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VOOPOO Drag Q Pod System Review

Product Introduction and Specifications

Introducing the Drag Q, a truly captivating device that defies expectations. When I was asked to review it, I anticipated just another DL pod mod with a colorful screen and perhaps some new coils. However, what arrived in the mail was a revelation.

The Drag Q stands out as an MTL-first all-in-one (AIO) kit that resembles a compact box mod. Featuring a 1250 mAh battery and a variable output of up to 25 watts, depending on the coil in use, it is driven by the renowned GENE chipset. Most notably, it boasts several never-before-seen features, with the standout being the innovative graduated ring that automatically adjusts wattage and airflow for each coil.

The Voopoo team has brought intriguing ideas to life, but the question remains: do they perform well in the Q? Continue reading to discover the answer.

Price: $37.99 (available at ejuiceconnects)
Color Options: Carbon fiber, classic red, marsala, galaxy blue, chestnut, vitality orange

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 118.3 mm x 32 mm x 23 mm
  • Construction: Leather / zinc alloy / silicone
  • Output Power: 8-25 watts
  • Output Voltage: 3.2-4.2 volts
  • Resistance Range: 0.3-3.0 ohms
  • Battery Capacity: 1250 mAh
  • Pod Tank: VOOPOO ITO-X POD
  • Tank Capacity: 3.5 mL / 2 mL (TPD)
  • Tank Materials: Stainless steel / PCTG
  • Tank Size: 51.45 mm x 21.5 mm x 21.5 mm

Kit Contents

  • 1 x Voopoo Drag Q
  • 1 x Voopoo ITO-X Pod Tank (3.5 mL)
  • 1 x Coil VOOPOO ITO-M0 0.5 ohm
  • 1 x Coil VOOPOO ITO-M3 1.2 ohm
  • 1 x User Manual
  • 1 x Type-C Cable

Build Quality and Design

In a nutshell, the Drag Q impresses with its exceptional build quality. It feels substantial in hand, boasts a well-executed paint finish, and the leatherette backing adds a touch of elegance to the device. Surprisingly, even the tank exhibits remarkable craftsmanship—it’s made of plastic, but the metal top cap lends it a certain RTA-like quality.

While the design may not cater to everyone’s taste, it resonates perfectly with my preferences. The elongated LED bar is the only element that appears somewhat out of place on a device of this nature. I opted for the chestnut (black frame with chestnut-colored leather) and vitality orange (silver frame with orange leather) variants, and the long, illuminated colored line feels a tad unconventional. However, apart from this minor detail, every aspect of this device exudes careful consideration and quality. Even the rubberized bottom imparts a rugged touch.

The Drag Q lacks a conventional screen and relies on just a single button. However, as I mentioned earlier, it introduces innovation, and one standout feature that immediately caught my attention upon unboxing is the graduated ring located beneath the pod. This ring serves as a dual-function dial for adjusting both airflow and wattage (more on this in the upcoming section).

One other distinctive feature I hadn’t encountered before is the ball bearings located at the base of the ITO-X pod tank. These small yet ingenious components effectively secure the pod in place, demonstrating a brilliantly simple and practical idea. Moreover, the pod is slightly tinted on the black version and transparent on the silver one, making it effortless to monitor your e-liquid levels.

One aspect that particularly appeals to me about the Drag Q is its weight. It strikes a balance, providing a substantial, quality feel without being overly heavy. A touch lighter, and it might feel insubstantial, while any heavier, it could become burdensome to carry in a pocket.

Getting Started

Operating the Drag Q is straightforward if you’re content with basic adjustments using the dial. However, it can become a bit intricate if you seek precise customization for your vaping experience. Here’s a step-by-step guide to get you started:

  1. Give the tank cap a quarter turn to remove it.
  2. Utilize the marked small hole for filling (the other hole serves as an air vent).
  3. Set the device aside for five minutes to allow the cotton in the coil to fully saturate.
  4. To power on or off the device, press the button five times.
  5. Activate vaping by either pressing the button or taking a puff from the mouthpiece.
  6. Note that the button operation will be deactivated after five minutes of inactivity, but the draw sensor will still work.
  7. To re-enable button operation, either press the fire button three times or take a puff from the mouthpiece.
  8. Adjust the wattage/airflow combination by turning the dial.
  9. To fine-tune the airflow without altering the wattage, press the button while turning the dial.

If the last two points left you a bit puzzled, here’s how it functions: the device automatically recognizes the ITO coils, and the dial has preset wattage and airflow settings for each available coil. Rotating the dial to the right increases both wattage and airflow, and vice versa. However, you can override these settings by turning the dial while pressing the button, allowing you to maintain a consistent wattage while adjusting the airflow independently.

To be honest, I have mixed feelings about this feature. While I appreciate the concept, I would have preferred more feedback when fine-tuning the airflow while keeping the wattage stable. Currently, the only feedback is the extent to which the LED bar is illuminated. As it stands, I often find myself uncertain about the adjustments I’ve made, and my desire for precision means I spend more time scrutinizing minor changes in my vaping experience. Nonetheless, it’s important to note that this entire feature is optional. However, as I’ll discuss in the next section, there may be room for improvement in the preset settings.

Performance

This is where the Drag Q’s performance takes a more intricate turn. All indications suggest that the Drag Q is primarily designed for MTL vaping. The narrow, elongated mouthpiece, Voopoo’s recommendation of using nicotine salts with the available coils, and the combination of a 3.5 mL tank and a 1250 mAh battery give it a distinctly “delicate” character not typically suited for sub-ohm vaping. Regrettably, even after adjusting the power and airflow combination, I didn’t quite fall in love with the MTL vape it delivered.

There are a total of four available coils, with the package including the ITO-M0 (0.5 ohm) and the ITO-M3 (1.2 ohm).

Let’s begin with the 1.2-ohm coil. The first thing that struck me when testing this coil was a cardboard-like flavor reminiscent of some past vaping experiences. It’s not an off-putting taste, and it did dissipate after a tank’s worth of use. However, it was present and somewhat bothersome. The main issue with this coil is that I couldn’t find an airflow and power combination that truly satisfied me.

When testing it with my 7 mg regular nicotine juice, the vape felt weak regardless of where I set the dial. Attempting a higher power setting in combination with adjusting the airflow to my liking (one click above the tightest setting), it felt somewhat restricted. Things improved significantly when using 25 mg salt nicotine juice (and higher concentrations might work even better), so I suspect Voopoo’s juice recommendations are on point. Nonetheless, even with a suitable juice, I felt that I was missing the warmth and throat hit I typically desire from an MTL vape.

Moving on to the 0.5-ohm coil, it emerged as the clear winner in my book. It provides a warmer vape experience across the board and can even accommodate a bit of DL (direct lung) vaping when the dial is set to the highest power and airflow combination. Nevertheless, don’t anticipate producing thick, warm vapor clouds.

Its MTL performance is more satisfying, although it’s not as tight as the 1.2-ohm coil and leans towards being looser. It can technically achieve the same tightness as the 0.5-ohm coil at the lowest setting of the airflow ring, but the airflow is almost completely closed at that level, resulting in an unpleasant vaping experience. I found it most enjoyable at the second lowest setting. Ideally, a slightly higher power setting would have been my preference, but I didn’t always bother to adjust it when trying different settings. The throat hit wasn’t exceptional with my 7 mg regular juice, but it was stronger than with the 1.2-ohm coil, and the flavor was considerably better. The 25 mg salt nicotine juice felt a tad too strong, so I presume 20 mg salt would be the sweet spot. It’s worth noting that this coil exhibited a peculiar flavor initially, but it dissipated quickly.

Battery Life and Charging

The Drag Q houses a 1250 mAh battery, which is rather impressive given the device’s compact size. However, the actual battery life didn’t quite meet my expectations. I managed to vape through approximately 2.5 mL of e-liquid with both coils, although the vaping experience was notably weaker for the final 0.5 mL on the 1.2-ohm coil. It’s not a bad performance, but I had hoped for at least a full tank’s worth of vaping from a 1250 mAh battery. While I couldn’t precisely measure the battery capacity, I suspect it may be slightly overrated.

The Drag Q features rapid charging capabilities, delivering a 2A charging rate through a Type-C port located at the base of the device. Using a 2A charger, I clocked a complete charge in an impressive 35-40 minutes.

In terms of battery status indication, the LED bar illuminates each time you take a puff, and it follows this color code:

  • Green: 60-100% battery remaining
  • Blue: 30-60% battery remaining
  • Red: 0-30% battery remaining

While charging, the light will pulsate, and once the charge is complete, it will remain green. Notably, the Drag Q supports pass-thru vaping, a feature absent in many of Voopoo’s previous devices, allowing you to vape while it’s connected to a power source.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  1. Exceptional build quality
  2. Elegant and classy design
  3. Comfortable hand feel
  4. User-friendly with preset settings
  5. Ample tank capacity for MTL vaping (3.5 mL)
  6. Transparent tank for easy monitoring of juice levels
  7. Secure tank placement with ball bearings
  8. Automatic wattage and airflow adjustment based on coil recognition
  9. Intelligent button locking/unlocking mechanism
  10. The 0.5-ohm coil performs well with mid-strength e-juice
  11. Versatile 0.5-ohm coil allows for restricted direct lung (RDL) vaping
  12. Extremely fast charging (35-40 minutes with a 2A charger)

Cons:

  1. The LED bar feels somewhat incongruent with the overall design
  2. Limited to a single proprietary mouthpiece
  3. Bypassing the preset settings can be confusing
  4. Difficulty in finding the ideal wattage/airflow settings among the presets
  5. Initial off flavor experienced with the 1.2-ohm coil
  6. The 1.2-ohm coil delivers a somewhat weak vaping experience across all settings (more suitable for high-strength salts)
  7. Direct output results in weakened vaping performance as the battery level drops to red
  8. Battery life left something to be desired, falling slightly short of expectations.

Verdict

The Drag Q leaves me somewhat torn in my assessment. On one hand, it introduces a range of innovative features with significant potential. On the other hand, it feels like the implementation of these innovations may be slightly complex.

I appreciate the technology that enables coil recognition and automatic power adjustment based on airflow, but it appears that there might be room for refinement. I yearn for a more straightforward means to adjust power independently from airflow, or perhaps a more detailed visual feedback system. Nonetheless, many vapers are likely to appreciate the out-of-the-box vaping experience.

In my personal experience, I didn’t quite discover my perfect setting with the Drag Q, although the 0.5-ohm coil came close. However, all things considered, it stands as a well-designed device with a superb hand feel and an aura of quality. If you favor high-strength salt nicotine e-liquids or enjoy a moderately loose MTL vaping style, the Drag Q may suit your preferences admirably.

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