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Batteries and Chargers – Safety and Selection ( Must read before buying batteries). Lack of proper battery saftey will void any claims to us.
Intro and Disclaimer-
Let’s face it, both safety and function are paramount to vaping. As such, I suggest you research as much as possible and DO NOT rely on MY insight alone.
In preparation for this post, I have spent the past two days revisiting my research and have endeavored to provide you with the necessary bullet points.
E Cig Mod Batteries-
At the heart of any e cig is a battery and it’s imperative we understand proper selection, while adopting and adhering to safer handling practices.
Today, many household budgets are strained, and there’s a tendency to seek cheaper alternatives.
One may decide on the $60 Vamo over the $150 Provari, and that’s justifiable, but skimping on batteries and a charger is, simply put, foolish.
Here at The Table there is only ONE brand of battery that is used and recommended-
AW IMR Li-Mn Rechargables. Yes, they are made in China.
High quality IMRs are now recommended in place of Protected Li Ion for all applications.
Sure, a Trustfire or Ultrafire will work but the reality is that AW utilize Japanese Panasonics and Japanese made protection PCB’s (Printed Circuit Boards) which are superior to their Chinese counterparts.
ANY Battery with the name “fire” in its branding should be avoided. Also, forget Efest batteries.
Many brands, including those mentioned above, suffer from varying degrees of drop out voltage.
(Parasitic voltage drop under specific load). All batteries do this but AW suffer less.
Today’s choices fall under 3 categories-
IMR, protected ICR Li-Ion, and a class of Hybrid batteries.
Although hybrids are known to provide greater safety and performance, I have had little experience with them. They’re also quite expensive.
IMR or Lithium Manganese
IMRs are mostly recommended over protected Li-Ion because they are the safest for vaping. They have safer chemistry and require no protective circuits. They can tolerate stress better. There are vent possibilities, but not as dramatic as that of ICRs. If an ICR vents violently, it could lead to explosion.
These batteries are ideal for regulated mods with buck boost circuitry for achieving variable voltage-wattage. They are also recommended for single-voltage mechanical mods than the protected Li Ion.
The downside is that they have lower mAh capacity than the protected Li Ion batteries. Yet, they are far superior in terms of maximum load current like in regulated mods, mechanical mods with kick or RBA.
Protected ICR Li Ion
These are called protected batteries. They are essentially considered obsolete for use with mods due to their potential explosion and flames.
These are the new mixed chemistry batteries that are both high drain/safe chemistry and also extended in capacity. These are your ideal choices for certain applications that require longer battery life and maximum load current. They can be used with regulated mods and/or mechanical mods. Some hybrids have 20 or more continuous discharge rate so they are ideal for sub-ohm vaping.
Note: For those using Pen Styles and Disposables, such as blu and NJoy, this article is of little relevance. Selection is limited by the manufacturer/distributor.
E Cig Mods (APV) (Vamo, ZMax, Provari, LavaTube, iTaste and so on)
The majority of Mods used today are protected devices, utilizing electronics for VV / VW and various readouts and settings. They have built in protection against battery failure and therefore a protected battery is not necessary. Because of the built in chip, electronic e cigs are considered safer than Mechanical Mods. Mechanicals have no internal circuitry or protection.
Here are some bullet points that must be adhered to. Both in terms of safety and performance-
■ NO battery is completely safe from failure
■Always follow the manufactures guidelines in battery type/ratings
■*Do Not over charge your batteries
■*Do Not allow 3.7v batteries to fall below 3.3 volts
■*Do Not leave batteries charging overnight or out of sight
■Don’t charge or store batteries in extreme temperatures
■Don’t allow batteries to interact with metals. Always wrap or place in a stash box
■Never stack batteries unless you’re prepared to deal with the ramifications.
■Use quality chargers such as Pila, Nitecore Intelicharger or Xtar
■Where possible place charger on a wooden surface
■Batteries can also be placed in fire safe charging bags
■NEVER use batteries that have just finished charging. Allow to sit for a few hours
■Batteries last about a year or 300 charges, so discard them after this period
■Buy batteries and mark them with permanent ink of purchase date
*A fully charged battery resides around 4.2 volts.
As we vape, the battery slowly drains and one should periodically, check the remaining voltage so as not to allow the battery to go below 3.3 volts. Doing so will shorten the life of the battery.
Leaving a battery on charge and unsupervised will also shorten the life but more importantly, it can lead to complete battery failure or worse.
WARNING – some vapers are pushing their devices way beyond the safety zone. A common practice today, is the search for “Huge Clouds of Vapor” via sub oHm vaping, with rebuildable atomizers.
For the inexperienced – This is not only foolish but downright stupid!
The same applies to stacking batteries, particularly in mechanicals.
High Quality, Brand Name Batteries. Batteries are not created equal. Mod battery experts recommend the following brand name IMR and hybrid batteries:
Following list is from “Baditudes” blog at ECF –
18650 2000mah 10Amp CDR
18650 1600mah 24A
18490 (1100mah) 16.5A
18350 (700mah) 6A
18650 1500mah 20A
Panasonic or Orbtronic hybrid
CGR18650CH (IMR/hybrid) 2250mAh 10A
NCR18650PF (LiNiCOMnO2) INR/ICR/IMR Hybrid 2900mAh 10A
NCR18650PD (LiNiCoAl) 2900mAh 10A
Orbtronic 18650 SX22 (hybrid) 2000mAh 22A
Orbtronic 18650 SX30 (hybrid) 2100mAh 30A
UR18650EX 2000mAh 20A
Samsung hybrid (LiNiCoMnP)
INR18650-22P 2200mAh 10A
INR18650-20R 2000mah 22A
us18650v3 IMR 2250mAh 10A
us18650vct3 1600mAh 30A
us18650vtc4 2100 mAh 30A
18650 2000 mAh 16A
18650 1500 mAh 22A
18500 1100 mAh 8.8A
18350 800 mAh 6.4A
I have NOT spent sufficient time with Mechanicals and therefore I am NOT offering advice or opinions at this time. I will update this post with mechanicals as soon as possible.
For safety purposes use AW IMR Li-Mn in Mechanicals and NOT protected batteries.
Before using mechanical mods and rebuildable atomizers, research-
Ohm’s Law and discharge limits.
Do not stack batteries in mechanical mods.
If you make sub-ohm coils, you must use a battery which has over 10 amps CDR.
DO NOT purchase batteries from any other source but reputable e cig vendors.
NEVER use batteries that are dented or show signs of the wrapper being torn.
Again, for the sake of brevity, choose a Nitecore i4 charger and put your mind at ease.
Courtesy thevaperstable to all fellow vapers.