Vape pens and vaporizers in general have come a long way since they first exploded onto the market in 2006. One of the biggest problems with early vape pens is that they literally exploded. Reports of exploding vapes began emerging within months of their release and although uncommon when compared to the overall rate of vape use, exploding vaporizers are a major concern simply because of their great potential for causing personal injury and damage to property.
The manufacturing of vaporizers was loosely controlled in the early years. Naturally, with the passage of time and increasing use, more was learned about safe vaping and consumers became much more aware of best vaping practice. As such, more safety standards are in place today. Additionally, there are more vape manufacturers now and, as such, more competition. Because competition is so tight, manufacturers cannot afford bad publicity relating to exploding vapes. For this reason, manufacturers have become better at self-regulation when it comes to safety, and are building better-quality products as a result. Consumer awareness has also improved dramatically, and vape users of today are much more educated and discriminating than the ones of 2006.
Explosions Can Still Occur
In spite of all this, vape explosions do still occur. There is speculation that actual occurrences of explosions may be under-reported in the media simply because some might be considered too “minor” to be newsworthy, even though injury or damage may have occurred. However, it is believed that a majority of these accidents are the result of improper usage and storage practices by the person using the device. Additionally, a small percentage can likely be attributed to the problems that are simply inherent with the lithium batteries used to power these devices. Manufacturing defects that lead to explosions do happen occasionally, but are very rare.
Reason Explosions Occur
There is tremendous electrical power and power potential in even the smallest of vapes. All vape explosions can be attributed in some way or another to the battery. Such incidents typically occur for one of the following reasons:
*Users over-charge their battery.
*The battery is left uncovered in the device.
*Improper charging (not following manufacturer’s instructions for charging).
*Spare batteries were being carried in a pocket. Exposed batteries that come into contact with other items like coins or car keys may explode due to scratching. Batteries may leak and are more likely to explode when this happens. It is also speculated that batteries carried in a pocket on a hot day may explode simply due to overheating.
*Batteries carried in a pocket which are subjected to any of the above conditions may not explode inside the pocket, but may do so later when plugged in for charging.
*Rarely, batteries may explode or catch fire due to manufacturer defect or because they have been cheaply or poorly-made.
What To Evaluate When Buying A Vape Pen
Obviously safety is a major concern when it comes to vaporizers. Safe vaping begins with choosing a quality vaporizer to begin with and then following instructions for use very carefully and comprehensively. First, here are the points you should evaluate when shopping for a vape pen:
*Battery type and quality. Higher quality batteries are not only safer, they last longer too.
*Material quality. As smoking devices go, vapes are the worst ones to cheap out on. If you purchase a cheap bong made of low-quality glass, the worst that is likely to happen is that it breaks and you lose whatever you paid for the device, or you end up with minor burns on your fingers from touching hot glass. On the other hand, if you cheap out on a vape made with inferior materials, you could end up with second or third degree burns, permanent disfigurement and an expensive hospital bill. Opt for vapes made of high quality materials, even if it costs you more.
*Don't buy cheap vapes online from questionable sources. If you do order online, purchase only from US retailers since they must adhere to higher safety standards. Avoid buying directly from countries like China which are notorious for poor-quality materials, cheap workmanship, little regulation and no requirement to meet US safety standards.
*Buy from dealers who guarantee their products. A dealer isn't going to guarantee a product it knows to be unsafe.
The User Is Responsible For Safe Vaping
Safe vaping isn't all on the seller. The user also has a responsibility to adhere to best vaping practice. This starts with reading the owner's manual carefully, from cover to cover. It probably sounds like a gigantic pain, and many users don't bother to do this because it's time-consuming and they are anxious to start using their new device. However, almost every user-caused vaping accident results from improper use or storage, and the most common phrase heard from those accident victims is: “I just didn't know.” Use your device only as the manufacturer has instructed.
Be extra vigilant when it comes to vape mods. Vape mods are feature-enhanced vaporizers. They are to vape pens what smartphones are to a regular phone. They have super-cool extra features like variable temperature control, interactive digital display, clocks, even Bluetooth compatibility so you can control your mod via app. Mods are fun to use, but they contain a whole lot of power confined to one tiny space. A mod is more likely to catch fire or explode than a regular vape pen, so all of the previous advice applies to mods, with an extra dose of care and attention.