Protected Vs. Non-Protected Mod Batteries
There are so many options for vape pen mods! Mechanical mods, variable voltage mods, different resistance levels on atomizer coils, and the list goes on. The question of protected versus non-protected mod batteries is just another issue to add to the possible confusion about what to do with your vape pen mods and which kinds to pick. So how do you know? Let’s start with a discussion about what protected and non-protected mod batteries are.
Protected IMR batteries
Protected batteries are batteries that are designed to limit the amount of power that flows out of the battery when you push the button, put simply. They protect your atomizer coil from getting too much electricity and burning out. Think of the electricity in your house – usually there is a steady inflow of electricity and your appliances all work properly. If there’s a surge in electricity, things can fritz. That’s why we have breakers and fuses and surge protectors. A protected battery keeps you from getting a surge of electricity from your battery, especially if you just took it off the charger and it’s a bit too full.
Non-protected IMR batteries
Unprotected batteries don’t have that protection. When you push the button, they send electricity out, and if they’ve been overcharged they send too much electricity out. If you don’t have an external protection on your mod, you can fry your atomizer coil.
When should you use each kind?
Unprotected batteries are fine to use if you have a mod that has external protection. Variable voltage mods are one such example. The circuit board within the mod itself will control how much electricity makes it to your coil, so you don’t have to worry about blowing out your atomizer. Protected batteries should be your choice if you have a true mechanical mod, meaning one that doesn’t have a circuit board. If you have an unprotected battery in a mechanical mod, you should use a fuse or some other protective device to control the electricity flow to your coil. Failing to do this could damage your entire vape pen, or in worst-case scenarios it could actually cause personal injury.