Smok Nord Review - King of the Nord
Build Quality88%
Vapor Quality89%
Versatility75%
Portability85%
82%100Overall Score

New pod systems are coming out almost every week, so what does a big company like Smok do to stay relevant in the overly saturated pod system market? They make a unique pod device which is the Smok Nord. It has the look and function of a pod system but it has other features that you won’t normally see in one. I guess it is more fitting to call the Smok Nord an ultra-portable mod.

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Product Pros

  • Elegant and ergonomic design
  • Ultra-portable size
  • Refillable 3 ml/2 ml capacity pods
  • Replaceable coil
  • 1100 mah battery capacity

Product Cons

  • Can’t see the remaining e liquid even with the pod window

 

Smok Nord Review: Breakdown

Smok Nord available colors

Quality

Build Quality

Build Quality

For those who are familiar with Smok mods and atomizers can instantly tell that the Nord is a Smok product due to its cobra pattern design. This has become a trademark design for Smok and for those who have read some of our past Smok product reviews, you guys should know that I really dig this design pattern.

It is a simple design but it gives the feeling of uniqueness and wildness which you rarely come across from a design perspective. But speaking of uniqueness, the Smok Nord is not an entirely new product design and for those who can remember, the Nord is kind of like a newer version of the Smok Novo.

It has the same shape and design, and the only difference is that the Smok Nord is slightly bigger and has a fire button on the front. This new button also serves as its power button and the battery indicator as it has a LED light integrated into it.

If you are a current user of the Smok Novo though, getting the Smok Nord will be a big upgrade due to its features and specifications. One of its biggest selling points is its large battery capacity. The Smok Nord has a built-in 1100 mah battery which can be considered as the largest battery capacity in a pod system.

If your Smok Novo could last a day with its 450 mah battery, imagine the battery life of the Smok Nord. The output wattage of the Nord ranges from 10 watts to 15 watts which is basically the same as the Smok Novo but the regular e liquid capacity of the Nord’s pod is upgraded to 3 ml with the option of getting a TPD compliant 2 ml pod.

Aside from having a replaceable coil head feature, the pod works the same as any other refillable pods in the market. Refilling the Nord’s pod is easier though since it has a big nice hole on the side which is covered by a rubber gasket.

The only problem I have with the pod is that it has a pointless e liquid window which is located on the top end of the tank. While you can see the e liquid through the window when it is full, you won’t be able to see it when it drops down below the window unless you turn the device upside down.

vapor-quality-icon

Vapor Quality

The Smok Nord comes with 2 coil heads which are specifically made for the two types of vapers. The first coil head is called the Nord Mesh which is designed specifically for the cloud chasers. This coil head has a resistance of 0.6 ohm and while the coil doesn’t really look like a mesh, it really performs like one and I am surprised with how much vapor it can produce.

Given that the Smok Nord is a low powered mod that can only output 10 to 15 watts, using the Nord Mesh as a coil feels like vaping on a high powered mod. The other included coil head is called the Nord regular which has a resistance of 1.4 ohm.

This coil head, on the other hand, is designed specifically for the mouth to lung vapers and flavor chasers. While the Nord mesh can also produce good flavors, the Nord regular is exceptional when it comes to flavor but a reduced vapor production.

Smok Nord inclined view

Design

Versatility

Versatility

Although the Smok Nord seems like a hybrid mod with its size and features, it is still a true beginner pod style vaporizer with its limited functionality. It has no adjustment settings so you can’t change its power and airflow.

The good thing about the Smok Nord though is that it has replaceable coil heads which means using it long term will be way cheaper than those that don’t have replaceable coils.

Portability

Portability

The Smok Nord is 94mm in height, 30mm in length and 18.8mm in width. It is slightly bigger and heftier than most pod systems on the market but that is due to its extra-large battery capacity which is still a big pro to me. Its shape and design greatly help with its portability as you can easily keep it in your pocket when you are out and about.

Its large battery can also last more than a day of casual vaping and charging it won’t be a problem with its micro USB port.

Smok Nord mouth piece detached

Conclusion

For those who are looking for a small and portable mod that has the ability to be a fog machine or a true mouth to lung device, you can never go wrong with the Smok Nord. It includes two coil heads which are excellent when it comes to direct to lung or mouth to lung hits. It has great build, design, simple features, and its large battery also means that you will have more time to enjoy vaping than waiting for it to be fully charged.

For those just starting out, you may be better served by a unit like the Jücee Slice, which offers, auto-puff as opposed to a button, producing very nice vapor and flavor, while remaining more compact and easier to use than the Smok Nord.  If you are looking for something a good starter mod style vape check out the SMOK Procolor.

About The Author

Kevin is a serious vapehead. Most will say he came out of his mother’s womb holding onto a vape pen, but his real friends know the truth; that he was actually born with a triple 21700 mechanical box setup in hand and has been chucking clouds ever since then. On his free time, he also enjoys trying every MMORPG he sees, pwning noobs on R6 Siege and out hacking cheaters on Battlefield 1.

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