In previous years Smok were 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 have evolved, and in recent years have produced a range of highly popular pod systems. At the same time, the quality of Smok products 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 some of the most popular Smok Pod systems, so you can match them to your needs and preferences.
MTL v. DTL
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. DTL for an explanation.
At a glance
|Power range||Battery capacity||Size||Vape Style|
|Smok Mico||10-26W||700mAh||56.3 x 46.5mm||MTL|
|Smok Infinix (V2)||10-15 W||450mAh||110 x 19.5 mm||MTL|
|Smok Nord||10-15 W||1100mAh||94mm x 30 mm||MTL/Restricted DL|
|Smok Fetch Mini||5-40 W||1200mAh||76 x 42.8 mm||MTL/DL|
|Smok RPM40||1-40 W||1500mAh||99 x 25 mm||MTL/DL|
|Power range||Battery capacity||Size||Vape Style|
|Smok Fetch||5-80 W||Uses replaceable 18650 battery||93.5 x 46 mm||DL|
|Smok Alike||1-40 W||1600mAh||77 x 43.2 mm||MTL/DL|
|Smok Nord 2||5-40 W||1500mAh||95 x 30.5 mm||MTL/DL|
|Smok RPM80||1-80 W||Standard: 3000mAh
Pro: Uses replaceable 18650 battery
|Standard: 109 x 31.5mm
Pro: 118 x 31.5mm
Smok Nord – Most popular, comfortable mouth-piece
The Nord is a stylish, easy-to-use pod system which has won mass popularity around the UK. I asked the teams in our stores why it was so popular, and the answer was that it’s at least partly down to the duck-billed mouth-piece which is designed to fit the contour of the mouth.
The Nord comes with a choice of coils, which include the 1.4Ω ceramic coil for a classic mouth-to-lung vape and a 0.6Ω mesh coil for sub-ohm vaping. Given the wattage levels (10-15 watts) it was never going to be a massive cloud device, but it can be used for a more restricted mouth-to-lung vape.
Smok Mico: Best for small hands
The Mico is a truly tiny, square shaped pod system which is less than 6cm in height and under 5cm in width. While this tiny device is never going to win awards in battery capacity, given the size of the device, 700mAh is pretty impressive and should last most vapers all day, especially when using the higher resistance coils.
The pod capacity is 1.7ml, which is a smidgeon less than the standard 2ml capacity, but if you prefer small pod systems, that’s probably a sacrifice worth making. The pods come with a choice of 0.8ohms or 1ohm coil – so not really a DL vape, but capable of plenty of punch!
Smok Fetch Mini: Best for looks – up to 40 watts of power
Looking for more power than 15 watts? The Fetch Mini provides up to 40 watts of power, making it a great option for people who want thicker vapour and more of a mouth-to-lung experience.
But fans are as likely to choose the Fetch Mini for its stunning looks as much as the wattage range – it’s certainly one of the most attractive Smok pod systems, with the hardened, scratch-proof glass leading to a bright, glossy finish.
Do note that the Fetch Mini only has 100mAh more power than the Smok Nord. So if you’re using it at the higher end of the wattage range, you’re simply not going to get as much battery life out of it as with the Nord.
Smok Infinix: Slim & Easy to Use
The Infinix 2 is a slim, compact pod system which will slip perfectly into the pocket. This system is inhale activated – i.e. simply inhale and the device will do the rest of the work you. That makes it ideal for vapers who want a no-fuss device which is simple to use.
While almost double the capacity of the original Infinix, the 450mAh battery is certainly not huge compared to some of the devices here. But that needs to be taken in the context of the output wattage, which is 10-15 watts. It should last most vapers the best part of a day.
The Smok Infinix works will work with high PG e-liquids and nicotine salts, and is a good option for vapers looking for a no-frills, mouth-to-lung vape device.
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, which 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 preferences.
The RPM40 comes with the option of using a 0.4 ohm 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 Pod Systems Coming Soon
Vape technology rarely stands still, although Smok can sometimes keep us waiting for some time after announcing a new product launch! We’ve covered the RPM80 and the Nord 2 in some details in previous posts, so I’ll just touch on those two.
Smok Nord 2: More power
First up is the Nord 2. The Nord 2 will be able to output up to 40 watts of power, will come with an upgraded battery capacity of 1500 mAh and comes with lower resistance coils. For an in-depth comparison see Smok Nord v. Smok Nord 2.
Smok Fetch Pro: Long lasting 18650 batteries
The third upgrade is the Fetch Pro. At 9.3 cm long it 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 means that you can simply swap out the batteries when they need recharging, so 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 will use 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. Again, for an in-depth look at the device see Vaporesso PM80 v. Smok RPM80.
The Smok Alike: Best for outdoor use
Some vapers need more rugged devices, and if you’re looking for a device for outdoor vaping, the Smok Alike might be your answer. Like the Mag P3, the Alike is dustproof, shock proof and IPX7 waterproof – i.e. it can withstand immersion in shallow water for up to 30 minutes.
Ironically, given its name, the Smok Alike looks different too. It comes in a robust metal frame, but what really makes it stand out is the leather finishing and stitching, which also lends itself to a comfortable grip.
The Alike can output up to 40 watts, has a battery capacity of 1600mAh (excellent for a pod system, but not as large as the SMOK RPM80) and is compatible with existing RPM coils and rebuildable RPM RDA coils.
Smok release new products constantly – in fact, despite the fact there are four new pod systems on their way, shortly I’d finished drafting post I found the Smok POZZ X kit had just been released. (I’ve added it to the table at the top of this post, but the write up will follow once I’ve had a chance to play with it!) So expect plenty more from Smok in the rest of 2020.
Which is your favourite Smok pod system? Let us know in the comments below!