Last updated on September 22nd, 2020
The SMOK NORD – Vape Pod Pen and Mini Vaporizer Combined
I knew portable pod vapes were all the rage this year, with new styles emerging weekly, but this popular device, the Nord designed by SMOK is very different. It’s a hybrid ultra-light vaporizer with more features than your basic, easy-to-use, vape pod mod.
The SMOK Nord combines portability with versatility. This little pod vape was the first it its class – an ultra portable vape pen with a refillable pod and 2 replaceable atomizers – an MTL coil and a Mesh direct lung coil.
A Step Up From the SMOK NOVO
SMOK loves to imitate itself. The company has several closed system pod vape devices that are similar in style and price. It makes you wonder why they continue to sell both models. The SMOK FIT and the Infinix are an example.
The new SMOK Nord looks almost exactly like its little brother, the Novo. Both devices even come in many attractive colors – but the Nord comes in 21 colors and has several new features.
Visual Look and Feel of the New SMOK NORD
Side by side you can see that the Nord looks very much the same as the Novo, except it’s a tiny bit bigger.
The Nord’s dimensions are
94mm x 30mm x 18.8mm or 3.7″ x 1.18 x .74″.
There’s the comfortable, curved mouthpiece not found in most SMOK products, (or other pod vape pens for that matter).
The Nord also includes a button-activated firing system, but it still qualifies as an ultra lightweight, very portable vape pod mod, weighing only 80 grams or just under 3 oz.
Step Up With New Power Features
The biggest difference with the SMOK Nord is that the battery is a powerful 1100mAh, and the pod holds 3ml of ejuice.
That translates into the Nord giving you well over a day’s worth of vaping before you have to recharge. It also means bigger clouds, even when using the ceramic 1.4ohm regular coil.
Yes, the big step up with the Nord is that it’s made for BOTH MTL (mouth to lung) AND subohm vaping…practically unheard of for a pod mod.
Two Replaceable Atomizers Included in the Starter Kit
Unique to this smartly styled ultra portable vape is that the atomizer coils are not built into the pod. They come separately. You get (1) – 0.6ohm mesh coil for sub ohm vaping and (1) – 1.4ohm coil for MTL (mouth-to-lung) vaping. This coil is perfect for nicotine salt e-liquids. Extra coils are available in 0.8ohm and 1.4ohm ceramic.
While you do get 2 atomizers with the Nord, there’s only one pod in the kit.
That means if you want to use a different e-juice flavor with the Nord, you really need to buy another pod pack or you’ll get flavor ghosting. A five pack currently costs $10.95 and it’s worth the investment. When you consider the extravagant costs of pre-filled pods, buying and filling your own pods is worth the cost and the effort.
Other Features of the Nord I Like
I have to say one of the downsides to the older Novo was that fact that it didn’t have a battery charge indicator. Not so with the Nord. It’s designed with an easy to read rectangular button/light. Press it twice to see how much power is left in your battery. It displays green for full power, yellow for medium power and red for “hey, it’s finally time to charge the battery”.
Safety Features in the SMOK NORD
A big criteria we have for rating a vaping device is whether it has adequate safety features. The SMOK Nord gains points in that regard. Here’s what’s built-in the Nord:
- Lithium Battery Protection
- Short Circuit Protection
- 8 second Cut-off
- Low Voltage Protection
SMOK NORD Basic Tutorial
The Nord Kit comes in a shrink-wrapped box and all parts are nestled nicely in foam padded compartments. On the side of the box look for the laser sticker near the top of the box which verifies the product is genuine and not a clone.
The device comes charged, but I always recommend charging a new device for about a half hour when you first get it.
Use the Right E-Liquid With Each Atomizer
Before you start filling the pod, decide whether you want to vape with the 1.4ohm atomizer (installed) or the 0.6 (subohm) mesh coil atomizer. As mentioned earlier, you’ll get slightly bigger clouds and fuller flavor with the 0.6 subohm coil. For best results fill the tank with a higher VG e-liquid.
You should also know that subohm coils will deplete your pod’s eliquid faster than standard ohm coils.
The regular 1.4ohm coil works with other PG/VG blends including higher PG blends.
You can also use a high nicotine “nicotine salt” e-liquid with the standard atomizer, but it is not recommended for use with the subohm atomizer. The Naked100 nic salt bottle below has that warning on the label. You’ll see that warning on other nic salt e-juices as well.
What’s the reason for the warning? Sub ohm atomizers, give you get a fuller vapor and consequently, more nicotine. Too much nicotine can make you nauseous!
I recommend sticking with the regular coil when using nic salts. You still get a high nicotine level and a smooth vape without any harshness or nausea.
Nicotine salts typically come with a 50/50 blend of PG to VG and I think that ratio works best. Some brands of nicotine salts do have a bit more VG. Naked 100 salts are 40%PG to 60%VG.
SMOK also has a 1.4 ohm Ceramic coil, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Too many people who have tried it say it will give you a burnt taste (see comment below).
Filling the Pod
If you have fingernail tips, opening the pod is easy. If you don’t, use a letter opener, paper clip or something pointy that will lift the lid without damaging the rubber.
Some people like to use an e-liquid injection bottle that has a handy slim tip, (shown above); however it’s not necessary with the Nord. I was pleased that the fill hole is bigger than most other vape pods. I use mostly Vaporfi’s e-liquids because the bottles come with needle-nose tips that make filling pods a breeze.
Once the pod is filled, wait a few minutes for the atomizer cotton to absorb the e-liquid. Do this every time you use a new atomizer. As an alternative, you can add 2 drops to the cotton tip side of the coil before you install it.
Best-E-Cigarette-Guide Rating for the SMOK NORD
We give the SMOK NORD a 9.8 rating for the following reasons:
- This Pod Vape Pen comes with 2 replaceable atomizers designed for 2 different vaping experience.
- It has a powerful 1100mAh battery.
- The pod holds a good amount of e-liquid.
- There’s an activation button that doubles as a battery life indicator.
- Even at the discount price of $29.99, the Nord is a bit more costly than other pod vapes, (including the JUUL).
- It can be a bit difficult to open the pod stopper.
Wrapping Up the SMOK Nord Review
While we still like convenience and portability of the smaller Novo pod vape, we think the SMOK Nord’s unique design, combining a vape pod pen with a sophisticated vaporizer is groundbreaking. If you want the vapor and full flavor of a subohm, or MTL device, but don’t want to carry a heavy vaporizer, the Nord is a great choice.
UPDATE! You can now get the new SMOK NORD 2 in 9 colors.
If you’ve tried the SMOK NORD let us know what you think by commenting!