There have been cases in the Asheville area about vaporizers or e-cigarettes exploding. Quite frankly, anything that uses batteries has the potential to literally blow up in your face (or your pocket). Focusing specifically on the hazards of e-cigarettes we as a law firm in Asheville, North Carolina, feel people should know a few of the problems with vaporizers and e-cigarettes. Most of these incidents deal with explosive batteries overheating in your device or pocket. This can result in various degrees of chemical or fire burns as well as damaged property.

 

Dangers of eCigs

 

USB Ports

Many e-cigarettes have a USB port for connecting the device to the adapter that is provided by the manufacturer. However, the use of ordinary USB port charging connections allows users to connect the e­cigarette to adapters that are not provided by the manufacturer of the device. Few consumers understand that not all USB ports are “created equal”, however, a manufacturer should provide adequate warningto the consumer if there are limitations in what is used to charge a battery. Manufacturers know that he voltage and current provided by USB ports can vary significantly. In general, each end of a USB cable uses a different kind of connector. An inappropriate charging device can lead to thermal runaway which is a technical term for a rapid uncontrolled increase in temperature, thus resulting in an explosion and/or fire.

Overheating

Concern has been raised that the heating element inside the e-cigarette could become an ignition source. Some personal vaporizers (PVs) have an automatic shutoff that limits the time that the heating element can be turned on; this is intended to prevent overheating and possible fires or injuries. With no safety testing of the e-cigarettes, there is no assurance that these circuits will safely function. Homemade Mods or Mods that have been tampered with may not have overheating protection built in.

Batteries

A lot of batteries have are hazardous when used for vaping. Batteries like the 18650 have been known to explode or catch fire and burn at 900° F – 5000° F. Batteries that are not protected can also cause thermal runaway and, therefore, can cause fires that result in burns or destruction of property.

Have you been in injured?

Given the nature and complexity of many cases, it is important to get the help of an experienced lawyer. The trial lawyers at Fisher Stark, P.A. in Asheville, NC are experienced in cases dealing with electronic cigarette injuries. The attorneys at Fisher Stark, P.A. have assisted injured persons and their families in electronic cigarette battery and burn cases. If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of electronic cigarettes, please call 828-505-4300 today for a free consultation. The attorneys at Fisher Stark, P.A. will walk you through the process and explore whether you have a potential case. Don’t hesitate, as obtaining the help of a personal injury lawyer early in the process can often increase the odds of success.

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