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VooPoo Vinci 2 Review

The original VooPoo Vinci pretty much kickstarted the pod mod revolution in the vaping world, so the Chinese manufacturer was bound to release an updated version at some point in time. Well, the Vinci 2 is finally here and I got the chance to try it out for a couple of weeks. Here’s what I think of it:

Vinci 2 Specifications

  • Dimensions: 110 mm x 27 mm x 28 mm
  • Material: zinc alloy, PC+ABS
  • Battery: 1,500mAh (non-removable)
  • Power: 5W – 50W
  • E-liquid capacity: 6.5 ml
  • Resistance range: 0.15Ω – 3.0Ω

Vinci 2 Packaging and Presentation

The new VooPoo Vinci 2 comes in a very compact rectangular cardboard box, which is indicative of the device inside. On the front of the box we have a picture of the pod mod with a large “2” in the background, and on the back we have a list of contents, the usual warnings, manufacturer information, and an authenticity scratch-and-check seal.

Inside the box we have all the included accessories neatly packaged in a smaller box, and the Vinci pod mod at the bottom, in a plastic holder. This kit comes with two different PnP coil-heads, a USB Type-C charging cable, and a user manual. It’s pretty much the standard offering for this type of vaping device, nothing more, nothing less.

Vinci 2 Design and Build Quality

As the pod mod that started it all, the VooPoo Vinci had an iconic design, and it’s no surprise that the Chinese company opted to stick with it for the second iteration as well. It makes sense, considering that, while not the most eye-catching, the Vinci design has become very recognizable within the vaping community. So, yes, the Vinci 2 looks very similar to the original.

The few visible differences between the Vinci 2 and its older sibling include a minor size difference in favor of the newer device, which is both slightly longer and thicker than its predecessor, the positioning of the charging port, which is on one of the sides this time around, instead of the bottom, the layout of the display and of the power adjustment buttons, and the presence of a real airflow adjustment knob on the Vinci 2.

Despite the slight increase in size, the new Vinci 2 remains a very compact pod mod, and the beveled edges and corners make it very comfortable in the hand. It does have some weight to it, for its size, which makes it feel like a high quality device, but the brushed paint finish, while nice to look at when clean, is still a fingerprint magnet.

Starting at the top, we have the same type of refillable cartridge as on the first VooPoo Vinci, with the same flattened mouthpiece and rectangular plastic tank. It’s held in place by four pairs of magnets, and features a side fill-port sealed with a branded rubber plug. Coil-heads are inserted through the bottom, just as before. However, there is one important difference, the newer pods hold up to 6.5ml of e-juice, compared to just 5.5ml.

Just like the original Vinci, the new Vinci 2 features a glossy front panel, with a round fire button,  a – and + power adjustment toggle near the bottom, and a generous color display in between. It comes with a plastic cover, and I suggest you keep it on for as long as possible, as the glossy plastic scratches very easily.

Opposite the control panel is a decorative side which comes in several versions. The one I received for this review has a nice carbon fiber design and texture, but there are currently five different panels to choose from, with more on the way in the future, probably. On the bottom, we have a nice rubber ring that offers extra grip when placing the pod mod upright, and prevents accidental scratching.

Finally, the most important feature of the Vinci 2 – in my opinion – is the airflow control system. The original VooPoo Vinci and Vinci X had a rudimentary airflow control, which, while functional, didn’t allow much customization. Things are much better this time around, as the Vinci 2 features a proper airflow control knob. All you have to do is slide this knob left to right to open and close the airflow, making it very easy to adjust the airiness of the draw.

Vinci 2 Menu System and Navigation

The original Vinci was revolutionary because it combined the convenience of a pod system with the advanced features of a proper vape mod. The Vinci 2 does the same, only it doesn’t really add anything new. It has the same Smart Mode that reads the resistance of the coil-head and automatically adjusts the power to a reasonable level, while also limiting the power output to the maximum supported level of the coil-head, but also an RBA Mode that removes all the limitations.

One of the features I loved most on the VooPoo Vinci was the automatic and manual activation options, plus the option to use them both at the same time. Well, more like having them both available at the same time. That means being able to activate the device either by drawing on the mouthpiece, or pressing the fire button. You can cycle through these three types of activation by pressing the fire button three times in rapid succession.

To choose between Smart Mode and RBA mode, you have to keep both the + and – buttons pressed for a couple of seconds. in this menu, you can also pick one of the two display interfaces, one with a vertical and and another with a horizontal orientation. Pressing the fire button and the – button clears the puff counter, and pressing the fire button and the + button locks and unlocks the power adjustment buttons.

Although the interface looks like that of more recent VooPoo vaping devices, like the Drag Max or the new VooPoo Drag 3, the available options are pretty much the same as those on the original Vinci pod mod.

Vinci 2 Battery Life and Performance

Usually, second generations of popular vaping devices feature improved battery capacity, but that’s surprisingly not the case with the VooPoo Vinci 2. It has the same 1,500mAh capacity as the original Vinci, which is decent, I guess, but not at all impressive. If you plan on using the pod mod at its maximum output of 50W, you’ll find that the battery will be depleted very fast.

Luckily, there are some improvements, such as the upgrade to USB Type-C fast charging, which allows you to fully recharge the battery in just over an hour. Plus, you can use the pod mod in passthrough mode, thanks to the built-in vape-while-charging technology.

When it come to actual vaping performance, the Vinci 2 wouldn’t be much different from the original Vinci, if not for the new airflow control system. Seeing as the two devices are so similar, and that they use the same PnP coil-heads made popular by VooPoo, the airiness of the draw is pretty much the only thing setting them apart. But this one element makes a huge difference, as the new airflow system offers so much more customization.

The Vinci 2 kit comes with the PnP-VM1 mesh coil-head (0.3Ω) and the PnP TM1 (0.8Ω), with the first being more suitable for direct-lung vaping, and the latter for mouth to lung (MTL). With the proper airflow adjustment system, you can actually close down the airflow to do  a proper mouth-to-lung draw, which is a huge improvement over the original.

Another thing worth mentioning is that the VooPoo Vinci 2 is compatible with all PnP coil-heads available on the market, as well as an RBA. When the original Vinci came out, there weren’t nearly as many coil-head options to choose from, but the PnP line has come a long way since, and there are now a plethora of coil-heads to choose from.

Conclusion

As far as I’m concerned, the VooPoo Vinci pod mod is a worthy successor to the super-popular Vinci. It has all the features that made the original great, including Smart Mode, multiple battery activation options, works with the tried and true PnP coil-heads, and also improves on it in various aspects, such as airflow control and e-liquid capacity. It’s definitely one of the best pod mods on the market, that’s for sure.

That said, I think VooPoo could have taken a bit more chances, as it has with other vaping devices; as it stands, if you already own the original Vinci, or the Vinci Air, there is little incentive to spend more money on the Vinci 2. Sure, it has that improved airflow control, which is indeed a big improvement, the USB Type-C port, but that’s about it.

The Vinci 2 pod mod was sent to me directly by VooPoo, for the purpose of this review.

Pros
  • compact design
  • great build quality
  • excellent e-liquid capacity
  • proper airflow control system
  • USB Type-C
  • PnP coil-head compatibility
Cons
  • too similar to the original Vinci
  • mediocre battery capacity

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