If you have a disposable vape with a USB port, it means that the device is rechargeable. That’s a great thing for you because rechargeable devices are the longest-lasting disposable vapes on the market. Unlike a traditional disposable vape – which you’ll need to discard when the battery dies – a rechargeable disposable vape has a battery that you can top up several times. You can continue using a disposable vape with a rechargeable battery until all of the e-liquid is gone.
Because it’s such a user-friendly device, you already know intuitively how to recharge a disposable vape – you connect the device to your computer’s USB port and wait for the light to change. The fact that you know how to use a rechargeable disposable vape, however, is only the beginning. Are you certain that you’re charging your vape in the safest way? How do you know when it’s time to discard a rechargeable disposable vape? Is it possible to recharge a disposable vape that doesn’t have a USB port?
In this comprehensive guide to recharging disposable vapes, you’re going to learn the answers to those questions and more. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, though, let’s start at the beginning. How do you know if you have a rechargeable disposable vape?
How Do You Know if You Have a Rechargeable Disposable Vape?
If a disposable vape has a USB port, it’s rechargeable. A disposable vape without a USB port, on the other hand, is meant to be used only until the battery dies.
Which Innokin Disposable Vape Is Rechargeable?
We manufacture a wide range of disposable vapes at Innokin to suit various needs. Our selection includes the rechargeable Innokin INNOBAR S3, which has a USB-C port for charging and lasts up to 5,000 puffs before running out of e-liquid. Like Innokin’s other disposable vapes, the INNOBAR S3 uses the revolutionary Aquios water-based e-liquid, which consists of 30 percent water. The INNOBAR S3 is also uniquely satisfying, as it has a mesh coil for maximum vapor production.
How to Recharge a Disposable Vape Safely
With that basic information out of the way, it’s time to learn the correct way to recharge a disposable vape. Although you can top up the battery whenever you like, you’ll have no choice but to charge the battery when the device’s light starts blinking because a blinking light means that the battery is dead.
When it’s time to recharge a disposable vape, simply connect the device to your computer. When you do this, the device’s light will turn on. Depending on the vape’s design, the light will either glow a solid color – usually red – or it’ll pulse on and off. At this point, you only need to wait. When the disposable vape is fully charged, the light will do one of three things depending on the device’s design:
- The light will change from red to green or white.
- The light will change from pulsing to solid.
- The light will turn off completely.
Recharging a disposable vape usually takes about an hour.
The most important thing to know about recharging a disposable vape is that you should you should never use anything other than a computer’s USB port as the power source for recharging your device unless you have a wall adapter that you’re certain is approved by the device’s manufacturer. It’s particularly important not to use a wall charger for a mobile device such as a tablet or smartphone. Mobile devices often include high amperage “quick chargers.” These types of chargers aren’t compatible with vaping devices and could cause a rechargeable disposable vape to overheat.
What to Do if Your Disposable Vape Isn’t Charging
As we described in the previous section of this article, a disposable vape’s light should turn on when you connect the device to a power source. If the light remains dark, the device isn’t charging. Thankfully, this is usually an easy issue to resolve because it generally stems from a problem with the charging equipment being used. Here’s how to fix a disposable vape that isn’t charging.
- Make sure that you’re charging the device by connecting it to your computer. As we mentioned above, vaping devices aren’t intended for use with high-speed wall chargers. If a disposable vape is connected to a “quick charger,” it could potentially overheat or may not do anything at all.
- Try replacing the USB cable. There’s a good chance that you use the same cable to recharge your vaping device every day, and constant use will gradually break down the cable’s internal connections. After many months of daily use, a USB cable will often stop working. If that’s why your disposable vape isn’t charging, replacing the cable will resolve the issue.
- Make sure that the device’s charging port is clean. If a disposable vape’s charging port is packed with dust or lint from being carried in your pocket all day, it’ll be difficult for the charging cable to make a good connection with the metal contacts in the port. You can remove contaminants form the charging port with a thin non-metal tool such as a toothpick.
When Is It Time to Discard a Rechargeable Disposable Vape?
When you switch from traditional single-use disposable vapes to rechargeable disposable vapes, one of the biggest challenges is understanding when it’s time to dispose of your device. With a non-rechargeable disposable vape, you only have to wait for the light to start blinking because that’s when you know the battery is dead. With a rechargeable disposable vape, however, a blinking light doesn’t mean that the device is finished – it just means that you need to charge the battery.
Since you can’t rely on the battery indicator to know when it’s time to discard a rechargeable disposable vape, you’ll need to monitor the device’s supply of vape juice. When the device has no e-liquid remaining, it’s time to discard it. At that point, you’ll notice one of three things:
- The device’s vapor production will drop sharply.
- The device will begin to produce a burnt flavor every time you try to use it.
- The device will stop producing vapor entirely.
If you notice any of those things when using a disposable vape and have already recharged the battery a few times, your device is almost certainly out of vape juice; it’s time to replace it.
What Are the Benefits of Rechargeable Disposable Vapes?
The main reason why rechargeable disposable vapes are so popular is because they’re the longest-lasting disposable vapes on the market – and everyone would like their disposable vapes to last longer because that helps to eliminate battery anxiety.
Rechargeable disposable vapes are also some of the cheapest vaping devices on the market because they last significantly longer than vapes with single-use batteries but don’t cost significantly more. To determine how much you spend per day on vaping, you can divide the cost of your usual disposable vape by the number of days the device lasts before you need to replace it. If you do that, you’ll find that rechargeable disposable vapes allow you to enjoy the lowest daily cost of all the different types of vapes.
There’s no question that people want to use long-lasting disposable vapes – but why is it necessary for a high-capacity disposable vape to have a rechargeable battery? The answer to that question is actually quite simple: It allows the device to deliver a huge number of puffs while remaining small, light and pocketable. No one would want a 5,000-puff disposable vape with a single-use battery because the battery would be enormous. Only with a rechargeable battery is it possible to create long-lasting disposable vapes that people actually want to use.
Can You Recharge a Disposable Vape Without a USB Port?
You should never try to recharge a disposable vape unless it has a USB port. If you’ve ever looked online for advice about how to recharge a single-use disposable vape, you may have seen some tutorials that involve disassembling the device and touching the battery terminals with bare wires. Attempting to follow one of these tutorials is a very bad idea for three reasons.
- It’s extremely inconvenient because it requires disassembling the device and stripping a USB cable.
- It’s potentially dangerous because a single-use disposable vape has no charging circuitry and may have a primary cell that isn’t designed for recharging. In a primary cell, the electrons are intended to flow in only one direction. Attempting to recharge a primary cell can potentially cause a fire.
- Since single-use disposable vapes are designed to run out of battery power and vape juice at about the same time, a disposable vape with a dead battery is most likely out of e-liquid anyway.
If you want to recharge a disposable vape, you should buy a device like the Innokin INNOBAR S3 that’s designed for the task. Don’t ever attempt to recharge a disposable vape that doesn’t have a USB port.