Intro to the Voopoo Drag Baby Trio
After reviewing this latest Voopoo, the Drag Baby Trio, I released I had reviewed countless “DRAG” products over the years, (the DRAG 2 being one of my favorites) and most all of them have been top-flight vape devices and kits.
Because Voopoo rarely stumbles I’ve never been able to make ‘that’ obvious joke. (you know which one…) But sadly, today’s the day I break the streak. Because “using the new Voopoo Drag Baby Trio kit is… well… a drag.” I know, I know…
There are SOME redeeming qualities in this kit I suppose. Read on if you want an honest hands on experience. But if you’re expecting another glowing Voopoo product review, you might not like the way this one ends.
Let’s see the particulars first.
The VOOPOO DRAG BABY Trio 25W Starter Kit is a pocket-friendly box mod system, integrating an 1500mAh rechargeable battery and tank, utilization of the PnP coil family from VOOPOO, and features the advanced GENE.TRIO Chipset housed within the visually striking chassis construction.
Formed from durable zinc-stainless steel alloy construction, the Drag Baby Trio is incredibly lightweight to increase portability and maintains a whopping 1500mAh rechargeable battery within. The large capacity battery allows for all day vaping providing there is eLiquid in the 1.8mL capacity tank that is integrated into the Drag Baby Trio.
Featuring the PnP-M2 and PnP-C1 coils firing at 0.6 and 1.2ohm, respectively, the Drag Baby Trio has a slew of new coils to call upon to create the densely flavored clouds of vapor. At the top of the tank sits a threaded top fill system, hiding two needle nose fill ports to prevent positive pressure during refills.
Using a single button operation, the Drag Baby Trio is controlled by the advanced GENE.TRIO Chipset, offering a rapid firing speed and intelligent cold boot mode.
VOOPOO Drag BABY Trio Starter Kit Features:
- TRIO Chipset
- Dimensions – 58.5mm by 35mm by 21.5mm
- Integrated 1500mAh Rechargeable Battery
- Wattage Output Range: 5-25W
- Resistance Range: 0.5-3.0ohm
- Aluminum and Stainless Steel Construction
- Intuitive Firing Button
- Tri-Color LED Battery Life Indicator Light
- Lanyard Attachment Point
- 5mm Diameter
- 8mL Tank Capacity
- Pyrex Glass Reinforcement
- Superior Stainless Steel Construction
- Threaded Top Fill System – Dual Fill Ports
- 6ohm PnP-M2 Coil
- 2ohm PnP-C1 Coil
- Middle to Coil Airflow Control System
- Plug ‘n’ Play Coil Installation
- Switch Timeout Protection
- Short-Circuit Protection
- Over Discharge Protection
- Overcharge Protection
- Output Over-Current Protection
- MicroUSB Port
Available in Ceylon Yellow, Teal Blue, Fiesta, Aurora, Ultra Violet, Ink, Rhodonite
VOOPOO Drag BABY Trio Starter Kit Includes:
- 1 DRAG BABY Kit
- 1 1.2ohm PnP-C1 Coil
- 1 0.6ohm PnP-M2 Coil
- 1 1.8mL Glass Tube
- 1 MicroUSB Cable
- 1 GENE.CHIP Card
- 1 Warranty Card
- 1 User Manual
Initial Impressions and Aesthetics
After reviewing the Drag 2 Platinum edition (review) and the (surprisingly cool) Drag Nano, I expected Voopoo to “split the difference” nicely, delivering a low-wattage, high-performance MTL vape kit. Instead, we get a moderately attractive but decidedly underpowered package that aims high, but misses the mark.
Aesthetically, the Drag Baby Trio is immediately recognizable as a Drag family mod. The requisite resin side panels and smooth machining make for an interesting looking little mod. But, once you pick it up, you’ll also notice the distinct lack of heft. On a pod mod or smaller AIO device, you almost expect a “plasticky” look and feel. But the Drag Baby Trio looks like it should be more burly and durable – almost like it’s playing dress-up as a more-significant mod.
(There’s also the unmissable “DRAG” logo emblazoned on the back of the mod. I’m not sure why Voopoo insists on this for every device in the series. I understand brand recognition, but the term “Drag” hardly emits a positive vibe, in my eyes.)
I’m also a little frustrated by the hollow feel, because it seems like Voopoo could have crammed a lot more battery into the Drag Baby Trio, rather than going with this underwhelming 1,500mAh cell, which performs pretty poorly overall.
As a direct-wattage mod, the Drag Baby Trio doesn’t have any display or visual indicators, other than the stock colored LED system. And, as usually happens with this format, the light was neither bright nor clear enough to be noticeable. Maybe this accomplishes something visually, but does nothing to help newcomers understand how their devices are working.
(For the record, if you’re not familiar with this setup, basically green is half-to-fully charged, blue is medium power and red is a warning to plug in that USB.)
Find a Happy Medium!
I’m challenging the vaping industry to find a happy medium for devices like the Drag Baby Trio. If there aren’t going to be adjustment buttons, at least come up with a clear visual way to convey information that doesn’t require me to sit in a dark closet just to know how much battery life I have remaining.
But perhaps the most noticeable feature – visually and otherwise – is the integrated tank mechanism.
Come to think of it… that deserves its own section.
Standout Feature (for all the wrong reasons)
Have any plans to use the Drag Baby Trio with a variety of tanks? Please skip the rest of this review. Because this is a proprietary kit all around. The base of the tank section is built into the top of the mod, designed to accommodate the plug and play coil system
All In One?
While it fits beautifully, and sits snugly in place, there’s no other viable reason for this design. We’ve come so far with the 510 format, that it seems awfully silly to make this pairing proprietary, when there’s so many options to customize the vape experience available in stores.
On one hand, some would argue that this design is the essence of an “all in one” vape mod. But in reality, the Drag Baby Trio is really just an underachieving tank mod with zero growth or expansion potential. It’s a fine line, to be sure. But it’s on the wrong side of it.
Talking about performance, the Drag Baby Trio coils and tank perform well enough. Both the 0.6- and 1.2-ohm coils were flavorful, but the 0.6 is far too thirsty to deal with in a 1.8mL tank. I found myself removing the top portion of the tank every 15-20 minutes, even when vaping lightly.
The 1.2-ohm coil is more appropriate for this setup, delivering quick jolts of flavor and surprisingly thick vapor for an MTL atomizer. But there’s still a hefty juice consumption factor to consider, even under MTL conditions. It’s not nearly as bad as the sub-ohm head, but neither of these coils have an equitable flavor-to-juice consumption ratio.
Average Coil Life
Not surprisingly, coil longevity is right smack in the middle of “average.” I’ve certainly gotten more time from MTL heads than this, but I’ve also been really disappointed by a lot of all-in-one mod kits. Each of the included heads gave me roughly five days of moderate use before flavor took a sharp turn downward.
Had I other tanks to use, or cross-compatible coils to consider, I might be able to look past this. But the Drag Baby Trio is as proprietary as it gets, and I don’t think the return on investment is very strong in its current form.
Vaping the Drag Baby Trio Kit
From Reddit Influencers to Truth Tellers
Sadly, I’ve read Reddit reviews of this kit claiming the mod gave 2-3 days of “steady use” on a single charge. Well, pardon my French, but, “c’est de la merde cheval complète.” (Look it up, kids.)
If this Reviewer could get 2-3 hours of ACTUAL steady use from the Drag Baby Trio, I could cry out in joy and write poems to my wife. Instead, I got a low-powered, direct-wattage mod that barely coughed out an hour of respectable power output before it became too weak to fire.
Battery Life is Ugly
For those keeping score, that’s about 90 minutes under MODERATE use. If you’re looking to grab the pocket-friendly Drag Baby Trio for a fun night hanging out on the beach, I’d STRONGLY consider a different mod kit.
Flavor & Vapor?
Beyond battery life, the kit produces short bursts of flavor and vapor when fully charged. So, when you first get yours, you’re likely to be satisfied with the results. But once the battery begins to deplete, the tank and coils simply can’t function appropriately under 20 watts. Which is pretty bad for a mod that caps at 25 watts of max output.
The best thing I can say, I suppose, is that the initial use period is flavorful, as we would expect from a company like Voopoo. But the hardware isn’t appropriately matched to the coil system, and the results range from “eh” to horrifying.
– Nice machining
– Initially decent flavor
– Plug and play coils sit well in the base
– Proprietary for no good reason
– Middling coil life
– Horrendous battery life
To be fair, even All-Star players strike out once in a while. And unfortunately, when they were making the Drag Baby Trio Kit, Voopoo wasn’t exactly feeling like Mike Trout.
I felt like the designers really wanted to make a “one stop shop” for a wide range of vapers, but instead made a kit that actually alienates most of its core audience. Even the most frugal vapers won’t be able to keep juice in the tank or charge in the battery long enough to make this kit worth their time.