When you’re using a 510-thread battery or another type of vaping device such as a dab pen, charging your vape is going to become a part of your everyday routine – so it’s important to ensure that you’re doing it properly. In this article, we’re going to provide a concise set of instructions that you can use for charging any type of vaping device. You’re going to learn how to charge your vape safely and how to know when it’s done charging. We’ll also provide some troubleshooting steps that you can try if your vape doesn’t work when you try to charge it. By the time you’re done reading, you’ll be equipped to handle any potential situation that may arise when you charge your vape.
How to Charge a Vape Properly
Depending on its design, a 510-thread battery may charge through the threading at the top of the device or through a built-in USB port. You can tell which type of device you have either by looking at the charger included with the device or by checking the device for a USB port. Screw or plug your vape pen into the charging cable and connect the assembled cable to your computer’s USB port.
When you connect your vape to your computer, a light on the charger or on the battery will turn on. The light will usually be either red or white. It may pulse, or it may remain solid. When the device is fully charged, one of these three things will happen.
- The light’s color will change, usually from red to green or white.
- The light will stop pulsing and will become solidly lit.
- The light will turn off completely.
All modern vaping devices are designed to stop charging when their batteries are full, so there’s no need to worry about overcharging your device. When the charging process is complete, you can disconnect your vape pen and resume using it.
Why Is Charging a Vape Correctly So Important?
Because most vape pens have permanent built-in batteries, your vaping device will only last as long as the battery can hold a charge. When the battery no longer works, you have to replace the entire device – so it’s in your best interest to make sure that the battery will last as long as it possibly can.
Heat is the primary enemy of any lithium-ion battery. Batteries tend to perform best in room-temperature environments. In extremely cold temperatures, lithium-ion batteries lose their charge more quickly – and in very hot environments, a battery can experience permanent chemical degradation that reduces its capacity. The main reason why charging a vape pen properly is so important is because you want to avoid causing the battery to overheat – which can hasten the battery’s demise and may even potentially be dangerous. Charging a vape pen properly ensures that the device always remains within the correct temperature range for optimal health of the battery cell.
How Long Does a Vape Pen or Cart Battery Take to Charge?
You can usually expect a vape battery to charge in about an hour or less, but the exact charging time will depend on the battery’s capacity and the amperage of the charging current. Suppose, for example, that your vaping device has a battery with a capacity of 1,000 mAh. This means that the battery can deliver a current of one amp for one hour before it dies. If you connect the device to a charger that delivers a one-amp current, it’ll charge the battery in one hour.
A vape battery is usually designed for a charging current of one amp, but you can also find devices designed to work with half-amp and two-amp currents. One of the reasons why it’s usually a good idea to charge a vaping device through your computer is because the device has an internal charging circuit that automatically negotiates the correct charging speed with the computer. This ensures that the battery won’t charge at too high a rate, which can potentially cause it to overheat. You can usually find a device’s charging specifications in the instruction manual. To determine how long your vape battery should take to charge, simply compare the battery’s capacity and the charging current for which it is designed. For example, if the battery has a capacity of 1,000 mAh and is designed for a half-amp charging current, it’ll take two hours to charge. If it’s designed for a two-amp charging current, it’ll charge in a half hour. Understanding how long a vape battery takes to charge can help you identify a potential problem if the device seems to charge more quickly or more slowly than it should.
When Should You Do if Your Vape Isn’t Charging?
If you have a vape pen that isn’t charging, the correct way to proceed depends on whether the device charges through the threading or through a USB port. If it charges through the threading, examine the threading for oil or other residue. If a cartridge has leaked oil into the threading, you’ll need to clean it and may also need to clean the charger. You can remove oil from a vape pen’s threading by rubbing it away with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol.
It’s also important to keep your vape pen clean if it charges through a USB port. You can use a thin tool like a toothpick to remove debris from the charging port.
If you’re still having trouble charging your vape pen after cleaning it, you should try replacing the charging cable. USB cables can wear out quickly from constant use, and it’s likely that replacing the cable will fix the problem. If your charging issues continue, you should examine the power source you’re using. Try charging your device with a different computer or a different USB port on the same computer. Don’t attempt to charge a vape pen with a high-speed charger for a device like a smartphone, because a high-speed charger can potentially cause your vape pen’s battery to overheat.
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