Voopoo Drag Max | Review

Dragging pod systems to the max.

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Voopoo Drag Max - Review

Voopoo Drag Max

The Voopoo Drag Max is the latest addition to the Drag family. This time Voopoo has created a pod system that blurs the line between a box mod and a pod mod.

The Drag Max is the big brother to the Drag X and is powered by dual 18650 batteries, giving it up to 177W and taking pod systems to the max.

It utilizes the same impressive PnP pods and coils as the Drag X & S, but this time there’s also an RTA Pod available, making it perfect for DIY vapers.

The Drag max also features a 1.08 inch TFT color screen and 5V/2A USB Type-C charging.

The Voopoo Drag Max is available in 5 colors: Classic, Vintage Brown, Galaxy Blue, Vintage Grey, and Marsala.

The Good

Elegant design, excellent build quality, dual 18650, smooth airflow, plenty of coil options, great flavor from coils, RTA pod option.

The Bad

No 510 adapter included, not great for MTL, no TC or Bypass mode.

The Bottom Line

The Drag Max is an excellent device if you are looking for a pod-style system with a large battery capacity. The build quality, ease of use, and coil options are excellent.

8.8

Disclosure: This product was sent to us by Voopoo for the purpose of this review.

Specs

  • Size: 50.25 x 25 x 122mm
  • Material: Leather & Zinc Alloy & PCTG
  • Battery: Dual 18650 batteries(not included)
  • Output: 5-177W
  • Output voltage: 6.4-8.4V
  • Resistance range: 0.1-3.0ohm
  • Charging: 5V/2A
  • Capacity: 4.5ml
  • Resistance: 0.2ohm PnP-VM5(40-60W), 0.15ohm PnP-VM6(60-80W)

In the Box

  • 1 x Drag Max Device
  • 1 x PnP Pod (4.5ml)
  • 1 x PnP-VM5 0.2ohm Coil
  • 1 x PnP-VM6 0.15ohm Coil
  • 1 x Type-C Cable
  • 1 x User Manual
Design & Style9.0
Voopoo Drag Max

The Drag Max is a beautiful looking device; it reminds me of the Lost Vape Therion with added Drag styling just to top it off.

It’s not just elegant in its design, but it also feels extremely premium. This is mainly thanks to its weighty zinc alloy frame coated with a matte black finish and a fake leather grip.

Some might say it’s a little boxy compared to other modern mods, but I think it has the perfect mix of old and new. It’s incredibly comfortable to hold, and the heft that it does have (especially with batteries inserted) just adds to the quality feel.

Voopoo Drag Max

There’s still the obligatory ‘Drag’ logo on the side of the device, along with a printed ‘Gene chip inside’ and ‘Spark your life’ (whatever that’s supposed to mean) on either side. Thankfully, on the classic version we have in for review, they are very subtle and do not detract from the mod’s overall elegance.

Everything else with the Drag Max design and build quality is as you’d expect from Voopoo, top quality. Special mentions to the excellent slightly indented power button and a solid battery door with absolutely no excess play (unlike the Argus GT). Even with the slightest of accidental knocks, the battery door stays firmly in place.

Voopoo Drag Max

The screen is large and bright and displays all of the relevant information laid out well in voopoo clean UI. There are a couple of omissions from the features, but we’ll cover that along with the display features later.

The most significant part of the Drag max design is that it uses pods, and at the time of writing, there is no 510 adapter, so you will not be able to use your own tanks.

Note: There is a possibility that the 510 adapter from the Drag X may fit, but we can not confirm this at present.

Voopoo Drag Max Special Edition Kit

In the special edition kit we got in for review, there were 3 pods included, a 4.5ml PnP pod, a 2ml PnP pod, and an RTA POD. All of which follow the same design format snapping into place with strong magnets on the top of the device.

The standard edition will only come with the 4.5ml PNP Pod, or 2ml PNP Pod if purchased in the EU.

It has to be said that there’s something so satisfying about the way the pods snap into place with no excess movement; they’re also easy to pull out, which is handy as the fill ports on the bottom. All of the pods also help to finish the design of the Drag Max.

The last thing to mention with the design of the Drag Max is it features the same airflow system as the Drag X & S. It’s just as smooth to slide along with your finger and thumb.

Overall I’m really impressed with the build quality and design of the Drag Max.

Features8.0
Voopoo Drag Max

The Drag Max is a dual 18650 device. You’d be slightly misled to think it’s just a dual battery version of the Drag X because strangely enough, it actually has fewer features.

Even though the Drag Max is compatible with an RTA Pod, there are no TC or Bypass modes available.

Voopoo Drag Max

There are only two modes, either the ‘S’ setting for SMART mode, where it will detect the coil and set to the recommended wattage, and prevent you from upping the wattage too high for the coil.

Or there is the ‘R’ setting for rebuildable mode, which is basically limit free.

The Drag Max contains Voopoo’s Gene chip, which never disappoints with firing time, and it’s as insanely fast as ever on this device.

Voopoo Drag Max

As for using the Drag Max, the controls are relatively simple.

  • 5 clicks fire button = On/off
  • 3 clicks = switch modes S/R
  • +/- buttons together to change themes (see below)
  • + and fire button to lock the device

Unfortunately, locking the device does also lock the firing, not just the adjustment buttons.

Voopoo decided to include two themes with the Drag Max an ‘Iron’ theme, which is vertical and the same as other drag devices. Or a ‘Core’ theme that is laid out horizontally.

The Drag Max also has a USB type C port for charging, which features 2Amp fast charge. Although we’d still recommend charging your batteries separately.

Pods/RTA9.0
Voopoo Drag Max

As mentioned above, the Drag Max can be used with either the included PnP pod (4.5ml or 2ml) or with Voopoo’s new RTA pod (2ml).

The PnP pods obviously will be compatible with all of the PnP coils, of which Voopoo includes a plethora in the limited edition kit we have for review:

  • 1 x PnP-TR 1.2Ω
  • 1 x PnP-TM2 0.8Ω
  • 1 x PnP-VM1 0.3Ω
  • 1 x PnP-VM3 0.45Ω
  • 1 x PnP-VM4 0.6Ω
  • 1 x PnP-VM5 0.2Ω
  • 1 x PnP-VM6 0.15Ω
  • 1 x PnP-RBA (recommended 0.6Ω)

The standard kit will come with a PnP-VM3 0.45Ω and a PnP-VM4 0.6Ω included.

Voopoo Drag Max

All the pods will be cross-compatible with other Drag pod devices like the Drag S & X. I’d also assume the 510 adapter that’s available will work on the Drag Max but don’t have one to hand to try. I think it’s a real shame they didn’t include one in the kit, as this dual battery mod is perfect for rocking your own tank on.

All of the pods have the same fill method, which is a rubber plug on the base. They are easy to use, and while being placed on the bottom keeps the aesthetics tidy, it does mean you need to remove the pod to fill it.

Voopoo Drag Max

The 2ml PnP pod we received with the kit is an MTL pod, which features a long MTL style drip tip. It’s comfortable to use, but this isn’t the ideal device for MTL – more on this later.

The RTA Pod is a new addition from VooPoo, and it looks similar in form to the other pods. However, the top cap screws off (nice and smoothly, I might add) to reveal a two-post deck – so it’s only suitable for single coils.

Voopoo Drag Max

It’s an easy deck to build on, but just be careful when screwing and unscrewing your hex screws from the top. If you unscrew them completely, you may drop them down the air-hole on the deck, and it will be a pain to recover them.

Speaking of the air-hole, it’s substantial, which means you are only really going to be able to DTL with the RTA Pod. As for wicking and building in general on the RTA pod, it’s very easy, and in my opinion, it seemed to wick well, with no leaking issues whatsoever.

The only real issue I have with the RTA pod is it’s capacity, as it can only fit 2ml of juice, which is pretty low for a rebuildable RTA designed for DTL vaping. Especially when you compare it to the 4.5ml capacity PnP pod.

Performance9.5
Voopoo Drag Max

If you’ve vaped any of the PnP coils from Voopoo, then you know exactly what you in for when it comes to performance.

The coils deliver great flavor and perform well across the board. They are some of my favorites on the market. I do find they tend to tail off on the flavor after about 7 days when others can go a little longer. But coil longevity is a bit subjective because it depends on what juice and wattage you vape with.

I was keen to try the PnP-TR 1.2Ω and PnP-TM2 0.8Ω coils out in MTL, and both give great flavor, but in my opinion, they can’t really be called MTL coils. Even with the airflow shut completely off, they are still a very loose draw.

Voopoo Drag Max

That being said, if you are looking for an MTL pod device, then a dual-battery is a little overkill, so it’s best to look elsewhere.

When it comes to DTL with any other coils in the pod, the airflow is perfect. It’s incredibly smooth and can be tailored down to a restrictive DTL vape.

I played with a couple of builds in the RTA pod, and I’d say the performance was good, and certainly had no complaints. But due to the low liquid capacity and the excellent performing PnP coils, I just preferred to stick to the 4.5ml PnP pod.

The device itself is great; it’s easy to use, fires instantly, and like most Voopoo devices, it’s efficient on the batteries.

Good Vibes

  • Elegant design
  • Excellent build quality
  • Feels great in the hand
  • Easy to use
  • Dual 18650
  • Easy airflow adjustment
  • Great pod connection
  • RTA pod (available separate)
  • USB-C 2A charging
  • Solid battery door
  • Variety of coil options
  • Excellent flavor from PnP coils

Bad Vibes

  • No 510 adapter
  • RTA Pod only 2ml capacity
  • Not the best for MTL
  • No TC or Bypass modes
Voopoo Drag Max

Verdict

The Drag Max is an excellent kit for any vaper that likes pod-style mods but is looking for a little more battery capacity. It would also be a great addition if you already have the Drag S or X as the pods are interchangeable.

It has excellent build quality, in an elegant and premium felling design. As with all of the Drag series, you get brilliant performance from the chip and have a great selection of coils that really deliver on the flavor.

Unfortunately, it’s the same story when it comes to MTL airflow with the Drag Max, as it’s on the loose side – But that’s not the target market for this device.

The option to use the RTA pod is great and performs really well, just a shame it only has a 2ml capacity.

Overall another solid addition to the Drag family.

REVIEW OVERVIEW
Design
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Features
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Pods/Coils
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Performance
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Marc has been an avid vaper since 2010. His obsession with new vape gear has led to developing his own overflowing vape room, and starting Vaping Vibe with Danny & Jules to help educate other vapers.