I have a lot of time for this UK based vape company and I’m hoping the SMOKO pod kit is another of its products I’m going to enjoy reviewing.

I have stated the SMOKO e-cigarette is without doubt one of the very best vaping starter kits out there, and I still stand by that.

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Which is a good job given one of my quotes from that review is loud and proud on the front page of the website *blushes* lol.

And nope – I’m not ‘sponsored‘ or paid by the company – I always tell it exactly how it is!

The flavours with the SMOKO pod kit are exactly the same as those in the e-cig and it will be interesting to see how they taste in the pods.

What Can We Expect From the SMOKO Vape Pod Kit?

Ease of use and great flavours are key here.

And given the SMOKO pod kit is designed with the smokers looking to switch to vaping in mind, the draw needs to replicate that of a lit cigarette.

in hand

As you’ll see, there’s a total of 8 flavours to choose from all with varying nicotine strengths from zero to the max of 20mg.

OK, I’ve received 6 of the 8 flavours and they were sent to me direct from SMOKO – thank you – and as always my thoughts and opinions are not swayed by freebies.

Incidentally the word smoko is an old term used for taking a smoke break…now you know 😉

UPDATED AUGUST 2023 – Smoko have released some new flavours so they will be added further in the review! These are the “Smooth” range which are designed to still give you the nicotine you require but with a gentler throat hit. You can view these here.

Also worth noting the original review was written by our late great Neil Humber who is sadly no longer with us. So I, Michelle, will be continuing with the new flavours to update this review. Hope I am doing you proud up there our Neil H! You are very much missed by us all.

Inside the Box

It’s a very nice tin rather than a box…


  • SMOKO VAPE POD device
  • USB C Charging Cable
  • Designer SMOKO Metal Tin
  • SMOKO VAPE POD Instruction Manual
  • Available in Silver or Black

Note: at the time of writing if you buy a pack of the pod refills (which you will need as there are none in the kit) you can get the vape pod starter kit FREE!!

There’s limited info on the specs for the SMOKO pod kit so I can’t tell you the mAH – any guesses let me know – I’ll say 650mAH at a guess lol.

Key Features

What you see is pretty much what you get with the SMOKO pod kit – there’s nothing new or trailblazing.

And that’s no bad thing given this is predominately designed for brand new vapers and smokers looking to make the switch.

pod and battery

It’s a simple battery that’s draw activated and the pre-filled pods snap in and out thanks to pretty strong batteries – easy peasy.

Not much more to say, apart from if you do buy the starter kit please note it does NOT include any pods.

However there are some very good bundle deals on the website.

Design and Build Quality

I’ve already touched on the design – in that it looks like a plethora of other basic pod kits out there.

Again that’s no bad thing, it looks good – feels good and is small and definitely pocket friendly.

Design wise and I’m not at all keen on the huge SMOKO logo – but hey it is what it is.

Build wise it’s a solid little vape kit that feels like Zinc Alloy – though it may be Aluminium – pretty light though.

The pods are all very tinted and you need to hold them up to a light to see your levels.

Strong magnets means the pod snap in nicely with no wobble and even inside my rucksack there’s been no leaks.

How Does the SMOKO Pod Kit Perform?

As I said at the start of this vape review, I have a lot of time for SMOKO and still recommend the very impressive SMOKO VAPE E-Cigarette to smokers looking to quit, and at an extremely competitive price.

Nope…and once again, I’m not paid to promote the brand – just putting credit where credit is due!

OK, I received 6 of the 8 pre-filled flavoured pods and there’s a choice of zero nicotine right up to 20mg strengths.

Let’s have a taste.

August 2023

The new flavours received in August 2023 will be added beneath the original 6! These are 4 of the new “Smooth” range which offer a softer throat hit and more flavour.

SMOKO Vape Pod – Original Tobacco



Our ORIGINAL TOBACCO flavour has a strong and authentic tasting tobacco taste making it the perfect vape for people looking to quit smoking cigarettes!

With a bold tobacco flavour and mild Vanilla undertone to produce a well rounded vaping experience.

I Say:

I said in my last SMOKO review, this one reminded me of Marlboro Lights.

It is deceptively mild and a tad on the sweet side through the pod.

I guess that this vanilla undertones coming through.

The exhale does leave a slightly stronger tobacco vibe and yeah this is definitely reminiscent of ‘straight‘ filter tipped lit cigarettes.

SMOKO Vape Pod – Virginia Rolling



For those who like a deep and rich tobacco flavour when you smoke, the VIRGINIA ROLLING VAPE Pod is the perfect tobacco flavour to satisfy your cravings!

If you roll your own cigarettes and want an authentic tasting tobacco flavour, this is the right VAPE Flavour for you.

I Say:

I loved the flavour off this one in the cartridge and was the first flavour I tried in this review.

What can I say but WOW!

I rolled my own – and without filters – and this comes very very close to that flavour.

As I’ve said before, all that’s really missing is that slight smoky sweetness I used to get.

Other than that – amazing blending…and this is the pod I take out and about.

SMOKO Vape Pod – Mint Breeze



If you are a menthol cigarette smoker and looking for the perfect menthol vape, then the SMOKO MINT BREEZE Flavour VAPE Pods will be a perfect fit.
Our MINT BREEZE flavour has a strong and satisfying pure menthol taste – for a super refreshing and clean alternative to a menthol cigarette!

I Say:

A lovely fresh minty smell from the pod – very much like Polo mints rather than extra strong.

The inhale is a tad on the sweet side, however that breeze does calm it all down.

It is a gentle breeze of mint rather than a full on arctic blast.

Given I don’t really do many menthol/mint vapes, I actually liked this one.

Lovely clean palate after every vape too.

SMOKO Vape Pod – Menthol



Our MENTHOL flavour has a strong and satisfying menthol taste with the undertone of tobacco – as close to a menthol cigarette that you can get!

Incredibly popular menthol vape flavour that delivers a truly satisfying smoking experience without the harmful chemicals found in a cigarette.

I Say:

No doubt what flavour this is when you take the pod out of the packet!

The inhale delivers a very deep and rich menthol flavour – however a throat freezer this isn’t.

Yes it’s ccold but not ccccold if you catch my drift!

I actually found myself vaping on this for a lot longer than I expected.

I totally agree, this is perfect for the smokers that miss their menthol cigarettes.

SMOKO Vape Pod – Fruit Burst



Our Fruit Burst Flavour VAPE Pod refills uses our high quality flavours and ingredients in our e-liquids that are Made in the UK!

I Say:

Not so much flavour notes, more of a marketing spiel but hey so what lol.

Again I’m getting chewy candies rather than fresh zesty fruit – despite the smell suggesting a bit of a tang.

The inhale does indeed threaten to be over sweetened and despite a lack of coolant, it does calm on the exhale.

Still a touch too sugary for me, but those with a sweet tooth will enjoy this particular flavour.

SMOKO Vape Pod – Raspberry



Get ready for pure raspberry bliss!

Our RASPBERRY Flavour is oozing with fresh and juicy raspberry goodness.

Like it was just picked and squeezed into the vape pod!

If you like sweet, bright and fruity flavours, our RASPBERRY will be one of your favourites.

I Say:

There’s that word again…sweet…so am I sweet on this one?

I’ve said it often that I love tangy zesty raspberry vapes.

This one is so close to being perfect it’s untrue.

The inhale is just a tad too sweet and that builds on the exhale.

Dial down that sweetness and I’d be vaping this all day – still a decent vape though.

New Flavours – Updated August 2023

SMOKO Vape Pod – Smooth Cherry

smoko smooth cherry


The Cherry Flavour SMOOTH Vape POD refills evokes the flavour of a ripe red cherry, full of a sweet and refreshing flavour that will leave you wanting more.

I Say:

If (like me) you are not a fan of the traditional Tobacco flavour in vapes, the good news is that there are plenty of fruity flavours to choose from and this was the first I grabbed!

Even opening the packaging the Cherry flavour burst out at me, which was a really good sign!

Anyway down to the “Cherryness”!

It is there just not to the extreme you would find in a disposable vape, it is much more subtle.

Therefore it wouldn’t suit someone who wants to be smashed in the face with a strong sweet Cherry flavour, it is more like a flavoured Tea. Think of Blackcurrant Tea for instance, the Tea is the main flavour with the Blackcurrant as an accompaniment. In this case you get the sensation of inhaling smoke, but it is vapour that tastes of Cherry. Which also tastes way yummier than tobacco smoke.

I hope I am making some sense!

SMOKO Vape Pod – Smooth Raspberry

smoko smooth raspberry


The Raspberry Flavour SMOOTH Vape POD refills are bursting with a delicious flavour of perfectly ripe raspberries. Sweet and refreshing flavour that will leave you wanting more.

I Say:

This is a nice sweet Raspberry, not too sour – which is perfect for me. But those who are of a tangier persuasion might not be as happy.

You first taste the fruit as you inhale and the vapour passes over your tongue. Then after you have exhaled you can taste the Raspberry slightly on your lips!

This could do with a little more “oomph” flavour wise. It is super smooth and replicates cigarette smoking (without the horrible taste and smell) but the flavour is a bit too delicate.

Again that is just my preference as I tend to favour the Disposable Vape style e-liquid flavours which many may find too concentrated and sweet.

This is not designed to be in that category, more as a hint of a flavour combined with the throat sensation and nicotine that an ex-smoker would crave. And in that category it delivers well.

SMOKO Vape Pod – Smooth Crisp Apple

smoko smooth crisp apple


Our Crisp Apple Flavour SMOOTH Vape POD refills are bursting with a range of your favourite apples straight from the orchard! Punchy, sweet and satisfying laced with a summer of sunshine!

I Say:

Even just the fragrance emitted from the packaging is bursting with Apple!

Whilst inhaling you can feel the dryness hit your throat, then when you exhale you get the hint of fresh Apple.

This is not quite as pronounced as the other flavours, it is a bit subdued. I would prefer the flavour to be stronger here. But unfortunately I am someone who enjoys a huge punch of flavour!

If you prefer a smooth mellow experience with a subtle stroke of Apple compared to a punch, then this is for you.

Again I cannot fault the sensation – extremely cigarette like, but tastier!

SMOKO Vape Pod – Smooth Fruit Burst

smoko smooth fruit burst


Our Fruit Burst Flavour SMOOTH Vape POD refills are bursting with a range of your favourite fruits with a delicious linger taste of sunshine! If you are looking for a sweet and zesty vape, our Fruit Burst is a perfect choice.

I Say:

Another super smooth inhale – that I overdid and ended up coughing! It is so smooth you don’t think you are inhaling that much!

This is another which could do with the flavour ramping up a bit. I hardly detect it to be honest. I just get a faint fruity taste when exhaling.

Even so, this range are not going to be exploding with flavour as that is not their strong point. Where they do win is the overall replication of smoking.

The vapour is dry and exactly like smoking a cigarette – I can’t get over how accurate this sensation is, just without the revolting tobacco taste and smell.

A little bit more flavour would just be the icing on a successful cake for me!


  • Dead simple to use
  • Contemporary design
  • As tight as a lit cigarette
  • Large range of flavours
  • Decent vapour
  • Long lasting battery
  • Leak free pods
  • Competitively priced


  • Logo is a little ‘in your face‘ – nitpicking lol
  • No pods with starter kits – though bundle deals are available

Final Review Verdict

SMOKO has definitely done it again with this pod kit.

Sure the more established vapers might give it a pass, but remember vaping is all about giving up smoking right?

The SMOKO e-cigarette is still one of the best vape starter kits I’ve ever reviewed and the SMOKO pod kit is just as good and maybe better in some aspects.

The e-cig version was shall we say very very old school in design – I think it looks retro cool – but you know what I mean.

Plus if you drop it there is a danger the tank will smash.

The SMOKO pod kit brings things up to date and whilst the logo is a little gaudy, it looks good and vapes extremely well.

It’s also a very tight draw on a scale of 10 being tight this is an easy 9+ so smokers looking to quit via vaping will enjoy the familiar draw.

I can’t really knock the flavours either with the tobacco’s standout and even the mint and menthol get my nod of approval.

The fruits are maybe a tad over cooked on the sugar, but hey most of you out there will love them.

I recommend pointing the smoker in your life to the SMOKO website and trust me they won’t regret it.

Updated – August 2023

As this is my first experience with the Smoko Pod Kit (this is Michelle BTW) I can honestly say this is the closest sensation I have got to smoking (along with the Hexa Kit) from a vape.

Even to the point where you feel the dry sensation in your throat which usually the smoke would cause.

Oh boy these new pods are SMOOOOTH! In fact I was taking huge drags as it didn’t feel like I was getting any vapour until wallop – I started coughing!

I had taken such a huge drag without realising and blimey when I exhaled I realised how much I had inhaled!

So I suggest short puffs on this to begin with as it is very deceptive, you won’t even think it is working as it is so mellow. But don’t think that means you won’t be satisfied – believe me it packs a hefty nic punch and throat sensation!

I echo Neil in recommending this to anyone who really enjoys smoking, those who love the throat sensation and fear a vape will never be able to recreate that. Because with the Smoko Pod Kit you will be pleasantly surprised and will find it easy to transition to vaping.

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Build Quality
Original Tobacco
Virginia Rolling
Mint Breeze
Fruit Burst
Likelihood Of Buying If Lost Or Damaged
Smooth Raspberry
Smooth Crisp Apple
Smooth Cherry
Smooth Fruit Burst
Ecigclick covers all the latest in vaping. The team have a combined vaping experience of over 70 years. We have personally tried and tested over 2000 vape products and aim to help you choose the right vape for your needs, whether you are a beginner or looking for a more advanced experience.
smoko-vape-pod-kit-reviewA cracking little pod kit with nic strengths and flavours to suit all...that Rolling Virginia is bloody gorgeous...highly recommended especially for smokers looking to switch...


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