Suorin Shine versus Smok Novo 2
The federal ban on flavored prefilled vape pods has deprived adult vapers of the flavors they prefer, as demonstrated in Dr. Farsalino’s exhaustive study on adult vaping preferences.
With long-time stalwarts like Juul Mango and Mint knocked off the market, millions of adult vapers naturally sought alternatives so they could continue to enjoy bright, sophisticated and sweet vaping flavors.
Provided you do not live in a state with additional restrictions on flavors, you only have two options if you are looking for a way to enjoy nic salts (or ejuice in general).
The easiest way to vape nic salts is using a disposable vape. Check out our huge selection of disposable vapes here. There is a huge selection of manufacturers to choose from although many are of one of two standard designs: disposable mini vape or stick style disposable. There are also a few outliers, such as the larger Posh Plus and Sea Air Disposables.
What all disposables have in common is that they do not require charging or filling. You simply open the packaging and inhale. They are also all of an autodraw design, meaning no buttons to push. Check out our comprehensive review of all the best disposables on the market in our feature: The Best Disposable Vapes.
Disposables in general deliver great flavor, which is why Vapor4Life carries such a huge selection. Even if you favorite flavor is out of stock from one brand, you are still able to find a competitor that makes the same flavor profile. To make it easier for you to figure out your options, we have created the following resource pages for the most popular disposable flavors.
Disposables are the easiest way to vape nic salts and the natural evolution of the easy to use prefilled vape pod kit. The best price performance can be achieved by filling your own device. The most common style of device used for nic salts is the refillable vape pod kit. Another option is the Vapor Titan Clearomizer, which delivers incredible flavor and may be the best way to vape nic salts.
There are dozens of great refillable vape pod kits on the market and new ones seem to be released monthly. Some are quite powerful, like the Smok RPM80 and Smok RPM40. These can easily function as box mod alternatives and can handle any style of ejuice. These are considered all-in-one pods because of their swappable coils.
Crucial to the success of refillable pod kits are the wide range of nic salts on the market. In a way, vape pods are a sign of the vaping industry coming full circle. The original refillable ecigs were lower power mouth to lung devices that relied on higher nic strengths to deliver a satisfying experience. Later, they were supplanted by high-powered mods that focused on flavor and generated so much vapor that the nicotine levels in the high-VG ejuices formulated for these cloud-chucking devices were slashed.
Disposable vapes certainly offer a wide range of flavors as well, but the savings accrued when buying a 30ml bottle of salt nic instead of 1 or 2ml disposable cannot be understated.
And just as important as value, the best legacy ejuice manufacturers almost all have their own line of superlative nic salts. Almost every flavor combination that an adult vaper is looking for is available. Vapor4Life carries a huge selection of nic salts to make sure that all of the flavor tones and profiles that adult vapers prefer are covered.
But the classic vape pod has a high resistance coil optimized for nic salts. Today we are going to look at two the top contenders.
Smok Novo 2 versus Suorin Shine
Smok and Suorin are two of the most well-established vape manufacturers on the market. Suorin is best known for the Suorin Air and Suorin Air Plus, card style disposables with swappable vape pods. Lately, Suorin has begun to expand into vape pod kits with swappable coils. The Suorin Reno was the first of these. We pitted it head to head against one of the most storied names in the segment: Suorin Reno versus Lost Vape Orion Q Pro. Their second entry clearly targets the segment stalwart Smok Novo 2.
It is time to see if the new Suorin Shine has what it takes to topple the Smok Novo 2.
The initial Smok Novo was a revelation. Nic salt vapers used to the sleek Juul and its ease of use found that these same traits were also available in a refillable device.
This was a change of pace as refillable vape devices had become increasingly complex over the years. The success of Juul revealed that what adults were most interested in was an easy to use device which was satisfying with a great flavor.
But the original Novo had some areas to improve, lack of battery capacity and too low of an output to handle anything but nic salts. Smok Addressed this with the Smok Novo 2.
Compared to the original Smok Novo, the Novo 2 had nearly twice the battery capacity (800mAh versus 430mAh) and half again as much power (25w max output versus 16w). With this newfound power came a pod which could handle larger, lower resistance coils. The stupendous 1.0ohm mesh coil being the go-to for millions of nic salt vapers. There is also a quartz coil and mouth to lung coil, both of which have a resistance of 1.4ohms. The 1.4ohm MTL and 1.0ohm Mesh coils are included in the Smok Novo 2 kit.
The 2ml ejuice capacity remains unchanged as does the device size, although the placement of the charging jack shifted from the side to the bottom of the device.
The Smok Novo 2 has an almost one year headstart on the newly released Suorin Shine. As mentioned above, this is just Suorin’s second effort at making a device with swappable coils. Also notable, earlier Suorin devices all have extremely small wicks and coils. The Suorin Shine is one of their first efforts to throw a more substantially sized coil into the mix.
Longer and thinner than the Suorin Reno, the Shine is unique in that it has both a fire button and can work as an autodraw. This approach was famously adopted by the widely loved UWell Caliburn. In our review of the UWell Caliburn, we found that it certainly lived up to its lofty reputation for performance.
The Suorin Shine certainly looks like the higher quality product when laid side-to-side against the UWell Caliburn, with its high grade aircraft aluminum. But compared to the Novo 2, it is a toss-up. The Novo 2’s tight tolerances and nicely textured shell feel extremely high-quality as well. Which one looks and feels nicer will come down entirely to personal preference.
As far as actual size, the Suorin Shine does begin to fall behind the Novo 2. The Smok vape pod is significantly smaller but packs in a bigger battery, the same ejuice capacity and has a higher peak output as well. The same holds true when comparing the Suorin Shine to the Suorin Air Plus, which packs a 930mAh battery into its slim card shaped form and has both a 0.7ohm and 1.0ohm pod.
Despite having a swappable coil, at the time of this review there is only one resistance option for the Suorin Shine. The Smok Novo 2 has three. But the swappable coil option does reduce waste and allow the user to continue to use the same pod rather than pitching it at the end of its service life.
Winner: Novo 2 vs. Shine
Despite being the larger and newer design with a fire and autodraw options, the Smok Novo 2 gets the edge because of the incredible clarity of its flavor, larger battery and greater array of coil options. If Suorin were to release more coil options, or if you prefer the 1.0ohm Suorin coil, the Shine is a great choice. It is reliable, mostly leak-free (the Achilles heal of the original Nord and Novo) and a very attractive device. But if you are to choose only one, sight unseen, the Novo 2 is the safer pick.