Nobody wants to get their face blown off, and e-cigarettes have, on occasion, been associated with such incidents.
This is a serious issue and an exploding vape pen even cost a Floridian man his life in 2018. A young Texan succumbed to similar injuries in 2019. They were using mechanical mods that didn’t have the voltage regulation features of most modern e-cigarettes.
However, even the more regulated, safer Li-ion batteries like Samsung 25r have been known to catch fire and cause serious injury and property damage.
The reason behind each of these incidents is actually in the battery powering the e-cigarette.
Reports and testimonies are alarming to the general public and especially to vapers. The incidents of exploding e-cigs also give more power to the anti-vaping initiatives.
The fact is, there are dangers all around us and we need to be mindful of them and take precautions.
So what can vapers do to avoid stress, shock, injuries, and property damage when using and handling e-cigarettes?
First of all, there should be no tampering with the battery. Some people have tried to manipulate the batteries in one way or another to alter their performance. This is one of the recipes for disaster.
Home-made batteries can be equally dangerous and unstable.
Secondly, if the device or the battery is damaged in any way, the risk of incident and injury is extremely high. When there is noticeable battery damage such as dents, scratches, or leaks, the battery should not be used.
Next, if you notice overheating, shorter battery life or low performance, replace the battery.
Only use the charger that comes with the battery and don’t leave it charging overnight. Disconnect the charger when the battery is fully charged. Check the expiry (Best If Used By) dates and be mindful of the life expectancy and specifications. Some batteries/devices can be used while charging, but with others, it spells disaster.
Don’t carry your batteries in pockets with metal objects such as keys, coins, and similar. This may cause them to short-circuit and explode or cause a chemical reaction and a gas leakage. Invest in a case or put the battery in a special sleeve or compartment in your bag.
Most batteries used in e-cigarettes contain Lithium. It makes the batteries lighter and extends their life expectancy.
The Li-ion batteries that are used in numerous devices nowadays can become unstable. There have been reports of similar incidents involving smartphones, tablets, laptops, and even hoverboards and electric vehicles. Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was one example of spontaneous combustion due to battery issues.
If handled with care, e-cigarettes are no greater threat than any other device we use nowadays.
The best types of batteries to use depend on what mod you have. For mechanical mods, batteries with built-in protection circuits are the best option. Electronic mods have more protections in place for the upsurge, low resistance, and short-circuiting.
When looking to buy a battery, avoid sites like eBay and unverified sellers. It’s best to verify authenticity through ‘scratch codes’ that certain brands use. If there’s any indication the battery or the packaging is disturbed or damaged, consider returning it or disposing of it appropriately.
When possible, buy from established brands such as LG, Samsung, Panasonic, and others reputable in the domain.
When disposing of old batteries, don’t throw them in regular trash. They are harmful to the environment, and there are designated recycling facilities.
In conclusion, e-cigarettes can hurt people when used or mishandled. The incidents involving explosions or fires are related to batteries. These incidents are now rare thanks to numerous safety features. It’s important to know the facts, buy from trusted brands and retailers, and use the device as intended.
Then, vapers can enjoy their e-cigarettes with ease.