A Complete Guide to Smok Vape Pods and Coils
Smok Vape Pod Compatibility
As one of the top manufacturers of vaping hardware, Smok seems to release a new device each month. As the market has shifted towards nic salts and smaller devices, the lineup of Smok vape pods kits has really proliferated.
Smok seems to have particularly focused on “All in one” designs with swappable coils, although the always reliable Smok Novo and Smok Novo 2 remain top sellers. Smok’s lineup of vape pods that use swappable coils are anchored on two coil families. The Nord family of coils, which represents their initial foray into this market, and the larger RPM coils.
But with so many models to choose from, it can be a bit tricky to figure out which coils work in your device. If you already own a Smok vape pod kit this is easy enough to figure out. Their devices that are compatible with two families of coil also come with two vape pods and the stopper is marked either RPM or Nord.
But it gets a bit trickier if you are still shopping. Our quick reference guide at the top of the page breaks down Smok vape pod compatibility. Keep in mind, you must have the requisite pod, either an RPM, Nord or RGC that fits said coil. You won’t be able to jam an RPM coil into a Nord Pod, even if the device is capable of firing both.
It is worth keeping close track of your pods and obtaining replacement Smok pods if you encounter wear and tear.
The advantage of Smok offering so many coils is you can enjoy both high-VG ejuices and nic salt ejuice out of the same device.
Smok Nord coils debuted on their namesake vape pod the Smok Nord. The SMOK Nord Coil is available in 3 different coil types: 0.6 ohm mesh, 1.4 ohm regular, and 1.4 ohm ceramic. The Nord Mesh Coil is a sub-ohm coil that works well with all e Juice, while the 1.4 ohm coils work best with nicotine salt liquids. The 0.6mesh coil noteworthy for its popularity and performance, and plays a large role in why Smok is still incorporating these coils in new designs several years after their debut. Smok Nord coils are sold in 5 packs.
The heavy hitter of the Smok RPM coil family is the 0.4ohm mesh coil. It converts staid looking vape pods into a device capable to throwing clouds and pulling serious flavor from lower nicotine ejuices. The 1.0ohm Smok SC coil is bigger than its Nord brethren but great for lower nicotine salt nic.
The Smok RGC Conical Mesh Coil is designed for throwing clouds and high-VG ejuices. It works at the higher end of the RPM80 and Fetch Pro’s range. With a resistance of 0.17ohms, it is comparable to a coil you would find in a tank in terms of both size and quality. But it is designed for a compact vape pod kit. It really allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds with a single device.
An incredibly successful and compact autodraw device, the discontinued Smok Novo vape pod kit was always a great way to vape nic salts. There are no swappable coils with the Novo, you replace the whole pod. This may sound wasteful but it is very convenient. With a 450mAh battery, it didn’t have quite the battery life that discerning adult vapers are looking for in 2020. The max output of the original Smok Novo was 15 watts. This was perfectly suitable for nic salts only but wasn’t really enough for any classic ejuices. This lead to the upgraded Smok Novo 2.
The Smok Novo 2 vape pod kit is compatible with the original Smok Novo pods and more importantly the higher performance Smok Novo 2 pods. Specifically, the 1.0ohm Novo 2 mesh coil is one of the best ways to vape nic salts. Still an autodraw, the Novo 2 has nearly double the battery size of a Novo at 850mAh. The Smok Novo 2 has a max output of 25 watts versus 15 for the original Novo.
The lack of swappable coils is actually a benefit for many vapers. Not only is it slightly easier to use but the odds of leaking are greatly reduced. Check out our comparison of the Smok Novo 2 versus Smok Novo for additional information.
If you currently use a disposable vape, it could benefit you financially to make the switch to a simple to use device like a Novo 2. The Smok Novo 2 vape pod kit comes with two pods, the 1.0 ohm mesh and 1.4 ohm MTL pod. All you need to do is open the box, charge it for a bit and fill it up. There is no button to depress. The pods last a long time before needing to be replaced and hold 2ml of ejuice. The Novo 2 is small but when in its element and filled with nic salts is a world beater. The battery life and juice capacity are quite sufficient for these purposes.
The original Smok Nord had a similar look to the popular Novo but had a fire button. It was slightly larger. The Smok Nord has an 1100mAh battery and operates between 10 and 15 watts. It is only compatible with Nord coils.
Check out our deep-dive comparing the Smok Nord 2 versus the Smok Nord for the full story. In summary, the Smok Nord 2 is comprehensively superior to its predecessor. It has a screen and adjustable wattage. It is compatible with the original Smok Nord and capable of providing identical performance but with a larger ejuice capacity. It has a bigger 1100mAh battery. And perhaps most importantly, it is also compatible with the RPM coil family. With 40 watts of power, it is quite comparable to the Smok RPM40. The Nord 2 comes with an RPM and a Nord pod, which provides tremendous flexibility and a ton of great coils to choose from.
With a similar form factor to the Smok Nord and Smok Nord 2, but with a forward mounted screen, the Smok Pozz X is not compatible with Nord coils. If you are only interested in using the larger and more modern RPM coils, it is a great choice. Check out our Smok Pozz X versus Smok Nord 2 comparison test for more information. The Pozz X has a battery capacity of 1400mAh.
The Smok Trinity Alpha was apparently created to battle with the Lost Vape Orion DNA Go. Nearly identical in size and shape, it had the advantage in swappable pods and prompted Lost Vape to release a less expensive all-in-one, the Lost Vape Orion Q Pro. Naturally we compared the two, check out our feature: Smok Trinity Alpha versus the Lost Vape Orion DNA Go.
The Smok Mico is a diminutive vape pod kit that fits in the palm of your hand. Like the Novo and Novo 2, it does not have swappable coils and the entire needs to be replaced once it reaches the end of its service life. The battery is surprisingly large at 700mAh. Also surprising, the resistance of the coils within the pods is surprisingly low. The Smok Mico vape pod kit comes with a 0.8ohm and 1.0ohm pod. Ideal for mouth to lung vaping, it is overshadowed a bit by the popular Novo series but is a credible conduit for nic salts. Here is our Smok Mico review.
RPM stands for “Real Pod Mod”. In our Smok RPM40 review, we were favorably impressed. At the time, the Smok RPM40 was the first all in one pod which had the power to really excel with high-VG ejuices and the fact it could also function as a basic Nord was a huge bonus. It remains at the forefront, although the Nord 2 essentially matches it stride for stride in performance.
If you have narrowed your choices down to the Nord 2 or RPM, it will boil down to which form factor or the RPM40’s 400mAh battery life advantage. The Smok RPM40 comes with an RPM and a Nord pod and is compatible with both families of coils.
If 80watts in a vape pod seems like overkill and close to vape mod territory, keep in mind that a Smok RPM160 is now available. Is it time for Smok to release an RPM225 and call it a day? It is certainly worth investigating Smok Mods before purchasing an RPM160, but the Smok RPM80 does provide a significantly different user experience. The Smok RPM80 is compatible with RPM and RGC pods.
The availability of RPM pods means you can still enjoy nic salts from a powerful device with a very large battery, although obviously you will only be scratching the surface of its output if using salt nic.
The Smok RPM80 pro uses a single 18650 which you must provide and the regular RPM80 has a built in battery. There are pros and cons to both approaches to powering a vape, but the resulting performance is very comparable.
The original Smok Fetch appears to have been discontinued but was essentially an RPM40 with the form factor more akin to a Smok Mico or Smok Trinity Alpha. It comes with an RPM and a Nord pod. Another way of looking at the Mico was that it was a Trinity Alpha but compatible with RPM coils. Either way, it was a solid vape pod but has been superseded by the more powerful Smok Fetch Pro.
Smok Fetch Pro
The Smok Fetch Pro comes with a RGC coil compatible pod and an RPM compatible pod. It requires a single 18650 battery and has an output of up to 80watts. With a screen and small chassis, it provides mod like power in compact shape. It is certainly worth weighing the pros and cons of the Smok Fetch Pro and Smok RPM80 before making your final decision.