The vape industry has slowly started making the move towards safer internal battery devices. While you’re waiting, there are a few things you should know about those unprotected vape cells.
Vapes with li-ion and li-polymer battery packs are becoming more and more common. The technology is far from perfect though — and for some, external batteries are still the only option. The manner in which you treat your 18650s and 26650s is important to your safety and the safety of those around you.
Anyone with a little common sense knows that carrying an electronic device in your pocket with other metal objects is a big no-no. Vape Devices are no exception to that rule, and if you’re really looking to avoid a catastrophe, you’ll avoid lugging a mod around in your pocket altogether.
There are a few steps you can take to eliminate (nearly, anyway) the possibility of an adverse battery reaction. These rules of thumb are easier to follow than you may think, and are good habits to get into.
When Not In Use: remove your vape cell/s from your device. It is the easiest way to keep things safe. It’s fine to keep batteries in your mod when vaping; but when you take a break throughout the day, make a trip to the store, or lay down to sleep at night, they should always be removed. Because that one time you set your mod down to pick up another without removing the battery, will be the one time you forget all about that mod, and leave it out on the table for weeks.
Walking: For new vapers, I always suggest removing batteries before placing a mod in your pocket. You really should get in the habit of carrying cells in a plastic battery case, which are a much safer means of transporting (short distances). This safety measure is sort like a double precautionary step; it you get in the habit of separating batteries from your device when not in use, it will further reduce the chance of a mishap – so that one time you do forget to remove your change from your pocket before slipping your mod in (because it’s bound to happen), you’ll still be safe.
Storage and Shipping: Anyone who’s familiar with electronics of any kind, should understand this concept. Anytime you store electronic devices for long periods of time, you make sure to remove the AAs and store them elsewhere. The same goes for shipping your vapes and e-cigs. Smartphone manufacturers remove li-ion batteries from new smartphones and place them in a static free carrying sleeve for a reason, and you’d be better off taking the same precautionary measures. No, you don’t have to go out and buy static-free wraps, just make sure when storing or shipping your vape, you keep your 18650s in a hard-shell carrying case. Plain and simple.
Li-ion and polymer cells safer than un-protected vape batteries, but are still highly susceptible to damage (especially impact, and puncture). For that reason alone, vapers would be hard pressed not to follow at least some of the tips listed above. Because while a DNA 200 mod and cell phone may be safe to carry in your pocket, they most certainly are still an electronic devices and should be treated as such.
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