What Brands of Electronic Cigarettes Have Exploding E-Cigarette Batteries?
Some people who are considering e-cigarettes as an alternative to smoking tobacco have been distracted by sensational news stories involving exploding e-cigarettes. Every once in a while we read a story about an e-cigarette that explodes in someone’s face.
When heard the very first story several years ago, I couldn’t help but chuckle. Okay, I should be ashamed of myself, but being a former Cartoon Network executive I just couldn’t get the Bugs Bunny/Elmer Fudd exploding cigar prank out of my head.
Now that I’m a respectable editor for several ecig review sites, as well as a supporter of electronic cigarettes, I put on a straight face and direct our team to do some serious fact finding.
Based on the evidence we uncovered, 99% of all electronic cigarettes explode because they are misused or modified. The first reported incident of an exploding ecig was actually a cigar; (how ironic); one that the user built himself, or modified, using parts purchased online. The most recent, an incident reported in the LA Times (3/2015) reported “The man was smoking a modified e-cigarette”.
Despite the media frenzy that follows all of these unfortunate incidents, subsequent reports surface confirming that exploding devices are indeed a home-made “mod”; a term used in vaping circles for an electronic cigarette that has been modified by the user to create greater vapor production.
Why do people modify a good thing? Too many ecig users love to tinker; trying to create a vaporizer that delivers enormous clouds of vapor – even greater amounts than the best vaporizers now available on the legal market.
The fact remains, life is not a cartoon and many would be inventors wind up with the lethal personification of Bugs Bunny’s exploding cigar.
Although exploding devices can prove to be fatal, these isolated incidents should not be viewed as a reflection of the safety levels demonstrated within the electronic cigarette industry.
E-Cigarette Common Sense
Commercial e-cigarettes are considered to be safe if used as directed. Follow the instructions on how to use your e-cigarette and don’t substitute the parts that come with your brand’s kit! Don’t buy cheap e-cigarettes from relatively unknown ecig companies either!
Many e-cigarette companies self-test or use third party testing to ensure that they are safe to use for their intended purpose.
Dan Recio, co-founder of #1 e-cigarette manufacturer V2 Cigs, said in a statement.
“We took action against the possibility of electronic issues from the very beginning, with safeguards integrated into our batteries like automatic shutoff and smart chargers that prevent overcharging. We properly age all batteries before shipment and retest mAh to ensure the highest standards.”
Electronic cigarettes incorporate a micro chip that prevents both over-discharge rates and under-voltage conditions of the battery. Safety chargers prevent overcharging and subsequent thermal runaway.
The greatest danger, according to reputable e-cigarette forums lies with modified e-cigarettes, such as putting two lithium ion batteries together in a metal tube. This dangerous device, known as “pipe” or “tube” mod is counterfeit and definitely not available within the legal commercial e-cigarette market.
Equally dangerous, is charging an e-cigarette with a USB charger that was not part of your e-cigarette kit’s original packaging. This includes substituting different car charger batteries. Lithium-ion batteries that are cheaply manufactured and do not contain a safety chip can overheat when then are left on the charger too long, or are being charged with a USB charger not compliant with that battery.
Don’t Mess With a Good Thing
2.5 million Americans used electronic cigarettes in 2011 according to a federal report. and E-Cigarette sales are projected to reach over 2 billion in 2015. In Europe there are now over 29 million consumers in using e-cigarettes.
It’s good to know that the most reputable electronic cigarette companies test their product batteries and ingredients for safety and their instruction manuals include warnings. Check out these articles on Green Smoke’s Quality Control or V2Cigs Safety Measures and you’ll see what I mean.
In any event, if you are considering E-Cigarettes as a smoking alternative, check out our website. You’ll find honest reviews, detailed comparison charts for the best, safety assured brands on the market. The only thing to be wary of is politically driven media hype set to discredit a competitive industry.