Smok Nord X Kit Review | Give Me More Juice
I have to confess that Smok is good at upgrading their products! It's been almost 9 months since the previous Smok Nord 2 Kit was released by the end of 2019(Or January 2020) and I can see that there's a lot of people paid their great attention to that product because its review - Smok Nord 2 Kit Review - I've published by then has gained a tremendous amount of reading. Even till now, there's a handful of people who still tend to read it to get some useful opinions. But if you come to this review unintentionally, you're pretty lucky because you get another great device to switch to - Smok Nord X Kit.
Without a doubt, when you have two choices, you have to think twice about the price point differences and comprehensive performance differences between them to figure out which one is much more worthy! A couple of days ago, I've tested the brand-new Smok Novo X Kit and released its review by then. To be honest, it's hard for me to recommend it to you because I can hardly find any great specs or value upgrades by comparing to the previous Smok Novo 2 Kit and I can not convince you to go to buy it. But I have to advise you to consider going for this Smok Nord X Kit because I've found something different which is also worth taking a detailed look! Now, let's jump into it!
Also, I will put a comprehensive comparison between the two Nords - Nord X and Nord 2. If you want to the differences between them, you can directly scroll down.
Comparing to the last two Nords(Nord and Nord 2), the profile design of this new Smok Nord X Kit has been changed a lot that looks like the Smok RPM series which has an alloy metal frame and colorful resin pattern panels. But it still reminds you of the previous Nord devices intensely because of its iconic giant mouthpiece on the top and the invariant ignition button on the front face. As for as it goes, I think it's the most beautiful Nord device.
On the other hand, this Smok Nord X Kit has been assembled more solidly that adopts a rubber strap covered on both sides and the bottom. So, it has a great capacity for combating water, dust and shocking from accidental falls. But I'd like to put in another word here, Is it necessary for vape devices to feature this slew of resistance abilities? Unless you want to keep vaping when you're swimming, otherwise, I can not find any application scenarios that make those abilities work. Even the vape device you're using now doesn't have those abilities, it's still strong enough to handle these problems. What's ironic is the rubber strap on this Smok Nord X Kit is a real dust magnet and it could be cleaner without the rubber.
Go on with what mentioned above, the Smok Nord X Kit is the strongest and the most beautiful Nord device so far! And it's the most powerful Nord device as well. The first generation Nord device is a 15w pod system kit and Nord 2 can deliver 40w power output. And the Nord X is in a position to provide a 60w powerful performance. Honestly, It's hard to define which category the Smok Nord X Kit belongs to because its output range is far away from the standards of pod vapes, but its small dimension tells you it is sort of a regular pod system. Anyway, the pod vape market is different from what it used to be and we're almost used to it!
Fun fact is that the battery capacity of this Smok Nord X Kit is 1500mAh which remains the same as the previous Nord 2 Kit. With the output power goes higher, the standby time of this device will be reduced faster than before. That quite confused me a lot. If a 1500mAh battery is capable of handling with 60w output, why didn't Smok make it the same to Nord 2 Kit? Or rather, if 40w is the perfect balance point between a 1500mAh battery and standby time, why did Smok make the output higher to 60w? That's what I said from the beginning - Smok is good at upgrading their products! And the answer may be a little realistic, they've made a new coil!!!
Leave aside the battery and output, the Smok Nord X Kit has a 'new' screen display and two adjustment buttons. The actual screen size is the same as the previous Nord 2, but it has a better brightness which you can see it in the comparison part. The two adjustment buttons will simplify the operations way better and faster than before. On the Nord 2 Kit, you have only one integrated button that combined activation and power adjustment together which means you can only adjust the figures step by step by one direction. If you have missed the perfect wattage you like, you have to make another round of adjustments. With two individual buttons, it'll be easy to let you reach your favorite power.
Pod Cartridge & Coils
As always, there're two pod cartridges and two coils included in the packaging. The RPM pod cartridge is compatible with all RPM coils which can let you freely switch to this device with the RPM coils you've purchased. And the RPM 2 pod cartridge can only accept RPM 2 mesh coil.
As you can see from the pictures above, the two pods are identical in dimension and juice capacity(6ml), but they have different holes in diameter in the mouthpiece section whereby it aims to deliver different vaping scenarios like loose DL and restrictive DL. And the new RPM 2 coil has a much lower 0.16ohm resistance and much larger heating area to withstand much higher power like 50w. So that quite makes sense because we don't want to waste the talent of this new coil. In addition, the current RPM coils are not able to offer great enough flavor so far. What's important is all of us don't want to use old RPM coils to dwell around 30-40w. We truly want more vapor productions and more flavorful steam. And Smok did this for us!
The BIG Improvements
Here is the biggest improvement that exists on the Smok Nord X Kit. It has a new airflow layout! The actual slots have not been changed at all, but it has a parallel layout with the coil which means the airflow will travel more straightforward and faster to get into the coil and provide even and ample airflow distribution for better atomization! It's a simple adjustment, but it makes a great difference in the actual vaping experience. Comparing to the previous Nord 2 and the new Smok RPM 2 Kit, you can hardly find there's resistance that exists when you inhale. In another word, the airflow just goes smoother and more enjoyable than before! And the new RPM 2 coil also deserves some praise because it takes an active role in flavor delivery! Without any exaggeration, it's my favorite Smok vape this year!
As far as the USB-C port's concerned, it could be a common configuration in the current vape market. But it's glad to see Smok do so! There's one thing I've been talking about for a long time that adding a USB-C port won't cost too much in actual manufacturing and more and more factories are always active in keeping their pace. But Smok should be an exception to this. Do you remember the Smok Scar P3 and Smok Scar P5 which were released a few months ago?
The Smok Scar P3 Kit is a built-in battery device and has a USB-C port, and the Smok Scar P5 Kit is powered by an external 18650 battery and has a micro USB port! Up to here, I want to change my words, Smok is good at upgrading their products and is skilled in controlling cost to the extreme!
I almost forget one thing to say. Smok has brought the juice window back to the Smok Nord X Kit in another way! Because the pod cartridge has become bigger and taller, thus, it has a so-called juice window to help you to check the juice remaining inside which is pretty great! On the other hand, the pod cartridge features a dual locking mechanism that combined magnetic connection and clip-in connection together! I can't tell why Smok did this, but the actual circumstance is the pod is in an impressively tight place and it's harder to lose it!
The entire improvements on the Smok Nord X Kit should be the new RPM2 coil and the new airflow design. Benefit from this new airflow layout, this kit sends totally different vaping experience from any other RPM devices. I've been using this Nord X Kit for almost one week and keep running the RPM 2 coil at 50w, the flavor and whole steam performance really impress me a lot! The airflow just goes extremely smooth and the flavor is undoubtedly top-notch which I'm pretty satisfied with! I have to confess these two attributes take the Smok Nord X Kit to a higher place. Honestly, comparing to the Novo X Kit, there're some adjustments and improvements that Smok has made indeed to perfect the Nord X Kit. Even it's called Smok Nord X Kit, it feels totally different from other Nord devices. Technically, it's a standard 'Pod Mod Kit'.
So you must want to know the differences between the new Nord X and the previous Nord 2. Now, let's do it!
What's the Difference Between Smok Nord X and Smok Nord 2???
First of all, the Smok Nord X Kit is the biggest one in this series and adopts a dissimilar profiled design. From my perspective, it's the most beautiful Nord device. There's one thing I still don't get it is that its battery capacity remains the same as the Nord 2 Kit(1500mAh), but it's much bigger than the former in three dimensions. Anyway, it's still a portable device.
Even they share the same battery type, they have different power configurations. The Smok Nord 2 Kit is a 40w pod system kit. And the Smok Nord X Kit is able to offer a maximum output of 60w. Furthermore, the actual operations also have been changed a bit! On the Nord 2, the wattage figure can be adjusted via a single one button on the front face, three presses to activate the adjustment feature and the figure will start to flash, then you have to press the button one by one or long-press to switch it up by one direction from 1w to 40w. If you have missed the perfect number, you need to adjust one more time! On the contrary, Smok Nord X Kit is outfitted with traditional adjustment buttons that simply the redundant operations like a regular box mod device.
Moreover, the screen display on the Smok Nord X Kit is much brighter than Smok Nord 2 Kit that you can easily differentiate from the picture above. And finally, the X version has a USB-C port! But there's still one thing that puzzles me a lot is the charging configuration on Nord 2 kit is 5V/2A(Max), the Nord X Kit is 5V/1.2A(Max).
The most significant difference between them is the airflow design which I've been talking about in this whole review. Due to different layouts between the coil and slots, the actual airflow delivery is transparently distinctive. In one word, the Smok Nord X Kit has a better airflow configuration.
Pod & Coil Difference:
Due to different airflow layouts, the pod cartridges on these two kits are also different in shape and capacity! The previous Nord 2 has a capacity of 4.5ml and the Nord X Kit can house 6.0ml of e-liquid.
Based on a different date of birth, these two kits are compatible with different replacement coils! The previous Nord 2 has two pod cartridges that can use Nord coils and RPM coils which give plenty of choices in flavor delivery. On the other hand, the Smok Nord X Kit also has two pod cartridges that are compatible with RPM coils and RPM 2 coils respectively. But there's one imperfection is there's only one RPM 2 coil is available now! But it'll be more in the future!
So that's all I want to share with you! It's a pretty voluminous article and I hope it won't bore you whatsoever. Hope you find it useful!
Thanks for Reading!!!
·Diameter: 100mm x 31mm x 23mm
Battery Capacity: 1500mAh built-in
Output Wattage: 5W-60W
Resistance Range: 0.2ohm-3.0ohm
Charging Port: USB-C Port
Output Voltage: 0.5-4V
Coils: RPM 2 Mesh 0.16ohm Coil/ RPM Mesh 0.4ohm Coil
·Nord X Device * 1
RPM 2 Pod (RPM 2 Mesh 0.16ohm Coil Preinstalled) (6ml)* 1
RPM Pod (RPM Mesh 0.4ohm Coil Preinstalled) (6ml)* 1
USB-C Cable* 1
User Manual* 1