SMOK NORD Pod Vape Review | Best Lightweight Vaporizer

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Last updated on November 10th, 2019

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 the same 6 colors, each with the cobra design – but the Nord has several new features. 

 

SMOK NOVO in black next to SMOK NORD in yellow

SMOK Novo and Smok Nord

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

SMOK NORD coils in regular and subohm mesh

1.4ohm coil and 0.6ohm mesh coil for sub ohm vaping

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.

Learn About Another Mouth-to-Lung Vaporizer

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

smoke nord safety features shown with yellow device

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

SMOK Nord vape pen box on colorful background

SMOK Nord vape pen box

 

smok nord certification code on box

Laser sticker showing authenticity of device

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.

Read: How Does PG and VG Affect Your Vaping Experience?

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! 

 

nicotine salt eliquid label

Nicotine Salts Are Not for Sub-Ohm Vaping

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 (like economical Salty Man nic salts) 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

Filling the Pod with the Smok E-liquid Injection Bottle

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

SMOK NORD vape pen in 6 colors

We give the SMOK NORD a 9.8 rating for the following reasons:

 Pros:

  • 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.

 Cons:

  • 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 rainbow resin colors. 

Smok Nord Rainbow Resin colors

Smok Nord Pod Vape Pen – Resin Rainbow Colors

If you’ve tried the SMOK NORD let us know what you think by commenting!

 

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    • Sophie on June 18, 2019 at 10:53 am
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    I’m thinking of getting the NORD for vaping CBD liquids but the review mentions the ceramic coil having a burnt taste? Does this happen with normal vape liquids or CBD liquids?

    1. Hi Sophie,

      The SMOK Nord does work great with CBD liquids when using the 1.4ohm coil that comes with the kit. I do not recommend using the ceramic coil which is sold separately. Thanks for commenting!

    • Jasmine Wicevic on April 29, 2019 at 7:12 am
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    After paying 88$ for a Gs baby eleaf. And being soo dissappointed in all the features of this vape. It’s a waste of money. I absolutely hated the lush ice fluid I got to go with it. Gross. Like smoking menthol vapor rub. However then I found my beloved nord. I bought it for 40 and 20 for the delish naked mango I got.

    Anyways for anyone thinking they need they still need to by a huge mod.. Think again. Nord is all the things they have but better because it is less expensive, fits in your pocket, and with the naked salt nicotine. Every hit I take is just a ls good as the last.

    • Lisa on April 4, 2019 at 5:12 pm
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    I just got the Nord and have been using the Nova (which I love). I have put salt nic in the Nord from Vgod but I am not getting the flavor from it I do with the Nova. I have the 1.4 coil put in, was wondering if I need to do something different? I have just been vaping for two weeks getting off cigarettes.

    1. Hi Lisa,

      You’re doing everything right..including choosing to vape rather than smoke:) Congrats on your success!

      Nicotine salt e-juice is meant to be used only with the 1.4 coil so that’s fine. The only coil difference between the Novo and the Nord is that the Novo has a 1.2ohm coil and the Nord’s coil is 1.4ohm. It’s a very small difference, but you may have noticed it, as the lower the ohm resistance, the more intense the vape.

      You could try the subohm 0.6 coil with a high VG e-liquid in the same flavor (if they make it), otherwise go back to the Novo – it’s an awesome product. Good luck!

      Have you used any other flavors in either pod vape?

    • Wull on April 2, 2019 at 7:30 pm
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    I’m so confused with this stuff. I got a Nord Can I use regular eliquid and 1.4? With .6 and a 6mg liquid fir some reason makes me cough like crazy. Same liquid 1.4 no cough but slow pull? What am I doing wrong?

    1. Hi Wull,

      The 1.4 coil is for all types of e-liquids – any PG/VG blend, nic salts ejuice and even CBD vape juices.

      You may have a slow pull as you can’t adjust the airflow, but it could be that the pod is a bit clogged. Try to clear it by removing the pod and blowing into the bottom of the pod to clear it out.

      The .6 coil is made for subohm vaping so you should use a high VG e-liquid. The.6 won’t work with nic salts ejuice so make sure you only use regular e-liquid with this coil. Hope this helps!

    • boxcarbertha on March 3, 2019 at 8:56 pm
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    Hello was looking for some advice on coils for nord and saw your review, the 1.4 regular coil is fantastic, but! I mistakenly bought replacement ceramic version 1.4, and the vape was awful, slow to vapourise and flavour burnt, dead in comparison to regular version. Tried 2nd one, same again, 3rd one with different juice, same. The nord is as good as aspire nautilus aio but the vape is smoother, cleaner, but that ceramic coil, hmmm, anyone know why? Though agree Nord really nice device.

    1. Hi boxcarbertha,

      Thanks so much for your comment. When I wrote this review, I only tested the 1.4 regular coil and the mesh coil, so I did some research. It seems you are not alone! The ceramic Nord coils aren’t the best and quite a few vapers say they will give you a burnt taste. There’s no excuse for that, although some have had a better experience when dripping their juice directly onto the cotton wick and letting it sit for 15 minutes or more. We will update this post 🙂

    • Nick on February 26, 2019 at 3:35 pm
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    Hi! I just ordered a nord and the vape juice I’ve been using is around 70/30 PG/VG… which coil should I be using for best results? Thanks!

    1. Hi Nick,

      Great question! For e-liquids that have 50/50 or higher PG levels (like your 70/30 blend) you would use the 1.4ohm coil.

      I realize it can get a bit confusing, especially if you use nicotine salt e-liquids. Some nic salts do come with a bit more VG, but you would still have to use the 1.4ohm coil since salts can never be used with subohm coils.

      Thanks for commenting!

    • Austin Hester on January 30, 2019 at 1:22 am
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    I want to know more about Nord kit.

    1. Hi Austin,
      The SMOK NORD is a great ultra-portable pod vape pen that lets you add your own e-liquid. You can learn more about it here.

    • Anno on January 9, 2019 at 9:52 pm
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    I recently bought the nord and upgraded from the novo I have own many vapes ranging from the small e-cig ones to the massive mods. The nord in my opinion is by far the best with the option to use regular vape juice or salts I couldn’t be happier not to mention the longer lasting battery and decent hits smok made the perfect vape for my need. Highly recommend!

    • Alex Montressor on January 5, 2019 at 2:05 pm
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    I recently switched to the Nord after having two different Renova Zeros.

    The Zero is a nice little pod mod and is very simple to set up, however, it has a small 650 mAh battery and to get a decent amount of vapor, you have to suck a golf ball through a garden hose.

    I appreciate the somewhat larger form factor – makes it a lot harder to drop.

    I like the design of the mouthpiece much better as well.

    I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a solid product that isn’t an entry level device.

    1. I’ve never tried the Zero, but I’m also very pleased with the Nord and all its options. Thanks for you feedback!

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