Construction
- GENE.TT Chipset
- Drag S: 2600mAh Built-In Battery / Drag X: External Single 18650
- Drag S: 60W Max Output / Drag X: 80W Max Output
- Color Display
- 4.5ml Pod Capacity
- PnP Coil Family
- Airflow Adjustment
Design & Build Quality
When you look at the design of these two pod mods you can see why they’re a part of the Drag line of devices. The design of the frame is similar to that of the Drag 2 and so are the rounded, metal accented buttons. The design lines are clean and modern and that gives these devices a sophisticated look. From a front view, the Drag X & S look like what the Drag 3 could look like.
In addition to the sleek zinc alloy frame, the Drag S & X also have gorgeous back panels. The ‘Retro’ panel on my Drag X is a tanned leather, while the ‘Classic’ panel on my Drag S is a black textured leather. These panels add a bit of cushion and they feel high quality. The panel is stitched around the contour for an added look of sophistication. ‘DRAG’ is embossed in large lettering across the panel. I’m not sure if these are real leather panels but even if they aren’t, they’re close enough to the real thing that it’s impossible to tell the difference. These are definitely some of the best looking and most well-built pod devices out there.
Unlike the Vinci & Vinci X, the Drag X & Drag S allow you to adjust the airflow. There’s a knob at the back of the devices that can be used to open or close the airflow slots. There’s one airflow slot on each side of the device, just below where the pod sits. This knob feels very sturdy and opening or closing the airflow has the perfect amount of resistance. It’s not too loose nor too stiff. Great job by Voopoo on the airflow adjustment system.
The Drag X is 8mm taller than the Drag S at 124mm x 32.5mm x 28mm; the width and depth of the two devices are exactly the same. The Drag X is also slightly heavier than the Drag S at 165g versus 150g. The added height and weight on the Drag X are due to the fact that it takes a single 18650 battery whereas the Drag S packs a built in 2600mAh battery. Both devices feel good in the hand, and thanks to the rounded back and cushiony leather grip, they’re more comfortable to use than the Vinci line of devices.
Both devices have an identical full color display. The screen is bright, even outdoors, and the text is crisp and easy to read. The fire button, located just above the screen, is firm and responsive. The adjustment buttons, located just below the screen, are similar in feel.
The pod looks more like a tank than a traditional pod. It’s sturdy and the magnets that attach it to the battery are super strong. It looks like Voopoo really went all out to ensure that the Drag S & X are as well designed and well-built as can be and they did a really good job. As far as design and build quality go, I haven’t found a single con.
Features & Functions
The Drag X & Drag S use Voopoo’s new GENE.TT chipset. This is an updated version of the GENE.AI chipset found on their Vinci line of devices. The screens on the Drag X & S are brighter and more crisp than the ones on the Vinci. The UI is also more attractive and just organized better.
The screen displays all the things that you would expect to see like your set wattage, coil resistance, voltage, mode (normal or RBA), and a puff counter.
Voopoo have also added another interesting (and in my opinion, gimmicky) feature to the Drag X & Drag S in the form of a “Score System”. Every time you take a puff, you get a ‘score’ displayed in big numbers in the middle of the screen. At the bottom of the screen is your ‘ranking’. Apparently, the score system starts from ‘IRON’ and goes all the way up to ‘KING’ with a bunch of other ranks in between.
In my opinion, this is just gimmicky and it doesn’t add to the vaping experience in any way. And for a completely unnecessary feature, it takes up a lot of space on the screen. Out of the box, the scoring system won’t be active. If you do want to use it, you’ll first have to complete the age verification on Voopoo’s website and then update the firmware afterwards.
The Drag S will fire at up to 60W and features both draw or button activated firing. The Drag X on the other hand will fire at up to 80W but only features button activated firing. Both devices will auto detect the coil that you insert and automatically set the power to the recommended wattage.
Just like the Vinci and Vinci X, the Drag X & S have a puff counter that tracks your puffs each day. You just have to set the clock in order for this to be accurate. Unfortunately, every time you remove the battery on the Drag X it resets the clock and all previous recorded days on your puff counter. Hopefully Voopoo fixes this with a firmware update.
Drag X & Drag S Button Combinations
The button combinations on the Drag X & S are basically the same as the Vinci & Vinci X:
- Power ON/OFF: Click the fire button 5 times.
- Change Modes: Click the fire button three times to change between ‘smart’ and ‘RBA’ mode. The Drag S also lets you change between draw and button activated firing.
- Lock/Unlock the device (including fire button): Hold the up adjustment button and power button.
- Clear the puff counter: Hold the bottom adjustment button and power button.
- View your puffs per day: Hold both adjustment buttons to display a graph that shows your puffs each day. This information is kept for two weeks.
- Set the device time: Hold all three buttons to set the device time. You have to do this in order for the puffs per day graph to be accurate.
Pod & Coils
The pod looks more like a tank than a traditional pod. It’s round and has a dome shape that ends at a large round mouthpiece. It’s not a coincidence that this looks like a tank though; Voopoo just released a 510 adapter for this pod that allows you to use it on any 510 box mod. That’s an awesome addition because it makes this pod so much more versatile. Voopoo are also supposed to be releasing a 510 adapter for the Drag X that will allow it to be used with any 510 tank.
The pod is very lightly tinted which makes seeing your ejuice level a non-issue. The magnets that hold the pod in the battery are super strong and there’s no wiggle whatsoever with the pod inserted.
The 4.5ml capacity is huge but the high wattage ratings of the included coils makes it almost necessary. I’ve been going through ejuice faster than with other, lower wattage pod systems but the performance has been worth it. In a nutshell: the 4.5ml capacity is big but it doesn’t mean you’ll be filling up any less often than with other pod systems.
The fill plug on the pod is thicker and more sturdy than the one on the Vinci and Vinci X. It’s situated on the bottom of the pod and it plugs the fill port securely and effectively. It’s easy to fill up the pod thanks to the large port and out of the way location.
Both devices come with a 0.3ohm coil (the same one that comes with the Vinci X) rated for 32-40W. The Drag X also comes with a 0.15ohm mesh coil rated for 60-80W, while the Drag S comes with a 0.2ohm mesh coil rated for 40-60W. All three of these coils are solely suited to regular nicotine ejuices; I certainly wouldn’t try using nicotine salts with them unless they’re less than 10mg strength. Even then, it’s likely to be a harsh draw that delivers too much nicotine.
These coils install just like Voopoo’s other PnP coils and simply push into the bottom of the pod. You can use any of Voopoo’s other PnP coils with the Drag X & Drag S so if you have Vinci coils laying around you’ll be able to use them in these pod mods.
Battery Life & Charging
The Drag S houses a built-in 2600mAh battery and charges using a Type-C cable.The Drag X is a single 18650 battery mod and as such the battery life will depend on the battery that you use. But from my experience, the Drag S lasts for close to two full pods on a single charge (almost 9ml) and that’s with the 0.3ohm coil at 40W. The Drag X with the 0.15ohm coil netted me about the same usage. I vaped close to two full pods at 50W with my LG HG2.
As for charging times, I only timed the Drag S. While the Drag X can be used to charge the 18650 battery, I wouldn’t recommend it. I personally use an external vape battery charger to charge my vape batteries and you should too. The Drag S charged in just about an hour and a half. That’s not lightning quick by any means but it’s also not bad considering the large 2600mAh battery.
I tested all three coils using a variety of ejuices in different PG/VG ratios. I used a 60VG ejuice, a 70 VG ejuice, and an 80 VG ejuice all in 6mg nicotine strength.
The 0.3ohm coil is a familiar one for me and if you’ve used the Vinci or Vinci X then you’ve vaped on it before. It’s a very nice vape at 40W. It’s warm and pleasant and the flavor is definitely up there with the best pod vapes. I kept the airflow about a third of the way closed for an airy direct lung draw. This coil struggles with high VG ejuices but anything lower keeps up without an issue.
The 0.2ohm coil is a lot like the 0.3ohm coil. Really good flavor and it’s an even warmer vape at 50W than the 0.3ohm coil. Keeping the airflow at a third of the way closed is a really nice vape, although I even closed the airflow halfway or more at times to enhance the flavor. This also makes the vapor noticeably hotter so if you like a very warm vape, this is likely where you’ll want the airflow to be set for this coil.
Last but not least, the 0.15ohm coil. I saved the best one for last because this coil is clearly the winner out of these three but keep in mind that it only comes with the Drag X. The flavor is impressive and noticeably better than either of the other two coils. Although this coil is rated for 60-80W, I found that it performed best in the 50-60W range and I usually vaped it from 50-55W. I kept the airflow either fully open or only slightly closed and the vapor is still very, very warm. It’s a hot vape that really delivers on flavor and clouds.
Although these coils perform great, what impressed me the most is not the flavor. I had the faintest bits of condensation on the bottom of the pod and the contacts, but otherwise there was no eliquid to be found. The bottom of the pod and the battery compartment stayed nearly completely dry and I didn’t have any instances of leakage.
Further, there were no technical issues with either device. I’ve heard of the Vinci giving “check atomizer” errors but there was none of that with the Drag X or Drag S. They both functioned smoothly and without fault throughout the entire duration of my testing.
The Vinci X was already a good device but the Drag X & Drag S are better in every way. The design is nicer, the build quality is just as good if not better, the screens are nicer, and you can even adjust your airflow. The big difference between these two drags are that the Drag X can fire at up to 80W and takes an external battery, while the Drag S fires at up to 60W and has a built-in 2600mAh battery. The Drag X is also slightly taller, but everything else is exactly the same.
The only thing I would change about these two is the scoring system. I could do without it taking up so much screen space. Otherwise, there isn’t anything I can really complain about. These are exclusively direct lung devices out of the box but if you want a MTL experience, you can try picking up some of the MTL PnP coils. I haven’t tested these myself though so I can’t say how good of a MTL it’s going to be.
All in all, the Drag S & Drag X are two exceptional pod devices. And with the coming 510 adapter for the Drag X, it could be a mod that you use for a long time into the future.
Thanks for the good review
Which one is better? Aegis boost or drag s?
Hi Robert can you also use the .15ohm coil on the Vinci X since it can fire up to 70 watts?
Hey, you certainly can. However, I tested this out for you and my Vinci X kept reading the .15ohm coil as 0.20ohm and so it would not let me set the wattage past 55W. If this happens to you, you can enter RBA mode by pressing the fire button 4 times and this will let you set the wattage past 55W. If you don’t have RBA mode, you’ll have to download the software update from the Voopoo website and upgrade your Vinci X.
A full charge doesn’t last long at all and mine is set on 25. I’ve tried another battery already and they are the same. I am constantly having to charge the stupid thing. Good thing I’m only using it to quit smoking.
Very nice review and excellent details, many thanks.
Can I use Salt Nicotine with Drag X? The regular ejuice does not give enough nicotine.
My S leaks really bad. I have changed out everything I can think of, even switched ratio juice but nothing helps. Any ideas?
I love mine its a really sleek device but a single 18650 battery goes quick at 50 watts. Quicker than I thought it would.
I have a Drag S which I use MTL with 1 ohm coils, at very low power, between 5 and 10w. Whilst I guess I don’t ask much of each puff, I do puff a lot, up to 500 times a day, and I find the battery gives out at about 400, which I find pretty disappointing. Prior to this I had a Coolfire IV with an Aspire K3 tank. I think the mAH might have been slightly higher on that but nevertheless it always lasted me all day, if I charged it overnight – even after 3 years usage.
It’s a shame because in every other respect I am delighted with this system.