Smok Nord 2 Review


Smok Nord 2, a compact AIO with adjustable wattage. Compatible with Nord and RPM coils. But how does the Smok Nord 2 perform ? Is it a great vape ?

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Introduction

The Smok Nord 2, a compact 40W all in one vape device that features a 0.69″ OLED screen, and an internal battery capacity of 1500 mAh. Additionally the Smok Nord 2 is compatible with both the Smok Nord and RPM coils, giving a good range of coil choice. While there is no adjustable airflow, can the ability to adjust the wattage push the Smok Nord 2 into pole position ? Can it win where others fail ? Let’s delve into this review and find out.

Available in Red, Black Cobra, 7-Color Oil, Gold, 7-Color Cobra …
White Cobra, 7-Color Resin, Black Stabilizing Wood, and Red Stabilizing Wood.

Box Contents

Below is a quick breakdown of what you may expect to see included with the Smok NORD 2 Kit.

Smok NORD 2 Standard PackagingSmok NORD 2 TPD Packaging
1x Smok NORD 2 Device1x Smok NORD 2 Device
1x RPM Pod 4.5ml1x RPM Pod 2ml
1x Nord Pod 4.5ml1x Nord Pod 2ml
1x RPM Mesh 0.4Ω Coil – 25W1x RPM Mesh 0.4Ω Coil – 25W
1x Nord 0.8Ω Coil – 16W1x Nord 0.8Ω Coil – 16W
1x USB cable1x USB cable
1x User Manual 1x User Manual

Packaging

Typical in the style of Smok, the packaging colour and imagery reflects the box contents. Moreover in the case of the supplied Smok Nord 2, the Black Cobra image is featured centrefold. While the key features of the Nord 2 are detailed in the form of icons. Moreover making it easy to see the differences between the available colour options.

Additionally on the sides are the authenticity checker, Smok hologram, Smok business and support details. Furthermore on the back are the kit contents, health warnings and government compliance logos.

Removing the outer sleeving reveals the Smok Nord 2, USB cable, both the RMP and Nord pods all sat neatly within their inlays. Furthermore sat beneath the inlay is the user manual.

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Build quality

Without a doubt the Smok NORD 2 looks well made, with nice clean edging between the panels and the shell of the mod. Moreover the Nord 2 feels sturdy with its Zinc Alloy frame and remains comfortable in the hand thanks to the filleted and chamfered design. Furthermore the style and patterns on the panels add a simple yet pleasing aesthetic to the Nord 2. With only the responsive fire button with its audible clicking sound visible on the front panel.

Ordinarily I would grumble at the USB port being on the base of a vape device. However in the case of the Nord 2 it makes perfect sense. Because not only would the LCD screen inhibit such as placement. But the very nature of the design of the device would cause it to continually topple over.

Continuing on with the inspection of the Nord 2 and the LCD is crisp and clean with a good sized read-out for a device of its size. Making it easy to read the current settings. Furthermore with the LCD placed on the side of the device, it allows for a non-intrusive element to the design.

Whereas the Smok RPM40 took a long time from turning on the device to being able to vape on it. The Smok Nord 2 is much quicker, and not quite as noticeable in reaching a state of readiness which is great to see.

Nord and RPM Pods

While not quite as easily distinguishable as other Smok pod kits that feature both the Nord and RPM compatible pods. Nonetheless the very secure silicone gaskets are marked with the coil type. Additionally the dimensions for the coil placement is notably larger for the RPM variant.

However despite the well moulded pod being manufactured from a transparent PCTG, e-liquid levels remain difficult to monitor. Relying on regular removal of the pod to reduce dry burning the coils on the Smok Nord 2.

Despite the e-liquid visibility issue, the pod remains very firmly in place with only a slight wiggle when pushed.

Dimensions

Dimensionally from the base to the top of the mouthpiece, the Smok Nord 2 stands 95mm tall, has a width of 30.5mm and a depth of 20mm from the front to the back.

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Functionality

Offering a no fuss style of vaping, the Smok Nord 2 offers little functionality with the exception of an adjustable wattage mode and puff counter. But if the Nord 2 is turned on, then puff counters are automatically reset with each removal of a pod. However for those who like to monitor the puff counter. If the Nord 2 is not turned on and the pod is removed then the puff counter is not reset.

Furthermore turning on the Smok Nord 2 is via the customary 5 clicks of the fire button. Whereas 3 click enters the adjustable wattage mode with a non-restricted range of 1 – 40W.

VW – Variable Wattage

Without a doubt the use of the fire button to enter and control the wattage mode is a nice clean solution to keep the aesthetics of the Smok Nord 2 minimalistic.

Furthermore as previously mentioned 3 clicks of the fire button will allow adjustments of the set wattage. As indicated with the wattage output flashing on the LCD screen. To adjust the wattage simply click the fire button until the desired wattage is reached.

However if you over step the mark, simply continue to click the fire button and it will come back around again. Importantly to set the desired wattage leave the fire button untouched for 3 secs and the wattage read-out on the LCD will stop flashing.

Battery Use

Featuring an internal 1500 mAh internal battery, the battery economy on the Smok Nord 2 is good, especially with the 0.8Ω Nord coil. Moreover even with the battery capacity at 3%, the Nord 2 still vapes well at 16W. Which is great, as many other pod systems cut out way before.

Additionally the battery levels are indicated on the LCD screen in the form of an icon with a percentage read-out. Similar to that of a mobile phone. Furthermore while charging the remaining charge time is displayed on the screen, which is a handy feature. While the Smok Nord 2 is not the quickest to charge, especially with a maximum charging rate of 5V 1.2A. Nonetheless battery long term life will benefit from this.

Sadly until I recently discovered the technique of removing of the pod when turned off. The puff counters were reset each time the pod was removed. Consequentially I cannot give a good average to the length of time between charges. Nonetheless it is always worth remembering that battery longevity is always dependent on not only the selected wattage. But also the length of each vape.

Refilling

Refilling on the Smok Nord 2 with either the Nord or RPM pods is an easy affair by removing the well sealed silicone gasket. However the refilling hole dimensions limit refilling to bottles with thinner nozzles.

But as previously mentioned, in order to prevent dry burns you need to regularly remove the pod from the Smok Nord 2, which becomes tedious. Moreover it would have been nice if the mouthpiece was as transparent as the rest of the pod. Allowing for easy viewing of the e-liquid levels.

Airflow

Despite the lack of an adjustable airflow on the Smok Nord 2. The airflow for both the 0.8Ω Nord and 0.4Ω Mesh RPM remains quietly smooth with no turbulence. But while the MTL restriction is perfect for me. Those liking a tighter draw, may well find themselves restricting one of the airflow inlets with a finger to gain a tighter pull.

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Coil Replacement

Without a doubt replacing the coils on either of the Smok Nord 2 pods is an easy task. But it is best not to replace the coil while there is still e-liquid inside the pod. Otherwise all the e-liquid will run out of the mouthpiece. Nonetheless it remains a simple process of pulling out the old coil, priming the new coil with a few drops of e-liquid down the chimney, and on each of the wicking holes. Then replace the coil back into the pod. Importantly, ensure to let it sit for 10-15 minutes in order to become saturated.

A point of note, as part of the testing process I leave the used pods filled with e-liquid to sit for a minimum of 24 hours. As a result neither of the pods or coils leaked, which is good to see.

RPM 0.4Ω Mesh Coil – 25W

Without a doubt the Smok RPM 0.4Ω Mesh coil is underrated. Moreover at the recommended wattage of 25W, the flavour production is a little washed out. However bump the power up to 30 – 35W and the overall flavour comes out a lot more. Furthermore the coil gives a good overall representation of most fruits. But struggles with bringing out Meringues. Yet custards come out reasonably well starting from 16W. While the RPM 0.4Ω Mesh coil can happily wick 70VG. However the flavour drops when chain vaping.

Nord 0.8Ω Regular Dual Coil – 16W

Without a doubt the Smok Nord 0.8Ω produces a nice MTL vape, albeit too airy for some. Moreover with the ability to adjust the wattage, the throat hit from Nic Salts can be easily adjusted to suit individual needs. Even dropping the wattage to 9W still provides reasonable flavour with less throat hit. However 12-18W seems to be the sweet spot for most 50PG e-liquids. When it comes to flavour profiles the Nord 0.8Ω DC coil performs very well with fruits. But not so well with creams or custards.

Chipset and Protection

Powered by the IQ-N chipset the Smok Nord 2 is reported to offer the following levels of protection.

  • 8s Timeout – Protects against continued accidental firing.
  • Low Voltage Protection – Prevents the battery levels dropping to a point of no return.
  • Short-Circuit Prompt / Low Resistance Prompt – Safety cut out.

Interestingly, there is no reported protection for USB charging. However it would be fair to presume there is some level of protection.

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Specifications

Smok Nord 2 Specifications
Dimensions30.5mm (W) x 20mm (D) x 95mm (T)
Output Power Range1W – 40 W
Output Voltage0.5 – 4V (Not Selectable)
Battery type, and quantityInternal 1500 mAh
MaterialMod Frame – Zinc Alloy, Pods – PCTG
Resistance Range0.3 – 3Ω

Niggles

The Smok Nord 2’s only real niggle is the lack of ability to see the e-liquid levels. Forcing the user to constantly remove the pod to prevent an accidental dry burn. Consequentially this has cost the Smok Nord 2 points in ease of use, and wish the drip tip was as transparent ass the rest of the pod.

While the MTL airflow is not an issue for me personally, for those who like a tight MTL draw, the Nord 2 may not be to your liking.

Summary

Without a doubt the Smok Nord 2 is a well put together AIO kit, that feels reassuringly sturdy for every day usage. Furthermore the minimalistic layout while retaining an adjustable wattage option is something I particularly like. However not being able to see the e-liquid levels is an issue, as is the loose MTL vape for those who prefer a tighter pull.

Nonetheless with plenty of coil options and a sleek design, the Smok Nord 2 is perfect for pockets, whilst still retaining a good battery life. As a result the Smok Nord 2 will suit many users wishing for a smaller device with the ability to adjust the wattage.

This product has been sent with the kind generosity of NewVaping for the purpose of an impartial review.Furthermore the thoughts that you find below are mine and are no way influenced by the fact that this was gifted.

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Smok Nord 2

£29.99 +20% Off
9

BUILD QUALITY

9.2/10

BATTERY LIFE

9.0/10

EASE OF USE

8.8/10

FLAVOUR

8.9/10

Pros

  • Adjustable Wattage
  • Comfortable
  • Feels sturdy
  • Side LCD

Cons

  • Airy MTL
  • Liquid levels not visible

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