How Do Disposable Vapes Work?

Date Published 11/11/2022

Disposable vapes are an option for people who are looking for an alternative to smoking. They differ from other vape devices, which are designed to be used across a longer period of time, and refilled when they run out of e-liquid.

Instead, they contain a battery, which heats the built-in coil, in turn heating the e-liquid already inside the vape. This turns it into a vapour, or aerosol, which the vaper can then inhale. Unlike other vaping devices, there’s no need to press any buttons – the user can simply begin inhaling through the mouthpiece.

When there’s no more e-liquid left, you can safely and responsibly dispose of the vape.

How do Rechargeable Disposable Vapes Work?

Disposable vapes might not be associated with the ability to recharge, but there are rechargeable disposable vapes on the market. They are classed as a hybrid option of sorts between disposable vape devices and standard vapes.

Generally, the capacity of the battery in a rechargeable disposable vape will be higher, but there’s no one size, and the battery can vary from device to device. Likewise, it’s difficult to say how many uses a rechargeable disposable vape will have. On average, most legal disposable vapes will last for between 600 and 800 puffs, and rechargeable disposable vapes are likely to sit at the higher end of this scale, or go further.

What Happens When a Disposable Vape Runs Out? 

When a disposable vape is empty or running low, there are signs to look out for. A burnt taste to the vapour is likely to indicate that there’s very little e-liquid left in the device, as when this happens the wick burns instead. Likewise, if you’re getting less, or tasteless, vapour, it might be because your vape is running out.

It can be difficult to tell whether your vape is out of battery, particularly with those disposable vapes that don’t need to be switched on or have a button pressed when you use them.

If you’re drawing on the vape but nothing happens – and the device stays cold – it’s probably that your battery is dead. Whether or not there’s still e-liquid remaining in the device, if your device is dead and it’s not a rechargeable vape, it’s time to dispose of it safely.

Your device might flash or blink to indicate that it’s low on either battery or e-liquid, particularly if you’ve been using it for a few days. If your vape is new but flashing, it might be that it’s faulty, in which case it’s best to consult the manufacturer. However, not all disposable vapes may flash. It’s something that can differ from device to device.

How Can I Make my Disposable Vape Battery Last Longer?

While a disposable vape won’t last as long as other vapes, there are ways to help make the battery last longer.  

Taking smaller puffs will help your vape last longer, as longer draws can drain the battery, and you use more e-liquid too. When vaping, it’s best to take a few small puffs rather than one long hit.

When you’re not using your disposable vape, consider where you’re storing it. If it’s in a cold environment, it’ll take more power and time to heat up when you do use it, this could shorten its battery life. Instead, it’s best to keep your disposable vape at room temperature where possible.

Ultimately, however, once your vape battery’s gone, that’s it. It’s time to dispose of it safely and responsibly.


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