You know ‘em, you love ‘em (or you hate ‘em), Smok is one of the most iconic vape brands out there, bar none. Among their latest pod systems is this little guy: the Nord. The slightly bigger cousin of their Novo Pod System, this one features a firing button, full compatibility with their Nord coil line, and a sleek little portable package. When pod systems of all description are a dime a dozen, does the Nord stand above the rest or does it get lost in the shuffle? We’ll get to the bottom of things for you.
- Dimensions: 94 x 30 x 18.8 mm
- Weight: 80g
- Battery: Integrated 1100mAh
- Wattage Range: 10 – 15W
- Juice Capacity:0mL
- Compatible with full range of Nord coils
- Replaceable coil design
- Firing button
- LED battery indicator
Matt From SMM
- Warmer & more satisfying than Novo
- Satisfying, restricted lung hit on 0.6ohm coil
- Great build quality
- Nice subdued & sexy aesthetics
- Flavor is really nice w/ coil located close to mouth
- Battery should last all with MTL vaping, most of day with DTL
- Great size combining portability with decent battery size
- Bit of a loose MTL
- No adjustable airflow
- No adjustable wattage
- Fairly large mouthpiece
- Great build quality
- Sexy aesthetics
- Good juice capacity
- Swappable coils
- Good flavor on both coil options
- Great battery life
- Better than Novo but a little airy still for an MTL
- Mouthpiece too large & wide
- Super inexpensive
- Both MTL & DTL coils included out of the box
- 0mL juice capacity
- Stands up on its own
- Looks great
- Battery feedback w/ double press of firing button
- USB port located on the bottom of the device
There you have it: the Smok Nord. As a pretty simple, highly portable device, there’s not a whole lot to say about this little kit other than that it’s pretty good! Across the board, reviewers were pretty impressed with this system, but you know by now that we’ve got to start with the list of cons.
The primary issue with the Nord Pod System is basically the same for all reviewers, and it’s an entirely subjective issue. There’s no two ways about it – the Nord has a good amount of airflow. But wait, I can hear you saying, how is this a negative thing? I’m glad you asked. The Nord positions itself as a hybrid DTL/MTL system. However, the MTL coils are far more airy than you might be expecting. If you’re a big fan of super-tight, restrictive MTL vaping, you are going to be disappointed with the Nord. On the other hand, if you like a looser MTL draw, this con won’t be much of a con at all!
Other issues were extremely minor, including the location of a USB charging port on the bottom of the device so you can’t stand it up. It also lacks adjustable airflow and adjustable wattage, which would have been fine a couple years ago, but is a questionable oversight when so many of the Nord’s competitors are offering these kinds of features.
That’s it for the list of cons; on to the pros! For a lot of people, flavor is the main question. By all accounts, the Nord puts out great flavor. As Matt from SMM explains, the coils in the Nord are located really close to your mouth while vaping this thing, allowing for pretty excellent flavor production from a pod system.
It’s also got a good 3.0mL juice capacity and the 1100mAh battery is insane for the size of this kit. The Nord is still extremely pocketable, with a solid and sturdy design. The aesthetics are really nice too, with universally attractive colors and a more subdued, “adult” style to it than some of the more flashy Smok designs we’ve seen in the past. Finally, you get a pretty good firing button and nice battery feedback to round things out.
So, the burning question: is the Smok Nord for you? That all depends on one simple thing. If you like an airy MTL vape or plan to use this exclusively with the 0.6ohm DTL coil, the Nord is a clear winner. Inexpensive, portable, and boasting good flavor, the Nord checks all the boxes. On the other hand, if you absolutely need a tight MTL draw, it’s time to take a pass on this one.