It's the age old debate on safe battery charging for your mods and vape devices. Is it safe to charge your batteries using a USB cord or should you only charge batteries on an external battery charger?
Safe battery charging using the USB point
I personally remove the batteries and charge them on an external charger, but i have a friend that is happy with "if they say its a charging point, then its a charging point." And granted vaping devices are getting better and better all the time. I checked out the manual for the VOOPOO Drag and it clearly states "When connecting the USB charger with 5V power source, it will go into charging mode."
Along with this and the Spec's information:
Safety Protection Function:
E: Overcharge Protection
I am feeling more satisfied that I can charge my batteries using a micro USB cord supplied with my mods for safe battery charging.
Having done a lot of research on this topic so I can get a full understanding of the why's and why not's of this debate, below is a list of reasons to use, or not use, USB for a safe battery charging option.
- Modern mod's have built in protection for charging, weather or not that is equal to external chargers is subjective.
- Mod's come with their own USB cords and refer to the USB port as a charging port.
- It's much easier (and safer) to carry around a USB cord to use in the car or at work than a spare set of charged batteries.
- Less clutter on your bench top.
- You can charge more than 1 set of batteries (in a mod) at a time, unless you have a multi battery charging station.
- Even if you can charge your batteries with your mod. There may not be the same overcharge protections with onboard charging as there are with an external charger. In fact, most manufacturers recommend you use an external charger.
Micro USB cords will only deliver 5v of power but the variable factor will be how many amps they provide during this process, therefore how quickly it will charge. I have an external battery charger that is 5v - 1 amp, where as my ipad charging plug is 5.1v - 2.1 amp so it will charge quicker when a mod is plugged in directly. Which is still a perfectly safe battery charging option.
For more detailed explanation of USB power cords visit this link.
Both charging methods are safe and acceptable. It really comes down to personal preference.
Ultimately the important thing to keep in mind, which ever way you decide to charge your batteries, is that it isn't left unattended or left on over night, and that your batteries are in excellent condition. Damaged wraps or cells are a hazard and could cause fires or sparks if they come into contact with other metals. If you are transporting charged batteries with you please make sure they are in a battery case so they can't accidentally create a fire hazard or injury to yourself.
For more information on Battery care see our blog Respect your mod batteries.