Gone are the days when electronic devices had to rely on big, heavy, and inefficient batteries. These days, most of them use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, which are a fraction of the size and weight of earlier power sources. E-cigarettes, personal vaporizers, and vape mods are among the devices that have benefitted from these better, more powerful batteries.
But while lithium-ion batteries are way more advanced than their older counterparts, they still need to be cared for properly if one expects them to have a satisfactory service life. Needless to say, the battery’s performance can also significantly affect your overall vaping experience.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to maximize the life of your e-cig or vape battery. Here are some of them:
Don’t expose your device to too much heat
Lithium-ion batteries, especially when they are fully charged, experience tremendous strain when exposed to heat. Never leave your device fully exposed to the sun or leave it inside a vehicle where it can get really hot even on a cool day. Remember, heat is the number one cause of stress for lithium-ion batteries.
Avoid fully discharging your battery in between charges
Unlike nickel-cadmium batteries that have significant discharge memories, lithium-ion batteries experience tinier memory effect, so fully discharging them on a periodic basis is not necessary. In fact, it is recommended that you avoid fully discharging your e-cig or vape’s battery and to charge it more frequently between uses. This is because lithium-ion batteries tend to become stressed when they have to charge from a fully drained state.
Disconnect the cartomizer or clearomizer when the device is not in use
If you won’t be using your device for a few days, you would be well advised to unscrew the cartomizer or clearomizer. As these components are still connected to the battery even when the device is not in used, your e-cig or vape will continue to consume power.
Store your spare batteries in a cool, dry place at 40% state of charge
All batteries self-discharge even when in storage because of the chemical reactions that occur inside them. However, battery experts know that the lower the temperature of the place of storage, the lower the rate of energy discharge. But this doesn’t mean that you should place your e-cig or vape battery in the fridge because the condensation that occurs in your battery whenever you take it out of the fridge can eventually cause corrosion.
When storing your battery, simply keep it in a cool, dry place, ideally at room temperature of about 70°F (21.1°C). Anywhere between 68°F (20° C) and 77° F (25° C) is also okay. It is recommended that you store your battery at around 40 percent charged state.
Clean your device and battery regularly
Over time, dust, e-liquid, and other debris and gunk can get onto your battery and cause problems. One example is when dirt or liquid gets into the part that connects the battery to the cartomizer or clearomizer and creates a barrier that prevents the battery from powering your device. Another example is when you overfill your device with e-liquid and it gets onto the battery. This can cause your battery to corrode if it happens too frequently. Make sure to clean your device and battery regularly to prevent such problems.
By following these tips, you’ll be able to use your e-cig or vape battery for a much longer period of time, and you’ll get to enjoy more hours of vaping.