Introduction – The X217 from VooPoo / Woody Vapes
The VooPoo X217 is a powerful 217w regulated mod that runs of your choice of dual batteries (21700, 20700 or 18650). It’s a heavy sucker that looks good.
VooPoo are based in China and were originally established in 2014 to serve the medical and industrials fields. Since 2017 and with the acquisition of US brand Woody Vapes, VooPoo have bought us some really interesting gear including: Drag, Drag 2, Drag mini, Voopoo Too, VMate and the funny little Rota Pod System.
VooPoo are known for their Gene Chip, which is one of the fastest and most accurate chipsets on the market! They have included the latest version of their Gene Chip inside the X217, the “Gene FIT” which is also found in both the new Drag mods minus the annoying fit menu!
So what do we make of the Voopoo X217? Is it really as good as it looks? Let’s dive down and take a detailed look at it.
In The Box
- Voopoo X217 Mod
- 2 x 18650 Battery Adapters
- USB Cable
- User Manual
- GENE Chip Card
- Warranty Card
- Size: 93.6×49.6x33mm
- Output: 5-217W
- Resistance range: 0.05-1.5ohm (VW/VV) / 0.05-3ohm (TC)
- Temperature range: 200-600°F / 100-315°C
- Modes: VW, VV, TC, Custom
- Display : 1.3in TFT IPS HD Colour Screen
- Battery: 2×21700 / 20700 / 18650
- Breathing light effect
- Sandblast finish
- FAN chipset
- Firmware Upgradeable
- 5 colour options available choose from – Black, Silver, Red, Blue and Dazzling.
Design and Build Quality
The Voopoo X217 comes in the normal card box with over sleeve, I almost wet myself in excitement on opening the box; this thing is super sexy to look at, nothing like the graphic on the box!
The X217 is heavy, made of a moulded zinc alloy, resin and leather. The device has a height of 93mm with a tank diameter of over 30mm, so far the design and build quality in my opinion is exemplary!
Taking a tour of the Voopoo X217
Starting at the top the 510 connection is centre placed with a spring loaded gold plated pin and extremely well turned threading. The 510 plate and the mod top are held in position by 4 hatch screws!
The bottom of the device holds the battery door. The door has all the normal manufacturing and safety marks, the door is opened by a simple slide switch which incorporates 4 very small battery vent holes.The door itself is hinged and stays open until you push is shut, the inside of the door has battery orientation marks (hard to make out in low light) and gold plated connection points.The battery compartment is lined with plastic and has spring loaded gold plated connection points inside.
The back of the X217 has a thin strip of resin with “VooPoo” branding.Each side of the device features leatherette stickers that have a stitch like pattern and a decorative bar that is held on to the mod by hatch screws.
The work face is elegantly simple with the centre fire button having a resin inlay.The SS adjustment buttons are in the form of a bar shaped roughly like a flat diamond, the micro USB charge/update port is located at the bottom of the work face along with the Woody Vapes logo.
The HD colour screen is 1.3in TFT; it has a clean and sharp look making it very easy on the eye, the screen contains all the normal info you would expect to see!
One of the features immediately apparent is LED strips surrounding the work face shaped roughly like a U. When lit the LED’s simulate a breathing pulse.
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Basic Quick Start Guide
- Choose which of the 3 types of battery you wish to use, and put them into the X217 following the indicators! If you use 18650’s use the adaptors included in the box!
Important do not mix battery types!
It is recommended you charge your batteries with a standalone charger.
- Prepare your tank/RTA or RDA the way you normally would, and screw onto the X217.
The mod includes 8 Security Protections for safer vaping!
Menu and functions
Navigating the menus of the X217 is simple and straightforward:
- 5 clicks of the fire button to turn the mod on or off
- 3 clicks to cycle through to the next mode (3 modes total: Power, TC, and Functions)
- When in a mode, hold both adjustment buttons together to enter that mode’s menu
- + and fire to lock the mod (complete lock) repeat to unlock
- Power Mode (wattage)
- Voltage Mode
- Wattage Curve Mode
- Temperature Control Mode – for Ni200, Ti, SS and Ni80 wire types
- Date and Time
You have an option to change the LED colours 7 colours cycle to Red, Green, and Blue or turn them off.
How Does the VooPoo X217 Mod Perform?
For this review I will be using my Freemax MeshPro Tank with a 0.2Ohm Kanthal double mesh coil top up with Double Drip Strawberry Banana Waffle e-liquid.I will be testing the TC capabilities with my Drop Dead RDA with SS 0.12Ω and the same e-liquid.
60 to 90w
I started at my normal 60w for this tank but soon came to realise that while getting fairly good flavour the combo was producing humongous amount of vapour with the AF closed to half the vape was a bit on the cool side.
Upping the wattage to 70W then to 80w was better. Topping off at 90w gave a nice warm vape again with a tremendous amount of vapour and satisfying flavour.
95 to 120w
Using my Drop Dead I tested the mod in increments of 10w from 95 to 120w; while well out of my comfort zone the mod performed admirably.
I have noticed the Ohms meter is slightly off reading my SS 0.12Ω coils as 0.13Ω and my stock coil at 0.21Ω not a big one but worth mentioning.
TC Dry and Damp Tests
I dry fired the cotton at 420f and 50w for less than a second press of the fire button (x5) as you can see there is some faint yellowing of the cotton.
For the damp test with fresh cotton I loaded the cotton with liquid and tooted until I felt it was dry; this was a pass as there were no burn marks on the cotton.
Vaping the Voopoo X217 at 90w with dual 21700 batteries installed I can get approx 1½ days vape time which is phenomenal for me, dual 20700 batteries I can get nearly a full day and dual 18650 batteries I get over 5 hrs.
The 20700 batteries I noticed did cause a little battery rattle the other were held firmly in the mod.
These are nice and bright but to me they are distracting with their pulse or breathing, as VooPoo call it. I tend to keep the lights off.
At first I thought it was a little pointless to have a clock; but found myself looking at it quite often for the time lol, if you leave the unit alone for 25 to 30 seconds the clock activates! I had been using the X217 for over a day before I realised you could change the style of the clock by pressing the adjustment buttons lol.
Is a little awkward to locate without looking, at times I thought the mod had misfired, but in reality I just didn’t push the button lol.
After all my testing was done I went to remove the cap from my Drop Dead RDA! The result was me pulling the top of the mod off; I did not use any force as my DD cap is easy to remove!
The top did not come off completely as you can see it’s still attached by the wires to the 510, the screws, screw into plastic; and therefore the bite is not secure. The X217 still works fine; I will have to get some superglue to repair it before I will even think of using the mod again!
Final Review Verdict
Ignoring the damage I caused to mine for now, the Voopoo X217 is a very heavy mod even without the cells loaded. The device is gorgeous to look at and certainly doesn’t look anything like the graphic on the box! It’s easy to use and while the menu system is different from other VooPoo products it doesn’t take long to learn.
If you buy this mod I recommend not using an RDA due to stress of pulling the cap off to re juice, use a stock sub ohm tank or an RTA with it. That way no stress is placed on the top and the screws, VooPoo need to redesign how the top is attached to the body; or I predict a lot of complaints with this one!
Would I buy the Voopoo X217 again? While I like 99% of VooPoo products I’ve got to say “No” with this one.
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