How To Stop Your Vape From Exploding in 2019

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The question of the day for many people who want to start vaping is whether vaping is safe. And more specifically is it safe in 2019? Between all the fear-mongering and misinformation around vapes exploding it’s something that can sometimes seem a little grim. We like to be informed at VapeApe so I decided to do a little more research.

So, is vaping safe and do vapes explode? Generally, yes vaping is safe and yes, vapes can explode. But there have been limited reports of vapes exploding and practicing standard battery safety while staying informed on how to properly use your vape is an easy way to stay safe. From the reports on incidents where vapes exploding has lead to death or injury there isn’t a lot of information on the type of setup the users had which is a significant factor that can lead to these situations.

*Disclaimer: The question “Is Vaping Safe?” Can be interpreted in regards to personal health. Because of the depth to which vaping health concerns extend in general society and the vape community, we’ll only be addressing how to best prevent vapes from exploding. For more information on whether vaping is healthy please type “Is Vaping Healthy” into Google until we can write a better article.

So What Can You do to Ensure You Stay Safe While Vaping? (Minimise Risk of Explosions).

The first thing on the list that any Vape store or veteran vaper will tell beginners is: avoid mechanical mods. If you’re searching this query we would assume you’re a beginner vaper – nice, welcome. That said, you probably don’t know what mechanical mods are or perhaps even what a mod is!

They’re not bad devices. Let’s get that out of the way. We just wouldn’t recommend you even start looking at them unless you have a good grasp of Ohms Law, lithium-ion battery safety and have more experience with vaping. This is simply to mitigate risk.

mechanical mod diagram

Mechanical mods are custom-built units that have a much higher propensity for exploding if you don’t know what you’re doing. It would be like if you just started skiing and you didn’t want to break your legs but you decided to go on a double black run. Let’s not do that, let’s stick to the basics.

Battery Safety

Practicing general battery safety would be the first thing on the list. Devices exploding are typically caused by the battery (much like the Samsung Note 7 batteries exploding in 2016-17), so one of the easiest ways to stay safe is to make sure we’re practicing good battery safety.

For a technical explanation (in layman’s terms): Batteries (including 18650 batteries used in Vaporisers), contain a positive electrode and a negative electrode (top & bottom). These electrodes are divided by a separator with lithium ions and electrolytes moving between them to discharge power. What causes a battery to explode is if for some reason the electrodes were to meet each other. This then redirects energy to the electrodes which causes a hard short – then boom.

So What's Best Practice For Battery Safety?

Good question. Deeper we delve.

Battery Safety 1. Keep Your Batteries in Good Condition.

Over time your batteries will go through a bit of wear and tear which is typically seen on the outside plastic cover. The sleeve surrounding your 18650 batteries is a protective layer that prevents conductive material from coming into contact with the battery’s metal chassis. If this layer gets too worn and starts coming away from the chassis, this simply increases the risk that conductive material could come into contact with the battery.

This is bad because, well, bigger risk for boom.

If you start to notice your batteries are getting a bit worn you can purchase replacement plastic and rewrap your batteries.

Battery Safety 2. Don’t Overcharge Your Batteries.

Some vape mods have removable rechargeable batteries (usually 18650 or 20700 batteries), and other vapes charge directly into the device with batteries that are difficult to remove.

Why is Overcharging a Risk? My Phone Goes Over All The Time.

Some vape mods have removable rechargeable batteries (usually 18650 or 20700 batteries), and other vapes charge directly into the device with batteries that are difficult to remove.

For Mods with Removable Batteries.

If you have the choice of removing the batteries easily (i.e. taking the 18650 batteries out) – Do that.

Try to avoid charging your 18650 batteries in the vaporiser as while some units have safety measures in place to prevent short circuits, the vape itself isn’t dedicated to that purpose. A good way to think about it is in terms of your phone. Your phone most likely has a camera, but in comparison to an actual camera, the quality of the photo is limited.

Your vape mod may have safety features but they’re likely to be less effective and less comprehensive than the features of a dedicated external charger. The additional benefit of charging with an external charger other than battery safety is typically an external charger will charge your batteries faster anyway.

It’s also good to be aware of battery lifespan. A rough timeframe estimate depending on how frequently you use your vape would be about 6-12 months.

Vape Mods That Aren’t Designed to Easily Remove Their Batteries (Regulated Mods).

You’ve made the wrong choice, back out, back out now, it’s gonna blow!…

Nah we’re just playing.

Regulated mods are actually the best for beginner and casual vapers due to their ease of use. For battery safety simply practice good charging habits (we will talk about good charging habits below) and be conscious of your battery life. If you feel that your mod is not performing as it used to – it’s time to replace it.

For a rough timeframe think 2-3 years depending on the amount of use.

2a. So What Are Some Good Charging Habits?

Good Charging Habit 1. Use an External Charger.

The easiest way to prevent overcharging is by using an external charger. External chargers have the inbuilt safety systems that your 18650 batteries are lacking that can help prevent overcharging. You can expect an external charger to have safety features like automatic power cut off (before reaching full capacity), control over the charge speed, and a handy interface where you can see how much they’ve been charged.

External chargers have the inbuilt safety systems that your 18650 batteries are lacking that can help prevent overcharging. You can expect an external charger to have safety features like automatic power cut off (before reaching full capacity), control over the charge speed, and a handy interface where you can see how much they’ve been charged.

We recommend the Nitecore Intellicharger i4 for Vapers with 4 batteries or the Nitecore D2 Digicharger for Vapers with 2 batteries. Both chargers offer the safety features recommended above and are overall excellent products that we use personally.

Good Charging Habit 2. Keep Your Batteries Between 50% and 80% Charge.

So apparently lithium-ion batteries lose battery capacity and decrease their lifecycle when consistently drained to zero but it’s also not great for them to be charged to 100%. It turns out it’s actually better for their health to discharge frequently in small doses and maintained between 50% and 80%. So if you’re an absolute battery champion or your want to absolutely push your battery lifecycle to the max, try to keep your batteries charged above 50-60% but no higher than 80%.

If you’re like the rest of us and don’t want to stress so much about battery health. We’ve had very reasonable battery lifecycles by just moderating our batteries above 50% charge.

Mildly contradictory statement: While smaller discharges are the bees knees for battery health you should also drain them to zero every 1-2 months to ensure the battery’s indicating their charge accurately.

Good Charging Habit 3. Use The Charging Cable Your Vape Came With.

To be clear. You can use compatible charging cables but try to avoid buying off-brand cables. We just recommend using the cable that your vape came with because it’s the easiest bet for compatibility.

Good Charging Habit 3a. Keep those cables in good condition.

A follow-up tip for battery and personal safety is to keep your cables in good condition. You know what’s the worst. Electrical fires. And death.

But really, your best bet for a safe reliable charge is to keep the tools your using in tip-top shape.

Battery Safety 3. Buy High-Quality Batteries

This one seems obvious but has a few fine print points to look out for.

Fine print point 1. Don’t be a penny-pincher.

Don’t be stingy or decide that today’s the day you’re going to be a penny-pincher when buying batteries. Buy good quality and dish the money. You’ll be paid back in dividends from good battery lifecycles, steady power outputs and, oh yeah. Smaller chance of it blowing up in your face.

The time to be stingy is when you’re dishing out supermarket receipt vouchers at the petrol station checkout – not when you’re buying batteries.

We recommend the Samsung 30Q 18650 batteries. We use them and unlike the Note 7, they have not blown up in our face.

Fine print point 2. Watch Out for Fakes

There are a lot of fakes on the market because of the demand for batteries. They typically come in the form of the most popular and subsequently higher-priced brands like Samsung, Panasonic, and Sony. Make sure you’re buying from an upstanding and reputable vendor to avoid this pitfall.

What Else Can You Do To Prevent Vape Explosions in 2019?

Well, apart from packing your vape with c4, throwing it on the ground, stomping your batteries into the dirt, lighting your batteries on fire, or not following any one of the above recommendations I’d say you’d be alright.

Have fun, stay safe, be informed.

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