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Diketones - Everything you need to know 0

What are diketones and a list of diketone free vendors.

Australian Vaping Laws 0

Australian territories specific Vaping laws
  • Deveshoan Michael
Vaping and Flying, What You Need to Know!

Vaping and Flying, What You Need to Know! 0

Vaping and Flying, What You Need to Know!

 

Before you set off on your next holiday or business trip, it’s important that you read this guide on vaping and flying with your vape gear!

 

We all need to travel at one time or another, whether it’s for business or pleasure it doesn’t matter. What does matter, is that we need to take our vape gear and e-liquid with us. Unless you plan on buying a new vaporizer when you land, it’s important that you know how to correctly pack your vaping gear and e-liquid.

 

Nowadays, most airports and airport security personnel are used to seeing and handling vaporizers. For the most part, they won’t even bat an eyelid, but you can make it easier. The most important thing to check is if vaping is legal in whatever country you plan on traveling to, or through. Some countries have strict laws which they enforce, while others, while not promoting vaping, don’t enforce any of their laws.

 

Before you leave for the airport you’ll need a few things:

  • Clear plastic resealable sandwich bags
  • Hard plastic battery case
  • Tissues or paper towel

 

It’s important that you don’t try and travel with a tank full of e-liquid. It’s just a recipe for a mess and a waste of good e-liquid. Keep the tank on your vaporizer as low as possible. Also, remember you can only carry a certain amount of any liquid in your carry-on bag. The rest will need to be checked into your checked luggage.

 

Before heading through security, remove the batteries or battery from your mod or vaporizer. Place the batteries into the hard case battery container. This will help prevent your mod or vaporizer from accidentally firing during your flight. Remove your tank or atomizer and place it into one of the sealable sandwich bags along with some tissue. The tissue will help absorb the e-liquid after it’s forced out of the tank as the plane pressurizers during takeoff and landing.

 

Place your mod and batteries into the other plastic bag. When you go through security, remove both bags and place them onto the tray with any other items. You should breeze through security and be all set to take off. Remember, it’s against the law to vape in airports and on airplanes, unless otherwise signed. Happy vaping!

 

Written by: benjohnson19811

Guide to Choosing a Battery Charger

Guide to Choosing a Battery Charger 0

Like many other things you buy, you generally want to get the best bang for your buck. By the time you finish reading this article, we would have discussed some of the key features and shown you some popular brands so that you can make a well informed decision. 

Type of Vapester

There are generally 2 categories you can place yourself within; either you are a vaper who enjoys the pleasure of vaping and aims to keep things simple or you are a vaportech who loves to know all the little details. Either way here are a few things I taught were important.

Things to look for..

The different types of charging:

  • A Standard charger is considered to be a slow charger. It typically takes up to 12 hours to charge your battery. Generally not the best option.
  • A Rapid charger charges your battery typically in 1 to 3 hours. Once the battery is fully charged it will switch to a trickle charge mode so that it does not overcharge your battery. Most of today's Li-ion chargers are either a rapid charger or smart charger.
  • Smart chargers will typically charge at the same rate as a Rapid charger and they can also discharge, analyze and perform tests on your batteries. Smart chargers usually have more options in how you charge your batteries.

 Basically by buying a smart charger you are ensuring the safety of your battery and a speedy charge for not a lot more money.

Some words of caution:

Trickle charging can leave a battery in an excitable state, so try to always "rest" your batteries before  putting them in and slamming it.

"It is interesting to note that the nature of e-cigarette explosions has changed over the years. The FEMA document cited above suggests that approximately 80 percent of e-cigarette explosions happen during charging.

Charging capacity:

This is the rate at which the charger is capable of charging the battery so if you want to charge your battery quickly but safely you can match its capacity to its charge rate ie - 2500mah battery can be charged at 2.5Amps safely. Exceeding this can cause the battery to explode. Wanna know if this really makes a big difference? > Have a look at the graphs below by Efest that shows the charge time at various rates.

Efest Charge time test 0.5Amps

Efest Charge time test 1.0Amps

Efest Charge time test 2Amps

How Chargers Charge Your Batteries

 

Lithium-ion batteries are charged to 4.2v per cell.

A Charge cycle involves two main stages; constant current or CC, and voltage source or CV, but some chargers skip or add more stages.


Charging process:
Stage 1 – Automatic analyzing battery status
Stage 2 – Quick charge
Stage 3 – Slow charge
Stage 4 – Standby mode, trickle charge​
  • Most batteries are considered overdischarged or dead when their cell voltage is under 2.8-3v, but even in this situation, some cells can be charged again and be reused. To save them, a "conditioning" stage is done before charging; in this stage, the battery is charged with a 0.1C current limit until it reaches 3v
  • CC stage. This is the stage all the chargers use, and the only one for most fast chargers. During the constant current stage, the battery is basically connected to a current-limited power supply, usually limited to 0.5-0.7 times the nominal battery capacity (that's from 0.5 to 0.7C) it lasts until the cell voltage reaches 4.2v. At the end of this stage, the battery charge is around 70-80%.
  • CV stage or saturation charge. When the battery reaches 4.2v per cell, the charger acts as a voltage limited power supply, The battery voltage remains at 4.2v while the charge current drops gradually. When the charge current is between 3 and 10% of the labeled capacity, the battery is considered fully charged.
  • Topping charge, or "trickle charge". Depending on the charger and the self-discharge of the battery, a topping charge may be implemented. Typically, the charge kicks in when the open terminal voltage drops to 4.05V/cell and turns off when it reaches 4.20V/cell again.

LED Lights or LCD Screens:

The simpler charger offers only LED lights as indicators of the charging progress. The more advanced chargers offer a LCD screen that is more informative. Desirable yes, necessary no.

Portability:

Some chargers are portable so you can charge your batteries on the go giving you the flexibility to take your vaping anywhere.

 

My recommendations:

Nitecore S2 Smart Charger

Nitecore is a trusted brand with a reputation for building good charger. Their S2 charger does all the thinking and caring for you while packing a serious charging punch. Check these stats out:

  • Capable of charging 2 batteries at 1Amp per battery or 1 battery at 3Amps, yes that 3Amps so a 3000mah battery would take just 1.5 hours to charge!
  • Li-ion battery recovery
  • Overtime charging protection
  • USB Charging at 2.1Amps Max

I own one and absolutely love it, its not to bulky and so easy to use. I usually just leave it in intelligent mode. Consider getting one, you can buy them here -

 

 

 

Credits:

1) https://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/blog-entry/guide-to-choosing-a-battery-charger.7607/ - Thank you Author for the wisdom.

  • Deveshoan Michael