Exploding E-Cigs – Urban myth or viable danger?
The internet has been flooded with stories of exploding E-cigs. Pictures on Facebook show horrific pictures of people with burns and wounds. In a sense, this is reminiscent of the ‘exploding cell phone’ story that was circulating on the internet a few years ago… but is there any truth to it?
Could E-cigs potentially explode and cause harm? Did this incident (or incidents) actually occur? If so, could it happen again, or was it a freak accident caused by a defective product or gross misuse?
Has This Type Of Thing Really Happened?
As it turns out, there have been several accounts of E-cigs exploding. They are well-documented and are a very real occurrence, though it is actually the lithium-ion battery that explodes… not the E-cig itself. According to an article published by motherjones.com, (http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/04/e-cigarettes-explode-fda-timeline?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=videos-should-you-be-worried-about-your-e-cigarette-exploding) E-cigs contain the same types of batteries as cell phones and laptops… but that E-cigs may be especially prone to combusting because users tend to use incompatible chargers with the devices.
Since many E-cigs charge using simple USB chargers, many users think that using iPad or computer chargers is safe when they are actually not. If the wrong charger is used, the batteries can overheat or overcharge… and since they are lithium ion batteries, there is a chance of combustion in such cases.
According to this same article, the E-cig industry does recognize and acknowledge that there is a possibility of this danger with E-cig products. “When you charge them, they are 99.9 percent safe, but occasionally there will be failures,” said a spokesperson in the article.
There is actually a lot of information available on this forum… http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/announcements-news/270594-q-im-worried-my-e-cig-might-explode.html. Here, you can read about what types of E-cigs could be prone to doing this sort of thing.
According to this forum, it seems that the real danger of exploding E-cigs was caused by people putting two or more batteries together in one device. Nowadays, with VV and VW being so readily available and considered ‘the norm’ for people who want more power from their E-cigs, it would seem that the danger is greatly diminished.
It would also seem that the vast majority of these ‘explosions’ occurred when two or more batteries were stacked on top of one-another… which was a practice that is not always considered ‘safe’ by today’s vaping standards. Of course, the actual science and technical jargon here is more complicated, so this is just a basic and rudimentary explanation… but a quick look at the forum link above should give you some great information that you can use to see exactly what you should be looking for in regards to your own safety.
Tips For Staying Safe While Vaping
Here are some tips that you can use to stay safer and to lessen your chances of an explosion occurring with your own E-cig. First of all, only buy E-cigs from reputable companies and never try to mix and match parts from different E-cigs unless you have talked to a technician and know without a doubt that what you are doing is safe.
Secondly, never use a charger that didn’t come with your E-cig to charge it. If your charger breaks or gets lost, than order a replacement designed specifically for your E-cig.
Third, if you buy an E-cig and do not believe that the instructions are thorough enough to describe safe usage, then return the kit and look for one with better instructions so that you can avoid possible dangers.
Fourth, never use E-cigs in a way not intended by the manufacturer. ‘Modding’ your own E-cigs, or having a friend do it, for example, can be very dangerous. If you need an E-cig to do more than it will currently do (supply more voltage, vapourize more e-liquid, last longer, etc.), look for a variable voltage or variable wattage model and upgrade. Accidents tend to happen when people try to cut corners in cost and modify their own vapourizers… so never risk danger just because you don’t want to spend the extra money. Your safety is far more important!
In the end, there is no substitute for common sense. Buy a trusted, high quality product and use it as directed. If the instructions are not clear enough, than either return it or contact the company for more information. Never assume that you can use ‘just any charger’ with your E-cig, and never try to alter or modify your electronic cigarette in any way.
You can also find comfort in the fact that exploding is not common for E-cigs. Many, many people vape in the world, and the vast majority of them have never had anything like this happen. Only a very, very small percentage of vapers have had issues with the batteries exploding in their E-cigs, and most of these cases occurred with modded, two-battery models that are not really sold nowadays anyway.