First, before anything else, proper battery care is important and should never be overlooked. The batteries you buy are almost always from China, they are not top quality USA made batteries (if there is such a thing) and are less prone to regulation and oversight. They are also made by people who will never see you or face any consequences of bad proucts. This is not to say they are bad, it is very rare that a batery will vent, explode or otherwise cause trouble, but we have all heard the stories right?
I don't want to hear about another one!
I cannot protect you from a bad battery I have no way of testing for potential bad batteries, only you through your vigilence and following some simple saftey tips can prevent something from happening.
Battery Safety Tips
1. NEW: Updated information due to the subohm "craze" that started in 2015.
Do not under any circumstances use asubohm coil or device on a battery or mod that is not specifically capable of working with Subohms. If the battery, manufacturer, or description does not specifically say "Subohms" do not use it to power a low or subohm device.
Subohms is anything below 1.0ohms.
Do not under any circumstances use a lower ohm coil or device on a battery or mod that is not specifically capable of working with that rated ohms or above. If the battery, manufacturer, or description does not specifically say it can handle the ohms you are planning on using do not use it.
Low ohms are generally anything below 1.5ohms.
Basically do not use batteries or mods not specifically rated for your rated ohm devices. It can cause leaks, pressure, and much worse! Not all batteries are the same, low and subohm batteries are specifically made to handle the demands.
We will list special capabilities of every low and subohm battery we sell, if you do not see an "ohm" rating for the battery or mod that means it can only handle standard ohms of 1.8ohm or higher.
2. Do not leave a charging battery unattended for any reason
It is not safe to leave your house, have them charge over night or otherwise ignore them. When batteries fail it is usually in a dramatic fashion: venting liquid, heat and even flame in rare cases.
You wouldn't leave the oven on; don't leave your batteries charging!
3. Inspect your batteries for signs of leakage.
Look at the battery, if it is a mod battery, inspect the seals, the coatings, the ends, look for torn seals, discolored areas or anything that doesn't look like it belongs. Do this every time you charge the mod battery!
If you have a sealed battery like an eGo, make sure to do all of the above as well. It's not as easy to see, but a bad eGo battery may show signs of danger as well.
4. Do not store your batteries in a hot place, in direct sunlight or in a tightly enclosed space.
"Explosions" can happen when safety precautions aren't taken.
5. Do not charge your batteries overnight.
This falls under Rule #1: "Do not leave charging batteries unattended!" Just don't do it.
6. Check your charging cables
Look for liquid, debris or signs of warping, melting or anything out of the ordinary. If it looks like something is amiss, don't use it!
7. Clean the tops of your eGo batteries.
Keep them clean of any residue, liquid or other debris, and check the charging cable connections well. Check everytime you charge a battery!
8. Keep odd battery problems in check
If your battery button sticks; if your battery is behaving unusually; if you even suspect there is something strange about the way your battery is working or chargind, do not use it. It is not worth the price of a battery to risk anything happening. When in doubt, throw it out! (Preferably in a safe manner at your local recycling center)
9. Careful storage
Do not store a battery in your pocket, the actions of bending and twisting can turn on a battery, break a battery or otherwise cause damage. Do not store a battery in a purse with a device attached.
If this sounds like I am trying to scare you... you'd be right!
Batteries can be dangerous, can burn you and your belongings or, in rare cases, can start a fire. This isn't just e-cig related, the same thing can happen to your RC car, rechargeable remote batteries or anything else requiring a rechargable battery.
Practice Safe Battery Use!