One device we’re eagerly looking forward to is the Smok Nord 2. The original device When we saw the original version of the device, we knew it was going to be a hit. That certainly proved to be the case, with the device rapidly becoming one of our best selling devices in our stores. It wasn’t just a hit with customers – the device also won the best pod vape at the Vaping 360 awards.
Why did it become so popular?
One factor is the combination of sub-ohm capability in such a dinky device. The pod system will easily fit into the pocket but comes with a 0.6 ohm coil, meaning it can produce larger clouds than similar devices.
The quality of the vape was excellent, and rapidly won fans. Smok’s build quality and reliability has increased hugely over the last year or so, and the pod system certainly reflected this. Finally, the Duck Billed drip tip also proved popular, with a contour designed to fit a vapers lips.
Now Smok have launched a new version of the device – the Nord 2. While we wait for this device to come into stock, let’s have a look at what’s new….
Greater power range
Smok have massively upped the power range with the new Nord 2. While the original came with a wattage range of 10-15 watts, the new device can be used at anything from 1 to 40 watts, making it ideal for vapers who want to get larger clouds of vapour.
To activate the wattage range, press the button 3 times, then hold the button down continuously until it reaches your preferred wattage level.
The Nord 2 comes with two pods, both with coils pre-installed. The RPM pod is the one you want for cloud vaping, coming with a 0.4 ohm mesh coil – that compares with a 0.6 ohm coil in the original device. That means the Nord 2 can produce thicker vapour than the original, especially when combined with the higher wattage range.
The mouth-to-lung Nord pod also comes with a lower resistance 0.8ohm coil, which is a fair bit lower than the original 1.4ohm MTL coil in the original device. This should make it ideal for the MTL vaper who likes a bit of oomph.
One frustration we used to have with old Smok devices in the past is the need to match new devices to new coils. Handily, these pods are cross-compatible with previous NORD/RPM coils, so you still have the full range of resistances to choose from.
Improved battery capacity
The original Smok Nord came with a battery capacity of 1100mAh. While that’s sufficient for a small pod system, in 2020 we’re increasingly seeing larger battery capacities coming out.
The Smok Nord 2 doesn’t disappoint, with a 1500mAh fixed internal battery capacity, which is handy if you are taking advantage of the increased wattage range.
A further addition to the Nord 2 is the power charging display unit, so you can now see battery levels and estimated charge time.
The airflow remains in the same place, just below the pod, but comes with enlarged airflow holes to enable the device to handle the increased power and lower resistance coils.
The information displayed on the Smok Nord 2 is also massively improved, with a 0.69 inch OLED to display information such as the wattage setting.
The Smok Nord 2 is a smidgeon larger than the original – but only a smidgeon. As you can see below, with just a millimetre added onto the length, most users probably won’t notice the difference.
(Do note the increased e-liquid capacity shown in the image below won’t apply to UK/EU versions of the device, due to pesky TPD restrictions!)
Who’s it for?
As with the original, the Smok Nord 2 is designed to offer both MTL and DTL styles. The device will suit vapers who want to go further into sub-ohming and cloud vaping, without the size associated with more powerful mods, and get a bit more oomph with their vape. It’s also a good option for vapers who like to switch between DTL and MTL styles of vaping.
While not difficult to use, we never recommend sub-ohm devices for a new vaper, who would be better off with a more basic starter kit such as the Innokin GO-S. Meanwhile, vapers who need more than 40 watts of power would be better off with a more powerful Pod Mod, such as the Vaporesso Target PM80.
Will you be trying the new Nord 2? Let us know in the comments!