To answer your question in a single word – yes, you can recharge a disposable vape pen.
A disposable vape pen is just that – disposable. And, that means you’re expected to discard the device once the e-juice is exhausted or if the battery is dead. Considering the low cost of your vape pen, getting a new one should not be a problem. But at Blackout Vapors, we often have enthusiasts asking for information about how to recharge their favorite pens.
We understand that it’s more about enjoying the tech side of vaping, which is why we have put together this tutorial for you. Do keep in mind that the process takes some amount of practice and basic knowledge of how to get the positive and negative terminals lined up. So, let’s get you started off.
Recharging the Disposable Needs a Bunch of Supplies
Take a look at these quick steps that should get the battery charged in no time. You’ll need a small flathead screwdriver, a pair of tweezers, and an old Bluetooth speaker. Dismantle the speaker and pull out the circuit board. Remove the battery and you’re left with two hanging wires that you can use. Alternatively, use an old USB cable and convert it into a charger. The process is similar to building a DIY Juul charger. Here’s what you’ll do next to recharge a disposable.
- Check the bottom of the disposable and you’ll notice a tiny gap at the base. Use your flathead to gently ease the cover out of the device. You’ll see the battery and tank neatly tucked into the case.
- Tug it out slowly but not all the way. Just enough to expose the sensor and wires. Remember how the wires are fitted since you’ll need to put it back exactly in the same way once you’re done recharging.
- Remove the tape holding the wires in place and connect them to the terminals on the speaker circuit. Take care to connect the colored wires correctly or you could damage the device completely.
- Attach tapes to hold the wires in place while the device charges. Give it about 5 to 7 minutes and then try to take a hit.
- If you think that the clouds are not as dense as you would like, charge it up for another 7 to 10 minutes.
- Oftentimes, batteries tend to die while there’s adequate e-juice for around 100 hits. That’s not really the rule though. You could also run out of e-juice while the battery still has a charge.
Some Additional Tips You Could Use
While the new Hyde Color Recharge is designed for recharging, your typical disposables are not. If you really like to tinker around with your devices, take the necessary safety precautions. And if you see any tiny bits like a black sensor protector or safety items, get them out carefully, and put them back exactly as you found them. Manufacturers insert them for a reason. Here’s some additional information you might find helpful:
Get the Right Equipment for Attempting a DIY Charger
Always use a power bank for your DIY recharging project. Connecting it with a wall socket is risky since it could result in a surge of power running through the wires. Avoid the risk of electrocuting yourself and wires shorting out. Always remember that the disposable is not designed to be recharged or refilled. If you do attempt to open it, take care of how you handle the titanium battery and that you don’t get any of the e-juice on your fingers. Wear gloves and handle the circuit carefully.
Yes, You Can Get “Some” More Use Out of the Disposable
Yes, there is a possibility that when you open the vape, there’s a small amount of e-juice remaining in the tank. But, that’s probably because the battery is not capable of heating the coil and vaporizing. You could try to power it, but they usually don’t last very long. Even if you manage to charge your vape pen, expect that you can charge the disposable for a maximum of three times. Given the botheration and hassles of setting it up, just going out and getting a new one is a smarter option.
Recharging Your Disposable May Not Give You Great Results
Recharging disposables are typically a hit-and-miss thing. Most devices just fall apart when you try to open them. Or, get damaged at the end of their life cycle. You might just open a vape and find that there’s no way it can be put back, leave alone recharging or refilling it.
Overcharging and Burning is a Real Risk
One of the biggest concerns about charging a disposable is that such devices typically don’t include any protective circuits on the boards. These circuits are important to prevent the possibility of overcharging and overheating. You do risk the device becoming too hot and burn hazards. Meltdowns are a very real risk that you should be aware of.
Follow the Basic Rules of Recharging Any Vaping Device
As with charging any other vaping device, remember never to leave a charging disposable unattended because of the exposed wires. Even if the entire setup is small, kids and pets could be harmed if they were to accidentally touch it or swallow the small bits. You should also be aware of the toxic nature of all e-juices and e-liquids.
Coming back to your original question, yes, you can recharge a disposable. But, that’s something to try only if you like to experiment with chargers and devices. Or, because you like to open things up and examine how they work. But, don’t really expect to get much more usage out of the device. The time and effort you invest in the activity aren’t usually worth it. Going out and buying a complete kit with a selection of flavors could be a smarter thing to do.
If you would like more information about chargers and disposables, we’d love to help. Get in touch with us at Blackout Vapors at this email: [email protected] and we’ll get back to you with responses.