1. Find the Perfect Fit
When shopping for vape batteries and vape cartridges – it’s all about compatibility; and the fit is equally as important. When browsing the category, you’ll notice that most batteries are labelled 510-thread, which means they have a special insert that is compatible with a 510-thread cartridge. However, you should be aware that some vape cartridges can only be used with batteries specific to the brand – 510 or not – so double-check which type you have and read the fine print before purchasing.
2. Keep it Cool (But Not Too Cool)
How you store your vape products can make a big difference for both the performance and longevity of the product. For best results, keep vape cartridges and disposable vape pens in a cool (room temperature will do) and dry place and turn it off, removing the cartridge from the battery when not in use. When the hot summers and cold winters roll in, be mindful not to leave the vape in a car for long periods of time, as harsh and extreme temperatures may affect the hardware’s longevity.
3. Clear the Air
When unboxing your vape pen or vape cartridges for the first time, scan and remove any vent caps that may have been put in place by the licensed producer prior to shipping. Often clear in colour, these caps are designed to prevent contamination and reduce excess odours when shipping. However, if left in place, they will prevent the vape from working.
4. Give it a Break
Pulling multiple times in succession, especially long pulls, can cause the vape to overheat, which may lead to malfunctioning. Leaving ample time between sessions will not only keep your vape pen working properly, it will give you time to assess how you’re feeling, which can reduce the risk of overconsumption.
5. Stay Grounded
High altitude and cabin pressure may cause vapes to malfunction if packed in carry-on or checked baggage. Keep this in mind when travelling by air in Canada.
6. Keep it Inside
If you notice that your vape pen is leaking distillate, do not ingest it as it may cause negative health effects. If accidental ingestion occurs, it is unlikely to produce an intoxicating effect as distillate found in vape cartridges have not been decarboxylated.
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7. Dispose of Disposable Pens
Disposable pens are, well, disposable. If a disposable pen has stopped working, it could mean that either the battery is dead, or the distillate has run out. If your disposable vape pen is rechargeable, try recharging it to finish using the distillate. Disposable pens are a good way to test out the product category, but does contribute to unnecessary waste. If you’re looking for an option with less waste, choose a recyclable disposable pen or opt for a vape battery that can be reused with multiple vape cartridges.
8. Know its Strength
Consider this: Vapes currently on the market can have over 90% (900 mg/g) THC concentration. In comparison, the maximum amount of THC in dried flower is around 30% (300 mg/g) – making the strongest vape three times as powerful as the strongest dried flower available. With great strength comes great responsibility; when trying a vape product for the first time, take smaller pulls and wait longer between them.