Updated: November 2021
In previous years Smok was known for their huge mods and immense power, not to mention their futuristic, space-age design (think of the Smok Alien for example!)
But Smok has evolved, and in recent years has produced a range of highly popular pod systems. At the same time, the quality of Smok pod systems has improved, making them a viable option both for newer vapers and for vapers who are looking for a simpler alternative to a vape mod.
So in this post, we’re highlighting the key features of the best Smok pod systems so that you can choose the right one for your needs.
For more Smok devices other than pods, see our Best Smok Pod Devices post.
What is MTL & DL Vaping?
Do note that vape style here refers to Mouth-to-Lung (MTL) or Direct Lung (DL). Not sure what it means? See our guide MTL v. DL for an explanation.
Best Smok pod systems summarised
|Device||Power range||Battery capacity||Size||Vape Style|
|Smok RPM40||1-40 W||1500mAh||99 x 25 mm||MTL/DL|
|Smok RPM 4||5 – 60W||1650mAh||103 x 25 x 27.9mm||MTL./DL|
|Smok Nord 2||5-40 W||1500mAh||95 x 30.5 mm||MTL/DL|
|Smok Nord 4||5 – 80W||2000mAh||Regular: 33.7 x 24.4 x 104.9 mm,|
Leather: 33.7 x 22.8 x 104.9 mm
|Smok Stick G15||Bypass Output||700mAh||124 x 17mm||MTL|
|Smok Fetch Pro||5-80 W||Uses replaceable 18650 battery||93.5 x 46 mm||DL|
|Smok RPM80 & RPM80 Pro||1-80 W||Standard: 3000mAh|
Pro: Replaceable 18650 battery
|Standard: 109 x 31.5mm|
Pro: 118 x 31.5mm
|Smok Nfix||1-25W||700mAh||110.5 x 21.5 x 133mm||MTL|
|Smok Thiner||1 – 25W||750mAh||88 x 43 x 10mm||MTL|
|Smok G-Priv Pod||5- 80W||2500mAh||34.1 x 27.1 x 111.5mm||MTL/DL|
|Smok G-Priv Pro Pod||5 – 80W||External 18650||34 x 27 x 123.5mm||MTL/DL|
|Smok Nord 50W||5 – 50W||1800mAh||31 x 22.6 x 97mm (regular)|
32 x 23.9 x 98mm (leather)
|Smok Solus||4 – 16W||700mAh||100 x 21.5 x 13mm||MTL|
|Smok Novo 4||5 – 25W||800mAh||93.5 x 26.5 x 17.7mm||MTL|
|Smok Novo 2S||4 – 20W||800mAh||24.5 x 14.5 x 91.5mm||MTL|
Best Smok pod systems in depth
Smok RPM40: Power and clouds
The RPM40 also comes with a wattage range of 1-40 watts, and along with that comes an increased battery life of 1500mAh. This means the battery will last longer than the Fetch Mini when used at the same wattage output. The cuboid design is quite different from the Fetch Mini and which you prefer will be very much down to your personal preferences.
The RPM40 comes with the option of using a 0.4Ω mesh coil, which is a great option for vapers who like thick vapour, although obviously it won’t match a high powered vape mod.
Smok RPM 4: Stepless Sliding Airflow Control
Similar in design to the RPM40, the Smok RPM 4 improves on its predecessor with an increased output of 60 watts, a larger 1650mAh battery and the additional option of leather finishes.
A versatile device with 2 compatible pod and coil options (RPM and LP2) the RPM 4 can cater to all vaping styles including MTL and DL. Both versions of the pod are included in the RPM 4 kit so you have the chance to try both.
Another great upgrade is the inclusion of a stepless sliding airflow control on the side of the device – allowing you to tailor your air intake with accurate precision.
Smok Nord 2: More power
An update on the original Nord, the Nord 2 retains the classic compact, pod-style design and comfortable, duck-billed mouthpiece, but offers improved versatility and power compared to its predecessor.
The Nord 2 provides more than double the power output of the Nord (40W compared to the Nord’s 15). The 1500mAh battery also gives an extra 400mAh, meaning longer battery life between charges.
Suited to intermediate and advanced vapers, the Nord 2 is compatible with a range of coil resistances to give you the option of different vaping styles. You have the choice of a restricted Mouth-to-Lung vape (when used with the included 0.8Ω mesh coil) or a Direct-Lung vaping style (when used with the 0.4Ω.mesh coil).
Smok Nord 4: 4 X the power!
From the Nord 2, we skip straight to the Nord 4 (as Smok’s Nord X is considered the 3rd in the Nord series). The latest adaptation of the Nord offers even more power, battery life and versatility than its predecessors.
The power output of 80W is double that of the Nord 2 and more than 4 x the original Nord.
This is a versatile device that can create big clouds and can give both an airy Mouth-to-Lung vape and a tighter, restricted Mouth-to-Lung vape that resembles a cigarette. Controlling the airflow is easy via the steering wheel style adjustor on the device. What’s more, the 2000mAh battery capacity means you can use it for substantially longer between charges when used at the same wattage as the Nord 2 (40W).
The Nord 4 has also been given a stylish makeover. While it still retains the classic pod design of the previous Nords, there are more colour options than ever before – plus the addition of 3 chic leather options.
Smok Stick G15: Perfect for beginners
For new vapers switching from smoking, it is important that the introduction to vaping is as simple as possible. When faced with too many time-consuming complications, the temptation to quickly pick up a cigarette becomes stronger.
This is why the easy to use Smok Stick G15 makes a perfect starter kit.
Its buttonless design, draw activation, bypass output and fixed coil pods mean you won’t need to spend time fussing with settings or changing coils. Just fill the pod, inhale on the device and you’re good to go!
With fixed 0.8Ω coil pods, the Stick G15 provides a satisfying Mouth-to-Lung vape and throat hit needed for new vapers who need that familiar cigarette-style draw.
Smok Fetch Pro: Long-lasting 18650 batteries
At 9.3 cm long, the Smok Fetch Pro is certainly a fair bit larger than the Fetch Mini, but with that extra size you get double the wattage range (up to 80 watts) and the ability to use a replaceable 18650 battery (not included). Replaceable 18650 batteries mean that you can simply swap out the batteries when they need recharging so that you can keep on using your device.
Power and wattage is not the only thing which has changed with the Fetch Pro. Back is the extended power button that runs along the side of the device, which is also a feature of the hugely popular Smok Alien Mod. The pod device also utilises a powerful magnet, which both helps the pod click quickly into the system and means it’s not easily dislodged. Finally, the pods come with a bottom adjustable airflow, which means you can adjust it to suit your preferred vaping style.
The Fetch Pro could be used for both MTL and DL vaping, but the airiness of the vape means it’s best for DL and restricted DL vaping.
Smok RPM80 & RPM80 Pro: Best for cloud vapers
The standard RPM80, as the name suggests, will output up to 80 watts of power with an impressive 3000mAh battery capacity, while the RPM80 Pro uses a replaceable 18650 battery. One of my colleagues has been using the RPM80 Pro for a while and is really enjoying the device so far. For an in-depth look at the device see Vaporesso PM80 v. Smok RPM80.
Smok Nfix: Fixed coils & discreet vaping
With fiddly, messy and time-consuming coil changes being one of the more tedious parts of vaping, Nfix pods with their 0.8Ω fixed coils eliminate this. When it’s time to change the coil, you simply swap the pod for a new one. The pod’s magnetic connection means you don’t even have to unscrew it from the device – saving even more time and fiddling.
With 25W of adjustable power and the included coils, the Nfix is most compatible with 50:50 e-liquids and nicotine salts for an airy, Mouth-to-Lung vape similar to cigarette smoking.
At just 13g in weight and 13mm depth, the Nfix is very lightweight and slim, making it easy to carry in your pocket. The 700mAh internal battery isn’t the largest but should last most vapers several hours. Luckily, when the battery does run low the USB-C charging design means it’s back to full charge in under an hour.
Finally, if you’re not someone who likes blowing big clouds, the Nfix is a great device for more discreet vaping. When used with the 0.8Ω coil, it will produce only a small amount of vapour. If you’re more of a cloud chaser, this isn’t the device for you.
Smok Thiner: Compact & great flavour
The Thiner is one of the most compact vape devices you’ll find. It’s a super-slim 10mm thick, weighs just 47g and is the same size as a credit card. This means it will easily slip into a pocket, purse or phone case for carrying around.
The MTL pod device uses convenient fixed-coil pods and has a single button design making it perfect for new vapers.
What we find most impressive about the Thiner device is the great flavour it provides and that, for such a small device, Smok has managed to fit in a 0.96” OLED screen that tells you everything you need to know about your device – from wattage to coil resistance and battery capacity.
Smok G-Priv Pod & G-Priv Pro Pod
New vape devices can be like buses. You wait for one…and then two turn up!
In 2021, Smok gave us a two-for-one release with the G-Priv Pod and G-Priv Pro Pod.
Both are stylish 80W pod devices suited to more advanced vapers, can be used for both MTL & DL, feature a 3-step adjustable airflow and have a TFT colour screen.
However, the difference between the two versions is the battery. The G-Priv Pod comes with a fixed 2500mAh battery, while the G-Priv Pod Pro uses an external 18650 battery – giving you the choice of whichever design you prefer.
Smok Nord 50W: More choice than ever
The latest in the Nord range, the Nord 50W is (unsurprisingly) a 50W device that can be used for all vaping styles and used with both high VG & 50:50 e-liquids.
As well as all the usual features of a Nord device – including sleek and simple single-button design, adjustable airflow, USB-C fast charging and OLED screen, the Nord 50W promises to be the most versatile yet.
The Nord 50W comes with a choice of 3 different pods – each compatible with a different Smok coil range. You can choose from RPM, Nord and LP2 pods – leaving you spoilt for choice when it comes to which coils you can use.
Smok Solus: Budget-friendly
The Smok Solus makes a perfect starter kit for new vapers and is one of the most budget-friendly options out there.
With no setup, buttons or settings to deal with, inhale firing and fixed-coil pods, the Solus removes a lot of the complications that may deter smokers from switching to vaping. You simply fill the pod, attach it to the battery and inhale to vape.
Costing less than a pack of cigarettes, the Solus is also a great value kit that allows new users to experience and experiment with vaping without any large financial commitments.
Smok Novo 4: For all experience levels
The Smok Novo 4 manages to strike a balance between being easy enough for new users, while still having enough customisability to appeal to those with more experience.
With a single-button design, easy to fill pods, push-fit coil installation and 25 watts of adjustable power, new vapers should be able to operate the Novo 4 with ease.
The inclusion of a steering wheel-style airflow control is a new feature not seen on previous Novo devices and allows users to experiment with a more airy or restricted airflow.
There’s also the inclusion of a small OLED screen displaying device information, this helps users not only keep tabs on the status of the device but to also learn more about how it’s operating.
Smok Novo 2S: Great for beginners
While the Novo 4 appeals to both new and experienced users, its latest sibling, the Novo 2S, is even easier to use and a perfect starting point for newbie vapers who want a more simple device that requires minimum fuss.
The buttonless Novo 2S can output up to 20W and sets its own power output based on the resistance of the coil being used. It also features inhale activation and uses fixed-coil pods that take the time and effort out of coil changes. When the coil reaches the end of its life you simply replace the pod.
All of these features mean there’s hardly any set-up needed to use the Novo 2S – you simply fill the pod, clip it into the device and inhale to start vaping.
The best of the best
First, it’s worth noting that no one Smok device is right for everybody – it all depends on what meets your needs. For example, the Smok RPM80 Pro would be great for a Direct-Lung vaper but terrible for a Mouth-to-Lung vaper. So one of the best ways to select a device is to use the table at the top.
That said, we do have a few personal favourites, based both on our own experience and feedback from other vapers.
The Nord series has proved very popular with our customers and this shows no sign of slowing down as they continue to improve the devices with each new release.
Store Manager Lee is one of these fans and is particularly fond of the Nord 4:
After using a few pod systems, I’ve found the Nord 4 gives me everything I need. It has a large battery for a pod system and a great range of coils. It’s also got adjustable airflow – which not many pod systems do, so I was happy, I was able to change the airflow to how I like it while using nicotine salts.
It comes with two different pods which is also great. I use the RPM pod for nicotine salts and I use the RPM 2 pod for when I want more vapour production. You can get a great amount of vapour from the Nord 4
Kayleigh from the marketing team thought the upcoming Smok Thiner is a nifty little device.
It’s so small and thin that it fits inside my phone case so it’s perfect for when I’m out and about and don’t want to be carrying a heavy device. It also provides a good amount of flavour andvapour for such a small and easy to use vape.
Smok releases new products constantly so expect plenty more from Smok! We’ll continue to keep this post up-to-date with the most interesting Smok devices.
Which is your favourite Smok pod system? Let us know in the comments below!