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Why are vaping devices, drones and hoverboards in the news for exploding?

Why are vaping devices, drones, and hoverboards in the news for exploding?


Seem every time we pick up the newspaper, there's always a report on exploding vape mods or hoverboards. Although it's a tiny portion of the overall sales, but it enough to put you off from purchasing these new modern equipment.


We have good knowledge on why it's happening, put it this way you can't compare the hoverboard to the ecig industry there are essentially two different problems.


Like many people, we have narrowed the difficulty to the battery, but I wouldn't say the same about the vaping industry.


Battery issues have a long dark history, one of the reasons e-cigs have recently become popular is due to development in battery technology, remember e-cigs were invented a long time ago. Back in the early 2000s lithium-ion battery issues were very bad, laptops were exploding all over the world, you can't simply pour water to distinguish them it can get dangerous, Sony for example recalled hundreds and thousands of laptops. So now in the laptop industry this has now become a rarity, as the issues happened these firms adapt, they learnt to source the batteries from the best companies.


I can see the same happening for the hoverboards and drones, the manufacturers will make amends to avoid cheap batteries. So for those people who say everything that's comes out of china is dodgy and cheap are very, very wrong,  china make your iPhone!


Vaping industry problems are slightly similar but more complex, yes we also have battery issues, many vendors buy batteries from untrusted sources. There are so many re-wraps in the industry (batteries made from a factory but rebranded by another), remember there are only a handful of real battery manufacturers in the world. LG Chem is one of them, think about it, if there is a more powerful reliable battery in the market don't you think the big companies would have had them first? At this time I wouldn't trust any battery manufacturer apart from Samsung and LG even then they have to be purchased from the correct trusted source.


Manufacturing a reliable safe battery has to be done in the cleanest of environments meaning it costs multi-millions to do this, remember a single spec of dust in the manufacturing process can make the battery faulty. 


Second reason why we have exploding batteries in the vaping industry, consumer error! So may times we have picked up on news about an ecig blowing up on someone's face or in pockets, 80% of the time it's always mech mods. People are not building coils right, using incorrect chargers, using tanks with mechs, not using the safety lock on the devices. We can't keep blaming the product, there's some degree of responsibility we need to take as a vendor and consumer in educating each other about the safety of a vaping device.


Like Sony in the early 2000 our industry is also learning from the same issues......we are also evolving.


What can you do to keep safe:


Only buy from a reputable vendor like a good brick mortar store, stay away from anyone that doesn't give you the correct answers.


Don't buy battery re wraps, stick with LG or Samsung, or a reputable industry known manufacturer.


If you are using mechs, don't buy from anyone without studying it first, I recommend again go to a good brick mortar store


Always assure all your devices are authentic.


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Author: Taz Dean

Taz Dean has had a ten year career in the vaping industry. He has helped build business', develop products and create e-liquid lines globally. As an ex smoker, avid vaper and vaping advocate, he has years of knowledge and experience on aspects of the vaping industry, from the shop floor all the way to distribution . This unique insight helps with his unique perspective and engaging informational content.

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