SMOK Nord Problems & Issues (And How To Fix Them)

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Are you rocking a SMOK Nord? Have you encountered these SMOK Nord problems? Below we’ll look at the most common SMOK Nord issues and provide answers on how to fix them…



Are you having problems with your SMOK Nord kit? Does your vape device feel sluggish and unreliable, and the flavor doesn’t taste like it used to?

Don’t panic! We’ve all been there.

Whether it’s from overuse or just defective parts, figuring out what is wrong with your SMOK Nord can be daunting, but luckily we are here to help!

In this blog post, we’ll go through common issues that vapers experience with their SMOK Nord kits and provide detailed solutions on how to fix them.

So read on if you’re looking for answers…

Dry Hits From Coils (The #1 Problem & The Worst To Fix)

If you know SMOK, you know that it isn’t exactly great when it comes to quality control for its coils. SMOK sub-ohm tanks have been plagued for years by sub-standard coil heads that burn out too quickly.

I thought the Nord was different when I tested it; I even noted this in our SMOK Nord Review. But it turns out I was DEAD wrong…

SMOK makes dud batches of coils and ships them all over the world. Like a super-annoying Wonka Ticket, it’s something of a lottery whether you get one or not.

But they’re out there, and they’re terrible. And once you install one of these dud coils, it’ll burn out within a day or two – sometimes less.

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When The Coils Are Playing Ball (Which Is Most of The Time), The SMOK Nord is One of The Best Pod Vapes Around. And For The Price (Less Than $30), It Delivers Truly Exceptional Value For Money.

And the bad news is that there is no way around this issue; if you buy a pack of dud coils, as I just did, you have to ride it out and hope there is at least one good one in the package.

Nine times out of ten, there isn’t. But this issue does seem to have gone away somewhat with the release of the SMOK Nord 2 and subsequent additions to SMOK’s Nord series of pods.

For whatever reason, when SMOK makes these dud packs of coils, whatever messes them up, affects all of them.

Using the right vape juice helps, but nothing can save you from a batch of dud coils.

For me, given how good the SMOK Nord is when it’s performing, this is the #1 most annoying issue of the pod device. If its coils were as good as the FreeMax AutoPod’s for instance, I’d happily use the Nord more or less exclusively, as I adore its design, the feel, and how it vapes.

How To Prime SMOK Nord Coils Properly Every Time

As noted above: you can’t escape SMOK’s dud coils, but you can make sure you’re priming your coils correctly. And don’t worry, it’s super-easy. All you have to do is follow these steps:

  1. Hold the coil in your hand and drop E Juice down through the hole onto the cotton.
  2. Keeping dripping droplets of E Juice until the cotton you see in the wicking holes on the sides changes color.
  3. Check the little wicking holes on the side of the device. Do they look wet? If they do, the coil is primed and ready to go.

Why Is My SMOK Nord Leaking?

I haven’t experienced this problem, but it is a fairly common one. It is also straightforward to fix; you need to make sure you’re not overfilling your pod. If you’ve experienced a leak with your SMOK Nord, try filling it up to about 80% of its maximum. Doing so should fix most leaking issues.

Another thing to consider: make sure you’re installing the coil heads correctly. For the best possible performance, you need to make sure the two open sides at the base of the coil are facing outwards (to the left and right of the device).

Installing the coil in this manner ensures that it wicks correctly. It also means that the coil’s cotton will not over-saturate which can lead to leaking and gurgling when you take a hit on the Nord. Paying close attention to coil positioning should help with these problems.

Best SMOK Nord Alternatives

Not happy with how the SMOK Nord is performing? If you’re looking to upgrade, the following pod vapes are the best pod vapes we have tested in the last 12 months.

Best Pod For Features
  • Pros:
    • Exceptional Flavor Production
    • Loads of Vaping Modes & Features
    • Brilliant, Long-Lasting Coils
    • Fast Charging Via USB-C
    • Premium Look & Feel
Best Pod Vape For Simplicity
  • Pros:
    • Mega Battery Life
    • MTL & DTL Support
    • 100% Leak-Proof
    • Compact, Robust Design
    • Great Flavor
Best Pod For Versatility
  • Pros:
    • Amazing Battery Life (1100mAh)
    • MTL & DTL Vaping Supported
    • Solid, Robust Design
    • Loads of Color Options Available
    • Excellent Performance
Best Pod Vape For Performance
  • Pros:
    • Insanely Powerful – 80W
    • Perfect For Sub-Ohm Vaping
    • Vape Mod-Grade Controls
    • Compact Design
    • Amazing Flavor & Coils
    • Insane Battery Life
Best Pod Vape For Beginners
  • Pros:
    • Amazing MTL Draw – One of The Best
    • Decent Battery Life (Much Improved Over OG Caliburn)
    • MTL and RDTL Coil Options
    • Sleek Design
    • Extremely Simple To Use
    • Coils Last An Eternity
Outstanding Features, Coils & Performance
  • Pros:
    • Advanced GENE.TT Chipset ensures fast ignition and high burst.
    • Compact yet robust, making it perfect for on-the-go vaping.
    • Adjustable wattage caters to your personal preferences.
    • Large e-liquid capacity minimizes the need for constant refills.
    • Outstanding build quality guarantees long-term use.
Amazing Coils, Brilliant Sub-Ohm Vaping
  • Pros:
    • Adjustable power to match your vaping style.
    • Convenient USB-C fast charging makes power depletion a non-issue.
    • Equipped with multiple safety protections.
    • Superior coil technology enhances flavor and longevity.
    • Robust battery life for all-day vaping.
Best For Capacity & Sub-Ohm Vaping
  • Pros:
    • Impressive battery capacity for extended vape sessions.
    • Large e-liquid capacity for fewer refills.
    • IQ-100 Chipset ensures reliable and consistent performance.
    • User-friendly interface with a vibrant display.
    • Multiple coil options for a personalized vaping experience.
Great For Beginners, Compact & Simple
  • Pros:
    • Simple operation for user-friendly experience.
    • Compact and portable design.
    • Consistent power output for reliable performance.
    • Top-fill design makes e-liquid refilling clean and easy.
    • LED battery life indicator helps monitor usage.
Super Compact, Brilliant MTL Draw
  • Pros:
    • Elegant and unique design.
    • Advanced GENE Chipset for efficient and reliable vaping.
    • High-capacity battery for longer vaping sessions.
    • Adjustable power output for tailored vaping.
    • Robust construction for durability and longevity.
Best Pod For Features
Pros:
  • Exceptional Flavor Production
  • Loads of Vaping Modes & Features
  • Brilliant, Long-Lasting Coils
  • Fast Charging Via USB-C
  • Premium Look & Feel
Best Pod Vape For Simplicity
Pros:
  • Mega Battery Life
  • MTL & DTL Support
  • 100% Leak-Proof
  • Compact, Robust Design
  • Great Flavor
Best Pod For Versatility
Pros:
  • Amazing Battery Life (1100mAh)
  • MTL & DTL Vaping Supported
  • Solid, Robust Design
  • Loads of Color Options Available
  • Excellent Performance
Best Pod Vape For Performance
Pros:
  • Insanely Powerful – 80W
  • Perfect For Sub-Ohm Vaping
  • Vape Mod-Grade Controls
  • Compact Design
  • Amazing Flavor & Coils
  • Insane Battery Life
Best Pod Vape For Beginners
Pros:
  • Amazing MTL Draw – One of The Best
  • Decent Battery Life (Much Improved Over OG Caliburn)
  • MTL and RDTL Coil Options
  • Sleek Design
  • Extremely Simple To Use
  • Coils Last An Eternity
Outstanding Features, Coils & Performance
Pros:
  • Advanced GENE.TT Chipset ensures fast ignition and high burst.
  • Compact yet robust, making it perfect for on-the-go vaping.
  • Adjustable wattage caters to your personal preferences.
  • Large e-liquid capacity minimizes the need for constant refills.
  • Outstanding build quality guarantees long-term use.
Amazing Coils, Brilliant Sub-Ohm Vaping
Pros:
  • Adjustable power to match your vaping style.
  • Convenient USB-C fast charging makes power depletion a non-issue.
  • Equipped with multiple safety protections.
  • Superior coil technology enhances flavor and longevity.
  • Robust battery life for all-day vaping.
Best For Capacity & Sub-Ohm Vaping
Pros:
  • Impressive battery capacity for extended vape sessions.
  • Large e-liquid capacity for fewer refills.
  • IQ-100 Chipset ensures reliable and consistent performance.
  • User-friendly interface with a vibrant display.
  • Multiple coil options for a personalized vaping experience.
Great For Beginners, Compact & Simple
Pros:
  • Simple operation for user-friendly experience.
  • Compact and portable design.
  • Consistent power output for reliable performance.
  • Top-fill design makes e-liquid refilling clean and easy.
  • LED battery life indicator helps monitor usage.
Super Compact, Brilliant MTL Draw
Pros:
  • Elegant and unique design.
  • Advanced GENE Chipset for efficient and reliable vaping.
  • High-capacity battery for longer vaping sessions.
  • Adjustable power output for tailored vaping.
  • Robust construction for durability and longevity.

Or, if you want something more innovative and exciting, the VooPoo DRAG MAX.

The VooPoo DRAG MAX is part pod vape, part vape mod. It runs a range of pods that support things like RBA decks, MTL coils, and everything else in between – from mesh coils to standard coils.

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The VooPoo Drag Max – An Incredible Vape That Ticks A LOT of Boxes

It is basically the Swiss Army Knife of vape mod kits, so if you want something really versatile, this would be the one to go for.

If you prefer simplicity, go with the UWELL Caliburn G – I’ve had mine for 12 months and it has been incredible. The flavor is incredible and its coils last weeks at a time – exactly what you want from a pod vape.

Can You Run Nic Salt E Juice With SMOK Nord 0.6 Coils?

Yes and no. I mean, you can run Nic Salts E Juice on the sub-ohm 0.6ohm coil head, but there are a couple of things you need to know:

  • Nic Salts E Juice is for MTL vaping; running it in a sub-ohm environment, where more vapor is present, means you’re getting a massive hit – and if you’re using potent Nic Salts vape juice, this can cause nausea and head-rushes. Not good.
  • Ideally, you’re better off running regular high VG E Juice with the 0.6ohm coil. You can go up to 50/50 PG/VG if you are not getting enough of a throat hit, but you’ll want to keep the nicotine down to around 12MG – any higher and the harshness will become too great, ruining your vaping.

Rule of thumb? Use Nic Salts juice with the 1.4ohm coils and regular E Juice with the 0.6ohm coil heads. I know this might seem like an obvious point, but it is something that continually trips-up new vapers when they first start using vaping products.

That’s it for now. I’ll be adding in more things as I find them. If you have any questions about the Nord, drop me a line via Twitter or FaceBook.

Also, be sure to check out our Guide To The Best Pod Mod Vapes You Can Buy Right Now for an overview of the best all in one vape devices we tested during the last 18 months.


Yami Vaper

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For flavor and overall lushness, you really cannot go wrong with Yami Vaper. Yami does a range of stunning award-winning Nic Salts vape juices. My personal favorite would be Taruto. But they’re all worth sampling.

Flavors:

  • Yami Vapor Icy Trio – Icy Trio by Yami Vapor brings a refreshing and exhilarating experience to your palate. This vape juice is a blend of strawberry, kiwi, and lychee, perfectly balanced with a cool menthol finish. It’s like a burst of summer fruits with an icy kick that keeps you refreshed and satisfied.
  • Yami Vapor Juusu – Juusu by Yami Vapor is an artful blend of crisp apples, sweet peaches, and Asian lychee. This juice delivers a balance between sweet and tart, offering a unique fruit medley that’s both exotic and familiar. It’s a crisp, clean vape that’s perfect for any time of day.
  • Yami Vapor Taruto – Taruto is Yami Vapor’s tribute to one of the world’s most popular desserts. It’s a rich and creamy custard flavor, reminiscent of a Portuguese Egg Tart or a Japanese baked dessert. It’s sweet, creamy, and just a bit eggy, creating a complex and satisfying flavor profile that dessert lovers will adore.

Glas E-Liquid

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Glas makes some of the best quality vape juice on the market. Its Butterscotch Reserve flavor is the best RY4 tobacco flavor I have ever tried. Period. Glas also does plenty of dessert and fruity flavors too, so there’s something for all palettes.

Flavors:

  • Glas Basix Blueberry Cake – This e-liquid delivers a rich, sweet blueberry flavor mingled with a warm, moist vanilla cake. It’s a perfect celebration of dessert flavors, just like a slice of homemade blueberry cake in vape form.
  • Glas Basix Banana Cream Pie – This vape juice tastes like a decadent, homemade banana cream pie. It offers the sweet, creamy taste of ripe bananas, fluffy whipped cream, and a subtle hint of savory graham cracker crust.
  • Glas Basix Butterscotch Reserve – Butterscotch Reserve is a rich blend of butterscotch and caramel, with a hint of tobacco flavor. This is a sophisticated vape for those who enjoy a sweet yet robust flavor profile.
  • Glas Basix Caribbean Punch – This e-liquid is a refreshing medley of peach, pineapple, strawberry, and apple. The combination creates a tropical flavor punch that takes your taste buds on a mini vacation.
  • Glas Basix Cool Melon – Cool Melon combines the refreshing taste of juicy, ripe melon with a cool, invigorating menthol hit. It’s a perfectly balanced fruity-menthol vape that’s both sweet and refreshing.
  • Glas Basix Crunch Berry – Crunch Berry offers a delightful mix of sweet, tangy berries and crunchy breakfast cereal. It’s a nostalgic flavor that will take you back to lazy Saturday mornings watching cartoons.
  • Glas Basix Fizzy Lemonade – This e-liquid is a tantalizing mix of tart lemonade, a hint of pineapple, and a cooling menthol finish. It’s a refreshing, sparkling beverage in vape form that’s perfect for a hot summer day.
  • Glas Basix Juicy Apple – Juicy Apple captures the essence of freshly picked apples. It offers a crisp, sweet and slightly tangy flavor that’s as refreshing as biting into a real apple.
  • Glas Basix Mango Tango – Mango Tango is a tropical blend that features the king of fruits – the mango, accompanied by a hint of pineapple and a touch of blackcurrant. This exotic blend delivers a burst of tropical flavor in every puff.
  • Glas Basix PBLS – PBLS stands for a delightful mix of your favorite fruity pebble cereal, smothered in a rich, sweet vanilla cream. It’s a perfect breakfast treat with a dessert twist that’s sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Naked 100 E-Liquid

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Naked 100 is a proper OG brand. It has been making juice for as long as I can remember – and I was around right at the beginning of the market. You have a HUGE range of flavors to choose from, ranging from exotic fruits to wicked menthol blends. We love Naked 100.

Flavors:

  • NKD 100 Melon Kiwi – This vape juice is a beautiful blend of sweet melons and tart kiwi. The balance between the ripe, juicy melon and the tangy kiwi offers a fresh, vibrant flavor that is both sweet and slightly sour.
  • NKD 100 American Patriots – American Patriots is a rich, full-bodied tobacco flavor. It provides a robust taste that is reminiscent of the classic red pack of analog cigarettes that so many people are familiar with. It’s a satisfying flavor for those who enjoy a traditional tobacco vape.
  • NKD 100 Berry – This e-liquid combines the flavors of blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry to give you a complex berry flavor. It’s a sweet and tart mix that brings out the best of summer’s berries in a rich, satisfying vape.
  • NKD 100 Cuban Blend – This is a full-flavored, Cuban-style tobacco blend. The rich and robust flavor is a nod to the robust, earthy notes of classic Cuban cigars, offering a deep, satisfying vape for tobacco enthusiasts.
  • NKD 100 Apple Ice – Apple Ice is a mix of crisp, sweet apples and cooling menthol. It’s a refreshing vape that balances the sweetness of the apple with the cool, invigorating taste of menthol.
  • NKD 100 Berries Ice – Berries Ice is a perfect blend of various berries with a refreshing menthol twist. It’s a cool, sweet and slightly tangy experience that is just as invigorating as it is flavorful.
  • NKD 100 Peach Mango Ice – This e-liquid combines the juicy sweetness of peaches and mangoes with a cool menthol finish. The result is a tropical, fruity vape that’s both sweet and refreshing.
  • NKD 100 Pineapple Ice – Pineapple Ice is a delightful mix of ripe, tropical pineapple with a cool menthol exhale. The tropical flavor of the pineapple is perfectly balanced by the icy menthol, creating a vape that is refreshing and full of flavor.

Candy King

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For straight-up sweet, moreish nic salts vape juice, Candy King is the MVP. It does a range of flavors based on popular candy flavors and it is a firm favorite of vapers all over the globe. I love its Hard Apple and Gush – they’re incredible.

Flavors:

  • Candy King on Salt Gush – Gush from Candy King is a delightful mix of berries and fruits that flood your palate in a sweet, gushing flavor. This vape juice delivers a tangy explosion that mimics your favorite mixed fruit gummy candies.
  • Candy King on Salt Hard Apple – Hard Apple by Candy King is a lip-smackingly sour green apple candy flavor. This vape juice brings a perfect balance between tart and sweet, closely resembling a hard apple candy in vape form.
  • Candy King on Salt Pink Squares – Pink Squares offers the sweet and slightly tangy taste of your favorite pink square chewy candies. This e-liquid perfectly captures the satisfying taste of those chewy treats, making for an irresistible vape.
  • Candy King on Salt Strawberry Rolls – This vape juice is a delightful take on the classic strawberry candy roll-ups. With its sweet and slightly tart strawberry flavor, Strawberry Rolls will bring a wave of nostalgia while satisfying your sweet tooth.
  • Candy King on Salt Strawberry Watermelon Bubblegum – As the name suggests, this e-liquid brings together the flavors of ripe strawberries, juicy watermelon, and sweet bubblegum. It’s a complex, sweet vape that perfectly captures the essence of a fruity bubblegum.
  • Candy King on Salt Worms – Worms by Candy King is a blend of multiple fruit flavors that are molded into a gummy worm candy. This e-liquid offers a sweet and sour taste that is reminiscent of the candy aisle’s favorite gummy worms.

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