If you use an e-cigarette on a daily basis for an extended period of time, you may notice that your battery isn’t holding its charge as well as it did when it was new. This is, sadly, one of the drawbacks of lithium-ion battery cells.
The ability to replace a battery in an e-cigarette is entirely dependent on the device. Some e-cigarettes use replaceable batteries, but the majority of devices on the market are sealed units. While you can replace them yourself, it is often safer to ask the manufacturer to do so instead.
Replaceable battery units
Learning how to replace an e-cigarette battery on a non-sealed box mod is extremely easy. If you read the instructions that came with the unit, there will undoubtedly be a diagram showing you how to open the battery compartment. As long as you insert them with the positive and negative terminals correctly matched, your e-cigarette will be back up and running in no time.
The majority of non-sealed devices use 18650 batteries which can be re-charged up to 1800 times before failure. However, an external charger is necessary to do this – one of the many reasons vapers choose to go with sealed units that incorporate a fast-charge USB port into their design.
The advantage of a non-sealed unit, on the other hand, is that you don’t risk voiding the warranty if your batteries do need changing, and as battery failure is the main reason for needing a new box mod, it is unlikely that you will ever need to send it back to the manufacturer.
The majority of devices on the market today are sealed units. Similar to mobile phones, non-removeable batteries help to prevent damage to the e-cigarette through user error, while also allowing the manufacturer to be a little more adventurous with the design. Another benefit, as mentioned earlier, is the presence of a USB port for charging – a great addition considering how convenient it can be for a quick top-up.
If you are hoping to learn how to replace an e-cigarette battery yourself, you will need a micro-electronics tool kit containing Torx and hex screwdriver heads. There will usually be visible screws on the device to gain access to the internal circuitry – but be sure to place any parts you remove in a secure tray for reassembly purposes. If you are able to access the battery, you can usually find it’s model number written on the side, and you can use this number to order a replacement through eBay or an official battery wholesaler.
The actual replacement is as simple as disconnecting the terminal cables from the failed battery and reattaching them to the new one before placing it in the same location and reassembling the device. If you have done everything correctly, your e-cigarette should spring back to life. If you do need help, there are many videos on YouTube for the most popular device models showing a battery replacement being performed – but remember, replacing the battery yourself may void the warranty.
When you first purchase the device, examine the documentation that comes with it as it should state how long your warranty lasts. Also, check if there is a separate timeframe for the battery itself, as opposed to just the unit – many mobile phone manufacturers will only guarantee a battery for six months, versus two years for the actual device. If your battery fails within the warranty period, it is always advised that you take advantage of the free repair, and have the maintenance carried out by a professional for safety reasons.
Knowing how to replace an e-cigarette battery is not considered essential knowledge for the average vaper, but since we all depend on our e-cigarettes to get us through the day, it’s always good to have a plan of action in place in case it fails.
Looking to make the switch from traditional cigarettes?