Batteries and You: Basic Battery Safety.

Congratulations on finding electronic cigarettes and vaping! No matter how you do it, the one thing all types of e-cigs have in common is that they need batteries. There is no way around this unless you want to load e-liquid it into diesel powered fog machine, start the engine and inhale that, you’re using a battery.

In this blog post we’re going to have a look at basic battery safety and proper usage. We promise we’ll make it as entertaining and concise as possible. So, without further ado, let’s go!

Charging:

This is the first thing you do when you get a new personal vaporizer or set of batteries.

The first rule of Battery Club:

NEVER LEAVE A CHARGING BATTERY UNATTENDED.

We don’t care if it’s a 650MAh eGo battery or Keanu Reeves, you make sure that sucker is monitored.

  • Do not put a battery on to charge and go to bed.

  • Do not put a battery on to charge and then go off down to the shops for 3 hours.

  • Do not, for the love of everything under the sun, leave a battery charging in your car.

Batteries are totally fine when handled and used responsibly. This is what it looks like when Li-ion batteries go boom.

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We’re working with lithium ion batteries here, they are mostly safe, but things can happen. it’s your job to be responsible with any battery.

Different batteries have different types of safety. eGo type batteries are regulated and will shut off before they cells over discharge. VV and V/W mods also stop working when batteries get to around 3.3/3.2v. Mechanical mods are a little trickier, you have to be able to tell when the charge is running out. It’s usually pretty easy to tell, the vape quality starts to drop off and not as much power is getting to your atomizer. That’s when it’s time to change and charge up your batteries.

Over discharging a battery can be very damaging to a cell, it may result in a dead battery that won’t hold charge. This occurs mainly with mechanical mods. You can check your batteries after a vape session on a mech mod with a digital multimeter. It will give you an accurate reading on the remaining voltage in your battery. If you’re around 3.2-3.4v whack it on the charger.

Typically discharging below 2.4v has the ability to kill a cell. 3.2v is probably the lowest you should discharge it to, try to aim a little higher, say 3.4-3.6v. This will help with the longevity of the battery.

 

Second rule of Battery Club:

Respect your batteries.

This means storing them correctly in the house and when you travel. A battery case like this is advised. For eGo type batteries you can try this eGo case.

battery case

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  • Do not carry loose batteries around in your bag/purse/luggage, it’s dangerous. Serious face.

  • Do not leave batteries rolling around like crazy elongated bocci balls. Put them in a battery case if you’re using mod batteries. eGo type batteries are OK to store on their own without a case, they’re all snugly safe in their tubes.

  • Do not throw batteries around. They aren’t a Frisbee.

  • If you drop your batteries inspect the bodies for bulging or other suspicious looking flaws

  • Do not remove the wrapper, there isn’t chocolate inside. You’ve got no business poking around in there.

  • Do not throw Li-ion batteries in the bin. If your batteries go kaput, it’s your duty to dispose of them correctly. Drop them off at your local battery/electronics store that accepts dead cells.

  • Do not charge a damaged cell. It will not end well.

When you’re planning on not using your rechargeable batteries for a while, it’s advised you store them at a half charge, which would be 3.7v. This will help maintain the battery cells longevity.

If you treat your batteries with care, you’re golden. Common sense and knowing what you’re doing will keep you vaping happily with all of your digits intact.

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