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For many smokers, electronic cigarettes have become a way of life. An accident occurring in Niceville, Florida has many e cig users questioning the safety of their product at this time. We want to address the concerns of our customers and the electronic cigarette community today.
Tom Holloway, 57, was rushed to the hospital earlier this week after a cigar sized electronic cigarette blew up as he was vaping. He sustained burns to his face, lost teeth, and a portion of his tongue. Mr. Holloway has been released from the burn center in Alabama to continue recovering from his accident at home.
The 9-1-1 transcript was released where Mrs. Holloway reported that her husband was smoking an electronic cigar when it exploded. Chief Butch Parker of the North Bay Fire District responded to the call. “I have never heard of or seen anything like this before,” Parker told ABCNews. Although the battery was unrecognizable after the incident, Parker reported finding several 3.0 volt CR123A type batteries charging in the room along with a scorched battery case that appeared to be one for a cigar-sized device.
While this is the first reported electronic cigarette explosion and injury, another person recently reported a similar explosion that occurred while charging his modified device. On February 5, 2012, Chris Hornsby published a YouTube video showing the damage caused by his Ego-T that exploded while charging. The device exploded while connected to a USB charger. The battery shot out the bottom and hit his printer causing a fire.
As a company, we want to stress the importance of never modifying an electronic device. Thousands of hours are invested in research, development, and testing of The Safecig to ensure that our battery is safe for use. We have included safety features into our battery and chargers that prevent over charging and will power the battery down if over used. Overcharging a battery can result in an electrical fire inside the device which results in hydrogen gas build-up, causing an explosion.
We want to stress the importance of using a product as-is; never modifying any portion.
Keep all batteries away from extreme heat.
Only use batteries that have a shut-off mechanism to prevent overheating.
Always use a battery with a charger provided.
Only use attachments provided by the same company as your electronic cigarette.
The Safecig is the only electronic cigarette company in America that privately funds its own research, development, and engineering for all of our products. Our products are designed to work together. This ensures your safety as a customer and member of the vaping community.
Please feel free to ask any questions here. We will work to answer every one of them.
As of this writing on February 18, 2012; the Holloway’s have not released what brand of electronic cigarette or type of battery exploded. We will continue to report information as it comes available.