Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 made a big splash in 2016, but it wasn't good. The phone was recalled after numerous reports of the device catching fire and exploding. People were scared and curious about why this was happening, and the media was filled with stories about the faulty phone. In the end, Samsung had to recall millions of the devices, leaving customers unhappy and the company with a huge financial burden.
The same can be said about vapes, with instances of them "exploding" and making news. In 2017, Euston station in London was evacuated after one such incident. Additionally, similar events have occurred in Hull and Salisbury. This has caused people to become fearful of the phrase "exploding vapes" and may have resulted in apprehension from buying in an online vape shop. Here, we can explain what happens in these cases, shatter any misconceptions, and give a complete overview.
It All Lies in Its Battery
The key issue is not the vaping devices but the battery technology used to power them. The same type of battery used in phones, laptops, and game consoles is also used in vapes, so, understandably, the news coverage of these incidents is often sensationalised. So, be aware of these devices' potential risks and take the necessary safety precautions.
Despite the risks, these numbers should calm your nerves the next time you think of vaping:
- There is roughly a one-in-a-million chance of a lithium-ion battery (used in most vapes) exploding.
- There is a 0.0000001 percent chance of it blowing up in your hand.
So, the risk of an e-cigarette exploding is much lower than a traditional cigarette catching on fire. However, if you don't use the right type of vape, batteries, and charging techniques, there is still a risk of an e-cigarette exploding. To avoid this, it's important to follow the instructions of your online vape shop when using your device and to ensure you use the right batteries and charging techniques.
What You Should and Shouldn’t Do with the Battery
Regulated mods come pre-packaged with complex circuits and chips that allow users to adjust the power and temperature and protect against overcharging or overheating. Building a mechanical mod requires more technical skill, but regulated mods are easier to use and offer more protection.
- Use the right charger. If it’s USB-C, use USB-C. If it’s Micro-USB, use Micro-USB.
- Notice the quality. If the batteries are too cheap, opt for a different device instead.
- Inspect the batteries. Look for bulges, peeling, strange smells, or uneven charging times (too fast or too slow).
- Keep batteries in intense heat or cold.
- Leave your vape device plugged in for too long. Take it out once it's fully charged.
- Mod your vape without help or guidance from an expert.
When people post shocking news and images on social media, it often spreads quickly without people looking deeper into the story. People may not think about why the story happened; they just share the image. It is important to always follow instructions to avoid dangerous situations, like when using a USB charger or a PS4. If people follow the correct instructions, these stories are less likely to make the news.
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