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Battery Safety

Posted by Allen Clark on

Top Tips For Battery Safety

●Never use batteries that have that have come in contact with water

●Never leave keys or loose change in the same pocket as your batteries--Don't carry them loose!

●Never use a battery with peeled casing

●Never using dented batteries

●Never use batteries with large dents or depressions

●Always have your batteries re-wrapped when required

●Always check your resistance and battery amperage ratings

●Always keep your batteries out of the sun

●Always use a battery case/box!

●Always keep an eye on your batteries while they’re charging

Batteries are the lifeblood of vapers everywhere. From ego style batteries with build in power sources, to the big box mods, boasting multiple cells. Today we're going to talk about safety tips for the most commonly used battery in the vaping world, the high-drain 18650 battery.

In the media there are a number of stories involving the catastrophic failure of batteries, this is known as venting.Venting can mean a leaking of fluids or battery acid, a jetting flame, a rapid release of gas and in some cases, depending on what chemical compound the battery is, a fragmented explosive reaction. These are the worst case scenarios of vaping gone wrong but there are many ways to prevent this from happening. A lot of these may sound like common sense but must be said nonetheless.

Though it's very undesirable, any certain kinds of damage batteries will permanently render them unsafe. These include deep dents to the battery casing from drops or bumps, contact with water, depressions at the bottom of the casing from firing buttons, and bending or warping of the positive connection.

Dents and depressions will create a weak point where the metal will be more likely to fracture and vent or leak scalding hazardous fluids. Lithium-ion batteries do contain toxins, though relatively low compared to other types, they can be absorbed through the skin and cause chemical burns, and third degree burns resulting in nerve damage.

When a battery comes into contact with water, it will short out instantly due to the water creating a connection between the positive and negative connections. If dropped into water, do not immediately remove the battery in an attempt to save it, when a battery vents it will become extremely hot and burn to the touch, even under water. Let it sit for a few minutes, pull it out with a rag and dispose of it properly. Do not use batteries exposed to water even if they look dried out or suitable for use. They are now internally unstable and dangerous.

Keeping your batteries in a sealed container is the surest way of preventing spare batteries from venting. Making the $1 investment in a battery box is a great way to keep exploding batteries out of headlines and costs a few dollars less that a brand new mod and medical bills. A recent headline showed a man on a security camera walk casually into a corner store and quickly run back outside in a flaming sprawl. It was discovered that he had loose 18650 batteries in his pocket. They quickly vented, jetting flames and battery acid through his pants and down his leg, due to metallic objects in his pocket creating a hard circuit between the positive and negative terminals of his battery. Most brick and mortars carry cases in different colors shapes and sizes and online the options are limitless. Not only are your loose batteries safe from coins keys and stray bits or wire, they highly fashionable and neatly tucked away. Keeping your batteries safe ensures your safety as well.

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