While vaporizing, you don’t play with open fire (like you do when smoking), you do use an electronic device though, so thinking about your safety and the safety of your surroundings is a smart thing to do.
Below I share with you the 3 safety tips, that are easy enough to follow to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable vaporizing session every time.
1. It Gets Hot Baby
Sounds quite obvious, or perhaps even too obvious, however by far the most common vaporizing accidents are burns.
Most, if not all of us, dry herb vaping folks, have burnt ourselves at least once. Let’s be honest, it is easy to forget about the fact that parts get hot during vaporizing.
I have burnt my fingers dozens of times and I even burnt my lips once. Yeah, I know, it’s embarrassing, it just happened in a split second. I was running a ‘long’ session on the Volcano Digit using the old solid valve vaporization system.
After detaching the balloon from the chamber, I forgot to put the mouthpiece on and pushed against the still ring on the balloon valve with my lips. Obviously, I very quickly realised that something was missing, however, it was enough to slightly burn my lips.
It is not only ourselves that we can burn though. Some chambers get very hot sitting on the vaporizer and when you are taking the chamber off, you need to remember that it’s hot.
I would love to have a dollar every time when someone burns a wooden table, bench top or any other type of furniture with the Arizer Extreme Q glass cyclone bowl.
If you have an Extreme Q, you know what I am talking about.
Regardless what vaporizer you have, you always remember that things get hot and try not to burn yourself or your furniture.
2. Treat Batteries with Care
Most portable vaporizers are powered by lithium ion batteries, except for a few models that run on alternative power sources, such as gas.
These lithium ion batteries power the world from your mobile phone to Tesla electric cars and most things in-between, including vaporizers.
Despite some horror stories of exploding vaporizer or e-cigarette batteries and even some mobile phones, lithium ion battery failures are not that common.
The reason for the unlikely occasion of a Lithium Ion vaporizer battery blowing up would be most likely due to a short circuit of the internal electrical components. Such a short circuit could be caused by a physical impact from dropping your vape, for example.
I am a big fan of portable vaporizers with a replaceable battery because if you are ever in doubt if your battery is intact after a drop or other impact, you can simply stay on the safe side by changing it.
Vaporizers with inbuilt batteries are trickier, as you can’t change the battery in them.
I still suggest disposing of your vaporizer, when the battery part of the device gets a significant physical impact and you are in doubt about the condition of the battery.
The situation with vaporizers is that the battery is exposed to a fair amount of heat, every time the vaporizer is turned on. Heat isn’t the best thing for lithium ion batteries and most especially if the battery has been damaged.
To stay on the safe side, I suggest giving your portable vaporizer a little time to cool down after a few sessions, don’t keep them running nonstop for more than 30 minutes to avoid excessive heating up of the battery.
I also don’t suggest to use portable vaporizers while they are on the charger. The battery is being charged and drawn from at the same time isn’t ideal. It is unlikely to affect your safety by the end of the day, however, it may affect the life of your battery.
It is better to be careful than sorry.
Even though more and more portable vaporizers come with a pass-through charging mechanism, I personally try not to use a vape while it is on the charger.
3. Stay Safe while Sharing the Joy
The last point I’d like to share with you in terms of safety is not safety from the device, but germs, bacteria and other bugs that may come your way with the social aspect of vaporizing.
I very often share vaporizing sessions with friends and time to time I even lend them my vaporizers for weeks or months. I tend to believe that I have a very strong immune system because I rarely ever get sick. So I don’t worry about passing vapes around, however, others may. And you may need to as well, if you think your immune system easily gets compromised or weakened and you get sick easily, you might have to prioritise your health when vaporizing in social settings.
If that’s the case, I suggest to have your own vaporizer and let everyone know your reason for not sharing your device around. Most people understand these things and will appreciate it.
In the rare situation when I am a little sick, I prefer to use a vape on my own and not to participate in the sharing with others, so I save them from my germs as much as possible.
While vaporizing with others, try to leave the mouthpiece as dry as you can. If someone passes you a vape with a ‘wet’ mouthpiece do what you can to avoid wiping the mouthpiece with your hands.
I know a lot of people do that, however wiping a mouthpiece with your hand may introduce more germs to the mouthpiece than your mate’s saliva.
I don’t want to go too deep on this, however touching a surface (that everyone puts their lips on) with your hands may raise some concerns.
Try to find a clean tissue or be cheeky and excuse yourself from that round… do what it takes to avoid the hand wipe.
Vaporizers are awesome and we live in the best of times to be able to have such an incredible and growing range available to us.
Having said that, they are electronic devices heating up to 230 Celsius (450 Fahrenheit) or some even higher, so we have to pay attention to our safety every time we use one.