When the e-cigarette industry started to take off in 2008, battery life was not great. Although some lasted a bit longer than others, it was extremely difficult to find a battery that could last long enough to get through a few hours, let alone an entire day.
And while it isn’t too expensive to replace an e-cigarette battery, it’s important to get as much value from your investment as possible, otherwise these costs can add up pretty quickly.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to make sure you get the most life out of your battery. With Magic Mist rechargeable batteries, you can generally expect them to last a minimum of 200-250 charging cycles, with regular reports of 400-500 charges coming in from our customers every day.
So here are our four simple steps that will help extend the life of your batteries.
1. Store your battery properly
Pretty obvious, right? But you’d be surprised at how many times we’ve heard comments like the following:
“So, I was soaking my battery overnight in Windex…”
“It was only on the radiator for a weekend!”
“Storing my e-cigs in the beer fridge really brings out the flavor of my vaping!”
We can all sometimes get careless and forget how things like moisture, humidity and heat can dramatically affect a battery’s lifespan.
Your best bet is to keep your batteries out of harm’s way and most definitely out of children’s hands or pets’ mouths by storing them in a cool, dry place, away from any heat sources or open flames, and definitely not where they can be easily damaged.
2. Charge often
Like cell phone batteries, the common question has been: – “Should I let my battery drain all the way down before recharging?” The answer? No, and no!.
The old school rechargeable batteries suffered from something known as “memory effect,” which meant that your device somehow “learned” your use/charge habits, and would then reduce its overall capacity to reflect these patterns.
But, do not worry you frequent chargers! Newer rechargeables do NOT suffer from such limited technology, and actually perform much better with numerous charges or “top-offs instead of draining them down. It requires less power to get back to a full charge and is less stressful for the battery.
3. Keep it clean
Another obvious one, right? Wrong. Our customer service team has answered any one of the following questions on more than one occasion:
- “It’s supposed to be brown, right?”
- “How do you stop the cartridge from squeaking when I put a new one on?”
- “Liquid on the metal brings you more flavor, no?”
If used properly, your batteries and cartridges are designed to work as cleanly as possible. But things happen. You might drop your e-cig. You might even give the cartridge one too many twists when putting it on. You might store your e-cig upside down in your pocket.
Over time, your batteries can get a bit grimy from everyday use or even become moist from naturally occurring condensation. Since liquid + heat = vapor, some of it is bound to end up in the nooks and crannies.
If you leave your e-cigarette up to its own devices, chances are it is not long for this world. But with a touch of simple upkeep with a Magic Eraser-type sponge and a dry toothbrush will make a huge difference in how your battery connects, and subsequently performs.
So, periodically gently brush the threads and contacts where your cartridge and battery hook together, and you’re done. If there’s any residual moisture or dirt, a quick swipe of a paper towel will get back in fine order.
4. Use it, use it, use it!
Our last tip is the one that seems simple but is the most commonly overlooked. Your e-cig batteries were meant to be used, and used often.
Think of your e-cigarette like a human needing exercise. The more they work out, the easier power will flow through the device. The batteries used in our rechargeables are designed to be used daily, just like the one found in your cell phone.
There’s no point in saving them for a rainy day. They were designed to work from the get-go, so don’t shortchange your experience in hopes of maintaining a collection of vintage e-cigarettes. .
E-cigarette batteries are not expensive, so stock up, follow these four handy tips here, and be sure you have a few fully-charged ones lying around so you can be sure you enjoy your vaping experience uninterrupted, at home or on the great open road.