Product Introduction And Specifications
The SMOK Nord is one of the versatile pod vapes made by SMOK. It shares many similarities to the Novo, yet it does come with its own set of unique benefits. It uses 3 mL pods along with different coil heads that are all replaceable. These coil heads can be used for mouth-to-lung and direct lung vaping. It comes with an 1100 mAh battery capacity along with a maximum output of 15 watts. The SMOK Nord currently comes in 13 colour selections to choose from in either a resin-style or cobra pattern design.
Coils: ~£12.00 for 5
Design And Build Quality
The Nord weighs approximately 80 grams, which is 50% heavier than the SMOK Novo, with dimensions of 94 X 30 X 18.8 mm.
It may be heavier than many of the other pod vapes, yet at only 6 mm wider, 4 mm thicker, and 8 mm taller, it offers a battery capacity that is double when compared to the Novo. The construction of the Nord is solid, and it appears to be promising when it comes to durability. The device features a USB charging port at the bottom of the pod. This vape is also button-activated.
About The SMOK Nord Pods
I can say with little doubt that the Smok Nord is one of the best portable vaporizers on the market at the moment. Each of the pods has a hard outer plastic shell and can hold up to 3 ml of e-juice. To date, there are 4 coil types for the Nord. The 1.4-ohm standard mouth-to-lung coils and the 0.6-ohm mesh direct-lung coils come with this kit. The 1.0-ohm ceramic MTL coils and the 0.8-ohm mesh MTL coils can be purchased separately.
Unlike the previous version (Novo), the coils for the Nord can be replaced and removed, which means that each of the pods could last for a while. They use a durable rubber plug making it an easy task to pull them off and they also stay securely in place reducing the chances of misplacing them.
These pods are designed to make it an easy task to fill them up, just make sure you tilt them slightly to ensure you reach the maximum capacity. You can even get your rubber plugs to remain in place just by folding them over and then hooking the plug underneath the black portion on the mouthpiece. The filling ports are designed to accommodate most of the normal-sized dropper bottles.
These pods do not click back into place, yet they do provide a snug fit. The mouthpiece may be slightly chunkier and wider when compared to other standard vapes, yet it feels comfortable on your lips.
The 0.6-ohm coil that comes included in the kit wicked perfectly when using 70% VG e-liquid, while the 1.4-ohm MTL coil appeared to perform better when using a 50/50 blend in relation to the wick holes that have a smaller size. This coil could easily handle 70/30 VG, yet the DL coils are a better choice for this. From my own experience, I get through at least 10 ml and sometimes as much as 15 ml for each coil head.
The mesh coil offers a relatively loose lung hit. The MTL pod is slightly tighter, yet still far looser when compared to a JUUL or regular cigarette. I didn’t notice an intense throat hit in any way, even when using 50 mg nic salt, which probably has to do with the airflow configuration. Yet, I wouldn’t suggest going past 35 milligrams with the Nord, even when using the 1.0-ohm coils.
Form other reviews I read about the ceramic coils not performing as well when compared to the standard 1.4-ohm MTL coils, yet I have not tested them out in order to verify this. This device really shines when you use the mesh coils, yet still works very well when using nicotine salt with the MTL ones.
Vapor production is pretty impressive when using the MTL coils, and you will definitely achieve more clouds when compared to standard pod vapes. The 0.6-ohm mesh coils provide an even more impressive cloud, but you cannot compare this to the sub-ohm tanks. The flavour I received from both the coils were on point, until the 4th or 5th refill. It also offers a fairly cool hit thanks to the impressive airflow. Overall I enjoyed the flavour.
In general, the coils performed well and were consistent.
LED And Battery Life
To turn the SMOK Nord off and on, click the “fire button” 5 times. Once the Nord turns on, the battery life is indicated with the 3 coloured LED lights, when you click the “fire button” twice. It is important to activate the “off switch” when you are finished using the device.
Red: Battery Life below 30%
Yellow: Battery Life 30% to 70%
Green: Battery Life 70% to 100%
The Nord offers an impressive 1100 mAh battery capacity. So much so that I wouldn’t be surprised if it got added to the best vaporizers of 2019. I got through nearly an entire day on one charge when using both of the coils. If you chain vape throughout the day, you will probably find that you need to recharge when you get home in the evening, which is especially true when you use the mesh coil. It comes with pass-through charging abilities, yet you will need to invest in a cable that is longer than the one that comes with the kit.
• Pocketable and compact
• Decent flavour
• 1100 mAh battery capacity
• Comfortable to hold
• Both DL and MTL pods
• The filling system is easy and convenient
• Favourable restrictive-lung draw
• Great vapor production
• 3 mL e-juice capacity
• Will fire in your pocket if you have forgotten to turn it off
• The juice levels are not easy to monitor
• The airflow is excessive for MTL pods
The draw is loose and won’t satisfy the stricter MTL vapers, yet if you use the 35 mg nicotine salt, it can help to deal quickly with those nicotine cravings. If you prefer a good restrictive-lung hit, you will like the 0.6-ohm mesh coils with either low strength salts or freebase nicotine e-liquids.
If you are only starting out with your vaping journey, then this device is an incredible all-in-one solution. Yet if you are a more seasoned vaper, that is more interested in compact devices that perform close to what a full-sized vape offers, the Nord could still be a great option for your needs. I was not one of the fans of SMOK, yet I still use a few of their products regularly, and this is a device I will continue to keep using. I recommend the SMOK Nord to any person looking to buy an affordable pod vape that offers a solid vapor production and flavour.