Battery Safety Guide
So, you are worried that your battery will explode. While it is entirely possible to push a battery far past it’s limit and potentially cause a serious boom, following a few simple tips should keep you vaping happily and safely.
But first we need to take a second to understand what can cause a battery to “vent” and what exactly “venting” is. All batteries have a maximum continuous discharge rating. This number indicates how much energy (measured in amps) the battery can output safely. The higher the number the more likely it is that you will NOT overload the battery.
Batteries vent when they are pushed past their limit and become too hot. Venting is when hot gasses escape from the battery housing. If the gasses have no where to go (eg. A mech mod with no vent holes), you will be holding what is essentially a pressure bomb.
So how do you know if you are using your battery safely? To get a good idea, you just need to know what the discharge rate of your battery is and what resistance your coil(s) are putting up. The table to the left contains a general outline of some common discharge ratings and the corresponding minimum safe* resistance.
*This is the absolute minimum resistance, we would not recommend going this low. This leaves no margin of error to fall back on if something goes wrong. We suggest building to at least 0.1ohm above the minimum limit to give some extra headroom.
If you would like to get more exact, model specific discharge information, you can head over to SteamEngine.org for a detailed battery drain calculator.
Now that we know about the maximum continuous discharge rating lets take a look at some other general battery safety tips.
At the end of the day, just remember, if something seems sketchy, it probably is. When you are holding a potential pressure bomb inches away from your face it is always better safe than sorry. If you have any questions about your battery or battery safety in general please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!