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How to Use a 510-Thread Battery Charger Correctly
A 510-thread battery charger is a USB-based charger that charges a 510-thread battery by screwing directly into its threading.
05:00 01 April 2023
A 510-thread battery charger is a USB-based charger that charges a 510-thread battery by screwing directly into its threading. That makes a 510-thread battery charger different from a traditional USB charging cable that charges your vape pen through a USB port. If you’re new to vaping, the difference might cause a bit of confusion for you because you’ve likely never seen a charger of this type before – 510-thread chargers don’t exist anywhere except in the world of vaping.
In this article, we’ll explain everything you need to know about 510-thread battery chargers and how to use them. It’s important to know how to charge your vape pen properly because using the incorrect charger or power source can potentially cause excess heat that will ultimately shorten your device’s life. It can also be valuable to know how to troubleshoot a 510-thread battery that isn’t charging, and we’ll discuss that situation in this article as well. By the time you’re done reading, you’ll be an expert on 510-thread vape pen chargers and will have a much better understanding of how your device’s battery works.
How Does a 510-Thread Battery Charger Work?
A 510-thread battery charger looks like a standard USB cable on one end, and it has a typical plug designed to connect to your computer’s USB port. At the other end of the cable, though, you’ll find a bulkier component with a circular connector that’s designed to screw directly into your vape pen’s threading. On that end of the cable, you’ll usually find an indicator light that lets you know what’s happening with the charging process.
In some cases, a 510-thread battery from a vaporizer manufacturer like Rokin Vapes will come with a charger that looks more like a dongle than a cable. This configuration helps to save space, and the elimination of the cable may also increase the charger’s durability. To use this type of charger, you simply connect the battery to the round end of the dongle and plug the other end into your computer’s USB port.
If your vape pen’s charger ever breaks, it’s important to replace it only with an identical charger made by the manufacturer of your device. Although most 510-thread battery chargers look essentially the same as one another, they may differ in their power delivery. A vape pen is designed to charge at a specific amperage. A higher amperage may cause the battery to produce excess heat, which can shorten its life. The fact that a third-party charger physically fits your device’s threading doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s actually compatible.
How to Use a 510-Thread Battery Charger
Because a 510-thread battery charger works by screwing directly into the device’s threading, you’ll need to disconnect the tank or cartridge from your vape pen before charging the battery. Store the cartridge in a safe place to prevent it from getting knocked over and losing its contents.
After removing the cartridge, connect the battery’s threading to the charger’s round connector and plug the charger’s USB connector into your computer. When you connect the charger to your computer, the charger’s indicator light will turn on. At this point, all that you need to do is wait for the light to change, which indicates that the charging process is complete. If the light pulses during the charging process, it’ll change to solid when the battery is fully charged. If the light glows red, it’ll change to green. With most vape pens, you can expect the charging process to take about an hour.
A good 510-thread vape pen monitors the voltage of the built-in battery, and the charging process will automatically discontinue when the battery is fully charged. At that point, you can disconnect the vape pen from the charger, reconnect the cartridge and resume vaping. If you turned the battery off before charging it, don’t forget to turn the battery back on by clicking the fire button five times.
What to Do if Your 510-Thread Battery Isn’t Charging
As we mentioned above, the light on a 510-thread battery charger should always turn on if a battery is connected to the charger and to a power source. If the light doesn’t turn on, your vape pen isn’t charging. In this case, you should connect a cartridge to the battery and try vaping – it’s possible that the battery is fully charged already. If that doesn’t work, you’ll need to figure out why your vape pen isn’t charging. Try these steps to fix it.
Start by checking your vape pen’s threading. Is the threading contaminated with oil because a cartridge has leaked? If that’s the case, the charger may not have a good connection with the battery. It’s also possible that some of the oil has transferred from the vape pen’s threading to the charger.
To clean your vape pen, dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and twist it around in the vape pen’s threading to dissolve the oil. You may need to use a few cotton swabs to get the threading completely clean, and then you’ll need to repeat the process with the charger. Disconnect the charger from your computer before cleaning it. If you can’t fit a cotton swab into the charger’s connector, try using a toothpick to scrape away as much oil as possible. Make sure that the vape pen and charger are completely dry before attempting to charge the battery again.
You should also avoid using an incompatible power source to charge your vape pen. Always connect a 510-thread battery charger to your computer’s USB port and not to a wall charger for a smartphone or tablet. A wall charger for a mobile device will often use a high-speed charging current that can potentially cause a vape pen to overheat.
If you’re still unable to charge your vape pen, it’s worthwhile to consider buying a new battery charger or a new 510-thread battery. That way, you can isolate the cause of the problem and determine whether one of the two components has failed. If you replace the charger, make sure that you replace it with an identical model from the same manufacturer to ensure it’ll be compatible with your device.