Battery life is a really important factor in the overall performance of an electronic cigarette. Although lithium-ion polymer batteries are a huge leap forward from their disposable predecessors, they can quickly die out if they’re not taken care of properly. E-cigarette battery prices aren’t exactly prohibitive, but with having to regularly buy cartomizers and e-liquid, costs will add up faster than you can imagine. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to make sure you get the most life out of your battery before replacing it.

1. Use regularly
Just like the lithium-ion batteries in your cellphone or iPod, an e-cig battery is designed for frequent use. The more you use it, the easier power flows through its cells, increasing efficiency and life span. Think of this as our need for regular exercise to remain in “working order”. You don’t necessarily have to use your electronic cigarette every single day, but making a habit out of leaving it unused for long periods of time can definitely affect its performance.

2. Mind your storage
Be careful where you put your batteries: direct sunlight and heat dramatically affect their lifespan. Keep your battery away from water as well. You should also be mindful of impact to the battery – don’t drop it or allow it to get hit.

3. Don’t let it hit 0%
Most e-cigarette starter kits come with at least two batteries, making it easier for users to switch between them whenever they need to. What most newbie vapers don’t know is that they shouldn’t wait until the LED tip of the battery starts to blink, signaling the need to recharge. Waiting until the battery is fully drained will most certainly reduce its life and increase charging time.

4. Disconnect cartomizer
Few e-cigarette users know that even when you’re not actively vaping, if the cartomizer is connected to the battery; it’s slowly draining it of juice. Disconnecting the cartomizer when you’re not using your device for an extended period of time extends the interval between recharges, ultimately increasing battery life.

5. Unscrew E-cig Battery When Finished Charging
Once the battery is fully charged as signaled by the green LED on your USB charger or wall adapter, it’s recommended that you unplug it to avoid overcharging, which can also overwork the device and reduce its lifespan. Leaving batteries to charge overnight might seem convenient but it’s definitely not advisable. Well, that’s it. A couple of simple tips to follow, but you can be sure that they’re pretty effective. Your battery will thank you for it.