Voopoo X217 Review | Test Results Are In

Product intro and specs

The X217 mod is the latest dual-battery mod from Voopoo, and it is manufactured by Woody Vapes. Woody Vapes has been making mods for a few years now but never became really popular. They are the manufacturer of the GENE chip which was popularized in the Voopoo Drag mod a few years ago. They eventually got purchased by Voopoo and started manufacturing mods for them.

The X217 is a dual 2×700 battery mod, which means you can use 21700, 20700 or 18650 batteries with it. It’s rated at 217 watts with an upgraded screen and of course their GENE chip. I’m not sure of the color options available as I couldn’t find any reliable information on that, but I have seen pictures of a few color options. Mine is listed on the box as “purple jade” and it’s a gunmetal body with black/red/blue resin accents.

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Specifications

  • Dimensions: 93.6 mm x 49.6 mm x 33 mm
  • Output power: 5 - 217 watts
  • Quiescent current: 55 uA
  • Output voltage range: 0.5 - 7.5 volts
  • Resistance wire: 0.05 - 1.5 ohms (power mode) / 0.05 - 3.0 ohms (TC mode)
  • Battery compatibility: 2 x 21700/20700/18650
  • Temperature range: 200 - 600 °F / 100 - 315 °C
  • Screen Information: 1.3-inch TFT IPS HD color screen
  • Function Modes: power / voltage / temperature control / custom

Kit Content

  • X217 mod
  • 21700 batteries (2)
  • USB cable
  • User manual
  • Warranty card

First impressions

Voopoo X217 Review

When I first saw this mod, I was pretty impressed by the design and feel of it. The finish looks great and it has carbon fiber accents, some nice resin panels on the back and the fire button, a bright large color screen, and a centered platform for the 510 to handle 30 mm atomizers. It reminded me a lot of the SX mini G class mod, but a little bigger and made to accommodate larger batteries.

Build quality and design

Voopoo X217 Review

The Voopoo X217 Mod is a very nicely built and well-designed mod that is quite comfortable to hold in the hand. It’s a simple oval-shaped symmetrical mod with a front facing screen and a centered 510 pin. There have been a few mods like this in 2018, like the Modefined Lyra and HCigar Wildwolf, and I’ve always been a fan of the design. It has a good weight to it as well, not very heavy but feels solid. It’s not much bigger than a dual-18650 mod either. While many 21700 mods have hit the market in 2018 due to their new popularity, most have been single-cell, so it’s nice to see another one come out with that battery configuration. Much like the SX mini G Class, the sides have black carbon fiber accents and the fire button and back have resin panels on them. Very similar to the resin we see on the Drags, so likely from the same supplier. There is also a programmable U-shaped LED strip on the front of the mod.

The battery door is a standard bottom latch system we see on many mods these days. It worked well for me with no issues. The screen is a large and bright 1.3” color square shaped screen. It’s a full color screen too, not just color text, and comes with 8 pre-programmed backgrounds including the default black one. There is no software available at the time of this review, so no idea if you will be able to load your own in the future, which is a feature we seen on some mods these days. It’s a really nice screen. The LED offers very limited options though. You can turn it off completely or on. There is one mode (breathing) and four color configurations: green, blue, red, and a cycle through seven different colors. Odd that there wouldn’t be more color options or modes than that.

There is no button rattle at all on this mod. The 510 pin is great and gave me no issues with any atomizer. It’s centered and the platform itself can fit a 33 mm atomizer flush, so your 30 mm atomizers will look great on this mod with no overhang. The USB port is on the front bottom right below a small logo. I don’t recommend charging batteries internally in mods with removable batteries, especially with multiple battery mods, but I checked the charge rate briefly and it charges a little above 1.5 amps. Either way, external charging is the way to go, this is just for informational purposes only.

Features and functions

Voopoo X217 Review

The Voopoo X217 is a pretty full-featured mod overall. You have Power mode (watts), Voltage Mode, Watt curve mode (set in 1 second increments for 10 seconds and 5 memory slots), and Temp control mode for Ni200, Ti, SS, and Ni80. No TCR mode but the TCR is adjustable in each of the preset modes, although limited to a range. It uses the same TCR system as the other GENE chip mods and not the standard one most mods use. Won’t really be important here anyway, which I’ll explain later.

All the needed features though are here, so that’s nice. As far as usage goes, they have improved the menu system a lot this time around and mixed with the nicer bigger screen it’s a much easier mod to navigate than the older GENE chipped mods like the original Drag. It also auto-sets your wattage on a new coil.

Using the Voopoo X217

Navigating the menus of the X217 is simple and straightforward:

  • 5 clicks of the fire button to turn on and off
  • 3 clicks to cycle through to the next mode (3 modes total: Power, TC, and Settings)
  • When in a mode, hold + and – to enter that mode’s menu (settings mode adjusts the mods settings)
  • + and fire to lock the mod (complete lock, not just adjustment buttons)

A really well done and easy to use menu, and a nice improvement from their past chips.

Power mode performance

Voopoo X217 Review

Testing on this mod was done with a pair of 21700 Samsung 30T batteries. They list the specs at 217 watts, 7.5 volts but I couldn’t find an amp limit listed. I wish they listed all three as I feel every company should do that. The 217 figure feels like a marketing number inspired by the 21700 compatibility more than an actual output, which is also supported by my testing results. The GENE chip has never really been a high wattage chip either, so not sure why they would want to overstate it.

During my testing, the max achieved wattage was 194, so it is a little overrated. Not grossly overrated, but I feel 200 watts would have been a better rating for it. The amp limit I got was 36, which is on the low side of dual battery mods these days. The average is around 35-40 with most being closer to 40 and a few mods being a little over 40. It’s a good enough amp limit but a little disappointing for a dual-21700 mod. The volt limit I got with a 0.64-ohm coil was 7.574, which shows there is no boost circuit, and is also right in line with their 7.5-volt rating. The mod adjusts in 1-watt increments — I like that a lot better than 0.1-watt increments. It does scroll pretty slowly though.

During my testing, the mod did a great job of not getting hot. From an accuracy perspective though, the mod tends to hit quite weakly. This is most noticeable over 100 watts, but even under 100 watts I found it to give a slightly weak vape. They also have two preheat options in power mode (Boost 1 and Boost 2). Both pulse the power a little higher at intervals which makes it feel a little more accurate overall, so I’d suggest using one of these modes or you can turn up the watts a little. The watt curve mode is a nice option to have and it works well. Performance was not as good as many dual-18650 mods I’ve tested, but since the market is kind of slim on dual 21700 mods currently, I have to be a little more lenient. If this was a dual-18650 mod I’d consider it not good enough, but for a dual 21700 mod, it’s acceptable.

Temperature control mode performance

Using SS316L Wire in SS mode, I tested five builds:

  • One simple round single coil
  • One simple round dual coil
  • Two fancy wire single-coil builds
  • One fancy wire dual-coil build

The Default TCR is 1300. First, I’ll start with the watt limit, which is set to 80 watts like all their chips. I’m not sure why they keep doing that! It made sense years ago, with many companies having power limits in temp control mode, but nowadays many companies do a good temp control and don’t have any extra limits on the power for temp control mode. You’ll also not get the full 80 watts most of the time. You need to be around 0.4 ohms or higher to access the full 80 watts — in fact, you can barely even get 40 watts once you get to 0.2 ohms or less, so this really limits the builds you can use.

With that said, the temp control performance on this mod is really poor by today’s standards. I made all the adjustments you can make: I used TCR as low as 1000 and as high as 1600 (which is the max and minimum for SS mode) as well as the default 1300. I vaped for temp settings maxed all the way to 600F and the vape is very weak. It has really good dry hit protection, but outside of that, it is not a mod I’d recommend for temp control usage.

Pros / Cons

  • Good build quality
  • Nice paint job
  • Simple symmetrical design
  • No button rattle
  • Accurately rated for volts
  • Nice centered 510 pin
  • Handles 33 mm atomizers without overhang
  • Adjust by voltage or wattage
  • Simple and easy to use menu
  • Watt curve mode
  • Battery door is easy to open and swap out batteries
  • Bright and large color screen
  • Nice LED lights
  • Battery compatibility (21700 / 20700 / 18650)
  • Temp control performance is poor
  • Low wattage limit on TC
  • Amp limit a little on the low side (36 A)
  • Slightly overrated watt limit
  • Hits quite weak in power mode (most noticeable over 100 watts)

Verdict

Overall, Voopoo did a decent job with this mod. If you are not a TC vaper and looking for something with better battery life than a dual-18650 mod, this is a solid choice. There haven’t been too many of these released, and not many triple 18650 mods are available either, so if you want extra battery life and/or the ability to use 30 mm atomizers without overhang, this one might be for you. There are better performers in power mode, like the Geekvape Blade and even the Vboy 222. But as a whole, the X217 with its good build quality, the nice weight and feel, its color screen, as well as watt curve and voltage mode, is a solid choice. It’s not spectacular, but it gets the job done.

I started doing reviews at the end of 2016 bringing a unique amount of data and fair points that has made them grow in popularity. I’m an avid temp control vaper but will vape pretty much any style of vaping. My goal is to bring as much good, fair, and unbiased information to the forefront as i can to aid vapers in making informed decisions to get the best vape for their style. I enjoy helping people really get the most out of their vape and finding their “aha” moment when it all clicks into place.

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