Battery Safety

Battery Safety

Intro

The vape industry is advancing at a remarkable rate. We have seen a multitude of complex devices hit the market, as well as many, many beginner and intermediate kits too. Many of these devices require an external battery to operate – typically an 18650 battery. Our Battery safety guide will help ensure that you keep safe when vaping.


It is very important that you ensure that the batteries you are in possession of are, firstly, safe to use. There are a number of factors that needs to be taken into consideration when choosing a safe battery to use in your chosen ecig:

  1. There is no damage to the battery wrap (The wrap is the thin layer of plastic which surrounds a battery)
  2. That it is compatible with your device
  3. The batteries are authentic and purchased from a reliable source

 

Start with a starter kit

However, there is no need to worry! Considering there are millions of people vaping in the world now, problems are thankfully very low. However there have been a number of incidents that have arisen from misuse of devices and poor quality merchandise. Whatever vape device you use for vaping, they all contain batteries with the potential for danger and should be treated with care. Here’s everything you need to know about minimising the risks when using the various types of mods available.

18650 batteries are available to purchase from a various range of manufacturers. The most popular manufacturers are LG, Samsung and Sony. Why is this? This is because other manufactures usually “rewrap” battery cells. The biggest problem with this is that rewrapped batteries can be of lower grade that have been rejected by companies such as Samsung, Sony and LG as they do not meet the ratings during testing. Also rewraps can have exaggerated ratings and this can be a problem.

What the battery should look like: 

With anything you use that includes a battery, you need to ensure that the battery is safe to use. This includes ensuring that the wrap on the battery is still in good condition. Please refer to the image provided. If the battery wrap is peeling off, this can be dangerous as the battery’s body is exposed. This exposure can potentially make contact with the device, or perhaps a set of keys or loose change in your pocket, that you are using and create a short which will cause your battery to vent as the flow of energy has been interrupted between the positive and negative connection. There are now wraps available on the market for instances like this so you can rewrap your battery if the current one has been damaged. Other alternatives include a rubber battery casing.

 

Battery use with regulated mods

As the vape market continually grows, the use of regulated mods is becoming the popular option to purchase for beginner and intermediate vapers. These mods allow the user to easily adjust the wattage/voltage to fire up the coil regardless of what ohm’s it is. Although these mods include a circuit board, with various safety measures to prevent shorts that may damage your battery, these safety features still do not mean that these devices are completely safe to use. As with any electronic device, they can malfunction, with serious consequences. Here are some steps that we would advise you take to look after your battery.

  1. Handle your mod with care.
  2. Insert/ take out your battery correctly
  3. Store your device safely including making sure that it is locked. All regulated mods provide a locking function.
  4. Don’t tamper with the device
  5. Don’t overcharge.
  6. Dispose of batteries safely.

Some regulated mods come with an internal battery, it is best advised that you do not tamper with this device and also that you do not overcharge the battery. Most well made mods have a cut-off point where they stop charging when they reach full power. When charging through a USB cable, ensure that you are using the correct charging cable preferably the one that comes with your device. If your device charges using a USB cable, make sure the power output matches your mod. If your charger has a higher voltage than your battery, you could overheat the battery or short the device.

With regulated mods that have a removable 18650 battery, ensure that you are using a battery holder after charging. When charging, ensure that you are using an authentic charger provided by a reliable ecigarette manufacturer. Batteries are recommended to not be charged any more than at 1amps.

 

Battery use with unregulated mods

Unregulated mods, typically mechanical mods, have no circuits inside and the wattage/voltage cannot be selected. The way these type of vape mods work is by having the all the power from the battery sent straight into the coils that you have built until the battery is depleted. There are a few issues that you need to be aware of when using an unregulated mod. The battery amps should never be exceeded. This is the very first issue that you need to be aware of and it is fundamental that this is taken into account. If the amps have been exceeded this can be very dangerous as you are trying to draw out more power than the battery can provide, the end result of this can be severe. To work out how many amps you will be using, take the discharge rate (the amps) of your battery, then divide your voltage level by coil resistance (ohms).

Another issue that needs to be taken account is that you need to ensure that you use the correct vape batteries. If you have not done so already, it is crucial that you do some research and find out what batteries are recommended for your build. There are many types of battery, including ICR, IMR and LiPo (Lithium Polymer) with different battery ratings. If you are ever in doubt about the quality of a particular battery, please do get in touch with us and we can help.