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Florida Man Suffers First Ever Vape-Related Explosion Death

You might have heard the news recently about Tallmadge Wakeman D’Elia, a 38-year-old man in St. Petersburg Florida who died as the result of an exploding vape pen on May 5th, 2018. The police department received a call for the fire at 9:42 in the morning.

Initially, all that was known was that the vape pen exploded in his room, caught the room on fire, and he was found dead with burns on 80 percent of his body. No foul play was suspected, but the death was assumed to be the cause of the vape pen and that it may have even caused the man to die before the fire did.

An autopsy was performed and it was confirmed on Tuesday, May 15th, that the device exploded and caused a projectile wound that penetrated his skull and brain. The explosion killed him before the fire did. This is the first ever vape-related explosion death in the United States.

The stories keep saying “vape pen”, but it has been confirmed that it’s a device from a company out of the Philippines named Smok-E Mountain. This company makes mech mods, so it wasn’t a vape pen, it was a mech mod, most likely the Vanilla mod. We also don’t know if it’s a clone or authentic since a bunch of clones are on the market. That might not make a difference anyway, since being a clone doesn’t inherently make it more dangerous.

We probably won’t ever know exactly why the battery exploded. Since he was using a mech mod, it could have been due to a number of reasons. He was killed by projectiles, so it’s assumed that the battery was in the device and being used. Something caused the battery to go into thermal runaway. He could have been firing a build that was too low for the battery to handle or he might have had a short on his atomizer. Or maybe something else.

We shouldn’t be too quick to blame D’Elia. Maybe it was his fault and maybe not. I know the vape community gets really defensive in situations like this, but a man died and that’s important to recognize.

This just goes to show the importance of mech safety and also the importance of teaching mech safety as well.

If you want to share condolences or make contributions in his memory, you can find more information here.

The DotBox 300w Has Battery Issues – Recall Notice

DotMod is known for their luxurious high-end products. A lot of people say their mods are the Macbook of the vape world because they are so visually appealing. But unfortunately, their devices are also known for their lackluster performance due to the proprietary chip they use (their older products use the much better DNA chip). The Dotbox 300 has been out for a while now, since at least January 2017, so nearly a year, but just recently, owners are reporting that the LiPo battery inside has started to get puffy and will not hold a charge.

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Aspire Has Changed The Cell They Use For Their 18650’s

See, now this is why it’s so good to have someone like Mooch in the vaping community testing batteries for us.

Originally, the Aspire 18650 was rated fairly highly by Mooch. At some point, Aspire started wrapping lower quality cells. They have new wraps that no longer have current ratings, which is ridiculous because now a user has to go to the Aspire website to figure out what their battery is rated at. Not that wraps are ever accurate, but we should at least have a point of reference.

Mooch says that this new version will still hit really hard for the first few draws, but then the voltage drops quickly after that. His new rating for it is 25a and 1800mAh. Not too bad, but he says that the Sony VTC5A is a much better option.

iJoy Has Changed Their 20700 Battery

Back in April of this year, 2017, Mooch ran some tests on the iJoy 40a 20700 battery. He found that while it was overrated at 40amps, it does seem to be a good battery at 30a and is accurately rated at 3000mAh. The market for 20700 batteries is small, so there aren’t a lot of good brands to choose from who make them, so ever since Mooch’s tests, the iJoy’s 20700 has been one of the most popular and top recommended 20700 sized battery.

In early October, however, iJoy changed the cell – same wrap, different battery. Mooch ran some new tests and unfortunately, it looks like it has lost quite a lot of performance. He rated the new batteries as 15-20a, with a capacity of 2800mAh, and it also has a lot of voltage sag.

There’s a really easy way to find out if you have the good ones or the new poorer performing ones – the older good ones have 5-prongs on the positive end, while the new ones have four prongs.

iJoy sent out an announcement once the news broke saying that it’s true that there are now two versions of their 20700 batteries on the market.

They gave a couple of reasons for this. For one, due to current high demand, they are no longer able to keep up with production. They have also experienced an increased cost of materials.

To account for this, they are now packaging kits with the 4-leg version, but they still plan to sell the 5-leg version separately. They also explained that they didn’t have time to get new wraps for the 4-leg version before they started shipping them out, so that’s why they have the original labels on them. They said the new ones will have a different label on them, but they didn’t say when that would start if it already hasn’t.