If you vape, you’ve probably heard this question from at least one person...probably dozens, “Aren’t you worried that thing’s going to explode?” The mainstream media —who likes to make it their job to villainize vaping— posts weekly articles about exploding e-cigarettes. First, it’s important to make a distinction: e-cigarettes do not explode; lithium ion batteries (which are often used in vape mods) can explode if they are not handled safely. This became apparent when Samsung had to recall millions of its phones because batteries were catching on fire. If an “e-cig explodes,” it’s because the 18650 battery was unsafe. Don’t worry, though. 18650 batteries are not unsafe if used properly. These tips for e-cig battery safety will help you get the most out of your 18650 batteries and be aware of any potential safety hazards. Will my e-cigarette explode? Not if you make sure that your device and batteries are safe. There are a few ways to ensure 18650 battery safety. Check your 18650 batteries for defects Over time, 18650 batteries can become damaged. If you have a battery that is peeling on the outside, do not use it. This can be a safety hazard, so it’s important to replace your e-cigarette battery as soon as you see signs of wear and tear. Check the outer wrapping to make sure there are no dents or holes before you use your batteries. 18650 battery storage safety It’s best and safest to store your 18650 batteries in a plastic case when they are not in use. Many e-cigarette battery explosions come from improper storage. Be sure to avoid direct sunlight, or leaving your battery exposed near any flammable material. DO NOT leave your 18650 batteries loose in a purse, pocket or drawer. Contact with any other metal can be dangerous. Safe E-Cigarette Battery Care To make sure your e-cigarette battery is safe, you need to clean it if it gets dirty. DO NOT LET YOUR E-CIGARETTE BATTERY COME INTO CONTACT WITH WATER. To clean your 18650 battery safely, we recommend using a tissue with a small amount of alcohol to remove any dirt or debris. Charge Your E-CIgarette Battery Safely It’s crucial to be careful when charging your e-cig battery, as many 18650 battery explosions occur while the battery is charging. Be sure to only use the charger that is designated for you vape battery. Using a different charger can cause the battery to overcharge and overheat. It’s also important to make sure you don’t overcharge your battery, even if you are using the correct charger. To avoid e-cigarette battery explosions, remove your e-cig battery from the charger once it is fully charged. Undercharged 18650 batteries also pose a potential danger, so make sure your battery is fully charged (but not overcharged) before you put it in your mod. Insert Your E-Cigarette Battery Correctly Before you put an 18650 battery in your vape mod, make sure that you follow the instructions and insert your vape batteries properly. DO NOT stack your batteries. Buy Reliable 18650 Batteries and Mods It is possible to practice 18650 battery safety and still have a faulty battery or mod if you don't buy a reputable brand from a trusted source. Just be sure to use them properly! If you follow these simple tips you can help ensure 18650 battery safety. Have any additional questions? Ask us in the comments!