9.7 Final Score
VooPoo ALPHA Zip & ZIP Mini Bottom Line
Sporting the Gene chip both the VooPoo ALPHA Zip & ZIP Mini mod work extremely well with super quick ramp up and great responsiveness. The Maat tank which comes with this kit is a superb mesh tank which sucks every bit of flavor out of your e-liquid. This combination is a hard box mod kit to beat, if you love the design, expect to be blown away!
Voopoo has released 2 new box mod kits, the Alpha Zip dual 18650 battery 180W kit, and Alpha Zip Mini internal battery 120W kit. There are some slight differences between the mods themselves but the kit is pretty much the same. So how do these new kits compete against the best vape mods and is it worth the money? Well, we take a closer look to see in our full review.
The VooPoo Alpha Zip and Alpha Zip Mini sport the same design features, consisting of the traditional box mod look. The only real difference is the size, with the Alpha Zip measuring in at 85mm tall, 51mm wide and has a depth of 25mm. Whilst the Alpha Zip mini comes in with a length of 80mm, a width of 48mm wide and a depth of 24mm, so that little bit smaller.
Both are constructed of a zinc alloy and have a number of different design available which includes knight, Locomotive, Glory, Stars, and a Checkerboard.
On the top of each mod is the 510 tank thread, again, keeping with VooPoos regular design they are not quite centered. Obviously, due to the width difference, the full size can hold tanks up to 25mm in diameter without any overhang, whilst the Alpa Mini can hold a tank with a diameter of 24mm.
On the side of both mods is the square, large firing button, a nice large screen, and an up and down button, followed by the micro USB connector for charging and firmware updates.
On the bottom of the mod is some air vents to cool the PCB and on the full-size Alpha Zip, you will see a cut out to allow you to remove the battery side door where you can place your 2 18650 batteries.
Both the Alpha Zip and Mini use the same chipset and therefore the menus and screen displays are the same. Clicking the fire button 5 times turns the mod on and off where you will see the screen illuminate. The screen is rather basic but shows current wattage, the resistance of the coil, voltage, and puff timer along with dual battery indicators.
Clicking the fire button 3 times allows you to access the menu area. The first section within the menu is a FIT mode with 3 options:
A further 3 clicks put the device into temperature control mode where you choose the coil type from stainless steel, titanium or nickel and there you can adjust the temperature. Within this mode, you can click the fire button 4 times to adjust the wattage for the set temperature.
To return to wattage mode simply click the fire button 3 times until the wattage appears on the screen. Within wattage mode you can lock the device by holding the up button along with the fire button, the fire button is still active so you can still vape. Holding the fire button and down button rotates the screen.
The features are pretty standard, which we see a lot across all the best vapes, but it's all down to the performance!
Within both the VooPoo Alpha Zip and Mini kit you get the Maat sub ohm tank. The tank comes in at 24.5mm in diameter, with the bubble glass it comes out to 28mm, which holds 4ml of e-liquid, but they do also provide a straight glass which holds 2ml.
At the top is a del-ring sleeve drip tip, so you can't use your own 810 or 510 drip tips. The tank features top fill which is accessed by clicking a button to the top cap, the fill hole reveals with a nice big hole, simply slide the cap closed when done.
The tank supports bottom air flow control with 3x 7mm holes which are fully adjustable. The base plate is removed to get to the coils, but only requires half a turn, this makes it important to hold this base plate when screwing and unscrewing to your mod, if not you can accidentally unscrew the tank coil and lose all your e-liquid!
The coils that come with the tank is a dual mesh coil rated at 0.2 ohms for 50-80W use, and a single mesh coil 0.13-ohm and rated at around 60-85W. They fit into the tank just by pushing them into place, no screwing required.
Both the Alpha Zip and Mini mods are using the Gene chip, as you know we are a great lover of this chipset, and it actually put VooPoo on the map for great performing e-cigarettes. Within both these mods, it performs great, super responsive and ramps up to wattage super quick. There is really no difference in performance between these mods.
The airflow on the tank is really smooth and is also pretty quiet. Using the dual 0.2-ohm coil produces a slightly warmer vape than the single coil but the flavor is pretty much the same. Onto the flavor, it is really very good indeed, and we're now considering it as one of the best sub ohm tanks currently available.
We found vaping at around 65-70W to be the sweet spot for the tank for both coils, and the performance of both Alpha Zip mods is outstanding, making us super happy overall with the kit's performance.
Both the VooPoo Alpha Zip and Mini kit perform outstanding thanks to the Gene chip within both of these mods. The screen is a little dark due to the protective coating so it may be a little hard to read outside. The smaller Alpha Zip Mini feels a little less comfortable in the hand and only has a maximum wattage of 120W compared to the full-sized Alpha Zip which can go to 180W. Apart from that, there is no difference in performance with these mods.
The Maat tank that comes with the kit is one of the best flavor producing mesh sub-ohm tanks on the market, so overall this kit is extremely good. The only real thing that may put users of is the design, many may not look the boxy look.