e-Cig Battery Basics | Do’s, Dont’s & Safety
When vaping, we rely upon the crucial battery to deliver power to our PV’s, but on occasions, we often take the battery for granted. Safety and good upkeep of the battery is very important in order to prevent accidents and to ensure maximum battery life, you should also ensure that the battery you choose conforms to UK safety standards.
How often you will need to charge your e-cigarette will depend on the size of your battery and the frequency that you vape. Long extended batteries require more hours to charge. If you are a heavy user, you might have to charge your standard batteries every two to four hours.
When charging your batteries for the first time, leave them connected for an hour or two after the light indicates a full charge. Always charge your battery to full capacity to ensure maximum lifespan.
Depending on the battery you use, it’s recommended that you have a spare battery so you can vape while waiting for your other battery to fully charge.
Choose a charging option that fits your routine and lifestyle. Better yet, get a kit that includes all four adapters, plus EU or UK compatible wall chargers, so you can always charge your batteries anywhere you travel or in case you lose one of your chargers.
How to Extend the Battery Life of Your Electronic Cigarette
Electronic cigarette batteries are packed with lithium ion cells. And while lithium-ion batteries last much longer than their predecessors, they still wear out and require replacement. You will know when your battery needs to be replaced when there is a significant reduction in vapour volume even when the device is fully charged and you are using a fresh cartomiser.
A typical lithium-ion battery can give you 200-250 charge cycles. Some e-cig batteries can last up to 400 charges. With the correct care and attention, you can extend the life of your battery and ensure maximum performance before replacing it.
Here are a few tips on how to keep your e-cig battery in peak condition.
Use your electronic cigarette battery regularly
Lithium-ion batteries are designed for frequent use. The more they perform, the easier power flows through the cells. Just like your mobile phone that run on lithium-ion batteries, electronic cigarette batteries perform better when they are always on work mode.
Handle with care
You cannot afford to be careless with electronic cigarettes.
Try not to put your e-cigarette in your pocket as minute particles of material can easily penetrate through the small openings and cause the switch to malfunction or prevent air from flowing properly.
Do not expose your e-cig battery to direct sunlight, heat or water as these can dramatically reduce its lifespan.
Organise your e-cig kit in a carry case to protect your batteries from dust and impact when you are on the move. Even a slight knock can cause e-liquid to leak into your battery or trigger a short circuit.
Do not completely drain your e-cig battery,
lithium-ions should not be drained below 20 percent. Waiting for your battery to go empty before charging can most certainly reduce its lifespan. After several uses, you’ll be able to get an idea on how long your battery will last. Do not wait for the LED tip to start blinking. When your battery is halfway through its full charge, you can begin recharging.
A lithium battery with some power left in it will charge better than one that is completely drained. Batteries that are fully drained have to work twice as hard to recharge. This is the reason why some manufacturers send out their electronic cigarette batteries fully charged.
If you cannot wait for your battery to fully charge, always keep a rotation of batteries in your kit. Many standard e-cig kits contain at least two batteries to make it easy for users to switch between them during charging times.
Do not store empty or drained batteries
If your not using your batteries for long periods, make sure that they have at least 70 percent charge. Ideally, charge them to full power beforehand. Storing them with low or empty power will cause them to drain a lot faster.
Remove the cartomiser when you are not using your e-cig
As long as the cartomiser is connected to the battery, it continuously drains power even when you are not using your e-cig. If you are not using the battery for a long period, remove the cartomiser from the battery. This will extend the interval between recharges and ultimately increase battery life. Not doing this will drain your e-cig much quicker.
Fire Safety Tips
There have been a few cases of electronic cigarette batteries exploding and causing fires, leading to the government and Fire Services issuing safety warnings on the dangers of charging electronic cigarette batteries incorrectly or unsafely.
Here are some of the safety tips you should follow in order to prevent accidents:
Only use the charger supplied with the e-cig kit
Do not mix and match components from different e-cig brands
Do not screw the battery to the charger too tightly (plug the charger into the power source first then gently screw the battery in until the light flashes)
Do not leave your e-cig unattended when charging
Clean the battery pin and charger contact at least once a week with tissue or alcohol wipes
Remove the battery from the charger when fully charged
When you buy an e-cigarette make sure that the device shows the CE mark as pictured below.
The letters “CE” are the abbreviation of the French phrase “Conformité Européene” which literally means “European Conformity”. CE Marking on a product is a manufacturer’s declaration that the product complies with the essential requirements of the relevant European health, safety and environmental protection legislation and that the product may be legally placed on sale in the EU.
The CE mark can be found on the electrical component parts of the e-cigarette including the battery, cartomiser and the battery charger.
Unbranded chargers not showing the CE mark are non-compliant with the EU regulations and the risks associated of using these products include:
Overheating of the charger.
Possibility of fire.
Electric shock via the secondary parts.
Other Identifying Features:
Wiring not mechanically retained.
Lack of instructions.
Non conformity of the plug part.
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
WEEE requires new electrical products and batteries to be marked with the crossed out wheelie bin symbol. Any products marked with this symbol should be disposed of correctly at any recycling centre.
The life of your battery will depend on various factors such as how long you draw on your e-cig? how long do you press down the button? how often you vape? Atomiser and Cartomiser resistance also affects the continuous power you will get from your e-cig,
The Maths: Based on a 650 mAh battery, on average 6 hours of vaping.
A. 6 hours converted in to minutes = 360 minutes
B. 360 minutes divided by 650 (mAh) = .55 mAh per minute
This means someone who goes through a battery in 6 hours is using an average of .55 mAh per minute. Once you know how many mAh you are using, you can apply it to any battery and figure out how long it should last you.
Source: Vapour Magazine UK