E-cig

E-cigarettes

E-cigarettes

An electronic cigarette, also known as an e-cigarette, is an electronic inhaler that vaporises a liquid solution into an aerosol mist, simulating the act of tobacco smoking.

All e-cigarettes use a rechargeable battery to power the vaporiser and these batteries require recharging on a regular basis. A number of incidents have been reported nationally whereby the battery has either overheated or exploded during the charging process.

E-cigarettes are known to contain lithium ion batteries; this type of battery is known to have caused fires in the past due to 'thermal run away' which can be caused by overcharging, physical damage or a defect within the battery during manufacture.

Members of the public are advised to always follow manufacturer's instructions and guidance when charging e-cigarette battery packs.

Some e-cigarettes may not have a plug. They charge by connecting the battery into a USB hub and then into a laptop; it is therefore essential that the manufacturers instructions, in relation to charging times, are followed.

Power adaptors used for charging e-cigarettes should comply with The Electrical (Safety) Equipment Regulations 1994 and The Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations 2006. They must be marked with the following:

  • CE Mark
  • The name or trademark of the manufacturer or responsible supplier.
  • Unique identifier e.g. model, type, batch/serial number.
  • The rated voltage(s), power/current and frequency.

Recently there has been an increase in the number of unbranded e-cigarette chargers available to consumers; many of which are non-compliant with regulations. Specific risks found with these chargers include:

  • Wiring not mechanically retained.
  • Lack of instructions.
  • Overheating of the charger.
  • Possibility of fire.
  • Non conformity of the plug part.
  • Electric shock via the secondary parts.

It is recommended that only the battery and charger provided with the e-cigarette are used when charging.

 

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