How to charge my vape safely

How to charge my Vape Safely or Vaping Battery Etiquette
As vapers we are trail blazing a fairly new technology.  Recently I have heard people describe their broken device or a device that no longer charges as it blew up.  This is easily said but can we try and use slightly less scary language as to a new vaper that is a red flag or potentially an excuse for them to keep killing themselves with traditional cigarettes.
 
Whilst we are on the subject of batteries its important to talk about charging etiquette
 
Built in batteries or separate cells and charging ?
 
Can you take the batteries out of your vape ?
If you can Do you charge them in the device using the usb port on your vape ?
 
Built in :
If the batteries do not come out then use the usb lead provided with the device (Always use the provided lead for safety reasons) Not all usb leads that look the same are the same. The reason it is fine is because the manufacturer has tuned the charging for the exact cell they have used and the exact lead they have provided.
Just make sure you are present when it is charging and do not leave them over night. Alway use a plug that will put a slow charge in if you can 1 amp preferably but if it gets hot use a plug that charges slower. If in doubt ask your local store
Separate Cells :
It is not recommended that users charge their separate cell devices with a usb lead in to the device. These devices can be charged via usb as an emergency measure but is not recommended as a permanent solution. This is not a line to sell chargers there are significant reason why it should be done externally. Do not assume that it is safe. These batteries are not made for vaping and the manufacturer has no idea what cells you are using. Best to use the safer solution of a named quality charger. Hint: if it has fire in the title it probably isn’t the safest for high drain vaping ie 30 watts plus
1. Most vapes cannot balance charge more than one cell. One cell is charged and then after that the next cell is charged. All of the drain, excess heat and over use of that one cell causes strain on that 1st battery in the vape and ultimately leads to the demise of that 1 battery leading to the need of a new pair. If lucky it will just stop working if unlucky the cell may go into melt down
 
2. If your batteries are not the same age, ie the same amount of charges, the same amount of use and charged together for their whole lives then they are unbalanced. Meaning they cannot deliver the high output required by your vape. This will lead to low performance and low battery life.
 
3. External chargers let you monitor the charge going in to your cells. Good quality chargers will put what is needed in as opposed to as much as possible as fast as possible which can caused issues. A good charger will slow the charge rate down to recondition a bad cell. Internal charging will not do this. Using a good external charger could mean your batteries getting you through a day away from your charging equipment or not.
 
Ultimately it is up to you how safe you want to be. Yes an external charger may sound like a hassle to you but it depends on the risks you want to take.
 
Please make sure your external cells have perfectly intact wraps on them If they have any of the metal showing under the wrap or the insulator on top please either re wrap or buy new cells
 
PS This post is not to scare you If you have any doubts about your charging routine just ask. Batteries get warm when they charge but if they are red hot then its time to look into it
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Making the Switch to Vaping

So you’ve made the decision or someone has made it for you. Its time to try to switch to vaping.  “I can only give it a try” I can hear some of you saying. Some of you may have tried the other remedies out there and failed.  I myself tried several off the shelf ways of quitting and it just didn’t work.  This is why vaping works because initially you aren’t quitting anything. I promise you with the right device and nicotine strength liquid the process is very easy. I know some of you don’t believe me cos I wouldn’t of believed it either.

That brings me to my first point. You absolutely can switch to vaping. This is the wonderful thing about vaping. There is something out there for everyone.  You just need to speak with someone who can get an idea of what you need and set you up with the right device to start you on the path.

My Journey into Vaping

Now is a good time to tell you about my journey into vaping from traditional tobacco.  I started smoking as a teenager against all of the advice and through smoking became asthmatic. So much so I was using 3 types of inhaler every day. I was wheezing all night long and waking up coughing and often being sick. I decided after 20 plus years that was it. I tried several things to give up over a few years but nothing worked for me. One day I was watching a technology reviewer on You Tube and they started reviewing the odd electronic cigarette device. This got my interest and I ordered my first kit over the internet.  Of course today we have vape shops but that wasn’t a thing when I started. A couple of days later it arrived I filled it up with some 12mg Raspberry flavour eliquid and to this day I have not smoked another traditional cigarette. To my amazement the cravings were completely taken care of and even better I was not as short of breath any more.  Within two weeks I did not need the asthma inhalers any more. I was no longer wheezing and the simple things like walking down the street no longer made me out of breath. The impact on my life was incredible.  It made such an impact on me that I’ve dedicated most of my time to helping others achieve the same thing ever since

Introduction to vaping 

Essentially there are two types of vapers.

Those that inhale directly to their lungs (often referred to as like a shisha pipe) ie Direct to Lung and those that inhale into their mouths and then to their lungs (like smoking) ie Mouth to Lung.

To be successful in switching this is the first thing we need to determine. You can tell which you are by having a drag on a cigarette. Do you draw on it, then inhale and then exhale (3 motions) or do you draw and immediately exhale (2 motions). The first is mouth to lung and the second is direct to lung.

In practise if you smoke 5 plus cigarettes a day then I would recommend a mouth to lung kit which will mimic smoking as close as possible. The direct to lung devices are about producing clouds which is fun but not necessarily the greatest way to transition away from traditional tobacco as the experience is very different.  Although for some it is the way to go.  If in doubt I highly recommend going to a shop where you can try both options and see what feels more natural to you

Choosing a Device

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Choosing a device firstly comes down to choosing mouth to lung or direct to lung and then down to form factor.

The most common thing for smokers to want is something small and discrete but as they progress they may want more battery life which means their device will get bigger and bigger as the larger the battery the longer it will last.

The great thing about mouth to lung is it doesn’t have to be huge to last you a full day as mouth to lung vaping isn’t as taxing on the battery as direct to lung vaping is. This is the reason the cloudier of vapers carry such large devices

Examples of Mouth to Lung kits

Examples of some Direct to Lung Kits

What liquid & strength

The next challenge is finding a liquid that you can use. Your taste buds will change drastically soon after switching so do not buy too much initially. Experiment with strength and flavour until you find what you like

If you can’t get your head around it not tasting like tobacco or menthol then start there.

If you never liked the taste of tobacco anyway then start with a fruit or a sweet of some sort. The possibilities are endless but don’t dwell on it too much as it will taste very different in a week or so.

Here is a rough guide to a starting nicotine strength when choosing your first eliquid.

Mouth to lung

0 to 5 cigarettes a day – 3mg

5 to 10 cigarettes a day – 6mg

10 to 20 cigarettes a day – 12mg

20 to 25+ cigarettes a day – 18mg

Everyone is different but use this as a guide so you know where to start.

For most people it will tickle your throat for a day or two until you get used to it but if it is really irritating perhaps go down a strength and try that. If you find you can’t put the device down and it’s a problem then go up a strength.

Direct to lung.

5 to 15 cigarettes a day – 3mg

15 plus cigarettes a day – 6mg

Anything above a 6mg for most in a direct to lung device will be very harsh but everyone is different so if that’s what you need then go for it.

The main thing to remember here is nicotine wasn’t the thing in traditional tobacco that was doing the damage. Think of it like caffeine it essentially is as harmful to the body as that.

Some Advice

Don’t put any pressure on yourself. If you have a smoke don’t worry about it.  Think about the cigarettes you haven’t smoked.  After a while if you have the right device and the right nicotine strength then traditional tobacco won’t be close to as satisfying as a vape is.

If you have any questions please ask away.

I know some of you may still be thinking “I don’t really want to give up smoking. I like smoking”.  Just remember you aren’t giving up anything really.  You still get to take a break and inhale/exhale vapour.  You still get your nicotine.  All you are giving up is thousands of chemicals and carcinogens, your clothes and breath smelling and the large chance of an early grave.

Now if someone offered you all the good things about smoking without the bad

Wouldn’t you take it  ?