With the varied assortment of vape batteries on the market, it is reasonable to assume that the majority of them will be rather different from each other in terms of battery life, operation, features, and power emitting levels. However, they all have some rather basic functions that are universally employed by most battery operations. While some offer certain features that seem similar to others, all batteries are not created equal, and some vapes need more power than others. Here we can take a closer look at these functions individually to see just how a vape battery works and why they work.
10 Vape Battery Function
- Power ON/OFF – While some batteries are powered by a simple push or flick of a button, other vapes out there are powered by a sequence of button pushes, or even simply by the mechanism of just drawing in your breath. The convenience of these features will depend upon what type of vape you are looking for, and what you wish to prioritize in a vape session. While some features may simplify the process, others can be tedious for some users by comparison.
- Variable Voltage Output – This is the actual power going through from the vape into the vape cartridge or chamber. While there are some that allow you to adjust the voltage level, other vapes have the same steady level coming out without the ability to be adjusted. When it comes to gauging the experience of vaping itself, this variable should be considered when weighing out the type of control you wish to have over your vape sessions, as different concentrates & vape material call for different power levels. Not all are designed the same, and not all give out the same power, despite being used for a particular type of material.
- Temperature Control – While this is technically the same as the variable voltage discussed in the previous category, now you are reading measurements in temperature which is mostly common in box mod vapes, which always have a ton of features to begin with. Dry herb vaporizers for example, have to be precise in getting you to a controlled temperature within a chamber, or otherwise risk either under vaping or simply reaching the point of combustion for your dry herbs. Aside from sheer control over a session, this is why a precision temperature feature is favored among vape enthusiasts.
- mAh Capacity – The definition of mAh is basically just a measurement for how much energy a battery can store. The higher the mAh, the longer the vape will last after the unit is fully charged. While higher mAh can seem like a more powerful device, the truth is that it is no more than just how much power the battery is capable of storing, having little to do directly with the actual power or voltage output of the unit itself. Higher mAh does not translate to a more sophisticated unit.
- AMP – What is considered the AMP is simply the measurement of how much power it can take to power your vape. This is in direct relation to charging and really does not need much attention from the user. The AMP is a passive construct of measurement, not involved with the function of the vaporizer per se. When you charge your vape, the AMP acts as an unseen mechanism in gauging the amount of power your vape can utilize at any given time.
- Safety Features – Some of the more useful safety features on a vape will automatically shut off your device after a short period of inactivity to ensure you do not inadvertently either start a fire, drain your battery, or damage your unit. Other useful safety features utilize over charge protection, voltage protection, and are even able to be locked to prevent other people from using your vape, though these are not as common.
- Vape Cartridge Sensing – This feature is sort of a safety feature in terms of helping to prevent vape cartridges from getting inadvertently burnt out. While some vape batteries like the SteamCloud box mod will send you messages related to the attached vape cartridge, other models feature similar capabilities. Some vapes send you messages if an attached vape cartridge is not capable of taking the power setting you have. In this way you do not end up with a burned out cartridge.
- Display Screens – These are meant to simply inform you of all relevant information regarding your vape, from temperature readouts to battery life. While not all vapes have this type of sophisticated feature, many offer simple ways to inform you when it is time to charge the battery, such as a light color going off. Other display screens also convey more complex info such as voltage readings and haptic feedback.
- Buttons vs Dials or Apps – Controlling the temperature or other features is usually done with some sort of button or dial, while other devices utilize more sophisticated technology that incorporates the use of apps from your smartphone to track session lengths, haptic feedback, voltage, and even temperature settings. The differences are particular for anyone using these devices, and the decision to use them will come down to personal preference. While some find the use of apps to be innovative, their functionality remains limited in regard to practicality, since the act of vaping is usually very straightforward, and not many see the point of utilizing a vape with that feature.
- Dry Herbs, Wax, and Oil Vaping – There are 2 main types of vape batteries, which are ones with built-in batteries that function with only one type of vaping modality, while the other is versatile enough to accommodate an assortment of vaping cartridges & attachments. Dry herb vapes usually utilize the former, while concentrate vapes are usually more advanced in their vaping capabilities. Some wax pens & oil vapes are considered combination 3 in 1 vapes that not only vape those materials but can also accommodate the use of dry herbs as well!
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