Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Battery Safety and Vaping

Back to basics this time. 

Many new vapers (users of electronic cigarettes) have been asking us long time users about the clouds (vapor) that we produce, the best build for it, the atomizer, the settings used (if you have something that's called a variable wattage mod or simply plain understanding what and why a vaper needs an advanced set-up.)

Why do more advanced users want or need a better set-up?

Most if not all of us long term users have started with those cigarette like looking electronic cigarettes. As time passes, we start looking for something a little better. Bigger clouds, better flavor or taste from the e-juice, and sometimes even the looks of the unit comes into play. 

We start upgrading our units from the more simple mechanical mods like this one:

to the more sleek looking electronic cigarettes like these Variable Wattage Box Mods: 

By the way, variable mods are electronic cigarettes in the real sense. They have circuit boards, wiring, led screens. You'll need the basics, atomizers, eliquids, batteries to make them work. You can turn it off and on, set wattage, etc before you use it. A little more complicated than the full mechanical tube mods.

But all these units cannot run without a battery to supply power to them. What I would like to touch on today would be the basics of battery safety. 

While some would find it easy to understand the basics of Ohm's Law and it's relation to vaping, not everyone would have the patience to actually read through it nor would they have the patience to understand it.

So before asking as to how it would be possible for you can get vapor like this

I suggest that you familiarize yourself with battery safety in order to avoid accidents like over heating of the batteries which can then eventually blow up in your hands, worse yet your face while you vape. 

If reading the basics of Ohm's Law is a little bit too much of a chore for you, here is a basic calculation that can help you vape safely.

Battery Voltage/Resistance = Amps

The normal rate of an 18650 battery is at 3.7 Volts
Have someone check the Ohms or Resistance of your atomizer, let's put it at safest 0.5 Ohms
Then check the Amps of your battery, usually it's at 30 amps. Though, I suggest to calculate it at (-)5, so, let's put it at 25Amps.

My current build is 0.46 Ohms
The voltage is at 3.4
My battery's amps (I put it at 25Amps)

Let's check if my build is safe:

3.4/0.46 = 7.39Amps (that's what my build pulls out of the battery whose discharge rate is at 25Amps). That means I'm using about 30% of my power for my build consistently on my variable wattage mod. It also means that I'm not pushing my battery to the limits and that it's safe for me to continue vaping.

What exactly happens when you go over the amps rating of your battery?

There's the tendency for your battery to overheat, then vent. If this wouldn't be enough, then it goes boom! 

So, what do you do?

Remember that the safety limits of using a battery: NEVER go above 80% of your Amps rating.

After computing using this basic formula and you get figures that are near, at or above 80%, consider rebuilding your coils. And always assume that the amperage of your battery is lower than what's stamped on them. It's better to be on the safe side rather than find out that you were wrong when it's already too late. 

Vape safely!

Brightest Blessings!


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