What we have for review today is the Nord pod starter kit, it is a new pod mod style device from Smok. I don’t want to say this an update of novo pod kit but it’s kind of like a step up from it, and also Smok themselves have stated that the Nord is directly inspired from the smok novo pods.
It’s a little bigger in size and also have large battery capacity then novo pod, and it is only need you replaceable coil heads rather then smok novo vape replacement whole pods.so smok nord vape pod more kind of works like a low wattage all in one starter kit.
Before we have compare the two difference,let’s have a simple check the smok novo starter kit first.
The Smok nord kit 1100mAh comes packaged comes with a short usb charge cable and two coils.The coils for made for two different styles of vaping, The first one is a 0.6 ohm mesh coil and it is perfect for you get more vapor. The another one is a 1.4 ohm coil which able to offer your excellent mouth to lung vaping experience. while smok company aslo offer a 1.4 ohm Ceramic Coil for this nord pod system kit which could be purchased separately.
Specifications of Nord all in one system :
- Battery Capacity: 1100mah
- Eliquid Capacity: 3ml
- Duck Billed Mouth Piece
- Voltage Based Output
- Charging Voltage: 5V
- Charging Current: 0.37A
- Weight: 80g
- 8 Second Cut-Off
- Multiple protections
Inside the nord is has a 1100mAh battery capacity and it’s can be recharges via the bottom USB port. also It has a 10 to 15W output and 3.3 to 4.2V voltage range based on the current replacement coil used, and smok nord pod system kit has 6 colours for you to choose from – Full Black, Prism Gold, Bottle Green, Red, Prism Rainbow and Black White.
The Smok nord starter kit functions just like any other button activated pod-style device, it’s incredibly easy to use, even for first-time vapers. 5 clicks on the power button turn the device off, 5 clicks to turn it off. Hold the power button and inhale from the drip tip to vape, Simple as that.
But if you forget to turn this fire button off and put it in your pocket, it will gets super hot and can melt the plastic area that holds the coil as well as the battery portion. so please do remember to turn it completely off and then stick it in your pocket.
And there is an RGB LED indicator light on the fire button which serves as a good guide to gauge the status of the battery.Two quickly clicks will shows you where the pod’s batteries at. so the green light will indicates us the power is between 70% to 100%, The orange light is show the power between 30% to 70%, Red light will on when battery power is lower than 30%.
Setting up the device, simply charge it up via the integrated micro USB port and the included charging cable until the LED stops flashing.With the different light colors you can easily understand your smok nord’s battery conditions.
Package of Smok Nord Pod System Included:
- 1×Nord Mod (Built-in 1100mAh)
- 1×0.6ohm mesh coil for sub ohm vaping
- 1×1.4ohm regular coil for MTL vaping
- 1×USB Cable 1×User Manual
The size of smok nord pod starter kit is 94x30x18.8mm and the cartridge has a 3ml eliquid capacity, we have a viewing window on the front of nord cartridge that’s gonna show you how much the ejuice you have inside. Also filling the ejuice is pretty easy,your will see the little side fill right there and have a small arrow on it,and then you just flick that,open you fill it up and then you pop that back down.
When you are filling up the pods with a brand new coil at the first time, Ples make sure after your full filling up the pod, please at least let the pod sit on the side for 5 minutes,to get the ejuice completely absorb into the cotton, if you had finished filling it up and start to vape it right away,then you are more likely to burn up the cotton , and also will destroy the coil head.
At the top you are gonna have a full sized mouthpiece which has continues the duck-billed design, smok didn’t use the traditional drip tips of 810 or 510 style, this one actually covers your entire lip, with a lip curve help the mouthpiece more perfectly fit your mouth.
It’s always a good thing for me to have something that’s simple to use and good looking, i like this device have two different coil head for me choice, then i could vaping it with direct lung or the mouth to lung.I also like the actual physical fire button which let me feel more safety since I don’t need to worry about the pod will auto firing or too hard to activate the auto draw feature.
The only issues I’ve had with Smok nord aio starter kit so far are a tiny bit of leakage from the pod onto the part where the base of the coil connects to the battery terminal inside the device, so better make sure you had install the coils the right way (flat to flat/airflow slots facing out),otherwise it will leak juice and you will have a difficult time pulling it out.
Smok Nord Pod vs Novo Starter Kit :
Now let’s have a compare the small differences between the smok novo starter kit and smok nord.
- The Nord feels like a much more polished and sturdy device compared to the Novo.
When it comes to overall dimensions and weight, the nord starter kit is pretty top-notch, weighing in at a mere 80 grams and measuring out to 94mm * 30mm * 18.8mm. with PC material and metal applied to make the whole kit rounded without any corners, really makes it feel nice in hand and pocket.
- The Nord device is a lot bigger than the Novo as the battery is a larger capacity.
The Novo has a 450mAh battery and the Nord has a great 1100mAh, The power output is 10-15W. The Nord is a refillable pod device like the Novo but In the Novo kit has a 2ml pod as standard, the Nord has a 2ml option for EU countries or a 3ml standard option.
- The Nord also features a improved window designed for viewing remaining e-liquid levels.
Compared to the Smok nord aio kit which pretty much had a non-existent window making it difficult to see if the pod was in need of a refill. This time the coil is replaceable so you don’t have to discard the pods when the coil has gone, which should be a big plus for those concerned about the waste generated by continuously using and throwing away pods.
- The of coil Nord pod much better then novo’s
Even better there are 2 coil options a DTL 0.6ohm mesh coil and a MTL 1.4ohm coil, Both options are included in the kit but Despite the ability of the Smok Nord to use multiple coil types, sadly the option for variable wattage still isn’t there. Instead, the device relies on the resistance of the coil to determine the final vaping output or wattage which caps out at 15 watts.
- Nord and have a fire button but the novo it’s air activate no button.
The Smok nord pod starter kit forgoes the traditional draw-based firing mechanism and instead opts for a more classic approach in the form of a singular firing button, that you must have to push the fire button for vaping. The button feels responsive enough and it doesn’t have any movement or rattle when touched which gives us a good feeling about its reliability and durability in the long run.
The novo pod system kit is activated no button,they don’t come with glitter button like nord pod kit, it uses a draw-activated mechanism for simplicity,you just need puff and vaping. As for the direct lung vaping, the novo pod is not better as nord pod, because the draw, while airy, doesn’t feel airy enough for that style of vaping. But the pole the draw of the nord pod is a lot smoother than smok novo pod.
It also have some others differences,likes the Nord has a 3ml capacity eliquid but smok novo cartridges with a 2mL refillable juice capacity.and what the novo pod there’s a kind of waste since you need to replace the whole cartridge but the smok nord vape you only need replace the coil in pod.
Anyway I think my choice is gonna to be nord pods not novo. Also the Aspire Breeze pod or The Breeze 2 pod kit perform similarly but The nord vape is still still definitely a solid performer on paper and in practice. I replaced my breeze 2 vape with nord pod system, since removing that pesky mouthpiece on breeze 2 pod was incredibly frustrating.
But Just like with any other Smok device though, quality control is an issue. And while our test unit performed well, there’s a possibility that a good number of units out there might not have the same quality or reliability as the one we reviewed today.just remember that’s my experience and due to quality control, your experience may vary from me.
All in all,Would you recommend this for someone who is just switching to vaping or someone that like the basic set up? yeah, This is best pod system of Smok product yet,definitely highly recommend it. Smok nord pod kit is a good looking pod system type device and also simple to use, it’s only need replaceable coil heads instead of replacement whole cartridge, much save money then use other pods.
What’s more it has a very good battery life which able to lasts me about 2-3 days of serious vaping. and I love the compact size that will let me able to hold it in place anywhere even in my pocket.