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Your complete guide to vape battery safety
First always make sure you read your vape instruction manual and only use a battery of the type recommended by the vape manufacturer
Vape batteries come in a range of different shapes and sizes, however the most common vape battery is an 18650.
There are 3 common types of vape batteries:
ICR batteries are sold with protection circuits and are rated for a higher storage capacity (mAh) than IMR batteries however they are often unable to safely deliver the amperage needed for high power, low resistance, or mechanical devices.
IMR batteries use safer chemistry than ICR's and are therefore much more suitable for low resistance builds or mechanical devices.
To be safe we recommend using an IMR battery unless your device specifically instructs you to use a specific battery type.
This is a common question and unfortunately the answer is not a simple yes or no response.
As a general rule vape batteries, if cared for and maintained correctly, are safe. However vape batteries can explode and there are many variables that can effect your battery safety including the following:
To maximize the safety of your vaping experience and protect against the potential for battery explosions it is important to learn as much as possible about your vape mod and how to properly handle and charge its batteries.
A good quality 18650 vape battery is usually rated for between 300 and 500 charge cycles. That means your cell can charge up to 4.2 volts, and discharge down to 2.5 - 2.8 volts, a maximum of 300 to 500 before it will begin to lose performance.
However, the life of your vape battery depends on a number of factors, battery quality, discharge depth and discharge rate.
Not all batteries are made to the same standards and how you discharge them will have a significant bearing on their lifespan.
Lithium-ion batteries don't like to be fully charged to 100%. In fact, they prefer to be charged at between 40%-80%, so following this guideline will help you prolong battery health and life.
Take a look at the following table to see how to maximize the life of your battery.
In one word, yes, and overcharging your vape battery can also be dangerous.
As a general guide Lithium Ion batteries don't like to be fully charged or fully discharged. In fact, they prefer to be charged at between 40%-80%, so following this guideline will help you prolong battery health and life. .
However, if you do charge your battery to 100%, don't leave it plugged in.
You should never leave your battery charging overnight as this can lead to overcharging which in turn will cause damage to your battery andl result in a reduced lifespan of your battery.
Overcharging can also cause overheating which can lead to battery venting resulting in fire or explosion.
A report into vape battery safety by the US Fire Administration (2009 -2016) indicated that nearly 1/4 of all vape battery fires occurred while charging.
18650 batteries usually take between 2-4 hours to fully charge depending upon how far the battery has been discharges prior to recharging.
It is important to note that Lithium -ion battereis don't like to be fully discharged or fully charged to 100%.
For more information read our guide to vape battery safety.
The answer really depends on the battery used in your vape.
Some vape mods have internal batteries that support "pass through" charging. That means you can vape while charging your device.
Most popular vape mods however use 18650 removable batteries which should never be charged while inside your mod.
While as a general rule vape batteries are relatively safe there is never a 100% safety guarantee and if mistreated your vape batteries can explode.
If your battery is damaged in any way replace it immediately.
For a comprehensive guide to vape battery safety and avoiding the risks of potential battery explosions click here.
If your mod has an internal battery you should only ever use the manufacturer supplied charging device. The USB cable is only a connector to the charger.
Most mobile phone chargers use a higher amperage than vape chargers which results in sending to much power to the battery. This excessive charge xn cause your battery to vent.
Out advice, Always check the amperage of the charging device to make sure it does not exceed the limits of your vape battery.
If your vape mod uses external, removable batteries (usually 18650 Lithium Ion batteries) the simple answer to this question is no.
Even if you can charge the batteries within the mod we don't recommend doing this. as on board charging does not afford the same overcharging protections as external battery chargers.
Our advice is to always remove your batteries and charge them with a quality recharging unit with good battery charger display readings to avoid the dangers of overcharging.