Have you ever bought an electronic device and start using it without reading the instruction and care manual? Maybe the instructions were too boring or too long? Or the device seemed simple enough to operate. But such a decision could make the difference between life and death.
3rd degree burns on hands, face and legs (if device explodes in user’s pocket)
But what seems to be the cause? According to reports from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), the main cause of these explosions may be Lithium-ion polymer batteries or Li-ion batteries. These batteries are also found in electronic devices such as laptops and cell phones. The challenge is that e-cigs are always close to the face, which makes them more hazardous.
Li-ion batteries are prone to explosion for several reasons:
Cheap versions are being used
Overheating caused by overcharging, and exposure to external heat sources (e.g. direct sunlight)
Poor charging practices (i.e. using generic USB cables or chargers)