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.
For information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about the dangers of using an 18650 cell in your e-cigarette or vaping device, visit their web page here.
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:
Consumer Product Safety Commission
CPSC Recall of Firewood Vaporizer
Voluntary Standards for Batteries
United States Fire Administration (USFA)
Electronic Cigarette Fires and Explosions in the United States, 2009-2016
PRBA – The Rechargeable Battery Association
Battery Industry Begins Public Safety Campaign
New Policy on Use of Stand Alone Li-ion Cell Batteries
Underwriters Laboratories (UL)
FAQs Regarding UL 8139, Standard for Safety of Electrical Systems of Electronic Cigarettes
Food and Drug Administration (Center for Tobacco Products)
Tips to Help Avoid “Vape” Battery Explosions
FDA’s Proposed Testing Standards for Batteries and Battery Management Systems in ENDS Systems
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
FAA Guidance Prohibiting Packing E-cigarettes and Spare Battery Cells in Checked Luggage