The Smok Nord 2 Kit has some interesting options along with its gorgeous looks, so will it live up to the reputation of its little brother as the best of the best?
SMOK is a prolific e-cigarette manufacturer and one of the most famous and are obviously based in China, and really need no long introduction from me to the wider vaping community.
The manufacturer has been in the business for a long time and have many devices under their belts including pod systems like the RPM40, SMOK RPM80, Infinix 2, Trinity Alpha, Novo 2 and not forgetting the original Nord pod mod.
What Can We Expect From the SMOK Nord 2 Kit?
I can’t tell you how much I have been looking forward to getting my mitts on the Nord 2 vape kit after seeing all the promotional advertising for it.
As you can tell by the name of the kit, the Nord 2 – this is an updated version of their very popular original kit the Nord, so in my mind it has got big boots to fill!
The original Nord Kit was by far and still is SMOK’s best selling and most popular pod system of the last year, and it still a big favourite of mine!
SMOK has fully improved this updated version by including a new chipset to allow more power. They’ve also added a little OLED screen with which you are able to dial your preferred wattage up to 40w and the battery capacity is upped to that of the original.
The Nord 2 is also able to take advantage of different coils, to give you a varied vaping experience.
Or simply be a case of NO not another pod vape!
Is it going make the list of best pod mod vapes?
Let’s crack on with our in depth Smok Nord 2 review to find out.
This kit was kindly sent to us for review by SMOK, and as always my thoughts and views on this product are my own after a considerable testing period.
Inside The Box
- 1 x Nord 2 Device
- 1 x Nord 2 RPM Pod Cartridge
- 1 x Nord 2 Nord Pod Cartridge
- 1 x USB Cable
- 1 x User Manual
- Size: 95 x 30.5 x 20mm
- Capacity: 4.5ml/2ml(TPD-UK)
- Battery Capacity: 1500mah
- Output Power: 1 – 40W
- 69inch OLED screen
- Resistance Range: 0.3 – 3.0Ω
- Nord DC 0.8Ohm MTL Coil
- RPM Mesh 0.4Ohm DTL Coil
- Wattage Adjustment with A Click：1W-40W
- Colour Available: Red, Black Cobra, 7-Color Oil, Gold, 7-Color Cobra, White Cobra, 7-Color Resin, Black Stabilizing Wood, Red Stabilizing Wood
Design and Build Quality
Content of the kit includes; two pods, two coils (preinstalled), a micro USB cable and paperwork, I was sent the Red Stabilizing Wood version – not that the mod is made of wood lol, but it is nice and colourful.
SMOK Nord 2 Kit
Measuring in at 95mm by 30.5mm with at body thickness of 20mm with a pod attached the weight is around 80g, the Nord 2 is slightly thicker and just a hair taller than the original Nord.
The device is made, primarily, of a zinc alloy and plastic, and both the battery (body) and the pods are of good quality with a great design and manufacture with a hand comfort that matches is predecessor.
Straight out of the box, the device has plastic protectors on all 4 sides.
Looking into the deep clean pod bay you will see 2 spring contact pins and 4 hatch screws.
There are 2 depression slots inside on the front and back of the bay for your pod cartridge to click into place.
Both sides of the device have an airflow slot at the top of the bay.
On the bottom of the Nord 2 device you will find your micro USB port in white you will see they have printed “IQ-N Chip”.
With a 1500mAH battery capacity the SMOK Nord 2 is more powerful than its predecessor enabling up to 40w of power with the correct coil, with a coil resistance range of 0.3Ω to 3.0Ω.
On the backside of the mod you will see the usual safety marks, design info and Nord 2 branding.
One side of the device is plain, while the other you have a small 0.69inch OLED screen which contains basic mod information like remaining battery capacity, wattage etc.
The front of the device has one action/fire button along with the SMOK branding.
Smok Nord 2 and RPM Pods
The plastic pods that come with the kit are made of PETG with clear tanks and black tops they have a good quality of manufacture.
Both pods have side fill ports and replaceable coils.
One pod will take Nord coils and compatibles like the Reewape Ruok RBA, the other pod takes the RPM mesh coil options and the rebuildable SMOK RPM RBA.
Note: neither of the Nord 2 pods actually fit in either of the older pod systems because of the size difference.
If you are familiar with either the Nord or the RPM you will find that the mouth pieces of the each Nord 2 pod cartridges are similar in design, with the Nord mouth piece hole being slightly narrower than the RPM drip tip/mouthpiece.
The coil options SMOK has supplied and pre installed into each pod with this kit are:-
- RPM Mesh 0.4Ω DTL Coil best up to 25w
- Nord DC 0.8Ω MTL Coil best up to 16w
How Does the Smok Nord 2 Pod System Perform?
Basic Quick Start Guide
Before we get into how this kit performed, let’s take a quick look at how to set things up!
How to Fill the Pods and Change the Coils
I recommend you empty any liquid before changing to a new coil.
- Pull the pod from the battery and remove old coil.
- Prime the new coil by dropping a few drop of e-liquid onto the cotton within the coil.
- Simply push the new coil into the pod.
- Pull the rubber plug and fill with liquid replace the plug firmly.
- Let the pod stand for 2/3 minutes so the cotton can soak up more e-liquid.
Basic Battery Operation
Before using the SMOK Nord 2 device for the first time please ensure you get that battery capacity maxed out with a full charge.
- 5 rapid clicks will turn the device on and off.
- Click the fire button quickly 3 times until the wattage flashes holding the button down will alter the wattage adjustment from 1 to 40w with a round robin!
Note: there is no down adjustment.
- Removing and replacing the pod will reset your puff count, or when the count reaches 999 puffs it will auto reset to 0.
- Pod Detection
- Short circuit protection
- 8 second cut off
- Low voltage protection
SMOK Nord 2 Flavour and Cloud
For this review I will be using first the RPM Mesh 0.4Ω coil with the pod filled with Hazelnut Cold Brew Frappe.
And then the Nord DC 0.8Ω MTL coil with the pod filled with Warriors Big Vova (strawberry/apple/citrus).
RPM Mesh: 0.4Ω Coil
I started off at 20w and soon climbed to 25w then to 30w the vapour was good and cloudy not humongous dense by any means but nice, the flavour was descent and tasty.
Trying to push the wattage up more than 30w I found that the vapour became a little too hot for me and included a little spit back of liquid!
Nord DC 0.8Ω Coil
Putting the other pod into the device with the Nord coil in it was very much on par with the original Nord pod system.
I started at 8w through to 15w then up to 18w the vapour was very good on all levels as was the flavour.
I did try and push the coil over 18w but found that again like the 0.4Ω coil, it was a hot vape with a little spit back.
SMOK Nord 2 Airflow
I wouldn’t call either pods too airy, the RPM mesh coil is definitely a direct to lung vape and the Nord coil while being a direct to lung vape has a nice restriction that at lower wattages, I am able to mouth to lung quite nicely with it.
SMOK Nord 2 Battery life etc
The battery life was good around 4 to 4.5 hours at 12w using the Nord 0.8Ω coil and 3.5 hours using the 0.4Ω at 22w.
I didn’t reach 999 puffs with either pod or coil so I can’t state that the unit resets to 0, however every time I took the pod out to check liquid levels it did reset to 0! Which if I am honest is quite frustrating lol.
Sadly you cannot use the Nord 2 as a pass through device (vape while charging). However this time SMOK has included a descent size micro USB cable with the kit.
I was a little disappointed that SMOK didn’t use the newer USB-C charge port with this device!
- Very good quality kit
- Good design
- Good Vapour production
- Good Flavour production
- Addition of the new OLED screen
- Easy to use
- 1500mAh battery = Good life
- Excellent coil life
- Excellent coil range options
No big concerns with this kit.
Final Review Verdict
Has the SMOK Nord 2 lived up to its predecessor’s reputation and filled those big boots?
In my opinion yes it has and more, not only can you now choose your own wattage with the new screen, SMOK has given you option of different coil types to plug into your pods and the unit will accept a larger coil resistance to that of the original Nord.
With a larger battery for longer vape time what’s not to love!
Only one little annoyance to me is every time you pull the pod to check your liquid the puff count is reset to 0.
Would I recommend this pod system?
In one word “Yes” if like me you loved the original Nord I can guarantee the Nord 2 will be right up you ally!
This unit in my opinion is suitable for all levels of vaper.
Would I buy the SMOK Nord 2 again due loss or damage?
My old Dad would often say in a rhetorical statement “Do bears crap in the woods”? So yes I would.
I wouldn’t replace my regular vape mods with this one, but I will use it as a 2nd carry around, in fact I can see myself buying 2 or 3 more just to keep Mrs J from nicking this one lol.
So, have you or would you buy the SMOK Nord 2 pod system? Do you think it beats the original?
Let me know in the comments below!