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How to Charge Your Vape Batteries and Devices Safely

how to charge vape batteries and devices safely

A lithium-ion battery stores an immense amount of power for its size, and it’s the vast energy density of lithium-ion batteries that enables many of the modern conveniences we enjoy. Without lithium-ion battery technology, you’d never have a smartphone with the power of a computer and all-day battery life or an electric car that can travel hundreds of miles between charges. You’d also never have a vaping device that operates at up to 100 watts and fits in your pocket.

The drawback of lithium-ion batteries, however, is that they’re some of the most volatile batteries in existence. You’ve surely heard frightening stories about computers that have caught fire during charging, and you might also be aware of the fire potential that can exist with an electric car in the event of a crash. The same fire potential also exists with vaping devices.

Before you begin to worry about whether owning a vaping device could be dangerous, we’ve got two pieces of good news for you. The most important thing to know is that lithium-ion battery fires relating to vaping are extremely rare. They’re much rarer than smoking-related fires, of which there are more than 25,000 cases per year in England. In addition, the vast majority of vaping-related battery fires are caused by user error and are easily preventable.

Here at Vapekit, we’ve already published a comprehensive guide about vape battery safety. Today, though, we’re going to dive a bit more deeply into just one aspect of battery safety by discussing how to charge vaping batteries and devices safely. Most vaping-related battery fires in the UK happen during charging. You can minimise the chance of a fire happening to you by following a few simple precautions.

Charging Your Vape Batteries Safely: General Tips

Before we discuss the particulars of how to charge specific types of vaping devices safely, we’ll begin by describing some general safety precautions that apply to all vaping devices and batteries.

·        Only charge a vaping device through a USB mains adapter if the manufacturer of your device offers a mains adapter for that purpose. In the vape battery chargers section of this website, for example, you’ll find a mains adapter manufactured by Aspire for that company’s devices.

·        Don’t charge a vaping device through a mains adapter for a mobile phone or tablet. Phone and tablet chargers often use “quick charge” currents that could cause a vaping device to overheat.

·        Don’t charge your vape batteries while you’re asleep or out of the house. If a potential safety issue occurs when you’re awake and nearby, you’ll have an opportunity to react before the situation becomes more serious.

·        Charge your vape batteries on a fire-resistant surface such as a stone countertop. If a fire does occur, that’ll help to prevent it from spreading.

How to Charge a Vaping Device with a Built-in Battery

Charging a vaping device with a built-in battery is relatively simple because the battery is a permanent part of the device and because you can only interact with the battery through the device’s USB port. Unless the maker of your device has a mains charger available, you should charge the device only by connecting it to your computer. When the charging process is complete, the device will confirm that. If your device has a screen, it’ll display a message or a full charging indicator. If your device has a status light, the light will turn off or change colour.

How to Charge a Vaping Device with a Removable Battery

If you have a vaping device with a removable battery, you have the ability to use one battery or pair of batteries while charging another battery or pair of batteries. More importantly, you gain a second option for battery charging: You can charge your batteries in an external charger.

If you choose to charge your device through the USB port, the method that we described above also applies here. You should charge the device by connecting it to your computer unless the device’s manufacturer has a mains charger available.

In the vape battery chargers section of this website, you’ll notice that we offer chargers for removable batteries. If you have a vaping device with a removable battery, those chargers will work with your batteries. If you decide to use an external charger purchased elsewhere, make sure that the charger supports lithium-ion batteries.

Using a vaping device with a removable battery means that you’re responsible for selecting and purchasing your own batteries, so choosing a reliable seller is extremely important. You want to be certain that you’re only buying authentic batteries and that the cells are designed for high-amperage applications such as vaping.

If you have a dual-battery vape mod, you should install, use and charge your batteries only in mated pairs. Both batteries should be new cells of the same type and made by the same manufacturer. Purchase the batteries at the same time and only use them together.  

How to Troubleshoot a Vaping Device that Isn’t Charging

You’ve followed all of the instructions in this article, and your vaping device isn’t charging. You’ve connected the USB cable, and nothing seems to be happening. What should you do? Follow these steps to troubleshoot a vaping device that isn’t charging.

·        Try charging the device with a different USB cable. USB cables aren’t very durable, and they’ll wear out quickly when they’re connected and disconnected several times every day.

·        Try charging the device with a different computer or a different USB port on the same computer.

·        Check the device’s charging port. If the port is contaminated with dust and pocket lint, it’s possible that the USB cable isn’t making a good connection.

·        Wiggle the device’s charging port gently. If the USB plug moves easily while it’s connected to your vaping device, it’s possible that the device’s charging port is broken – perhaps because the device was dropped on the floor during charging. If that’s the case, it’ll be necessary to replace the device.

If you’re not able to get your device to charge by following the steps above – and the device has a removable battery – you can isolate the source of the problem easily by following these three steps.

·        Remove the battery and try charging it in an external charger. If the battery charges, the source of the problem is the device’s charging port or the USB cable.

·        Install a new battery in your vaping device. If you’re able to charge the second battery, it’s time to recycle the first battery.

·        If you’re unable to get your vaping device to work with a battery that you’ve charged successfully in an external charger, it’s time to replace the device.

Know the Signs of a Potential Safety Issue When Charging Your Vape Batteries

Even if you follow all of the correct safety precautions, there’s still a small chance that you could end up with that one battery among millions that has a manufacturing issue and may potentially overheat during charging. That’s why it’s so important to charge your vape batteries only when you’re present, awake and able to respond quickly if something goes wrong. So, what are some potential signs of a safety issue when you charge your vape batteries? Look out for these warning signs.

·        If you smell a foul or acrid odour when charging your vape batteries, you should disconnect your device or battery charger immediately. A foul smell could indicate that a battery is overheating and has begun to vent hot gas or that the external charger is failing.

·        Stop charging your vaping device or battery immediately if it feels unusually hot to the touch. It’s normal for a battery to become warm during charging. Touching the battery, however, should never be painful.

·        If a vaping device or battery seems to take much longer than normal to charge – and the charge cycle never seems to finish – it’s likely that the battery has lost so much of its capacity that it is no longer able to reach its target voltage.

In all of the above cases, it’ll probably be necessary to recycle your vaping device if it has a permanent battery. If your device has a removable battery, on the other hand, you can recycle the battery and replace it with a new one. If a lithium-ion battery has ever overheated or vented foul-smelling gas during charging, it’s likely that permanent chemical changes have taken place inside the battery and that it is no longer safe to use.