Last updated on June 29th, 2023
UPDATE! Smok no longer makes the NOVO 2. This vape has been upgraded to the Smok NOVO 4 Mini Vape.
SMOK Upgrades One of Its First Ultra Portable Vape Pod Devices
The SMOK NOVO 2 is another example of how SMOK keeps up with vaping trends by constantly improving their products. Only a year after they released the original NOVO, SMOK has started distributing the new NOVO 2 Vape Pod System.
Not only is there a big power upgrade to this refillable pod vape pen, all previously reported “glitches”, like spitting and not charging properly, have been resolved.
I’ve tested both models and can confirm those rectifications.
Nearly perfect, this vape certainly rivals the original NOVO and is a new contender for the popular SMOK NORD.
Comparing the SMOK NOVO 2 to the Original SMOK NOVO
The Best Features of the Original NOVO Haven’t Changed
The NOVO 2 still has
- 2mL Capacity Refillable Pod
- Horizontal Coil Atomizer
- Air-Driven Pod System
- Ergonomically Curved Mouthpiece
- Protections: 8 Sec. Cut-Off Protection, Short-Circuit Protection, and Low Voltage Warning
- Micro-USB Port for Charging the Device
Here’s What’s New With the SMOK NOVO 2:
SMOK’s designs are always artistic, but the high gloss resin colors are really eye-catching, and the NOVO 2 gives you a choice of 27 color combinations. The original model only came in Cobra Plated Panels.
Prices on SMOK products continue to be quite reasonable, especially for their pod vapes. The NOVO 2, with all its upgrades, sells for about $5 more than the original NOVO.
Size Really Doesn’t Matter
Side by side, it’s hard to tell the difference between each model, as the NOVO 2 is only a few millimeters larger.
The original NOVO was 88.3mm x 24.3mm x 14.3mm.
The NOVO 2 is 88.3mm x 24.5mm x 14.5mm.
That is basically the same too. The newer NOVO is only 3 grams heavier than the original.
The new NOVO does have a much Longer Battery Life. At 800mAh, that’s 78% more powerful than the original. I got about 200 puffs per day and the battery lasted about 3 days.
The NOVO 2 now fires up to 25W. That means fuller flavor and bigger clouds!
There’s also an Extended Manufacturer Warranty – 12 Months
Another Upgrade is an Air-Sensing Channel. It’s supposed to “Prevent Contactless Suction”. I don’t know who came up with that jargon, but basically it means when you draw, a specially designed channel adjusts the airflow, giving you better, tastier vapor with every hit.
Big Problem Solved:
Since vapers complained about leaking with the original pod vape, the new electronic grooves on the new NOVO 2 now prevent it. The 800mAh battery also helps.
Other NOVO Improvements:
Now there’s an easy-to-read LED light on the top front of the battery to indicate your charge level. When you attach your device to the USB charger, you’ll see a Red, Orange or Green light.
Note that the charging port it now at the bottom (rather than the side) of the device.
- Green indicates your charge is higher than 70%
- Orange means the charge is between 30% and 70%
- Red means your battery is lower than 30% and should be put on the charger.
All the Best Features of the NOVO Are Included in the NOVO 2
You still get the beautifully ergonomic, rounded mouthpiece, safety protections and an easy-to-fill pod. There are no buttons to push, as the vape is draw activated.
The NOVO 2 is compatible with both NOVO and NOVO 2 pods.
The NOVO 2 Kit comes with 2 pods, but unlike the original NOVO, each pod indicates the pod-type at the bottom.
Each pod is designed to be refillable with your favorite nicotine salt e-liquids. Sure, it will still work with other e-juices, (even CBD e-liquids), but don’t use anything thicker than a 50/50 PG/VG blend!
If you do want to use high VG e-juice, just get a compatible sub-ohm NOVO pod.
All the original NOVO Pods are compatible with the NOVO 2.
Like the original device, you get an ample 2ML e-liquid capacity.
Learn more about the differences between PG and VG
The NOVO 2 includes :
1- NOVO 2 device
2- NOVO 2 Mesh 1.0 ohm Pod
3- NOVO 2 DC 1.4ohm MTL Pod
3- USB Cable
4- User Manual
You’ll get great flavor and full clouds from both pods. The 3-pack replacement is only $10.95 unless it is on sale.
Filling the Pod
If you’re familiar with either the SMOK Nord or the original Novo you’ll have no problem filling the pod.
Simply pull open the rubber plug on the side of the pod and add your ejuice. The opening is large enough for most e-liquid droppers. After filling, press the plug back in.
TIP: If you’re filling a new pod, remember to let your e-liquid sit in the pod for at about 10-12 minutes before vaping. This allows the atomizer’s wick to fully saturate with e-liquid.
How Does it Vape?
I first tested the Mesh 1.0 ohm Pod. Even using a nic salt e-juice with 5% nicotine, the vape was smooth and flavorful.
There’s a bit less airflow using the DC 1.4ohm Pod, as it’s designed for direct lung vaping. Surprisingly, it wasn’t too harsh (and I didn’t cough).
I usually avoid 5% nicotine pre-filled pods for that reason, but the NOVO 2’s new Airflow Channels solves the problem. It smooths out the vape, cools it, and delivers better flavor.
Another surprise was vapor production. A mouth to lung coil typically delivers less vapor, but the 1.4 coil gives you ample vapor.
What Could Be Improved?
1- If you’re expecting a tight draw when using the NOVO 2 you won’t get it. When it comes to pod vapes, you’ll get a better result with the SMOK NORD.
2- The Kit doesn’t include a sub ohm coil, so if you want to vape high VG e-liquids, you’ll have to purchase an original NOVO 0.8ohm pod.
There was a lot of talk about the SMOK NOVO 2 before it was released. Some ecig review sites even posted reviews before they even had a chance to test the device. Go figure.
We did test it, and found that the new NOVO 2 was vastly improved from the original model.
Now that the device has been upgraded to the Novo 4 Mini, we find that this is an even better device.
I have to say, SMOK is one company that listens to vapers and has no problem redesigning a product when it recognizes the fact that it needs improving.
Pricing continues to be on par with other vape device in its class.