Introduction – The Nord Kit Pod System
The SMOK Nord Pod System is a small hybrid pod device that has the added bonus of not only having a refillable pod but replaceable coils!
Smok is a prolific e-cigarette manufacturer based in China; So they need no introduction to the wider vaping community.
How did we find the Nord Pod? Was it a case of oh lord not another Pod kit? Or is it redeemable in our eyes? Let go take an up and close look at it and find out……………..
This kit was sent to us by Smok for the purpose of this review. As always my thoughts and views are my own after considerable testing.
Hands On SMOK Nord Video Review
In The Box
- 1x Smok Nord Mod
- 1x Nord Pod
- 1×0.6ohm sub ohm coil
- 1×1.4ohm MTL coil
- 1xUSB cable
- User manual
- Size: 94x30x18.8mm
- Battery: 1100mAh (internal)
- Output: 10-15W
- E-liquid capacity: 3ml (standard) / 2ml (EU)
- Coils: 0.6Ω Mesh and 1.4Ω regular
- Colours available: black, gold, green, red, rainbow and black/white
Design and Build Quality
The Nord Pod System comes well displayed in a small card box with a paper over sleeve.
I’ve got to mention that Smok have included their new anti counterfeit sticker on the box.
The SMOK Nord has been designed well with a great quality of manufacture, the device measures 94mm in height, 30mm in width and just 18.8mm in depth with the pod attached and weighing in at around 80g.
The device is made, primarily, of a zinc alloy with the pod being made of plastic. As extras you get a very short micro usb cable and 2 different types of coil.
It’s a very well made pod, it has plastic face panels that have a honeycombed pattern the rest of the body is a zinc alloy that holds an 1100mAh integrated battery.
The front has a central fire button that has an Led light that indicates the battery state/usage. Branding is at a minimum with “Smok” on the front, the back has “Nord” as well as the normal safety marks.Inside where the pod sits you will see 3 contact points. The bottom of the device houses the micro USB charge point.The sides of the Nord have been rounded off for a comfortable feel in the hand.
Made of 2 tone plastic it will hold 1 of the 2 supplied coils in the clear section.The fill port is located on the side of the pod under the mouthpiece section and is covered with a rubber bung.The mouthpiece, by the way, is super comfortable and feels a lot more durable than the rest of the pod. My pod is the standard 3ml while in the EU they will be 2ml in size.
The pod is pressure held into the device, with no movement or wobbling. When the pod is full and in position in the mod you have a little window so you can check out your liquid level although it is difficult to get a good view as the window is so small.
There are two coils that come along with the kit, DTL 0.6Ω mesh coil and a MTL 1.4Ω round wire coil.There is no mention of what material the coils are made from! My best guess would be Kanthal as I’ve had no adverse reaction in using either of them!
Basic Quick Start Guide
Please ensure the Mod is fully charged before first use.
Tip: Empty any remaining liquid before changing coils or you will make a mess!
- Choose which coil suits you best
- Pre wick the coil by dropping a little liquid onto the coil and cotton
- Insert coil into the pod
- Unplug the fill port and fill with a liquid of your choice and re plug!
- Re assemble the pod into the Nord mod and leave for a few minutes so the cotton can soak up more liquid
- 5 quick clicks of the fire button will turn the Nord on and off
Enjoy your new Nord Pod system.
- Low power = Red
- 30 and 70% = Orange
- 70 and 100% = Green
- After a full charge the light will go out
- Firing the mod the light will be white
- To check your battery state press the fire button twice
How Does the SMOK Nord Pod System Perform?
For this review I tested both the DTL 0.6Ω coil and the MTL 1.4Ω coil.
I filled the pod with Double Drip 80/20 coil sauce “Crystal Mist” after I’d tipped in a 20mg Salt Nic 10ml shot (leaving the liquid to steep for a few days) making my 50ml short fill bottle 60ml with approx 3.5mg of Nicotine.
I can honestly say I’ve never really been a huge fan of Pod systems even though I have tested many of them in the past. I’ve always tried to be as objective as I could but I personally prefer to vape on something that has a bit more weight and a higher wattage than a pod system can produce.
I find most pod systems are mouth to lung (MTL) with low vapour production and a tight draw (not my style). Many pod systems also have tiny batteries, which frustrates the heck out of me lol, that’s not to say it’s all bad with a pod system far from it, most of them give a better than average flavour production; with being a flavour chaser myself is right up my alley.
Read more about what Mouth to Lung (MTL) vaping is here.
MTL Coil – 1.4Ohm
Starting with the 1.4Ω coil, I can truthfully say in the 8hrs I used the coil the flavour was extremely good!
However, as I said the tightness of the coil (while not super tight) did lead to me being frustrated with the draw lol. To give you point of reference years ago I used the Nautilus mini with the 1.6Ω bvc coil on an Innokin itaste VV/VW V3, while the draw was ok, the flavour was out of this world especially with the liquid I used to use back then “T-Juice, Red Astaire”.
The flavour from the Nord with a 1.4Ω coil is comparable if not better with the e-liquid I am using today, while the vapour production (MTL) from the Nord was a little disappointing for me personally although it was still, nevertheless, pretty good.
DTL Coil – 0.6Ohm Mesh Coil
Now this is where the fun began for me.
I was totally surprised at the quality and vapour production that the 0.6Ω coil gives, ok so while the SMOK Nord pod with the 0.6Ω mesh coil installed is never going to be a major cloud chucker the volume was very acceptable as was the flavour production.
The only other hybrid pod system I have ever been somewhat satisfied with that gave me similar results was the Aspire Breeze 2 apart from the battery life that is lol.
The Nord Airflow was a little on the loose side but not overly so, I would have like to see an option to alter the AF but hey this is a pod system it’s meant to be simple and foolproof right!
The coil prices at my local B&M store were a little on the expensive side for a 5 pack, however the kit price is nice and cheap and well worth the punt.
The Smok® Nord has an integrated internal battery of 1100mAh that produces up to 15w of power, the device can be used as a pass-through. In other words you can vape the Nord while it’s on charge! Which I found totally impossible with the tiny charge cable. I mean check it out 🙂
I managed a full 8 hrs vape time with the MTL coil, however with the DTL coil the battery lasted just under 4hrs, still very good for a unit with this sized battery. The recharge can take up to 2hrs from flat which in my mind is rather slow for such a small battery.
- Well designed
- Good quality
- Very comfortable to hold
- Good flavour production
- Acceptable vapour production
- Great MTL battery life
- Acceptable DTL battery life
- 2 different coils to test
- Acceptable airflow
- Cheap kit price
- Very short micro USB cable
- Charge time
- Coil material not mentioned
- 5pk coil price expensive
Final Review Verdict
The Smok Nord Kit pod system was a pleasure to test and even more so to use! I said earlier in this review that I’ve never personally been a huge fan of pod systems; the Nord has made me sit up and evaluate my statement somewhat – well at least with this pod system lol.
I think that with the inclusion of replaceable coils a refillable pod and a fairly decent sized battery has endeared this kit to me.
This is one of the best pod vape systems I have used and comes highly recommended by me as an all level vape.
Would I buy the SMOK Nord kit again should mine get damaged or stolen? That would be a BIG yes good buddy, in fact I am so impressed by it that I’m using the Nord as a 2nd carry around mod, if you do the same make sure you turn it off before putting it in your pocket lol.