SMOK Novo Review — Pod Vape Starter Kit

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Review

SMOK Novo

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Updated: by Christina Matthews
75/10075100

Review Score

  • Battery Capacity
    450 mAh
  • E-juice Capacity
    2 mL
  • Colors
    black, blue, diamond blue, green, pink, rainbow, red, white
  • Works with:
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The SMOK Novo All-in-One pod mod is a perfect starter vape. This new pod vape is draw-activated, meaning no buttons to press or complicated settings to adjust. This sleek, stylish device is surprisingly capable for its size and class, sure to impress even the most ardent vaping connoisseur with its power and functionality.


What comes with the SMOK Novo in the Kit?

Like all good vape starter kits, the SMOK Novo Kit includes everything you need to get vaping immediately. The pod vape comes in one of eight colors with a snakeskin designs.
Two 2ml Novo Pod cartridges are provided ready to fill with favorite e-juice, as well as a USB charger and a user manual.
The USB cable is very short, but the SMOK Novo charges via a simple micro-USB connection, so vapers can easily find a longer cable if want to vape while charging.

Smok Novo Kit

Pod Vape Overview

As the name suggests, the SMOK Novo pod vape system is an all-in-one vape, one of the most accessible and convenient methods of vaping available on the market today.
The mod looks like a whistle and is available in eight eye-catching colors to suit all styles — Black, Red, White, Rainbow, Auto Pink, Royal Blue, Blue, and Green.

The first thing that strikes about the SMOK Novo is its minuscule size. It is smaller than the average palm of a hand, so the pod mod is comfortable to hold and easy to conceal in a pocket or a small bag.

It features an LED indicator that lights up each draw and flashes when the battery is getting low, plus a micro-USB port for charging.

Smok Novo Kit USB port

The pods are transparent, allowing the user to see how much e-juice remains — although you need to remove the pod from the mod to do so — and include a rubber plug to prevent leakage.
The SMOK Novo pod vape is simple to operate thanks to its draw-activated firing mechanism. Drawing on the ergonomically designed mouthpiece automatically heats the coil and delivers a satisfying nicotine hit within seconds.
It is one of the most straightforward and compact vapes we have ever tried, so we were surprised to find there was a decent amount of power under the hood.

Features of the SMOK Novo Pod Vape

The SMOK Novo is one of the smallest vapes we’ve seen at 88mm high, 24mm wide, and 14mm thick. It is also one of the lightest, weighing in at 40 grams.
Despite its small stature, this pod vape still manages to pack in a 450mAh battery. Which allows producing vapor for a decent time. It’s not exactly a powerhouse compared to heavier-duty vapes, but it is certainly not the lowest-capacity battery available in this product class.
The Novo outpouts at a wattage range of between 10W and 16W, which is mightily impressive for such a little unit. Its input voltage falls between the range of 3.3V and 4.2V, easily competing with kits far larger and heavier than itself.
The pre-installed pod includes an atomizer with a resistance of 1.2 ohms, although the newly redesigned Novo Pods feature a 1.5-ohm coil.

Vaping aficionados will know that means the SMOK Novo is best suited to mouth-to-lung vapers, although it is marketed as a versatile vape that can be used as a direct-lung vape too.
Both resistance options are available to purchase separately, so you can keep a supply of replacement tanks with the coil type that works for you.


Internal build quality

When we examined the internal production and craftsmanship that goes into producing the SMOK Novo, we were impressed.
That quality extends to how the device feels when hold it. Many vapes of this type can feel cheap or poorly constructed, but the SMOK Novo feels well-made.
The lack of a protective membrane between the air hole and the tank does mean possibility of gettingsome condensation building up on the battery, but we did not notice it caused any leakage, so it is hardly a deal-breaker.

SMOK is using quality materials and components for this device, which is undoubtedly reflected in its impressive performance.

Smok Novo pink

Smok Novo’s Performance Review

Though we always go into a review managing our expectations of how a device will perform based on its size and class, we found the SMOK Novo worked well overall. Its vapor production surprised wit a large cloud of vapor and delivers a decent flavor. Not too strong thoat hit by the way.
It takes a little while to fire the draw-activated atomizer up to a point where you can get a decent hit, but those used to these types of devices will probably expect that. You can prime the device by taking a few short puffs before you draw properly.

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Smok Novo Charge Time

The 450mAh battery charges to full capacity reasonably in a short time of an hour. The light turns off on/ changes from red to white when done charging also you can vape while the device is plugged in. However, you will need to source a much longer micro-USB cable than the one you get in the box if you want to do so.

The draw is medium — not too tight, not too airy — presumably to walk the line as a device for both mouth-to-lung and direct-lung vapers. The vapor airflow is not adjustable, which is not ideal for those who prefer a particularly open or narrow draw.

Pods

The SMOK Novo features refillable, interchangeable, and replaceable e-liquid pods, available with 1.2-ohm or 1.5-ohm atomizers built in.
They can each hold 2mls of e-juice and are best suited to liquids with a 50/50 VG-to-PG ratio. Anything thicker may not absorb into the cotton wick properly, causing unpleasant dry hits and potentially damaging the atomizer.

smok novo pod capacities

The pods are affordable and incredibly simple to change or replace when the atomizer wears out. The simplicity of swapping out pods also helps users to avoid tainting the flavor of their favorite juice by mixing them in the same cartridge.
There is a slight drawback to the device’s compact nature. The liquid cartridges are transparent and slot into the device, clicking into place rather than attaching via a magnet. That’s perfectly fine, except only the very top of the tank is exposed during use.

That means you need to fully detach the pod from the device to see how much juice is remaining. It takes seconds, but a small window in the device allowing you to check the liquid level would help to avoid dry hits and damage to the atomizer.


Competitors

Innokin EQ All-in-One Starter Kit

The Innokin EQ All-in-One pod vape is remarkably similar to the new SMOK Novo, bar a couple of key differences. For one, it packs in an 800mAh battery, so it should last longer than the Novo, which could be beneficial for heavier users.

It utilizes high-quality 0.5-ohm Plexus mesh coils, so this is a device that is targeted at direct-to-lung vapers. Innokin have decided to do one thing and do it well, while SMOK has at least attempted to make the Novo accessible to all types of vapers.
The EQ outputs at 13.5W in normal mode and 15.5W in “boost mode,” falling within the same 10-16W range as the Novo.

Innokin EQ All-in-One Starter Kit

The only thing you could describe as an advantage of the EQ over the Novo is the larger battery, but you pay for the privilege. Most retailers are selling the Innokin EQ for 30-40% more than the SMOK Novo.
Finally, we much prefer the Novo’s design over the EQ’s simplistic look. It’s not a horrible-looking device by any means — it’s just a bit plain.

Aspire Breeze 2 All-in-One Starter Kit

This successor to the popular Breeze pod vape from Aspire, one of the most established brands in the business, is undoubtedly an impressive offering.
The Aspire Breeze 2 is compatible with two different coil types — an 0.6-ohm atomizer for freebase e-liquids and a 1.0-ohm variant for nic salt juices — so both mouth-to-lung and direct-to-lung vapers are catered for.

Aspire Breeze 2 red

Where the Aspire Breeze 2 excels is its battery and pod size, more substantial than many of its competitors at 1,000mAh and 3ml respectively.
However, the device is also larger, so it sacrifices some of its compact design to appeal to more prolific vapers. It also seems to be more prone to leakage and coil flooding than the Novo and the Innokin EQ, which isn’t ideal.

Like the EQ, the Aspire Breeze 2 is more expensive than the SMOK Novo.


Final Word

In conclusion, the new Smok Novo kit is a worthy addition to the reasonably well-saturated line-up of all-in-one pod vapes. It sets itself apart from the competition by marketing itself to both mouth-to-lung and direct-to-lung vapers.

While some might consider it a jack-of-all-trades and a master of none, those who aren’t too concerned about having an especially open or narrow draw should have a good time with the SMOK Novo.

Like the majority of pod vapes, the Novo isn’t going to replace your souped-up box mod, but it’s perfect for a light vaper or a mod user who wants something smaller and lighter to carry around as a back-up. Let us know about your experience with Novo. How do you like the hit? Is it that stealth in day-long usage as we noticed?

SMOK Novo Specifications

SMOK Novo
Battery Capacity: 450 mAh
E-juice Capacity: 2 mL
Resistance Options: 1.2 ohms and 1.5 ohms
Power Range: 10-16W
Input Voltage: 3.3v-4.2v
Dimensions: 88.3 mm X 24.3 mm X 14.3 mm
Colors: Black, Blue, Diamond Blue, Green, Pink, Rainbow, Red, White
Price: $17.99

  • Pros
  • Cons
  • Sleek, stylish, and small enough to carry with you anywhere.
  • A wide range of colors available to match all styles.
  • Easy to use thanks to its draw-activated firing mechanism.
  • One of the lowest-priced AIO pod vapes currently available.
  • Refillable cartridges are more environmentally friendly.
  • Surprising battery life and power for its size.
  • Perfect for beginner vapers or as a back-up device.
  • Though removing and swapping tanks is quick and easy, having to detach the pod to check how much juice is left can be a bit of a pain.
  • The medium, non-adjustable airflow may not impress vapers used to a particularly tight or airy draw.
  • SMOK incorporated the useful ability to vape while charging the device — and then included the world’s shortest micro-USB cable in the box.

Where to buy SMOK Novo?

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Buy SMOK Novo directly from the VapeWild website.

75/10075100

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  • Matt
    May 8, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    I just bought one of these two hours ago, went home and plugged it in for about 20 minutes and it wouldn’t work afterwards. I called Smok customer service and told them what was going on and they said to take it back to the store I bought it at and “hopefully, they will give you a refund.” I asked, “and if they don’t?” Their response was, “well then that’s out of our hands.”
    Thanks.
    During my complaining my wife says, “and this is why I smoke cigarettes!”