Last updated on May 17th, 2018
What Are the Chances My E-Cigarette Will Explode?
You’re probably reading this article because you’re wondering if your e-cigarette, or vape Mod will explode. Maybe you read a story, (or several for that matter) about an e-cigarette that blew up in a man’s face…or in his pants, or while he was charging it in his car. You’re also probably wondering what kind or brand of e-cig it was since it must have been one of those that came with a faulty battery.
Those sensational news stories, while morbidly graphic, rarely mention details about the e-cigarette that exploded. Ever wonder why not? Aside from the lesser fact that it doesn’t sell headlines, a story targeting a manufacturer can get messy, as it might not be the brand of the e-cigarette at fault, but the user’s negligence.
In May of 2018 details were release because a man actually died from an exploding vape battery. The vaporizer was an advanced model manufactured by the Philippines-based company Smok-E Mountain. They admitted to using batteries and atomizers that were clones. If you’re wondering what a “clone” is, it’s a substandard battery that sells for a much lower price than one that has been properly made and tested.
The fact is that all lithium ion batteries, including those in your laptop, tablet or cell phone, can (and do) explode .
What Kind of E-Cigarette Batteries Explode?
There is one type of battery used in vapor products – lithium-ion batteries. They are capable of thermal runaway – an uncontrolled thermal temperature that’s dangerous and can cause your e-cigarette to explode. When you hear those news stories about exploding e-cigarette batteries, what you are hearing about are lithium-ion batteries that experienced thermal runaway.
How Likely is it That My E-Cigarette Battery Will Blow Up?
The answer is “not at all likely”; however, buying low-quality vapor products, or not following the manufacturer’s directions, or tinkering with batteries will greatly increase the likelihood that your e-cigarette will blow up. If you are using a high-quality device responsibly and according to the manufacturer’s instructions, it’s far less likely you’ll experience an exploding ecig or vape mod.
- Don’t Buy Cheap E-Cigarettes! The chances are far greater that you’ll get a substandard battery or a clone.
- Use the charger that came with you e-cig kit. It’s designed to deliver a certain level of electrical current. If the battery being charged is not capable of handling the level of current produced by the charger, you’ll get a greater risk of explosion. It is vitally important to charge the batteries using the correct equipment!
- Don’t carry your e-cig battery in your pocket alongside metal keys or other metal objects. In rare cases, movement causes friction which completes a circuit between the positive and negative ends resulting in a possible catastrophic failure or explosion.
- Never modify a battery or use damage batteries. Follow-up stories about exploding batteries revealed that the user modified the battery or used the incorrect charger.
- If your battery feels very hot, that’s not normal. Depending on your model, it could mean there’s a short circuit or a loose battery post. I would definitely contact your vape shop or on-line supplier and let them know what’s happening.
The US Fire Administration has stated:
“Considering the vast number of products in the field that use lithium-ion batteries, however, it is clear that the failure rates are low.”
Recent data (Nov. 9th, 2015) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that more than 9 million adults vape regularly in the United States.
The chance of an e-cigarette exploding while you’re using it is roughly 0.0000001%.
Your chance of dying from a smoking related disease is 50%.
Still….Is Vaping Safe?
Safe compared to what? Crossing the road? Eating lettuce that’s been recalled? Sunbathing? If you think giving up smoking for vaping is just not worth the risk, why do reputable health agencies say the health risks of smoking can’t compare to the safety of e-cigs. Public Health England (PHE) concluded that e-cigarettes were at least 95 percent and as much as 99 percent safer than combustible cigarettes.
What we do know is that the best vaping products are heavily focused on product safety as well as user satisfaction, especially now that public health agencies are issuing regulations.