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SMOK Novo Review

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Vape pod systems have become so popular these days that virtually every major company in the industry has at least one in its product lineup. Well, SMOK now has three of them. After the Badge and the pen-style Infinix, the Chinese manufacturer recently released the Novo pod, a compact and slick device that fits comfortably in the smallest of pockets, has decent battery life and can be used for both mouth-to-lung and direct lung vaping. Let’s check it out:

A Look at the Contents

The SMOK Novo comes in a tiny black cardboard box with a picture of the pod system on the front, and a short description of it as well as a list of kit contents, and the usual warnings, on the back. Company information and the authenticity scratch-and-check sticker are on the sides.

Inside the box, we have the Novo battery, two refillable pods, a very short micro-USB cable and a flimsy user manual. The fact that SMOK includes two refillable pods in this kit is a big pro, and a huge market advantage over the competition. Although two pods should be the industry norm, most companies still offer only one of them, so SMOK definitely deserves some praise for challenging the status quo.

Design and Build Quality

The SMOK Novo is one of the smallest, most compact pod systems I have ever used. Measuring only 88.3mm x 24.3mm x 14.3mm, the Novo is basically the same size and shape as a classic cigarette lighter, which means it even fits snugly in your small jeans pocket. It’s marketed as ultra portable, and that description actually fits perfectly.

The Novo comes in a variety of vibrant colors, from pink to baby blue, and is made primarily of metal (not sure what type) and plastic. For this review, I received the rainbow version, which just like all the others, features a snakeskin pattern on both sides. Apart from a tiny battery life indicator, a micro-USB port and some branding, there’s really nothing worth mentioning about the design. There’s no screen, no buttons, as this is a draw-activated device, just a slick battery that connects to the refillable pods at the top.

The pods hold 2ml of e-liquid and feature a 1.2Ω coil. The mouthpiece is one of the nicest ones I’ve seen on a pod system. It has a narrow tip that both fits very comfortably in the mouth and doesn’t make you look funny when you draw either. The only issue I have with it is that it is made of opaque black plastic, and that makes it hard to check the e-liquid level inside.

Other pod systems, like the Mowell Shake or the Wismec Motiv 2 have slightly tinted pods that allow you to see exactly how much juice is left, especially if you tilt the device sideways. The opaque mouthpiece of the Novo pods and the fact that they slide into the battery almost completely, leaving only a slither of the clear tank exposed, makes it impossible to tell how much liquid you have left without removing the pod to check. That’s not a deal breaker for me, but SMOK’s designers could have definitely done a better job.

The Novo doesn’t have magnetic pods. Instead, they are press fit onto the battery. You won’t hear any clicks when you insert the pods, so try to make sure you push them in all the way. To refill the pods, simply pull out the rubber cap on the side of the tank to reveal the fill port. It’s not the largest filling hole I’ve ever seen, but it’s decent. At least it fits my small droppers and most unicorn bottle needle tips, so I have nothing to complain.

One small con I noticed about these pods is that they don’t have a protective membrane covering the air hole on the bottom. I think all of the pod systems I’ve reviewed in the past have that, so I’m not exactly sure why SMOK decided not to add one, but you can literally see the coil and the cotton inside the pod if you look through that bottom air hole. That doesn’t mean that juice is going to leak right out (at least it hasn’t in my experience), but you do get some condensation on the battery.

That membrane that retracts whenever you draw on the mouthpiece and then seals the pod when you stop prevents both leaking and condensation, so SMOK may want to consider adding it to its pods.

All things considered, I think SMOK did a terrific job designing the Novo pod systems. Is it perfect? No, but the pros definitely outweigh the cons. This thing is truly ultra portable, it’s comfortable to vape on and it comes with two pods.

Battery Life and Performance

SMOK claims that the Novo pod system has a 450mAh battery, which is hard to believe if you consider how small it is, so I am assuming that the true battery capacity is a bit lower than that, maybe around 400mAh, or even 350mAh. Even so it’s still in the average range for this type device, so I’m not going to complain about the battery life, instead I do want to point out that false advertising is definitely not ok.

To charge the Novo, simply connect it to a power source with a micro USB cable. I usually recommend using the one supplied by the manufacturer, but I am going to make an exception in this case, because it is so ridiculously short that you simply cannot use the device as a passthrough. And if you can’t vape on it while it’s charging, why implement vape-while-charging technology in the first place?

That’s right, you can vape on the Novo while it is charging, just not with the cable included in the box. I personally use another USB cable from one of my other pod systems, just to be safe.

The Novo features a tiny LED light that lights up blue every time you vape. When it’s time to recharge, that LED will start to blink and the battery will no longer activate. After you connect it to a power source, the LED will light up red while the device is charging, and will turn off when it is completely recharged. Like most other pod systems, the Novo takes about an hour to fully charge after its battery has been depleted.

Now, performance wise, I have mixed feelings about the SMOK Novo. On one hand, I love that when it’s fully charged it hits considerably harder that most vape pods I’ve used, delivering hotter vapor and a lot more of it. According to the official specs, the Novo puts out between 10W and 16W of power, depending on how charged the battery is.

But there are a lot of things I personally don’t like about how the Novo works. First of all, there is the whole mouth-to-lung and direct lung vaping compatibility. Essentially, what that means is that the draw on this thing is both airy enough to allow direct lung hits, and tight enough to be suitable for mouth to lung, if that makes sense. It’s a middle of the road kind of device, and I don’t like it.

If you want to make a direct lung pod system, that’s great, but don’t try hitting two birds with one stone, because it usually doesn’t work out very well. The first time I used the Novo, I could barely get it to activate the battery, because the long MTL-style draw didn’t work. You really need to put your lungs into it, so to speak, in order to fire this think up, or at least take a couple of primer puffs to heat up the coil. That’s if you want to follow them up with a MTL draw.

As for direct lung vaping, that’s not the best either, because the draw, while airy, doesn’t feel airy enough for that style of vaping. It does put out an impressive amount of vapor for a pod system, I will give it that. Bottom line, the draw is all over the place, so if you’re looking for a tight, cigarette-like draw, you’re not going to find it with this device.

Another big gripe I have with this device is the flavor. I have been using it consistently for over a week, and I’ve only just gotten rid of the atrocious taste I got when I first started using it. The best way I can describe it is as a plastic, medicine-like taste that seems to overpower my discrete tobacco juice. It tastes just like how that styrofoam holder that e-cigarettes usually come in smells. Ever take a whiff of the box your vapes come in? That’s how this thing tasted to me for a long time, and the mouthpiece actually reeked of it.

SMOK devices have always been known more for their vapor production capabilities than for the flavor they put out, but the Novo is probably the worst one I’ve ever tried. If I had used it with a more flavorful e-liquid I probably wouldn’t have mind it that much, but I would rather the vapor be tasteless than taste disgusting.

Conclusion

The SMOK Novo is already being praised as one of the best pod systems around, and in some respects I would agree with that. Sadly, as far as the vaping experience goes, I found myself liking the Novo a lot less than I thought I would. Between the awkward draw and the terrible taste I got from it for about a week, there just wasn’t a lot I liked about using it. There was the warm, dense vapor, I guess, but it wasn’t enough to compensate for all the negatives.

It’s unfortunate that the Novo didn’t perform as well as I had hoped, because it really has a lot going for it, like the design and the fact that it comes with two pods.

The SMOK Novo was sent to me for the purpose of this review by Vapesourcing.

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46 Comments/Reviews

  • darrell st.john says:
    1 stars

    I clean the novo over and over and still get consistent problems with firing after I have. Pods leak quite a bit.

    • suad says:
      4 stars

      I’m currently using the smok novo for a long 8 weeks and the only problem I found was you cannot smoke it empty. Otherwise the pod burns and you have to replace the pod. Since using the smok novo… I managed to quit smoking cigarettes altogether which was easy since using the device

  • Lock says:

    No shit u dumbass ur coils will burn if u don’t smoke put e liquid inside

  • Alex says:
    5 stars

    It performed well for me. As to the reviewer’s bad taste experience, choose the right liquid. Mine was mighty fine! 🙂

    • Michael says:
      5 stars

      Yes I agree this thing is the best pod system I have ever owned and I have quite a few. The NIC Salt is awesome and smooth. I got brainfreeze. It draws just like a cigarette for me and I love the vapor output. Can’t go wrong with this.

    • Tester says:
      5 stars

      I agree that it has a lot of good stuff going, but bad taste is just the quality of e juice you get. Mine are perfectly fine. Yummy taste!

  • juan says:

    okay my problem is that every time i insert a pod it auto fires. ive tried cleaning it. and it still does the same thing. please any advice on how to fix this?

    • Monkey smokes says:
      5 stars

      Check your pin connections and make sure their springy and not stuck is a solid position. I love the mod I have 4 of them, but one of them is really hard to draw from, it’s like it’s air tight, the airflow is to tight so I don’t insert the pod as tight and it works great now.

  • Chris Markcum says:

    I purchased a smok novo. It lasted about 2 weeks then it started auto firing. Then it quit working. I used the warranty and wrote the manufacturer. I sent in pics and videos and still that wasnt enough proff to them they needed more. I just wanted my novo replaced and they couldn’t do that. I’m done with smok products. I will find another product to use.

    • Garret says:
      5 stars

      Amazing product if you find it miss firing you have to take the pod off and clean the inside of the novo with a que tip once and awhile other than that great product

  • ZombieWriter says:

    I bought 2 Novos last week. One stopped charging today. My first pod ended up burnt because I accidentally smoked it dry. I like the feel and draw but I don’t like the fact that you can’t see the juice. Will take the non-charging one back for a replacement and hope the new one lasts.

    My own fault on the burnt pod, I should have checked it more often.

  • Cj says:

    Just want to mention that small clear part is designed exactly so you can check the level without removing it. Just hold it sideways and you can see where the fill level is. Doesn’t need to be any bigger really.

  • Hannah says:

    I’ve had this Novo Smok for about a month I was really pleased with it and just recently it has been spitting juice, I’ve done pretty much everything clean it daily, I’m not filling the pod full I put half or a quarter or salts in it and it kinda stopped the spitting but not fully I keep a close eye on it making sure I don’t burn it dry. It has helped me quit smoking cigarettes though which is a great bonus

    Although I’m not liking the taste of the nicotine salts

    • Terrie Adams says:
      5 stars

      Love the Smok Novo… Once I learned it’s little quirks. As for it spitting juice take the pod out, and blow really really hard through the pod. That should clear any oil out. The clean where the pod sits with a q-tip.

  • chris says:

    I just bought a Novo and its not fireing and i am hitting it really hard. any reconmendations?

  • Michell says:

    I bought the Novo today. So far so good. I was expecting more flavor but it’s good for now.

  • Tj says:
    5 stars

    I’ve had my Novo for about 5 months now, and I can honestly say this is the best vapor device I’ve ever owned

  • Klark says:
    5 stars

    I’ve been vaping for 5 years, from an evod starter kit (2012) to an rx200 with alliance dripper. I still drip and also squank 3mg but also vape salt nic with a MYLE for that sleek slim line convenience. I got the Novo with a 12mg to get off salt. This thing works great! The review writer is sideways with his draw and flavor complaints although I agree I’d like to see the pod capacity. 4.5 of 5 stars from me!

    • Jeff Gostich says:
      5 stars

      I’m not sure what that flavor things about… just tried one for the first time a few days ago and it tasted better than basically everything I’ve tried so far. The hit is SO smooth and I love this so much. I understand that it’s small, which might get annoying, but I use my friend’s so I don’t have to deal with the daily keeping of it. For someone pretty new to vaping, I recommend this 100% it’s amazibg and you’ll love it.

  • SPACEDOG says:
    5 stars

    i STARTED VAPING ON THIS THING. i STOPPED SMOKING CIGARETTES AS A RESULT.I haven’t had a cigarette in a month. I got my first one 2 months ago. I love this thing but it has become increasingly difficult to find pods. That is the only problem I have found with this device.

  • Anonymous says:
    1 stars

    My friend and I both have a novo. She has recently gotten her 3rd one due to dropping it into a lake. Water damage causes the novo to spit, no matter how many tanks you use to replace. With her previous novo, it started firing all the time: she’d be carrying along normally and it would start firing in her pocket, as well as at night. I’ve recently experienced my novo firing and spitting (I’ve had it for about a month). My novo started leaking about 20 days into having it. My only suggestion would be to have them water proof, and as the text suggests, a cover for the top so you’re not having so much condensation build up. I have to remove the top when ever I use it in an effort to stop the condensation buildup( which never works) . Just hoping for a product that doesn’t “self destruct” due to random firing.

    • Zachari K says:

      When it comes to an auto firing Novo, take your pod out and clean if completely. While the pod is out of the device, inhale on it to check to see if there any excess juice possibly stuck in the chimney of the pod. Grab some q-tips and kleenex and inhale decently hard on the device (with NO pod in). See if it’ll draw any leaked juice and condensation up. Check to see if it fixed the issue. If it still auto fires you have two options left. Take the pod out again and blow through the charging part. The light will flash sometimes, don’t worry about it. Keep doing that and check for any liquid. Clean it as much as possible and toss your pod back in. It might not hit the first few times. Don’t panic. Just flip the pod and try again. If it still auto fires, the best way to manage it for free is to simply not push the pod in all the way. Leave if a tiny bit lifted but enough for the connection to be made. You’ll figure out the perfect fit. Fixed my novo and did all of these things

  • Leigh says:
    4 stars

    How many cigarettes or packs are in one pod?

    I like this one compared to the others I’ve tried.

  • Krisztian Dietz says:

    I’ve had mine for a little bit now, but I am no longer getting a head rush and my breathing gets heavy after hitting it, any recomendations?

  • scott says:
    4 stars

    i’m on about week 2 of mine. i went from one of the bigger push button/tank/adjustable watts vapes to this. mostly because it was cheap and SMALL. i’ve been loving it so far. it hits great and that was my main worry about it. guy at the vape shop really pumped it up as great and they’ve always been super straight with me about stuff. it’s weird going from a big tank to this little pod and needing to refill more than once a day, but i think the trade off in the small size is worth it. i also noticed it tasting…off…at first. it didn’t last a week for me, though. just through that first day. how long has a pod been lasting everyone? i feel like it’s time to change, but i’m not sure. i don’t want to change way too soon (even though the pods are cheap and it’s not a big issue), but nothing i’m seeing is giving any rough estimate on it. i only changed the atomizer on my old one once every month+, though, and i know people (in general) suggest changing them FAR more often than that. but…yeah. good vape! if you wanna ditch regular cigarettes, this is a great starter. it’s small, cheap, and hits well. cheap is the biggest plus IMO for that kind of thing. it’s hard to commit to a vape because of the initial investment, so this one being $20-$30 is a great price.

  • Jackie says:
    3 stars

    I’ve had my Novo for a little over a month now, no longer under the month long warranty, and of course it stops charging. It lights up red for a few minutes then the light disappears again. When I try to hit it, it just blinks like it hasn’t been charged. I left it on the charger for a few hours hoping it was just really dead and needed a while but no avail.

  • Kayla says:
    5 stars

    this may sound like a dumb question but with the novo do you have to use salt nic juices?

  • Will says:
    2 stars

    Just bought one today going from an Aspire Cobble, loved the cobble and the flavor was excellent in every coil, the taste of the novo coils seemed a little off at first but I looked past it for the first bit. However, it started bothering me more and more and now that it’s the end of the day it’s kind of driving me nuts. One of my buddies tried it tonight and couldn’t handle it, joking about it being like smoking a celery stick. I had an issue with the Suaron Drop where the coils that came with the battery fried fast but other ones worked ok. Are all the coils like this and it’s something you just get used to or will the individually packaged and sealed cartridges prove to be better than one ones that came with the device?

  • cam says:
    1 stars

    shit ducking sucks matter fact all ecigs suck. i’ve been on and off cigarettes for years due to the fact of the inability for these shitty providers to make a system that doesn’t break in one week. truthfully ecigs are just going to do more damage to you if they’re going to force you to be on and off cigarettes, the scar tissue from constant start and stop of smoking is worse then smoking everyday for your lungs fix themselves over and over. ecigs are actually shitty as hell and these companies really are more worried about marketing to children. i actually don’t give a fuck if the fda bans the sale of these shit devices anymore, it be for the better

  • sherise says:

    I had a NoVo heat up to burning in my pocket< anyone know what could have caused it?

  • CHIP says:
    1 stars

    Bought this as a backup for my JUUL. This thing is a POS! Spits and pops constantly. Going back to the JUUL when I get my JILI Box…Far superior product…Period

  • PamP says:
    1 stars

    I’ve used this for a week now. Almost every hit leaves liquid in my mouth. It’s terrible. And it also pops. I’ve used both pods that come with the kit and they both do the same thing. I don’t understand.

  • Kylie says:
    5 stars

    I’ve had mine for a week & I loveeee it. It just needs cleaned between the pod & the actual device or it burns or juice will come in my mouth

  • rick says:
    5 stars

    super informative

  • Donna Thomas says:

    I disagree with the reviewer. It works wonderfully as both an MTL and a DTL device and I’ve loved the flavor above other pods and mods I own. What I ‘did’ notice was that he reviewed the rainbow. I loved my pink pod so much I ordered a second in rainbow. I can’t get that thing to draw well to save my life. I was sure it was a knockoff. After this review I’m not so sure! It could be a defective run? My pink and blue ones (bought a blue subsequently) work well, lots of vapor and great taste. I would recommend this to any vaper newbie or seasoned.

  • Peta says:
    5 stars

    Fantastic product I’ve been on the same pod for about 2 weeks now and can only say good things about this product. I switched from juul and it was by far the best decision Ive made for smoking.

  • Donna says:
    1 stars

    Mine stopped working completely after about a month. The taste is terrible no matter what liquid you use.

  • dan says:
    3 stars

    have had the smok novo for like a month and a half. love the device but just today it started only charging for like 10 mins then stop and wont charge anymore then that. ive tried different chargers but cant figure it out. advice appreciated

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