Vaping has become increasingly common among American young adults. While some vaporizer models appear to be surprisingly simplistic in design, vaporizers are intricately made devices. No part in this device is as important as the battery. It is critical you care for this component or else you could end up in the headlines over an exploding vape pen, which happens more often than you think.
Follow the precautions outlined in the following guide to significantly reduce your chances of malfunctions and enjoy your vape in peace.
How to Care for Your Vape Properly
Choose Your Vaporizer Batteries Carefully
Vaporizers use the same type of batteries found in smartphones. These are custom-designed lithium-ion batteries that are tested extensively to ensure their safety and effectiveness. When you need to replace the battery in your smartphone, virtually every option is an officially licensed item.
The most common type of battery size used for vaporizers is the 18650. It produces exactly the right amount of voltage to power your vape pen. Unfortunately, there are numerous knockoffs of knockoff vaporizer batteries in the marketplace, so you have to be careful about which one you buy.
Numerous manufacturers sell 18650 batteries, including Sony, LG, and Samsung. If you have any doubts about what you should put in your device, then look through the instructions thoroughly.
While smartphone batteries are designed to minimize their chances of malfunctioning, they can still explode when exposed to the wrong conditions. Physical damage is the leading cause of smartphone battery explosions.
Avoid Excessive Force
Vaporizer batteries face the same risks, so it’s essential to avoid significant blows to your vaporizer’s exterior, as these could damage its internal battery. Be careful to avoid accidentally dropping a vape device from any extreme heights. Never use excessive force to open a new vaporizer’s packaging (no matter how excited you are), as bludgeoning or stabbing your vaporizer could cause serious damage.
Avoid Extreme Temperatures
Proper battery care also involves knowing how to store your vape pen when it is not in use. You should never expose your device to extremely cold or hot temperatures. Therefore, you should avoid leaving your device in the car, especially in the middle of summer.
Depending on where you live, the temperature could exceed 110 degrees Fahrenheit, which will only get hotter inside your vehicle. In the event you locate any damage to your vape pen, you should avoid using it.
How to Get the Most Out of Your Batteries
Use Vape Batteries Regularly
You should use your vaporizer’s batteries regularly so that they maintain their performance. Similar to a smartphone, you should turn it on every day or else the device will gradually lose its power. Even if it is only turned on for a short amount of time, it will still help immensely.
Turn Off Your Vape After Every Use
Additionally, you should make sure to turn off your vaporizer after you are done using it. As long as the device is turned on, it will drain the power. By shutting it off, you stand to extend the overall lifespan of your battery.
You need to avoid overcharging your vape batteries, too. Most people tend to leave their vape pen charging overnight, but having it plugged in for eight hours is far too long. Over time, this will shorten the life of the battery. Once it is fully charged, you should remove it immediately from the charger. Finally, you should make sure to keep the battery clean.
Keep Your Vaporizer Clean and Dry
Your vape pen may be exposed to spills and traveling, so you should inspect it every so often to ensure it is still in good condition. By cleaning it regularly, you also improve its connection to the vaporizer, so you can enjoy better usage for years to come.
Keep Batteries Out of Your Pockets
Also, be careful when you are carrying batteries in your pocket. Coming into contact with another battery, loose change, or even possible static can be very dangerous, and harmful to the vape battery in your pocket. Batteries should always be kept in a protective carrying case when transported.
Without a battery, you will not be doing much with your vaporizer. When you decide you need a new vaping product, make sure to buy from The Smoking Buddha. Reach out to us today or stop by our smoke shop in Parker to browse our latest selection of vaporizers, mods and accessories.
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