Today we are reviewing yet another of Voopoo’s range of Argus mods; their Argus MT, which is paired with the new UForce-L tank. We will also touch on their Argus XT mod in our review as the two mods are very similar.
A slightly strange one this and I will try and explain before we delve into our review because we received the Argus MT on its own (not part of a kit), in a really lovely box I must say, and we also received the new UForce-L tank.
Firstly our review will obviously show and discuss the Argus MT but we will also mention the Argus XT as it’s basically the same beast. Unlike the MT, which has an internal 3000mAh battery, the XT uses a single external 18650/20700/21700 battery. There are a few other slight differences between the two and I will do my best to mention these but as we don’t have the XT in front of us I can only comment on the differences I’m aware of.
Secondly, the Argus MT and XT are being sold (or have been to date) in a kit form which comes paired with the Matt tank. A quick search on Voopoo’s website highlighted that the Argus MT or XT is now being marketed as a “NEW” kit and comes paired with the UForce-L tank.
To this end, our review will follow the usual format of a kit review but won’t cover the Matt tank as we haven’t used or got it but will be on the Argus MT with the UForce-L tank.
In my opinion, I feel Voopoo are re-marketing this because the UForce-L tank is their first PnP tank that incorporates top to bottom airflow with triple airflow inlets. We’ve very recently reviewed their new Drag 4 which included the UForce-L tank in the kit and therefore can understand why Voopoo are making this change.
I’m not taking anything away from the Matt tank BUT I felt the UForce-L tank was a game changer with both its design and the incredible performance.
I hope that clears up any confusion and explains why this review on the Argus MT includes the UForce-L tank.
Overview of the Argus MT/XT Mod and UForce-L Tank
The Argus MT has a maximum output power of 100W, is a multifunction tube(ish) style mod powered by an internal 3000mAh battery and boasts a 0.96inch TFT color display screen. The XT uses an external single 18650/20700/21700 battery.
Control of the Argus MT/XT mod is carried out by the GENE.TT 2.0 chip, providing accurate power levels, ultra-fast firing speeds, and the usual host of safety features. Its full feature operating modes include Smart (auto coil detect), RBA (variable wattage), Turbo mode and Temperature Control with 3 memory modes.
Both the Argus MT and XT are tri-proof IP68 rated meaning they’re shock proof, dust proof and water proof. I have no reason to disbelieve this BUT I won’t be putting it to the test as in my mind water and electrics DON’T go together.
A 3A Type-C USB super-fast charging port is located on the front panel just below the + and – control rocker button and is concealed behind a dust proof flip open metal cover. The fire button is positioned towards the top of the mod just above the display. Within this display panel is a QS (Quick Switch) that locks all of the control buttons if needed rather than using the traditional method of pressing the fire button multiple times. The layout of the control buttons and switch are slightly different on the XT version.
The Argus MT/XT mods are made out of Zinc Alloy and come in 5 different color options on their frame with matching leather hide around the two sides and reverse of the mod. There is also a lanyard ring that forms part of the frame if you wish to hang this around your neck. A word of warning though, this mod (with the attached tank) is pretty heavy so beware!
As we mentioned earlier, the paired tank that we now believe will form part of the kit is the new UForce-L tank. This has an e-liquid capacity of 4ml using the straight Pyrex glass or 5.5ml with the included spare bubble Pyrex glass. Of course the TPD version will come with a reduced 2ml straight glass.
It’s a quarter turn, lift off, top fill cap with fully adjustable triple slot, top located airflow control. The mouthpiece is an 810 wide bore drip tip that fits into the top cap. It also incorporates an integrated heat sink, cut into the bottom section of the tank.
The beauty of this tank is it now accepts the entire range of Voopoo’s PnP push fit coils and comes supplied with the new PnP TW15 and TW20 coils. We also received the TW30 coil to test so we will cover this in the Performance section of the review.
Overall the look and feel of the Argus MT is very impressive and striking. It feels very robust and really well built. The clean, contoured lines and the leather inlay on the sides and reverse gives the appearance of a very well made, high quality mod.
Because of its IP68 rating, taking this out in less than ideal conditions should not be a problem.
The UForce-L tank with the triple top airflow and heat sink base looks really good and compliments the Argus MT perfectly (even though the colors don’t match), making this a very impressive combination of mod and tank.
I have to say you might wonder as you read through the review and look at the photos why on earth the mod and tank are completely different colors.
Well as I said at the beginning of this review, the Argus MT we received was Pearl White which came in its own box and separately packaged was the Black UForce-L tank.
If only the UForce-L tank came in pearl white… come on Voopoo, make my day! Saying this, the more I use it, the more I quite like the contrast between the mod and tank.
I would like to thank Nacal at Voopoo for sending me the Argus MT and the UForce-L tank including the TW30 coil to review. As always this review is completely unbiased and is my honest opinion based on my findings. If you click on any of the buy buttons, we may receive a small affiliate commission but at no extra cost to you.
Voopoo Argus MT/XT Mod And UForce-L Tank Review
- Overview of Argus MT/XT Mod and UForce-L Tank
- Features and Specifications
- What’s in the Box?
- Voopoo Argus MT/XT and UForce-L Design and Appearance
- – Argus MT/XT Mod
- – UForce-L Tank
- Argus MT/XT Mod Functionality
- Argus MT/XT and UForce-L Tank Performance
- Argus MT/XT Battery Performance
- How do I Fill the UForce-L Tank?
- How do I Change the Coil in the UForce-L Tank?
- How do I Charge the Argus MT/XT Mod?
- Voopoo Argus MT/XT and UForce-L Price
- Voopoo Argus MT/XT and UForce-L Verdict
- Voopoo Argus MT/XT and UForce-L Summary
Features and Specifications
Argus MT/XT Mod
- Dimensions: MT= 30mm (W) x 40mm (D) x 93.2mm (H)
XT= 34.5mm (W) x 37mm (D) x 96.2mm (H)
- Weight: MT= 176 grams. (we couldn’t verify the XT)
- Construction: Zinc Alloy + Leather
- IP 68 Rated, Shock, Dust and Water Proof
- Charging: Type-C USB (5V/3A)
- Output Wattage: 5W – 100W
- Temperature: 100-315C/200-600F
- Output Voltage: 3.2V – 8.4V
- Resistance Range: 0.05 ohm-3 ohm
- Battery Specification: MT= Internal 3000mAh
XT= External Single 18650/20700/21700 (not included)
- Display: 0.96inch TFT Color Screen
- Firing Mechanism: Button Fire Activated
- Output Modes: Variable Wattage (RBA)/Smart/TC SS/Ni/Ti and Turbo
- Chip Set: GENE.TT 2.0 Chip
- Front Fitted Lock Switch (QS)
- Dimensions: 25mm (D) x 57mm (H)
- Weight: 92 grams (including coil)
- Construction: Stainless Steel + Pyrex Glass
- E-liquid Capacity: 4ml +5.5ml (Standard), 2ml (TPD)
- Filling Method: Quarter Turn Top Fill
- Coil Type: All PnP Coil Series – TW15/TW20 Included
- Airflow: Fully Adjustable Top 3 Airflow Slots
- Drip Tip: 810 Wide Bore
- Thread: 510
- Heatsink Base
The combined height of the mod and tank is 152mm with a combined weight of 268 grams.
What’s in the box?
As we explained earlier, the previous kit for of the Argus MT/XT included the Matt tank. Voopoo are now re-branding this kit to include the new UForce-L tank. Because the new kit is only just being introduced, we received the Argus MT Mod and the UForce-L tank in two separate packages.
Once the new kit is released, The Argus MT/XT and UForce-L tank will come combined in the one package. From what we’ve seen the it’s being branded as the “New Argus MT/XT Kit”.
Argus MT/XT Mod
- Voopoo Argus MT or XT 100W Mod
- Type-C USB Cable
- User Manual
The Argus MT mod we received came in a metal box with an outer, slip over cardboard sleeve. This outer sleeve shows a picture of the included mod, together with a brief description of the contents.
Once the sleeve is removed, the lid of the metal box has the embossed inscription “Solid and Compact”, “Argus”, “Outdoor” and “To Create A Better Life Experience”.
Once the lid is lifted off, the mod is laid in a plastic insert tray together with an accessory cardboard box that contains the Type-C USB charging cable.
The overall dimensions of the metal box are 150mm x 94mm x 44mm.
- Voopoo UForce-L Tank (4ml)
- PnP TW15 Mesh Coil (0.15 ohm)
- PnP TW20 Mesh Coil (0.2 ohm)
- Spare Glass – 5.5ml Bubble Glass
- Spare Silicone Rubber O-Rings
- User Manual
The UForce-L tank comes in a slide out draw type cardboard box. The top of the box has a picture of the included UForce-L tank, the sides have a brief description of the tank and the reverse of the box details the contents, authentication sticker and the manufacturer’s details.
Once the slide out draw is opened, the UForce-L Tank with its fitted 4ml straight glass and a spare 5.5ml bubble glass are secured in a foam insert. Underneath the insert is a lift out cardboard separator and beneath that is the User Manual, the PnP-TW15 coil, the PnP-TW20 coil both in individually sealed sachets and a packet of assorted silicone O-rings.
The overall dimensions of the cardboard box measures 98mm x 78mm x 50mm.
Voopoo Argus MT/XT and UForce-L Design and Appearance
Argus MT/XT Mod
The dimensions of the Argus MT mod are 40mm depth x 30mm width x 93.2mm tall and it weighs in at a hefty 176 grams. The Argus XT mod is slightly different, measuring 37mm in depth x 34.5mm in width x 96.2mm in height. It’s a very solid and very robust device, manufactured out of zinc alloy and designed as a tri-proof IP68 rated mod, meaning it’s shock proof, dust proof and water proof so it really is capable of taking a lot of punishment.
It’s a multi-function mod, capable of 5W-100W with 4 different operating modes; RBA mode which is basically variable wattage, Smart mode which auto detects the coil fitted in the tank, Temperature Control (TC) modes with selectible options of SS, Ni200 and Titanium (Ti) and a Turbo mode which increases the initial draw by 25%.
An internal 3000mAh capacity battery powers the mod and is rechargeable via the Type-C USB port concealed behind the flip open metal cover plate on the front of the Argus MT. This port is specified as 5V/3A so is capable of charging the mod pretty quickly (my 2.1A source took 75 minutes). The XT accepts an external 18650/20700/21700 battery and is inserted into the latch to open battery cover at the bottom of the mod.
To maximize the high speed charging you will need a QC compatible charging source/plug capable of supplying 3A. Call me old fashioned but I do like to charge the battery, even the internal ones, using a lower power source to help prolong the life of the battery.
It’s nice to see there is a central small pinhole on the base of the Argus MT mod so if there were any problems with the battery, it would vent and the gases would escape through this hole.
If you’re thinking of getting the XT version that takes the external battery, I always recommend using a good quality external battery charger as you have control of the charging current and can see real time status of the batteries.
The Argus MT/XT mod is constructed out of zinc-alloy with a matching color, leather hide wrap around inlay on both sides and reverse of the mod. The one I received from Voopoo was the Pearl White color which gave a very nice pearlized hue effect when angled in different lights.
There are a total of 5 available colors in the Argus MT/XT range, these being:
- Lime Green
- Dark Blue
- Carbon Fibre
- Pearl While on MT, Silver Grey on XT
On the two half sides and back edge of the mod is a leather hide, wrap around inlay panel with the wording “ARGUS MT” or “XT” branded into the leather hide. On one side edge of the Argus body is a smaller “Gene TT” logo which is screen printed onto the casing.
At the top of the Argus MT/XT mod is a spring loaded, gold plated, 510 threaded center pin that sits within a very slightly raised helicoil stud insert so when the tank is attached to the mod it doesn’t scratch the flat top surface. The diameter of the top surface is approx. 30mm so tanks up to this size won’t overhang.
A lanyard ring forms part of the zinc alloy casing at the back of the mod towards the top. This does stick out slightly but I did find that when holding the Argus MT your finger rests nicely underneath the lip. I’m not sure I would hang this around my neck as the combined mod and tank are quite heavy but it’s there if you want to use it.
The base of the Argus MT has a flat rubberized surface and includes the branding “Argus MT”, “designed by Voopoo”, “3000mAh” and “11.1Wh” together with the usual “CE” markings. Also the battery vent hole is centralized in the base to safeguard against any overheating issues.
This rubberized base provides a non-slip surface when stood upright. The Argus XT will have a different base as it’s a latch lock battery cover.
On the front of the Argus MT are all of the control buttons, a 0.96 inch TFT color display that sits within a smoked black surface plate, a flip to open metal cover plate that conceals the Type-C charging port and a sliding switch (QS) that locks/unlocks the button operation.
A rectangular fire button with a concave inner surface sits just above the TFT display and a smaller rectangular + and – rocker control button is positioned just below the TFT display. Underneath the rocker button is the flip to open metal cover plate that conceals the Type-C USB charging port.
The layout and size of the front panel control buttons on the Argus XT differ slightly from the Argus MT.
Locking the fire button and + / – rocker button is carried out by sliding the QS lever to the right. The display will show a red locked padlock symbol. Pressing any button with the QS locked will bring up a message to say it’s locked. Unlocking the control buttons is carried out by moving the QS to the left position.
The XT has a multifunction 3-way switch that separately locks the fire button and or the + / – rocker button.
Both the fire button, + / – rocker button and QS slider have a positive ‘click’ feel to them with NO button rattle at all. The Type-C port cover plate, that’s held in place by two sprung ball bearings, unfortunately does rattle slightly if the mod is shaken.
All of the user information is clearly visible on the main display, even in pretty bright sunlight. The information on the main display includes the following:
- Selected mode (RBA / Smart / TC / Turbo)
- Battery level icon with numerical % value
- Wattage / Voltage / Temperature levels
- Lock / Unlock
- Coil resistance reading
- Puff Counter
- Vape time duration
Control of the Argus MT/XT is carried out by the GENE.TT 2.0 chipset and provides all the necessary protection and will display these notifications on the 0.96inch TFT display screen:
- Time Out
- Check Atomizer (no resistance detected)
- High Temperature Protection
- Low Voltage / Battery Low
- Atomizer Short / Low Resistance Protection
- Device Lock / Unlock
- Max Power
I’m really liking this Argus MT mod, the build quality and aesthetics look and feel very good. It’s packing quite a bit of weight but that just adds to the overall robust, high quality feel. Even though I’m not a lover of white mods, the pearl finish with the matching leather hide looks stunning.
As I mentioned earlier, we recently reviewed the UForce-L tank as part of the Drag 4 kit so the tank description will be very similar to what we detailed in that review.
The UForce-L tank is 25mm wide (27.5mm at its widest point) by 57mm tall with a 4ml e-liquid capacity when using the fitted 4ml straight glass. Increasing the capacity to 5.5ml can be achieved using the supplied Pyrex bubble glass. Unfortunately TPD users will have the 2ml version which uses a smaller straight glass.
Made out of stainless steel, the UForce-L tank feels very solid and really well made. The threads feel smooth and well machined and the removable top cap has a positive close action to it. It’s a pretty heavy tank weighing in at 92 grams with the 4ml straight glass fitted including the coil.
The top fill design is child-proof and incorporates a quarter turn, lift off top cap which is knurled to aid greater grip when removing. The wide bore drip tip at first I thought was non removable but after a few good tugs I managed to get it off. It’s a very tight fit and the two O-rings on the drip tip do a great job of keeping it in place.
The reverse side of the top cap has a small, clear silicone rubber seal around the base of the center section that fits into the opening to the chimney on the UForce-L tank to make an airtight seal. There are two small tags on this center section that sit in the chimney opening and when turned lock it securely.
When the top cap is removed, there are two fill ports; each with a silicone membrane seal that you pass your needle tip e-liquid bottle through to fill the tank. Either of the two fill ports can be used as the other opening is used as an air release so your e-liquid doesn’t spill back out.
These two fill ports are oval shaped and measure approximately 8mm. Larger stubby tip bottles do take a little bit of fiddling and have to be pressed firmly to one of the fill port openings in order to fill without spillage.
There is a slightly raised silicone lip on the opposite side to the two fill port openings with the height matching the silicone surround of both fill ports. This I assume is to make a symmetrical seal when the top cap is fitted.
Airflow is achieved by a variable airflow control ring at the top of the tank. Yes…top airflow so no leaking! There is no end stop so the control ring will continually turn round. With the quarter turn, top cap removed, you can pull off the airflow ring for cleaning. This ring will only fit back on one way round.
The innovative design of the airflow is such that unlike the normal, dual Cyclops slots, the UForce-L tank has triple airflow slots around the diameter of the tank. Each of these slots has two center sections meaning there are again triple inlet vents per slot. This makes for a very airy tank and it produces one of the best Direct to Lung (DTL) draws I’ve come across.
Another quirky feature of the UForce-L tank is the heat sink style base. Instead of the base section of the tank being solid, two deep cutouts have been milled out around the diameter of the base, effectively providing a heat dissipation effect.
Once the bottom 510 base section of the tank is unscrewed, you have access to the coil chamber. Straight away you can see that it’s NOT threaded, meaning it does accept the complete range of Voopoo’s push fit PnP coils.
On the inside of the 510 base there’s a gold plated, spring loaded, center coil positive contact pin that is isolated from the base plate with a silicone seal. Either side of this pin are two smaller spring loaded negative coil contact pins.
When the 510 base is removed, the 4ml pyrex glass can then be gently eased off from its silicone rubber seals if cleaning is needed or you wish to replace with the 5.5ml bubble glass.
With the range of push fit PnP coils available, the UForce-L tank really does become extremely versatile. Two new coils are supplied with the UForce-L tank, a 0.15 ohm mesh TW15 coil rated at 55W – 70W and a 0.2 ohm mesh TW20 coil rated at 40W – 55W. In addition you can also purchase the new TW30 coil which we’ve included in the photo.
Strangely enough there is very little branding on the UForce-L tank. On the base (underneath) of the tank, the words “VOOPOO” and “Designed by Voopoo” are printed in small white lettering together with the CE markings.
The only other markings are on the chimney section. There are 3 images of a 3 headed Wolf like figure with what looks like a fang neck collar. A bit hard to describe but you can see what I mean in the photo.
Color wise, the UForce-L tank is available in 3 different color options; Silver, Black and Gunmetal. The one shown in the photos throughout this review is the black version. I do wonder if Voopoo will bring out a white one to match the pearl white mod…time will tell!
The UForce-L tank dismantles into 6 sections, including the coil, having 2 O-rings sealing the Pyrex glass, 1 O-ring sealing the airflow control ring, 1 O-ring sealing the 510 base section, 1 O-ring sealing the removable top cap and 2 O-rings on the 810 drip tip.
I have to say the UForce-L is one of the best looking and functional tanks I’ve come across. For me it has everything going for it. While I like the black version, I’m very keen to get the Silver one as from the pictures I’ve seen it looks really good.
Voopoo Argus MT/XT Mod Functionality
The Argus MT/XT is a 5W-100W variable power (wattage) device operating in RBA mode and also includes 3 different temperature control modes (SS, NI and TI) along with 3 memory modes. There are also modes for “Smart” coil detection and a “Turbo” mode to increase power to the coil.
Accessing these different functions is carried out using combinations of the fire button and the + and – rocker button with the 0.96inch colored TFT display highlighting all these changes.
It’s worth having a read of the manual to familiarize yourself with the structure of the menus. The manual is very good as it shows and explains all of the available options. The menu structure is straight forward and easy to follow but I would recommend for the first time having a play with the different menu’s to familiarize yourself before you fit the UForce-L tank.
A quick start guide of the basic functions are:
- Front slide switch will lock/unlock the device
- Fire button pressed 5 times turns the device on or off
- + button will increase the wattage in 1W steps
- – button will decrease the wattage in 1W steps
- + and – buttons together will switch to the menu settings
- Fire button and – button clears the puff counter
- In TC mode, fire button and + button saves your setting to memory
- In TC mode, fire button pressed 3 times will access the Wattage
- In TC mode, + button will increase the temperature in 1 deg steps
- In TC mode, – button will decrease the temperature in 1 deg steps
- In TC mode, to switch between degC/degF press the – button to lowest value then press again.
Included on the 0.96inch TFT colored display Main screen are all of the read-out information as follows:
- Numerical Wattage/Temperature values
- Selected mode (RBA / Smart / TC / Turbo)
- Single battery level icon with % value
- Smaller Wattage / Voltage levels
- Lock / Unlock
- Coil resistance reading
- Puff Counter
- Vape time duration
Also the safety read-outs and the protection of the Argus MT/XT are:
- Reverse Battery Protection (XT only)
- Overtime Protection (10s)
- No Atomizer (open circuit protection)
- High Temperature Protection
- Low Battery (low voltage protection)
- Atomizer Short (short circuit protection)
- Over Charge Protection
- Over Discharge Protection
- Max Power Protection
- BMS (Battery Management Protection)
Turning the Argus MT/XT mod on/off is carried out by pressing the fire button 5 times in quick succession. When turning on, the screen will display “Voopoo” with “Argus MT or XT” and then the control chip version “GENE.TT 2.0”. After that, the display shows the mode you are in, displaying the coil resistance, volts, wattage or temperature, puff counter, vape time reading and battery status.
When turning off, press the fire button 5 times in quick succession and the mod will display “OFF” and then shut down.
Switching between the different modes is very straight-forward and the display is very intuitive. The display is not cluttered and the size of the numerical information, especially the wattage/temperature values make it easy to read. Brightness of the display is nice and bright so will be no trouble seeing in normal sunlight. The display brightness is adjustable so you can tweak it to suit your preference.
In-activity of any button presses after a pre-determined period will put the display into standby mode (blank). The default value is 30 seconds although this can be adjusted in the “Settings” menu under “Display Time” anywhere between 10 seconds through to 120 seconds.
In addition to the standby mode, there is also the “Sleep” mode which we have observed on a couple of other Voopoo devices, namely their Drag X Plus and the Argus Pro 80W Pod Mod. While using this device, I observed that the Argus MT will go into “Sleep Mode” after approx. 30 minutes of inactivity. When pressing the fire button after this period of time, although illuminating the display, it will NOT fire the device. In order to vape, the fire button will have to be pressed again.
The QS slider positioned towards the bottom of the display screen, which we are seeing on more mods these days, locks the control buttons. Moving the slider switch button to the right will put the Argus MT into the lock position.
The initial screen will display the lock/unlock symbol (red = locked, green = unlocked) and the main display will also show a locked red padlock symbol to let you know that operation is locked. Moving the slider to the right will unlock the function.
On the Argus XT, the QS slider is a 3-way positioned switch which allows the Fire button and/or the +/- rocker buttons to be locked.
One other protection on the Argus MT is BMS (Battery Management System) where thermal sensors monitor the ongoing temperature of the battery. When the temperature of the battery reaches 60 degrees C, the Argus MT will temporally inhibit vaping for 30 seconds.
To gain access to the menu screen settings, press the + and – rocker button together. The display will switch from the main screen to a menu screen showing the following:
- Mode (additional menus)
- Settings (additional menus)
- About Device – Chip ID / Level Code
- Exit – Returns to Main screen display
Use the + or – button to scroll through the available options. As you scroll through each one, the one that’s selected will be highlighted. Press the fire button on the selected menu and it will take you to that particular menu.
The only menu that doesn’t have a sub-menu is the “About Device” which displays the current chip ID and level code.
You can select the mode of operation you require. With the Mode screen highlighted, press the fire button and it will take you to the available options under that menu:
- Smart – Selects auto coil recognition
- RBA – Normal power mode
- Turbo – Applies increased power (pre-heat)
- TC – Temperature control (additional sub-menus)
Use the + or – button to select the mode you want by highlighting that menu. Press the fire button and it will set that mode of operation.
When the main display shows the selected mode of operation, the colors of the screen change as follows:
- Smart = Orange
- RBA = Blue
- Turbo = Red
- TC = Green
The only menu that has additional sub menus is the TC mode. 3 different wire types are selectable along with 3 memory modes as follows:
- Ti – (Titanium)
- Ni – (Nickel)
- SS – (Stainless Steel)
- M1 – (Memory Mode 1)
- M2 – (Memory Mode 2)
- M3 – (Memory Mode 3)
Use the + or – button to scroll through each of the available settings. As you scroll through each one, the one that’s highlighted can be selected by pressing the fire button.
Note: The 3 memory modes will initially be greyed out and remain in this state until you save any of your TC settings. When in TC mode, pressing the fire button and + button will save the mode you’re in to one of the memory icons. When saved, the individual memory icon will turn yellow.
To gain access to the Settings Menu, press the + / – rocker button and then scroll down using the + or – rocker button till the Settings menu is highlighted. Press the fire button and it will take you to the available options under that menu:
- Puff = # – Clears Puff counter
- Brightness – Adjusts the display screen brightness
- Display Time – Adjustable between 10s – 120s
- Back – Returns to main screen
Use the + or – rocker button to select the menu you want. Pressing the fire button on the highlighted menu will switch to that menu.
Temperature Control Adjustment
If you want to vape in temperature control mode, select the Mode menu using the + / – button together then scroll down to TC and press the fire button. The screen displays the 3 different options of Ni, Ti, and SS.
Select the option you require and press the fire button. The main display will now show the mode you’ve selected and the numerical value of the temperature in either # degC or # degF. The + and – button will increase and decrease the temperature values in 1 degree steps.
To switch between degreesC and degreesF, press and hold the – button so the temperature value reduces to its minimum value. The next press of the – button will then switch the display screen to the maximum value in the other setting.
The range of temperature control for each mode is:
- Celsius – 100C -315C
- Fahrenheit – 200F – 600F
To alter the wattage while in temperature control mode, press the fire button 3 times. The small “W” wattage value just below the large numerical temperature value will flash. While it’s flashing, use the + or – button to select the minimum or maximum wattage that can be achieved (5W-100W).
Overview of Modes
The user manual, while covering the available options, doesn’t quite detail what each mode setting does. To give a little insight to what the different options mean, we’ve included a brief description below:
Smart mode will auto detect the type of coil fitted and set the optimum wattage for that coil. This is only a guide as you can adjust the wattage up or down using the + / – control buttons. The optimum wattage set for each type of coil is:
- TW15 (0.15 ohm) = 65W
- TW20 (0.2 ohm) = 50W
- TW30 (0.3 ohm) = 35W (sold separately)
What the Smart mode does is limit the maximum wattage you can go up to depending on the coil type you’re using. You won’t be able to increase the wattage beyond the maximum wattage specified for the type of coil that’s in the tank.
In the case of the two different supplied coils, the maximum wattage available before the display indicates “MAX POWER” is:
- TW15 (0.15 ohm) = 80W
- TW20 (0.2 ohm) = 60W
- TW30 (0.3 ohm) = 40W (sold separately)
RBA mode is basically the standard wattage mode. The Argus MT/XT will operate between 5W all the way up to 100W in 1W increments. Holding down the + or – button will scroll through the increments faster.
There is no round robin when using the + / – button, once you reach the maximum value (100W) the display will show “MAX POWER”. You will have to press the – button to go back down and vice versa for the minimum value.
Voopoo specify that this mode increases the wattage by 25% for the initial first second of vaping. You may know this as basically a pre-heat function. I’m not convinced of the usefulness of its function as I couldn’t tell if it was actually increasing the wattage during vaping.
Voopoo UForce-L Tank Performance
Both the TW15 and TW20 provided in the UForce-L tank are Direct-To-Lung (DTL) coils. I believe they are Kanthal A1 mesh coils but I couldn’t find out if this is correct or not.
Even though I verified what the set wattage values were in Smart mode for each coil, I always bed my coils in initially at well below the minimum recommended wattage level so not to stress the coils too quickly.
Because the PnP TW coils are quite small, I decided to use my 50/50 PG/VG ratio e-liquid when performing these tests.
In addition to the two coils supplied with the UForce-L tank, Voopoo sent us the TW30 coil to test so will include our finding of that coil in this section.
TW15 (0.15 ohm) Mesh Coil
Voopoo specify the minimum and maximum wattage range for this coil is 55W – 70W.
When the Argus MT/XT is set to “Smart” mode, the wattage will be automatically set to 65W.
After priming the coil, filling the tank with 50VG/50PG Watermelon e-liquid and waiting 10-15 minutes, I set the wattage to 20W to take a few draws to bed the coil in. Even at this wattage, the flavor was present and was giving an ok vape.
Taking it up to 30W was another experience, everything started to perform well. The flavor and vapor came through really good. At 40W and 50W the flavor was spot on and the vapor was insane.
Increasing the wattage to 55W and then finally to 70W was amazing. Way too intense for me but the old fashioned cloud chasers would love this. Getting these results from a coil of this size and at this relatively lowish wattage is very impressive.
My ideal wattage for this coil was 45W with the airflow 3 quarter open. The airflow on this tank is nothing short of amazing. It produces one of the best DTL draws I’ve experienced.
My puff counter recorded approximately 2000 puffs on this coil and was showing no signs of flavor loss, not one dry burn and NO leaks.
TW20 (0.2 ohm) Mesh Coil
Voopoo specify the minimum and maximum wattage range for this coil is 40W – 55W.
When the Argus MT/XT is set to “Smart” mode, the wattage will be automatically set to 50W.
After priming the coil and using the same e-liquid and VG/PG ratio as the TW15 coil, I started off at 10W. The flavor and vapor was barely present as expected. Increasing the wattage to 15W started to produce decent flavor and quite dense vapor.
At 20W everything started to perform really well even though it needed a 5 second draw. Incrementing the wattage in 5W steps each time improved the flavor and vapor each time requiring a shorter draw.
At 40W all that was needed was a short 2 second draw providing really nice flavor with off the charts vapor, it really did produce dense clouds of vapor.
Increasing the wattage to 55W was very impressive and very powerful but for my vaping style I was very happy reducing the wattage back down to 30W with a longer draw. This also provided a cooler vape which I preferred.
Flavor and vapor was equally as impressive as the TW15 coil. Airflow control really is amazing, a smooth draw with no turbulence and VERY airy with the airflow open and an RDL draw with the airflow virtually shut off.
My puff counter recorded approximately 2500 puffs on this coil and was showing no signs of flavor loss, not one dry burn and NO leaks.
TW30 (0.3 ohm) Mesh Coil
Voopoo specify the minimum and maximum wattage range for this coil is 28W – 36W.
When the Argus MT/XT is set to “Smart” mode, the wattage will be automatically set to 35W.
Unlike the TW15 and TW20 coils which are DTL style coils, the TW30 is a RDTL (Restricted Direct To Lung) coil.
Using the same e-liquid as the two previous coils, I initially set the wattage to the lowest the mod would go (5W). Very little happened until I increased the wattage to 8W which surprisingly produced a nice decent vape with good flavor and lots of vapor.
Taking the TW30 coil to 15W really did seem quite an intense vape with great flavor and very dense vapor. I would be more than happy vaping at this power level all day long. My only observation was, for me anyway, it still required a DTL draw.
Shutting the airflow to just off closed did restrict the draw but again I found I was DTL vaping. Closing off the airflow completely wasn’t good and did need to be opened slightly.
Increasing the wattage to 20W and then 25W gave fantastic results producing very dense vapor from just a 1 second draw. Taking the coil to the Smart setting of 35W felt it was pulling a little too much from the coil, even though it did keep up with no problems.
I was more than happy to reduce the wattage back down to 18W which gave me great results.
Both these coils, including the TW30 produced terrific results. I use a lot of different Voopoo PnP coils in other mods/pods I have and the flavor from them has always been very good, these are no exception. The amount of vapor really surprised me; for quite small coils and not really that high wattage the vapor was off the charts.
Vaping on these coils at lower wattages can be done with very good results, using them on the recommended wattage was a little too intense for me. Quite a way below the minimum for me suited my vaping style just perfect.
Airflow, as expected from the triple ports and fins, was very airy and gave one of the best DTL draws ever. No turbulence was detected and the vape draw was very smooth. It is a little noisy but I didn’t care. Reducing the airflow to just off the closed position to achieve a Restrictive Direct to Lung draw (RDL) didn’t really work and I found all 3 coils were very much a DTL draw.
I also used a 70VG/30PG e-liquid mix through all 3 coils and was pleased to see the coils had no problem keeping up with the thicker juice.
Voopoo Argus MT/XT Battery Performance
The Argus MT mod is powered by an Internal 3000mAh capacity battery.
During normal vaping I was achieving on average a good day’s vaping when the Argus MT was fitted with the TW15 coil, before I needed to re-charge. Obviously this is very subjective and depends on several factors:
- Your vaping style
- Type of coil you’re using
- Power level (wattage) you vape at
When I switched the coil for the TW30 coil that Voopoo gave me to test, the battery life in the Argus MT did increase to just over a day’s vaping before needing to be recharged.
The Argus MT/XT indicates the status of the battery with the percentage value against the battery icon on its display so you can keep an eye on the remaining charge of your battery. The little icon will turn red when the battery reaches less than 10% remaining charge.
I did observe while using the Argus MT, when the battery level reaches around the 10% remaining charge, the intensity of the vape reduces. The wattage value remains the same but it struggles to deliver that power.
When your battery runs out of charge, the display will indicate “Check Battery” and you will no longer be able to vape. At this point you will have to re-charge your battery using the supplied charging cable.
Unfortunately the Argus MT/XT doesn’t include pass-thru vaping so you won’t be able to vape while you’re charging the battery.
How do I Fill the Voopoo UForce-L Tank?
The UForce-L tank incorporates a quarter turn, lift off, top cap filling mechanism and is very easy to fill. Simply turn the top cap anti-clockwise until it doesn’t turn anymore and lift off the top cap.
Once the top cap is removed, there are two 8mm kidney shaped fill ports each with a slightly raised silicone rubber shroud around them. Either of these two fill ports can be used but do NOT fill down the center chimney hole.
The second fill port opening provides an air release so e-liquid doesn’t spill back out when you’re filling up with your e-liquid. Place your e-liquid bottle tip into one of the fill ports and fill with your favorite e-liquid to just below the top of the glass tank.
When replacing the top cap, align the small protruding tags on the underside of the top cap so it fits flush into the center hole of the tank. Turn the top cap clockwise (quarter turn) until it locks shut.
Quick Tip: If you are filling the tank for the first time, drip a few drops of e liquid onto the wicking ports of the coil first. Push the coil into the tank then fill the tank and leave to stand for approx. 10-15 minutes before you start to vape. This will help saturate the wick fully in e-liquid and help prolong the life of your coil.
How do I Change the Coil in the Voopoo UForce-L Tank?
When the coil you’re using shows an “Atomizer Short” or your e-liquid starts producing a burnt taste it’s time to replace your coil with a new one.
Unscrew the UForce-L tank off the Argus MT/XT mod. Grasp both the top cap and glass tube then slowly unscrew the bottom 510 threaded base section anti-clockwise. Continue unscrewing until the base section comes away from the main body of the tank.
Because the Voopoo coils are a push fit type, simply pull the old coil out from the bottom of the tank and replace with a new one.
Do note if the tank has e-liquid in it while you’re removing the coil, e-liquid will spill from the tank. The best method to avoid this or to keep e-liquid spillage to a minimum is to hold the tank upside down (drip tip pointing downwards), place your finger tightly over the opening of the drip tip and then remove the coil.
Replace with a new coil while still holding your finger over the drip tip. Turn the tank the right way up and take your finger off the drip tip. Re-secure the base section ensuring it’s securely fitted but not over tightened.
Fill the tank up with your e-liquid using the procedure outlined in How Do I Fill The UForce-L Tank.
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.
I would recommend when first using a new coil to lower the wattage for the first few draws and slowly increase the wattage in increments, taking a few draws at each level until you reach the wattage your happy with. This will help to bed the new coil in preventing premature ageing.
How do I Charge the Voopoo Argus MT/XT Mod?
When the battery in the Argus MT/XT becomes discharged, the display will indicate “Check Battery” and you will no longer be able to vape. At this point, you will need to recharge your battery.
The Argus MT incorporates an internal 3000mAh battery therefore you will need to connect the Type-C charging cable, supplied with the mod, into the front panel located Type-C USB port that’s concealed behind the flip open metal cover just below the + and – control rocker button.
This charging port is a super-fast 5V/3.0A QC enabled port, therefore to take advantage of this fast charge, you will need a 3A power source. Don’t panic if you don’t have one, the normal 1.0A or 2.1A source will be fine it just means it will take a little longer to charge (not a bad thing).
When the Argus MT mod is first placed on charge, the main display screen will switch after a few seconds to a battery charging icon showing a broken circle with a real time percentage value of the battery inside. This broken circle reminded me of looking at the eclipse of the sun.
Underneath this circle is a moving bubble effect icon that flows from bottom to top of the display making it look like power is going into the battery. Interestingly the speed of these moving bubbles slows down as the level of charge increases. Also the broken circle slowly begins to form into a complete circle.
After approximately 10 seconds, the screen brightness will dim down to half brightness. A further couple of minutes later the display goes blank. At this point there is no visual indication that the battery is still being charged.
To see the charge status of your battery, you will have to press either the fire button or the +/- control button on the Argus MT to bring up the display again but it will only remain visible for another few minutes.
Full charge is achieved when the battery indicates 100%. Again you will have to press a button to see that it’s fully charged.
I’ve seen this on a few of Voopoo mods now so it’s obvious that’s how they implement the software but to be honest I don’t like it. I would prefer to see a visual indication throughout the charging cycle.
There is NO Pass-Through function on the Argus MT so you will NOT be able to vape while it’s being charged. Charging time from full discharge to fully charged took approximately 75 minutes when using a standard 5V/2.1A source.
Throughout the charge cycle the Argus MT remained cool to the touch but I would ALWAYS recommend to charge the mod on a non-flammable surface and NEVER leave your mod unattended whilst charging.
The Argus XT uses an external battery so you do have the choice to charge using the charge port on the mod or charge the battery externally in a dedicated charger.
Voopoo Argus MT/XT Mod and UForce-L Tank Price
The Voopoo Argus MT/XT mod together with the UForce-L tank is a great looking kit and performs very well. The quality of both the mod and tank are impressive. Whether you like an internal or external battery, the Argus MT or Argus XT will have you covered.
Expect to pay around the £50/$50 mark for the complete kit and in my opinion it’s well worth the money.
Voopoo Argus MT/XT Mod and UForce-L Tank Verdict
- Very good build quality
- IP68 rated
- Lovely aesthetics
- Leather wrap-around sides and back
- QS lock switch
- Great flavor and amazing vapor production
- Fully adjustable top triple airflow
- No leaking
- Easy top fill
- Clear, crisp and bright colored display
- Accepts all Voopoo PnP push fit coils
- Temperature control option
- Smart coil detection
- Type-C 3A super-fast charging
- Spare Glass and O-rings
- Turbo mode operation not noticeable
- Display doesn’t remain illuminated when charging
- No pass-thru vaping while on charge
- Power reduces below 10% of remaining battery charge
Voopoo Argus MT/XT Mod and UForce-L Tank Summary
The Argus MT/XT mod is a worthy addition to the ever growing Argus range of pods and mods. 2 options are available; the MT with its 3000mAh internal battery or the XT with an external 18650/21700/21700 battery. Whatever option you prefer, the performance, functionality and quality will not disappoint.
100W of power, smart coil detection, QS lock switch, temperature control, IP 68 rated and the lovely leather sides and back make this a great mod.
As for the UForce-L tank; I was blown away. Quarter turn top fill, triple top airflow ports, heat-sink base, PnP push fit coils, two new TW coils, not forgetting the TW30 coil and 4ml and 5.5ml bubble glass included in the kit made this one of the best tanks I’ve used.
The combination of the Argus MT/XT and UForce-L tank make this an impressive kit. Flavor and vapor from the new TW PnP coils is really good with the advantage of being able to use the extensive range of other PnP coils makes is even more versatile.
Because of its power and functionality, it’s aimed at the more experienced vaper although the Smart mode is simple enough for a new user to get to grips with.
The design and build quality of the Argus MT is really good, the operation and menu structure is straight-forward and simple to use and the 0.96inch TFT colored display is very crisp and clear. I would definitely recommend this device and am really enjoying using it.
Voopoo provide a vast range of different pods and mods, from the basic budget entry level pods to advanced multi-function mods and tanks. While each one has its merits, it you’re after a top quality kit that’s robust and extremely well build that performs really well, you can’t go too far wrong with this one.
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