In a blog post a few days ago I wrote about three lawsuits filed recently in California due to vaping devices exploding, leading to injury to the users. Not knowing all the facts on these cases, it would be far from me to diagnose exactly what happened, but my first instinct is that they were using unsafe mechanical mods.
CBS Local in Pittsburgh wrote a story recently that, while not talking specifically about the California cases, talks about a recent case in Florida and the culprit was a mechanical mod.
From the article:
It turns out that it’s not the vaping itself that can be particularly harmful.
It’s the device you use and the batteries and how you charge it that can lead to trouble.
“In each one of those instances it was one of these mechanical mods,” says Anthony Edwards Dewald at the Vape Crusades Vape Loft on the South Side. […]
They’re popular because they create the most vapor.
But if the battery is old or deteriorates, it can overheat risking an explosion.
I’ll be interested to hear more details about the recent court filings in the California incidents, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the case there as well. Be sure to always be safe with your vaping — if the battery (or device in general) becomes hot to the touch when it is activated, you are putting yourself at risk if you continue to operate it.
Try to diagnose the problem – reach out to the manufacturer for troubleshooting or perhaps bring your device into a vape shop – and don’t use it until you’ve figured out the malfunction. And always remember to buy from trusted brands like the ones I write about on this site — I’ve used them all personally and can speak to their quality, and if anything should ever go wrong the customer service has always been very helpful.