Vapourlites Guide to E-cigarette Battery Safety
Monday, 29 February 2016
As with all electrical devices, E-cigarette batteries are at risk of exploding if they’re not handled correctly.
1) Use the correct charger
It’s hugely important to use the charger that comes with your battery – the highest cause of exploding batteries is using iPad and iPod chargers in place of their designated E-cig charger.
2) Buy from a reputable supplier
Often E-cigarette batteries are brought into the UK from overseas which do not have the CE mark of safety. Ensure that when you buy any e-cigarette electrical components, the device shows the CE (Conformité Européene) mark, as this means the manufacturer has complied with the essential requirements of the European health and safety legislation.
3) Avoid exposing your battery to heat, cold and direct sunlight
Extreme heat can lead to serious battery damage; this is due to the resin melting and deforming, leading to electrolyte leakage and explosions. Never leave your e-cigarette out in the sun or near a radiator and avoid taking it into conditions of extreme heat such as a sauna or Bikram yoga studio.
4) Do not drop your battery in water
For obvious reasons, water and electricity don’t mix. If your battery comes into contact with water, completely cease use and dispose of it safely at a local hazardous waste disposal facility.
5) Regularly clean your battery
Not many people would think this was necessary, but cleaning your battery often (weekly if possible) is important for E-cigarette safety. Dust, dirt and gunk build-up is never good for your device, so gently clean it off with a tissue, cotton bud or alcohol wipe. Remember, never use water to attempt to clean your battery; water + electricity = safety disaster!!
6) Do not carry battery in pocket with metal (coins etc.)
Avoid carrying exposed e-cigarette batteries around in your pocket with your keys, coins or other metallic objects – especially if the battery connection is exposed!
7) Always turn your battery off when it’s not in use
Avoid leaving your E-cigarette battery on when you’re not using it. If you’re travelling on an aeroplane this is especially important – ensure the battery is off when storing it in overhead lockers or hand luggage.
8) Do not leave charging batteries unattended or leave them to charge overnight
Leaving your battery connected to the charging point when it’s fully charged is dangerous and you run the risk of overheating your battery and causing a fire/explosion.
9) Do not screw the battery into the charger too tightly
Connect the charger to the power source and then gently screw the battery in until the light flashes.
10) Do not mix and match components from different e-cig brands
E-cigarettes are complex pieces of equipment; each brand is slightly different and therefore certain components may not be compatible with one another. Buy from one reputable brand and stick to it!
NOTE: You will be asked to confirm your Date of Birth during the checkout process.