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Wotofo Manik Pod-Mod Review – A Drag X Rival? https://ift.tt/3pbd7zi

Disclaimer

The Wotofo Manik was sent to me by Wotofo for the purposes of this review.

Images

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Introduction

Despite this being a review of the Manik, it seems natural to make a lot of comparisons to the VooPoo Drag X, because the coils are interchangeable, they have similar form factors and they are both 18650 pod-mod systems. They are natural competitors.

First impressions

I like the aesthetics of the Manik more than those of the Drag X, the pod looks more integrated on the Manik, it's also slightly slimmer and shorter.

Branding is too much on both the Drag X and Manik with embossed leather logos and various Genechip, Nexchip, Wotofo and VooPoo logos plastered all over the mods.

Materials feel comparable and button feel is similar between the two, with decent clickiness, the only difference being a rectangular button on the Manik and circular on the Drag X.

Using the Manik

Despite the similarities with the Drag X, things become a little different when using the Manik:

  • Chipset – this is a no-frills wattage pod-mod. Unlike the Drag X, there is no score system, no automatic wattage adjustment – just manually adjustable wattage, puff counter reset and color change. Personally, this is exactly what I want from a mod, however some people want fun features and multiple modes.

  • Non-adjustable airflow – this is the biggest con with the Manik, while I enjoyed the coils that came with the Manik fully open, if you decided (for example) to use VooPoo's MTL PnP coils on the Manik a lack of adjustable airflow might be an issue.

  • Pod fitting – the pod is harder to remove due to using a button, rather than VooPoo's magnetic system, this however has one benefit, while leaks can be hard to clean up due to the Drag X's metal ring, cleaning the Manik is really easy and the connections are (claimed to be) waterproof.

  • Pod filling – despite being top-fill, the Manik's pod is harder to fill due to the darker tint making it harder to see the juice level and the fill port being too close to the drip-tip.

  • Drip-tip – neither the Manik nor the Drag X are 510 drip-tip compatible – the Manik's tip is noticeably narrower than the Drag X's. I found the Manik's drip-tip much more comfortable, but this might be because most of my favorite atomizers use 510 rather than 810 drip-tips.

  • Voltage – to me this is the biggest advantage the Manik has over the Drag X – the Drag X operates from 3.2 – 4.2v – when using higher wattage you have to make sure you're using decent batteries in good condition, otherwise it just won't fire. There are no such issues with the Manik which operates from 0.5 – 4.2v.

  • Charging – the Manik uses micro USB, while the Drag X uses type C – while I'd consider this an issue with a built in battery, they are both 18650 mods and should be charged using an external charger, so I don't really care.

Coils

  • D13 A1 nexMESH Coil 0.2ohms 37-42w recommended (not included) – there is nothing groundbreaking about this coil, but neither is there anything terrible – the flavor is good, as is the lifespan.

  • D11 Net Mesh Coil 0.2ohms 45-55w recommended (not included) – this is quite a similar (but higher watt) version of the D13 – again, it had decent flavor and lifespan, but nothing too special. Both this coil and the D13 are slightly better than the coils that come with the Drag X.

  • D14 A1 Conical nexMESH Coil 0.2ohms – 35-40w recommended (included) – this coil is really really good. The flavor is better than the above two (and the coils that came with the Drag X) – I've been using it for so long that I've lost count of refills and there is zero loss in flavor.

  • D15 Clapton Mesh Coil 0.2ohms – 45-55w recommended (included) – it's hard to choose a favorite between this and the D14 – they both perform really well. When it comes to replacements, I'd probably choose the D14 over this, not because it's better, but because it gives a similar vape at a lower wattage.

All four coils that are available for the Manik are good, but the two that come with the kit (D14 and D15) were the standout performers for me. No matter if I was using the Drag X or Manik, I would choose them over the coils that I have tried from VooPoo.

Pros

  • Good build quality and materials.
  • Lack of gimmicks on the chipset (see cons).
  • No voltage issues.
  • Great coils.
  • Easy to clean.

Cons

  • Non-adjustable airflow.
  • Lack of features on the chipset (see pros).
  • Slightly annoying to refill.
  • No type-C USB

Conclusion

Comparing this to the Drag X is really simple for me – if I was using the higher ohm/lower wattage PnP coils, then I would use the Drag X because of the adjustable airflow, however if I was using the lower ohm/higher wattage Wotofo or VooPoo coils, then I would use the Manik because of the Drag X's voltage issues and the more comfortable drip-tip.

When it comes to the coils, Wotofo's are just better than comparable coils from VooPoo.

DisclaimerThe Wotofo Manik was sent to me by Wotofo for the purposes of this review.ImagesImages are hereIntroductionDespite this being a review of the Manik, it seems natural to make a lot of comparisons to the VooPoo Drag X, because the coils are interchangeable, they have similar form factors and they are both 18650 pod-mod systems. They are natural competitors.First impressionsI like the aesthetics of the Manik more than those of the Drag X, the pod looks more integrated on the Manik, it’s also slightly slimmer and shorter.Branding is too much on both the Drag X and Manik with embossed leather logos and various Genechip, Nexchip, Wotofo and VooPoo logos plastered all over the mods.Materials feel comparable and button feel is similar between the two, with decent clickiness, the only difference being a rectangular button on the Manik and circular on the Drag X.Using the ManikDespite the similarities with the Drag X, things become a little different when using the Manik:Chipset – this is a no-frills wattage pod-mod. Unlike the Drag X, there is no score system, no automatic wattage adjustment – just manually adjustable wattage, puff counter reset and color change. Personally, this is exactly what I want from a mod, however some people want fun features and multiple modes.Non-adjustable airflow – this is the biggest con with the Manik, while I enjoyed the coils that came with the Manik fully open, if you decided (for example) to use VooPoo’s MTL PnP coils on the Manik a lack of adjustable airflow might be an issue.Pod fitting – the pod is harder to remove due to using a button, rather than VooPoo’s magnetic system, this however has one benefit, while leaks can be hard to clean up due to the Drag X’s metal ring, cleaning the Manik is really easy and the connections are (claimed to be) waterproof.Pod filling – despite being top-fill, the Manik’s pod is harder to fill due to the darker tint making it harder to see the juice level and the fill port being too close to the drip-tip.Drip-tip – neither the Manik nor the Drag X are 510 drip-tip compatible – the Manik’s tip is noticeably narrower than the Drag X’s. I found the Manik’s drip-tip much more comfortable, but this might be because most of my favorite atomizers use 510 rather than 810 drip-tips.Voltage – to me this is the biggest advantage the Manik has over the Drag X – the Drag X operates from 3.2 – 4.2v – when using higher wattage you have to make sure you’re using decent batteries in good condition, otherwise it just won’t fire. There are no such issues with the Manik which operates from 0.5 – 4.2v.Charging – the Manik uses micro USB, while the Drag X uses type C – while I’d consider this an issue with a built in battery, they are both 18650 mods and should be charged using an external charger, so I don’t really care.CoilsD13 A1 nexMESH Coil 0.2ohms 37-42w recommended (not included) – there is nothing groundbreaking about this coil, but neither is there anything terrible – the flavor is good, as is the lifespan.D11 Net Mesh Coil 0.2ohms 45-55w recommended (not included) – this is quite a similar (but higher watt) version of the D13 – again, it had decent flavor and lifespan, but nothing too special. Both this coil and the D13 are slightly better than the coils that come with the Drag X.D14 A1 Conical nexMESH Coil 0.2ohms – 35-40w recommended (included) – this coil is really really good. The flavor is better than the above two (and the coils that came with the Drag X) – I’ve been using it for so long that I’ve lost count of refills and there is zero loss in flavor.D15 Clapton Mesh Coil 0.2ohms – 45-55w recommended (included) – it’s hard to choose a favorite between this and the D14 – they both perform really well. When it comes to replacements, I’d probably choose the D14 over this, not because it’s better, but because it gives a similar vape at a lower wattage.All four coils that are available for the Manik are good, but the two that come with the kit (D14 and D15) were the standout performers for me. No matter if I was using the Drag X or Manik, I would choose them over the coils that I have tried from VooPoo.ProsGood build quality and materials.Lack of gimmicks on the chipset (see cons).No voltage issues.Great coils.Easy to clean.ConsNon-adjustable airflow.Lack of features on the chipset (see pros).Slightly annoying to refill.No type-C USBConclusionComparing this to the Drag X is really simple for me – if I was using the higher ohm/lower wattage PnP coils, then I would use the Drag X because of the adjustable airflow, however if I was using the lower ohm/higher wattage Wotofo or VooPoo coils, then I would use the Manik because of the Drag X’s voltage issues and the more comfortable drip-tip.When it comes to the coils, Wotofo’s are just better than comparable coils from VooPoo.

Submitted November 08, 2020 at 10:37AM by i_aint_joe
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