Saturday, March 14, 2015

Battery safety in the news

There have been several reports of personal vaporizers or personal vaporizer batteries venting or exploding in the past couple weeks. There was the story of a venting battery that put "shrapnel" in the ceiling and burned a bed. Another story about a man that had a battery vent in his pocket and burn his leg and, according to the story, his scrotum.
Sounds painful.

And, of course, now the government wants to regulate and control these devices and the liquids used.

Battery problems can be easily avoided, though. All it takes is a little common sense, a couple dollars, or a trip to the junk drawer in your house.

A couple easy tips:
  • Know Ohm's law. Use a calculator if you don't know it by heart.
  • Know your batteries. This means getting reliable batteries from a reliable vendor. Avoid anything with "Fire" in the name. 
    • Samsung 25R
    • Purple EFest
    • Sony VCT4/VCT5
    • MXJO
    • MNKE
    • LG
  • Know your equipment.
    • What resistance can you vape down to safely with the battery and mod that you have.
    • What resistance can the atomizer you are using handle.
    • YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SUB-OHM TO VAPE and LOWER IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER.
  • Clean your equipment. A mod with metal filings coming off of a worn 510 connector can be as disastrous as a bad battery (ask me how I know...)
  • Store you batteries properly

    • Battery Cases
    • Battery Sleeves
    • Pill Bottles (without the pills, of course)
    • A couple rubber bands
    • NOT LOOSE IN YOUR POCKET WITH YOUR KEYS AND CHANGE!
  • Get a good "intelligent" battery charger.
    • Intellicharger i2 or i4
    • EFest Luc 2 or Luc 4
  • Do not over drain your battery
  • Do not overcharge your battery
Some of the same precautions come into play when it comes to the e-liquid used in these devices. Namely, know your vendor, and be informed about what to use with what (hint: dripping 36% for your first vaping experience is a mistake).

It's a shame that stupid or careless people can create such a problem for those of us that bother to educate ourselves.

If you have a safety tip or suggestion, feel free to leave it in the comments.

Funny how there's no hue and cry and government regulation over these devices:

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