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Reading time - 8 minutes - May 5, 2021
Batteries; the little things you were told never to put in your mouth when you were young. For some of us, the earliest memory of a battery was that Duracell advert of those bunnies racing. Well, the truth is, and it may be hard to believe, but batteries have been around since the 1800s. You’d hope then, with that level of experience, that a vape battery would last longer than a day. But do they? With vaporizers taking the world by storm and slowly replacing the common cigarette, the one thing that people hope for is that it doesn’t run out of battery. Today we’re going to be looking at the dry herb vaporizer battery, and asking the question: how long does it last? By the end of this article you should know exactly how long you can expect your vape to last for and when you should start thinking about charging it. As always, strap yourself in. Let’s go.
First things first, let’s look into what a vaporizer actually is. A vaporizer has many shapes, colours and sizes, but ultimately, it’s just an electronic and healthier way to enjoy things that could alternatively be smoked. These smokable substances include: nicotine, weed and cannabis concentrates. They work all much the same: the substance is heated at a temperature of around 200 degrees and vapour is created, which is then inhaled. Some e-cigarettes have liquid capsules which are inhaled, whilst dry herb vaporizers allow for you to put the substance directly into the chamber for it to be heated. Vaporizers are so popular now that it is expected that by 2027, the vaping market could be worth $67 billion. If you want to know more about the origin of the vaporizer, then check out our other article: a brief history of the vaporizer.
Then there’s the more specific: dry herb vaporizer. Whilst the e-cigarette gives an alternative to the lit cigarette, the dry herb vape gives an alternative to the lit joint. This contraption has a chamber (where the bud or cannabis concentrate is placed to be heated), a mouthpiece (where the vapour is inhaled) and a battery (where the charge is…duh!). The great thing about certain versions of the dry herb vape is that they have 18650 batteries, which are rechargeable, very powerful and some are even replaceable. But we’ll get on to that later.
If you’re interested in knowing the real difference between an e-cigarette and a dry herb vaporizer then make sure to check out our other article: what’s the difference between an e-cigarette and a dry herb vaporizer.
A vape battery is a… battery for a vape. Well, yes, okay Einstein, but what really is it? Well, a vape battery is what makes it portable. It’s what makes the vaporizer able to compete with the likes of the cigarette or joint (which of course needs no batteries at all). But how long do they last? A vape battery with a short life is the breaking of the vaporizer. A vape battery with a long life is the making of the vaporizer. Different vaporizers have a variety of different vape batteries, and therefore varying life spans. So the question isn’t: how long does a vape battery last? The question is: how long should a vape battery last? With all the vapes out there, which is the one that suits you best?
Most vape batteries will last at least the day. Like a mobile phone. However, similar to a mobile phone, if you’re streaming Netflix and video calling your friend from around the world, then it might run out before the day is up. Thus, if you’re using your vape 24/7, and not giving it a moment’s pause, then that could happen too. Picture this: you’re on your way to work, you forgot to charge your vape the night before, and you could really do with a drag. You take the vape out of your bag, go for an inhale, and nothing happens. It’s completely run out of juice. This is not an ideal situation and something you’d hope wouldn’t happen with a dry herb vaporizer. However, it can happen. This will depend on the amount you use it, and the amount of battery life the vape battery is able to store. Ideally, you’d be walking to work, and your vape would still work, despite forgetting to charge it the night before. But anyway, let’s take a look at the usual vape batteries.
Now let’s move on to some specific details about vape batteries. There are many types: 2600 mAh, 2900 mAh, 3000 mAh, 3500 mAh. But then there are also numbers like 18650. But what do these numbers and letters mean? The 18650 battery is the common battery used to power vaporizers, but there are different versions of it, which is where the capacity comes in.
The 18650 battery is made out of lithium iron and is rechargeable. It has a voltage of 3.7v and can have a mili-amp hour amount of between 1800mAh and 3500mAh. (Hence the other numbers). It is these varying numbers which will either increase or decrease the battery life.
An 18650 battery can reach 100% battery charge in around 2 hours and has around 300-500 cycles before it needs to be replaced.
Fun fact: the 18650 battery is not only used to power vapes, but also used to power Teslas. A multitude of 18650 batteries are grouped together in order to power the cars of the future. Think about that next time you’re high.
Some dry herb vaporizers will have the batteries built in, which means if they break or run out of battery, then you cannot replace them. Obviously they can be charged – like a mobile phone – but if you forget to… no vaping for you. That’s why a replaceable vape battery will extend the amount of time your vaping can last.
If you get a dry herb vaporizer with a replaceable 18650 vape battery then you know that you’ll be protected from a sudden lack of charge. This will extend your vape battery life to double the usual amount. Meaning, unless you’re vaping more than Snoop Dogg, then this should hopefully last you a few days.
There are some expensive and futuristic vaporizers coming out at the moment with 20700 batteries. These are more powerful and have longer life. However, with the majority of vapes using 18650 batteries, the only issue is compatibility. If you already have spare 18650 batteries then you won’t be able to use these inside the newer vaporizer, which would be a shame.
The common question amongst dry herb vape users is: will my vaporizer last the day? Usually people can use it in the day, charge it in the evening, and then the cycle repeats itself. Therefore, whether your vape lasts will really depend on how much you use it, and which model you go for. Furthermore, once you know how much you’re going to be using your vape, you’ll be able to work out which one is best for you.
Our recommendation: the nectar platinum dry herb vape has an 18650 battery, 3500mAh, and allows for you to buy a rechargeable spare battery too. Vaporizers like this one should last you the day and perhaps beyond. Even if your first battery runs out, you can purchase a spare!
If you’ve got a dry herb vaporizer already and want to know tips on how to make sure it lasts longer then here you are. Tips for lengthening the life of your vape battery:
Make sure to turn off your vape when you’re not using it. Whilst the dry herb vaporizer is on, it’s heating up your dry herb, and using energy.
Batteries are fragile things. Keeping them well-looked after and healthy will ensure they maintain their potential and your vaping experience. Don’t let them sit anywhere too hot or cold.
The most obvious tip, which has already been mentioned, is to make sure you have a spare vape battery. This will mean that wherever you are, you’ll have that extra bit of juice to get you through.
Storing your vape battery in a battery case will also keep it good and healthy. Imagine a vape battery is like a small little animal – if you give it a nice cosy jumper to sit in, it will be happier.
Treating your vaping sessions like planned meals might reduce the amount of battery used. Rather than vaping intermittently throughout the day, why not select concrete moments throughout the day when you’re gonna have a vape sesh. This should save your vape battery life.
Well…there you have it. The world of vape batteries is a confusing one and something you, hopefully, won’t have to think too much about. The important things to remember are to keep your vape batteries in good condition, and to know the type of vape battery that suits your lifestyle. Let the vaporizer cater to you, and not the other way around.
We hope you found this article enjoyable and, most importantly, educational. Until next time.
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