Battery essentials: what to be aware of when it comes to vape batteries

Of all vape accessories UK, a rechargeable battery is unquestionably one of the most vital. For, it’s the battery that’s the source of the electrical power an e-cig device requires in order to function as a machine that delightfully transforms e-juice into vapour that can be inhaled and exhaled. To wit, it’s imperative then that as a user of e-cigs, mods or pods – and, in turn, the batteries that power them – you’re familiar with all the ins-and-outs and issues that inform effective and far from effective use of vaping device batteries…

What to consider before you buy a new battery

How long will your e-cig device’s battery last between charges? It’s essential you know to get the very best and most efficient use possible out of it. To do this, it’s imperative to be aware of its capacity, which will be measured in milliamperes per hour (mAh); the higher this measure, the longer it’ll last. Simple. Plus, it’s roughly correct that 100mAh is equal to one hour’s worth of use (rather than 60mAh, that is).

That said, while capacity (mAh) is a fairly decent guide to the longevity of battery life, it’s a little foolhardy to try to be totally precise when estimating how long a battery’s single charge will actually last; there are too many other factors involved, such as the style of vaping deployed by the device’s user, the temperature the device is set to and the resistance setting too (note; resistance is measured in ohms).

Additionally, it’s important to consider voltage. Essentially, when it comes to a device’s measurement in volts, you’re talking about its electric potential – the power that’s emanating or is capable of emanating from the battery to be used by the device. You’ll likely find that the average voltage for a standard e-cig battery is between 3.3V and 4.2V; most commonly it’ll be around 3.7V.

So just how does voltage affect vaping then? Well, because it defines the electric potential of a device, it naturally impacts on the quality of the vaping experience; the quality of the vapour produced that’s inhaled and exhaled. And it’s because of this that many e-cig batteries (bought from the likes of a common vape shop London) increasingly come with variable voltage settings as standard; ensuring the user can adjust the battery’s resistance as they want it based on the vape they want.

Best practice tips for e-cig batteries

To get the most productive use out of your device’s batteries and to increase their lifespan, definitely consider the following:

  • Don’t forget to power down your battery – when it’s not in use, you might also want to remove the clearomiser from your device, so it’s disconnected from battery, because it uses a little bit of charge even when you are not inhaling
  • Always protect your battery – maintaining optimum condition of your battery is a prerequisite; this means trying always to keep it (and any fully-charged spare batteries) in a protective case when you’re out and about, so it’s not exposed to other metallic objects and can’t be damaged if accidentally dropped, while it’s also important to remember a battery should never be exposed to excessive heat (room temperature only, as much as possible!)
  • Remember not to over-tighten the tank when connecting it to the battery – tightening the connection between the two won’t help your device to perform better; in fact, it’ll do the opposite as it may cause the battery to short as well as strip its threading away
  • Don’t use a battery sparingly – rechargeable batteries for e-cig devices are just that; rechargeable, which means they’re specifically designed to be recharged over and again and so used regularly and that means it’s a mistake to leave a battery idling about for a period of time and not rotating it with other rechargeable batteries so you’re using it in your device every 48 hours, say (it’s also advisable to fully drain the battery of juice and recharge it to 100 percent at least once a month
  • Store a battery only when it’s fully charged – before putting away a battery to be stored in your home, be sure it’s at least 70 percent charged first; otherwise it’ll drain faster than it might and take longer to charge (ideally it ought to be fully charged before you look to store it)
  • Don’t keep a fully charged battery in its charger – overcharging a battery could damage it and reduce its lifespan at the very least; bad times
  • Clean your battery every now and then – you’ll want to do this to be sure the battery’s free of dust or any tiny drops of e-liquid that, when it’s in use, may inadvertently get on its area that connects with the clearomiser.