Modefined Draco review
The Modefined Draco is the latest mod from longtime manufacturer Lost Vape. Mostly known for their high-end DNA devices like the Paranormal, Lost Vape created Modefined to offer more affordable mods by utilizing their own chipsets.
Both their first two mods released under the brand, the Sirius and Lyra, were excellent. The Draco is a dual-18650 battery mod rated at 200 watts, with a large 2-inch color screen. Can it live up to their previous offerings? Keep reading to find out.
Colors: red, black, blue, and grey
Price: $54.95 (at Element Vape)
When I first got this mod, I was impressed with the design. It features a large color screen on an average sized body for a dual-battery device, similar to the Vaporesso Polar. I got the blue Draco, which has a nice color scheme with matching up and down buttons.
The menu system isn’t well laid out and can be confusing, but makes enough sense that you can still figure out how to use it. Having individual battery monitoring on the large color screen is a plus, and all the info you need to know is clearly laid out, especially when using the second available theme (Theme B.) Overall, I was pretty impressed with this mod.
Build quality and design
The Modefined Draco features a die-cast zinc alloy body and two side-panels made of G10, a very strong composite material. It adds some flair to it while providing extra grip. Modefined went with a bottom-loading battery latch door as they did with the Lyra, and it works well with no issues.
The Draco also has battery venting holes on the sides and the back of the mod. It features a very sturdy uncentered spring-loaded 510 pin that works well with all the atomizers I used on it. It feels solid in the hand and there is no button rattle. Overall, I found it to be a very well-built and nice-looking mod.
Features and functions
The Modefined Draco is a step up from their previous mods when it comes to features. While their past mods were pretty basic and lacked things like a power preheat, the Draco has most of the popular modes on the market today. As expected, you have your basic power mode and temp control for Ni200, Ti, SS, and TCR modes. But for the Draco, they added three pre-heat settings: standard, power, and power plus.
They also added in wattage curve mode, which is great with four memory slots to program different watt curves in and easily switch between them. It also includes a bypass mode which I personally find to be useless on regulated mods, but it’s there. Using the mod can get a bit complicated for advanced stuff, but pretty simple to just vape. The menu works like the other Modefined mods or the new DNA C chips.
In the settings menu you can:
- Reset your puff counter
- Change the puff cut-off limit (10 seconds by default)
- Re-read resistance
- Change the TCR for TCR mode (minimum 100 for some reason)
- Program your four watt-curve mode memories
- Change the compensate temp
- Change the temp display type (F or C)
- Change the power preheat
- Change the auto lock time
- Change the sleep time
- Switch between the two themes
- Switch the clock type
- Change the font
- Change the wallpaper
- Adjust the brightness
- Set your time and date
- Factory reset
- Check your hardware and software versions
Yeah, there are a lot of options on this mod.
I felt it wasn’t executed that well and can be a little overwhelming for some people. Having to go into settings to adjust your pre-heat or TCR and the TCR minimum of 100 are bad ideas. It gets easier once you get used to it, but there’s a steep learning curve, similar to the YiHi and DNA chips.
Using the Modefined Draco
You use up and down to highlight what you want to change and press the menu button to select it. Doing this allows you to change your power or temp easily. Selecting your mode brings you to a sub-menu where you can scroll through all the modes and press menu to select. Pressing fire acts as a back button in any menu. To change additional settings, highlight the little settings icon (a gear underneath the power) and press menu to enter the settings menu.
Power mode performance
Testing on this mod was done with Sony VTC5A Batteries. They list the specs at 200 watts, 8.4 volts, and 39 amps so kudos on them for listing all three. During my testing, the max achieved wattage was 206, so it is accurately rated and capable of doing a little more than the 200 listed. The amp limit I got was 39, which is right on point with their listed specs, and about average for dual-8650 mods these days.
The volt limit I got with a 0.63-ohm coil was 7.784, which is pretty high for a dual battery mod without a boost circuit. I don’t like the listing of 8.4 volts as the spec however. That’s the maximum voltage of fully charged batteries and, due to sag and efficiency, impossible to reach realistically. Dual-battery mods without a boost circuit like this one should be listed at 8 volts or so, but not higher. Still, it performs really well in that regard, so no complaints on the performance aside from the rating they listed.
The mod adjusts in 1-watt increments at 10 watts or higher, which is great and makes adjusting the power faster (I wish all mods did that.) During my testing, it proved to be very accurate without getting at all hot.
It struggled a bit with the 0.12-ohm load like most dual battery mods, hitting a little weak but not by much. At the 0.15-ohm or higher mark, it was mostly within 1 watt of the settings. Overall, a great performer in power mode. Full test results above.
Temperature control mode performance
Using SS316L wire in TCR Mode with a TCR of 100 (due to the device’s limitations) and in SS mode, I tested six builds:
- One simple round spaced single coil
- One simple round spaced dual coil
- Two fancy single-coil builds
- Two fancy dual-coil builds
Overall, the mod was very disappointing in temp control mode. The Modefined Lyra and Sirius were both great at it, so I was expecting that from this mod as well. Sadly, the Draco didn’t live up to the expectations. Granted, they removed the 100-watt limit, but there is practically no dry-hit protection at all. Even dropping the temp down to 330F in SS mode resulted in a very warm, almost hot vape and dry hits.
Trying TCR mode only made things worse. The lowest TCR setting you can use is 100 instead of the normal 88-92 that you should use for SS316 wire. Setting the TCR at 100 gave me an even hotter vape than the pre-set SS mode, even at low settings like 330F.
To sum it up, the SS mode is way off with no throttle or protection, and the mod lacks the option to manually set the TCR mode low enough for SS316 wire. Sadly, this will be a fail from me, and a huge step back for Modefined in this area.
- Accurately rated for watts and amps
- Comfortable and nice size
- Die-cast zinc alloy body
- Panels made of durable G10 material
- Large bright 2-inch color screen
- No button rattle
- Great build quality
- Good power mode performance
- Wattage curves and preheat options
- Affordable price point
- Temp control performance
- Overstated volt limit
- GUI is a bit too busy and hard to navigate
Overall, Modefined might have taken a step back in temp control mode, but they added a ton of features missing from their previous mods. The Draco is a very accurate power mode mod with a large 2-inch color screen and great build quality. If you don’t care about temp control and only use wattage mode, this is certainly a mod that’s worth taking a look at.