How to Vape Safely & Care for Your Device
Most vapers would agree that vaping is generally a safe and fun activity. It has become instrumental for some to quit smoking, while others vape in order to reduce their nicotine consumption without dealing with the harmful effects that come with cigarette smoking.
While there are people who argue that vaping is unsafe, those claims are mainly due to operator error. Any activity can become risky when you use the wrong equipment or opt for low-grade equipment that can become potentially hazardous. For instance, using the wrong pair of shoes for running can result in injury instead of making you healthier. It’s the same with vaping. Handling battery and e-liquids improperly can result to risks and dangers.
Vaping is still a new industry, there’s not much study of the long-term health effects yet, but short-term studies on vaping reveal that it doesn’t contain the toxins and carcinogens that you’ll typically find in a tobacco cigarette. E-liquids contain three to four ingredients which has been recognized by FDA as generally safe, while cigarettes contain around 4,000 ingredients, most of which are proven to be harmful to the human body.
Here are the best practices for vaping safely that every vaper should observe.
1. Use the correct batteries for your vaping device. All batteries, even those used in your TV's remote control, have the potential to explode but these are rare and preventable. Using the correct batteries ensure that your device will work efficiently as well. While disposable e-cigs have built-in batteries, you might be tempted to choose a cheaper replacement for vapes with removable batteries. Don’t do this. Always go for batteries recommended by the manufacturer of your vaping device.
2. Prevent batteries from coming in contact with one another and with other metallic items. Some vapers carry spare batteries to be able to keep vaping without hassles. If you want to do this, don’t put your spare batteries unprotected inside your pockets or your glove compartment. They may come in contact with coins and keys which can lead to battery failure and even explosion. If you need to carry the batteries wherever, place them in a secured container.
3. Keep batteries away from moisture and sunlight. Exposing your batteries to sunlight may cause them to melt and deform, making them dangerous to use. Also, do not place your batteries next to sources of heat like boilers and appliances that generate heat. It is also important to keep your batteries from getting wet.
4. Place batteries in a safety case to keep them away from extreme temperatures. Extreme heat and cold can damage the composition of your batteries. Don’t leave your batteries inside the car during summer especially if the weather is humid. If temperature climbs up to 90 degrees, it is enough to make your battery inefficient and dangerous to use. Similarly, you shouldn’t leave your batteries out in the cold as this can impact the performance of your batteries as well.
5. Never overcharge your batteries. Most high-quality batteries have overcharging protection feature wherein the battery automatically stops receiving a charge when it is full. However, this feature can fail anytime and you run the risk of battery explosion and property damage. Charge your batteries where you can watch over it so you can immediately unplug once full. Don’t charge overnight.
6. Do not leave your vaping device near flammable materials. When charging, place the batteries or the vape on a hard and sturdy surface sitting upright. Don’t leave it charged on top of your bed or pillows. This is also to minimize the risks of explosion and fire. Similarly, do not expose your batteries to any open flame as this might ignite an explosion as well.
7. Do not use wet, disfigured and damaged batteries. If the batteries have fallen into the water, don’t attempt to dry and use them again. Also, don’t use batteries that appear to be swollen or corroded. Regularly inspect the condition of your batteries and don’t think twice about replacing them if they are damaged in any way.
8. Dispose batteries properly. Batteries contain chemicals and substances that are harmful to human health and the planet in general. Make sure that when you discard damaged batteries, they don’t go to landfills. Take them straight to the nearest battery recycling center where they will be disposed of properly.
1. Never handle e-liquids when there are children and pets around or nearby you. Curious kids and pets can be harmed by nicotine exposure. Most of the e-liquid components are generally harmless, except for nicotine. If you’re using juice with nicotine or making your own concoctions with nicotine, it is best to handle the e-juice when the kids and pets are not around. Keep in mind that nicotine when turned into vapor is generally harmless, but ingesting it through mouth or skin can cause nicotine poisoning. Given that kids and pets are naturally curious, it is best to play on the safe side and keep them away from nicotine as much as possible.
2. Store e-liquids in secured places and away from children and pets’ reach. Fortunately, most vaping liquid bought from the store come with childproof caps, adding protection against the curious hands and minds of young children. Still, you need to keep your e-liquids far and away from reach of children. The best place would be the highest cupboard or shelf. If you want to put your e-liquids somewhere else, place them in a locked box.
3. Store your e-liquids away from direct sunlight. Keep your e-liquids in dry, dark and cool place. Direct sunlight can cause the nicotine to oxidize and evaporate. Some flavorings may also degrade due to excessive heat.
4. Don’t handle e-liquids near open flames. Find a good place to handle your e-liquid, one with good ventilation and sturdy surface. Do away from mixing or transferring e-liquids near the stove or the fireplace.
5. Place e-liquids in secured containers especially if you’re storing them in your refrigerator. Some people like to put their e-liquids inside the refrigerator. If you’re going to do this as well, make sure to inform your family about what it is and what it can do. For everybody’s safety, secure your e-liquids inside a locked container.
6. Wear gloves and use a dripper to fill in the tank. You must remember that even a small amount of nicotine spilled onto your skin can cause nicotine poisoning. If you’re unsure of how to handle e-liquids properly, it is recommended that you take a basic lab class. Aside from being able to handle these chemicals properly, you’ll also need to be properly geared up with latex gloves, goggles and lab gown. Also, you don’t want to directly pour e-liquids from the bottle to the tank as a small mistake can cause spill-ups. The safest way to transfer your juice is to use a dripper or syringe.
7. Immediately clean up spills on your skin, clothes and surfaces. Kids and pets might venture into your work area after you’ve handled e-liquids and they may come in contact with the spilled juice. Always think about the risks of even a small amount of nicotine can do to your family members. Clean up your work area immediately.
8. Do not DIY your own e-liquids if you’re unsure or not truly very knowledgeable about the whole process. Vapers do come to a point when they would want to concoct their own juice. Since this is quite an easy process and the materials are fairly accessible, it’s not anymore so surprising if you’d want to experiment too. However, if you’ve just started vaping, it is best that you stick with pre-made e-liquids. If you believe you’re going down the route of mixing your own juice after sometime, you must first gather a lot of information about e-liquids, how they’re calculated and mixed. For your own safety, don’t make your own juice if you’re unsure about what you’re doing.
9. Consult your doctor if you’re switching to or would like to start vaping especially if you have diabetes, asthma, heart condition and other medical conditions. Although vaping is taunted to be better than cigarette smoking, it is still worth remembering that the components contained in your e-liquid may interact with current medications or make existing conditions worse. If you’d like to start vaping but concerned about how it might affect your current medical conditions, do check with your doctor first.
10. Determine if you are allergic to Propylene glycol. If you are, switch to 100% VG e-liquids instead. E-liquids are composed of four ingredients and while any of these components may trigger allergic reactions, most vapers find that it would always be caused by propylene glycol. There’s a small subset of vaping population who are allergic to PG wherein they experience rashes, hives, wheezing and sore throat. If you’re new to vaping, you have to make sure whether you’re allergic to PG or not. Take note of the ingredients of the first e-liquids that you’re going to try and if you suffer from allergies, try a 100% VG e-liquid.
11. Always take note of your e-liquid’s expiration date. There’s no established expiration dates for e-liquids but you would notice that store-bought juices are stamped with an expiration date. However, it is known that VG, PG and nicotine do have a shelf life of one to two years. Adding flavorings into the mix will make the whole juice spoil earlier. If the e-juice doesn’t taste right, the color has changed and the ingredients don’t mix when shaken, it might have gone bad already.
12. Steep your e-liquids safely. Steeping is the process of letting air circulate and allowing the e-liquid to mature. Some vapers do this by leaving the liquids uncapped or pressing the air bubbles out of the bottle from time to time. Others merely take the cap off for a few hours or days and then return the cap back and store the e-liquids to safety. However you wish to steep your liquid, you must make sure that they are to be placed in dark and hard-to-reach places. If you’re leaving them uncapped inside the box, make sure to place such box in areas away from children or pets’ reach. Also, be careful about pressing the air bubbles and shaking the bottles, making sure that you don’t spill any of the liquid into you or anywhere else.
1. Never modify your vaping device. Do not deconstruct your device and replace the parts. It is also not recommended to use batteries and chargers from third-parties. If you need to replace them, contact the manufacturer of your vape to get the exact make and model of batteries and charger that you need.
2. Begin with a weak/no nicotine first. Vaping is such a deep rabbit hole and you’ll learn as you go. If you’re just starting to vape and whether you formerly smoked cigarettes or not, you want to begin with a low dosage of nicotine first. You can gradually increase the strength if it doesn’t satiate your nicotine cravings. This is applicable even if you’d gradually want to reduce or eliminate your nicotine fixation in the long run.
3. Periodically examine batteries and discontinue use if there are signs of corrosion, wear and damage. Recorded cases of vape explosions are mostly due to batteries. If your batteries are showing signs of wear and damages, take them off immediately and dispose them properly. Discontinue using your vape until you’ve replaced your batteries with new ones.
4. Do not vape in areas where smoking is not allowed. Show courtesy when vaping in someone else’s house. This is more of courtesy than safety, but you still should know that vaping is an offense in some places. If the sign says “no smoking,” it’s likely to apply for vaping too. If you’d like to vape in private homes, make sure to ask permission from the owner first as a sign of courtesy.
5. Don’t drive and vape at the same time. Some vapes are more complicated to operate and have so many features. If you need to concentrate to driving, avoid vaping at the same time.
6. Purchase vaping devices and e-liquids from authorized dealers only. Don’t fall for cheap knock-offs from dealers selling devices, juices and batteries. Sub-standard devices and parts could put you at risk of injury and property damage.
7. Give your vaping device some rest when it gets uncomfortably hot. It is inevitable for the device to get warm at some point. After all, that’s the whole point of using it: to heat the e-liquid so it turns into vapor. However, you don’t want to wait until it gets too hot. Set the device down and let it cool for a while before you continue vaping.
Vaping, in general, is generally safe. A lot of vapers have been enjoying this past time for so many decades now without encountering any safety problem. Well, that is because they put into heart the best practices for vaping safely. You just need to remember that the only way vaping can harm you is when you don’t practice safety in the first place.