10 Tips To Keep You Safe When Handling E-Cig Batteries - What to Know
Your e-cigarette – also known as a vape – batteries aren't your typical double As. Vapes contain more powerful cells. If you own a vape, mainly if a 18650s or a 20700s battery power it, here are ten tips to keep you safe while using it.
1 - Don't Break the Wraps
The wraps of your batteries must be in tip-top condition. If there is a scratch, wrap it again. It is easy and very cheap to do this repair by yourself. If you do not have any wraps in hand, then head over to your local vape store. Sometimes, these stores will even wrap it for you at no extra cost.
2 - Use the Correct Battery
Batteries come in many shapes, sizes, and power. Some are built for low-watt vapes, while others aren't meant for vaping at all. When you're hunting for the right battery, don't only read the numbers on the labels. Pick one and ask the staff if it will work with your mod, or even ask for recommendations.
3 - Get A Battery Case
If you have spare batteries or batteries that you don't need, don't throw them into your pocket or bag. If you want to store them somewhere, get a battery case, as bare batteries may short circuit when touching other metal objects. This can cause the battery to vent and explode!
4 - Stay Away from Counterfeits
Many big brands get their batteries counterfeited due to high prices. To avoid buying these fake batteries, go to a reputable vendor. This reduces the chances of you buying cells that aren't the original and compatible with your mod.
5 - Never Leave Your Batteries Charging Unattended
Even if you're using a reputable charger, it is still a good idea not to leave your batteries charging unattended, such as overnight charging. Although extremely rare, batteries and its chargers can fail. If you can't stay and keep the batteries in check, place them in battery cases.
6 - Do Not Overdrain Batteries
Try your best not to drain out your vape's cells. The more you let them discharge, the more they lose their capacity. Most mods come with a feature that indicates battery life. This helps you to know when to remove your batteries before it entirely runs out so that you get the most cycles out of them.
7 - Avoid Extreme Temperatures
Batteries usually can withstand high and low temperatures, but don't test their limits. When placed in high-temps, your cells are strained, shortening their life span. On the other hand, cold temps cause your batteries to lose capacity. To store them safely, put them in cool places away from direct sunlight. Never leave them in small areas that can get hot, such as your car's glove compartment. If you live in a place where temperatures can get extreme, you can carry your vape and batteries in a lunch cooler.
8 - Use Paired Batteries
If your vape mod uses two or more batteries at once, look for cells that are built in pairs. Use the batteries together, not mix-matching them with other batteries. This will make sure that the cells discharge and recharge at the same time. Also, it will ensure that any potential performance and capacity changes will be roughly equal between the two.
9 - Use a Dedicated Charger
Most vapes allow you to charge directly, but it is still safer to use a dedicated charger for the batteries. Some chargers can even cost less than your 60 mL e-juice bottle! Increase your budget a little to purchase a charger that can display battery data and health.
10 - Replace and Recycle Old Batteries
As mentioned before, batteries have a life span. Batteries such as lithium-ion batteries will lose their capacity and strength after prolonged use. If you feel like your battery is not performing as it should, consider replacing it. How often you change the cells will depend on how much you use them. However, even if there is no drop in performance, replace them once every six months to a year. When you finally replace your vape's batteries, do not throw them away. Instead, recycle them! If you place old batteries in a metal compartment such as a trashcan, it can cause them to short-circuit and potentially cause an explosion. Look out for battery disposal boxes and containers, or follow the instructions in recycling old batteries.
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