If you’ve bought a shiny new vape, you’re probably just like a kid with a new toy and can’t wait to unbox it and give it a try – but you’ll also want to make sure it lasts as long as possible, so you don’t want to do anything that will damage it as soon as you start using it.
One of the things you’ll need to look after is the battery you’re using since battery health can deteriorate with improper use as well as just with time. So in this post, we discuss how long to charge a vape battery first time to help you understand what you need to do.
How Long to Charge a Vape Battery First Time: The short answer
Before we get into the details of how long you need to charge your vape or vape battery first time, let’s start with the short answer.
When you buy a new vape or vape battery, the amount of time you need to charge it will depend on the type of device and the battery you are using – but generally speaking, you’ll need to charge it for between half an hour and around 4 hours.
Furthermore, if you want to know how long the specific equipment you have needs to charge, the best place to look for the most accurate information is in the user guide that came with it or on the manufacturer’s website.
However, there’s a little more to it than just this, so now let’s jump in and look at this topic in a bit more depth.
How Long to Charge a Disposable Vape Battery First Time
When it comes to charging new devices, we can begin our discussion with some low-hanging fruit and talk about rechargeable disposable vapes because these are the easiest to understand.
Rechargeable disposables come fully loaded with juice and with a 100% charged battery (most are 500mAh to 650mAh), so when you buy them, you can start using them immediately – you don’t need to charge them up first at all.
Then, when the battery runs low, you just need to charge them up either until there is enough battery for you to start vaping again or, if you prefer, until the vape is fully charged.
The charging time for disposable vapes varies depending on the battery capacity and the method used. On average, it takes between 1-2 hours to fully charge a disposable vape. However, some models may take longer or shorter depending on their specifications.
For example, if you buy a Katana BP10000 from up-and-coming vape brand Spiritbar, you’ll only need to charge your device for a minimum of around 10 minutes before you can start using it again.
Furthermore, this attractive vape that takes its design inspiration from the iconic Japanese katana sword comes with enough juice for up to 10,000 puffs before you need to replace it, providing you with the perfect combination of style, convenience and ease of use.
In any case, if you use disposables, you don’t need to worry about the battery’s health since they aren’t designed to last for a long time – you just keep each device long enough to use up the juice it contains before discarding it and buying a new one.
Other vapes – myth-busting
When it comes to other vapes – meaning refillable vapes either with a fixed internal battery or ones with an external battery that you might need to buy separately – things are a little more complicated, although not so much.
Many people believe that when you buy a new electronic device – whether that means a new vape or anything else like a smartphone or tablet – the first time you charge it, you need to charge it up for an extra long time to ensure the battery can perform optimally.
The idea behind this is that if you don’t charge it for long enough the first time, it will reduce the amount of charge the battery can hold, giving you a poorer performance than if you gave it a good long charge first time out.
However, this is essentially a myth that persists now due to the kind of batteries devices used to use in the past.
In the “old days”, many devices used nickel-metal hydride batteries or nickel-cadmium batteries, and it’s true that with batteries like these, it was advisable to give a device a long charge when you first took it out of the box.
For this reason, back in the day, it was common to leave a new device or battery charging for 12 hours, perhaps overnight, before using it for the first time.
What about nowadays?
However, that was then, and this is now.
Nowadays, most electronic devices use lithium-ion batteries or lithium polymer batteries, and these don’t need to be charged up for longer the first time in the same way.
These batteries are best stored with around 60-65% charge, and this is about what you’ll find when you receive them.
This means you can take it out of the box and start using it immediately and then just charge it as normal the first time without giving it any special treatment.
That said, it’s recommended to recharge a battery to 100% first time out just to be sure. This may help it calibrate properly, and it will also help you check for any defects.
However, it’s not essential, and you don’t need to worry about charging it to 100% if it’s not convenient or practical.
So How Long to Charge Your Vape?
As we mentioned earlier in this post, how long you need to charge a battery can depend on the type of battery or device you have, and it can also be affected by certain other factors.
For example, a larger battery will take longer to charge fully, and the type of charger you use can also affect how long it takes.
However, if you check the user’s guide that came with it, it should give you an idea of how long it will take to charge.
In addition, most devices include some way of telling you when the battery is fully charged, so that will help you see when to unplug it and start using it.
This is likely to be in the form of an LED that might be red while it’s charging but that then changes to green when it’s fully charged – although, again, you’ll need to refer to the instructions for your particular device for specific details.
The good news, though, is that most modern devices come with overcharging-protection technology, so if you leave it charging for too long, it will simply stop charging when it’s finished to prevent the battery from being damaged.
That said, it’s still best practice to unplug it as quickly as possible after the battery is charged, just to make sure nothing goes wrong.
And so now back to our main question – how long depends on the device or battery you are using, but most batteries take between half an hour and 4 hours, although four hours is a very long time nowadays, and most will be done in two hours or less.
Do you need to charge your battery for longer the first time?
No, with most modern batteries, you can use a battery right from the box – and then the first time you charge it, you just need to make sure it gets a full charge. It’s no longer like in the old days when you had to leave a device charging overnight before you could start using it.
Where can I find the most accurate information about my device?
If in doubt, the best place to look for information is in the user’s guide that came with your device or on the manufacturer’s website.
How long will a fully charged battery last?
This depends entirely on the battery as well as on your usage.
Batteries are rated in mAh, and the higher the number, the longer it will last.
For example, many rechargeable disposable vapes come with 650mAh batteries, and these give you plenty of vaping time before you need to recharge.
However, some disposables now also come with much bigger batteries with enough charge for up to 8,000 puffs without ever needing to be recharged.
Due to the number of variables, though, it’s impossible to say exactly how long a particular battery will last.
How long does a vape battery last before it needs to be replaced?
Usually, you’ll need to buy a new battery for a refillable vape every six months to a year.
Tips for extending battery life
To finish, here are a couple of quick tips for extending your battery’s life as much as possible.
Use a high-quality, compatible charger
Make sure the charger you use is compatible with your vape or battery and also that it’s a high-quality one. The cheap ones you might pick up at gas stations and the like are usually not particularly high-quality and may reduce your battery’s lifespan.
Don’t leave your battery charging for too long
Although it’s ok if it happens occasionally, try not to leave your battery plugged in for excessively long periods.
Don’t let the battery become completely empty before charging
Try to charge your battery up again before it runs out completely. Charging it when it has around 10-20% left is ideal.
No longer any need for an extra-long charge first time
As we’ve seen, unlike in the old days, there’s no longer any need to charge a new battery for up to 12 hours, so you can just start using it right away and charge it as normal first time out.
After that, following battery care best practices will ensure your battery lasts as long as possible, so you won’t need to keep replacing it more often than you’d like.