E-cigarettes and vaping devices that use removable lithium-ion 18650 cells are potentially dangerous. Handling them can put your safety at risk.
If you need to touch an 18650 cell to use your e-cigarette or vaping device, then IT MAY NOT BE SAFE!
Removing an 18650 cell from an e-cigarette or vaping device, recharging it in a separate charger, and then reinserting it in your device can damage the cell, including its insulating safety wrapper.
Hundreds of consumers have reported injuries—including severe burns and permanent disfigurement.
Most injuries happen when damaged 18650 cells are carried in a purse or pocket. If the damaged 18650 cell contacts metal objects—such as keys or coins—fire can result.
Here are ways you can reduce the risk of injury and be-cigarettesafe
Only use an e-cigarette or vaping device that has an embedded (non-removable by the user) battery and protection circuits.
Never buy or carry a loose 18650 battery cell.
Never remove the plastic wrapper on an 18650 cell or attempt to “re-wrap” one.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO REDUCE RISKS?
The following companies and organizations support the Be-cigarettesafe campaign to educate consumers about the risks associated with e-cigarette and vaping devices that are manufactured to use removable lithium-ion battery cells: