We get a lot of questions from customers unsure of how they should charge their vapes, so here is a quick guide outlining do’s and dont’s when it comes to charging your vape. Most vapes today are designed to be charged via a multitude of sources, however, it is always best to be as safe as possible due to the potential danger associated with faulty lithium-ion batteries.
Most vapes today have complicated internal charging regulation circuits to protect the battery from being overcharged. Most USB outputs are fine to charge your vape, specifically USB outputs from computers, TVs, game consoles or car chargers. These sources are good at regulating the voltage supplied and limiting the current that can be drawn by the vape.
Most phone chargers are fine, but we would recommend avoiding the latest generation fast chargers (3.2A) as if there is a fault in your vape this could damage your battery. For the best overall battery life, use a USB wall charger capable of delivering no more than 2A.
While lithium ion (Li-Ion) batteries (e.g. 18650, 20700, 21700 and 26650 batteries) don't retain ‘memory’ like older nickel-cadmium batteries, it is best if you don't leave your vape on a charger for long periods of time regularly as this could affect the lifespan of your battery.
We would recommend using a dedicated battery charger for any vape with a removable battery, as they have the best dedicated protection circuits to prevent your batteries from being overcharged, and will charge your batteries in a way to ensure best overall lifespan.
Don't let your lithium-ion batteries drop below 3.2V, or charge above 4.2V. Doing so may damage your battery and can be dangerous if left unattended.
If you cant remove your battery from your vape, you might have a lithium polymer (Li-Po) battery (common in smaller internal battery devices) and we would recommend not leaving these on a charger for long periods of time without use for best battery life.
Don't charge your vape if it is wet or covered in e-liquid. This increases the possibility of arcing and short circuits in your device which could damage your vape/battery. Don't charge your battery in a hot (e.g. hot car,) or high humidity environment (e.g. outdoors in the rain).
So in short
- Don't leave your vape charging for long periods of time without use
- Use a USB port from a laptop, PC, TV, DVD player, stereo, game console or car charger
- Don't leave a charging vape or battery charger unattended
- Don't charge your vape in a high humidity environment
- Don't charge your vape in a hot environment
- Don't charge your vape if it's wet or saturated in e-liquid
- Don't continue to charge your vape if it gets hot while charging