The SMOK Nord was one of 2018/19’s best-selling pod vapes. But how does its successor, the SMOK Nord 2, improve on the original pod’s performance and design? Let’s investigate…
How do you improve the SMOK Nord? As someone that used that device pretty extensively in 2018, my #1 want/ask would be to make the coils better. They were inconsistent at best. In some cases, just terrible. Will the SMOK Nord 2 be any better? How has SMOK improved it?
SMOK Nord 2 Design
The design is more or less the same as before, and so too are the build materials – it has the same zinc alloy frame and even uses the same honeycomb pattern. This is fine, however, as the SMOK Nord was a fine-looking device, so no one would criticize SMOK for leaving the industrial design alone.
The design and physical look of the Nord 2 are identical to the original; it works the same, has the same button placement, and is the same size. You also interact with it in the same way (three clicks of the button to adjust power output). Again, not a problem. The original Nord’s layout and usability were fine.
The BIGGEST change to the device is the battery, it’s now a 1500mAh internal battery (the original SMOK Nord used a 1100mAh). This should increase battery performance rather dramatically, meaning the device will be, largely speaking, good to go for a couple of days at a time, providing you run it in its lower output modes.
The second BIG change is that the Nord 2 now has a display; it’s located on the side of the device and it shows your wattage, battery life, volts, and amperage. This is a big new addition to the device and one that was likely included because vapers now want more control over their vaping sessions – even if they’re using a pod vape.
SMOK Nord 2 Coils
The SMOK Nord 2 will run two distinct coils: the Nord DC 0.8ohm coil and the RPM Mesh 0.4ohm coil. The pods are, of course, refillable too. Each will contain 4.5ml of vape juice unless you’re in a TPD country (anywhere in Europe) where they’ll be limited to 3ml.
Again, SMOK’s coils can be hit and miss – both the Nord and the RPM ones – so, as always, this is worth keeping in mind. I loved my SMOK Nord but it was occasionally let down by a batch of dud coils. And this “dud coil issue” has been something that SMOK has done for years – right back to when I started vaping in 2013!
SMOK Nord 2 Specifications
- Size: 95*30.5*20mm
- Output Power: 1-40W
- Battery Capacity: 1500mAh
- Input Voltage: 3.3-4.2V
- Output Voltage: 0.5-4.0V
- Standby Current: <50uA
- Load Resistance Range: 0.3-3.0ohm
- Charging Voltage: 5V
- Charging Current: MAX 1.2A
- Charger Output: 5V/2A
- Overcharge Voltage: 4.3V
- Over-discharge Voltage: 2.4V
- Overcharge Current: 1.75A
Anything Else I Need To Know?
Nope, the above just about covers everything you need to know about the SMOK Nord 2. It’s a pretty significant update on the original Nord, adding in a larger battery, some new coil options, and a display on the side of the pod. For many, this will be enough of an update to coax them into updating.
I’ve yet to test the Nord 2 just yet, however, so I’m reserving judgment about whether or not it will earn itself a spot inside our Guide To 2020’s Best Pod Vapes…