Voopoo Vinci X Review: The Definition of a Pod Mod
Product intro and specs
I reviewed the Vinci around a month ago and I liked it, but there were some issues that deterred me from giving it a full recommendation. Namely, the plug of the filling hole was very easy to break, the coils in the package were bad, and I had a couple of misfires when using it while plugged in. Let’s see if Voopoo addressed those issues and if the Vinci X is worth a purchase.
Colors: Aurora, dazzling green, space grey, carbon fiber, scarlet, ink, teal blue
- Dimensions: 117 mm x 29 mm x 25 mm
- Weight: 175 grams
- Mod material: Zinc alloy
- Output: 5-70 watts
- Output voltage: 3.2-4.2 volts
- Resistance: 0.1-3.0 ohms
- Battery: single 18650
- Pod capacity: 5.5 mL (TPD 2 mL)
- Pod material: PCTG
- 1 x Vinci X device
- 1 x Vinci replacement pod (5.5 mL)
- 1 x PnP-VM1 coil (0.3 ohm)
- 1 x PnP-R1 coil (0.8 ohm)
- 1 x USB cable
- 1 x User manual
- 1 x Warranty card
- 1 x Chip card
Build quality and design
As far as overall build quality, the Vinci X is at the same league as the previous Vincis. It is a sturdy and well-built device, and the extra heft of the X due to its larger size and 18650 battery makes it feel even better put together. But at appx. 175 grams with an 18650 in, the Vinci X is heavier than many single-battery mods. If you want a lightweight and pocketable AIO, this won’t be the one, I can tell you that for sure.
I measured the Vinci (with a pod on) at 117 mm by 29 mm by 25 mm. the difference with the previous Vinci is more apparent on the height, as it is approximately one and a half centimeter taller. There’s also a slight difference on the width, but the device narrows down at the top to match the width of the pod.
The last time I was disappointed I received the plain carbon fiber edition, and looking at the INK one I received this time, I was right. The paint job on these devices is top notch, and I even like the faux texture effect they went with. And the tiny details working for it; the buttons have a satisfying click with no rattle at all, and the battery cap is threaded smoothly which gives the device and even more premium look and feel. I kinda wish it had one of these push-to-open battery trays as this one takes a bit of time to take off and back on again, but I got used to it after a while.
There are no changes on the pods—they are plastic, the mouthpiece has a very ergonomic shape and the cutouts at their sides allow for two airflow options. But once again, you’ll have to be very careful not to break the silicon plug of the filling port, which was one of the biggest gripes I had with the original Vinci. I was kinda hoping they’d fix that, as I am pretty sure that it is bothersome for the majority of users. Let’s hope they’ll take notice and redesign the plug at some point.
The Vinci X works the same way as the original Vinci, with only a couple of minor differences.
Start by unscrewing the threaded battery cap at the bottom of the device and inserting a fully charged 18650 battery (check our favorite 18650 batteries here and make sure you purchase one that can handle the wattage). Next, prime the coil with five drops of juice and push it inside the pod. You can now carefully unplug the (fragile) silicon plug and fill the pod with e-liquid. Make sure to check the cutouts at the side of the pod to pick the airflow you prefer—there’s not a huge difference between the two options, but it is noticeable. When you are done, give the pod five minutes for the coil to saturate, and then click on the firing button five times to turn on the device.
The Vinci X is going to ask you to set the time at that point, which will be used to calculate your puffs per day and display the data for the last 14 days. Unfortunately, setting the time will not be much of a use to you if you charge your batteries externally (as you should), as it resets soon after you remove your battery from the device. On a positive note, the number of puffs remains registered, but it will probably end up being all over the place after a while.
Keep the firing button pressed when you are done, and you’ll see the device’s home screen. Wattage will be set automatically, depending on the coil used. The X is rated for 70 watts, but none of the available coils go over 40 watts, and the chip limits the devices max wattage—which is a great feature. Hopefully Voopoo will release higher rated coils in the future.
The menu is well laid out, and pretty straightforward.
- Five clicks of the power button turn the device on and off.
- Press + or – to adjust the wattage.
- Pressing + and – together enters the PUFF interface.
- Pressing fire and – together resets your daily puff number.
- Pressing fire and + together locks the device (you can’t fire it or change wattage when locked).
- Pressing all three buttons at the same time enters the clock interface (you can change the time using + and -).
Note that the device goes to sleep if left unused for a while, and you’ll need to press the fire button to wake it up. This can get a bit annoying after a while, but it’s not a big deal. Finally, the GENE.AI chip can be updated by using Voopoo’s software and downloading the latest firmware from the company’s website. There are no updates currently available, but they’ll hopefully start coming soon.
Voopoo Vinci X performance
I have covered the performance part in the coil heads and performance sections of my Vinci review, but I will provide some further input after having spent a lot of time with the coils since then. Bear in mind that the auto-firing issue of the original Vinci is no longer relevant as the device does not support pass thru, and that the option for draw activation is ditched—the X is only button-activated. On top of that, the X takes a removable 18650 and I advise to use an external charger instead of on-board charging.
The Vinci comes with two coils in the box:
- The PnP-VM1 mesh coil (0.3 ohm) rated for 32-40 watts
- The PnP-R1 Kanthal coil (0.8 ohm) rated for 12-18 watts
The 0.3-ohm coil is probably the one you want if you like a bit of extra airflow and warmer vapor. Outside of the bum coils that arrived with my original Vinci, every other 0.3-ohm coil I’ve tried has been reliable. Coil life isn’t great, but it is a good coil overall, and better than your average AIO coil when it comes to flavor and vapor production.
The 0.8-ohm coil is not bad, but it’s not that impressive either—and it’s more prone to the occasional flood as well. I’d only buy an extra pack if I wanted to use something like 20 mg salts on the Vinci X, or if I just wanted some extra battery life. With an 18650, you get at least a full day of vaping on a charge, which is great. It’s certainly up to taste, but the 0.3-ohm coil is a clear winner for me.
Pros / Cons
- (+) Great build quality
- (+) Colorful editions look awesome
- (+) Comfortable mouthpiece
- (+) Holds 5.5 mL of juice
- (+) Solid magnets
- (+) Screen is bright and font is easy to read
- (+) Smooth threading on battery cap
- (+) Two airflow options depending on the way you insert the pod
- (+) GENE chip is accurate and rapid firing
- (+) Two-week puff counter may be useful
- (+) Takes an 18650 battery
- (+) Compatible with five PnP coils
- (+) 0.3-ohm coil is flavorful and packs a punch
- (+) Smooth airflow
- (-) Bulky and rather heavy for an AIO
- (-) Silicon plug breaks easily
- (-) Goes on stand-by if not used for a while
- (-) 0.8-ohm coil may flood and spit when low on juice
- (-) A bit of leaking under the pods
- (-) Time resets every time you insert a battery
- (-) No available coils go over 40 watts
- (-) No draw activation (only button activated)
From a performance perspective, the Voopoo Vinci X is a device I can recommend. The 0.3-ohm coils are flavorful and produce a lot of vapor, and the 0.8-ohm coils are a good alternative for those who use nic salts. (Unfortunately, there are no coils that take advantage of the device’s 70-watt rating yet, but they should be coming soon.) But at the same time, the Vinci X is a rather large and heavy device as far as AIOs go. I don’t find that to be a problem—the Innokin Z-Biip has a similar footprint and weight and it still in my daily rotation—but it may be for some people.
I was happy to see that Voopoo got rid of pass thru, which eliminated the misfiring issues I had with the original Vinci—although it is advisable to charge the battery on an external charger. On the downside of things, the filling port plugs are still flimsy and easy to break. I still have hopes that they will fix that in the future, but I’d advise getting a couple of backup pods just in case. The rest of the cons are minor, and nothing a firmware update couldn’t fix. All in all, if you are fine with the size and weight of the Vinci X, I say go for it.
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Article Written By: Spyros Papamichail