From the moment I unboxed the Vaporesso Swag 2 Mod Kit, I loved the look of this mod with the color matched tank and couldn’t wait to try it. If it vaped half as good as it looked and felt, I knew I was going to be very happy. Not to spoil the surprise but oh yes, I was definitely happy!
It’s an updated design and upgrade from the popular Swag mod, with an external coating finish very similar to their Gen mod. It’s powered by an external single 18650 battery, utilising the newly developed AXON chip and operates to a maximum wattage of 80W.
The battery compartment design resembles the original Swag mod, which followed the style of the Eleaf Pico mods, incorporating a protruding battery cap located next to the 510 tank thread.
Vaporesso’s Swag 2 Mod Kit is coupled with either the color matched top filled NRG PE Sub Ohm Tank (3.5ml) or the NRG SE Mini Tank (2ml TPD version).
This review of the Vaporesso Swag 2 Mod Kit will include the PE (3.5ml) variant of sub ohm tank. At the time of writing, 13 colours are available, silver, black, red, blue, rose, green, purple, lava, phantom, flame red, camo grey, zebra yellow and carbon fibre.
I would like to thank the guys at Vaporesso for sending me the Swag 2 Mod kit (Phantom color). As always this review is completely unbiased and gives my honest opinion on the Vaporesso Swag 2 Mod Kit.
Vaporesso Swag 2 Mod Kit Review
- Features and Specifications
- What’s in the Box
- Swag 2 Design and Appearance
- NRG PE Tank Design and Appearance
- Swag 2 Functionality
- NRG PE Tank Performance
- Swag 2 Battery Performance
- How do I fill the Swag 2 NRG PE Tank
- How do I change the coil in the Swag 2 NRG PE Tank
- How do I charge the Swag 2
- Swag 2 Price
- Swag 2 Verdict
Features and Specifications
- Dimensions: 108mm x 25mm x 50mm
- Weight: 133 grams
- Charging: Micro USB 5V/2A
- Resistance Range: 0.03-5.0 ohms
- Output Wattage: 5-80W
- E-liquid Capacity: 3.5ml (2ml TPD Versions)
- Battery Specification: Single external 18650
- Drip Tip: 510
- Chipset: AXON chip
- Display: 0.91in OLED Screen
- Tank Compatibility: 25mm max
What’s in the box
- Swag 2 Mod
- NRG PE Tank (3.5ml)
- GT4 Mesh Coil (pre-installed)
- GT CCell Coil
- O-Rings x 4
- USB Cable
- User Manual
- Warranty Card
Vaporesso Swag 2 Mod Kit Design and Appearance
The Vaporesso Swag 2 is a small palm sized mod, very light weight and ergonomically shaped (similar to a one-sided kidney bean).
This mod is powered by an external 18650 battery (not supplied). This design is similar to the Eleaf Pico, where in order to keep the overall size of the mod to a minimum, a protruding screw top battery cap is used.
Because the battery cap protrudes alongside the 510 tank thread, the maximum tank width allowable that will fit on this mod is 25mm (improved from 22mm on the original Swag mod).
As the Vaporesso Swag 2 Mod is a small palm sized mod, this width restriction should not be an issue. The majority of tanks available will fit, but I do have to say, the supplied NRG PE tank with the array of coil options will satisfy the majority of vapers.
The external surface of the Swag 2 is a slightly textured rubber coated finish. The words “SWAG” are indented into each side of the coating. The coloring of the one I received (Phantom) was funky but not overpowering.
For such a small light weight mod, it feels very solid and well built. Because of the slight kidney bean shape, the contours fit very nice in the palm of your hand. More often than not, I found myself rotating the mod in my hand between vaping………..I must get a life!
The display is a 0.91in single color OLED rectangle screen located on one edge of the mod, in-between the round fire button and rectangular menu button.
Up/down controls are on one side of the mod on a single rocker switch button and the micro USB charging port (specified as 2 Amps) is on the opposite side.
A double row of 9 holes (18 in total), are located on the bottom of the Swag 2 mod to cater for possible battery venting issues.
The control of the Vaporesso Swag 2 Mod is achieved by the AXON chipset offering very fast ramp-up and multiple output options. These include Variable Wattage, Temperature Control, Power ECO, Pulse Mode and plenty more.
For such a small mod, Vaporesso have certainly packed a comprehensive set of features into the design. The menu structure wasn’t the easiest I’ve come across but given the amount of features and options available, it’s hardly surprising it takes a while to work your way around them.
Vaporesso NRG PE Tank Design and Appearance
The NRG PE tank is a 25mm wide 3.5ml capacity straight glass top filled sub ohm tank aimed at DTL vapers. The extensive range of coils available for this tank does cater for MTL vapers too.
Each tank is color matched to the mod color and incorporates a sliding top fill design, a 510 Delrin wide bore drip tip and a bottom knurled adjustable dual slot air flow.
The word “Vaporesso” is printed on the top of the tank above the glass and opposite to this is a printed arrow indicating where the tank slide fill opening is.
Overall height of the tank, including the drip tip is 50mm.
Two coils are supplied with the kit, a 0.15 ohm GT4 double mesh coil rated at 60–70 watts (pre-installed) and a 0.6 ohm CCell ceramic coil rated at 25-35 watts.
Other coils are also available for the tank, namely the Vaporesso GT range of coils, but also the Smok TFV8 baby coils work a treat too.
Quick Tip: When changing out a coil, the tank will need to be empty, otherwise your e-liquid will spill out of the drip tip when the tank is opened.
Vaporesso Swag 2 Mod Functionality
Functionality of the control buttons consists of a round fire button, a rectangular menu button and an up/down (+/-) rocker button.
The menu structure isn’t the most straight forward or obvious to use, but once you’ve played with it for a while, it does seem to make sense. Take your time as there are many options available!
Turning the mod on and off is carried out by pressing the fire button 5 times in quick succession.
Locking and unlocking the wattage is carried out by pressing the fire button 3 times in quick succession.
To enter the available settings, either press the menu button 3 times or hold the menu button down. This will give you access to the top level display with the following modes:
Pulse Mode (PUL)
This is the default setting. This will “Pulse” the device (in wattage mode) when the fire button is pressed, every 0.02 seconds.
Rather than providing a sustained output to the coil in wattage mode, this pulse mode provides a continual hit to the coil which is designed to increase flavor.
Power Eco Mode (ECO)
When the battery level drops to 40% charge, you have this handy mode to provide you with increased vaping time before the battery becomes depleted.
Not something I really used as I’m more than happy to swap the battery out when it’s finished.
Smart Temperature Control Mode (STC)
The mod will automatically detect the temperature heating wire that you’re using. The 3 available options are Stainless Steel (SS), Titanium (Ti) or Nickel (Ni).
DIY Mode (DIY)
This mode will give you access to a next level of display parameters. Variable Wattage (Normal, Soft or Hard), Variable Voltage, Variable Temperature Control (SS, Ti, Ni, Mi), Customized Wattage Curves, Bypass and Super Player Mode.
System Settings (SET)
System settings mode takes you to another level of menus, including Puff Counter, Screen Brightness, Flip Screen Rotation, Smart Variable Wattage, Auto Eco on/off, Default and Version Setting.
Being able to adjust the screen brightness is a nice touch for using in both stealth or sunlight conditions. Smart wattage is another handy options if you want the Swag 2 mod to auto set your desired wattage for the coil your using.
Expanding further on the DIY mode, once this is selected, the second level display options become available as follows:
Variable Wattage (VW)
Standard wattage mode will give you the option to select either Normal, Soft or Hard hitting. Also the + and – rocker button allows you to control the wattage in this mode from 5W through to 80W.
Variable Voltage (VV)
Allows you to control the voltage being applied to the coil. Again, controllable by the + and – rocker button. Not something I use as I prefer wattage control.
Variable Temperature Control (TC)
Select either Stainless Steel 316L (SS), Titanium (Ti), Nickel 200 (Ni) or Manual (Mi). Manual allows you to make adjustments when using other temperature heating wires.
Customized Wattage Curves (CCW)
This function will allow you to specify different wattages that can be applied to your coil over a vape cycle to fully customise your vaping experience. A great addition on such a small inexpensive mod. I have to say I played with this for hours and hours.
Bypass Mode (BP)
Provides a direct output voltage from the battery, simulating the feel and style of a Mech mod. The supported coil resistance in this mode is 0.15ohm to 5.0ohm.
Super Player Mode (SP)
Increases the resistance range that’s available on the mod if you wish to use another tank or RDA/RBA. The resistance range in this mode is 0.03ohm to 5.0ohm.
Vaporesso NRG PE Tank Performance
GT4 Dual Mesh 0.15ohm Coil (Kanthal A1)
After filling the tank with my favorite juice (Thug Juice) 50/50 at 3mg, I set the wattage to a pretty low 25W to allow the coil to slowly bed in.
Following a few draws, I increased the wattage to 35W. The flavor and vapor production kicked in and was really nice, a pure crisp flavor.
Increasing the wattage to 45W improved the vapor production and still maintained the pure flavor. A further increase to 65W gave a slight increase in flavor and definitely more vapor production.
I normally vape at a pretty low wattage, so decreased the level down to 35W which I found was my ideal setting. Even though I used this coil for approx. 8 tank fills before I moved on to the CCell coil, I had no leaks or dry burns.
I’m very impressed with the flavor and vapor produced from this coil, definitely a thumbs up from me.
CCell Ceramic 0.5ohm Coil (SS 316)
I used the same juice to get a direct comparison with the 0.15ohm coil. After setting the wattage to initially 15W, I left the airflow to half open. The draw with this coil was definitely more restrictive.
The flavor and vapor production at this wattage was limited. Increasing the wattage to 25W did make a noticeable difference and I found this level of power suited my vaping style.
Even though the flavor was not as intense as I found from the 0.15ohm mesh coil, it was still very enjoyable.
Increasing the wattage to 35W, then to 40W, didn’t seem to make that much difference to the flavor. Decreasing the wattage back down 25W was my sweet spot and I proceeded to vape to my heart’s content.
The vape was cooler using this coil and I definitely found the battery lasted longer before requiring a recharge. I’ve been using this coil for over a week and I’ve vaped my way through 80ml of e-liquid without any dry burns or decrease in flavor.
Overall I found the 0.5ohm coil to be pretty good in terms of both flavor and vapor production.
Temperature Control Mode
Sadly I struggled getting the TC mode to give me a satisfying and repeatable vape. Admittedly, I don’t often vape in TC mode so it may have been my lack of experience.
I did persevere in TC mode for some time, but irrespective of the settings used, I wasn’t happy with the results.
Vaporesso Swag 2 Mod Kit Battery Performance
The Vaporesso Swag 2 Mod uses an external 18650 battery. The mod is capable of powering up to a maximum of 80W therefore I would recommend using a battery with a CDR value of 30A.
Obviously, if you don’t intend vaping at this maximum wattage, a 20A/25A battery will be fine.
To ensure you fit the correct battery for your vaping requirements, please use our Battery Amp Draw/Drain Calculator. This will tell you the current being drawn from your battery for the maximum wattage you intend vaping at.
I’m a heavy vaper. I vape at a lowish wattage, so the battery performance I was getting from my Samsung 30Q was roughly what I expected.
Obviously, increasing the wattage will drain the battery quicker. The GT4 mesh coil, when I was vaping around 40W, was giving me approx. 6hrs vaping time.
When I switched to the CCell coil, my battery performance increased as I was vaping at around 25W. This gave me approx. 1 day of vaping on a single charge.
Worth noting that this device does have “Pass Through” so you can charge and vape at the same time. Nevertheless, this isn’t something I’d recommend. I always prefer to carry spare fully charged batteries and swap out when required.
How do I Fill the Vaporesso Swag 2 NRG PE Tank?
The NRG PE tank being a sliding top design is very easy to fill. Simply slide open the top of the tank to one side and fill with your favorite e- liquid.
Once filled, simply slide the top section back and your good to go.
As with some tanks it’s common practice to close the airflow off before filling to help prevent leaks. I’ve gone through about 30 fills without closing the airflow and had no problems with leaking.
The NRG PE tank does NOT have any locking mechanism on the top fill and to be fair to them, I never had any issues with the filling section coming loose while I’ve been using it.
How do I change the coil in the Swag 2 NRG PE Tank?
Because of the design of the NRG PE tank there is no way of changing the coil while there is e-liquid in the tank. Unscrewing the tank will mean the e-liquid will spill out through the drip tip.
Unscrew the bottom section of the NRG PE tank and unscrew the coil. Simply screw in a new coil making sure all the o-rings are in place. Make sure the coil is securely fitted but not too tight.
Re-connect the bottom section onto the top tank and screw together. Do ensure that your new coil is primed and when filled, left to stand for 15 minutes so the e-liquid fully saturates the wick. See our guide on Prolonging the Life of your Coil.
How do I Charge the Vaporesso Swag 2 Mod Kit?
The Vaporesso Swag 2 Mod Kit comes supplied with a Micro USB charging cable. Simply connect the cable into the USB port on the side of the Swag 2 mod and the other end into a USB power source. The specified charging circuit of the mod is 5V/2A.
When the Swag 2 Mod is charging it shows the remaining charging time. This is a nice touch rather than the usual on charge flashing battery icon seen on most mods. A Pass-Through function is included allowing you to charge and vape at the same time.
As with any vape device, NEVER leave your mod unattended whilst charging.
However, as with any external battery mod, we always recommend using a good reputable external charger to charge your battery rather than using the supplied cable and internal charge circuit.
This will help improve the cycle life of your battery and provide a safer charging environment.
For further information on battery chargers, check out our Best 18650 Battery Charger post.
Vaporesso Swag 2 Mod Kit Price
The Vaporesso Swag 2 Mod kit is worth every penny you would pay for a mod of this functionality.
Expect to pay around £35 upwards for the Vaporesso Swag 2 Mod Kit in the UK and around $40 in the USA.
Vaporesso Swag 2 Mod Kit Verdict
- Compact, lightweight and well built
- Advanced operating functions
- Really nice rubberised finish
- Great coil range
- No button rattle
- TC mode didn’t perform as well as expected
I really liked the Vaporesso Swag 2 Mod Kit. For the size of the mod it’s certainly packed with an endless array of mode options. The look and feel is very good, lightweight, yet sturdy. An impressive range of coils are available to suit most vapers.
The NRG PE Tank is decent, gave good flavor and vapor, not the best I’ve used, but certainly performed very well.
I’m enjoying using the Vaporesso Swag 2 Mod with the NRG PE Tank and will continue to do so. I’m having fun with the wattage curve function. Would I buy another one?……….DEFINATELY!
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