In the summer of 2017, Euston Station in London wasevacuated due to a large bang which was feared to be a bomb threat. When thebomb disposal team approached the bag, they thought was the source of thethreat, they found a burst vape device inside. This mishap was covered in thenews and on social media, perpetuating the dangers of an exploding vapebatteries, and the harm it could have caused. All over social media and onlinenews, you’ll be able to see stock photos and horrible depictions of theinjuries sustained from short circuiting vape devices.
Whilst there are certainly records of these happenings, thefrequency of the threat doesn’t seem to match the attention they receive. Thesesolitary instances of vape explosions have been amplified by the focus on them,and whilst these events are certainly newsworthy, they are pronesensationalism. Whilst vaping has been known to cause these explosions andindeed electrical fires, there is still too much leaning on the negativesrather than the positives, especially when it comes to household emergencies andaccidents.
Vaping, cigarettesand housefires
Last year, the London Fire Department joined forces with thenationwide Stoptober campaign to tackle household fires, many of which arecaused by smoking. The home of a smoker studies find, are 266 times more likelyto experience a house fire. With 5950 smoking related fires reported in Londonalone from January to October 2018, it’s important to remember just howdangerous smoking can be, not just on your health but on the world around you.
As mentioned above, there have been a wide range instancesin which cigarettes have caused forest fires. There have also been householdand interior fires caused by a dropped ember on dry ground, alongside the farless dramatic occurrence of cigarette burns in clothing. This damage, combinedwith the waste produced by cigarette butts, has led to the increased use andpromotion of vape devices and e liquid flavours.
How do vape devicesstop fires?
So, what makes vape devices and e cig liquids stand out as safer alternatives? There is one crucialelement which stops the spread of fire, and that’s fire itself. Without the useof fire and burnt material in its usage, vaping has jumped the first fire freehurdle. Heat not burn products use electrical heat energy rather than theburning of organic matter.
The way that vape devices stop electrical fires though, is usingregulated electrical circuits. With many variable voltage and wattage devices,the circuit is protected from overloading through a mechanism which shuts downthe power if the wattage or voltage becomes higher than that which the batterycan handle.
Unregulated mech modsand the dangers of system overloading
All batteries usually come with a maximum voltage andwattage. These are adhered to in a normal regulated circuit. In a mechanicalmod however, which has a completely free circuit, the rules are a littledifferent. To make the unregulated mech mod as personalised and flexible to thevapers needs as possible, the circuit is left entirely up to your ownconfiguration. This works wonders for those who know how to build a vapecircuit but can have dangerous consequences for those who are less savvy ontheir ohms law.
How to vape withoutthe risk of fires
First off, only use mech mods if you are comfortable withbuilding your own circuits, ensuring that you are brushed up on your ohms law.Secondly, never overcharge your vape device or leave it charging overnight asthis can lead to a battery overload. Third, make sure that you are using thecorrect batteries for your vape device. Always read the manual before chargingup your vape device, ensuring that you are using the right tools and powersources.