Today we're doing another Back to Basics, and we're taking a look at battery wraps. This is an important one as the batteries we use as vapers can be incredibly dangerous if not looked after, and it's so simple to keep them good as new. I'm not going to get into what can go wrong, we've all seen the horror stories, but we should only be using clean, well wrapped batteries, no matter your budget there's wraps out there for you, some awesome vape shops out there will even do it for you!
So to start we take a look at a Samsung 30Q that's been slightly abused and the wrap is starting to come away on the negative end.
All we need to do is carefully, and with nothing metal, peel away the wrap. The little plastic ring resting on my finger is an insulator, and it's very important you keep this part as it helps protect against a short circuit on the positive end of your battery. Some cells with have these glued in place, but a lot are loose, so just make sure you don't throw it away with the wrap you're taking off.
Now here we have some awesome wraps from ODB, I bought these from 18650.uk, there are cheaper alternatives out there, but the ODB ones are super high quality and look awesome, so I'm going to try them out.
All you need to do is slip inside your unwrapped battery, making sure you've an even amount of wrap hanging over both ends. You dont want to be completely covering one end and then leaving the other completely exposed!
Pop your insulator ring back in the positive end and make sure it's nice and central, most will fit perfectly, so this shouldn't be too much of an issue.
Then the fun bit, you grab a hairdryer, put it on hot and get shrinking! Hold it a few inches away from the battery as we don't want to get them too hot, just warm enough to make the wrap nice and snug. If you've ever put a crisp packet in the oven and watched it shrink down to an inch high then you'll really enjoy this bit as I did, it took me back to being 5 again. Run the hot air all over the wrap to make sure its all nice and smooth and you're done!
And there we have it, 6 batteries as good as new, and once again safe in less time than it took to write this piece on how to do it!!