The SMOK Nord is a versatile pod vape from SMOK. It has a lot in common with the Novo, while introducing some of its own unique advantages. The Nord utilizes 3 mL pods and different types of replaceable coil heads, suitable for both direct lung and mouth to lung vaping. It has an 1100 mAh battery capacity and an output of up to 15 watts. The Nord is currently offered in 13 different colors, featuring a cobra pattern or resin-style design.
Price: $23.95 / coils: $10.95 per 5 pack (at Element Vape)
Colors: Black, prism rainbow, prism gold, bottle gold, red, white black
Resin edition: black/white, red/yellow, blue/black, green red, yellow/purple, blue/brown, 7-color rainbow resin streak
Before I purchased the SMOK Nord, I had already been using the Novo for a couple of weeks. Both vapes have the same cobra-style panels and rounded rectangular shape. The Nord has a similar durable plastic outer shell, but with a slightly chunkier body. It fits very comfortably in my hand, and slips easily into my pocket. The Nord weighs about 80 grams, double the weight of the Novo, and its dimensions are 94 x 30 x 18.8 mm.
Sure, it’s heftier than most pod vapes, but at just 8 mm taller, 6 mm wider and 4 mm thicker, it has over double the battery capacity of its little brother. The overall construction feels solid, and it seems promising in regards to durability. The USB charging port is located at the very bottom of the device.
The SMOK Nord is button-activated. Remember to turn it off when it’s not in use, or it will go off in your pocket! This has happened to everyone I spoke to about it at least once. I fell asleep with it in my pocket and woke up to a burnt coil.
The Nord pods hold 3 mL of e-juice and feature a hard plastic shell. There are currently four types of coils available for the Nord. The 0.6-ohm direct lung mesh coils and 1.4-ohm standard mouth to lung coils come with the kit, while the 0.8-ohm mesh MTL coils and 1.0-ohm ceramic MTL coils are sold separately.
Unlike the Novo, the Nord coils can be removed and replaced, so each pod could potentially last a while. They utilize a rubber plug that is easy to pull out and stays on so you can’t misplace it.
The pods are super easy to fill, just be sure to do it on a slight angle in order to fill it up to max capacity. You can actually get the rubber plug to stay in place by folding it over and hooking it under the black part of the mouthpiece. The fill port is large enough to accommodate most normal dropper bottles.
The pods don’t exactly click into place, but they do have a very snug fit. The mouthpiece is a bit wider and chunkier than your average vape, but it actually feels comfortable on the lips.
The included 0.6-ohm coil wicked perfectly using 70% VG e-liquid and the 1.4-ohm MTL coil performed better with a 50/50 blend due to the smaller size of its wick holes. It could handle 70/30 VG well, but the DL coils are more suitable for this. From my experience, I can usually can get through about at least 10-15 mL per coil head when using the SMOK Nord.
The mesh coil provides a relatively loose, restrictive lung hit. The MTL pod seems to be a little tighter, but it still much looser than a regular cigarette or a JUUL for example. I didn’t experience much of a throat hit at all, even with 50 mg nic salt, probably due to the given airflow configuration. Still, I personally wouldn’t go past 35 milligrams on the Nord, even with the 1.0-ohm coils.
I heard from other reviewers that the ceramic coils don’t seem to perform as well as the regular 1.4-ohm MTL coils, but I haven’t tried them out to verify. The device shines using the mesh coils, but works well with nic salt using the MTL ones.
The vapor production is still impressive with the MTL coils, you’ll definitely get more of a cloud than your standard pod vape. The 0.6 mesh coils put out an even more decent cloud, but not comparable to that of a sub ohm tank. The flavor I get from both of the coils is on point, up until the fourth or fifth refill. It gives you a fairly cool vape due to the abundant airflow and the overall flavor is fantastic.
The only dry hit I experienced was when I got a little carried away and forgot to monitor my liquid levels. The liquid detection window is fairly small and not very easy to see how much e-juice is left without physically removing the pod. In my experience so far, I haven’t had leaking issues, just a bit of condensation on the bottom of the pod, which is very normal. Overall, the coils were consistent and performed really well.
Turn the Nord on and off by clicking the fire button five times. Once it’s on, the Nord will indicate your battery life using three colored LED lights if you click the fire button two times. Don’t forget to use the off switch when you are done vaping on the device.
The SMOK Nord has a large 1100 mAh battery capacity. I was able to get through most of a full day on a single charge using both coils. If you’re chain vaping all day long, you might find yourself out of luck by the evening — especially if you are using the mesh coils. It has pass through charging abilities, but you’ll need a longer cable than the one included.
I am really digging my SMOK Nord. It delivers exactly what I would have hoped from it. Sure, you’re not going to get identical performance to their sub ohm tanks, but it’s on the money, especially considering it’s only a compact pod system.
The loose draw isn’t going to satisfy strict MTL vapers, but using 35 mg nicotine salt, it will quench your nicotine cravings quickly. If you enjoy a nice restrictive lung hit, then you are going to enjoy these 0.6-ohm mesh coils with your favorite freebase nicotine e-liquids, or even lower strength salts.
If you’re new to vaping, this is a fantastic all-in-one solution. If you’re more of a seasoned vaper that just wants a compact device that performs at a similar level to a full-sized vape, the Nord is still for you. I was never a SMOK fanboy, however I still use some of their products to this day — and this is certainly one I will keep on using. I highly recommended the SMOK Nord is to anyone looking for an inexpensive pod vape with solid flavor and vapor production. What do you think of the Nord? Leave a comment below.
I got one of these a few weeks back and love it. I have been using the .6 Mesh coil with 35mg salts, however I feel I am getting significantly more of a Nic kick off of it than my normal mod with 3mg Nic. I typically vape my normal mod around 50w, knowing that the output of The Nord is around 15w, would you recommend using normal 70/30 juice or sticking with Nic Salts?
Hey Michael, I’ve actually been experimenting with regular 6 mg nicotine e-juice and it seems to work just fine with the mesh 0.6 ohm coils. You’re not going to get the same kick as you get with nic salt, but it does work. I’m glad you’re enjoying it, vape on!
I really liked mine until it started leaking i just cant deal with that so many other pods on the market that dont leak. Just got a Caliburn by Uwell that is 100% the best pod on the market right now imo you can use any juice and it just wicks chain vaping no problem only con is battery life is not that great but i do really like it solid as heck too! Dropped it no problem still works great. Try one out you will be amazed.
The problem is with the coils. I somehow got a perfect coil which I realized after a day or two when I took out the tank to clean inside area where the pins are located and I was surprised to see that there was no e-juice. Till this date it is as clean as new. Try to get good coils, maybe from the Smok official store I guess
Me personally didn’t like it …It smells like burn donuts….lol
My Caliburn lasted a month started leaking and caught fire after 5 minutes of charge. Please be careful. Hopefully my new Nord will work. I didn’t want to smoke.
Wow Laurie, that’s terrible! Did you contact Uwell about that, because I’m sure that was a defective product. I haven’t heard anybody have that experience, and I know a lot of people who use that device, including myself. Anyways, the Nord is a fantastic device too, so the main thing is that I hope it keeps you off the cigs. Best of luck to you!
I was so frustrated with my Nord because it was leaking into the bottom, but there is a fix for that. I realize this post is three months old, but for the sake of others reading this, I want to share the fix for the leaking. When you put the pod into the battery, it WILL leak if you push the pod all the way down. When you put the pod in, the little LED lights up as soon as it finds the connection, so the trick is to stop pushing the pod as soon as you see the light.… Read more »
Spot on, I found this quick fix did the trick for my Nord. Love this little kit but the leaking juice on my battery contact was annoying. This has completely stopped that happening. Thanks Meagan!
Wow thanks for the helpful tip Meagan. I’m not sure why this is, but it sounds like SMOK needs to take this into consideration for their future products. I’m glad you figured out a way to use your Nord without leaking issues!
Cool! Thanks for the tip, John. I’m glad you found a pod system that works for you. In the few weeks that I was testing the SMOK Nord, I personally never experienced leaking aside from the usual condensation. I know Uwell makes a lot of great devices, and although it’s their first pod style vape, it sounds like you are really digging it.
Hello, i heard some of vape store guy said 50mg/mL of salt nic is not suitable for .6 ohm coil because of high wattage. Is that true? And What should i do?
Hi Aiman, yes I would agree with that person. 50 mg nic salt would be way too intense for a 0.6 ohm coil. I’ve used the MTL coils with 30 mg nic salt, and that was just right for me. I would either go with 6 mg freebase nicotine e-juice, or get the MTL coils for use with your nic salts. I hope that helps, best of luck to you!
Hello! I am thinking to buy a new MTL pod. I am using now Smok Infix. I read your reviews, but I could not decide which one is the best for you (and would be the best for me). I am really an MTL pod user, I want to quit smoking. I am using Nic salts with 20,30 and 50 mg nicotine.
The money doesn’t matter, I just want to buy the best MTL pod system. What would you say, which one is that ? (:
Hey Tibi, there are some really good ones out there right now, check out our best pod vapes page. I would definitely reccommend the SMOK Nord (using the MTL pods), or the Orion DNA Go if you don’t mind something a bit bigger.
I using 0.6 with lava flow flavour but its tasteless .. should i try the MTL for that 35mg lava flow?
Lava flow is a great flavor. Perhaps the 0.6 ohm coil is too strong for the level of nicotine. I would definitely recommend going with a MTL coil if you haven’t already, but not the ceramic ones. I am enjoying the 0.8 MTL mesh coil right now with Hawaiian Pog.