The OK E-Cig Guide to E Cig Battery Safety < Go Back April 13, 2016 – Posted in: Beginner's Information, Blog - Uncategorized, Safety Information
With the media reporting many scare-stories regarding exploding e cigarette batteries, we want to ensure that we give you our best advice on e cig battery safety.
As with any electrical device, e cigarettes are only dangerous when not used, stored or maintained correctly.
E Cig Battery Safety Tips
Only use charging equipment that is designed for your battery
Most of the e cigarette explosions 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.
You should also never use adapters not designed for use with your e cigarette chargers (e.g. phone charging adapters). If you wish to charge your e cigarette products from the mains, you can purchase the OK E Cig mains charging adapter which can be used with both OK Cigalike and Vape Pen batteries as well as Zing batteries & chargers.
Never use a battery that appears to be damaged.
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 also reduces their useable life so ensure 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/travelling
Please note that this only applies to manual e cigarette batteries such as the OK Ego Vape Pen.
Your OK Ego Vape Pen battery 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.
As OK E Cigarettes (the cigalike style) are manually activated – as in you have to inhale to activate the battery, they don’t require an on/off function.
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.
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.
You may wish to use a mains adapter you purchase elsewhere but you do so at your own risk so ensure that you buy from a reputable seller and/or brand. As above, remember to never leave a charging e cigarette unattended.
Follow these instructions and you’ll be using your e cigarette safely whilst also getting the best out of your battery. Read our guide on How to Look After E Cigarette Batteries for more information.