We’re going to discuss how and why not all vaping batteries are the same. You see, vaping batteries are just like everything else in the world – being created unequally, and some aren’t what they seem to be. The batteries are different from the following categories: Protected versus Unprotected.
Protected – Protected vaping batteries have a small circuit board located mostly at the bottom of the battery. The circuit board is designed to stop discharging or charging of the battery in certain circumstances such as during overcharging, short circuit, over-discharge and overheating in some cases. The unique thing about these batteries are the fact that they require special chargers that’re designed specifically to charge rechargeable lithium batteries.
Unprotected – Unprotected lithium batteries, on the other hand, produce 4.2 volts of power if fully charged which falls quickly to 3.6 volts on output. The batteries can maintain 3.6 voltage output until they are mostly discharged where the voltage drops rapidly. Whenever these kind of batteries are discharged below 3 volts, they become ruined and unusable. It’s therefore recommended to the vaper to avoid such situations. Another unique thing about this batteries is that they should be charged only with chargers that’re designed specifically for them, since they’ve circuits suited to stop charging when 4.2 volts is reached.
Recommendation – With this kind of information, it’s therefore clear to see why protected batteries are better and should be given priority. But if the unprotected battery is being used, then it’s appropriate to make sure that the charger is designed to handle the batteries. The mistake of charging the battery in the wrong charge could melt the wiring, causing damage to your vaping device.
Breaking Down the Battery Name – The batteries have different names such as IMR, 18650, ICR, 14500 and 18350. These letters and numbers have a meaning, and they can be broken down as follows:
- I- Stands for a Lithium Ion Battery Li-Ion
- M- Stands for Manganese which is a positive ion for battery
- C- Stands for Cobalt a positive ion in the battery
- N- stands for Nickle, a positive ion in the battery
- F- stands for iron, a positive ion in the battery
- R- Stands for rechargeable
- 18- Implies that the battery diameter is 18mm
- 650- Stands for height in tenths of millimeters 65
- 850- Stands for tenths of millimeters 85
High Drain versus Regular – The other way in which vaping batteries differ is in the way they drain their power. For example, IMR battery usually handles 8.0C drain, implying that the battery can output 8x the capacity indicated on the label. An IMR 18650 battery with 2000mAh can drain at a rate of 8*2000=16amp. These kind of batteries have more Manganese chemistry, which’s less volatile than Cobalt chemistry.
Another example is an ICR cell which handles 2.0C drain. So an ICR 18650 battery with 2400mAh can output 2*2000=4.8amp. Most of these batteries have cobalt material that’s more volatile, and therefore has a protection board.
With these kinds of differences, it’s evident that vaping batteries are very different, and it’s appropriate to understand how each works and what they mean.