VIDEO: Mum lucky to be alive after faulty charger causes explosion at home

Mum lucky to be alive after faulty charger causes explosion at home

Mum lucky to be alive after faulty charger causes explosion at home

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A mother is lucky to be alive after a faulty charger caused an explosion at her Ringwood home.

The charger, connected to an e-cigarette, caught fire and overheated the pressurised canister of an air horn, which then blew up.

Now trading standards officers have warned the public that only chargers supplied with electrical items should be used.

The incident is the latest in a string of incidents in the UK involving the use of cheap or inappropriate chargers and firefighters said the woman is lucky to have received no injuries.

The woman was alerted to the fire in an upstairs bedroom of the house on Southampton Road by her smoke alarm, which had only had its battery changed the previous week.

After discovering the fire, she managed to escape downstairs before the explosion, caused by the heating of the pressurised canister of an air horn that was in the room.

Fire crews from Ringwood were quickly on the scene and entered the house using breathing apparatus and extinguished the flames. Fire investigators then traced the cause back to a USB plug that had an e-cigarette charging in it.

Group Manager Dan Tasker said: "We discovered that the woman's son had lost the charger that came with the e-cigarette kit he had bought, so he had plugged it into a different USB charger and then gone out.

"This then overheated and caught light to the bedding, and the fire then caused the canister to expand and explode.

"Plugs need to be appropriate for the device they are charging and not all can be transferred between devices. The consequences of using the wrong charger with the wrong device can be devastating and we are extremely relieved that on this occasion no-one was harmed."

In May, a Welsh woman was burned after her e-cigarette exploded when it was plugged into her phone charger and a barmaid in North Yorkshire was also injured earlier this year when a charging e-cigarette overheated.

While e-cigarettes can be susceptible to overheating due to the type of battery they contain, Hampshire's Trading Standards are keen to stress the importance of using the right charger for all devices and raise awareness of the dangers of cheap alternatives.

A spokesman from Hampshire County Council Trading Standards said: "The message is do not buy cheap or unbranded chargers for use with e-cigarettes, mobile phones or any other devices. They are invariably dangerous and illegal.

"At the least, they are capable of destroying your device. At worst, they have the potential to give a fatal electric shock or cause a very serious house fire.

"Our officers regularly stop and destroy large quantities of unsafe chargers as part of their work at ports. This is a widespread problem, with many being sold through internet sellers.

"Always make sure that the rated output of your charger is matched to the product you are charging."

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10:15am Tue 22 Jul 14

smhinto says...

It is stated that common sense is'nt very common!! One cannot legislate for stupidity on this scale.
It is stated that common sense is'nt very common!! One cannot legislate for stupidity on this scale. smhinto
  • Score: 27

11:07am Tue 22 Jul 14

mudefordguy says...

Use what you are meant to use = no problems (unless it is cheaply made Chinese crap of course)....
Use what you are meant to use = no problems (unless it is cheaply made Chinese crap of course).... mudefordguy
  • Score: 24

11:28am Tue 22 Jul 14

djd says...

smhinto wrote:
It is stated that common sense is'nt very common!! One cannot legislate for stupidity on this scale.
I don't think it is stupidity, it's normally ignorance of what is right and what is wrong.
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: It is stated that common sense is'nt very common!! One cannot legislate for stupidity on this scale.[/p][/quote]I don't think it is stupidity, it's normally ignorance of what is right and what is wrong. djd
  • Score: 5

12:26pm Tue 22 Jul 14

arti273 says...

Just to expand on Dan's Tasker's advice above, "Plugs need to be appropriate for the device they are charging and not all can be transferred between devices."

All USB mains plug adapters are rated with an amp rating - iPhone 1A, iPad 2.1A, Hudl 2A. Some are as low as 0.5A. Expensive phones and tablets can adapt to a wide range of amps, but a cheap device (like a e-cigarette) is going to overheat if it is exposed to too much.

You can check the output amp rating of a USB plug adapter by reading the small print normally in between the 3 pins i.e. "Output: 5V 2.1A". If in doubt use an official adapter.

I hope that's useful for some readers.
Just to expand on Dan's Tasker's advice above, "Plugs need to be appropriate for the device they are charging and not all can be transferred between devices." All USB mains plug adapters are rated with an amp rating - iPhone 1A, iPad 2.1A, Hudl 2A. Some are as low as 0.5A. Expensive phones and tablets can adapt to a wide range of amps, but a cheap device (like a e-cigarette) is going to overheat if it is exposed to too much. You can check the output amp rating of a USB plug adapter by reading the small print normally in between the 3 pins i.e. "Output: 5V 2.1A". If in doubt use an official adapter. I hope that's useful for some readers. arti273
  • Score: 27

12:40pm Tue 22 Jul 14

RM says...

arti273 wrote:
Just to expand on Dan's Tasker's advice above, "Plugs need to be appropriate for the device they are charging and not all can be transferred between devices."

All USB mains plug adapters are rated with an amp rating - iPhone 1A, iPad 2.1A, Hudl 2A. Some are as low as 0.5A. Expensive phones and tablets can adapt to a wide range of amps, but a cheap device (like a e-cigarette) is going to overheat if it is exposed to too much.

You can check the output amp rating of a USB plug adapter by reading the small print normally in between the 3 pins i.e. "Output: 5V 2.1A". If in doubt use an official adapter.

I hope that's useful for some readers.
Thanks for that handy guide. I do have 'official' chargers for all my electronics but with so many micro USB gadgets its sometimes difficult to know if I'm using the correct one.
[quote][p][bold]arti273[/bold] wrote: Just to expand on Dan's Tasker's advice above, "Plugs need to be appropriate for the device they are charging and not all can be transferred between devices." All USB mains plug adapters are rated with an amp rating - iPhone 1A, iPad 2.1A, Hudl 2A. Some are as low as 0.5A. Expensive phones and tablets can adapt to a wide range of amps, but a cheap device (like a e-cigarette) is going to overheat if it is exposed to too much. You can check the output amp rating of a USB plug adapter by reading the small print normally in between the 3 pins i.e. "Output: 5V 2.1A". If in doubt use an official adapter. I hope that's useful for some readers.[/p][/quote]Thanks for that handy guide. I do have 'official' chargers for all my electronics but with so many micro USB gadgets its sometimes difficult to know if I'm using the correct one. RM
  • Score: 10

12:59pm Tue 22 Jul 14

sunnybournemouth says...

Can you change the headline as doesn't appear to be a 'Faulty' charger exploding at all as the headline is attempting to make out.

The title should be ‘Misused phone charger overheats and causes fire’ but I guess that wouldn’t have the same impact.

The title just adds to the scare stories of e-cigarettes/battery chargers exploding for no reason where in most cases it is misuse of the items that causes problems.

Faulty item fires are quite rare in comparison to misuse fires which should make all of us take more care with these chargers. Scaremongering headlines will not get people checking their devices. Informing people that misuse causes these issues may make someone check their charging setup and save a life.

The advice, in the comments above, is very useful to people who don’t realise that ‘just because the charger cable fits, doesn’t make it safe to use’
Can you change the headline as doesn't appear to be a 'Faulty' charger exploding at all as the headline is attempting to make out. The title should be ‘Misused phone charger overheats and causes fire’ but I guess that wouldn’t have the same impact. The title just adds to the scare stories of e-cigarettes/battery chargers exploding for no reason where in most cases it is misuse of the items that causes problems. Faulty item fires are quite rare in comparison to misuse fires which should make all of us take more care with these chargers. Scaremongering headlines will not get people checking their devices. Informing people that misuse causes these issues may make someone check their charging setup and save a life. The advice, in the comments above, is very useful to people who don’t realise that ‘just because the charger cable fits, doesn’t make it safe to use’ sunnybournemouth
  • Score: 25

1:14pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Rally says...

mudefordguy wrote:
Use what you are meant to use = no problems (unless it is cheaply made Chinese crap of course)....
Ironically, a lot of 'what you are meant to use' is manufactured in China.
[quote][p][bold]mudefordguy[/bold] wrote: Use what you are meant to use = no problems (unless it is cheaply made Chinese crap of course)....[/p][/quote]Ironically, a lot of 'what you are meant to use' is manufactured in China. Rally
  • Score: 9

2:15pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

I don't smoke but as I've bought hundreds of lighters from poundland Fat Barry fom next door say's I really should start otherwise the lighters will prove a waste of money. Makes sence.
I'm going to begin with one of these e cigs to get addicted to nicotone then move up to real ciggs.
I don't smoke but as I've bought hundreds of lighters from poundland Fat Barry fom next door say's I really should start otherwise the lighters will prove a waste of money. Makes sence. I'm going to begin with one of these e cigs to get addicted to nicotone then move up to real ciggs. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 5

2:28pm Tue 22 Jul 14

bmthlad says...

e-smoking is bad for your health!!
e-smoking is bad for your health!! bmthlad
  • Score: -1

2:33pm Tue 22 Jul 14

FerryFan says...

My ipad's charger sometimes gets very hot and it is the one that came in the box with the device. I have always bought replacement chargers from the manufacturers despite the cost, except one from Maplin once. I never buy from these high street places.
My ipad's charger sometimes gets very hot and it is the one that came in the box with the device. I have always bought replacement chargers from the manufacturers despite the cost, except one from Maplin once. I never buy from these high street places. FerryFan
  • Score: 8

2:39pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Chargers do get hot when charging. Perfectly normal. I always lean a can of tomato soup on it, after 4 hours tablet charged and soup ready to eat.
Chargers do get hot when charging. Perfectly normal. I always lean a can of tomato soup on it, after 4 hours tablet charged and soup ready to eat. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 9

2:40pm Tue 22 Jul 14

speedy231278 says...

Bournesouthmouth Downpokes wrote:
mudefordguy wrote:
Use what you are meant to use = no problems (unless it is cheaply made Chinese crap of course)....
As a vaper myself this story rings alarm bells. When I first started out I was none the wiser, innocent to this new technology which has helped me give up actually smoking after multiple decades.

Now, through experience I have learned that there a lot of dodgy knock offs being sold locally. I am now enlightened to the legitimate branded names such as E-go, Kanger, Innokin, iClear, VAMO. Before I was gettin the toxic e-juice in my mouth and all over me from the cheap sh**, "highly toxic on skin" reads the label on the bottle. Now I am all for the industry to be regulated whereas before I was totally against it. Sorry, but these dodgy vendors are the cause to blame.

So my point is this:

Genuine e-cigarette products are a God-send. They actually work and as I said, have helped me give up smoking PERMANENTLY. Whereas overpriced Nicorette gum, patches, drugs such as Zyban and NHS-sponsored Chantix (aka Champix) has failed to do. I am now a lot more healthy and I know it! I feel it!

I have tried to suggest to friends, even strangers, who smoke that vaping is the way to go. Sadly many tell me they have already tried, but being none the wiser have tried the knock-off products, experienced leaky products and decided that vaping is not all that it's hyped up to be, so have carried on smoking.

Good one to those who sell these FAKE goods. You know who you are!

I endorse Vaper Trails in Boscombe (Christchurch Road) and also Vaper Trails in Alma Road, Winton. They sell only genuine goods. And now I am not affiliated with them, just a satisfied customer with no complaints.

p.s. why did I quote the above post? China is now a serious producer of high quality products. Yes, products back in the day Made In Hong Kong were the worst things ever, but make no mistake, those days are over.

Happy vaping people! (For another measure, The Vaper Lounge across the road from Vaper Trails sell fireproof /fire retardant pouches designed to charge your e-cigarette batteries in, check them out too)
Seeing as the smoke from cigarettes is only there because setting fire to the tobacco releases the nicotine so it can be drawn into the lungs, I fail to see how you can claim vaping is not smoking in the strictest sense. You are still vapourising nicotine and inhaling it, which is the purpose. You are still addicted to a drug, just administering it in a slightly less harmful manner.

The only way to give up is to stop using nicotine.
[quote][p][bold]Bournesouthmouth Downpokes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mudefordguy[/bold] wrote: Use what you are meant to use = no problems (unless it is cheaply made Chinese crap of course)....[/p][/quote]As a vaper myself this story rings alarm bells. When I first started out I was none the wiser, innocent to this new technology which has helped me give up actually smoking after multiple decades. Now, through experience I have learned that there a lot of dodgy knock offs being sold locally. I am now enlightened to the legitimate branded names such as E-go, Kanger, Innokin, iClear, VAMO. Before I was gettin the toxic e-juice in my mouth and all over me from the cheap sh**, "highly toxic on skin" reads the label on the bottle. Now I am all for the industry to be regulated whereas before I was totally against it. Sorry, but these dodgy vendors are the cause to blame. So my point is this: Genuine e-cigarette products are a God-send. They actually work and as I said, have helped me give up smoking PERMANENTLY. Whereas overpriced Nicorette gum, patches, drugs such as Zyban and NHS-sponsored Chantix (aka Champix) has failed to do. I am now a lot more healthy and I know it! I feel it! I have tried to suggest to friends, even strangers, who smoke that vaping is the way to go. Sadly many tell me they have already tried, but being none the wiser have tried the knock-off products, experienced leaky products and decided that vaping is not all that it's hyped up to be, so have carried on smoking. Good one to those who sell these FAKE goods. You know who you are! I endorse Vaper Trails in Boscombe (Christchurch Road) and also Vaper Trails in Alma Road, Winton. They sell only genuine goods. And now I am not affiliated with them, just a satisfied customer with no complaints. p.s. why did I quote the above post? China is now a serious producer of high quality products. Yes, products back in the day Made In Hong Kong were the worst things ever, but make no mistake, those days are over. Happy vaping people! (For another measure, The Vaper Lounge across the road from Vaper Trails sell fireproof /fire retardant pouches designed to charge your e-cigarette batteries in, check them out too)[/p][/quote]Seeing as the smoke from cigarettes is only there because setting fire to the tobacco releases the nicotine so it can be drawn into the lungs, I fail to see how you can claim vaping is not smoking in the strictest sense. You are still vapourising nicotine and inhaling it, which is the purpose. You are still addicted to a drug, just administering it in a slightly less harmful manner. The only way to give up is to stop using nicotine. speedy231278
  • Score: 9

4:41pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Losingfaithintheinternet says...

burgerboy wrote:
After going to the press with this story and admitting using the wrong charger i would doubt if she can claim on any insurance policy to put any damage to her property right.
Some people just don't heed warnings.
She didn't go to the press, the photos and information was passed on by Hampshire fire service, and our insurance is absolutely fine seeing as it was a suitable charger however faulty, so shut the **** up burger boy
[quote][p][bold]burgerboy[/bold] wrote: After going to the press with this story and admitting using the wrong charger i would doubt if she can claim on any insurance policy to put any damage to her property right. Some people just don't heed warnings.[/p][/quote]She didn't go to the press, the photos and information was passed on by Hampshire fire service, and our insurance is absolutely fine seeing as it was a suitable charger however faulty, so shut the **** up burger boy Losingfaithintheinternet
  • Score: 34

5:17pm Tue 22 Jul 14

JemBmth says...

bmthlad wrote:
e-smoking is bad for your health!!
Loadsa things are bad for you. Please, a little pleasure.
[quote][p][bold]bmthlad[/bold] wrote: e-smoking is bad for your health!![/p][/quote]Loadsa things are bad for you. Please, a little pleasure. JemBmth
  • Score: 12

5:39pm Tue 22 Jul 14

sc61 says...

Rally wrote:
mudefordguy wrote:
Use what you are meant to use = no problems (unless it is cheaply made Chinese crap of course)....
Ironically, a lot of 'what you are meant to use' is manufactured in China.
True;

Not looking at this specific incident but there's products manufactured in China which have a legitimate EU based importer and have valid CE certification: then there's products manufactured in China that have ended up in the UK via eBay or some other means, no CE certification or EU based importer / distributor.
[quote][p][bold]Rally[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mudefordguy[/bold] wrote: Use what you are meant to use = no problems (unless it is cheaply made Chinese crap of course)....[/p][/quote]Ironically, a lot of 'what you are meant to use' is manufactured in China.[/p][/quote]True; Not looking at this specific incident but there's products manufactured in China which have a legitimate EU based importer and have valid CE certification: then there's products manufactured in China that have ended up in the UK via eBay or some other means, no CE certification or EU based importer / distributor. sc61
  • Score: 8

8:41pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Bournesouthmouth Downpokes says...

And my perfectly legitimate post was removed because?? You can see I totally a long while writing it out, offering helpful positive suggestions and guess what, you can still read it as someone has quoted it.


But answer me this, WHY WAS MY COMMENT REMOVED!!?
And my perfectly legitimate post was removed because?? You can see I totally a long while writing it out, offering helpful positive suggestions and guess what, you can still read it as someone has quoted it. But answer me this, WHY WAS MY COMMENT REMOVED!!? Bournesouthmouth Downpokes
  • Score: 4

8:51pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Bournesouthmouth Downpokes says...

speedy231278 wrote:
Bournesouthmouth Downpokes wrote:
mudefordguy wrote:
Use what you are meant to use = no problems (unless it is cheaply made Chinese crap of course)....
As a vaper myself this story rings alarm bells. When I first started out I was none the wiser, innocent to this new technology which has helped me give up actually smoking after multiple decades.

Now, through experience I have learned that there a lot of dodgy knock offs being sold locally. I am now enlightened to the legitimate branded names such as E-go, Kanger, Innokin, iClear, VAMO. Before I was gettin the toxic e-juice in my mouth and all over me from the cheap sh**, "highly toxic on skin" reads the label on the bottle. Now I am all for the industry to be regulated whereas before I was totally against it. Sorry, but these dodgy vendors are the cause to blame.

So my point is this:

Genuine e-cigarette products are a God-send. They actually work and as I said, have helped me give up smoking PERMANENTLY. Whereas overpriced Nicorette gum, patches, drugs such as Zyban and NHS-sponsored Chantix (aka Champix) has failed to do. I am now a lot more healthy and I know it! I feel it!

I have tried to suggest to friends, even strangers, who smoke that vaping is the way to go. Sadly many tell me they have already tried, but being none the wiser have tried the knock-off products, experienced leaky products and decided that vaping is not all that it's hyped up to be, so have carried on smoking.

Good one to those who sell these FAKE goods. You know who you are!

I endorse Vaper Trails in Boscombe (Christchurch Road) and also Vaper Trails in Alma Road, Winton. They sell only genuine goods. And now I am not affiliated with them, just a satisfied customer with no complaints.

p.s. why did I quote the above post? China is now a serious producer of high quality products. Yes, products back in the day Made In Hong Kong were the worst things ever, but make no mistake, those days are over.

Happy vaping people! (For another measure, The Vaper Lounge across the road from Vaper Trails sell fireproof /fire retardant pouches designed to charge your e-cigarette batteries in, check them out too)
Seeing as the smoke from cigarettes is only there because setting fire to the tobacco releases the nicotine so it can be drawn into the lungs, I fail to see how you can claim vaping is not smoking in the strictest sense. You are still vapourising nicotine and inhaling it, which is the purpose. You are still addicted to a drug, just administering it in a slightly less harmful manner.

The only way to give up is to stop using nicotine.
Hey numb nuts, Nicotine in vaping is the substance that is inhaled, yes. Minus the thousand of extremely harmful and cancer-inducing substances as Tar, Arsenic, rat poison, formeldahyde, etc.

There really are some ignorant people on here, aren't there.
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bournesouthmouth Downpokes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mudefordguy[/bold] wrote: Use what you are meant to use = no problems (unless it is cheaply made Chinese crap of course)....[/p][/quote]As a vaper myself this story rings alarm bells. When I first started out I was none the wiser, innocent to this new technology which has helped me give up actually smoking after multiple decades. Now, through experience I have learned that there a lot of dodgy knock offs being sold locally. I am now enlightened to the legitimate branded names such as E-go, Kanger, Innokin, iClear, VAMO. Before I was gettin the toxic e-juice in my mouth and all over me from the cheap sh**, "highly toxic on skin" reads the label on the bottle. Now I am all for the industry to be regulated whereas before I was totally against it. Sorry, but these dodgy vendors are the cause to blame. So my point is this: Genuine e-cigarette products are a God-send. They actually work and as I said, have helped me give up smoking PERMANENTLY. Whereas overpriced Nicorette gum, patches, drugs such as Zyban and NHS-sponsored Chantix (aka Champix) has failed to do. I am now a lot more healthy and I know it! I feel it! I have tried to suggest to friends, even strangers, who smoke that vaping is the way to go. Sadly many tell me they have already tried, but being none the wiser have tried the knock-off products, experienced leaky products and decided that vaping is not all that it's hyped up to be, so have carried on smoking. Good one to those who sell these FAKE goods. You know who you are! I endorse Vaper Trails in Boscombe (Christchurch Road) and also Vaper Trails in Alma Road, Winton. They sell only genuine goods. And now I am not affiliated with them, just a satisfied customer with no complaints. p.s. why did I quote the above post? China is now a serious producer of high quality products. Yes, products back in the day Made In Hong Kong were the worst things ever, but make no mistake, those days are over. Happy vaping people! (For another measure, The Vaper Lounge across the road from Vaper Trails sell fireproof /fire retardant pouches designed to charge your e-cigarette batteries in, check them out too)[/p][/quote]Seeing as the smoke from cigarettes is only there because setting fire to the tobacco releases the nicotine so it can be drawn into the lungs, I fail to see how you can claim vaping is not smoking in the strictest sense. You are still vapourising nicotine and inhaling it, which is the purpose. You are still addicted to a drug, just administering it in a slightly less harmful manner. The only way to give up is to stop using nicotine.[/p][/quote]Hey numb nuts, Nicotine in vaping is the substance that is inhaled, yes. Minus the thousand of extremely harmful and cancer-inducing substances as Tar, Arsenic, rat poison, formeldahyde, etc. There really are some ignorant people on here, aren't there. Bournesouthmouth Downpokes
  • Score: 0

8:52pm Tue 22 Jul 14

FerryFan says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
Chargers do get hot when charging. Perfectly normal. I always lean a can of tomato soup on it, after 4 hours tablet charged and soup ready to eat.
Well, the one I'm talking about doesn't always get hot, it normally gets slightly warm, on a couple of occasions it has been VERY warm, good as hot. so does this laptop when it needs the fan/heat sink cleaning out!!
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: Chargers do get hot when charging. Perfectly normal. I always lean a can of tomato soup on it, after 4 hours tablet charged and soup ready to eat.[/p][/quote]Well, the one I'm talking about doesn't always get hot, it normally gets slightly warm, on a couple of occasions it has been VERY warm, good as hot. so does this laptop when it needs the fan/heat sink cleaning out!! FerryFan
  • Score: 0

11:06pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Bournesouthmouth Downpokes says...

My removed comment from earlier:
As a vaper myself this story rings alarm bells. When I first started out I was none the wiser, innocent to this new technology which has helped me give up actually smoking after multiple decades. Now, through experience I have learned that there a lot of dodgy knock offs being sold locally. I am now enlightened to the legitimate branded names such as E-go, Kanger, Innokin, iClear, VAMO. Before I was gettin the toxic e-juice in my mouth and all over me from the cheap sh**, "highly toxic on skin" reads the label on the bottle. Now I am all for the industry to be regulated whereas before I was totally against it. Sorry, but these dodgy vendors are the cause to blame. So my point is this: Genuine e-cigarette products are a God-send. They actually work and as I said, have helped me give up smoking PERMANENTLY. Whereas overpriced Nicorette gum, patches, drugs such as Zyban and NHS-sponsored Chantix (aka Champix) has failed to do. I am now a lot more healthy and I know it! I feel it! I have tried to suggest to friends, even strangers, who smoke that vaping is the way to go. Sadly many tell me they have already tried, but being none the wiser have tried the knock-off products, experienced leaky products and decided that vaping is not all that it's hyped up to be, so have carried on smoking. Good one to those who sell these FAKE goods. You know who you are! I endorse Vaper Trails in Boscombe (Christchurch Road) and also Vaper Trails in Alma Road, Winton. They sell only genuine goods. And now I am not affiliated with them, just a satisfied customer with no complaints. p.s. why did I quote the above post? China is now a serious producer of high quality products. Yes, products back in the day Made In Hong Kong were the worst things ever, but make no mistake, those days are over. Happy vaping people! (For another measure, The Vaper Lounge across the road from Vaper Trails sell fireproof /fire retardant pouches designed to charge your e-cigarette batteries in, check them out too)
My removed comment from earlier: As a vaper myself this story rings alarm bells. When I first started out I was none the wiser, innocent to this new technology which has helped me give up actually smoking after multiple decades. Now, through experience I have learned that there a lot of dodgy knock offs being sold locally. I am now enlightened to the legitimate branded names such as E-go, Kanger, Innokin, iClear, VAMO. Before I was gettin the toxic e-juice in my mouth and all over me from the cheap sh**, "highly toxic on skin" reads the label on the bottle. Now I am all for the industry to be regulated whereas before I was totally against it. Sorry, but these dodgy vendors are the cause to blame. So my point is this: Genuine e-cigarette products are a God-send. They actually work and as I said, have helped me give up smoking PERMANENTLY. Whereas overpriced Nicorette gum, patches, drugs such as Zyban and NHS-sponsored Chantix (aka Champix) has failed to do. I am now a lot more healthy and I know it! I feel it! I have tried to suggest to friends, even strangers, who smoke that vaping is the way to go. Sadly many tell me they have already tried, but being none the wiser have tried the knock-off products, experienced leaky products and decided that vaping is not all that it's hyped up to be, so have carried on smoking. Good one to those who sell these FAKE goods. You know who you are! I endorse Vaper Trails in Boscombe (Christchurch Road) and also Vaper Trails in Alma Road, Winton. They sell only genuine goods. And now I am not affiliated with them, just a satisfied customer with no complaints. p.s. why did I quote the above post? China is now a serious producer of high quality products. Yes, products back in the day Made In Hong Kong were the worst things ever, but make no mistake, those days are over. Happy vaping people! (For another measure, The Vaper Lounge across the road from Vaper Trails sell fireproof /fire retardant pouches designed to charge your e-cigarette batteries in, check them out too) Bournesouthmouth Downpokes
  • Score: 0

11:11pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Hessenford says...

Bournesouthmouth Downpokes wrote:
speedy231278 wrote:
Bournesouthmouth Downpokes wrote:
mudefordguy wrote:
Use what you are meant to use = no problems (unless it is cheaply made Chinese crap of course)....
As a vaper myself this story rings alarm bells. When I first started out I was none the wiser, innocent to this new technology which has helped me give up actually smoking after multiple decades.

Now, through experience I have learned that there a lot of dodgy knock offs being sold locally. I am now enlightened to the legitimate branded names such as E-go, Kanger, Innokin, iClear, VAMO. Before I was gettin the toxic e-juice in my mouth and all over me from the cheap sh**, "highly toxic on skin" reads the label on the bottle. Now I am all for the industry to be regulated whereas before I was totally against it. Sorry, but these dodgy vendors are the cause to blame.

So my point is this:

Genuine e-cigarette products are a God-send. They actually work and as I said, have helped me give up smoking PERMANENTLY. Whereas overpriced Nicorette gum, patches, drugs such as Zyban and NHS-sponsored Chantix (aka Champix) has failed to do. I am now a lot more healthy and I know it! I feel it!

I have tried to suggest to friends, even strangers, who smoke that vaping is the way to go. Sadly many tell me they have already tried, but being none the wiser have tried the knock-off products, experienced leaky products and decided that vaping is not all that it's hyped up to be, so have carried on smoking.

Good one to those who sell these FAKE goods. You know who you are!

I endorse Vaper Trails in Boscombe (Christchurch Road) and also Vaper Trails in Alma Road, Winton. They sell only genuine goods. And now I am not affiliated with them, just a satisfied customer with no complaints.

p.s. why did I quote the above post? China is now a serious producer of high quality products. Yes, products back in the day Made In Hong Kong were the worst things ever, but make no mistake, those days are over.

Happy vaping people! (For another measure, The Vaper Lounge across the road from Vaper Trails sell fireproof /fire retardant pouches designed to charge your e-cigarette batteries in, check them out too)
Seeing as the smoke from cigarettes is only there because setting fire to the tobacco releases the nicotine so it can be drawn into the lungs, I fail to see how you can claim vaping is not smoking in the strictest sense. You are still vapourising nicotine and inhaling it, which is the purpose. You are still addicted to a drug, just administering it in a slightly less harmful manner.

The only way to give up is to stop using nicotine.
Hey numb nuts, Nicotine in vaping is the substance that is inhaled, yes. Minus the thousand of extremely harmful and cancer-inducing substances as Tar, Arsenic, rat poison, formeldahyde, etc.

There really are some ignorant people on here, aren't there.
Great, reduce the risk of cancer but enhance the risk of death when these things blow your head off.
[quote][p][bold]Bournesouthmouth Downpokes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bournesouthmouth Downpokes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mudefordguy[/bold] wrote: Use what you are meant to use = no problems (unless it is cheaply made Chinese crap of course)....[/p][/quote]As a vaper myself this story rings alarm bells. When I first started out I was none the wiser, innocent to this new technology which has helped me give up actually smoking after multiple decades. Now, through experience I have learned that there a lot of dodgy knock offs being sold locally. I am now enlightened to the legitimate branded names such as E-go, Kanger, Innokin, iClear, VAMO. Before I was gettin the toxic e-juice in my mouth and all over me from the cheap sh**, "highly toxic on skin" reads the label on the bottle. Now I am all for the industry to be regulated whereas before I was totally against it. Sorry, but these dodgy vendors are the cause to blame. So my point is this: Genuine e-cigarette products are a God-send. They actually work and as I said, have helped me give up smoking PERMANENTLY. Whereas overpriced Nicorette gum, patches, drugs such as Zyban and NHS-sponsored Chantix (aka Champix) has failed to do. I am now a lot more healthy and I know it! I feel it! I have tried to suggest to friends, even strangers, who smoke that vaping is the way to go. Sadly many tell me they have already tried, but being none the wiser have tried the knock-off products, experienced leaky products and decided that vaping is not all that it's hyped up to be, so have carried on smoking. Good one to those who sell these FAKE goods. You know who you are! I endorse Vaper Trails in Boscombe (Christchurch Road) and also Vaper Trails in Alma Road, Winton. They sell only genuine goods. And now I am not affiliated with them, just a satisfied customer with no complaints. p.s. why did I quote the above post? China is now a serious producer of high quality products. Yes, products back in the day Made In Hong Kong were the worst things ever, but make no mistake, those days are over. Happy vaping people! (For another measure, The Vaper Lounge across the road from Vaper Trails sell fireproof /fire retardant pouches designed to charge your e-cigarette batteries in, check them out too)[/p][/quote]Seeing as the smoke from cigarettes is only there because setting fire to the tobacco releases the nicotine so it can be drawn into the lungs, I fail to see how you can claim vaping is not smoking in the strictest sense. You are still vapourising nicotine and inhaling it, which is the purpose. You are still addicted to a drug, just administering it in a slightly less harmful manner. The only way to give up is to stop using nicotine.[/p][/quote]Hey numb nuts, Nicotine in vaping is the substance that is inhaled, yes. Minus the thousand of extremely harmful and cancer-inducing substances as Tar, Arsenic, rat poison, formeldahyde, etc. There really are some ignorant people on here, aren't there.[/p][/quote]Great, reduce the risk of cancer but enhance the risk of death when these things blow your head off. Hessenford
  • Score: 1

12:34am Wed 23 Jul 14

corngoat says...

RM wrote:
arti273 wrote:
Just to expand on Dan's Tasker's advice above, "Plugs need to be appropriate for the device they are charging and not all can be transferred between devices."

All USB mains plug adapters are rated with an amp rating - iPhone 1A, iPad 2.1A, Hudl 2A. Some are as low as 0.5A. Expensive phones and tablets can adapt to a wide range of amps, but a cheap device (like a e-cigarette) is going to overheat if it is exposed to too much.

You can check the output amp rating of a USB plug adapter by reading the small print normally in between the 3 pins i.e. "Output: 5V 2.1A". If in doubt use an official adapter.

I hope that's useful for some readers.
Thanks for that handy guide. I do have 'official' chargers for all my electronics but with so many micro USB gadgets its sometimes difficult to know if I'm using the correct one.
A small piece of tape and a marker pen will help.
[quote][p][bold]RM[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]arti273[/bold] wrote: Just to expand on Dan's Tasker's advice above, "Plugs need to be appropriate for the device they are charging and not all can be transferred between devices." All USB mains plug adapters are rated with an amp rating - iPhone 1A, iPad 2.1A, Hudl 2A. Some are as low as 0.5A. Expensive phones and tablets can adapt to a wide range of amps, but a cheap device (like a e-cigarette) is going to overheat if it is exposed to too much. You can check the output amp rating of a USB plug adapter by reading the small print normally in between the 3 pins i.e. "Output: 5V 2.1A". If in doubt use an official adapter. I hope that's useful for some readers.[/p][/quote]Thanks for that handy guide. I do have 'official' chargers for all my electronics but with so many micro USB gadgets its sometimes difficult to know if I'm using the correct one.[/p][/quote]A small piece of tape and a marker pen will help. corngoat
  • Score: 3

7:35am Wed 23 Jul 14

KKen96 says...

Hmm, I'm not sure I agree with the advice to use specific USB chargers. If the USB device being charged is standards compliant, it should regulate the current that it draws from the charger. After all, you would think nothing about plugging a 0.25A light into a UK electrical socket that can supply 13A.

USB cables come in two varieties and devices that support high-current such as iPads can detect the extra connections to switch from low-current charging mode (circa 0.5A) to high-current (around 2.1A) charging.

So basically, you should IMO be able to use any USB charger to charge any USB device, all be it it may charge slower from a low-current charger. Just don't buy cheaply made USB devices that are not standards compliant!

http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/USB#Chargin
g_ports

Source: 17+ years working in IT
Hmm, I'm not sure I agree with the advice to use specific USB chargers. If the USB device being charged is standards compliant, it should regulate the current that it draws from the charger. After all, you would think nothing about plugging a 0.25A light into a UK electrical socket that can supply 13A. USB cables come in two varieties and devices that support high-current such as iPads can detect the extra connections to switch from low-current charging mode (circa 0.5A) to high-current (around 2.1A) charging. So basically, you should IMO be able to use any USB charger to charge any USB device, all be it it may charge slower from a low-current charger. Just don't buy cheaply made USB devices that are not standards compliant! http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/USB#Chargin g_ports Source: 17+ years working in IT KKen96
  • Score: 3

11:43am Wed 23 Jul 14

sc61 says...

"Hmm, I'm not sure I agree with the advice to use specific USB chargers. If the USB device being charged is standards compliant"

That's the problem...plenty of non standards compliant USB products and chargers out there.
"Hmm, I'm not sure I agree with the advice to use specific USB chargers. If the USB device being charged is standards compliant" That's the problem...plenty of non standards compliant USB products and chargers out there. sc61
  • Score: 1

1:17pm Wed 23 Jul 14

ukdragon says...

Echo must be slacking - where's the huffy faced, arms folded photo?
Echo must be slacking - where's the huffy faced, arms folded photo? ukdragon
  • Score: 4

1:17pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Bournesouthmouth Downpokes says...

Lessons on how to prolong one's life. "Boring", huh?
Lessons on how to prolong one's life. "Boring", huh? Bournesouthmouth Downpokes
  • Score: 0

3:54pm Wed 23 Jul 14

spooki says...

"he had plugged it into a different USB charger and then gone out." I think there's a lesson there. Chargers of anything are commonly known to get warm. Why plug it in, next to bedding and a pressurised air canister, then go out?
Awful thing to happen to anyone.
"he had plugged it into a different USB charger and then gone out." I think there's a lesson there. Chargers of anything are commonly known to get warm. Why plug it in, next to bedding and a pressurised air canister, then go out? Awful thing to happen to anyone. spooki
  • Score: 3

7:02pm Fri 25 Jul 14

LuckyLemur says...

I run an electronic cigarette business, an i can tell you it is not simply 'faulty' goods that can cause problems. But the hardware within the USB chargers, I have dismantled an tested various companies chargers. It can be fairly hit an miss whether they use a standard power supply chip, or (the more expensive) chip that has some slightly more advanced features, feedback for one, an measure to make a catastrophic failure less likely. I'm not going to shamelessly plug my company, as several others have above me. But buyers an suppliers should be aware of the massive variation of hardware within these chargers.

And to Bournemouth Echo.. I'm just a tad flabbergasted at the shameful titling of this article.. Along with it's content, to be quite honest.. I know the guy, an this title is completely disproportionate to the actual fire... Not to detract from it, my thoughts are with him.. But Bournemouth Echo have piggybacked someones house catching fire, to slam electric cigarettes.. Bloody shameful!

To follow up, shame
I run an electronic cigarette business, an i can tell you it is not simply 'faulty' goods that can cause problems. But the hardware within the USB chargers, I have dismantled an tested various companies chargers. It can be fairly hit an miss whether they use a standard power supply chip, or (the more expensive) chip that has some slightly more advanced features, feedback for one, an measure to make a catastrophic failure less likely. I'm not going to shamelessly plug my company, as several others have above me. But buyers an suppliers should be aware of the massive variation of hardware within these chargers. And to Bournemouth Echo.. I'm just a tad flabbergasted at the shameful titling of this article.. Along with it's content, to be quite honest.. I know the guy, an this title is completely disproportionate to the actual fire... Not to detract from it, my thoughts are with him.. But Bournemouth Echo have piggybacked someones house catching fire, to slam electric cigarettes.. Bloody shameful! To follow up, shame LuckyLemur
  • Score: 2

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