General Vape Battery Safety Guidelines
Vape batteries are made up of chemical materials such as Lithium polymers. These materials are sensitive to heat, so the users should take utmost care while using and storing the batteries. Customers should adhere to the following safety guidelines while using and handling Vapes:
- The battery should be purchased from a trusted company that assures quality and safety. Substandard batteries may lead to fire and therefore harm the consumer.
- Batteries are susceptible to environmental factors like extreme heat and cold. So do not store them in extreme temperatures as it can damage their battery cells and cause an explosion.
- The vape itself should not be exposed to sunlight. It can heat the batteries, damaging them, and may cause fire or explosion.
- Never overcharge the battery. Soaking damages the cells and reduces performance. It can also cause a battery fire.
- Keep the batteries away from liquids such as water. The water can make the batteries wet, causing fire or performance reduction.
- Never keep vape batteries with coins, medals, or any conductive materials, as there is a chance of shorting.
- Do not use third-party charging adaptors for a vape as it can damage the battery resulting in fire or explosion.
- Replace vape batteries after 3-6 months. Batteries can work for a specific time; their renewal is necessary.
- Keep vape cells out of reach of children as these batteries can explode or catch fire when overheated or overcharged.
What are vaping batteries?
Vape batteries are the core components of vaping devices such as e-cigarettes and vapes. The vaping process cannot be completed without a battery as it heats up the coil, producing vapors. Most vaping devices have inbuilt batteries, which can be charged with the help of a USB cable. Batteries may be accessible to vapers or require a professional to change them successfully.
Generally, these batteries are small in size to fit into the structure of the compact vapes. There are two common types used in vaping devices:
- Lithium Polymer batteries: are sealed inside the device and are non-removable. The most common of them are Lithium-Ion batteries. These cells are a little expensive and not considered safe as IMR batteries.
- IMR batteries are not sealed and can be removed from the device when needed. They are less expensive and safer than lithium polymer cells.
We can also classify them according to the automatic or manual approach:
Automatic Vape batteries: Customers can easily use automatic batteries. Their shape is like a cigarette and the charging time is short. A significant disadvantage is that the users feel a lag while puffing and inhaling.
Manual Vape batteries are more powerful and generate more vapors for a smooth experience. They give more control to users and have a long life due to their larger size.
How to identify the right AMPs level for a vape battery?
Vape battery capacity is measured in MAH and AMPs. MAH or milliampere-hour is the standard unit and is the total amount of energy the cell provides in one hour. 1000MAH =1AMP. To know the right AMPs level of the battery, customers should follow the process mentioned below:
- The battery must never be charged at higher AMPs than indicated by the manufacturer
- Note the MAH power of the battery.
- Divide the mAH reading by 1000 as 1 AMP=1000 MAH
For example, a battery with a capacity of 4000mAH can deliver a power of 4000 milli-amperes.
: mAH= 4000
4000mAH/1000= 4 AMP
We can also calculate the exact AMPs using Ohm's law.
V = IR
V= circuit voltage
I= Amperage of the circuit
To find the Amperage, we use the formula below:
I = V/R
Vape battery safety tips
As batteries are made up of sensitive materials, they can take fire or explode if not correctly used. Following battery safety tips should keep in mind while using a vape:
- The battery should be stored at room temperature and kept away from heat sources such as sunlight.
- If there are signs of rusting or corrosion on your battery, immediately replace it as it can catch fire and explode.
- Keep your battery away from liquids such as water.
- Always purchase your batteries from a reliable source to avoid any hazards. .
- The wrapping of the cells should always be intact.
- Vape batteries should always be stored in a battery case.
- Use the trusted charging equipment for powering the battery.
- Never overcharge the battery as it results in overheating.
- Keep your battery away from metallic objects such as coins or keys.
- Turn off your batteries when not in use.
The Don'ts of vape battery safety
Vape batteries are sensitive to many factors, and improper management can cause significant damage to their users. The don'ts of the vape battery safety are enlisted below:
- Never use damaged batteries: If the battery is damaged or its wrapping is torn out, immediately discard it. Otherwise, it can cause damage to you and your device.
- Do not charge the battery on a flammable surface: Never charge your battery on a combustible surface such as a pillow or sofa because it can get over-heat and then catch fire.
- Sunlight: Don't keep your battery exposed to direct sunlight as it can damage and overheat the battery.
- Chargers: Many batteries can be charged with the same type of USB charger. Always use a trusted and recommended charger for powering the battery.
- Complete discharge: Never discharge your battery entirely because it weakens the cells and reduces its performance.
- Attention: Never leave your charging batteries unattended, as they sometimes get overheated and result in circuit fires.
- Cleaning: Users should clean the batteries weekly. They should clean the connection point of the batteries with an alcohol wipe or cotton. If there is any dirt accumulated, it must be removed.
Batteries can lose their life if left idle for a long time. It is best to use them immediately after purchase.
How Can I Avoid Damaging A Vape Battery?
Generally, batteries are susceptible to physical, environmental, and human factors. A few critical points must be ensured to avoid damage to the product.
- Never dismantle or shred the battery or its components because it can damage the battery.
- Avoid mechanical shock to the cells because the material inside the cells can be damaging. Leakages can incur in the process.
- Avoid short-circuiting cells. An error message may be displayed if the product is damaged.
- Do not overcharge batteries as they can heat the cells and materials inside them, slowly reducing the performance.
The proper use of safety precautions can ensure a long life for your vape batteries. They are delicate pieces of equipment and must be handled with care. Keep them out of the reach of children by placing them on top shelves etc. A general user manual is mostly available with most vapes that can guide you on proper handling.