Leading array manufacturers and industry barter groups accept amorphous a civic customer acquaintance attack alleged Be-cigarettesafe that cautions users of e-cigarette and vaping accessories of the risks associated with the abusage of dispensable lithium-ion ability cells.
Manufacturers of these cells, frequently accepted as “18650” cells, never advised them to be acclimated as stand-alone ability sources in e-cigarette and vaping accessories or to be handled anon by consumers as loose, dispensable ability sources. Doing so may put consumers’ assurance at risk.
“Members of the array industry accept an important admonishing for consumers: Don’t use or handle stand-alone 18650 cells, period,” said George Kerchner, controlling administrator of PRBA – The Rechargeable Array Association. “Leading manufacturers accept warned consumers for some time about the risks of administration and misusing stand-alone 18650 cells. We appetite to abide educating consumers, which is why we accept aing calm in abutment of the Be-cigarettesafe campaign. Consumers charge to apperceive if they install an 18650 corpuscle to use in their e-cigarette or vaping device, again it may not be safe.”
18650 lithium-ion array beef are not advised for use in vaping and e-cigarette accessories – they were advised as a ability antecedent for articles such as architecture accoutrement (drills, saws, etc.), medical devices, laptop computers, lawnmowers and agnate products. These able beef are advised to be handled alone by specialized manufacturers who accumulate them in enclosed, safety-circuit adequate array packs or equipment. Placing a stand-alone 18650 corpuscle in and out of an e-cigarette or vaping device, or in and out of a charger, can accident the cell’s careful wrapper, or account added centralized accident to the cell, arch to a “thermal runaway” accident and discharge of bonfire or gasses from the cell. But some crooked third-parties are behindhand array manufacturers’ instructions and affairs stand-alone 18650 beef to consumers for use in e-cigarette and vaping devices. In some cases, the 18650 beef actuality offered for auction were ahead acclimated for added applications, or “re-wrapped” with inaccurate and ambiguous labels.
The Be-cigarettesafe attack was conceived by corpuscle manufacturers, and accurate by PRBA, The Advanced Rechargeable & Lithium Batteries Association, Korea Array Industry Association, and Array Association of Japan. Be-cigarettesafe is one of several assurance campaigns launched this year to brainwash consumers on the assurance issues associated with the use, and misuse, of lithium ion batteries. The attack includes a alternation of online and agenda affectation and video advertisements actualization on assorted consumer-facing websites and amusing media pages. The ads absolute users to appointment the campaign’s website, Be-cigarettesafe.org, area consumers can acquisition advice about how to abstain administration and misusing lithium-ion beef and how to actuate if an e-cigarette and vaping accessory accept non-removable batteries with congenital aegis circuitry. The attack wants consumers to apperceive that Underwriters Laboratories, a arch all-around absolute assurance science aggregation (UL), has developed a assurance accepted for e-cigarettes, and anon consumers will be able to attending for the “UL” mark on e-cigarette and vaping accessories to verify that they accede with UL’s acrimonious assurance standard.
Association associates accept taken assorted accomplishments to accumulate their beef out of consumers’ hands. These accomplish accommodate announcement warnings on their articles and websites to accent 18650 beef are not advised for use with e-cigarettes and vaping devices, alive with third affair purchasers to accent able and abnormal uses, and sending cease and abandon belletrist to retailers. Supporters of the attack accept talked with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Customer Product Assurance Commission (CPSC) about these issues and apprenticed these agencies to advice stop the use of stand-alone lithium-ion cells. Part of the attack will accommodate sending retailers and vape shops a archetype of the PRBA’s “Safety Policy on the Use and Administration of Stand-alone Cylindrical Lithium ion Cells,” (http://www.prba.org/wp-content/uploads/PRBA-Policy-on-Use-of-Stand-Alone-Li-ion-Cells-18.pdf), and administering them to the campaign’s website for added information.
“We charge FDA’s help, accurate by CPSC, to get stand-alone lithium-ion beef out of the easily of consumers by application the aforementioned administration accoutrement FDA is application to abode actionable business of e-cigs to minors, and that CPSC adopted to stop the administration of ailing advised hoverboard articles that were causing injuries and fires,” said Kerchner. “Leading corpuscle architect associations all abutment the charge for FDA and CPSC abetment to advice stop the abusage of lithium ion beef and we angle accessible to abide alive with these agencies to accomplish this happen.”
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SOURCE: Be-cigarettesafe Attack
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