In the early days of e-cigarettes, the smaller batteries and low-power coils often led many vapers to mess about with the circuitry in order to experience a different approach to vaping. Due to a lack of professional testing, these ‘homebrew’ e-cigarettes were not exactly considered safe, and were liable to explode when charged, or under heavy use.
Many of today’s e-cigarettes use larger batteries and thicker coils which are produced by established manufacturers who test their products extensively for safety. However, intentional mis-use, bad maintenance and continued damage by the user can ultimately increase the likelihood of an explosion.
Can mis-use cause an electronic cigarette to explode?
Many portable electronic devices such as mobile phones, MP3 players, and e-cigarettes are tested by manufacturers to ensure they can take a certain amount of damage, however, extensive damage will always increase the likelihood of a failure, so it is important for users to take care of the products they purchase.
Can an electronic cigarette explode if it overheats?
Today’s devices usually incorporate a safety feature within their circuitry known as ‘overcharge protection’, designed to prevent harm coming to the user if the battery begins to overheat and stops it from accepting any further charge. However, these devices can often be overheated through other means such as being left on a car dashboard on a hot, sunny day. While unlikely, if the electrolyte in the battery reaches over 500 degrees Celsius, it can either explode or catch fire as soon as it expands and comes into contact with oxygen.
Can I be hurt if an electronic cigarette is likely to explode?
You may have heard some news stories regarding fatal or otherwise dangerous incidents due to exploding e-cigarettes. It is, obviously, worth bearing in mind that these occurrences are very few and far-between and constitute an infinitesimal percentage of the number of e-cigarettes in the world today – and without having known the condition of the devices prior to the incident, it is very hard to pinpoint the exact cause.
The lithium-ion batteries used today are considered to be very advanced and very safe, but if they are pierced, the results can be very dangerous – and if you were to search for these videos on YouTube, the results are often very shocking. So, how can you keep both you and your device safe?
What can I do to minimise the risk of an electronic cigarette exploding?
To keep your e-cigarette in great condition, there are several things you can do:
- Use protective covers to protect them from drops which can cause wires to disconnect and internal circuitry to become damaged.
- Only use chargers with the power output recommended by the manufacturer, as high wattages can lead to over-heating and damage your battery.
- Do not leave your e-cigarette plugged in to charge overnight. Similar to mobile phones, this can often prevent the electrodes in your battery from absorbing ions and make it more likely to fail or lose the inability to absorb charge.
- Regularly take apart and clean your e-cigarette, ensuring that the battery contacts, tank, and charging ports are all kept in great condition.
- Make sure that you change your coil on a regular basis. Not only can a coil lose its conductivity – potentially damaging the battery – but the taste of your e-liquid can be severely affected.
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