Voopoo Drag 2 Kit Review | Drag series update or back?

Product intro and specs

The Voopoo Drag 2 kit features the dual-18650 Drag 2 mod and the Uforce T2 sub ohm tank. The original Drag was a best seller for a bunch of reasons: it came with the very accurate GENE chip, started the whole rapid-firing craze with its 0.01 sec firing speed, and all of that at a very affordable price tag. That said, it did have its shortcomings, as even 24 mm atomizers were protruding slightly, the battery door had a bit of a play and the paint on the black version was susceptible to scratches and wear.

Let’s see if and how the Drag 2 addresses these issues and how the kit performs overall.

Price: $84.99 (at AVE40)
Colors: Dawn, flame, fire cloud, aurora, ink, scarlet, puzzle, island

The mod: Drag 2

The Drag 2 is a dual-18650 mod that fires up to 177 watts. It comes only in black, but with a variety or resin color options to pick from. I received the “fire cloud” one, which, unfortunately, is my least favorite of the bunch. It still looks good, it’s just that the others look even better in my opinion. Thankfully, the white part of the large DRAG branding on the back of the mod is toned down a bit compared to the original, giving it a more discreet look. And the edges are rounded this time, making it much more pleasant to hold.

The mod weighs 157 grams, around 50 grams lighter than the original Drag. The paint job feels much better too; my OG Drag has scratches all over the place, but it seems like they have fixed this issue now. The magnets of the battery door are very strong, but as with the first Drag, there is a bit of a play there. No rattle or anything like that, but you can move the door with your hand.

The screen is ok; it is clear and easy to read, but black and white and relatively dim. The buttons are clicky and feel like they’ve been also upgraded since the original Drag. Atomizers with a diameter of 25 mm sit flush with the edges, but there’s a slight gap due to the lifted 510 platform. Frankly, I have no idea why they went with that design. It might take you a while to notice, but after that chances are you are going to be annoyed like I am.

Screen info

  • Dual-battery monitoring
  • Resistance
  • Voltage
  • Puff duration
  • Mode

Operations

  • Five clicks of the power button to turn the device on and off
  • Three clicks to change mode (Power, FIT, TC — Custom mode can be found in sub menus)
  • Pressing + and – gets you to the sub menu of each mode
  • While in TC mode: 4 clicks to adjust wattage
  • While in Custom mode: 4 clicks to adjust wattage or temperature curves
  • Fire and + locks the device (can still fire)
  • Fire and – changes screen orientation

Menu Options

  • Power mode sub menu: M (Custom mode), SN (serial number), VER (firmware version)
  • TC sub menu: M (Custom mode), Ω-set (sets resistance), F (sets TCR)

The menu system takes some time to get used to, but I wouldn’t call it complicated. The mod adjusts in 1-watt increments, but doesn’t accelerate and also doesn’t round-robin. It is pretty fast though.

The GENE chip is known for its power mode performance and accuracy, and the Drag 2 is excellent in that regard. Temperature control, on the other hand, is meh. As with the original Drag, I found it to have excellent dry hit protection and more or less accurate temperatures overall, but a proprietary TCR numbering and, more importantly, the 80-watt limit in TC are major drawbacks. If you are thinking on using the Drag 2 for temperature control vaping with exotic coils, then you will probably be disappointed. It is fine for MTL style coils though, as you will not need the extra wattage and the default TCR works for stainless steel.

The mod also features FIT mode, which comes with three presets: FIT1 (battery), FIT2 (flavor) and FIT3 (clouds). After playing with it for a while, I believe that the only thing it does is read the resistance and set the wattage accordingly, with FIT1 being low wattage, FIT2 medium and FIT3 high. Voopoo recommends using FIT mode on the Uforce tanks, but trying it on the included coils of the Uforce T2 tank I got an underwhelming vape. They also say that the mode does not apply to rebuildables; I did try it on a 0.7-ohm MTL coil, and I found that it fired significantly higher than what I would like it to. In my opinion, the mode is the definition of hit-or-miss and I found no real use for it.

The tank: Uforce T2

I love the looks of the Uforce T2, it adopts a kind of a minimal design that makes it look more “professional” than your average sub ohm tank. It is around 25 mm at its base, with the bubble glass giving it an extra 3 mm. Putting it next to the T1, I could only see some minor differences. The three airflow slots are slightly larger, and the knurling has been replaced by some carved geometrical shapes, which look much better in my opinion. On top of that, the 5 mL bubble glass looks like a really nice fit, which is something that can’t be said for all sub ohm tanks out there. Capacity falls to 3.5 mL with the straight glass on, but the tank is also compatible with the rest of the Uforce glass tanks that range from 2 to 8 mL.

The tank features a push-to-fill port that’s a tad small; I had to tilt the bottle at an angle to fill it. The drip tip is 810 but the double O-rings kind, and the tank is not compatible with most Goon style 810s. I don’t understand this design choice – I have only a couple of these drip tips and tens of Goon style ones, and I am pretty sure that’s the case with many vapers out there.

Coils

  • U2 dual-parallel 0.4-ohm coil rated for 40-80 watts / best: 55-65 watts (included)
  • N3 triple-mesh 0.2-ohm coil rated for 65-100 watts / best: 75-85 watts (included)
  • Compatible with U2/U4/U6/U8/N1/N2/N3/R2/D4 coils

There is also a rebuildable coil (R1) but I think Voopoo stopped producing it as it was out of stock everywhere I checked.

The airflow of the Uforce T2 is much more restricted than the three airflow slots will have you believe. Fully open it compares to the Freemax Mesh Pro with its airflow less than halfway open. For me that’s the perfect amount of airflow, but if you like a super airy direct lung draw you might want to look elsewhere.

The triple-mesh coil produces really good flavor and dense vapor. Voopoo nailed the wattage recommendation, as I found it performed better when fired at around 75-80 watts. It also wicks really well, although it started to struggle a bit over 90 watts with my high-VG juice. Don’t forget to prime it before use; there is a lot of cotton between the three mesh strips and it will take a while for e-juice to reach this area if not primed properly. There was also no spitback or gurgling, and the tank didn’t leak at all even when left open overnight.

The dual-parallel coil was a bit of a throwback, but it remains an excellent mid-wattage coil. Real good flavor and a solid option for using the Uforce T2 with a single-battery mod; as with the other coil, Voopoo is accurately recommending the 55-65 watt range. Outside of that, I’d stick to the triple-mesh coil as it is a better performer overall and will last you a fair bit longer.

Pros / Cons

  • No overhang with 25 mm tanks
  • Upgraded paint job
  • Rounded edges
  • Lighter than the original Drag
  • Fires fast and accurately
  • Different resin panels to pick from
  • Great flavor and dense vapor out of the triple-mesh coil
  • Dual-parallel coil is good for medium wattage use
  • Fully adjustable and smooth airflow
  • Raised 510 platform creates a gap
  • Limit on wattage in TC mode
  • Play on battery door
  • FIT mode is hit-or-miss
  • Tank is not compatible with Goon-style tips
  • Some might find the airflow of the T2 a bit restricted

Verdict

My biggest gripe with the Drag 2 mod is the gap created by the raised 510 platform, followed by the play of the battery door. If you don’t mind these inconveniences, and if you don’t plan on using TC mode in high wattages, then chances are you are going to enjoy it. It is reasonably priced, houses an accurate chip and fixes some of the problems of its best-selling predecessor. It’s not nearly as groundbreaking as the original Drag, but gets the job done. The pleasant surprise came from the Uforce T2 tank, which exceeded my expectations with its triple-mesh coil. With the kit priced only $10 higher than the mod on its own, it’s a no-brainer.

Now you can check it out in AVE40:Voopoo Drag 2 Kit with Uforce T2 Tank

What do you think of the Drag 2 kit? Let me know in the comment section.

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Digiflavor Drop Solo Review | Is it a Drip or a Gush?

Introduction to the Digiflavor Drop Solo

Today we will be looking at the Digiflavor Drop Solo, a single coil dripping atomiser produced in collaboration with youtube reviewer The Vapor Chronicles (TVC).Digiflavor Drop Solo Review

There’s no denying the original Drop RDA made a splash when it was released last year, gathering an almost cult following amongst dual coil drippers the world over. Almost a year later and Digiflavor have set their sights on bringing the same delight to single coil squonking fans.

At first glance the Drop Solo appears to be a scaled down version of its big brother. Upon opening the box, I was almost doing an impression of a happy seal as I saw 2 different top caps and gleefully clapped.

Disclaimer: We received the Solo RDA for the purpose of this review. All opinions are based on my own experience and road-testing.

In the Box

  • Digiflavor Drop Solo stainless steel 22mm atomiser
  • 810 drip tip installed
  • PMMA top head
  • Spares bag, including: O rings, 510 squonk pin, 510 drip tip adapter, grub screws
  • PMMA beauty ring
  • T-piece tool
  • Allen key
  • 2 x complex coils (Dual Core Clapton)

Drop solo rda in the box

Features and Specs

Dimensions

Metal Cap

  • Width: 22mm
  • Height: 24mm (without drip tip)
  • Drip tip connection: 810

PMMA Cap

  • Width: 22mm
  • Beauty ring width: increases overall witdth to 24mm
  • Height: 22.5mm (without drip tip)
  • Drip tip connection: 810

Deck

  • Width: 22mm
  • Juice well depth: 5mm
  • Connection: Protruding gold plated 510

Design and Build Quality

Size

The 22mm footprint is petite and kind of looks out of place on anything larger than a single battery mod. I had it on my trusty SX Mini G Class and it was dwarfed by the 30mm atomiser plate. With the addition of the PMMA beauty ring things began to look a little strange.Digiflavor drop solo on mod

It would have been nice to have a stainless steel ring just to keep the aesthetics consistent. However, the chance to break out my Pulse BF Box is never wasted and the Drop Solo looked like it was made for the single battery squonker.Drop solo BF RDA

The stainless steel barrel is well proportioned whilst the PMMA barrel gives a more rugged appearance with its squat profile. I quickly found myself swapping the long drip tip on the PMMA cap with the shorter one from the metal cap and that became my default setup.

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Juice Well Depth

This natty little atty boasts a 5mm juice well, which sounds more than ample for a modern dripper. However, I found the Drop Solo to be very, very thirsty in standard dripper configuration. This makes me further believe that the Drop Solo was always intended to be used with a squonker.Digiflavor drop solo deck

Post Type

Digiflavor appear to have simply removed a set of posts from the Drop Solo’s big brother and that’s not a bad thing. The width between the posts and the empty second half of the deck make it possible to place some rather large, complex coils with ease.digiflavor drop solo coil placement

The grub screws are easy to access and hold the coils securely in place. The raised posts boast the facility to trim your coils once they are in place. Sadly, I found that this wasn’t possible when I had a coil with anything more than a single core, as I just couldn’t get purchase on the coil legs with my snips.

Air flow

Looking at the metal barrel first we can see the design lifted straight from the original Drop RDA and why not, after all this is one of the reasons for its success in the first place. I don’t know what else to say other than Digiflavor got it right again. Fully open the draw is not too airy and closed off to a single hole the restriction is just right. The only problem I have and it’s quite a biggy is the sheer tightness of the air flow control.

Even after running some juice around the top O rings I had 2 options: grab a spanner or pop the top cap, reposition the AFC and pop the top cap back in place.

With the PMMA barrel being shorter by 1.5mm, Digiflavor have done away with the top row of airflow but have kept the performance in every respect. The turn on the AFC is smooth and precise, further endeering this top cap and barrel to me.

Whether you opt for the metal barrel or the PMMA barrel I feel that the air flow on the Digiflavor Drop Solo sits right in the Goldilocks Zone!

In a good way I was quite shocked with how thick the metal barrel was and this happy shock extended to every other aspect of this perfectly formed little squonk dripper.

Absolutely nothing about it appears to have been manufactured to a price point. The main thing I’d pick out is the absence of a metal beauty ring seems a little stingy. A gripe I had with the choice of material/colour of the PMMA barrel is that you could see the build-up of moisture on the inside, which was a little off putting to look at.drop solo pmma

I wonder if a solid colour would have been better than the frosted look.

One thing to be careful of is over squonking/dripping. As the air flow holes run pretty much to the top of the juice well I found that holding my mod at an angle regularly led to leaking.

A big plus for me in the design of this dripper is the inclusion of the notches with lock the barrel in place with the base. This allows for confidence that no matter how much you alter your air flow you are never going to alter the alignment of the air flow from the coil. This provides a perfectly fed draw each time.

How Does The Digiflavor Drop Solo RDA Perform?

Dripper Mode

I started using the Drop Solo RDA with the metal top cap and had it in dripper mode. After dropping in one of the included coils I was in performance review mode. I quickly mounted it on my G Class and took a draw, pulled a disgusted face and looked at my mod’s screen. I’d left the mod set at 76w.drop solo wicked

After having a nice long drink I dropped the wattage to 40w…nice. Then 50w…better. 55w, 60w and back down to 55w.

For me this is where my sweet spot was. Obviously, this was down to the coil I was using but as these were the ones that were sent through I thought it important to include this in the review.

Two days vaping in this way did not get tiresome. I tried bakery, fruity and citrus flavoured e-liquids and found the flavour to be rounded and very enjoyable. My only gripe was that I felt like I was dripping far too regularly but seeing as this is a 22mm deck it shouldn’t be too surprising that the cotton needs feeing more often than a 24mm deck.

Squonk Mode

On day three I switched to squonk mode. This is what the Digiflavor Drop Solo was designed for, of that I have no doubts. My Pulse BF has a Samsung 25r 18650 battery and after consulting ohms law I knew the 0.34ohm coil was safe to use. From then on this is where the drop stayed. I played around with airflow on both top caps and even switched out the drip tips to see if it made a difference.Digiflavor drop solo firing

Finally, I had the perfect configuration for me: the PMMA cap with the shorter drip tip and air flow with 4 holes open. The clouds were good, I was using a 70/30 juice but the flavour was where the Drop Solo was really winning. The flavour was consistent draw after draw.

This little dripper sits proudly on my bedside table for daily use and is going nowhere soon!

Pros

  • Build quality
  • Choice of top caps
  • Squonk mode is a winner
  • Flavour

Cons

  • Tight airflow control on the metal barrel and top cap
  • Can see condensation on PMMA barrel
  • Frequent dripping
  • Leaks if over dripped/squonked

Final verdict

There is no real reason for not adding this little beauty to your collection. The flavour from the included coils was very good and with something more complex installed in the deck who knows what we’ll be greeted with. Just be careful not to be too heavy handed with the liquid, unless you want a juicy mod.

I’d definitely buy the Digiflavor Drop Solo again if I managed to lose it.

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Review of boxing mod Sigelei TOP 1 Mod

Introduction

Sigelei company does not stop “stamping” new devices and almost every month another new product from a well-known brand enters the market.

But unlike its main competitors – the company Smok Tech, Sigelei rarely put failing devices on the market, the majority of their devices pass quality control and due to this Sigelei still, after all these years, remains one of the leaders modostroeniya.

Looking ahead, at once I will make a reservation that Top 1 was no exception, it is an excellent workhorse with a correctly working board. Of course, it didn’t go without minuses, but in this case they are not critical.

But about everything in order, let’s go through the technical part, the package bundle, and afterwards we proceed to a more detailed analysis of the box-mod.

Specifications

  • Dimensions of the mod: 89 x 55.8 x 32 mm
  • Execution material: Zinc alloy
  • 1.3 inch round screen
  • Power range: 10-230 W
  • Temperature limiting range: 100 ℃ -300 / 200 ℉ -570 ℉
  • Travel Voltage: 6.4-8.4 V
  • Output voltage: 1.0-7.5 V
  • Maximum current output: 38 A
  • Supported battery format: 2 x 18650 (not included)
  • Available modes: POWER / SS316 / SS317 / Ni200 / TCR / Ti1
  • Supported resistance: 0.05-3.00 ohm
  • The supported materials of shopping mall: Nichrom / Stainless steel (316/317/304) / Titanium / Nickel / TCR
  • USB Charging: DC 5V / 2.5A

Equipment

The mod comes to us in a pretty tin box, identical with the packaging of Snowwolf Vfeng. On the front side of the package we are met by the silhouette of a fashion and the very name Sigelei Top 1. Behind, in addition to technical information, there is a sticker confirming the authenticity of the device.

Package includes:

  • Box mod Sigelei Top 1
  • User’s manual
  • USB cable
  • Warranty card

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Impressions of use

Top 1 is a mod with a rather unusual design, I would even say with an “amateur” design, or, more precisely, a “motorist” design. The fashion screen is stylized as a race car speedometer, the rear part of the body is made in an identical style and resembles the supercar logo. Obviously, the novelty from Sigelei will appeal to car fans and enthusiasts.

In the case of fashion there are carbon and chromium inserts, and the first and second ones I don’t particularly quote when it comes to box mods. Chrome steel has the ability to “peel off” after a couple of weeks of use and gives the device a cheaper look. And it would seem that by all the external parameters of Top 1, I definitely “will not go in,” but, paradoxically, everything worked out exactly the opposite.

Initially, having unpacked the mod, I already rolled my eyes and hit my face with the palm, but as soon as I screwed / unwind a few atomizers to catch myself thinking that outwardly, Top 1 suits me more than completely.

The device looks very harmoniously in conjunction with almost any atomizer, whether it’s a tank or a drip. In particular, I came across a bunch of Sigelei Top 1 + Bravo RTA from Wotofo, which by coincidence came to me with a red acrylic drip-type, the color is in color with the back panel of the mod.

In constant use of the device, I spent a little more than a week, referring to this fact, I would not treat this article as a full review, but would rather refer to the “First Look” section. Anyway, I managed to reveal a few points in this box, both positive and negative.

Today we will start with the positive aspects:

  • The first thing I would like to mention in Sigelei Top 1 is an instant response to pressing the FIRE button. According to the manufacturer, the mod begins to “fry” after 0.8 seconds and I have no reason to doubt it. Spending parallels with Smok Tech again, just a couple of days ago the Mag Kit came to me and from the very first launch of the mod, the period of time waiting for the spirals to warm up seemed simply endless compared to the Sigelei box. It was because of the slow response when you press FIRE, a couple of years ago I completely moved to mechanical devices. And although, to this day, the mechanic was found guilty of stealing my heart, I am pleased with the fact that the mods on the board are progressing and do not stand still.
  • Already in that review in a row, I praise the ergonomics of the device and, in connection with Top 1, this is aerobatics. Due to the smooth expansion of the upper half of the case, the mod confidently lies in the hand and does not try to jump out at the right time. Just put a plus, for the lack of sharp edges on the body and the convenient location of the button.
  • For me, the fact that the connector for the box-mod is located in the middle of the case automatically throws the coin into the benefit box of the device. In all the latest releases from Sigelei and its sister enterprises, which fell into my hands, the connector is located exactly in the middle and atomizers with a diameter of up to 30 mm sit on the box like a glove, without overhangs. As the owner and fan of Steamcrave’s Aromamizer RDTA, this is definitely a nice addition.
  • Charging with a current output of 2.5 Amps is definitely plus Top 1 and although most of us use Nitecore and Efest charges, the ability to quickly charge via USB is a pretty nice and useful feature of the box mod.
  • Finally, I will note a simple and clear menu on the display. To exit to the settings, you will need to press the FIRE button three times and then you can change the mode of operation, set the pre-heating settings of the spirals, set the time, and also change the “screen theme”. Simple, convenient and reliable.

Here we come to the minuses of this box-mod, which also have a place to be:

  • The build quality of the box-mod is hardly flawless. No critical moments were noticed, but the first thing that catches the eye when changing batteries is the lid itself. Many people remember the first Cuboid from Joyetech, and so in the Sigelei Top 1, the battery cover in the open state reel like a tumbler. I did not notice any backlash in the closed state, but how long this lid will last is unknown.
  • Without looking at the fact that the heating up of the spirals when pressing the FIRE button occurs instantly, it is worth adding that the board’s response to the output in the settings menu is sooooo slow. Pressing the FIRE button 3 times to change any settings, the wait for entering the menu can go up to three seconds. Of course, this drawback cannot be called a global problem, but take my word for it, this is simply annoying. Especially when, by inertia, after a second, you click on FIRE three more times and turn off the mod completely. By the way, with on / off delay is identical.
  • I have repeatedly “scolded” the company for large displays in box mods. I have a smartphone, with excellent color rendering and resolution, against its background all these huge color displays in vap devices look, at least, ridiculous and nobody needs fucking. Add to the screen ala “hello from 2007” meaningless waste of battery life, as well as an increased risk of damage to the screen when the mod is falling and you realize that the profit in such displays is slightly less than zero. Vanguey, that by 2019 a “App Store” with applications will appear in the mods.

Conclusion

Without taking into account some errors of Top 1, the mod came out as a worthy device on the board, which stands out from the gray mass of devices with its appearance and work without any special errors. If you are not confused by the design of this box, I confidently recommended it for purchase.

Smoant Karat Pod Starter Kit Preview – Will It Be A Gem?

The Karat Pod Starter Kit By Smoant Previewed

The Smoant Karat Pod Starter kit is a new Pod Mod kit following on from their other pod kit the Smoant S8.

karat pod kit poster

Pod mods are handy little devices to have around – for starters or even more long term vapers as they can dish out a nice quick nicotine hit without being bulky or chucking out super size clouds.karat components

With a pod mod you use high nicotine e-liquid or even better Nic salts – so the device can be lower powered and therefore a smaller battery.smoant karat pod range

The internal battery on the Karat pod mod is 370mAh – which is the lower end of average for most pod mods.karat pod in rainbow

There is a constant output of 3.4V and this fires up the 1.3ohm resistance coil located in the pod. The coil is apparently a new style “Quartz” coil which from the marketing images looks to be an almost honeycomb metal structure. The more surface area in contact with the e-liquid means the better the vapour.karat quartz coil

The pod also holds the e-liquid and is refillable via the bottom filling plugs.karat pod

A magnetic connection holds the pod securely in the battery part but is easy enough to pull out to change the pod or refill. Once the coil is past its best you simply discard the pod and install a new one.karat magnetic connection

There are 5 colours to choose from – Bronze Blue, Black, Gun-metal, Rainbow and Radiant Blue.karat pod mod colours

Kit Includes

  • Smoant Pod device and pod
  • Micro USB charging cable
  • User manual

karat kit contents

Smoant Karat Pod Kit Specs

  • Size: 88x12x48mm
  • Output: 3.4V constant output
  • E-liquid capacity: 2ml
  • Battery: 370mAh (internal)
  • Material: Zinc Alloy and PC
  • Indicator light
  • Quartz coil pod
  • Bottom fill pod
  • Pass-through
  • Magnetic pod connection
  • Water and oil resistant chipset

karat specsAs with all pod mods they are designed to be small, easy to use and no fiddly coil changes to cope with. So this ticks all the boxes.

Will the Smoant Karat Pod Starter Kit be a good kit to get you or someone you know off the ciggies – or even as an “out and about” kit for yourself? Let me know in the comments below!

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