The Smok Novo 2 Kit is a compact MTL pod system with high resistance coils and low power. At first glance it looks very similar, if not identical, to the original Novo. I enjoyed the Novo a lot but it wasn’t perfect, so I’m hoping Smok have refined this version 2 into something even better. Do we really need another pod system? If you have the original Novo already is it worth upgrading to the Novo 2? Let’s find out!
Like the original Novo, Smok have included two replacement pods in the kit. The Novo 2 comes with a 1.0ohm mesh coil pod and a 1.4ohm round wire coil pod. These are both different to the pods included with the original, they’re also now vertical coils rather than horizontal. The pods hold the usual 2ml of e-liquid and have a shaped mouthpiece built into the top. There’s a micro USB cable for charging the new 800mAh built in battery which is is a big upgrade from the original 450mAh. Finally, there’s a user manual and warranty card.
It’s a very compact system, measuring around 89mm tall, 24mm wide and 15mm thick. I don’t have the original device to hand but it appears to be the same size. We still have the automatic draw, so you only need to inhale for the device to activate. There’s no buttons to press and only a small LED to show your battery status. Charging is through a standard micro USB on the bottom of the Novo 2. Overall it feels solid and well made like the original Novo, it’s lightweight and the mouth piece is extremely comfortable to use.
Again, the pods look similar to the original Novo ones. Filling the pods is done via a little rubber bung in the side of the pod that you lift up to reveal the fill hole. It’s big enough to get most standard bottle tips in. However with these new vertical coils you do need to be a little slower and more careful with filling. Pushing the pod into the top of the Novo 2, my first impression is that they seem to click in a little better. It feels a bit tighter, with a more solid connection between the pod and the battery section.
The draw activation system works well and I feel that these coils, especially the mesh coil, heat up to temperature faster than the originals. Flavour is very impressive on the mesh coil. The mesh would be my preference, it just has better flavour with the liquid I’m using. The draw on the Novo 2 is tighter than on the original and this feels much more like a true MTL vaping experience whereas the original always felt a little loose to me. Overall both pods give great flavour and put out a good amount of vapour, but the new mesh coil is just a little nicer vaping experience all-round for me.
Smok have made some real improvements to the Novo 2, the most obvious being the much larger 800mAh battery. If you were more than a light vaper the original probably wouldn’t last all day. I was able to vape all day and well into the evening without any problem at all with the Novo 2. With almost double the battery capacity the Novo 2 isn’t as quick to charge. It’s going to take around an hour or so to charge fully from flat.
The pods are also an improvement. Firstly, they fit a little more snugly in the device. Adding to that, the 1.0 ohm mesh coil is a real step up in flavour. The draw on the Novo 2 is also much more suited for MTL vaping. It’s only a little tighter but it makes all the difference. If you are looking for one of the simplest to use pod-systems then I think the Smok Novo 2 is an excellent choice. I think it’s also a very good device to hand to a smoker.
The vaping experience is very good and the automatic draw makes it easy to get used to. The lack of a screen, menus and even a button, is a big plus for this type of device. The Novo mouthpiece is still one of the nicest I’ve ever used on a pod and the device is comfortable to hold and use. I would have to highly recommend the Novo 2 for anyone looking for an inexpensive and high performing pod system.