When you’re using any electronic device that is powered by a battery, there is always some risk of fire, explosion, or frying built-in circuitry. Personal Vaporizers are no exception. Precautions you can take to help yourself stay safe from an unfortunate accident include, but are not limited to, the following.
- Keep out of reach of children and pets.
- Do not store batteries in pockets, purse, or any area that battery can come into contact with metal objects.
- Always carry and store batteries inside a battery case when not in use.
- Do not insert or attempt to use batteries in the incorrect configuration.
- Do not use a battery that has any dents, tears, punctures, or any other visible damage to its structure or outer label wrapping.
- Do not charge above 4.2 volts or discharge below specified cut-off volts.
*Lithium ion batteries have inherent risks that can cause severe injury or an explosion if not handled properly; not used in compliance to an application’s power requirements; or stored incorrectly. Read specification sheets’ cautions, warnings, and prohibitions
Use Good Batteries
Use batteries that are manufactured by a name brand that you trust. If your battery stops performing like it should then you should move on to new, fully functioning batteries. If the external wrapper of your batteries is damaged you should immediately discard them safely.
Keep Your Batteries Charged
To avoid accelerated degradation of your batteries, it is best to keep them charged rather than letting them sit uncharged for an extended period of time. You should recharge your batteries as soon as possible after you have discharged them to the point where you stop using them.
Do Not Overcharge Your Batteries
Using a balanced and protected charger is always recommended. Even if you are using such a device you should avoid leaving your batteries on a charger for an extended period of time past when they reach full charge. If your charger were to short or somehow the battery became charged beyond its capacity there can be damage caused to the battery, which may result in fire or explosion.
Do Not Overuse Batteries
Generally, batteries are designed to last for no more than 200-250 charge cycles or for one year of use. It is a good practice to mark the first date of use in a battery log or on your battery with a permanent market.
Pair Your Batteries
When using mods that require multiple batteries you should always keep the same specific batteries in sets that get used and recharged together. This will keep all the batteries in the set at the same amount of charge cycles. A good way to keep track of what batteries belong in what set is to make physical matching markings on all that belong in the set.
Store Your Batteries Properly
Storing batteries in a case or silicone sleeve is recommend because it can help prevent your batteries from accidentally coming in contact with objects that may trigger discharge and an unintended time. The types of objects that could cause an unintended discharge can include other batteries, pocket change, keys, and other metallic or conductive items. Allowing exposure to extreme heat can damage your battery and cause issues including capacity loss, leakage or rupture. It is also important to keep your batteries stored where children or pets will not be able to access them.
Know Your Batteries Limits
It is extremely important that you know the maximum continuous discharge current that your battery can withstand. You should never demand a higher discharge rate than your battery is designed for or you risk seriously damaging it. Study and come to understand Ohms Law, voltage, amperage, and series vs. parallel battery configurations to define what kind of discharge load you are applying to a battery. Know if your mod has built-in protections, but also leave room for electrical fluctuations or errors.
Use ‘Regulated’ Mods With Built-In Protections
Using a mechanical mod can be perfectly fine if you are experienced and have a deep understanding of the electrical demands you are putting on your batteries. Mods with onboard protections are recommended as they are designed to catch any potentially harmful errors that might slip past you. Protections like short circuit protection, reverse polarity protection, or over discharge protections can assist you in keeping your batteries safe from harm.