EZ-Vape Battery Safety 101 Guide
An Overview Of Batteries and Safety
DON'T ever trust a charging source to not overcharge a battery (Including internal batteries charged via USB!) This is strictly a safety precaution as batteries heat up when they are being charged and one shouldn’t trust their charger not to potentially overcharge a battery, even if it has a cutoff.
DON’T ever paint, modify or take apart your batteries, this can be rather dangerous.
NEVER remove the wrapping from a battery or use a battery with damaged wrapping where you can see the exposed metal of any kind. An unwrapped or damaged battery is guaranteed to be a potentially dangerous battery. Inspect your batteries! If you are unsure, it’s best to get NEW batteries or have an experienced individual re-wrap your current batteries.
NEVER keep extra batteries stored without a case or carry them loosely, a single piece of metal touching the contacts of a battery can cause it to discharge in your pocket.
(Buy A Bettery Case!)
NEVER use off-brand, unmarried batteries. ALWAYS use the same brand, same aged and same exact model of batteries together!
NEVER charge your batteries at a rate you aren’t sure they are safe with. 18650’s should be charged at 1.0A, 26650’s should be charged at 2.0A and one should only use the same kind of USB cord as that which came with your device in the case of USB charging.
NEVER leave charging batteries unattended for long periods of time. (Including internal batteries being charged via USB!)
NEVER blindly place batteries in your device, always ensure you are properly installing them and NEVER place batteries in a device/charger backwards or improperly!
NEVER place batteries near or on top of any kind of metal objects, such as a table, laptop or freezer!
DO inspect your batteries and their wrapping for any damage EVERY TIME you remove them, only ever use a battery you KNOW is pristine and safe.
DO remove your batteries/device from the charger once the charger or device indicates that the cells are at full capacity.
DO STORE AND USE batteries in PAIRS if you use a multi-battery device. This is called “Marrying” your batteries... You should ALWAYS Marry your Batteries! From day one, when you get new batteries, always exclusively use and charge those batteries together with only one another and ONLY with the same device you initially put them in, this ensures your batteries are aged the same to ensure steady output and prolong life.
Are Batteries and Vaporizers Dangerous?
Battery technology has moved forward and many safety measures have been implemented and the culture of vaping has set standards and only recommends specialized, high drain batteries that have been standard now for quite a few years and AUTHENTIC, HIGH-QUALITY batteries 99% of the time don’t just randomly compress their contained energy and explode anymore. And in the rare cases, that they do, human error is to blame.
Common sense is your best ally when it comes to electronics of any kind, don’t place your batteries next to a sink, don’t place them on a steel or metal table or surface, keep them dry and away from metal objects. Don’t remove any of the plastic wrappings from your battery, if you see any exposed metal or cuts in the wrapping of your battery, be cautious and get a new battery or re-wrap it.
We cannot stress enough that one uses common sense when it comes to vaporizers.
The truth is that the battery cells used with e-cigarettes are very, very similar and in many cases, the exact same as you will find in cell phones, tablets and electronics across the world. Most laptop battery packs even use multiple 18650 style batteries in their internals to provide power to your laptop, as do most things that use battery packs such as construction tools.
The most commonly used batteries in vaping for GOOD REASON (Due to their High Drain Rate due to their chemical makeup and better “Amperage Rating” which we’ll cover below.) by far are the 18650 and 26650 batteries. What is the difference? Simply: it’s the size of the battery itself, much like an AAA or AA battery, for example, the 26650 is bigger than the 18650.
Other than that, however, two different models of a battery can be different in regards to capacity and Amperage Rating, which is how much “load” or “strain” the battery has been rated to endure safely and they can also differ in voltage and chemical makeup which is important. (This applies to all forms of internal batteries as well.)
Although nowadays, all of these details aren’t as pressing as they used to be as battery technology has moved forward and many safety measures have become standard.