Smooth Vapourz OUTTHEBOX Argus Pro

OUTTHEBOX – The VooPoo Argus Pro

The Argus Pro is the newest pocket sized rocket from VooPoo. It comes after the huge success of the Drag X and Drag S kits, and there’s a little brother version which focusses more on MTL Vapers (The regular VooPoo Argus). Today though we’re taking a look at the Argus Pro. It’s an 80w, USB-C Fast Charging, PNP Coil, Pod Tanked beast when you compare it to similar sized kits from other brands, like the Vaporesso Sky Solo or the Smok Vape Pen 22.

So what’s in the box?

Let’s start by getting it out of the box. Open the top of the box and you’re greeted by a plastic container that houses your new kit – the quality of the unboxing is mirrored with the build quality of the kit, and we’ve got to say we love the effort that’s gone into the packaging for the Argus Pro, so props to you VooPoo!

Inside the case for the kit you’ll find the kit itself, an instruction manual, two coils and a charging wire which is all pretty standard for vape kits. The coils you get are the 0.15ohm PnP VM6 coil and a 0.3ohm PnP VM1 coil. This is also a step up, as the last internal battery was the Drag S kit, which couldn’t support the VM6 coils. This was the main selling point of the Drag X for us, as those coils are excellent! The USB charging wire is USB-C, meaning you’ve also got Fast Charging with this kit! You can also upgrade your pod from 2ml to 4.5ml here!

The Argus Pro Coils

Like we’ve said, the Argus Pro comes with the 0.3ohm and the 0.15ohm coils but you’re not limited to these. The coils it comes with are the best in our opinion, the 0.15ohm VM6 coils give the best cloud, where the 0.3ohm VM1 coils give slightly better flavour. All PnP coils fit the Argus Pro’s Pods, just like they do for the Drag Refresh Editions, the Drag X, the Drag S, the Drag Max, the Argus GT, the Argus Air and of course, the PnP tanks. Basically anything VooPoo has come out with over the past 2 years. The PnP coils are:

  • PnP VM1 – 0.3 ohm mesh
  • PnP VM5 – 0.2 ohm mesh
  • PnP VM6 – 0.15 ohm mesh
  • PnP TM1 – 0.6 ohm mesh
  • PnP R1 – 0.8 ohm
  • PnP R2 – 1.0 ohm

We’d advise against the R series of coils unless you’re using a VooPoo MTL PnP pod, though they do fit. This is because the 0.8ohm and 1ohm coils are more for MTL vapers, and the thinner mouth piece on the MTL Pod (which fits the Argus Pro perfectly) will give you a better vaping experience.

How to change the coil

Changing the coil in the Argus Pro, or any PnP pod, couldn’t be easier! The pod’s held in by magnets, simply grip the mouth piece and pull it out. You’ll see a round hole in the middle, that’s where your coils go. Simple push the coil in! The rubber O rings keep it in place making it a push/pull type of coil.

When you want to change the coil, just pull out the old coil. This can be tricky as there’s not much to grab on to – we’ve found that prying it out with a thumbnail till you can grab hold of it works fine.

Beware that when you’re changing coils it’s best to do it on an empty or almost empty tank – if you’ve got a full tank then your juice is going to pour out of the mouth piece and the hole left by the coil.

Filling the tank is just as easy – there’s a rubber flap on the bottom of the pod next to the coil, pull that up and there’s the fill hole!

The Argus Pro Tested

This is the part where we get the kits out and give them a whirl for a few coil cycles to see what sort of performance you can expect. We do the work so you can see what you’re getting yourself into!

We’ve taken the Argus Pro out of the box and charged it to full. Testing the coils, we chose the 0.15ohm coil to go with as this is the most popular coil with the Drag X that we’ve been selling for months now, and it’s probably the one most people would go for.

The coil is rated for 60w-70w, so we started in the middle at 65w. Out of a full charge we got 345 puffs at 65w. This was from full to complete drain – or when the mod stops powering all together. In terms of time span, as someone who spends their day mostly vaping while I scroll through website code, it took me around 7 hours of casual vaping. I’d say for the regular person with a job that doesn’t allow them to act like a chimney this would definitely last longer than a work day.

The juice I used for this testing was Fizzy Kola – something delicious but not very good for coils. Also when topping up the tank I waited until the juice level was halfway below the top of the cotton. It’s good practice to top up your tank when the level reaches the top of the cotton holes but I kept it going to really put the coils to the test. As such, take these stats with a pinch of salt – this is kind of a worst case scenario for coil life and most people will probably get better stats than this. At around 650 puffs the flavour was noticeably reduced, but the coil kept going up til around 1089 puffs on the counter until it wasn’t pleasant to vape with anymore. It wasn’t fully burnt, but it wasn’t enjoyable. There was probably around 50-100 more until it was fully burnt out.

After the 65w run I turned it up to 70w. Still topping up the tank when there was dregs of juice left and still using Fizzy Kola. This time the flavour dropped off around 735 puffs. This is longer than the 65w run on the same type of coil, and this could be down to more vape being produced and masking the reduced quality of the flavour. This is likely, because around 60 puffs later at 797, the coil gave in and burnt out. We’d expect a reduced coil life while firing at higher wattages, so these stats make sense.

In short:
Loss of flavour: 65w – 650 puffs / 70w – 735 puffs (+85 to 70w)
Coil Life: 65w – 1089 puffs / 70w – 797 puffs (+292 to 65w)

You can expect similar coil life results with the VM5 and VM1 coils, between 800-1000 puffs per coil.

Now on to battery life! We’ve tested the 0.15ohm coils, the 0.2ohm coils and the 0.3ohm coils as these are the most popular for this kit.

A full battery will get around:
311 puffs out of a 0.15ohm coil at 80w
415 puffs out of a 0.2ohm coil at 60w
and 623 puffs out of a 0.3ohm coil at 40w.

Ongoing maintenance

We recommend changing the coil either after 14 days, or when the coil’s performance is lowered, which is usually less than a week if you’re vaping full time. This could be a lack of flavour or a burnt taste. If you’re using strong flavoured juices or a high nicotine strength you may not notice these changes, so a little past that and the kit will stop being able to fire the coil anyway. The Argus Pro allows you to monitor the ohms of your coil at any given time – you might notice the reading change when your coil is almost ready for the bin.

You can make the coil last longer by waiting for the cotton to soak up juice every time you change the coil – this means it’s fully primed and there’s no dry cotton to burn. You can also get more life out of the coil by reducing the wattage as we’ve shown in our test, or simply not using it as much. If you’re working from home then keep your vape in a different room and go there for “vape breaks” instead of having it around you constantly. When using the vape, wait at least 5 seconds between taking hits to give the coil a chance to fully soak up more juice ready for the next hit. Avoid using the Argus Pro when the battery’s low – as soon as the red battery icon comes on get it charged to keep it sending optimal power to the coil.

For more tips on getting the most out of your coils you can read our blog post about it here!

Or to see how you can get your money’s worth on your juice, we’ve got a post about that here!

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Nic Salts vs Freebase: The difference and benefits
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