Oh the woes of a powerful vape: You might be running a device with a ton of dense vapor production. You might be getting a ton of flavor and seriously powerful throat hits. You're killing your craving for cigarettes too, and you feel better!
One downside though.
You're burning through batteries in no time at all. You simply don't understand it. There seems to be some kind of conspiracy against you being able to vape all day and without the woes of a pile of dead batteries at your feet. From out of the shadows, we bring you some good news.
Here are six of the best ways to combat battery life issues. It's a subject we're passionate about as we think it can help newer and seasoned users. We might just save you a trip to your local vape shop.
The Strength of Batteries?
With all the talk of power sources and batteries, it's very important that we define the strength of vapor and where it comes from. Not to confuse anyone, but the power source is what is most responsible for the vapor, not the mod.
All the mods that are out on the market now use the very same batteries, 3.7 volts. There is only one exception being 3.0-volt batteries, that are used in pairs. So it is imperative to understand that there are only a few differences between battery types.
The battery size equates to more or less usable lifetime.
The battery brands really don't make a difference in performance, (voltage is voltage), the only
difference is the longevity of each brand.
Since the wattage output of the battery must be much higher when doing sub-ohm vaping or running at a high level of power, for instance in a clearomizer, the battery life will be shortened accordingly. You will, therefore, be forced to charge the battery more frequently. In addition, although one of the benefits of sub-ohm vaping is that it produces more vapor, larger clouds necessarily equates to the use of more e-liquid. Consequently, you will consume substantially more e-liquid when you use a sub-ohm setup. Thus, there are only two different ways you can power any mod:
- Power the device at 3,7 volts or at 6 volts. Or in between depending on how you've built your mod or what electronics have been added. There are some unique setups out there.
- Power your mod for longer periods of time depending on the mAh (Milli Ampere X hour)
of the battery.
The Correct Way To Charge Your Batteries
Now let's dispell some myths surrounding the charging of batteries. Today, most batteries never truly fully discharge so there's really no need to let your batteries reach their lowest of lows before you start charging them again. Simply, charge batteries when it's convenient for you and make sure you have some extras with you just in case they run out.
So what if you do allow batteries to go long enough to approach their full discharge anyway? If you allow your battery-powered devices to go to "dead" each and every day, it will actually reduce the battery's effectiveness over time.
In other words, top off more often to prolong the battery life of your electronics, and stop letting your device die every day.
When it comes to full charging devices there has been much ado about that process too. We humans will create a problem out of anything. To be fair, it doesn't hurt anything to fully charge a device's battery before using it. It doesn't hurt anything if you skip this step, either. Win, win.
Fully charging the battery before using a device is to kick-start what's known as a "calibration process," helping the device learn how that individual battery behaves. Most modern batteries, however, are made to be self-calibrating. Another myth debunked!
Throat Hit and Battery Life
It's important to note that the throat hit does not depend on the mod. Here are the main factors to keep in mind:
- The type of atomizer you are using. This is why we have classes like 801,901,510,401, etc.
- The juice (liquid) you prefer and the amount of nicotine in the juice.
- The way you inhale the vapor.
- How long you inhale the vapor.
- How fresh (recent) is the charge on your battery.
Many expert vapers will tell you, the only true difference between one mod or another, is looks, user-experience, versatility, durability, etc.
Are you constantly at ends with people, are they telling you that their battery has a longer life than you, and you're misusing your device?
Rules of Thumb for Vape Batteries
All and all, battery life generally depends on each user, some people have a couple of puffs and put the e-cig down for a good while, and others will puff non stop for hours without putting it down unless we need to refill. Obviously the duration of the battery will have no point of comparison there.
Remember, a battery is a collection of chemicals that store energy. Doing something that upsets those chemicals can have dangerous consequences. Never expose batteries to extreme hot or cold and certainly don't walk around with batteries in your pocket. It's likely that you will end up with a chemical burn and they aren't pleasant (speaking from experience here).
To maximize shelf life, Energizer suggests storing "batteries at normal room temperatures (68 degrees F to 78 degrees F or 20 degrees C to 25 degrees C) with moderate humidity levels (35 to 65 percent RH)." This should provide a shelf life of five to 10 years for your standard, cylindrical alkaline cells and 10 to 15 years for cylindrical lithium batteries.
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