SMOK is already well-known for the quality and visual appeal of their vape devices, so when they give a pod system a name like “Pro”, you should interpret that as a pretty serious statement. But is the SMOK Nord Pro as game-changing as the name implies? We had to be sure, so we unboxed it to find out!
Below, you’ll find our thoughts on the Nord Pro and how it compares to similar devices. Whether you’ve been using SMOK products for years or are new to the brand, we’ll help you figure out if this pod system is right for you.
What’s In the Kit?
In terms of packaging, it’s everything you’d expect from a SMOK vape device. SMOK seems to put just as much love and care into designing their boxes as they do into designing their vapes—bright colours, clear icons, and clean lines all make this look and feel like a premium product before you even pop it into your hand.
First Impressions of the SMOK Nord Pro
Looking at the Nord Pro and holding it for the first time, you may notice something strange. I mean, let’s be real: you’d expect a device called the Nord Pro to be jam-packed with bells and whistles not found on other Nord devices, right? But in reality, the Nord Pro looks pretty simple and straightforward. One might even be tempted to call it a little—well, basic.
For example, there’s no screen on the Nord Pro—unlike the OLED display found on models like the Nord 2 and Nord 4. You just get an LED indicator light on the fire button. It’s minimalist, but not necessarily a bad thing. The Nord Pro isn’t a variable wattage device (it’s set at 25W), so a whole display screen hardly seems necessary.
However, SMOK has added a few useful features to this device that set it apart from their previous offerings. For example, it has auto-draw and push-to-fire, plus different airflow adjustment controls from the wheels found on the Nord 4 and Novo 4. We’ll talk about how those will impact your vaping experience in the next section, but here’s a hint: it’s kind of a game-changer.
As for the look and feel of the device, SMOK devotees will be unsurprised to find that it’s ergonomic and portable, just like most of the brand’s previous devices. It also comes in a range of different colours and patterns—including numerous shades in SMOK’s signature “armor” design, two “fluid” designs, and one design in their classic “stabilizing wood”. Our device came in funky “Prism Rasta Green Armor”.
Using the SMOK Nord Pro
If there’s one thing you should take away from this post, it’s this: SMOK has finally created a pod system that works equally well for both MTL and DTL vaping.
Yes, other SMOK devices could be configured for either style—but not straight out of the box. For example, if you wanted to enjoy MTL vaping with the Nord 4, you had to purchase extra coils (since the two it comes with don’t offer enough resistance), and then fiddle with the airflow knobs on the device.
But the pods on the Nord Pro are different—in fact, they’re unlike anything SMOK has done previously. The side of each pod is labelled differently; one says “MTL” and the other says “DL”. Line up either side with the arrow on the side of the device, and you get the right amount of airflow for the corresponding style—easy, peasy, lemon-drop-flavoured-cloud-of-vapour squeezy.
The device also comes with one coil for DTL vaping and another for MTL vaping. And while you can’t adjust the wattage on the device itself, it will automatically adjust to accommodate either one. Now we’re starting to understand why they called this one the “Pro”—no, it doesn’t have as many features for you to play with, but that’s because it’s designed to function effectively for you with minimal effort required.
Filling the pods is easy—they even come with a line to show you when you’ve put enough e-liquid inside. Five clicks of the fire button turns on the device (a common feature on SMOK devices), and then you’re off to the races. For how long? That depends on how you use the device, but that 1100mAh battery lasted all day for us.
Nord Pro Pros
Adjusting the airflow to accommodate your vaping style simply by changing the direction of the pod is a stroke of genius—especially for users who are newer to vaping and may struggle with manual airflow controls. Having the device automatically adjust its power output based on the coils you’re using saves you the time of dithering with wattage controls on the device as well. And the large battery is a huge plus (pun intended).
Nord Pro Cons
More experienced vape device users might miss having a device that offers manual airflow and power output controls, and the lack of a flat base means you have to lay down the device to charge it. But these are pretty minor and specific things.
SMOK Nord Pro Key Features
- Beautiful design with 10 eye-catching colour schemes and patterns
- Single control button
- New pod design for MTL or DTL vaping with 3.3 mL e-liquid capacity
- SInternal 1100mAh battery
- Comes with a meshed 0.6 ohm coil (for DTL) and a 0.9 ohm coil (for MTL)
- Compatible with SMOK Nord Replacement coil series
- Type-C USB Port
SMOK Nord Pro Price
The SMOK Nord Pro device kit $44.99 CAD. That makes it less expensive than the Nord 50W ($59.99 CAD), Nord 4 ($59.99), and even the older Nord 2 ($54.99). If you want features like display screens, wattage controls, and manual airflow adjustment tools, you might not mind paying extra for those other models—but if you’re after a seamless, user-friendly vaping experience, you can get what you want and save a few bucks in the process by picking up the Nord Pro.
Final Thoughts on the SMOK Nord Pro
“Pro” in this case refers to the device’s elegant simplicity instead of the intimidating complexity of some vape devices. You don’t have to be a pro to use this pod system—it’s a pro because it does so much on its own to make your experience easier.
Whether you prefer DTL or MTL vaping, SMOK has come up with a versatile and high-quality pod system in the Nord Pro. Try it for yourself and see—we’re pretty certain you won’t be disappointed.