The vape industry is advancing at an incredible rate. Now there is a multitude of vaping devices on the market, of which many operate using external batteries, typically the 18650 battery. Every so often, we hear a new horror story about vape batteries exploding. An exploding vape battery is quite rare, about 1 in 10 million, but it is 100% avoidable. In this article, we will review what you should and should not do for battery safety.
The Vape Battery
Vape batteries tend to be made up of lithium-ion chemistries, providing impeccable power and come in different shapes and sizes. Lithium batteries are used in laptops, medical devices, and tablets. All electronic devices risk explosions or fires. Vape batteries are not ‘manufacturer approved’ as it has become increasingly popular for vapers to choose their own vape batteries as well as customize their device to produce bigger clouds and more power. Explosions occur when vapers don’t possess the right knowledge, use the device incorrectly, products are cheaply bought and/or poor-quality devices.
Battery Safety - We Recommend
Buying a high-quality vaping device significantly reduces the risk of explosions, a common problem with cheaply made vaping devices.
Researching before selecting the right battery for devices that use external batteries, which are not included with the device. Ensure to buy a high quality rechargeable 18650 battery from a reputable brand.
Buying a quality smart charger which offers more safety features that a regular charger, reducing the risk of explosions.
Using a battery case to transport your batteries rather than dropping into your bag. Leaving batteries loose in your bag can result in a hazardous explosion if the batteries come into contact with keys or coins can complete the circuit between a positive and negative.
Being aware of the weather as extremely hot or extremely cold conditions can cause explosions. Keeping your batteries between 10⁰C and 46⁰C is generally the safest.
Using the correct charging cable because other cables may have a higher wattage that the cable that came with the device and could cause your device to overheat.
Battery Safety - We Do Not Recommend
Using damaged batteries as this will not have a happy ending. If your batteries are damaged, as shown in the above graphic, dispose of them safely. At Ziggicig, we can dispose of your old batteries for you.
Leaving batteries on charge unattended as this is a safety risk. Check your batteries regularly when charging to prevent overheating and never charge at night when you are sleeping.
Charging or resting the device on flammable surfaces, like a pillow or sofa as this is a safety risk.
Leaving your device exposed to direct sunlight such as leaving it in your car or on windowsills for long periods of time.
Mixing and matching your batteries as they could have different voltage outputs which will end up damaging your batteries.
Over-discharging your batteries as it can cause serious damage and weaken your batteries.