The Voopoo Drag 4 marks a return to Voopoo’s golden years with less gimmicky non-sense and more functionality. The Drag 4 is the perfect mod for those looking to switch to high power devices or even seasoned vapers looking for a rock solid mod to run daily.
Voopoo Drag 4 Verdict – 89%
I’ve had a love hate relationship with the Voopoo Drag series of mods. The original Drag was amazing in every regard, nothing could touch it in the dual 18650 category back in 2017. The Drag boasted a power output of 157w, a simple user interface and was built like a tank. It was the epitome of commercial grade mods back in the day and rocking one, you would be the envy of all your friends. Riding on the success of the original, Voopoo introduced the Drag 2 two years later, but this time with questionable reliability and features that just didn’t matter. Reports of failing battery doors and chipsets spelled doomed for the Drag 2 shortly after launch. I’d love to give praise Voopoo for their efforts in making the Drag 3 as good as the original, but sadly, this was nothing more than a glorified AIO and not worth my time to write about. That brings us to the newly released Drag 4, a mod that has so much to live up to, but based on past failures, has a very low bar to pass.
Thankfully, the Voopoo Drag 4, at least on first appearance, is a return to the glory days of 2017. A simple design that feels well built. There’s some small touches to bring a modern appeal to the device, but the overall design is still very much OG Drag.
The ghastly Drag logos that were plastered all over the previous versions has thankfully been killed off. Instead, a small tag sits on the left side panel. The panels retain the distinguishable resin look patterns and still look great, even in 2023. Naturally there are some absurd colour schemes available, like the silver and wood grain version. The colour panels wrap around the back of the device unlike previous version that only had the sides stylized. Don’t tell anyone, but I actually really dig the black and wood version, even though I’ll never take it out in public.
The battery door has been updated as well and now feels very well built, an obvious lesson learned by Voopoo. The door is actually a magnetic panel that wraps around the entire back side of the mod. A protective coating on the inside with a battery warning greets you inside. Your two external 18650 batteries are easy to insert and remove, just as with the original, a massive step up from the Drag 2 and 3.
On the front facia, it’s typical Drag again, but this time with a neat little lock switch that is nestled right above the adjustment buttons. What’s really cool about the lock is that users can specify what the lock should activate (deactivate) within the menu. Lock adjustment buttons, lock fire and adjustment or the coolest of all, act as a power switch to avoid the five click dance we’re all so accustomed to. Side note, am I the only one that gets confused and lock my car five times when I have my mod in my hand? Yes? Oh.
The fire button is just that, round with an indent and fires the mod if clicked. There’s a USB type-C charger right below the adjustment buttons. Are you paying attention Geekvape?
The menu is probably the most modern aspect of the Drag 4 although, it retains the same general look and feel of previous Drags. You’ve got the colour screen of the Drag 2 and 3, but the layout of the Drag 1. It’s a good looking interface and the menu easy to navigate.
Three fire modes are available, RBA, Eco and Smart. RBA is your traditional power mode, Eco supposedly a battery saver mode (although we found no difference in actual battery consumption and Smart locks wattage based on your coil resistance. There’s also temperature control that supports Ni, SS316 and SS430, although, I wouldn’t trust temperature control with anything more than just playing around.
A good looking mod with great build quality is nothing if it doesn’t perform well, thankfully, the Drag 4 is an exceptional performer.
Power output is stated as 177w, but with a fresh set of Sony VTC5s, I was able to extract upwards of 185w from it at with an amp limit of 40amps. It has no boost circuit, but it certainly doesn’t need it. Sure, it does reach a supposedly 200w output like most new mods state, but it outperforms it’s own marketing blurbs and that’s a win in my books.
I’m not entirely on board with the power modes and much prefer traditional VW/VV/Bypass and so on, but for those just starting out, it makes perfect sense. Perhaps I’m just really old school.
I loved Smart mode though and the wattage it recommended each time was well within what I would consider a satisfying experience. Not too warm, not too cool, just a nice middle ground. Eco is completely pointless though and any battery improvements found are negligible. As mentioned earlier, Temperature Control feels like a menu filler, it’s inaccurate at best and unusable at its worst. If you want TC, get a DNA equipped mod.
- Size: 52.4mm x 25.4mm x 89mm
- Weigh: 153.5g
- Battery Capacity: Dual 18650
- Materials: Leather + Zinc Alloy
- Modes: RBA/ECO/SMART/TC
- Weight: 221.3g
Voopoo Drag 4 Conclusion
The Voopoo Drag 4 is a call back to the glory days of rock solid, built to last performance monsters. It does old school right and is a feather in the cap for Voopoo. If you’re looking for a new mod that’s not in the absurdity price range, this is as good a bet as any.