The media has latched on to a few scare-stories recently regarding exploding e cigarette batteries. In the majority of cases, it has either been shown that the incorrect chargers were used, the products were not genuine or the batteries were not cared for or stored correctly. We want to ensure that our customers use our products safely and therefore we ask that you read the following safety guide for your e cigarette batteries.
As with any batteries or battery powered device, e cigarettes are only dangerous when not used, stored or maintained correctly.
E Cig Battery Safety Guide
Li-ion Battery Safety
We will not be liable for any damage caused by improper use, handling or storage. Always adhere to the following strict battery safety guidelines.
- Never carry loose batteries in pockets or bags. Contact with coins, other batteries and other conductive items can cause batteries to short.
- Never leave a charging battery unattended
- Only charge batteries with the provided chargers or cables
- Always use the correct charging current
- Do not overcharge batteries
- Never store batteries in extreme temperatures and keep out of direct sunlight
- Do not use a battery that shows any signs of damage or has come into contact with liquids
Only use charging equipment that is designed for your battery
Most of the e cigarette incidents that have been reported in the news have occurred due to using the wrong charging equipment. You may find that chargers from other suppliers fit the attachment on your battery, but you should never use anything other than the one supplied with your e cigarette. If you have two different batteries with similar looking chargers, it is best to label them so that you know which is which.
A Note on Mains Adaptors
Although you can easily pick up mains adaptors for USB devices, we would only recommend using our product-specific OK E Cig Mains Charging Adapter to charge your OK E Cig or Vape Pen batteries. These have been manufactured especially for use with our products and are quality and safety checked.
Most mains USB adapters are manufactured for use with phones or tablets and are therefore will be too powerful for charging e cigarette batteries. Therefore we never recommend using any other mains adapters to charge your vape products.
Never leave a charging battery unattended
As with any type of rechargeable battery, you should never leave them unattended when charging. This isn’t to say you need to watch it the whole time it is on charge, but we recommend regularly checking it to ensure that nothing out of the ordinary is happening (e.g. hissing or overheating). If anything unusual does happen whilst charging, immediately remove the battery from the power source (be careful in case it’s hot) and dispose of it safely.
Batteries are classed as hazardous waste so if you have a battery that has had it’s day and no longer holds it’s charge, make sure you dispose of it responsibly. Many recycling centres take batteries and you can check for your nearest one here.
Do not over-charge your batteries
Over-charging your batteries is not only unsafe but it can also damage them. Make sure that you don’t leave them plugged in for a long time once they are fully charged. Never charge your batteries overnight.
Turn off your battery when not in use
Please note that this only applies to manual e cigarette batteries. As OK Cigalike E Cigarettes are manually activated (as in you have to inhale to activate the battery) they don’t require an on/off function.
Your vape pen and sub ohm batteries/mods can be turned off/locked by pressing the power button 5 times in quick succession. Repeat this to unlock the battery. Turning your battery off will avoid the button being accidentally pressed when not in use and is a great e cig battery safety feature.
Avoid extremes in temperature/direct sunlight
It’s best not to leave your e cigarette in the car for an extended time on a hot day and don’t leave it in direct sunlight as over-heating could damage the battery.
Finally, never use a battery that appears to be damaged or has been in contact with liquids
Follow these instructions on e cig battery safety and you’ll also ensure that you get the best out of your batteries. You can also read our guide on How to Look After E Cigarette Batteries for more information on keeping your batteries in top condition.