How are vaping batteries made?
Lithium ion batteries are possibly one of the most amazing inventions ever created. These little energy cells power everything from our cell phones to remote control cars. For vapers, they are the lifeline to the vaping devices we enjoy on a daily basis, but where do these batteries come from and how do they end up in vape stores?
The difference between cheap and quality batteries is really all in how (and where) they are made. Cleanliness of the facility is a huge factor for the outcome of the safety and performance of the Lithium ion batteries. One particle of dust getting into a Lithium ion battery could be very dangerous for a vaper, and that is why it is very important to use only authentic, high-quality batteries from well known manufacturers.
It all starts with one rare metal, lithium. This is the crucial element in all rechargeable batteries. One of the largest sources of lithium in the United States is located underneath the Nevada desert. The lithium is actually dissolved in salt water over 200 meters beneath the ground.
The extraction of the lithium from the salt water involves pumping the water from deep below the ground into evaporation pools where most of the water is evaporated by the hot Nevada sun. After nearly 24 months of sitting in the evaporation pools the rest is pumped to a processing plant for lithium extraction. Once extracted, the lithium is then mixed with soda crystals to form the compound lithium carbonate. The lithium is then sent for more drying to remove any water left over, and what is left is white lithium powder.
The wonderful thing about lithium is that when it is connected to a source of electricity, it holds onto that energy and becomes positively charged. In order to release that flow of energy, the positively charged lithium just has to be placed next to something negative.
Lithium is rolled into hair-thin sheets and then wound together with negatively charged copper creating a light but very powerful battery cell. When finished, the ions flow from the anode (negative electrode) to the cathode (positive electrode) and when charging, the poles will reverse the direction and the ions will flow from the cathode to the anode.
So how do lithium Ion batteries end up in stores? Well, it all starts with the battery manufacturer who grades the batteries A, B, C. Companies like LG, Samsung, and Sony buy up most of the grade A battery cells.Those batteries are then wrapped with their specific wrappers and sold to a distributor. The vape shop then buys those batteries from the distributor and sells them to you, the vaper.
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