Voopoo Drag Max Review: Metal Meets Leather
Hello everybody, Josh here with an in-depth review on the latest edition to the Drag family by Voopoo.
The Voopoo Drag line has been around for some time now, and is a device that has done excellently since it's first launch. We've seen a lot of different renditions of the Drag series and now it's time for something new!
When the original Drag S and Drag X pod kits were introduced they re-invented the way we think about pod kits in general. Back before the PnP pod tank was released, pod kits were still believed to be fully aimed towards beginner vapers and as a perfect aid to help those wanting to quit smoking.
Now pod kits seem to be the new leading vaping device category within the industry with all manufactures jumping into the new world with no obvious signs of it slowing down anytime soon!
This in-depth review will leave no stone unturned as we fully evaluate to see if this bridge between the Drag X/S and Argus GT is the perfect new pod kit that belongs in your pocket!...
What's in the Box:
The Drag Max kit comes with everything you'll be used to from Voopoo, nothing massively fancy; The box and packaging has all you'll need to get going.. besides a couple of rechargeable 18650 batteries, which of course you can get from Royal Flush Vape if you don't have any lying around!
- 1x Drag Max Device
- 1x PnP Pod (2ml)
- 1x PnP-VM5, 0.2ohm
- 1x PnP-VM6, 0.15ohm
- 1x Type-C Cable
- 1x User Manual
The Voopoo Drag Max kit comes with 5 colours upon launch, however we can more than likely expect further colour options to be released as time goes on, this is something we're very familiar with when it comes to Voopoo!
- Galaxy Blue
- Vintage Grey
- Vintage Brown
Keeping it's Drag design, you'll see a lot of similarities along with many more differences when in comparison to previous Drag kits. We'll delve deeper into this as we get into the core of the review below.
- Product Size: 122 x 50.25 x 25mm
- Output Wattage: 5.0 -177 Watts
- Output Modes: Smart Mode or RBA Mode (Wattage Only)
- Output Voltage: 6.4 – 8.4V
- Resistance Range: 0.1-3.0
- Display: 0.96” Colour Display
- Dual Screen Theme
- GENE Fan 2.0 Chip (Upgrade from Drag)
- Battery: Dual 18650 (Not Included)
- Charging – Via Type-C USB Connection
Drag MAX is compatible with all PnP systems
Voopoo Drag Max Device - First Impressions:
First impressions are sometimes the most important when it comes to a review. Although I like to use this as a heading, you'll find a lot more than basic first observations in this section. See below as we take apart the Drag Max kit (hypothetically) and see what it's really about!
Upon first unboxing the Drag Max, you can tell straight of the bat that this is a Drag product through and through. The device doesn't seem particularly flush on the outside, with its boxy square edges it feels familiar to the early days of sub-ohm kits.
By adding room for an additional 18650 battery, the depth has obviously increased when compared with the Drag X but not extravagantly. This additional depth has allowed for the leather padding to run further around the back of the device with the signature DRAG stamped into the leather.
The metal finishes throughout the device seem to be matte black which gives the device a great overall finish and feel however be carful as this can sometimes show up scratched a little easier if that bothers you.
The large circle fire button on the Drag Max is perfectly placed to allow for an ergonomic hold. The button is clicky enough but not over the top; If you've used any other product from Voopoo then expect what you're used to.
You'll be pleased to know that Voopoo have continued there adoption of Type-C charging allowing for your device to be ready to go a lot quicker!
USB-C seems the new normal within the vaping industry as it follows suit with other electrical manufactures. As this becomes more normal it'll be less of a selling point, but for now many will be pleased to hear about it.
Battery & Door Placement:
Voopoo have continued the trend of the push slide kind of battery door you'll find on many other sub-ohm kits available on the market. This is personally my favourite type of battery door as there's no struggling to ply off a magnet supported door and it just gets the job done.
The Drag Max kit takes 2x 18650 batteries which slot in easily once the battery door is open. Within the door, there are clear enough labels for battery terminals and I never had any type of battery connection issues whilst testing the device.
Display & Navigation:
With a decent sized colour display located below the firing button, all text you'd look for are clearly displayed including current wattage, puff counter and time alongside current coil ohm and voltage.
The menu is nice and bright and clear enough in the sun, even though this was hard to measure and test in the sunny North West in October!
The front of the device also includes two clicky buttons slightly smaller than the fire button for up/down wattage adjustment and other handy features highlighted below:
Menu & Operation
To get the most out for the Voopoo Drag Max kit, there are a few button sequences that are handy to know:
Fire button five times (in quick concession) = Lock/unlock device.
Fire button three times (in quick concession) = Switch between Smart and RBA mode. (Basically beginner and advanced modes)
Up button = Scroll wattage up
Down button = Scroll wattage down
Hold up/down buttons = Choose between display options
Fire and up buttons together = lock/unlock device (all buttons)
Fire and down button = Reset puff count
Hold all three buttons = Display chipset ID
PnP Pod - First Impressions:
There isn't really much of a 'first impressions' for me personally with the PnP pod as I've reviewed the majority of Voopoo products and since their introduction of the PnP pod tank, all the latest Voopoo vape kits seem to include their PnP and rightly so!
The mesh coils being one of my favourite as they provide a full mouth watering flavour whilst also creating a great deal of vapour at the same time.
Voopoo Drag Max Vape Review:
To keep things on track and without expanding this already lengthy review, I will include the two coils included below and possibly create a full in-depth blog/review on all the coils compatible with the PnP. Let us know in the comments below if this is something you'd love to see!
PnP-VM5 0.20ohm Coil (Mesh)
The VM5 coil comes with recommended use at 40W-60W. I used Grape Berry by The Stuff for this test. Starting between 5W-10W, the coil brings through enough vapour for a little cloud however not much flavour at this wattage range.
At around 20W there was a decent cloud which really stood out to me for something as low as 20W. In addition the flavour really began to come through.
When getting to the bottom end of the recommendations from Voopoo, 32W really began to start a wonderful flavour journey. The berries and grape infused together to create a well rounded and pleasant vape however once again vapour production is rather low.
I then pushed the boundaries testing up to 60W and was very happy when I did! The cloud created was definitely a lot larger, and even better, the flavour didn't change for the worse either, especially with the additional strain on the coil.
I ended up finding my perfect balance at the top of the scale around 50W. The flavour was well rounded and the vapour production was more than enough.
PnP-VM6 0.15ohm (Mesh) Included
Coming with a recommended wattage setting of 60W-80W and 10mg of nicotine or less, the VM6 coil has true potential to kick out some great flavour.
I began testing at the lower ends of 5W to get the coil breaking in and not surprisingly nothing really came from it.
All the way up to around 15W there is the same flavour lacking vape until it really starts to begin.
It wasn't until around 40W that the amazing flavour really started to come through! The grape and berries really infused wonderfully together for a very decent vape with a rather impressive cloud.
At 60W the flavour really came to life, after all it is the bottom end of the recommended area from Voopoo. From the initial fire to the end, I got a constant and beautifully created flavour throughout. With a huge cloud although nothing in comparison to higher up the scale.
At the maximum recommendation of 80W the vapour production was very impressive, I got a very large thick cloud, however you do lose that little bit of flavour compared to 60W. This is why I found the sweet spot for this coil directly in the middle at 70W.
Refilling the Pod:
If you haven't used one before, refilling the PnP pod is very easy:
- Pull Plastic Pod Section From Base
- Remove Rubber Plug at Base of Pod
- Add Your Favourite E-Liquid From Royal Flush Vape
- Place Back Together Same Way You Took Apart
- Wait Around 5 Minutes For Adequate Saturation
The Voopoo Drag Max kit really does bridge the Drag X, Drag S and the Argus GT by finding the perfect middle ground that many will be delighted to see! With the addition of another battery slot over the Drag X you'll get a lot more power options or battery life in general and without the additional weight weighing you down when compared to the Argus GT.
The Drag Max kit is perfect for those wanting to find the middle ground pod kit that has everything included from the get go without fully overcomplicating anything.
This kit is something I would even possibly consider recommending to semi-beginner vapours who know there basic ways around and want something with a little more option.
Battery Life: 🔋🔋🔋🔋🔋
Tank Capacity: 💧💧💧💧
- All round ergonomic feel with nice styling
- Easy user friendly navigation and controls
- Airflow slider is a joy
- Amazing flavour across the board
- Plug and play tanks make it a wonderful experience
- No 510 connecter for other tanks
- Condensation can form without maintenance
- Well built but not the strongest our there
TLDR: The bridge between the Drag X/S and Argus GT that many will have been looking for. Utilising the PnP pod and coils for excellent flavour and vapour production and now with 2x 18650 battery power you'll last the day without fully weighing down your pocket.
And that wraps up this review on the Voopoo Drag Max pod kit. Is it something that you've been waiting for or want? Let us know in the comments what you're thinking!
But for now, as always; Stay safe and speak to you soon,
The Royal Flush Team!