In the vape world everyone knows that batteries are one of the key factors to vaping. Battery safety is the most important information you need to know and understand when you start vaping. We understand that vaping has its learning curve but if you stick to a few key factors when it comes to battery safety your vaping journey will be easier and more enjoyable
When talking about vaping and vape batteries we are sure you have heard horror stories, the issue with these stories is most could have been avoided with simple battery safety.
We are going to talk about a few things you will need to know like, what are the components of a battery, safe range for vaping and how to store a battery. With these points, you will have an arrange of knowledge to stay safe while vaping.
In this guide:
Batteries come in different sizes. 18650, 18490, 18350, for example. The majority are rechargeable.
All batteries have three components: cathode, electrolyte and anode.
When talking about vape batteries it can get confusing, because, depending on the type of battery, you can have different materials in them. For example, lithium ion (Li-ion) and Lithium manganese oxide (IMR) to name a couple.
These components determine the amperage, mAh and over all function or specs of the battery you are using.
If you would like to know more about the internals of batteries check out BatteryBro’s blog’s This blog will go into more detail about components in all different types of batteries
How to Charge a Battery Safely
We have all heard about batteries or vape mods “blowing up” while charging but we don’t ever hear why. Knowing about the components or specs of your battery or the battery in your mod are important to know and understand.
People think that all vape batteries are the same, and they are not, especially when we talk about how to properly charge them.
Internal Batteries and USB Charging
Internal battery mods, for the most part, come with a USB cord for charging and that could become an issue if you do not understand the battery in the mod. Most people see a USB cord and automatically think they can charge it from their computer.
However, different batteries can handle different charge rates like cell phones: a quick charge is okay for some phones but not for others.
If you plug the USB cord into your computer and charge your mod without knowing the output of your computer and the charge rate the battery in your mod can handle, you risk cell damage (this includes external batteries that you can charge inside your mod).
Battery cell damage is basically when the components in the battery become inactive or overactive, which, in this case can cause damage to your computer or the mod itself.
External batteries for your mod are a bit easier in a way, because we have battery chargers at our disposal. You will still need to do your research on the charger and batteries.
The same issues can occur with external battery chargers as the internal battery charger.
When using an external battery charger is that the charger, make sure it’s in a well-ventilated space and the batteries you are charging are not damaged or ripped.
Safety Range for Batteries
Safety range for batteries is also important, mainly for mechanical mods. Mechanical mods do not have a chip to alert you or warn you if you are abusing the batteries like variable mods.
If you have a coil that has low resistance and you run it at a high voltage you risk damaging your battery.
The chart below can give you an idea of what range is safe for you and your batteries. If you are using this chart, stay in the green and you will stay in the safety range of most batteries used for vaping.
How to Store Batteries Safely
Not many people know that the way you store your batteries is also imperative to safety. Storing batteries, whether traveling or just sitting at home, can have an impact on safety.
Storing Batteries Safely While Traveling
When traveling, always keep your batteries in a battery case.
Warning: Do not keep loose batteries in your pocket or bag with other metal objects (coins, keys, hair pins, etc.) as contact between one of those objects and the battery could cause a battery to explode.
Storing Batteries in Your Car
If you leave your batteries in your car, make sure your car is not too hot or too cold for the battery as this could also cause the battery to fail. Make sure you check out the specs on the battery before you leave them in an enclosed vehicle.
Storing Loose Batteries in Drawers and Tables
Lastly, if you toss your loose batteries in a drawer or lay them flat on a table, make sure they are not touching any metal or other batteries as this too could cause them to fail.
Using proper battery safety is the best way to take care of your batteries, your mod and your safety. We just touched on a few vital safety points, if you have any others please let us know in the comments. Stay safe and happy vaping.
Posted by Dale on May 31st 2017