SMOK NORD Pod Vape Review | Best Lightweight Vaporizer

Last updated on September 1st, 2021

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The SMOK NORD 4 – Vape Pod Pen and Mini Vaporizer Combined

Portable pod vapes are still very popular, with new styles emerging weekly. The new Nord 4, designed by SMOK is very different. It’s a hybrid ultra-light vaporizer with more features than your basic, easy-to-use, vape pod mod.

The SMOK Nord 4 combines portability with versatility. This little pod vape is the first in its class – an ultra portable vape pen with a refillable pod and 2 replaceable atomizers –  a 0.16ohm RPM 2 Coil (for dense vapor and intense flavors), and a 0.4ohm RPM Mesh Coil (for a gentle throat hit and excellent flavor).

A Step Up From the SMOK NOVO

SMOK loves to imitate itself. The company has several closed system pod vape devices that are similar in style and price.

The new SMOK Nord 4 looks exactly like the original SMOK Nord, but the new Nord 4 comes in 21 colors and has several new features. 

Visual Look and Feel of the New SMOK NORD 4

There’s still the comfortable, curved mouthpiece and the button-activated firing system. It still qualifies as an ultra lightweight, very portable vape pod mod, weighing only 80 grams or just under 3 oz.

Step Up With New Power Features

The biggest difference with the SMOK Nord 4 is that the battery is now a powerful 2000mAh, and the pods now hold 4.5ml of e-juice. 

That translates into the Nord 4 giving you well over a day’s worth of vaping before you have to recharge. It also means lovely clouds, even when using the 0.16ohm RPM coil.

Replacement coils are available for both the RPM and the RPM2 pods.

This excellent pod mod will give you 80 watts of power.

Other Features of the Nord 4

SMOK Nord 4 parts

 

The Nord 4 has great features, including an Air-inlet Ring that adjusts the coolness of your vape. The clear OLED Display is on the side of the device. It displays current wattage, while the Up/Down button lets you adjust that wattage.

Safety Features in the SMOK NORD 4

Safety features of the Nord 4

SMOK NORD 4 Safety Features

 

A big criteria we have for rating a vaping device is whether it has adequate safety features. The SMOK Nord 4 gains points in that regard. Here’s what’s built-in the Nord 4:

  • Short Circuit Protection
  • 8 second Cut-off
  • Low Voltage Protection

 

SMOK NORD 4 Basic Tutorial

 

Smok Nord 4 box

SMOK Nord 4 Box

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Laser sticker showing authenticity of device

The Nord 4 Kit comes in a shrink-wrapped box and all parts are nestled nicely in foam padded compartments. On the side of the box look for the laser sticker near the top of the box which verifies the product is genuine and not a clone.

The device comes charged, but I always recommend charging a new device for about a half hour when you first get it.

Use the Right E-Liquid With Each Atomizer!

Before you start filling the pod, decide whether you want to vape with the 0.16ohm RPM 2 Coil or the 0.4ohm RPM mesh coil atomizer.

As mentioned earlier, you’ll get slightly bigger clouds and fuller flavor with the 0.4 subohm coil.

Both coils work best with a higher VG e-liquid. 

You should also know that subohm coils will deplete your pod’s e-liquid faster than other devices which use standard ohm coils.

Read: How Does PG and VG Affect Your Vaping Experience?

A high nicotine “nicotine salt” e-liquid is NOT recommended for use with the Nord 4.

What’s the reason? Sub ohm atomizer coils, give you get a fuller vapor and consequently, more nicotine. Too much nicotine can make you nauseous! 

 

nicotine salt eliquid label

Nicotine Salts Are Not for Sub-Ohm Vaping

SMOK also has a 1.4 ohm Ceramic coil, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Too many people who have tried it say it will give you a burnt taste.

Filling the Pod

Filling the SMOK Nord 4 Pod

Filling the SMOK Nord 4 Pod

If you have fingernail tips, opening the pod is easy. If you don’t, use a letter opener, paper clip or something pointy that will lift the lid without damaging the rubber.

Some people like to use an e-liquid injection bottle that has a handy slim tip, (shown above); however it’s not necessary with the Nord 4. I was pleased that the fill hole is bigger than most other vape pods. I use mostly Vaporfi’s e-liquids because the bottles come with needle-nose tips that make filling pods a breeze.

Once the pod is filled, wait a few minutes for the atomizer cotton to absorb the e-liquid. Do this every time you use a new atomizer. As an alternative, you can add 2 drops to the cotton tip side of the coil before you install it.

Best-E-Cigarette-Guide Rating for the SMOK NORD 4

 

Smok Nord 4 - 2 styles

We give the SMOK NORD 4 a 9.8 rating for the following reasons:

 Pros:

  • This Pod Vape comes with 2 replaceable atomizer coils designed for 2 different vaping experience.
  • It has a powerful 2000mAh battery.
  • The pod holds a good amount of e-liquid.
  • There’s an easy-to-read OLED screen that displays the Wattage
  • The device has important safety features

 

 Cons:

  • Some colors may be out of stock.
  • It is recommended not to use Nicotine Salts with this vape mod.

 

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If you’ve tried the SMOK NORD 4, let us know what you think by commenting!

 

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    • Vape Lover on August 19, 2020 at 11:21 am
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    It is very nice review it is help me to purchase best vape .

    • Kita S on February 9, 2020 at 7:40 pm
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    Can Kind e-Juice be used in the NOVO device? It doesn’t have any PG in it.

    1. Yes! If you want to use Kind Juice e-liquids, or any other high VG e-juices, just get a compatible sub-ohm NOVO pod. It is available with an 0.8ohm coil. Currently, a 3-pack is under $6. This pod is also compatible with the NOVO 2.

      Hope this helps!

    • Sophie on June 18, 2019 at 10:53 am
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    I’m thinking of getting the NORD for vaping CBD liquids but the review mentions the ceramic coil having a burnt taste? Does this happen with normal vape liquids or CBD liquids?

    1. Hi Sophie,

      The SMOK Nord does work great with CBD liquids when using the 1.4ohm coil that comes with the kit. I do not recommend using the ceramic coil which is sold separately. Thanks for commenting!

    • Jasmine Wicevic on April 29, 2019 at 7:12 am
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    After paying 88$ for a Gs baby eleaf. And being soo dissappointed in all the features of this vape. It’s a waste of money. I absolutely hated the lush ice fluid I got to go with it. Gross. Like smoking menthol vapor rub. However then I found my beloved nord. I bought it for 40 and 20 for the delish naked mango I got.

    Anyways for anyone thinking they need they still need to by a huge mod.. Think again. Nord is all the things they have but better because it is less expensive, fits in your pocket, and with the naked salt nicotine. Every hit I take is just a ls good as the last.

    • Lisa on April 4, 2019 at 5:12 pm
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    I just got the Nord and have been using the Nova (which I love). I have put salt nic in the Nord from Vgod but I am not getting the flavor from it I do with the Nova. I have the 1.4 coil put in, was wondering if I need to do something different? I have just been vaping for two weeks getting off cigarettes.

    1. Hi Lisa,

      You’re doing everything right..including choosing to vape rather than smoke:) Congrats on your success!

      Nicotine salt e-juice is meant to be used only with the 1.4 coil so that’s fine. The only coil difference between the Novo and the Nord is that the Novo has a 1.2ohm coil and the Nord’s coil is 1.4ohm. It’s a very small difference, but you may have noticed it, as the lower the ohm resistance, the more intense the vape.

      You could try the subohm 0.6 coil with a high VG e-liquid in the same flavor (if they make it), otherwise go back to the Novo – it’s an awesome product. Good luck!

      Have you used any other flavors in either pod vape?

    • Wull on April 2, 2019 at 7:30 pm
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    I’m so confused with this stuff. I got a Nord Can I use regular eliquid and 1.4? With .6 and a 6mg liquid fir some reason makes me cough like crazy. Same liquid 1.4 no cough but slow pull? What am I doing wrong?

    1. Hi Wull,

      The 1.4 coil is for all types of e-liquids – any PG/VG blend, nic salts ejuice and even CBD vape juices.

      You may have a slow pull as you can’t adjust the airflow, but it could be that the pod is a bit clogged. Try to clear it by removing the pod and blowing into the bottom of the pod to clear it out.

      The .6 coil is made for subohm vaping so you should use a high VG e-liquid. The.6 won’t work with nic salts ejuice so make sure you only use regular e-liquid with this coil. Hope this helps!

    • boxcarbertha on March 3, 2019 at 8:56 pm
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    Hello was looking for some advice on coils for nord and saw your review, the 1.4 regular coil is fantastic, but! I mistakenly bought replacement ceramic version 1.4, and the vape was awful, slow to vapourise and flavour burnt, dead in comparison to regular version. Tried 2nd one, same again, 3rd one with different juice, same. The nord is as good as aspire nautilus aio but the vape is smoother, cleaner, but that ceramic coil, hmmm, anyone know why? Though agree Nord really nice device.

    1. Hi boxcarbertha,

      Thanks so much for your comment. When I wrote this review, I only tested the 1.4 regular coil and the mesh coil, so I did some research. It seems you are not alone! The ceramic Nord coils aren’t the best and quite a few vapers say they will give you a burnt taste. There’s no excuse for that, although some have had a better experience when dripping their juice directly onto the cotton wick and letting it sit for 15 minutes or more. We will update this post 🙂

    • Nick on February 26, 2019 at 3:35 pm
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    Hi! I just ordered a nord and the vape juice I’ve been using is around 70/30 PG/VG… which coil should I be using for best results? Thanks!

    1. Hi Nick,

      Great question! For e-liquids that have 50/50 or higher PG levels (like your 70/30 blend) you would use the 1.4ohm coil.

      I realize it can get a bit confusing, especially if you use nicotine salt e-liquids. Some nic salts do come with a bit more VG, but you would still have to use the 1.4ohm coil since salts can never be used with subohm coils.

      Thanks for commenting!

    • Austin Hester on January 30, 2019 at 1:22 am
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    I want to know more about Nord kit.

    1. Hi Austin,
      The SMOK NORD is a great ultra-portable pod vape pen that lets you add your own e-liquid. You can learn more about it here.

    • Anno on January 9, 2019 at 9:52 pm
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    I recently bought the nord and upgraded from the novo I have own many vapes ranging from the small e-cig ones to the massive mods. The nord in my opinion is by far the best with the option to use regular vape juice or salts I couldn’t be happier not to mention the longer lasting battery and decent hits smok made the perfect vape for my need. Highly recommend!

    • Alex Montressor on January 5, 2019 at 2:05 pm
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    I recently switched to the Nord after having two different Renova Zeros.

    The Zero is a nice little pod mod and is very simple to set up, however, it has a small 650 mAh battery and to get a decent amount of vapor, you have to suck a golf ball through a garden hose.

    I appreciate the somewhat larger form factor – makes it a lot harder to drop.

    I like the design of the mouthpiece much better as well.

    I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a solid product that isn’t an entry level device.

    1. I’ve never tried the Zero, but I’m also very pleased with the Nord and all its options. Thanks for you feedback!

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