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FAQ's - Battery Safety

Battery safety

Vape batteries are not like your remote-control AAs: they are much more powerful cells that need to be handled carefully. If you own a regulated vape mod that is powered by batteries such as 18650s or 20700s, this guide is for you.

Keep wraps intact

Always make sure that the wraps of your batteries are in pristine condition. If you notice a nick or tear on the battery wrap, the safe thing to do is to re-wrap it. Battery wraps are cheap and extremely easy to put on. If you don’t have wraps, come in a see us. We will wrap your batteries for free and it won’t take more than a couple of minutes to do.

Use the right batteries

Some batteries are better for low wattage vaping, others are better for sub-ohming, and others are not supposed to be used for vaping at all. When picking batteries for your mod, make sure that they come in the appropriate specs. Don’t just read the numbers on the wraps, as those are often misleading.

Use battery cases

Never throw batteries in pockets or bags when not in use.  Get yourself some cheap plastic battery cases instead, as unprotected batteries might short circuit when they come in contact with metal objects. This may cause your battery to vent and potentially explode.

Don’t leave your batteries charging unattended

Even when using a charger, having your batteries charging unattended is never a good idea, especially overnight. Although very rare, battery chargers are electronic devices and failures are not unheard of. Always keep an eye on your charging batteries and place them in battery cases when you are not around.

Use a dedicated charger

Charging your batteries directly in your mod is possible with most devices nowadays, but it’s always safer to use a dedicated battery charger.

Don’t over-drain your batteries

If possible, try to not completely drain your batteries — lithium-ion batteries tend to lose more capacity the further you let them discharge. Most mods will come with some form of battery level indication. Taking your batteries out to charge before they are completely drained will prolong their life, i.e. the amount of cycles you will be able to get out of them.

Avoid extreme temperatures

Vape batteries can tolerate low and high temperatures, but you wouldn’t want to test their limits. Higher temperatures will strain your batteries, making them age faster (or even vent), while colder temperatures take a toll on battery capacity. Make sure you store them in a cool place away from sunlight and never ever leave them stored in places like the glove compartment of your car where temperatures might even exceed their safety range.

Use married batteries

If you are using a mod that takes more than one battery, always use the exact same batteries and keep them married, i.e. use them in pairs and always together — it’s a safe practice. Battery wraps make this easy as you wrap a pair in the same wrap. This will ensure that the cells get the same number of charges/discharges and help delay imbalances in capacity and performance.

Replace old batteries

Batteries are only good up to a certain amount of cycles (full charge to full discharge). Lithium-ion batteries will start losing capacity and strength when used extensively for longer periods of time. If you sense that your battery takes less time to discharge, just replace it. Even if you haven’t noticed something out of the ordinary, replace your batteries after six months to a year, depending on how often you use them.

Recycle old batteries

When replacing old batteries, always recycle them instead of throwing them away. A lithium-ion cell can easily short-circuit in rubbish, which is a serious hazard risk. On top of that, recycling batteries is good for the environment. Bring them into us and we recycle them free of charge.

 

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