The Novo Bar Disposable range is a brand new release by the popular brand Smok.
As the name suggests, they are a simplified disposable version of their popular pod vape, the SMOK Novo.
The Novo Bar is a disposable vape designed for MTL vaping. It comes with 2ml of 2% concentration of nic salt juice. It has an internal 600mAh battery and a puff rating that equals that with 600 puffs per bar.
As the Novo Bar is a low-capacity disposable vape, it also has a compact and lightweight form factor.
There are 15 flavors to choose from with all Novo Bars: Banana Ice, Cotton Candy Ice, Mango, Strawberry Ice, Energy Ice, Grape, Blueberry, Pink Lemonade, Kiwi Passion Fruit Guava, Orange Soda, Lychee Ice, Watermelon Ice, Mixed Fruits, Icy Cola, Peach Ice.
We have 5 flavors for review: Banana Ice, Peach Ice, Blueberry, Watermelon Ice, and Icy Cola.
Specs & Features
Smok Novo Bar Disposable Specifications
- Dimensions: 92 mm x 24.5 mm x 14.8 mm
- Capacity: 2 mL
- Nicotine: 2%
- Pod resistance: 1.8Ω
- Battery capacity: 600 mAh
- Puffs: 600
- 8-watt max output
Design & Style
The Smok Novo bar comes in that unmistakable Novo design and shape.
They have exactly the same duck-billed shape mouthpiece as all Novo pod devices. I’ve never been the biggest fan of this style of mouthpiece as it’s a little wide and chunky for an MTL draw, but you get used to it. It does the job it’s set out to do and keeps the device looking compact, uniform, and like a bar.
The mouthpiece also has a glossy plastic finish. At the same time, the body of each disposable is glossy plastic on the edges. However, the front and back have a matte hexagon pattern across them. This thankfully prevents them from being too slippy in the hand.
Smok has done a good job keeping the Novo bars small, compact and lightweight. Each bar contains 2ml of juice and a 600mAh battery, which is good for such a small disposable.
Smok has also done a nice job with the colors and branding of each disposable. They have kept the branding to a minimum with the ‘Novo Bar’ and flavor vertical written on one side and a small ‘Smok’ logo on the reverse.
The colors are vibrant and easily help distinguish the flavor in each disposable.
As with all disposable vapes, the base of the Novo Bar is where you will find the airflow hole. This is also where the LED power light is located. It’s quite a dim subtle light, which is good if you are vaping in a dark room, but you can barely notice it when out in daylight unless you hold your hand up to it.
Overall the Smok Novo disposable bars are exactly what you’d expect a disposable Novo to be from a design perspective. Let’s see how good they are at delivering a satisfying vape.
Smok Novo Bar – Peach Ice
They Say: A handful of juicy ripe peaches mixed together for a delightfully decadent vape, perfectly balanced with cool menthol.
Peach is one of my go-to fruit flavors with disposables. Most brands do a good job with this simple fruit flavor, but many fall into the trap of making it either too sweet or adding excess cooling. I’m glad to say the Peach Ice from the Novo Bar is one of the best I’ve tried. It’s a perfect sweet and juicy peach flavor, with just the right amount of refreshing kick to it. Those who seek an overly sweet vape may find it a little underwhelming. I think it’s the ideal balance that you can vape all day.
Smok Novo Bar – Banana Ice
They say: Banana Ice gives you the sweet, smooth banana e-liquid flavor with a refreshing menthol finish to each puff.
Banana is a fruit flavor that can be hit or miss with disposables. I find that sometimes it edges towards a banana candy more than a real banana fruit taste. The Banana Ice on the Novo Bar is very similarly balanced to the Peach Ice. Smok has kept the medium cooling, which is good but has not gone too sweet with the overall flavor. It does lean toward the candy banana flavor, and I have enjoyed vaping it. However, I feel that this one could’ve benefited from being a little sweeter.
Smok Novo Bar – Watermelon Ice
They say: Watermelon Ice gives you the mouth-watering flavor of watermelon with added refreshing menthol of each puff.
Watermelon Ice is a straight-up watermelon flavor, again with a moderate but not overwhelming amount of menthol kick. It’s a very clean and accurate tasting flavor, making it easy to vape all day. However, compared to other Watermelon disposables, it’s a more subdued and laid-back vape.
Smok Novo Bar – Blueberry
They say: Blueberry gives you that classic taste of rich, sweet, jammy blueberries with a deliciously smooth finish that will have you coming back for more.
The Blueberry Novo bar strikes a very good balance between being sweet and tart. I’d say it leans more towards a candy blueberry flavor, but it is very tasty. Like with the other flavors, there is a medium amount of cooling, and it’s a balanced sweetness. You won’t be overpowered by sugariness and can chug on this one all day.
Smok Novo Bar – Icy Cola
They say: Icy Cola gives you the classic cola soda flavor together with an icy menthol sugary blend to a cool exhale.
The Icy Cola Nova bar reminds me more of cola bottle candies than a cola drink. It’s probably the sweetest of the flavors I’ve tried, but it doesn’t feel or taste like it’s artificial sweetener, which can often be the case with other cola flavors. If you like cola-flavored vapes, I’m sure you will enjoy this one.
There’s a common theme with the flavoring of all the Novo Bar disposables that I’ve tried. Smok has clearly gone for a more laid back all-day-vape approach with the whole line.
They seem to have made a conscious effort not to go full-on with the cooling, which I appreciate. There are far too many disposables that really overdo it with the cooling effect to try and force a type of throat hit.
The airflow and draw on the Novo Bars also follow the same approach of being a gentle loose MTL. The draw combined with the medium cooling does make them a little lacking for those that want a strong throat hit. However, it also makes the Novo Bars the ideal type of disposable to enjoy for longer periods.
Talking of long periods of vaping, I do feel like they fall a little short of the advertised 600 puff count. I can be exact as to how many they deliver because I just wanted to enjoy them rather than mindlessly count each puff. I was a little surprised when the battery light started flashing to say it was depleted. In my experience of testing a vast amount of disposables, it felt just a little short.
The Smok Novo Bar’s are a really solid range of disposables.
It really pleases me that the big brands of vape devices like Smok and Voopoo (with the Dragbars) have done a good job of getting the right balance with their disposables.
In the case of the Novo Bar, they deliver a vape experience similar to that of Smok’s Novo pods. All of the flavors I tested are accurate and not overpowered with artificial sweeteners or cooling.
Overall I’d definitely recommend the Novo Bar range to anyone looking at trying disposables or wanting to try a different brand.