Vaping batteries aren’t like the run-of-the-mill AA batteries for your TV remote. 18650 batteries are high-powered lithium-ion cells that, although perfectly safe to use in the majority of cases, can be dangerous if mistreated.
Everyone who uses a vaporizer should be aware of the importance of battery safety, and take the necessary precautions to ensure they are vaping safely.
So here are some battery safety tips that, whether you’re new to vaping or a seasoned cloud chaser, you’ll want to know!
After a little while, the plastic wraps on your batteries can tear, exposing more of the metal terminal. This increases the chance of metal-on-metal contact, which can be very hazardous.
If you notice any degradation of the wrap on a battery, it’s time to either recycle or rewrap it. Your local vape shop can do this for you, or you can buy wraps and do it yourself. It’s pretty easy to do.
Replace and Recycle
Batteries only have a limited life-cycle, especially when they are in frequent use. Eventually, they won’t hold a charge for as long as they should. When that happens it’s time to retire them.
Do not throw them in the trash!
They can short-circuit in a trash bin, which can start a fire or worse. Recycle your old batteries at a recycling point and make sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.
Buy From Reputable Vendors
One of the best safety tips for vaping is to buy all your equipment from a reputable source. Whether it’s vape mods, batteries, or tanks, legitimate stores will guarantee authentic gear.
18650 batteries are counterfeited often, especially those of big brands like Panasonic or Sony. Buying from a trustworthy vendor is the best way to avoid being stuck with batteries that are both inferior and dangerous to use.
Use Protective Cases
Do not just throw your spare batteries in a pocket or a bag. Any contact with other metallic objects, like spare change, can cause a short circuit.
Instead, keep the batteries you’re not using in a protective case or silicone sleeves. They are relatively cheap and will prevent your batteries from venting or potentially exploding.
Don’t Over-Drain or Over-Charge
Letting lithium-ion batteries drain completely before charging them actually shortens their lifespan. Pay attention to the battery indicator on your vape mod and swap them out before they’re fully discharged, if possible.
Over-charging will also lessen performance over time. In some cases, it can even cause them to explode. It’s best to remove them from the charger once they are fully charged.
Don’t Set and Forget
When you’re charging your batteries, don’t leave them unattended. Although there are plenty of safety measures built into most chargers, electrical faults can happen.
Temperature Affects Battery Safety
Pay attention to your batteries’ safe temperature range. Both hot and cold temperatures can affect performance, capacity, and safety.
If you live in particularly hot or cold climates, you may want to consider keeping your batteries in an insulated container.
Following these guidelines will help to ensure battery safety, and minimize any risk of harm to your batteries, your vape mod, or you.
Protect your batteries, be aware of the environment they are in, and be mindful of their charge. By adhering to these, you will enjoy high-performance batteries for a long time.
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