Smok Nord Hits All the Right Chords
How is “Smok” pronounced? The “smoke” versus “smock” debate remains unresolved but there is no arguing against the merits of the Smoktech Nord. An innovative refillable vape pod kit, the versatile Nord provides either direct to lung (DTL) and mouth to lung (MTL) vaping in a streamlined package. The Smok Nord kits come with two coils: a cloud generating 0.6Ω mesh coil and a nic salt friendly 1.4Ω coil. And of course the obligatory micro-USB cord. It closely resembles another Smok vape pod, the Novo, but is a fundamental upgrade. It is amazing that such a small and seemingly simple device can provide two totally different vaping experiences. Smok clearly had devices like the Aspire Breeze 2 and Aspire Spryte in their cross hairs and the Nord hits the bulls-eye. Unlike the Aspire Spryte, the Breeze 2 and Nord both offer subohm coils. The Smok Nord packs surprisingly robust hardware and performance into the small frame of a button triggered pod system. Unlike disposable pods, the Nord has multiple coil options and was designed with durability in mind. The refillable tank option opens a world of delicious e-juice flavors that are not available in prefilled vape pods. The Nord’s 1100 mAh battery and a 3 ml tank provide respectable battery life and excellent juice capacity for a device of this size. Despite its diminutive size, the Nord has an excellent weighting and the tolerances around the removable pod section and fire button are excellent. The components operate with crisp precision and give it the feel of a high quality product that was built to last. With a length of only 3.7 inches, the Nord fits easily in the palm of your hand. It weighs in at a svelte 80 grams (2.8 ounces). Smok has embraced the cobra skin livery for many of their new products and drip tips. The application of the honeycombed snakeskin theme is attractive. Function is king with the Nord, but the vibrant colors and symmetrical pattern spruce up what would otherwise be a very utilitarian device.  The Nord is available in 6 colors: Full Black, Red, Prism Gold, Bottle Green, Prism Rainbow and Black White. The Nord biggest strength are its coils. They provide two sharply different experiences and are the major selling point of this pod system. For direct lung vapers there is the Nord Mesh 0.6Ω coil, a durable piece of kit capable of solid cloud production. The Nord’s mouthpiece is quite wide and optimized for billowing clouds. Mouth to lung vapers will prefer the ceramic Nord Regular 1.4Ω coil. This coil provides outstanding flavor and is perfect for nic salt e-juices. Smok chose ceramic to provide stability, longevity and high temperature resistance. The Nord operates like a classic vape mod, 5 clicks to turn on and a long push to activate, and delivers a sturdy throat hit. Filling the tank is fairly straightforward. The pod top has the mouthpiece affixed and the fill port is accessed behind a rubber plug. The regular coil is a bit smaller than the subohm mesh coil. So expect to get even more mileage out of a tank using the 1.4Ω coil. The transparent view port allows a vaper to monitor levels without detaching the pod top. The clean appearance of the Nord is enhanced by what Smok calls their “Intelligent Battery Life Indicator”. It is actually positioned on the center of the fire button. Click twice and the battery indicator light illuminates. The light is red when the device has less than a 30 percent charge, orange signals you are at 30 to 70 percent, and a charge of 70 to 100 percent is represented by a green light. Five clicks of the fire button will turn the Nord either on or off. Using one button for turning the device on or off, firing it and as the battery life indicator is clever packaging. The Nord is a great addition to both MTL and DTL vapers. A compact device with a wide mouthpiece and a custom tailored subohm coil, it can efficiently generate an impressive array of vapor without undue battery drain or juice guzzling. As far as its effectiveness as a MTL pod system, this is the Nord’s raison d'être. It is a great option if you are looking for a compact device that can fill multiple needs expertly.