Battery Safety

 

 

Battery Safety
Guidance on the safe use, handling, storage and disposal of Lithium  batteries

Lithium Batteries can Explode. Never charge a battery on or near any material that may catch fire such as carpets or curtains.

It is strongly recommended that before charging and/or using a Lithium battery, you should read and follow this guidance. Failure to do so may result in a fire, leading potentially to  Personal Injury and damage.

1. General safety instructions and warnings

1.1. When charging, only use a USB and Wall Plug Adapter designed for charging Lithium Batteries.DON'T USE A IPHONE CHARGER, to do so may a cause fire.
1.2. Never charge batteries unattended. When charging Lithium  batteries you should always observe and monitor the charging process so that you can react to potential problemsthat may occur. If your battery ever shows signs of getting hot remove it to a safe place outside.If you ever drop your battery on a hard surface it could damage it and cause a short circuit. Check the Battery regularly and if it shows signs of getting hot remove it to a safe place.

1.3. Some Lithium  chargers on the market may have technical deficiencies that may cause the Lithium batteries to be charged incorrectly or at an improper rate. It is the users responsibility to ensure that the charger works properly and is PAT tested. Always monitor the charging process to ensure batteries are being charged properly. Failure to do so may result in fire. Our Ego Batteries require a  maximum 500mah wall charger and/or a maximum 500mah USB Charger.

1.4. If at any time you witness a battery starting to balloon or swell up, discontinue the charging process immediately, disconnect the battery, remove it to a safe area and leave it, preferably under observation, for approximately 15 minutes. This swelling may cause the battery to leak, and the reaction with air may cause the chemicals to ignite, resulting in a fire.

1.5. Since delayed chemical reaction can occur, it is best to continue to observe the battery as a precaution. This should only be undertaken in a safe area outside of any building or vehicle and away from any combustible material.

1.6. Wire lead shorts can cause fires. If you accidentally short the wires, the battery must be placed in a safe area for observation for approximately 15 minutes. Additionally, if a short occurs and contact is made with metal (such as a ring on a finger), severe injuries may occur due to the conductibility of electric current.
 
Are Ecigs Safe E-Cigarettes Not Tied to Risk of Heart Disease in Study


By Mehreen Khan - Aug 27, 2012

Electronic cigarettes used by smokers who want to kick the habit show no connection to heart disease, according to a study that adds to evidence of health benefits of switching from tobacco to smokeless alternatives.E-cigarettes, electronic tubes that simulate the effect of smoking by producing nicotine vapor, prompted no adverse effects on cardiac function in the study, researchers from the Athens-based Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center said in a report presented at the European Society of Cardiology annual meeting in Munich today.

Investigators examined the heart activity of 20 young daily smokers after one ordinary cigarette against 22 people who smoked an electronic cigarette for 7 minutes. Whereas tobacco smokers showed “significant” disruptions of functions such as heartbeats or blood pressure, the effect of e-cigarettes on the heart was minimal, Konstantinos Farsalinos, one of the researchers, said in the presentation. “Currently available data suggest that electronic cigarettes are far less harmful, and substituting tobacco with electronic cigarettes may be beneficial to health,” Farsalinos said. Previous studies have found that the electronic devices would have to be smoked daily for four to 12 months to achieve the levels of nitrosamines, a carcinogen, that are present in a single tobacco cigarette, the researchers said. Industrywide e-cigarette sales this year are likely to double from $250 million in 2011, according to UBS AG.

Psychological Effects

Electronic cigarettes, which mimic the look and feel of traditional versions without generating smoke and ash, are one of the few smoking alternatives that provide users with their chemical need for nicotine and reproduce the psychological effect of holding and smoking a cigarette, the researcher said.Makers of the battery-powered devices include Lorillard Inc. (LO), a Greensboro, North Carolina-based producer of standard cigarettes, which acquired Blu Ecigs for $135 million in April. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has yet to impose rules on the testing and production of e-cigarettes.

About 2.5 million people use e-cigarettes in the U.S., according to an estimate by the Tobacco Vapor Electronic CigaretteAssociation.Although nicotine is present in the devices’ vapor, it is absorbed by the blood at a far slower rate than tobacco smoke, accounting for the lower levels of toxicity, Farsalinos said. No traces of nitrosamine were found in the e-cigarettes in the study, he said.The World Health Organization has asked that clinical studieshttp://cdncache-a.akamaihd.net/items/it/img/arrow-10x10.png be conducted to determine whether e-cigarettes are safe and effective as they aren’t regulated, he said. Manufacturers market the product as safer than smoking without studies to back it up, he said.“Electronic cigarettes are not a healthy habit, but they are a safer alternative to tobacco cigarettes,” Farsalinos said in Munich.

We are always asked this question and it is one that we have had some difficulty in answering until now. There has been little or no credible research carried out into Electronic Cigarettes but it is starting to come through as you can see from the article above. We quote Dr Michael Siegel regularly and he has reported in his blog some findings from Germany. Read his blog dated  29th June 2012   http://t.co/hypG0iI7 The same findings were reported by CSPnet.com  on the 10th July 2012 http://t.co/aucg7q97

As Lay People we cannot comment on whether or not Electronic Cigarettes are safe until definitive evidence is published but we at Viking e cigs think the facts speak for themselves. Read these recent reports and make your own mind up. We certainly have and our responses to the question as to whether Electronic Cigarettes are Safe is getting that little bit easier thanks to Dr Siegel.

(1) Professor Michael Siegel is a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health. He has 25 years of experience in the field of tobacco control. He previously spent two years working at the Office on Smoking and Health at CDC, where he conducted research on second-hand smoke and cigarette advertising. He has published nearly 70 papers related to tobacco. He testified in the landmark Engle lawsuit against the tobacco companies, which resulted in an unprecedented $145 billion verdict against the industry. He teaches social and behavioural sciences, mass communication and public health, and public health advocacy in the Masters of Public Health program.