Updated: March 2021
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 has evolved, and in recent years has 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 that you can match them to your needs and preferences. If you’re not wedded to Smok, you may also find our best vape pod and best pod mod roundups useful.
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 Nord||10-15 W||1100mAh||94 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|
|Smok Nord 2||0-40W||1500mAH||95 x 30.5 x 20mm||MTL/DL|
|Smok Nord 4||5-80W||2000mAh||Original
33.7 x 24.4 x 104.9 mm
33.7 x 22.8 x 104.9 mm
|Smok Fetch Pro||5-80 W||Uses replacable 18650 battery||93.5 x 46 mm||DL|
|Smok RPM80||1-80 W||Standard:
Replaceable 18650 batteries
109 x 31.5mm
118 x 31.5mm
|Smok Alike||1-40 W||1600mAh||77 x 43.2 mm||MTL/DL|
|Smok Pozz X||5-40W||1500mAh||97.3 x 33.66 x 22mm||MTL/DL|
|Smok Mag P3||1 – 230||2 x Replacable 18650||91.6 x 72.3 x 36mm||DL|
|Smok Nfix||1-25W||700mAh||110.5 x 21.5 x 133mm||MTL|
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 contours of the mouth.
The Nord comes with a choice of coils, including 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 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 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 0.4 Ω 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 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: 4X the power!
From the Nord 2, we skip straight to the Nord 4 (as Smok’s Nord X is considered the 3rd in the 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 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 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 Innokin Adept Zlide , the Alike is dustproof, shockproof 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 Pozz X: Small, no-fuss but surprisingly powerful
Don’t let the Pozz X’s compact size fool you!
It may be small, but it’s surprisingly powerful, versatile and hardwearing. It also has the potential for decent vapour production and great flavour.
With a 40w output, the Pozz X boasts a very respectable 1400mAh battery that can handle up to a full day of vaping.
It’s also super easy to use with a simple, single-button design. Use the button to fire and lock the device, control wattage and manage your settings. All vaping information (puff counter, wattage etc) is displayed on the built-in TFT screen, making it easy to monitor and tailor the settings.
The Pozz X offers a lot of versatility for such an easy-to-use device. It is compatible with a range of coil resistances, meaning you can play around with e-liquids and vaping styles. Depending on the pod and coils used, you can choose between a Mouth-to-Lung and Direct Lung vape – easily controlled by the adjustable airflow ring. The inclusion of a three-spoke air intake gives the Pozz X a stable airflow channel that gets the best flavour out of your e-liquid.
If you’re looking for a no-fuss yet flexible and long-lasting pod device, the Pozz X is one to consider.
Smok Mag P3: Best battery capacity
With its revolver-style shape, the Smok Mag P3 is definitely one of the more striking Smok pod devices… but that’s not all there is to it!
With a huge 230W output and 2 x 18650mAh battery capacity, it’s easily the most powerful device on this list and is bursting with innovative features and technology.
An advanced, direct-lung device with big cloud capability and plenty of vaping modes to explore, the Mag P3 is best left to experienced vapers who like to control and customise their vaping.
Users can benefit from a whole host of advanced modes and handy features with the Mag P3 (it even has the choice to add a lock code!) all displayed and controlled by the super-sensitive 1.9” HD touch screen interface.
You can choose to vape in VW mode with preset vaping modes (soft/normal/hard) or in TC mode for full control over coil types, preheat wattage and TCR values.
The inclusion of external batteries means you don’t need to worry about recharging the device. Just swap dead batteries for fresh ones and carry on vaping. However, there’s also the option of the battery-saving Stealth mode’. Stealth mode allows you to vape discreetly without the screen, and also means the battery will last longer.
The Mag 3 isn’t only powerful – it’s also seriously tough. Its IP67 rating means it’s dustproof, waterproof and shockproof so can withstand the punishment of daily life. A great device for using outdoors and on the go.
Smok Nfix: Fixed coils & discreet vaping
As its name suggests, the Smok Nfix is a fixed coil device – just one of the features that make it unique from the others on this list.
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 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.
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