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What are the best batteries for mods? And what is the right battery to use in your mod? It's actually the most important questions someone can ask before vaping on a new device. All personal vaporizers utilize high discharge lithium batteries. These batteries are by far the most crucial part of your device. When handled properly they are quite safe but if mishandled can be dangerous (especially in a mechanical mod). Below you will find everything you need to select the best battery for mods as well as tips to keep it working in tip top condition for the duration of its lifespan.
Yes, Most mods will only fit the size battery it is intended to use and it is strongly recommended to use only the size specified for your device. In some cases multiple smaller batteries can be stacked to fit in a device. Battery stacking should be avoided. Stacking batteries increases the batteries voltage and can cause the batteries or the device to fail.
Absolutely, using an authentic battery from a reputable brand will ensure your battery will operate safely and as intended within its rated specifications. Your safety matters, so we recommend the following brands: Sony, Efest, Samsung, and BASEN. Other reputable brands include MXJO, LG, MNKE, Panasonic and AW . Using low quality batteries runs the risk of damaging your device and potentially injuring you and others. A little extra money spent on quality batteries can save a lot of money and headache in the long run. Our top recommendations are Samsung 18650 25R 2500 mAh 20A and Sony VTC5A 18650 2600 mAh 25ABattery batteries.
There are several lithium batteries on the market today but only a few suitable for vaping safely. Typically the three main types are ICR (LiCoO2 or LiCd) , IMR (LiMn) , and Hybrid. It has been established that IMR batteries use safer chemistry than ICR's. This is why ICR's are commonly sold with protection circuits. Typically IMR batteries lack protection circuits and will allow higher amperage discharge rates compared to ICR's and are much more suitable for low resistance builds or mechanical devices. ICR's although usually rated for a higher storage capacity (mAh) are often unable to safely deliver the amperage needed for high power, low resistance, or mechanical devices. Hybrid devices often utilize a “safer” chemistry than your average IMR batter while maintaining some of the increased storage capacity of an IMR. For safety's sake we recommend using either an IMR or Hybrid battery unless your device specifically instructs you to use a specific battery type (i.e. Provari requires use of a protected ICR or you will void your warranty).
Lithium batteries are measured and rated by voltage, amperage and storage capacity. For vaping purposes all batteries in use are rated for a Voltage of 3.7v. This rating is the nominal or average voltage meaning the battery is considered fully charged at 4.2v and considered dead at 3.2v. Then you have the Amperage rating. More specifically the amperage rating determines the maximum continuous discharge rate of the battery. This is can be measured a few ways but usually a number followed by either an “A” or a “C” (i.e. 15C or 30A). The storage capacity is measured in milliamp hours indicated by a number and “mAh” (i.e. 2100mAh). The higher the mAh the longer your battery should last. It is absolutely crucial that you do not exceed the your batteries limits if you do it is most likely that your battery will fail possibly resulting in a fire, explosion, other damage to your device, or worse yet it could injure you or someone else. So always try to pick the best batteries for mods, to avoid such failures.
Now that you know about your battery ratings we need to know how to use the battery ratings with your atomizer coils resistance to ensure you’re vaping safely. If you do not know your resistance you can purchase an ohms reader almost anywhere vaping supplies are sold. Now that we have your resistance in ohms as well as all 3 ratings your voltage or “v” your storage capacity or “mAh” and your Amperage rating in either “A” or “C”. We will use these numbers to figure out your maximum continuous discharge of your battery and how much current your device will discharge. If your battery has an “A” amperage rating then you already know your maximum continuous discharge but if your battery uses a “C” amperage rating you will need to convert the “C” rating into an “A” rating. To do this is quite simple. Take your batteries “C” rating and multiply it by the storage capacity in mAh. For example if your battery is rated 10C, this means the battery is rated for 10 times the capacity of the battery measured in amps. So a battery rated at 1600mAh equals 1.6 Ah will therefore have a max continuous discharge rate of 10 X 1.6 = 16A. Now that we know the continuous maximum discharge rate of the battery we need to figure out how much current your device discharges and is it at a rate that is safe to vape. We can then take your batteries amp rating. You can then take your batteries voltage (4.2v fully charged) and divide it by your atomizer or coils resistance to get your actual discharge rate. Now compare the two. The current your device draws must be lower than your batteries amperage rating. For example 4.2v / 1ohms = 4.2A discharge rate while 4.2v / .5ohms = 8.4A. Remember your devices discharge rate must always be less than your batteries amp limit.
Of the several chargers available to vapers the best and safest chargers are “smart chargers”. Smart Chargers typically have multiple charging modes, safety features like over-voltage protection, over-discharge protection. Aside from various safety features some can also identify Li-ion, Ni-MH and Ni-Cd batteries and select the right charging mode for you. It's important not to overcharge your batteries above 4.25v or over discharge your batteries. Although most batteries for vaping can be discharged down to 2.8v or until they fail. For safety reasons it is never recommended to discharge them below 3.2v. To keep your battery working properly as long as possible it is recommended not to discharge your battery below 3.3v doing so will diminish both your batteries capacity and number of charging cycles before it no longer useable.
Rechargeable vape batteries are often found in sub ohm kits and devices, they offer users access to increased power when they vape – compared to devices with integrated batteries.
There are a number of different vape batteries available, from the smaller 18650 battery all the way to the larger 20700, 26650 and 21700 batteries.
While they’re all rechargeable, eventually all vape batteries will need to be replaced. This week we’ll be providing you with tips to help you extend the life of your vape battery.
Many vape mods support internal charging of batteries, this is when you charge batteries when they’re inside of your device; but we recommend that you use a dedicated battery charger.
Not only will these dedicated pieces of hardware charge your batteries faster, they will increase their lifespan – remember not to leave charged batteries unattended. Try not to overcharge your batteries, overcharging will run your batteries down and will reduce their capacity.
The same is true for undercharging batteries, continuous undercharging will reduce their capacity. Batteries with a reduced capacity or ones that won’t hold their charge will need to be replaced.
Proper protection and storage will help keep your batteries safe and in a usable condition for longer. When not in use, we recommend you remove batteries and store them in either a silicone sleeves or hard plastic cases.
Unprotected batteries that come into contact with conductive materials – such as loose change and keys, can not only lose charge but potentially short circuit, causing them to explode injuring you and others around you.
Store batteries in a cool, dry location. Exposure to heat can cause a reaction in your batteries which will reduce their charge in the short term. Long term exposure can reduce the overall capacity of your battery, and potentially cause them to react violently.
If you find that your vape batteries are wearing down faster than usual, there are ways to keep them going for longer between charges. Your eLiquid can have a big impact on this – certain blends require more power to heat them to the point they turn to vapour.
A higher PG eLiquid, such as a 50% eLiquid / 50% Vape eLiquid are thinner and require less heat to turn into vapour, meaning you’ll need less power from your battery.
Vaping less in general can also help your batteries last longer. Salt nicotine eliquids provide a more potent nicotine hit, with a smoother throat hit as well; meaning you can use a higher nicotine strength eliquid than usual – which will help you vape less.
When using vape devices at higher wattages you may notice that your batteries run out of charge faster. To keep them going for longer we recommend you turn down the power; doing this in conjunction with using a higher PG eLiquid can make a real difference to battery life.
When choosing your vape battery, we always recommend you pick a trusted and well known brand, such as LG, Samsung, Efest and Basen. It may be tempting to buy a cheaper battery, but in the long run you’ll notice the difference when it comes to performance and lifespan.
By following these tips we hope you’ll get the most out of your batteries. When it comes time to replace them we stock a wide range of 18650 batteries, 26650 batteries, 20700 batteries and 21700 batteries to suit your vaping needs, including protective battery cases, sleeves and of course vape battery chargers.
If you have any questions about vape batteries, or vaping in general, please get in touch with us, firstname.lastname@example.org
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