Electronic Cigarette explodes!

Wednesday February 15 2012.
In an unfortunate accident, a Florida man was injured by a faulty battery exploding which was installed in an electronic cigarette.
Apparently the man was puffing on the device – as an alternative to smoking – when it exploded taking out some of his front teeth, part of his tongue and severely burning his face.
At this time no details are available regarding the type / brand of device.
Thomas Kiklas, co-founder of the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association, said this is the only known problem with any electronic cigarettes and their batteries exploding. The battery is designed to generate an electrical charge when the device is inhaled. The charge sets off the vapor in the cigarette tube. He cited a federal report that found 2.5 million Americans used electronic cigarettes last year. “There have been billions and billions of puffs on the cigarettes and we have not heard of this happening before,” he said.

17 comments ↓

#1 Michelle on 02.16.12 at 10:51 PM

I had an e cig for almost 2 years that last week felt extremely hot and was getting hotter by the second. You could see it starting to burn at the top of battery between the cartridge. I was driving and had to juggle it as it was so hot and ended up pulling over and throwing it in the trash. I was worried it was going to explode and start fire and now hear this.

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#3 fang on 02.17.12 at 8:47 PM

been smoking an e-cig for over a year never had a single problem but it may have to do with the brand

#4 jeremy on 02.18.12 at 3:11 PM

I have owned many brands and the only one i had an issue with was the ENVY brand. It was lit by puffing it had no button. The problem was that when driving with the windows down the air flow was making the ecig think it was being puffed. It would get extremely hot and start to melt the atomizer. When around wind i had to unscrew the battery. I would avoid drag vontrolled devices you want to control when the battery is active.

#5 Candy Girl on 02.18.12 at 4:15 PM

A number of negative things can happen with e-cig operations, but the most serious are these two- 1) improperly vented lithium batteries that can lead to explosions and 2) faulty switches that stick and cause the heating elements to run too long and overheat. Chinese manufacturing practices, poor design and battery technology are the leading cause of these issues.

#6 Vapor Vixen on 02.18.12 at 6:57 PM

I have had a few faulty units over the past several years.
I recall too often getting a mouthful of nicotine – ugh!
Several others would not shut off once activated and I had to drop them on the floor as I think the switch got stuck.
I use my ecig everyday. I’m concerned though about some of the cheaper units I see and just wonder if the manufacturers are cutting more corners than they need to!

#7 Candy Girl on 02.18.12 at 7:33 PM

Mouthfuls of nicotine are part of the design flaws. And you’re right about the cheaper units- you can’t get cheaper, smaller and more powerful without taking some serious shortcuts. Keep in mind that the Chinese inventor- Hon Lik- saw the e-cigarette as a high-end electronic product and designed it to compete with more expensive pharmaceutical NRT’s. But, FDA issues and knock-offs have driven the price and the quality down.

#8 OTP Kid on 02.20.12 at 11:14 AM

It was only a matter of time something like this happened. Fortunately, it didn’t involve some child overdosing on the liquid nicotine.

The FDA will be coming down in this industry much sooner thanks to this.

I guess the folks at Warner Brothers were futurists, I remember Bugs Bunny handing Yosemite Sam a cigar with a band labeled El Explodo. Of course, you can figure out the result if you never saw it.

#9 Vaper Vixen on 02.21.12 at 12:32 AM

Well I’d think that someone must be looking at a way to power these units with simple alkaline batteries. But on the other hand we put our cell phones next to our heads everyday!

#10 Tim on 02.21.12 at 3:28 AM

We should all take the necessary battery safety measures and precautions, as with other electronic devices.

#11 Andrew on 02.23.12 at 8:20 PM

This was an unfortunate accident but we should all keep in mind that no brand has been mentioned as yet to my knoledge. Nor do we know if this unit was a MOD or a home made vaporizer. We strongly sugest to all our clients Never to leave batteries charging overnight or if any part of our units seem to get too hot To return the unit straight away for inspection.Any rechargeble battery should always be treated with care . We need to know more about this Incident

#12 Allen on 02.25.12 at 12:08 PM

2.5 million users, and this is the only incident? That’s .00004%. Texting while driving is a greater danger. While I sympathize with this man’s unfortunate accident, it was clearly an accident, an anomaly, and I would bet due to user error. My ecig has greatly improved my quality of life, and a ridiculously remote chance of an accident beats lung cancer any day.

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