In the last few years, exploding vape batteries have caused a growing number of severe burns, horrific eye injuries, broken teeth, lacerations from metal shrapnel, finger amputations, car accidents, and more.
Need a Texas Vape Battery Explosion Lawyer? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If you or a loved one was injured or burned by an exploding vaping battery or e-cigarette, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit.
UPDATE: Texas Man Dies After Vape Explodes in His Face
February 2019 — A man from Fort Worth, Texas has died after a vape exploded in his face and broken pieces of the vape sliced open a major artery in his neck.
Vape explosions occur routinely, and often cause devastating injuries. For example, in May 2016, a man from California was blinded after a battery exploded in his face. An investigation by eCigOne.com has found over 160 news reports of vape battery explosions since 2009, including 93 reports involving severe burn injuries. This likely underestimates the actual number of explosions.
Tips to Help Prevent Vape Battery Explosions
- Consider using vape devices with safety features, such as firing button locks, vent holes, and protection against overcharging.
- Keep loose batteries in a case to prevent contact with metal objects. Don’t let batteries come in contact with coins, keys, or other metals in your pocket.
- Never charge your vape device with a phone or tablet charger. Always use the charger that came with it.
- Don’t charge your vape device overnight or leave it charging unattended.
- Replace the batteries if they get damaged or wet. If your vape device gets damaged and the batteries are not replaceable, contact the manufacturer.
E-Cigarettes and Vapes
E-cigarettes and portable vaporizers (“vapes”) are battery-powered, flameless nicotine inhalers. They consist of a detachable mouthpiece, liquid nicotine cartridge, a sensor to detect when the user inhales, a tiny heater called an “atomizer,” and a battery. Nearly all vapes use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.
Vape Explosion Lawsuit Ends in $1.9 Million Award
In October 2015, a jury in California awarded $1.9 million in the first lawsuit over a vape battery explosion to go to trial. The battery exploded on a car charger and caused 2nd-degree burns to the plaintiff.
Inside a Vape Battery
The battery contains alternating layers of positive and negative electrodes separated by a porous film soaked in highly-flammable liquid electrolytes. They pack a lot of power in a small size, providing enough power to heat the atomizer to over 400ºF in seconds.
Why Do Vape Batteries Explode?
Your cell phone and laptop probably also contain lithium-ion batteries, but they come in a hard plastic case and generally don’t explode. So why do vape batteries explode so much more often? Because they are constructed and used very differently.
Lithium-ion batteries are much more powerful than your standard AA, but both are housed in a metal cylinder that is weakest on its ends. Counterfeit products and shoddy manufacturing mean a lot of people are using vape batteries with weak seals that can rupture and catch on fire.
Using the Wrong Charger
Most devices use a “standard” USB port for recharging. The problem is that they work on any power adapter with a universal port — even those sold by other manufacturers with significantly different voltage and current. This can lead to overcharged batteries that explode.
Overcharging a Vape Battery
Do not charge your battery overnight or leave it unattended. Overcharging the battery can heat the liquid to its boiling point and create pressure inside the battery. This can cause seals on the end of the battery to rupture and release the flammable liquid, creating a small explosion.
Carrying Loose Batteries in Your Pocket
When you buy new batteries for your vape, do not carry them loose in your pocket or purse. They can be damaged by other objects or explode after coming in contact with metal objects (keys, coins, etc.).
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