This is where we’d insert the typical “Orion-killer” rhetoric for the clickbait value, but we’re above all that here at HandCheck, so let it suffice to say that yes, this is another Orion-style pod system. This kit includes replaceable coils and is compatible with the new Nord coils that Smok is working into a lot of their portable options nowadays. It’s nice and compact with a sizeable 1000mAh battery and holds almost 3.0mL of e-liquid. So, I guess the only question to ask is… does this AIO kit kill the Orion? (We can’t help ourselves after all)
- Dimensions: 91 x 38 x 16 mm
- Weight: 90g
- Juice Capacity:8mL
- Coil Ratings:6ohm Mesh (rated for <25W), 0.8ohm Mesh-MTL Coil (rated for <16W)
- Battery: Integrated 1000mAh
- Wattage Output Range: 6 – 30W
- Voltage Output Range:4 – 6.0V
- All-in-One Design
- Variable Output Modes: Soft, Normal, & Hard
- 510 Drip Tip
- Great looks, feel, & construction
- Removable 510 drip tip
- Continued compatibility with Nord coils
- Different power levels
- Long charging time
- Hard to check liquid level
- Top-fill is a bit loose
- No airflow control
- 510 drip tip
- Sliding top-fill
- Good battery life
- Power settings
- Very easy to remove pods
- Ongoing compatibility with Nord coils
- Pretty good flavor on mesh coils
- Includes 2 coils & a lanyard
- No airflow adjustment
- Fill port is a little close to drip tip
- Good mesh coils
- Good juice capacity
- Nice finish & appearance
- Great top-fill system
- Swappable 510 drip tip
- Adjustable power levels
- Good battery life
- Ongoing Nord compatibility
The Trinity Alpha Pod System by Smok is a welcome entry to the Orion-esque pod system arena. Does it beat the Orion and all the other competitors on the field? If the answer were that simple, we’d tell you right here. Unfortunately, the answer is, of course, much more nuanced than all that, so we’ll have to wade through all the pros and cons. At the end of the day, whether you want to pick this up over the Orion or the other options out there is up to you and your own personal preferences.
The first thing to note about the Trinity Alpha is a pretty glaring omission. This stylish and portable device does not feature any airflow controls. While this would easily have been a forgivable oversight only a year ago, adjustable airflow is rapidly becoming the standard. When other devices in this same weight class and form factor offer adjustable airflow settings, it’s definitely disappointing that it’s missing from the Trinity Alpha.
Other than that, the only real issues with the Trinity Alpha are with the fill port. For one thing, the port is a little bit on the small side. You’re not going to be able to get drippers into this filling hole and you may even have some trouble with gorilla bottles. If you pick this thing up, unicorn bottles are going to be your friend. The port is also located pretty close to the drip tip. This is fine for the more nimble-fingered vapers out there, but if you have a hard time navigating things like that, it could become an issue.
That’s it for the cons, however, so let’s check out what makes the Trinity Alpha stand out. The Nord coil compatibility is going to be a big plus. Over the past several months, reviewers have pretty unanimously agreed on the quality and flavor production you get out of these coils. If you already have the Nord Pod System or the AIO, switching over to the Trinity Alpha is about as easy as it gets.
The device is also incredibly compact. This is, of course, the entire point of this form factor, but the Trinity Alpha does some work to set itself apart in this area. For one thing, it holds a sizeable 2.8mL of e-juice. That’s pretty substantial for such a small pod system. It also houses a 1000mAh battery, much larger than other similar devices, even ones that are bigger than this kit. So not only is this kit portable, it’s got enough horsepower to keep you going for most of the day, especially on the higher resistance coils.
While this system doesn’t include airflow adjustments, it does include some different power levels. Other systems in the same class don’t have this feature, so this is a key distinction when it comes time to make your choice. While this option can feel gimmicky on some of the more limited pod systems out there, the Nord coil line now includes four different options, making the power settings on the Trinity Alpha a much more meaningful and useful design feature.
Which brings us to our final thoughts. There’s a million devices in this same form factor out there, but where the Trinity Alpha really sets itself apart is in two key areas. First, it uses the Nord coils. If you’ve already bought into the Nord coil family and love these coils, this is a great choice. Next, it includes power settings to go along with these coil options. If power settings are more important to you than adjustable airflow, the Trinity Alpha is the kit for you. If you need control over your airflow, take a pass. As always, we’re here to keep it simple!