SMOK NOVO pod vape review | a beautiful starter kit for nicotine salts

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SMOK NOVO pod vape

Vapers are asking for more and more pod systems and the SMOK NOVO is one of the most beautiful out there. This gorgeous and ultra-portable vape is very pocket friendly and comes with a powerful 450mAh battery. It activates on draw and it's compatible with free-base as well as nicotine salts e-liquids. And considering its $30 price tag, this is also one of the highly affordable pod vapes available right now.

9 Ecigguides Editors' Rating

Beautiful design 

Great build quality

Comes with two empty pods

Great battery life

The experience is similar to a Infinix pod system


No battery level indicator

No juice level indicator

No needle-tip bottle included with the kit

Prone to spills when refilling

NOVO Packaging and color options

The SMOK NOVO feels more luxurious than its predecessors and this experience starts with the packaging. You will get it inside a high quality cardboard gift box, with a very modern user manual. There are two empty pods this time and also a very small micro-USB cable.

We appreciate that SMOK finally listened to its customers and released the starter kit with more than just one pod inside the box. Unfortunately they didn't include the very practical needle-tip refill bottle with found with previous pod systems.

Available colors for this device are black, red, white, rainbow, green, blue, royal blue, and pink – all surrounded by beautiful chrome inserts.

The design and features of this tiny pod vape

After the success of its Infinix vape, SMOK has now released another pod vaporizer. And although it's more elegant, the NOVO vape offers about the same overall experience. The draw is pretty similar and the throat hit feels as perfect when using 12mg regular e-liquids and 35mg nicotine salts.

This luxurious e-cig measures 88mm x 24.5mm x 14.5mm and weighs no more than 40 grams. It feels very natural in the hand and has a beautiful honeycomb finish with rounded chrome edges. In addition it features a blue LED light on the front as well as a micro-USB slot on the side. There's no fire button so it will activate automatically each time you inhale.


The Novo e-cig features direct output, which means the wattage will vary between 16W when the battery is full to 11W when the battery is almost depleted. The LED will blink rapidly when the device needs to be recharged, however there's no battery level indicator. It takes around one full hour to get a full charge. Also considering the 450mAh capacity, this vape is going to offer way more autonomy than your standard "Jewel e cig".

The NOVO pods

The SMOK NOVO kit includes two refillable pods. These have 2.0ml capacities and a resistance of around 1.2 Ohms. The mouthpiece is integrated in the pod and the draw is pretty restrictive but very smooth. There's a fill gasket on the side, however the port is not as big as on the previous SMOK pods.

The company should have included the needle-tip bottle from the Rolo Badge. This would have made refills a lot easier and mess-free. With standard gorilla bottles or droppers it's pretty hard to put e-liquid inside these pods without spilling some of it.

The pods don't have magnetic connectors and they need to be pressed inside the battery. Here is when you also realize there's no see-through window or e-liquid indicator with the NOVO vape. You will need to constantly take the pod out in order to check or wait until the cotton feels dry. This is not the most practical approach and we have to say we are a bit disappointed.

Other than that, the pods do a very good job at delivering smooth, flavorful vapor and a very robust throat hit. The experience is one of the best we had and it's one of the reasons we rated this product so highly.

Performance and final thoughts on the NOVO vape

The SMOK NOVO pod vape follows the footsteps of its predecessors and offers an incredible experience. It's easy to use, ultra-portable and comes with two refillable cartridges inside the box. Battery life is more than good and the throat hit is quite impressive even with 20mg nic salts.

We did run into a few cons, but in the end it's a pretty good product and we definitely recommend it. It has a beautiful finish, it's well built and it's incredibly affordable. In addition you can refill the pods for up to 10 times, which makes the starter kit very practical.

Product Specifications
Battery life:Great
Built Material:Metal (general)
Charge duration:Under 1 hour
Color:Blue, Black, White, Rainbow, Green, Red
Device Size:Pocket size
Production year:2018
Weight:Under 100g

Rating of the Smok Novo Pod Vape

9 Overall score
90 Score
Price 90
90 Score
Battery Life 90
100 Score
Aestetics 100
80 Score
Ease of Use 80
90 Score
Build quality 90

Posted by Dave Allan

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Former pack-a-day smoker, I discovered electronic cigarettes back in 2011. Since then vaping has slowly turned into my hobby and my full time job. I’ve tested hundreds of e-cigarettes and mods across the years and constantly used my knowledge and experience to help others make the switch. I’m passionate about technology, I enjoy reading and I love big flavorful clouds.


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