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Can a Disposable Vape Explode? What You Should Look Out For

September 19, 2023

Disposable vapes are an excellent solution for those smoking cigarettes and looking to quit. However, with vapes being a relatively new invention, there’s a lot of miscommunication surrounding their safety. 

Read the guide below to understand why, though uncommon, vapes can explode.

Can Disposable Vapes Explode?

Disposable vapes have the potential to explode if the lithium-ion battery is damaged or if the device is misused. For instance, extreme heat, moisture, and over-charging can all contribute to the possibility of a vape exploding.

Overall, disposable vapes exploding or catching fire are uncommon, so there’s little need for alarm. However, while very unlikely, at WAKA Vape, we always recommend remaining aware when using one. If your vape does catch fire, it could be dangerous to you or the people around you. For example, the consequences could be dire if your vape battery catches fire near flammable material, liquids, or gases (such as oxygen, propane, or gasoline). 

Remember that disposable vapes, and e-cigarettes in general, are still relatively new, so little research has been conducted compared to other smoking activities. While a vape’s battery is often the cause of fires or explosions, let’s look into all the possibilities to stay informed and safe.

What Causes Disposable Vapes to Explode?

More often than not, the problem lies with the vape’s battery, but there are a few additional factors to consider.

  1. Battery Storage

Even though explosions are rare, they often are due to the loose battery in the vape coming into contact with another conductor, like coins and keys, usually in a pocket. Vape fires are not to be taken lightly and can cause third-degree burns

The science behind this is as follows:

  1. When the metal objects touch the positive or negative terminal of the battery, they allow for a power transfer.
  2. The power generated loops back into the vape’s battery.
  3. Over time, the battery overheats and explodes.

Only carry loose vape batteries in your pocket with a good storage case. Other factors can also affect loose batteries, such as:

  • Direct heat
  • Sunlight 
  • Moisture

With a case, you’ll avoid any unwanted overheating. Let's go over a few more reasons a disposable vape could explode.

  1. Improper Batteries

You might find yourself accidentally using a battery unsuitable for your disposable vape. Some manufacturers will mislabel the battery's amperage if you don’t buy batteries from a trusted source. For example, a battery might be labelled as a ‘30 amp’ battery, but it can only handle that amperage for a few seconds.

While most vape batteries will be made from lithium-ion or lithium-polymer calls, which are typically safe to use, it’s possible to get a rewrapped battery if you’ve bought your e-cigarette from an unreliable source. If a vape seems far too cheap to be top-quality, it's probably just that. 

To avoid counterfeit batteries, buy from a reputable company, never from sites where anyone can sell anything. Saving a couple of dollars in exchange for the risk of an explosion isn’t worth it. 

  1. Making Your Batteries

Some vapers build low-resistance coils in mods with no safety features, which is extremely dangerous. If the battery has more current drawn into it than it can safely store, it will ultimately overheat and cause a fire.

In a culture that's only increasing requirements on vaping now, unregulated mods/batteries are easy to come by. Still, they are extremely dangerous, and we wouldn't recommend using them under any circumstance. For example, in 2018, a man died after a mechanical mod exploded; these mods often can’t stop the battery from taking in more energy than it can handle, which causes overheating. 

  1. Over-charging Vapes

Some disposable vapes on the market can be recharged, so knowing the dangers of over-charging remains essential. Again, the problem comes down to the battery taking in more than necessary. This can happen if you:

  • Leave your vape to charge overnight 
  • Use a defective charger

Doing this will cause your battery to overheat and then possibly explode. While most batteries can take charge of up to 4-4.5 volts, more than that can cause the battery to be unstable and dangerous. The wrapper or box should include the charging limit information if you’ve bought your vape from a trusted supplier.

  1. Carelessness

Only some issues come down to the battery. Much like other electronic devices, if you repeatedly drop your vape, mishandle it, or leave it in the sun (and expose it to extreme temperatures), it’ll overheat or stand a greater chance of not functioning correctly.

To avoid battery issues, please take care of your vape. 

Can A Disposable Vape Explode In Water?

If you drop a disposable vape into the water, that alone won’t cause it to explode. However, if you submerge your vape in water by accidentally dropping it down the toilet or leaving it in your trunks when swimming, you shouldn’t use it again. 

The water will make the battery unstable and unpredictable; using it isn’t worth the risk. 

How To Know When a Disposable Vape is Going To Explode?

  • Overheating - if your vape feels unusually hot or begins to feel hot when you use it, stop immediately, as it could be a sign of battery malfunction. 
  • Bulging/swelling - if your vape appears to be bigger, then it’s likely that the battery is expanding. 
  • Leaking - if your vape’s battery leaks any liquid or smells different from usual, the battery is likely damaged.
  • Unusual sounds - if you hear a crackling or hissing noise from your vape, it could be a sign that your battery is damaged and the vape is malfunctioning.
  • Battery life shortens - if your disposable vape loses charge quicker each time, your battery could be damaged.
  • Ultimately, any sign of a damaged battery indicates that your vape could explode if you continue to use it. 

How To Avoid Disposable Vape Battery Explosions

Reputable Companies

Only buy your vape from a reputable company like WAKA Vape; even better, a company you know tests your vape’s batteries properly. Buying from any other source could lead to counterfeit vapes and higher chances of explosions. 

Undamaged Vapes

Only use undamaged vapes. If you’ve dropped your vape repeatedly or there’s a crack in the vape, stop using it immediately. Chances are your battery for that vape will be more likely damaged. 

Avoid Water

Avoid having your vape around any sources of water or liquids to avoid water damage and, thus, battery damage. 

Avoid Sunlight

Always keep your disposable e-cigarette stored in a cool, dry place and out of sunlight to avoid the risk of overheating. 

Charge Properly

If your disposable vape explicitly tells you not to charge it, don’t. If you can charge yours, don't overcharge it, as the battery might draw in more power than it can safely hold. And never use your vape while charging, as you’ll increase the risk of overheating and exploding. 

Follow Instructions

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and use the vape as intended. 

Dispose Properly

When disposing of your vape, please follow the manufacturer’s guidelines. 

We Safety-Test Our Disposable Vapes — Shop WAKA Vape!

Please always ensure you buy your vapes from a reputable company to avoid risks. At WAKA Vape, we put your safety first by safety-testing our vapes, so discover what we have to offer today and say goodbye to unnecessary risks!

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