Vape battery safety should be the number one priority for every vaper. Some vape devices are made with Lithium-ion batteries, while others are made with LiPo batteries. These batteries pose the danger of fire when misused or pressurized. There have been severe cases of vape device battery explosions. In one such case in 2015, a man’s vape device exploded in his face, and he sustained critical injuries. In another case, a victim got a hole in his hands and tongue, and he also had several teeth knocked out. Hence, every vaper —experienced or new — should understand battery safety tips.
Should I be worried about my safety?
You need not worry. According to the Battery University, cases of battery explosions are sporadic (1 in 10 million). Also, they can be 100% avoided. Let’s look at some general rules of vape battery safety:
General vape battery safety precautions
Use battery safety cases for transportation: an extra set of batteries is always good when traveling. You should avoid transporting them without a case because they could come into contact with metal objects, complete the circuit and explode.
Be aware of the weather: most batteries do well between 50⁰F and 115⁰F. Temperatures higher or colder than that can damage your battery and cause explosions.
Use the manufacturer’s provided charger: chargers from manufacturers are custom made for your vape device, making them the most suitable chargers.
Use a smart charger: in case you lose the original charger, buy a smart charger. Smart chargers offer safety features that you cannot find in regular chargers. They prevent overcharging or discharging of batteries which avert explosions.
Types of vape device batteries
Today’s vape market offers a plethora of vape devices, all of which have different battery structures that you need to handle with care. Let’s discuss these batteries and their specific safety precautions.
Mechanical mods lack a circuit; hence they do not allow you to choose a wattage. As such, they are only suitable for experienced vapers. The batteries in these mods send all their power to the coils. Therefore, when their performance reduces, so does the wattage. Experienced vapers increase the wattage of these devices by using coils with low resistance. Here are some vape safety battery tips you should observe when using mechanical mods:
Understand ohms law: this is the most critical safety precaution when using mechanical mods. Knowing this law gives you a clear understanding of the interrelationship of voltage, resistance, current, and power. Ohms law gives you the ability to build coils that suit the amp (current) of your battery. You can increase the wattage of mechanical mods by using different coils. However, without the knowledge of ohms law, you might end up building a coil that pushes you battery beyond its limits, causing the potential of harmful chemical leaks from your battery and explosions.
Ensure that the air holes work: air holes facilitate air circulation in mechanical mods. These holes also allow harmful gases to escape in case of leakage from the battery. Make sure that these holes are always in optimal condition as they aid in preventing battery explosions. To check if they are functioning, remove the batteries and blow into the mod from the connection end.
Exercise caution when building coils: when installing new coils, make sure that you pulse them to check if they are working evenly. Also, use an ohms meter to measure if the resistance of your coils is suitable for the battery.
Lock your firing button: when you are not using your mod, it is vital to lock the firing button. You do not want it to be powered by the other items in your pocket. The locking feature prevents the mod from firing for too long which can overheat the battery and potentially cause fires.
Some regulated mods come with removable batteries. These are an excellent choice for most vapers because they are economical. When the battery life is over, you do not have to get rid of the entire vape device. Instead, you only replace the batteries. How can you exercise vape battery safety when using removable batteries?
Use the correct batteries: it is easy to go wrong when selecting replacement batteries for your regulated mod. A little research about which batteries are the best for the type of mod you are using goes a long way in helping you avoid making this error. Some devices work best with LiPo batteries, while others work best with ICR batteries. Whichever the case, never use two different types of batteries in the same device.
Buy authentic batteries: fake batteries are all over, especially in some online stores. Always buy from trusted dealers and trusted brands.
Understand how your mod charges: some mods allow you to use your device while it is charging. Others require you to remove your batteries and charge them using an external charger. They still have a USB port, but it is only for updating the device.
Regulated mods — suitable for beginners and intermediate vapers — sometimes have internal Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries. The batteries are sealed in the device so once they get worn out, you have to replace the device; hence the name “disposable.” LiPo batteries have a lifespan of 2-3 years. How can you exercise vape battery safety with disposable batteries?
Store safely: did you know that you cannot keep your vape device in the baggage compartment of a plane due to high potential for explosion. Likewise, you should practice such safety at home. Do not leave you vape device on flammable material, in direct sunlight, or in any other place that could overheat your mod and cause a battery short.
Use the correct coils: most regulated mods come with specific instructions on what ohms they can use. Ensure that you check these instructions before using the mod and never go below that ohms. In doing so, you will avoid “overworking” your battery and minimize the risk of an explosion.
Avoid overcharging: mods have a certain point where they reach full power and stop charging. Make sure that you charge your batteries only where you can monitor their charging progress. Also, avoid charging overnight.
Use the appropriate charging cable: vape devices come USB chargers which have a voltage that is suitable for them. If you use a different USB to charge your device, check if the power outputs match. Using a USB with a voltage higher than that of your mod could overheat the batteries and cause a short.
Purchase mods from authentic dealers: as the saying goes, “cheap is expensive.” Avoid buying second-hand mods because you are not sure if they are safe or not. In addition to this, be wary of very cheap mods. Most of them have not gone through proper tests, and this is a huge risk for your vape battery safety
Dispose of all dead batteries: finally, when your device’s batteries stop heating your e-juice normally, dispose of your device safely and get a new one from a credible dealer.
Vape battery safety guarantees your safety. Therefore, it is crucial that you follow the precautions we have described to avoid being the next victim we read about. Most importantly, remember to check if the battery power equals that of your vape device when buying replacement batteries. Also, clean the battery and its terminal using a tissue, regularly.
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