If you're interested in getting starting vaping, there are a few things that you should know beforehand. Paramount among these is vape battery safety.
Overloading or shorting batteries in your vapes can be dangerous, so you need to understand battery safety for vapes to stay safe while vaping.
In this guide, we're going to give you some vital vape battery safety tips: follow them and you can vape with complete peace of mind. Are you ready to learn more about how to stay safe while enjoying your vape? Then read on!
Depending on the mod that you buy, you may have to purchase separate batteries for it. While many vapes have integrated batteries, more powerful ones usually need a type of battery called an 18650.
These batteries were originally flashlight batteries and look like larger AAs. If you're wondering why flashlight batteries are used in vapes, it's because, in the early days of vaping, people made DIY vapes from flashlights, a legacy that you can still see in the design of some mods.
The 18650 batteries are lithium-polymer batteries with a fairly thin wrapper. If you drop or knock the battery, you should check that there are no splits in the wrapper. If there are, you could take it to a vape shop and have them rewrap it or dispose of it.
When you store batteries, you should make sure that they aren't in contact with anything metal: we'd recommend buying a protective sleeve, which will cover up the terminals when not in use. Under no circumstances should you ever keep batteries in a pocket with your change or other metal objects as the coins can create a circuit and cause a fire.
While it's hard to use the wrong type of USB cable to charge your vape, you can still use the wrong kind of charger. Your charger will have a specific power output and this should match what your vape is rated for.
If it doesn't, this can cause problems. A charger that isn't powerful enough will lead to slow charging but one that is too powerful can cause serious problems.
Too much power going into your battery can make them overheat, which can lead to them catching fire. Always take a look at the charger and make sure that it's right for your mod before you plug it in.
Extreme temperatures aren't healthy for batteries. High temperatures can damage their ability to hold a charge and can also make them vent toxic gases. Extreme cold can also damage the battery's charging ability.
While it can sometimes be hard to avoid extreme temperatures, especially during the Canadian winter, we would recommend that you do your best to avoid your vape getting too cold or hot. If you leave it in your vehicle, for example, leave it in the glove compartment rather than out in direct sunlight.
When you vape, you might think that you can ramp up the power to whatever wattage and be fine. Yet there are some facts about electricity that you need to take into account.
Your battery will have an amp limit and if you push too many volts through your coils, you can exceed it. If you do this, you can make your battery overheat or worse.
To figure out what current you're creating in your vape, take the voltage level of your mod and then divide it by the number of Ohms of resistance that your coil provides. This is especially important if you're taking part in sub-ohm vaping, where the resistance of the coil is less than 1 Ohm.
You might have heard about mechanical mods: these are unregulated mods that let you tweak pretty much every aspect of your vaping experience. For example, many people who use mech mods make their own coils, which requires you to know Ohm's law and other electrical concepts.
While mech mods are unparalleled when it comes to customizability and the granular level of control that they give their users, they are also not for beginners. You need to be an experienced vaper before you start using one of these, as there's a lot more capacity for things to go wrong with them.
If you're new to vaping, we'd recommend that you take a look at pod systems instead, as these are regulated by an onboard CPU, so you're much less likely to endanger yourself.
It's tempting to go for the cheapest batteries that you can find. We've all done that with things like TV remotes or watch batteries. It's not something that you want to do with vapes, though.
The batteries are put under more demand than in other devices, so you need to make sure that you buy quality products. The lower quality your batteries, the more likely they are to go wrong or for there to be a fault with them.
We're not saying you have to buy the most expensive batteries around, but you should take a look at the reviews and make sure they're of a high enough quality.
Vape battery safety can feel overwhelming at times but it doesn't have to be. Follow the tips that we've outlined and you'll have a much safer vaping experience.
For more articles about every aspect of vaping, be sure to check out the rest of our blog. If you're thinking of starting vaping or would like some new gear, take a look around our online vape store. If you've got any questions, don't hesitate to get in contact with us!