Our comprehensive guide to battery and coil safety will enable you to handle your vaping equipment in the safest way possible.
One of the big headlines underpinned by the vaping industry is the question of safety when it comes to vaping equipment, particularly questions pertaining to batteries and coils. There are many experienced vapers that know how to safely use batteries with the various types of mods, and how to use coils safely and optimally.
Why is battery and coil safety a concern?
For those new to the world of vaping, practising battery safety is something that needs to be made a priority. Vape shops and vape aficionados should always take care to ensure their customers are fully informed about proper battery safety and the correct way to handle and take care of coils and batteries.
In many cases customers who are ill-informed of the consequences of not caring for their kit’s batteries, or even taught how to take care of their coils.
Unfortunately, when an incident occurs where a vaper hasn’t properly handled their equipment, it is usually broadcast across the media, portraying vaping in a very negative way. The true reason behind the incident isn’t usually discussed, and a generally bad reputation is pushed. Research studies are proving that they are more positive benefits to vaping, leaving the media to find new ways to portray the negatives they communicate about vaping. The most frequent image portrayed by the media is that of e-cigarette batteries exploding.
Do Vape batteries explode?
In reality, there has been a tiny percentage of battery accident compared to the number of products that are out there. In almost all cases those incidents relate to unregulated equipment which should not be used by anyone who is not competent in ohm’s law and the risks involved. Yet, every time an incident occurs, the story spreads like wildfire, causing people to assume that vaping is a dangerous hobby.
We’re here to reassure you that the proper handling, storage and maintenance of your vape devices removes the chance of anything happening that could put you or the people around you at risk. Whether you are an experienced sub-ohmer with a multitude of mods, or a vaping convert with a starter kit, please ensure that you practice proper battery safety!
Battery Safety – Caring For Replaceable Batteries (Cells)
We would always advise that a battery cover or holder is used when transporting loose batteries to prevent them from touching each other, or other metallic items.
Make sure that your batteries are inserted the correct way to avoid them venting. Even if your mod features reverse polarity protection, pay attention that the batteries don’t go in backwards.
When charging your battery, check back regularly to see if it has finished. As soon as charging is complete, remove from the charger. Batteries should always be charged on a fireproof surface, and should not be left unattended or to charge overnight.
The chemicals contained within the battery should never be exposed to extreme temperatures so keep it at room temperature – and definitely keep it away from fire! Also, check for damage/denting regularly and do not use if any is found.
Use special caution when working with rechargeable Lithium-Ion cells and make sure you have enough knowledge of Li-Ion batteries in charging, discharging and assembly before use.
Rebuildable atomiser coils and wicks
Rebuildables have known risks and are for experts, not average or beginner vapers with no multimeter or knowledge of how to or when a meter must be used, or how electronic devices work. These materials cannot safely be used by the inexperienced or those without basic knowledge of electronics.
This is for a number of reasons:
1. A rebuildable coil/wick MUST be tested carefully with a meter before it is used.
2. If it is not tested it is entirely the risk of the user.
3. Faulty wicks/coils WILL blow electronic devices.
4. New coil/wick units must be tested and then used first on a strong basic mod that has short circuit protection or better still a testing rig.
5. No new coil/wick assembly should be used on an electronic device until known to be safe.
6. These items destroy electronic devices if faulty. This is a known issue.
Sub-ohm tanks and sub-ohm resistance coils should only be used by experienced users. Extra safety precautions should be practised when using a sub-ohm tank. Sub-ohm tanks will only work on a mechanical or a regulated mod capable of firing sub ohm atomisers and coils.
For example, if you have a 0.2ohm coil, your mod must be able to fire atomisers of 0.2ohm or lower. You must also ensure that your batteries can handle sub ohm atomisers and coils. If you’re using a regulated mod, make sure it can handle the amps. Improper use can lead to injury or damage. Use the OHMS LAW CALCULATOR, CHECK YOUR AMPS, and be safe.
Tip for new users:
We strongly suggest 6mg e-liquid or lower with sub-ohm resistance atomisers. Sub-ohm atomisers produce a higher throat hit than low and standard resistance atomisers. Using this atomiser with a nicotine level above 6mg will usually taste burnt or harsh.