August 28, 2018

The Proper Way to Dispose Of Old E-Cig and Vape Batteries

August 28, 2018
Find out the proper way to dispose of 18650 e-cigarette and weed vaporizer batteries

Can You Throw Away Vape Batteries?

It is crucial that you DO NOT THROW YOUR VAPE BATTERY IN THE TRASH! Lithium-ion batteries are harmful to the environment. Be mindful that these batteries are prone to explode or leak harmful chemicals that can start fires.

You should also check with municipal authorities regarding guidelines for electronic waste disposal, or visit one of the many electronic retail stores that offer battery recycling as part of their brand to find out what the preferred disposal method for your battery is in your area. It’s important to find the best way to get rid of your batteries properly.

While there’s no magic forcefield physically stopping you from throwing that battery in the trash, it is harmful to the environment. Alkaline battery waste contributes to local pollution, destroying the wonderful natural features of your area. While no one is going to force you to do the right thing, if you’re using a vape you’re already helping mother Earth, so why not take it one step further?

What is the Proper Way to Dispose of Batteries?

Donate Used Vape Batteries

Disposing of an undamaged e-cig battery is as easy as tracking down your local battery store. Many establishments (Batteries + comes to mind) will make use of your used and unwanted batteries for free or for a low fee, keeping them out of landfills and helping reduce their impact on the environment. Alternatively, you can give it to a vaping newbie and keep the cycle alive. It’s as easy as that!  

Why Not Recycle Your Vape Battery?

If you have a broken or a leaking battery, the best way to dispose of your vape is to look for companies or stores that recycle these batteries. Many companies and websites will accept these batteries for proper disposal. 

If you can’t locate a store nearby, you can always find a local recycling center to dispose of it. Many environmentally responsible organizations work to make sure that these electronics are disposed of in a safe manner. 

How Does Vaping Help The Planet?

E-cigarettes and vapes are more eco-friendly than their conventional counterpart, the cigarette, in countless ways. Conventional cigarette butts make up about 38% of litter that is improperly discarded around the world. 

Cigarette filters are made of cellulose acetate, a type of plastic, which can take as long as 26 years to biodegrade. An astonishing 540 million trees are cut down each year to cure tobacco and to make paper, filters, and packaging for the cigarette industry. E-cigs and vapes omit the harmful carbon monoxide and tar involved in traditional smoking as well—better for you and the environment!

However, when vape batteries are tossed in the trash, they reach landfills where they release harmful metals such as mercury, lead, and cadmium into the surrounding soil causing contamination, ultimately putting those malignant materials into your water supply. Cadmium and nickel are known human carcinogens which have been linked to birth defects and neurological damage. Learn more about that here. Mercury is also highly toxic. Improperly dealt with batteries also lead to landfill fires which can emit toxic smoke into the atmosphere. These harmful effects can endanger plants and wildlife, not to mention being potentially hazardous to humans as well.

How Do I know if My 18650 Battery is Bad?

A standard 18650 battery lasts about 300 cycles (a cycle is when your rechargeable battery goes from completely full to completely empty). The tell-tale signs that it’s time to retire your vape are basically the same as you’d expect from your phone: when your phone quits charging or dies at 69% constantly, it means its battery has been compromised. 

When Should I Throw Out My 18650 Battery? 

How quickly your battery will be expended is dependent on how often you use it. If you vape a lot, say two full cycles a day, your vaporizer should be good for about six months with proper care. If it’s been less than six months and your battery is on the fritz, you should contact the manufacturer and see what their policies on battery replacement are.

If you are a less frequent vaper (rarely go through a full cycle in a single day), these batteries can last up to two years without needing a replacement!

What are the Best Vape and E-cigarette Batteries?The Ooze Slim Twist Pro is one the best vaporizer pens on the market and can give you one of the best experiences while vaping a prefilled cartridge or dabs/concentrates

It is always advisable to use a high quality battery in the first place to avoid hassles after. For instance, an Ooze Slim Twist Pro has one of the best batteries on the market. It is the traditional Ooze Slim Twist Pen but includes a matching atomizer along with two extra coils. Ooze also offers a lifetime warranty on the batteries of their products and will fully cover the return and exchange of a faulty battery within the first 60 days of use. I

It comes with a powerful array of voltage settings to allow you to vape anything from pre-filled cartridges to dabs and comes from one of those most reputable and established cannabis vaping and smoke accessory brands in the industry. We’ve written reviews on the Ooze Slim Twist Pen and Pro, which can be found linked below

Ooze Slim Twist Pen Review

Ooze Slim Twist Pro Review

When it comes to 18650 vape mod batteries, it is very tough to say which one is the best, because it depends on the mod that is being used and, of course, the vaping style. Though selecting the best vape mod battery is a task, in order to increase its lifespan, you should use the charger that is suggested by the vendor of your e-cig.

What Vapes Are Most Harmful To The Environment? 

Batteries that use cathodes with nickel and cobalt were found to have the biggest environmental impacts, like depletion of resources, global warming and ecological toxicity leading to adverse effects on human health. Another problem is that, if the discarded e-cigarettes are not completely empty, they still contain some amount of nicotine liquid, which can pollute the ground and water around disposal areas. The effects of nicotine poisoning in wildlife can range from vomiting to seizures and death of animals. 

The impact of these batteries on the environment, human health, and future generations is in your hands. If you want to be the reason for the Earth dying, animals being born with birth defects, and the calamitous end of all things, then go ahead, throw that vape battery in the trash. Otherwise, be responsible and dispose of/recycle it properly.

The Earth, baby deer, and the future thank you for doing the right thing!

Vape Still Not Working?

Check out this article about how to troubleshoot it before tossing that little guy out.


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