What Everybody Ought to Know About E-Cig Batteries and Heat
When discussing battery life, sometimes it can feel like you need advanced degree to keep our phones, P.D.A.'s and laptops working. According to findings by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), lithium-ion batteries perform at their best (and will last a whole lot longer) if they are kept at temperatures between 14°F and 86°F. If batteries are too hot (or too cold), they can lose their effectiveness or even quit working altogether.
That said, battery experts say that the number one cause of battery problems is too much heat. When a battery gets too warm, it causes them to drain faster than they normally would. For that reason, you NEVER want to leave any electronic device with a lithium-ion battery in the front seat of a hot car. Ideally, you should think of you electronics as if they were a baby or a dog –if it's hot outside, don't leave your e-cigarette in the car.
Batteries are also affected by humidity and other weather extremes. An e-cig battery damaged by heat can:
- Stop working
- Damage your device
- Create sparks
- Create flames
- In very extreme cases, even blow-up
Furthermore, weather extremes can occur almost anywhere and at any time. Some examples of areas to avoid bringing lithium-ion batteries are in a non-temperature controlled room, in a closed bathroom with the shower on, in a closed car on a hot day, in a steam-room or a sauna.
Think your e-cig battery is safe in the cold... think again
Extreme cold can affect batteries just as extreme heat can. When exposed to frigid temperatures, the internal components expand. Remember, a weather extreme can occur when temperatures are within the range of the device's specification. The relative humidity can increase the ambient temperature beyond the norm.
Why does temperature affect an e-cig battery?
Ambient temperature changes that occur amongst battery electrons affect its ability to work properly. An increase in temperature occurs, electrons get excited, whereas, a decrease in temperature inhibits electrons. These reactions are natural to electrons in most systems. A combination of a rapid temperature change and high humidity has the potential of causing condensation to form. This, in turn, can pose a potential hazard for your battery, and your e-cigarette.
The risk of exploding lithium-ion batteries
There is some risk of lithium-ion batteries failing. In extreme cases, a fire will not only burn, but burn extremely hot (...up to 1000°F), and even explode in rare instances. Since 2002, there have been more than 40 recalls of lithium-ion batteries in laptops, phones and other electronic devices due to explosion or fire risk.
How this Effects E-cigarettes
With summer just getting fired up, now is the time to take stock and keep your batteries safe. Most importantly, you should make sure that you do not leave your e-cigarette in your car for any length of time.
Tips on keeping e-cigarette batteries in safe working order include:
- Only use connectors and chargers specifically made for the battery
- Don't buy batteries without instructions
- Don't leave a charging battery unattended
- Don't exceed the recommended charging time
- Only charge in a location with a smoke alarm
- Don't charge batteries in an unattended vehicle
- Replace batteries that have been damaged, dropped or overcharged
- Use replacements made by the original manufacturer
- Be wary of low-priced, unbranded products
E-cigarettes provide an alternative nicotine delivery method. When purchasing an e-cigarette, make sure that you properly care for your battery to ensure a long-lasting life.
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