If you’re like me and have enjoyed using the LG HG2 3000 mah batteries in your regulated devices for quite a while now, you may have a bit of a shock when you receive your next set of cells.

There’s an alarming change to the wrap, and I fear that the lack of knowledge with batteries in pockets with keys and coins, and ill-used situations may be the reason. Battery manufacturers are clearly beginning to distance themselves from the vaping community, and it saddens me somewhat, let me show you why….

 

 

For those of you that may not be able to decipher my rather blurry photo, from line 2 onwards:

– On-line e-commerce sales, sales to individual consumers, OR SALES FOR E-CIGARETTE use strictly prohibited.

It’s hard to know what to say in this situation, but in the opinion of your humble scribe, this is certainly not the start of something positive moving forward!
This continues to fuel the media and lawmaker’s intense dislike of all things vaping and I’m sure will only support their misguided and blatantly incorrect – and harmful – focus on trying to slander vaping and discourage the general populous from moving away from combustable tobacco to products proven as a 95% safer alternative.

Who is to blame? who knows, is it retailers for not having some kind of impossible check list of questions to give someone before selling a battery? Is it consumers for not using them correctly? Is it Darwinism after the tiny handful of individuals mis-used, mis-packaged, or badly stored a battery without thinking in any way about safety (that would be applicable for any battery, not just one used in vaping!)?

For those interested in this beardy reviewers opinion, playing the blame game just isn’t going to achieve anything, it simply isn’t going to move us forward so lets not waste energy trying to place a label on this one, instead, let’s come up with a solution, it’s not a problem, it’s a challenge, and one we can all take on.

Obviously we need to keep moving forward with trying to highlight the importance of battery safety, and this needs to take place in retailers sure, but it seems that a huge percentage of hobbyist vapers that will use individual cells congregate around social media, so if you have a Facebook group, or a following on Instagram/twitter/snapchat and anything else the tech-savvy people are using today, get that information out there. I know first hand that people aren’t fans of watching videos about safety, I know that people don’t like reading up on stuff because a portion are inherently lazy, but I also know that the power we all have as individuals to influence others isn’t being used to it’s full potential.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that you should spam the crap out of everything on a computer, but what I am saying is think about what you can do to help in this process – should it be down to you? probably not, but remember, vaping as an industry, a community, and as a social media focus is in it’s infancy, it’s grown so quickly we can all help. I ask again, ‘Should it be down to you’ – and my answer is ‘No, but is it my problem to help solve? hell yes it is‘.

My LG HG2’s came in this morning with quite frankly brilliant packaging, I was very impressed…

 

 

Battery safety flyers, extra wraps, extra insulators (hard to find), and the cells themselves in cases, so good job www.vapebattery.co.uk it’s great to see suppliers doing this!

 

Here’s a couple of other links that are absolutely worth looking at if you’ve not seen them yet…

Battery Mooch’s page on ECF – BATTERY MOOCH

A video Mooch and I recorded a little while ago – 

 

Let’s come together and make sure that people know that like putting a spanner between the two poles of a car battery would be ridiculously stupid (although still happens), even the small cells we use in our format need to be treated with respect, logic, and a sprinkling of common sense.

Thanks for reading!

Dean
The Vaping Biker

12 Comments

  1. This is (or better – was) a parking lot in Hanover after a battery pack from an electric bicycle exploded in the bicycle shop on the first floor.

    Nobody was hurt, but some 500,000 Euro damage to the building.

    https://1.f.ix.de/scale/geometry/695/q75/imgs/18/2/1/3/8/0/7/8/d61cb850-ed51-11e6-80da-7591a3f64cc8_gallerylarge-26d9e872a6ec473b.jpeg

    Full german article:
    https://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Hannover-Explosion-von-E-Bike-Akku-loest-Parkhausbrand-aus-3619564.html

  2. Warning this item may contain electricity.

  3. They need to add cell phones to the warning then if they’re distancing themselves.

  4. It’s only a matter of time. Manufacturers are just covering Thier butts from lawsuits from the unintelligent and uninformed. Built in batteries may be the future.

  5. As been said, it looks like LG are covering themselves by displaying a warning and the final responsibility is then left with the end user. The best we can do is promote battery safety. Thanks to the likes of Mooch’s testing and page on ECF, video discussions like you had with Mooch and the safety flyers that you received with your delivery from http://www.vapebattery.co.uk they can only be beneficial in getting the message across. Maybe it would be a good idea for the various vape groups or modders who sell their devices on social media to include battery safety in their pinned posts. We can only hope that folks read and listen to the information given. As we all know too well, there will always be a smart arse out there that thinks they know better and be complacent in their use of batteries.

  6. As been said, it looks like LG are covering themselves by displaying a warning and the final responsibility is then left with the end user. The best we can do is promote battery safety. Thanks to the likes of Mooch’s testing and page on ECF, video discussions like you had with Mooch and the safety flyers that you received with your delivery from http://www.vapebattery.co.uk they can only be beneficial in getting the message across. Maybe it would be a good idea for the various vape groups or modders who sell their devices on social media to include battery safety in their pinned posts. We can only hope that folks read and listen to the information given. As we all know too well, there will always be a smart arse out there that thinks they know better and be complacent in their use of batteries.

  7. Definitely a step in the wrong direction. But I guess it is an inevitable issue. Thanks for the article though.

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    Thanks for the comments @Volker and @S Brown – the very real worry is that aside from the public perception of safety, other manufacturers will be following suit and when that happens, access to your favourite batteries may be very challenging, retailers are putting themselves directly at risk

  9. It is very disappointing to see these warnings appearing on the batteries we use, but inevitable I guess considering the exposure that any battery failure gets.

    Thank you for your post on this and for linking to my testing and the video we did!

  10. I think its just a case of LG trying to cover its own arse against any possible problem in the future, people blowing themselves up etc., when using them in a mech/mod. No it doesn’t help the ‘look’ of vaping nor does it address the issues of promoting battery safety amongst vapers, it is instead washing their hands of vapers entirely so that it can, should the need arise, say ‘we told you they weren’t for vaping’.

  11. Probably the only way for LG to avoid a lawsuit in the US of A 🙁

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