August 3rd, 2015

Last updated on July 9th, 2018 at 11:22 am

Over the past couple of years there have been about dozens of reports of eCigarettes bursting into flames from the charging point or in peoples pockets. Since these vaporizers are supposed to be a safe alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes, this news was a bit more than disheartening. But never fear, we’ve compiled this list to help you avoid a shower of fire while you try to vaporize your eCig.

 

FDA vape exploding diagram

 

How to reduce the risk of battery explosions?

 

There are a ton of ways a vape can act irrationally. Checking the battery and making sure you’re careful with the unit is the best way to make sure precautions are taken. Although the chances of happening are extremely slim, it’s best to know what you’re doing.

 

  • Only Use the Provided Charger

Many cases reported of eCigs exploding are from being charged with a charger that it isn’t truly compatible with. The main report of an eCigarette exploding was in London when a woman was charging her unit with an iPad charger. As soon as she took it off of the charger and hit the vape it combusted completely and lit her dress on fire. The fire took Heathrow Fire Department 40 minutes to control.

The issue is that the lithium ion battery of eCigarettes does not operate at the voltage as an iPad or phone so the charger pushes more power into the piece than it can hold. Keeping your eCigarette charging solely on the charger it came with is the best way to keep your eCig from acting like a roman candle.

  • Avoid Charging in the Computer or Car

The other instances of eCigarettes expelling open flames occurred while vapers were charging their pieces in their computer’s USB port or on their car charger. Making sure to plug your eCigarette into your provided charger into the wall socket is the best way to avoid a complete out pour of flames. A vape enthusiast in Colorado had his vaporizer on a car charger when he noticed it was leaking a mysterious fluid, after checking it out it shot out flames like a roman candle onto his lap while driving. Another extremely scary and dangerous situation entails a mother charging her battery in the car, it shot flaming sparks onto her child harnessed into a carseat. Other vapers have had issue when the unit is plugged directly into their computer, in some horror stories flames have shot across living rooms; which poses serious risks for house fire.

  • Using Good Brand Batteries

Using god batteries definitely matters because you want to make sure it is authentic. There are three different types of batteries which are IC, IMR, and hybrids. IMR batteries are usually safer than ICR which is why ICR type batteries come with protection circuit boards. The hybrid will be the safest along with IMR batteries, but some vaporizers instruct to use ICR like the Provari.

Making sure to never charge your device on a laptop or in a car charger can help to ensure you don’t have an issue with spontaneous combustion. It seems that the lithium ion battery works best in a wall unit utilizing only the charger provided at point of purchase of battery. Branching out in what you charge your eCigarette with is where the problems with explosion arise. If you want to make sure not to burn your car passengers or risk your house burning down while you’re away; only charge in a wall socket.

So, it seems that the main issue when they blow up has nothing to do with hitting the piece. Unfortunately if you misuse of the charger it can burst into flames while you are using it. It is best to stick to the provided charger and make sure to charge before leaving the house.

 

Vented Ecig Battery Safety Guide

 

  • Buy from reputable brands

The vape you buy and use plays a great factor in the overall safety of your vaping ex

perience. Mechanical mods are the most challenging to set up and use safely. Regulated devices almost always come with their own set of fail-safes that help prevent accidents and mishaps such as shorts or extreme battery discharging.

Batteries are no exception in this regard and it’s always a good idea to purchase a battery with a reliable and honest performance rating. While a lot of brands tend to exaggerate the capabilities of their batteries, most vapers won’t notice the difference. The consequences can be disastrous if the odds aren’t in your favor. Some brands that are known to be good include, but are not limited to the following:

  • eGo
  • Kamry
  • Tesla
  • Aspire
  • Innokin
  • E-leaf
  • SMOK

 

  • Read instructions – Do as it says

Whether you’re a beginner or a vaping savant, it’s always recommended to read the instruction manual. While most devices tend to operate in a similar fashion, each mod still has its own nuances. For example, some electronic cigarettes automatically turn on as soon as the battery is installed. This can cause potential problems for the unaware vaper when it comes to safe storage.

The same goes for batteries. Different brands and types of batteries all have their own individual rating specific to each model. If you intend to vape with a mechanical mod, it’s of utmost importance that you get familiar with the maximum discharge rate of the battery you intend to use.

Charging your batteries is a big deal. You don’t want to overcharge. Some models will stop charging as soon as it has reached the maximum level. There are also other safety features like the vape shutting down when it experiences a short. It can also shut down if it gets too hot.

ecigarette safety infographic
Credit to ecigarettedirect

 

 

  • Check the battery before using it

While regulated devices play a major role in preventing your batteries from over-discharging or shorting, all of that won’t matter if the battery wraps themselves are damaged. A large percentage of vaping related explosions are caused by damaged wraps. All batteries have some sort of material wrapped around it. Even your average AA or AAA batteries will have the companies branding all over it. The wrap around the battery, underneath the branding is very important.

It’s also a good idea to check the battery for any signs of swelling or corrosion. This is a positive indicator that your battery is in need of immediate replacement. Never use a battery that shows signs of damage such as swelling, corrosion, or damaged wraps. Allowing your battery to explode on you doesn’t only affect your safety and health, but the welfare of those around you. So always play it safe and check your batteries when swapping them in or out.

 

  • Check the battery connection

As mentioned, torn battery wraps are the number one culprit of explosions when vaping, and the worst thing is that regardless of whether you’re using a mechanical or regulated device, nothing is going to stop your device from shorting out if it has a damaged wrapper. So always give your batteries a once over when taking them out to ensure that they’re in tip-top shape.

Ensure that the battery contacts are clean before installing them in your mod. Also check to see if the battery tray is free from any debris especially when it comes to the positive and negative contact pins inside your device. It’s not unusual for e-liquid to seep into the battery compartment which can cause some potential problems if left unchecked.

 

  • Don’t let your atomizer overheat

When it comes battery safety, the number one enemy is heat. When your atomizer heats up quickly thanks to that quadruple alien Clapton coil build, it might not be the best idea to chain vape on that sort of setup. The reason for this is a lot of heat generated from the coils easily gets transferred to the atomizer itself. From the atomizer, the heat quickly transfers to the 510 connection, and finally to the battery.

Batteries are normally built to withstand the heat generated when they discharge energy from the cells into the atomizer. However, it doesn’t work the other way around unfortunately. The heat generated by your atomizer coils can get to blistering hot levels, and can potentially damage your battery if left unchecked.

 

  • Let your battery cool down

The same goes for your batteries. While its normal for them to feel warm especially with frequent and regular vaping, they must never feel hot to the touch. There are three main ways to prevent your battery from overheating. The first is to use a mod that has sufficient battery venting. This ensures that your battery has ample air circulation required to help it cool down. Stuffing a battery in a small and tightly enclosed space with minimal or no venting is the first ingredient to a recipe for disaster.

The 2nd and 3rd methods to keep your battery cool are more simple. Avoid vaping on extremely low resistance coils when possible. This holds true if your batteries aren’t guaranteed to handle that level of stress. Last but not the least, know when to give your mod a break. A 5-10-minute rest period is more than enough time to cool down your precious batteries.

 

  • Store your battery properly

Another common cause of unwanted explosions is improperly stored batteries. As a general rule it’s never a good idea to keep loose batteries in your pocket. Other effects such as loose change or pens can easily cause a short and cause the batteries to heat up then consequently explode. Even removing these things from your pocket to make it safer for your battery still involves some risk as the cells are still susceptible to impact.

So when it comes to proper battery safety the best solution is to just use a small case designed for storing batteries. These are easy to find, inexpensive, and do a great job of keeping the batteries protected. We recommend putting them in a carry case it came with. If it didn’t, we offer the perfect travel vape case.

 

  • Keep the battery and vape away from heat, cold, or direct sunlight

Just like any type of electronics, batteries are sensitive to changes in ambient temperature. Storing your batteries in your car is a very bad idea regardless of the temperature in your area. Heat easily gets trapped inside boxes of metal and glass. This will easily cause your battery to overheat or potentially explode. Cold on the other hand while not as immediately harmful still has a negative impact on the overall performance of batteries.

It almost goes without saying but keeping batteries exposed to direct sunlight is a definite no-no when it comes to safe storage. It must always be avoided. Keep your batteries in covered shelves when not in use, and away from the reach of children.

 

  • Keep away from water or moisture

You might think that this is a no-brainer but you’d be surprised at the variety of ways that moisture can seep in. They get your battery wet and potentially damage the internal components of your mod. The most common mishap stems from leaked e-liquid seeping inside the battery compartment. While it’s not water per se, e-liquid is still plenty conductive which means that there’s a high possibility it can damage your battery or your mod.

To help stave off this issue, avoid vaping around areas where there’s a high chance of you or your device getting wet. Additionally, it’s best to give your battery compartment and the batteries themselves a gentle yet thorough cleaning with a q-tip every now and then. Check to see if anything has leaked inside.

 

  • Don’t carry your vape too close to metal

Always keep your device away from other metals, especially when storing it in your pocket. The same goes for sharp objects such as paper clips, pens, or pocket knives which can all potentially cause major damage to your mod and batteries resulting in unwanted explosions. And always remember, while vaping related explosions are rare, they do happen, especially when the circumstances are all right (or wrong), so it’s always better to err on the side of safety when it comes to dealing with batteries.