If you like Vaporesso’s Omni board functionality, then we think you are going to like the VoooPoo Drag mod and software interface.
- Dual 18650
- 157 Watts Power Output
- Gene Chip with Custom Curves
- Instant Firing
The new from Drag Mod from VooPoo offers up to 157 Watts of power and can be used in either Variable Wattage or Temperature Control Mode. The Drag Mod is a dual 18650 device which can be charged externally or via Micro USB cable.
It features an attractive looking design, especially in the black resin version which we have, along with very solid construction The Drag mod is powered by the 32-bit super US Gene Fun chip, which boasts the fastest fire speed ever at 0.025s. The device has full compatibility for SS, Ti and NI coils as well as firmware upgradability.
The Drag Mod is certainly sounding an impressive device on paper, but let’s see how well it performs.
Voopoo Drag Specs
- Size: 90mm x 54mm x 24mm
- Weight: 212g (298g with batteries)
- Material: Zinc alloy/carbon fiber
- Batteries: Two 18650 (not included)
- Working voltage: 6.4-8.5V
- Working current: 1-40A
- Output voltage range: 0-7.5V
- Output current range: 0-40A
- Resistance range (VW): 0.05-3.0Ω
- Resistance range (TC): 0.05-1.5Ω
- Output power: 5-157W
- Charging voltage: 5V
- Charging current: 1800mA
- Standby current: 10µA
- Temperature range: 200-600℉ / 100-315℃
- Heating elements supported (TC): Ni_Ti_SS
- Working efficiency: 95%
- Firmware upgradeable: yes
- Drag mod
- USB charge/upgrade cable
- User manual
- Warranty card
This is almost a throw-back Box Mod, in the purest sense as there’s a distinct lack of smooth and curvy edges and lines like we see in many of today’s new mods. The Drag Mod is shaped with 90-degree edges and beveled opposing corners with no rounded corners in sight, yet I still really like it’s old-school style.
Unfortunately the nice chamfering does lead to one slight issue, and that’s the that you will get a slight overhang when using 24mm atomizers, which will be even more noticeable with 25mm atomizers.
The magnetic battery door is easy to remove yet secure, there is a slight amount of rattle on our device, it’s not too bad, and it may only be in our sample. The battery tray itself is injection molded and contains a ribbon to help remove your batteries.
There is no rattle or play on any of the buttons, both the fire and control buttons are nice and clicky. The screen of the Drag is nice and bright on the front, and the USB port is located at the bottom of the panel, below the buttons. The Drag features a stainless steel 510 with spring-loaded, gold-plated center pin.
Super Gene Chip
After firing up the VooPoo Drag and having a quick play around it became apparent that the chip offers similar features to that of Vaporesso’s Omni board. As I discuss the features of the Drag, I may run some comparisons to the Omni board, and as Voopoo doesn’t really do a good job of naming the functions in their user manual, I will use the Omni nomenclature to describe the features:
Smart Wattage – In variable wattage mode, when you attach your atomizer to the mod, the Gene chip detects a change in resistance and asks if the coil is new. If you answer yes, it will then set the wattage to a recommended starting point. A nice safety feature to prevent you from accidentally overheating a new coil.
CCW (Constant Curve of Wattage) – CCW will allow you to create a custom vaping curve in 0.5-second intervals so that you can tailor the heat curve to your vaping preference.
CCT (Constant Curve of Temperature) – the same as CCW, but with temperature control.
The Gene Chip also brings the standard configurations for variable wattage, variable voltage, temperature control, and TCR. It supports all the usual heating materials like; titanium, nickel, and stainless steel.
The Gene Chip also offers eight protections:
- Reverse polarity
- Puff timeout
- Balanced charging
There are a few notable differences in functionality between the Gene Chip and the Omni board. Firstly, in Temperature Control mode, the Gene Chip allows you to set your initial resistance and effectively lock it in, and then adjust the wattage in TC between 5-80W.
The second and more impressive difference is the Drag mod boasts a 0.025-second fire time, now I wasn’t able to go as detailed as uncle Phil Bursado and actually measure it – but trust me when I say as soon as you hit the fire button – it’s vape time.
The Voopoo software allows you to update the firmware and make changes to any of the screens, and effectively “customize” the mod by changing some of the operating characteristics such as the custom vaping curves and vaping time-out.
I really like the fact that you can create custom curves on the actual mod itself, but some may find it easier to use the software and do it on a PC.
Note: the software only supports Windows like the Escribe – again Mac users are out of luck.
I first tested the VooPoo Drag in wattage mode, and as promised as soon as I screwed on my atomizer the Drag asked if it was a new coil, and after I selected yes it set it to the recommended wattage setting of 40W.
It was time to vape, and I was pleasantly surprised as soon as I pressed the button, the mod fired instantly with no lag whatsoever – perfect.
Then it was time to test it out in temperature control mode. The Gene Chip seemed to do a great job of monitoring the temperature of the coil and never allowed the temperature of the coil to overheat. On the screen, I was actually able to watch the current to the coil fluctuated between 12-16A with a well-saturated wick. Then as the wick became less saturated, the current dropped steadily, as expected along with the drop in vapor production. The Drag mod performed perfectly in temp control, and I never experienced a single dry hit.
Overall I was really impressed with the performance of the Vopoo Drag, and the Gene Chip was one of the best i have tried recently.
- Good build quality
- Instant firing
- Good chip and features
- Easy to use software interface
- Relatively small size
- Excellent performance in VW and TC
- Square edges are a bit sharp
- Old-school box design
- No stealth mode
- Overhang with 24mm atomizers
The Drag mod does look great, and while the very boxy style might not be for everyone, it is well built and has a very effective board. The Gene Chip might not quite be up there with the likes of the DNA chips, but it was a pleasure to use and extremely impressive from a newer company – especially with its responsiveness.
I’ve always been a fan of the Vaporesso Omni boards with custom vaping curves. The Voopoo Drag, with the Gene Chip, adds the convenience of a simple software interface to bring a few extra features, so I’m already a VooPoo fan.
The biggest factor about whether to consider getting the VooPoo Drag 157W TC Mod is the price, and quite honestly if you can put up with a slight overhang from 24mm atomizer and like a box mod to be…well, a box then its a steal.