Relationship Maintenance: How Long Can Your Electronic Cigarette Last?
Let’s face it: You’re in a relationship with your vaporizer. And like any relationship, it will continue to do you right so long as you don’t do it wrong. Mistreat it, however, and it will leave you stranded and heartbroken like your ex. This is why it is important to know the different life expectancies for each part of your personalized vaporizer and how the lifespan of each part depends on how much it is used and how well it is taken care of.
Batteries are the life source for your vaping relationship—literally. Most vaporizers use either lithium-ion (Li-ion) or lithium-ion-polymer (LiPo) batteries. The lifespan of any lithium-based battery can be anywhere between one and three years, depending on the quality of the battery and how it’s cared for, but manufacturers often play it safe by telling you that it will last between 300 and 500 charge cycles.
There is truth in this claim. If you fully charge a lithium-ion battery to its capacity of 4.2 volts, it’s expected to last between 300 and 500 cycles; however, you may not know that if you charge it less, the batteries degrade less and might last longer. For instance, only charge it up to 90 percent of its capacity, and it may last 600–1,000 cycles! This is because battery experts suggest an optimal charge of 3.92 volts, which lowers voltage-related stress. Most vaporizers don’t display the exact voltage when charging, so the next best thing you can do to prolong its life is to take your vape off the charger before it’s full.
You also have to be careful when storing your battery. A fully charged battery left sitting adds stress to the cells, which can also decrease its life expectancy. This is why it is important to make sure a battery is not fully charged before storing it.
Running hot and cold is bad for your love relationships, and it is also bad for your batteries. As outlined by Honcell and in our winter-tips blog, extreme temperatures can have a big impact on the life of your battery.
Atomizers (Tanks and Drippers)
The number of parts in your tank vary depending on how advanced the tank is. Your tank will likely have a 510 battery connection, a glass or plastic chamber for holding the E-liquid, and a coil and a driptip; some tanks also have an airflow-control ring. Besides coils, a consumable item, the parts of your tank might last your entire lifetime if you take good care of them.
Stripped threading on a tank is a common issue with E-cig users. This can happen over time as the tank is twisted on and off or it can happen if the tank is screwed on incorrectly. Either way, be careful. You can damage the threading on the battery unit, too.
You also want to be careful with what E-liquids you use with plastic tanks. Plastic polycarbonate tanks are susceptible to cracking when filled with acidic E-liquids. Common tank-cracking flavors are banana, cinnamon, licorice, or anything citrus. The acidity of the flavoring reacts with the plastic, causing it to crack or permanently fog. If you like to use acidic flavors, use a glass tank or metal atomizer instead.
Tanks, like batteries, are susceptible to extreme temperatures. Extreme heat can melt adhesives on plastic tanks, and freezing temperatures can cause E-liquid to freeze and expand, which can destroy cartomizers or tanks.
O.K., O.K., the control chip is pretty hard to break. For it to break because of overuse, it would need to be running almost nonstop for years. But, like the other parts, extreme temperatures, especially heat, can quickly shorten its life.
Vape Care Dos and Don’ts
Just like any relationship, your mod needs regular maintenance. If you clean it regularly, you should be able to get more out of it. Here is a small list of things you can do:
- Wipe down your mod with a damp cloth.
- Replaced the O-rings at the top and the bottom every few months.
- Clean the threading regularly.
- Periodically disassemble the device and run warm water through the airflow valve.
- Replace the coil heads often, which will also increase the performance.
- Use a case, just in case.
These are some key things you want to avoid:
- Don’t cross-thread your tank.
- Don’t use tank-cracking acidic E-liquids in plastic tanks.
- Avoid extreme temperatures.
- For optimal life, don’t fully charge your batteries every charge.
- Don’t store batteries fully charged.
- Don’t keep your batteries where they will be in contact with other metals.
If you take care of your vaporizer, it should last you a long time. So long, in fact, that it may just outlast some of your other relationships.
The opinions and other information contained in these blog posts and comments do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of Nicopure Labs LLC, owner of the Halo and HaloCigs marks.
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