It’s taken vaping devices a long time to get to the point where they’re at today. The days of buying cheap e-cigarettes in blister packs and having them fizzle out after just a couple of uses are long gone, and today, a vaping device is just about as dependable as any other piece of consumer electronics. Devices that need to be handled safely.

A $39 vape mod, however, is definitely not the same thing as a $1,000 smartphone. A smartphone goes through extensive testing to ensure that it’ll fail gracefully instead of starting a fire if you happen to hook it up to the wrong charger or use it in direct sunlight on a hot day. Vaping devices, on the other hand, are manufactured under extremely tight budgets and aren’t as resistant to improper handling as some other types of consumer gadgets.

Safely Handling Vaping and Batteries: The Quick Guide for Newbies

Vape Mods are Different

Likewise, a vape mod is not the same thing as a flashlight powered by a pair of disposable AA batteries. The battery in a vape mod is capable of delivering dramatically more power. The battery in your vape mod could, in fact, power your notebook computer for a couple of hours or more.

The fact that a vape mod has such a powerful battery – and only very limited safety features to help prevent the battery from failing catastrophically if it’s mishandled – means that vaping entails a certain amount of responsibility if you want to ensure that you’re using your device safely. That is the purpose of this article. The next time you buy a new vaping device or battery from Simply E Liquid or another vape shop, you’re going to know exactly how to handle it.

This is your straightforward and newbie-friendly guide to handling your vaping devices and batteries safely.

How to Charge a Vaping Device Safely

Your vaping device most likely has a built-in USB port for charging the battery. That’s very handy because you have a USB port conveniently available every time you use your computer – and, in fact, that’s exactly how you should charge your vaping device. All vaping devices are designed to accept the charging current from a standard computer USB port. You might be tempted to connect your vaping device to the wall adapter for your mobile phone or tablet, but you shouldn’t do that because the charging adapters for mobile devices are often designed for high-speed charging. Your mobile phone is designed to work with a quick-charge adapter without overheating, but your vaping device isn’t. A higher-than-normal charging current can potentially cause a vaping device to overheat.

How to Use a Vaping Device Correctly

Virtually all vaping devices on the market today have fully regulated power delivery, which means that they automatically manage parameters like battery voltage, operational wattage and internal temperature. If a vaping device can’t operate safely because the atomizer coil has a fault that would cause a short circuit, the device’s indicator light will blink, or its screen will display an error message. For the most part, you can use a regulated vaping device without worrying about safety as long as you do three things.

  • Make sure that the resistance of the connected atomizer coil is higher than the device’s minimum supported coil resistance, which you can find by reading the instruction manual.

  • Make sure that the amperage you’re requesting from the battery is within the battery’s safe limit.

  • Obey all other battery charging and handling instructions in this article.

At some vape shops, you’ll see a certain type of vaping device called a mechanical mod. A mechanical mod is different from most other vaping devices in that its only component is a mechanical switch that completes a circuit. A mechanical mod has no electronic components, which means that it also has no built-in safety features. Because mechanical mods have no safety features, beginning vapers should not use them. Mechanical mods are only for long-term vapers who are capable of looking out for their own safety.

How to Handle and Use Vaping Batteries Safely

Battery Safety: The Quick Guide for NewbiesThere are many benefits to owning a vaping device with a removable battery. It means that you can use one battery while charging another. It also means that you don’t have to throw your device away when the battery stops holding a charge. You can simply replace the battery. Lithium-ion batteries, however, are much more powerful than disposable alkaline batteries. You’ll need to handle them with great care.

The most important thing to know about using a vaping device with a removable battery is that you should never use a lithium-ion battery with visible damage. If a battery has a noticeable bulge or dent, it means that permanent chemical changes are taking place inside the battery. The anode and cathode could be fusing together, creating an internal short circuit. An internal short is a serious safety hazard.  Batteries that are damaged, take out of service and recycled immediately.

A torn exterior wrapper is another form of damage that could cause a serious safety issue. That’s because the outer enclosure of a lithium-ion battery is a conductive metal can. Never let metal objects touch the metal side of a battery. Especially  touching the positive pole at the top of the battery. It’ll can cause a short circuit. The battery’s outer plastic wrapper is the only thing preventing metal from touching things it shouldn’t. If the wrapper is torn it is potentially dangerous. You need to replace the wrapper or recycle the battery.

How to Transport Vaping Batteries Safely

Handling your vaping batteries safely? Never transport loose batteries by carrying them in your pocket. That’s because your pocket is also likely to store other metal objects. Coins and keys, to name two examples. These could cause a short circuit by touching a battery’s positive and negative poles simultaneously. People have started fires in their pockets. They’ve suffered terrible injuries being careless. The only safe way to transport a bare lithium-ion battery is in a padded carrier. It protects the battery from damage and from touching other metal objects.