It’s not a secret anymore that vape pod systems are increasing in popularity these days. Just take a look at all the major vape manufacturers currently on the market, and you’ll realize that most of them have at least one on their lineup. One such company is SMOKTech, who not only boasts of one or two but three of them. And in this passage, we will review SMOK Novo pod.
The Novo is a slick and compact device that fits comfortably in the hands as well as the smallest of pockets. But does it deliver as expected? Well, keep reading to find out!
The SMOK Novo Kit features everything you need to start vaping right away just like all excellent vape starter kits. Upon opening the tiny black cardboard box, you’ll be met by a snakeskin design with the pod coming in one of the eight available colors. Here’s what you’ll get inside the box:
• A Novo Pod System
• Two Novo Replacement Pods
• A Short Micro-USB Cable
• Instructional Manual
+ Dimensions: 88.3×24.3×14.3mm
+ Battery: 450mAh Rechargeable Battery
+ Wattage Output Range: 10-16W
+ Voltage Output Range: 3.3-4.2V
+ Firing Mechanism: Draw-Activated
+ Display: LED Light Battery Indicator
+ Fillable Pod System
+ Juice Capacity: 2mL
+ Protection: Short-Circuit Protection, Cut-Off Protection
+ Low Voltage Warning
+ Charging: Micro USB
+ Colors: Red, Green, Black, Prism Blue, Auto Pink, Royal Blue, White, Rainbow
Design & Build Quality
As you might already know, the SMOK Novo Pod is an All-in-One vape making it one of the easiest to use vaping systems on the market today. It has a whistle-like design, so you can’t have any problems using this unit. But one of the things that I like the most about this vape is its tiny size that can seamlessly fit inside any pocket. At 14.3mm thick, 24.3mm wide and 88.3mm high, it’s undoubtedly one of the smallest kits you can get. On top of that, it’s also very lightweight weighing in at only 40 grams.
Apart from the Micro USB port, the tiny LED light indicator, and of course the snakeskin pattern, there’s really not much to talk about when it comes to the design. It doesn’t have any buttons because it’s draw-activated, nor does it have a screen. Just don’t forget to check out the wide selection of colors available when buying this pod mod.
SMOK Novo Kit comes with two replaceable, interchangeable, and refillable e-liquid pods. The pod features 1.5ohm atomizers that are built-in with each of the pods boasting of a maximum e-liquid capacity of 2mL. It’s recommended to use a PG/VG ratio of 50/50 because the cotton wicks might not absorb anything thicker properly. This might lead to the dreaded dry hits, which might eventually damage the atomizer.
What’s more? The pods are readily available and affordable at any vape store. They are pretty simple to change, as well. Here’s the thing; if the pods are easy to swap, you’ll get the maximum flavor out of your vape juice because you won’t be using the same cartridge over and over again. The only downside I find with the pods is the fact that they click into the mod instead of attaching via a magnet. The primary reason why magnetic use is becoming so popular these days is that it offers a firm attachment as well as being very easy to operate.
Even when you’re shopping around for your dream smartphone, the battery life can make or break the deal. In this case, I find the included 450mAh battery to be a top bargain considering the tiny size of this pod mod. In fact, this device would still perform admirably well even with a 350mAh battery, so I don’t find anything to complain about when it comes to the battery life. However, don’t expect the capacity to be precisely 450mAh since most manufacturers are masters of hyperbole. But that’s ok!
When the mod runs out of power, use the provided micro USB cable to connect it to a power source. This can either be your computer or smartphone charger. I’m still scratching my head why the manufacturer had to make the cable ridiculously short. Therefore, I don’t see how you can implement the vape-while-charging technology if you use the supplied cable.
Let’s also not forget that the SMOK Novo Kit has a LED light indicator for keeping you posted on the battery life as you enjoy yourself. Every time you vape, the light will indicate blue, and when the blue light starts blinking, this is an indicator that it’s now time to recharge your unit. When connected to a power source, the LED light will indicate Red and will turn off after the pod has been recharged fully. And yes, you don’t have to wait forever to recharge your battery because it only takes at least an hour to get it fully charged when depleted.
It’s always a wise idea to manage your expectations when searching for a device of this size. However, I’m quite surprised by the kind of performance you’ll get from the SMOK Novo pod. You’ll be amazed by the type of clouds produced accompanied by a decent flavor. If you hate those strong throat hits, this device is definitely for you.
If it’s your first time using this device, then I expect you to have some problems activating the battery, but that should improve with time. This is because the draw of this device is mostly MTL (mouth-to-lung), so you’ll have to bring your lungs into play here. In short, you’ll have to take a couple of puffs to get the coils going. In conclusion, the draw is quite good, though, not as I expected.
As for the flavor production, the brand itself speaks volumes about this pod. SMOK products are known to bring great vapor and flavor production into play, and the Novo is a true testament of that. You won’t get too much throat hit in this case.
Pros and Cons
Small and compact pod system
• Nice snakeskin finish
• Transparent pods
• Excellent battery life
• Quick to charge fully
• 2mL vape juice capacity
• Vape-while-charging function
• Unique flavor and vapor production
• Works very well in nic salt
Although it’s possible to vape-while-charging, the included micro USB cable is easily the world’s shortest.
• Non-adjustable airflow
• Juice spit back is common
• You might experience dry hits due to lack of temp sensor.
I hope you enjoyed reading my SMOK Novo Kit review! I feel like this all-in-one pod vape ranks up there with the best in the vaping space. It’s a jack of all trades and a master of none because it markets itself as perfect for both direct lung vaping and mouth to lung vaping. But I don’t find this feature to be funny at all because vapers on both sides will always be missing out on something.
Additionally, this kit is perfect for light vapers or mod users who are looking for something smaller and lighter. Just don’t throw away your souped-up box mod yet because you’ll certainly need it!