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Published On May 20, 2016 | By Nicole | About E-Cigarettes Articles

Different Types Of E-cig Chargers

E-cigs come in many shapes and sizes – and the chargers are certainly as varied as the devices that they supply power to. Chargers are essential. Without them, your rechargeable E-cig would be nothing more than an expensive disposable – so it makes sense that most vape pens come with an accessory that allows you to plug it in.

But there are several different types of chargers out there – and sometimes, it can be confusing to figure out which is which.

So in this blog post, we’re going to take some time to explain what the different types of chargers are, and how to identify them when you see them.


A USB Charger

USB chargerThis type of charger usually has a regular USB hookup on one end, and a connector for connecting the E-cig battery on the other. They’re generally small, and are especially popular with E-cig minis.

Sometimes the term ‘USB Charger’ is used to refer to a USB charging lead, or even to refer to a micro USB charger. Really, the name is pretty universal – though technically, this would refer to any type of charger with any sort of USB adapter on one end (which is how most E-cigs are charged nowadays).

Typically, this type of charger can be plugged into a mains adapter to allow you to charge it in a regular power outlet.


Micro USB Charger

Micro USB ChargerThis type of charger usually has a USB connector on one end, and a Micro USB (such as those used on many cell phones) on the other. Micro USB connectors are becoming extremely popular with vape pens of all types nowadays, and are almost the universal choice for box mods and vapourizers.

Micro USB Chargers will tend to have a lead, which will range from a few inches long to several feet in length. Usually, in order to charge via a regular outlet, you would need a mains adapter for this type of charger.


Charging Lead

A charging lead is technically any type of charger that comes with a chord. Most chargers nowadays ship this way – but that’s not necessarily the case with every type of charger. If a kit comes with a ‘charging lead’, it almost always means a USB charger or a Micro USB charging cable.


A Cylindrical Bay Charger

Cylindrical Bay ChargerThese types of chargers aren’t so unlike the chargers that you use for rechargeable AA batteries. One example of this type of charger is the Nitecore i4 Intellicharge Battery Charger, but there are many different versions out there. E-cigs that use removable batteries (like the 18650) will often use this type of a charger.

E-cigs that tend to use this type of setup are usually much larger and heavier-duty than smaller vape pens. Sub-ohm vaping devices and more advanced box mods are examples of types of E-cigs that may utilize an external charger such as this.

These chargers come with a range of safety and convenience features. The good ones charge more than one battery at a time, and will charge each bay separately (as that works better for Lithium Ion batteries). Many of them will also charge several different types of cylindrical batteries, and the ‘smart’ chargers out there will usually be able to determine which type of battery you’ve placed on it.

There may be a few other types of chargers out there – but in the grand scheme of things, the chargers that we’ve gone over in this blog post represent the vast majority of charging devices in use for modern E-cigs. Not every device can be charged the same way though, so be extremely careful about mixing different chargers up and using them for different devices. Voltage and wattage can be different from charger to charger, even if they look exactly the same – so always make sure to keep the right charger with the right E-cig, and never leave your E-cig charging unattended, just in case something were to go wrong.

Charging accidents are becoming less and less common – but they’re still not an impossibility.

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