Published on September 16th, 2019 | by Theo0
SMOK Priv N19 Vape Kit Review
The SMOK N19 is a new, small tank and mod kit from SMOK. It’s predominantly for MTL vaping but with options available for DTL too. It’s not much bigger than some pod systems and comes in a range of colours. I think Smok have been putting out some really good stuff lately and I enjoy MTL vaping a lot, so I’m eager to see if this would make a better choice than a similar sized AIO device.
I wasn’t quite ready for how small the Priv N19 was when I first took it out of the box. It’s a really dinky little mod that isn’t much taller than the tank that sits on top of it. It’s a simple device that reminds me of a much smaller version on the Innokin Adept in a few ways. It has a fire button at the top and a power selection button at the bottom with a power display in between. SMOK have labelled the power selections as M, S, N and H. This equates to minimum power, soft power, normal power and hard power, apparently. It seems a little pointless to me. I’d rather just have 1, 2, 3 or 4 bars lit to show the 4 levels of power, they don’t need confusing names.
Build Quality and Specifications
It’s powered by a 1200mAh battery, which isn’t a bad capacity considering the size of the device. There’s also a battery bar display just above the power selection indicator. It also has all the usual safety features inside, including low voltage cut off, short circuit protection and an 8 second firing cut off. It comes with two 1.4ohm coils designed for MTL but the Nord 19 tank can use any of the currently available Nord coils if you want to use this as more of a DTL sub-ohm. Considering the 2ml capacity and the smallish battery I think it’s better suited as a MTL set up though.
There’s a really nice quality USB cable included for charging and it’s a decent length too, which makes charging with a suitable wall adapter easier. I think this is a solid little device, it’s well made and it feels nicer than some Smok products I’ve had in the past. The finish is well done and seems fairly resistant to wear and scratches. The tank doesn’t look like anything really special but it’s well machined and I like the fact it uses Nord coils. There’s all the paperwork you would expect and a small bag of spares for the tank.
Tank and Flavour Performance
Filling the Nord 19 tank is simple enough, there’s a top cap that you unscrew and it exposes some fairly large fill ports. It came with a coil pre-installed, so it’s just a case of filling it up and leaving the coil to soak for a while. The Nord coils are small with not a lot of wicking, so priming them isn’t absolutely necessary.
The airflow is controlled by the airflow ring at the bottom and there’s a large range here, from fairly loose to tight. I’m using it somewhere around the middle for a relaxed MTL draw. I filled it up with Jam Roly Poly from the I VG 50/50 range. It’s a flavour I’ve got quite familiar with lately and I’m pleased to say that the tank and the Nord coils don’t disappoint. The strawberry jam is bright and sweet as it should be, and the pastry and cream is coming through on the exhale with a lot of depth.
Overall, it’s a great MTL vape. I have the mod set to the ‘soft’ setting and it feels like that’s enough for the coil, producing great flavour and decent vapour production. Looks wise I’m not the biggest fan of the tank, I don’t like the writing around it at all. But it’s performing well so that’s the important thing.
Overall Performance and Summary
I have to say I love the Smok N19 kit, I think the mod is brilliantly simple to use, looks fantastic, and at only 71mm it’s so compact you can hide it inside your hand. The battery lasted almost a whole day on the soft setting and I only charged it later in the evening. The tank, while not really a looker, is a fantastic performer and using the excellent Nord coils you know you’ll be able to buy a good range of coils for the foreseeable future. If you don’t like pod systems and would prefer a tank and mod set up that uses a traditional 510 connection, but need something small and easy to pocket then I would highly recommend the Smok Priv N19 Kit. It’s around £35 in the UK and for a set up that includes a real 510 tank that could be used on any other mod you have, I think it’s a great deal.
Summary: A great option for MTL vapers who want something different to a conventional pod kit. The flavour is great and it's still incredibly pocket friendly despite being a mod and tank kit.