Vape cartridges have become some of the most popular items on dispensary shelves. Cartridges packed with concentrated cannabis oils are perfect for quick, convenient, and discreet dosing. But in order to use a vape cartridge, you’re gonna need a vape battery.
510 Thread Batteries
Vape cartridges are designed to work with 510 thread batteries. They simply screw right on to the top of the battery to get you vaping within seconds. But the massive number of 510 thread batteries on the market today can make finding one for your personal needs a challenge. Before shopping for a new vape battery, take some time to think about what features are important to you and what exactly you are expecting from a vape battery.
Here are a few things to keep an eye out for when choosing a vape battery from your favorite Ann Arbor dispensary.
Voltage And mAh
One of the first things to look for when shopping for a vape battery is the unit’s voltage and mAh specs.
Voltage determines the heat produced by the battery and, consequently, how hard a cartridge will hit. Most pens have adjustable variable voltages that can be set with a button or a dial, but it’s always important to check whether a unit uses a fixed voltage or a variable one.
Lower voltages work fine for most vape cartridges, but carts using ceramic elements will usually require a voltage of 3.7v or more in order to heat up. So if you think you’ll be picking up some ceramic cartridges from your favorite Ann Arbor dispensary anytime soon, make sure to choose a higher voltage battery to go along with them.
If your vape’s battery life is important to you, then make sure to look for a battery with a high mAh (milliamp per hour). The higher the mAh rating, the longer the battery life. Most vape batteries range from 200 mAh to 800 mAh, but the higher mAh ratings are usually reserved for wax pens, not 510 batteries. Ask your Ann Arbor dispensary budtender for more info if you’re not sure about the specs of a specific unit!
Buttons And Chargers
You should also pay attention to the buttons on a vape and the mechanism that it uses to fire up. Some 510 thread batteries will require you to hold down a button as you inhale in order to function, while others will simply begin producing vapor when you pull on them – no buttons required. However, be aware that these buttonless batteries only have one voltage option (usually 3.7v).
You should also think about how you wish to charge your pen. All 510 thread batteries come with a USB charger that usually screws right into the battery for easy charging. But some chargers are faster than others, and some batteries feature wireless chargers.
Last but not least, take a moment to consider whether a simple 510 thread battery is right for you in the first place. If you like to vape e-juice as well, a box mod battery could be a good all-in-one vape device for your needs. Box mods will also give you more control over your hits. Just be careful to not use too high of a voltage and burn the oil in your cartridge.
Box mods are chunkier so they offer less portability and discreetness, but since they are compatible with any 510 attachment, they also offer way more customizability. Not sure which way to go? Ask your local Ann Arbor dispensary budtender if a 510 battery is really right for you!