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Three Battery Safety Tips for Your Vaping Device

Three Battery Safety Tips for Your Vaping Device

If you vape you have undoubtedly seen or read the horrific news stories where someone had their vaping device either blow up in their face or pocket. If you’ve been living under a rock, just do a quick search for “e-cig explosion”.

The good news is that the majority of these accidents can be prevented. Just keep these safety tips in mind.

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Battery Safety Tip 1: Don’t Pocket Naked Batteries.

When it comes to vaping, a real modder will tell you how they hate it when the batteries to their MODs run out in the middle of their “escapades.” Of course, nobody likes to be disrupted in the middle of what they love to do. It’s for this reason that most of us choose to carry extra batteries in our pockets without necessarily knowing the dangers and risks that we’re getting ourselves into. A naked battery exposes its bare terminals to any good conductor close to it. If you happen to put a metal object such as keys or coins into your pockets, you run the risk of sparking a fire inside your own pockets- something that I’m sure you wouldn’t want to experience! If your MOD battery is running low, always ensure that the extra battery is enclosed in its own casing.

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    An incident that occurred in Kentucky is a prime example of what happens if batteries aren’t properly contained. The victim stated that a spare battery burst into flames. A common misconception that most news stories portray is that the “e-cigs” themselves are exploding when in most cases it has to do with the batteries.

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    Battery Safety Tip 2: Don’t Overwork Your Batteries.

    The continuous use of your MOD will eventually get your battery hot. In normal circumstances, the heat of the device eventually subsides on its own after you cease using it. If it happens that your MOD’s still hot even after putting it away, then I’d highly recommend that you change the battery or get a new device. From a physics and chemistry perspective, the heating of the batteries during use eventually leads to venting. Venting is a reaction that occurs when the chemicals used to make the batteries become hot and begin to emit gasses. A battery with an excellent ventilation system should release these gasses and cool down. However, if your MOD battery is faulty, these gasses will be retained inside their cell leading to an explosion.

    Battery Safety Tip 3: Always Use the Right Chargers.

    When you use a faulty charger to charge a device, the likely outcome is the eventual destruction of the battery as well as the device. The same principle is applicable when using and charging your MOD battery. Faulty chargers may overcharge or undercharge your batteries which will make them more susceptible to venting. When shopping for a MOD battery charger, always check the power input and output and compare it with the required amount of energy your battery can withstand. If you’re not sure about the optimum battery voltage, use a trusted multimeter to do the job for you. An explosion and fire were the direct results of charging an e-cig with an incompatible charger in this incident in London.

    Closing Thoughts

    Whenever using or buying batteries not only for your vaping device but for other devices as well, make sure you take the time to understand how to use and store them properly. Most, if not all, manufacturers include some kind of warning note or manual with their products. Please make sure to take the time to read and follow all instructions to prevent serious injury.

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    Last Updated on February 15, 2019

    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

    Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

    Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

    Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

    So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

    Joe’s Goals

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      Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

      Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

      Daytum

        Daytum

        is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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        Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

        Excel or Numbers

          If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

          What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

          Evernote

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            I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

            Evernote is free with a premium version available.

            Access or Bento

              If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

              Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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              You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

              Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

              All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

              Conclusion

              I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

              What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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