With a lot of media hype surrounding “E-cig explodes” and many viral articles spouting misinformation, there have been many justifiable concerns among prospective customers and novice vapers. Here at 180 Smoke, we have received many questions about whether e-cigarettes are actually safe to use in response to these incidences.
The devices people are having these problems with are actually just a specific subset of e-cigs called mech mods. This is a slang word for “Mechanical Mod”, and it is very different from regulated vapes you will find in most shops. On these devices, there are no dials or screens allowing the user to select wattage/voltage or temperatures. These devices simply use the raw power of the battery and are entirely unregulated. They tend to be metal tubes with a single space for a battery. Most importantly, mech mods CANNOT be used with the standard tanks used on regulated mods. They must be used with atomizers that have a protruding pin (i.e. Rebuildable Dripping Atomizers or Rebuildable Tank Atomizers [RDA/RTA for short]). These are rebuildable devices for experienced vapers who have a thorough understand of electronics and ohm’s law, and are capable of building a stable circuit themselves.
The Difference Between Regulated and Unregulated Mods
When you vape with a regulated device, you will generally have a dial or screen with measurements allowing you to select the temperature, wattage or voltage for your personal use, as well as measurements indicating the resistance of your coil. This is the piece inside your tank that produces the vapour. Along with these awesome features is a regulating chip—a computer chip inside your vape that ensures many safety features, along with enabling some great features for your individual use.
Some of these safety features include:
Automatic power cut-off for overheating—if you press the fire button for too long, it cuts off all power to the device, temporarily preventing the overheating of your battery
Short-circuit power cut-off—this prevents the device from firing if there is a short anywhere in your device
Over dis-charge prevention—this prevents you from firing your device at levels too high for your battery load to handle
These added safety features are what prevents a regulated vaporizer from being subject to dangerous incidents.
Other problems come from vapers carrying exposed removable batteries in their pockets. It may seem innocent, but this is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. It is very important to carry batteries in a designated battery case, as carrying batteries loose and unprotected in your pocket with change or keys can cause the battery to discharge.
It is important to note that a novice vaper interested in building their own coils can certainly use RDA’s and RTA’s on their regulated device safely.
180 Smoke does not carry mech mods devices, but this information is valuable to anyone with concerns after some of these stories or who continues to use mech mods.
For more on battery safety, check out the video below: