If you’ve vaped for any length of time, you’ve heard the horror stories about exploding batteries and burning chargers, but vape safety is easy if you keep a few simple tips in mind. Like most electronic devices built for consumer use, vapes are largely considered safe when used correctly. When misused, there’s always a chance of equipment failure, and when that failure is catastrophic, it can have dramatic results. You don’t have to be afraid of your vape! With a little care, you can safely get your hits in with premium equipment that gives you the vaping experience you deserve.
What Is A Vape?
A vape is a vape, right? For better vape safety, you need to know a little more about the device in your pocket. Most vapes are comprised of a control switch that closes a connection in a circuit, a battery to supply electricity, an atomizer containing a coil that turns that electricity into heat, a wick that is soaked in e-juice or oil, a tank containing the e-juice or oil waiting to soak the wick, and a mouthpiece that allows you to move air over the heated wick, moving the vapor of the atomized juice or oil into your mouth and lungs. Most catastrophic failures are the result of a problem with the battery, coil, or the control mechanism closing the circuit between them.
While there are a lot of vape variations, with different tanks, wick designs, and battery options, this configuration gives you an idea of the principle involved. Additionally, most vapes have a few accessories, such as chargers, extra batteries, and spare wicks. Vape safety includes knowing how to safely use these accessories.
Tips For Safer Vaping
Protect Your Batteries - Treat your batteries with respect. That means avoiding overcharging, discharging them too far, letting them get too cold, leaving them where they can get too hot, or letting them get wet, dirty, or corroded. Keep your batteries in a cool, dry place where they aren’t going to get below freezing or above 115 °F. When possible, carry them in a battery case, as pocket-carried vapes can be easily bent or damaged as you move.
For vape safety, batteries that appear damaged or dirty should never be used. Their performance could be compromised, they may have lost structural integrity, or the contaminant could be flammable, exposing you to danger.
- Only Use A Smart Charger Designed For Your Batteries - Smart batteries and smart chargers have made vaping safer. Old-style batteries could short out if overcharged, leading to the potential for fires or even explosions. Smart systems monitor charging and change to a trickle once a battery is full just to keep it topped up. That’s why it’s so important to use high-quality batteries with a charger made specifically for them. Use electricity common sense while charging and keep your battery and charger away from liquids and conductive material.
- Keep Your Contacts Clean - If you notice your contact getting gummed up from a bad wick or leaking tank, clean it immediately and monitor the situation closely. A dirty contact between the coil and battery becomes a fire hazard. It can also cause a battery error that stops your vape from working entirely. Most coils can be cleaned carefully with the battery off and a pipe cleaner. If you find your tank is leaking, replace it immediately.
- Don’t Leave Your Vape On In Your Pocket - This simple vape safety error is the cause of most pocket incidents. Even if your vape uses a safety cutoff to prevent overheating on a single press, repeated pressing, such as by clothing, keys, or change, can bypass this safety feature, causing the battery to warm, the coil to heat, and the entire system to potentially overload. When you aren’t actively using your vape, turn it off, and carry it in a case to keep it safe and sound.
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