Today we're diving into the electrifying world of battery power! OK - that was cheesy. All jokes aside, battery life is one of the most important factors in a portable vaporizer. We're going to take a look at what factors determine good battery life and what the future of battery power may hold.
It may sound strange, but battery powered vaporizers are in many ways a recent innovation. Before breakthroughs in lithium-ion technology, portable vaporizers were limited to butane powered devices like the IOLITE and the WISPR. While butane power has its benefits (camping trips or vaporizing anywhere without an outlet) battery power gave manufactures vastly more freedom over the design and function of devices. Today, we have products like the Summit Weekender Kit which allows you to use solar power to charge your vape! The technology has really come a long way.
Today, lithium-ion is the preferred method of power for most portable electronics. From your vaporizer to your smartphone, these rechargeable batteries are ideal due to their light weight and cost effectiveness. Lithium-ion isn't just powering your portables though. Tesla Motors has discovered a way to use this technology to power their vehicles in a way that is revolutionizing the auto industry. From what we've seen in this prototype video, your Tesla charging station may plug itself into your car! Yes - it's a little creepy, but it's pretty cool nonetheless.
It's amazing to think that the same type of batteries that power your laptop are the same batteries that can power a car, but Tesla has discovered a way to make this work. Tesla Motors utilizes thousands of unique proprietary lithium-ion cells to deliver over 250 miles per charge pending the right driving conditions. So why does your vaporizer only receive an hour or two of use before running out? First and foremost, manufacturers obviously can't fit thousands of lithium-ion cells into your device. Second, manufacturers need to keep production cost-effective for purchasers. Even though it may seem like it sometimes, your smartphone's primary function isn't to generate heat like a vaporizer. Most vaporizers heat to temperatures of over 300°F. This puts a pretty large strain on your battery. Not to worry though! We've got some helpful tips on how to get the most "juice" from your battery.
- It's a myth that lithium-ion batteries need to be drained to prolong battery life. This used to be true for older nickel-based batteries.
- Perform shallow discharges and avoid frequent full discharges to lengthen overall capacity.
- Extreme temperatures can decrease battery life. Here in South Florida, you definitely don't want to leave your device in a hot car. Subsequently, extreme cold will also shorten battery life.
- Try not to store devices with a full or empty charge for long periods of time. If you're planning to not use your vaporizer for upwards of a few months, storing the battery partially charged may help overall capacity.
- Lastly, don't forget to always properly dispose of batteries! If your battery has truly run out of juice, you can find an approved collection site online to dispose of them. Harmful chemicals inside your battery can leak and contaminate water supplies, even from a landfill.
We've seen a lot of amazing advancements in battery technology over the last decade and we look forward to seeing what this could mean for vaporization in the future. From wireless charging to extended capacity, we're always psyched about any technology that lets us vape longer.
If you have any thoughts on the future of vaporizer power, let us know in the comments!