The Smok Nord comes in an insane number of colors. Pictured above is only a third of the available color options.
The SMOK Nord, one of the more recent pod vapes that SMOK has put out, isa veritable jack-of-all-trades. From the Nord?s hefty 1100 mAh battery to itslarge variety of coils, the Nord can do it all!
The Smok Nord is curvy.
The SMOK Nord utilizes interchangeable coils rather than disposable pods,with a few different coils to choose from. At the time of writing, there are three coils available. One of the coils is about what one would expect from a pod vape, which is a 1.4 ohm kanthal coil made for use with nicotine salt vape juice.
The 0.6 ohm and 1.4 ohm coils resting next to an empty 3ml Nord pod.
The other two coils are where the Nord begins to stand out from thecrowd. There are two sub-ohm coils available for use with the Nord: a 0.8 ohm MTL (Mouth-To-Lung) mesh coil, and 0.6 ohm DTL (Direct-To-Lung) mesh coil, making the SMOK Nord the first pod vape to offer mesh coils. Aside from the mere fact that it uses mesh coils, it?s also one of few pod vapes to offer coils that suit such a variety of draw styles.
If you plan on using salt nicotine, the 1.4 ohm coil is the way to go.
If you plan on using nicotine salt vape juice, stick with the 1.4 ohm coil or the 0.8 ohm mesh coil. Don?t use the 0.6 ohm coil with nicotine salts. I made that mistake on my first day with the Nord and it was an unpleasantly harsh experience. Nicotine salt goes down smoother with the other coils.
The 0.6 ohm mesh Nord coil works surprisingly well with 70/30 ejuice. Pictured above is Lucky Dragon, a Vaporleaf Premium e-liquid.
Though it seems slightly backwards as far as pod systems are concerned, the 0.6 ohm coil is one of the few pod vape coils that actually works well with 70/30 vape juice, so if you?re noticing some leaking when using 50/50 juice with the 0.6 ohm coil, try some thicker vape juice. If you?re happy with your juice and would rather stick to 50/50, then just make a habit of popping the pod out once a day to clean any juice that may have accumulated underneath the pod.
The pod compartment is pretty well sealed off from the rest of the device.
Thankfully, the pod compartment is well sealed off from the rest of the device, and the Nord isn?t auto-draw, so it shouldn?t be too large of a worry, but the potential for juice to get somewhere it shouldn?t is always there.
As for that 0.8 ohm mesh coil, honestly, I can?t recommend it. A lot of people online seem fond of it and like to pair it with nicotine salt ejuice, but I?ve had nothing but bad experiences with it. No matter the juice, it tastes great for about two days and then swiftly burns out and begins to taste like burnt cotton. The 1.4 ohm coil lasts longer and provides a smoother hit with nicotine salt juice, though it doesn?t taste quite as good as the first two days with a 0.8 ohm mesh coil does.
Despite it?s fairly small size the Nord has a massive battery. To my knowledge, it?s the largest in a pod vape.
The SMOK Nord has a battery that can handle the power that sub-ohm coils require. The Nord packs an impressively hefty 1100mAh battery into its small frame, meaning that you?ll still be able to get decent battery life out of it while rocking the sub-ohm mesh coils, and even better battery life with the 1.4 ohm coil.
The button in the center of the Nord has an LED light in the center of it that signals your battery life.
The Nord is a push-to-fire pod vape rather than auto-draw, which just means that you push the button found in the middle of the device to vape on it. To turn the device on, it?s a simple 5 consecutive button presses with the same required to turn it off. There is also a battery life indicator in the form of an LED in the center of the button that you can activate by giving the button two quick presses.
The micro-USB port sits recessed in the bottom of the Nord.
After the two consecutive button presses the led will flash one of three colors: Green when the battery is between 70% to 100%, Orange when the battery is between 30% and 70%, and red when the battery is below 30%. The battery itself is charged through a micro USB port found on the bottom of the Nord.
A pretty self-explanatory image.
The Nord pod has a 3ml capacity, which is on the higher end as far as pod vapes go. The juice fill port is located underneath a rubber plug found on the side of the pod. On the bottom of the pod is a hole for the coil. The coils aren?t threaded, so you simply push the coil into place, rather than screw the coil in.
As you can see, while it?s on the large size, the Nord really isn?t all that big, which is pretty impressive considering the battery size and performance you get out of the Nord.
As far as size goes, the SMOK Nord is 94mm tall, 30mm wide, and 18.8 mm deep. While not considerably tall or wide, it is noticeably thick, most likely due to the size of the battery built into the Nord.
Though it isn?t very tall, the Nord is thick.
The Nord Kit includes everything you?ll need to get going, aside from the juice. It comes with a hilariously small USB cable which you can use to charge your Nord with, but you?ll more likely just end up laughing at it for a few seconds before tossing it in the trash. It also comes with two coils: a 0.6 ohm coil and a 1.4 ohm coil, so you?ll be able to try two of the three out immediately. It is a bit of a bummer that SMOK didn?t include the 0.8 ohm coil in the kit, but not a huge gripe.
As you can see in the image, the USB cable included with the Nord is about one inch long. No. That isn?t fair. It?s probably 1 and 1/2 inches long.
All in all, if you?re fine with the slightly larger than average size of the Nord, and the idea of changing coils rather than pods isn?t a deal breaker, the SMOK Nord is one of the best pod systems out there. It?s capable of handling juice from 70/30 to 50/50, has a good amount of coil options, and fantastic battery life with the higher resistance coils. Not only that, but it?s one of the few pod systems that is capable of pleasing the cloud chasers amongst us. The Nord can do it all!
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