VooPoo Drag Mini Kit - Platinum Edition Review

VooPoo Drag Mini 117W TC Starter Kit – Platinum Edition

The Platinum Edition of the Drag Mini Kit by VooPoo is one of the follow-ups to their groundbreaking Drag Starter Kit from a few years ago. The original Drag was so popular, in fact, that it sparked two sequels, one of which is the mini kit and the other being the Drag 2. This starter kit is obviously the more compact of the two, yet it still features 117W maximum output and is powered by the GENE.FIT Chip. It also includes resin panels available in eight different colors along with a stylish platinum trim.

As the sequel to such a popular device, the Drag Mini has quite a legacy to live up to. Before we find out whether this kit cuts muster, here are the technical details of what you’ll find inside this kit.

 

Specs

  • Dimension: 81.5 x 48.5 x 25.5 mm
  • Material: Zinc-Alloy, Resin, & Platinum
  • Battery: Integrated 4400mAh Rechargeable Battery
  • Wattage Range: 5 – 117W
  • Coil Ratings: 0.6ohm P2 Single Mesh (rated for 24  - 28W), 0.13ohm N1 Single Mesh (rated for 50 – 100W)
  • Juice Capacity: 3.5mL
  • Temperature Range: 200 – 600F

 

Features

  • Intelligent GENE.FIT Chip
  • Attractive Resin Inlay & Platinum Plating
  • Large Firing Button
  • Full Protection Suite
  • 510 Connection
  • Cloud Mode/Power Mode

 

Reviews

Tristan_Vapes (YouTube)

Pros

-          GENE.FIT is great with both battery & flavor options

-          Rounded edges & ergonomic feel

-          Lots of colors and very attractive

Cons

-          Screen is a bit dim & not adjustable

-          Mediocre battery life

-          Juice-fill seems flimsy and could break

 

Suck My Mod (YouTube)

Pros

-          Quick ramp-up

-          GENE Chipset is great

-          Easy-to-use interface

-          Comfortable & ergonomic w/ rounded edges

-          Firing button is good

-          Solid aesthetics

Cons

-          Tip seems to fit poorly

-          510 plate is lifted too high from body

-          510 connection is oddly asymmetrical

-          Doors have a bit of play and seem loose (note: this was an early device for review, Matt specifies that construction seems to be improving in later models)

-          No voltage mode out of box (note: this should be addressed with future firmware upgrades)

-          Fit features are opaque & confusing

 

Anthony Vapes (Reddit)

Pros

-          Good firing button

-          Good battery life

-          Good build quality

-          Attractive w/ 8 color options

-          Great power mode

-          Adjustable wattage increments

Cons

-          Outdated menu system

-          Screen is too dim

-          Fit mode is poorly executed & confusing

-          Giant ugly “DRAG” logo

 

Conclusion

So there you have it! “Mixed reviews” is probably the best way to characterize this consensus, although most reviewers ultimately leaned towards giving this kit their recommendation. While none of the reviews were ecstatic about this kit, none of them felt its flaws were entirely disqualifying either. So, with that in mind, let’s hear first about the “cons”.

 

The most commonly shared grievance among reviewers was confusion regarding the “FIT” settings. The kit features three different FIT settings and it seems to function as some sort of battery-saving mechanism which also cools down the vape. However, with no clear indication from VooPoo as to what the FIT function is actually doing, there’s an understandable degree of frustration regarding a feature which was designed to simplify the kit and achieved the opposite.

 

Reviewers also noted that the screen on this device is a bit dim, making it unideal for usage outside or in brightly lit areas. Reviewers each noted different construction flaws, but each of them found something to complain about in that department, seemingly indicating overall mediocre build quality.

 

Aesthetics are something of a mixed bag with the Drag Mini, with reviewers alternately praising its resin style and taking specific issue with things like its asymmetric 510 connector or the giant “DRAG” logo across the back.

 

Moving onto the positives, reviewers all loved the firing button, battery life, and general construction (minor issues aside). The GENE Chipset was also a big winner, despite the confusion surrounding its FIT functions. The GENE Chipset has long been a mainstay of the Drag Mod product line and its return is welcome, especially thanks to its instantaneous ramp-up. Finally, reviewers all noted that the rounded edges of this device make it decidedly more comfortable and ergonomic than its predecessor, especially in light of its compact and lightweight design.

 

How can we sum this up? If you can get past the annoying FIT settings and don’t mind vaping in the dark, this might be the kit for you. Perhaps you were a huge fan of the original VooPoo Drag Kit and couldn’t wait for its sequel. In that case, you’re going to love this kit as well. If you’re an extremely finicky vaper though and you need everything about your device to be “just right”, you’re going to want to give this one a pass. This device is far from perfect, although it does provide a solid vaping experience if you’re willing to overlook a few things.

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