Originally popularized by e-cigarettes, “510 thread” batteries have become a staple accouterment for many cannabis users. 510 thread refers to one of the most common male-female thread systems. Most cannabis oil cartridges connect to 510 thread batteries, but not all batteries function the same. Before buying their first 510 thread battery, cannabis oil consumers should consider the following factors.

1. Voltage

510 thread pens typically range in voltage between 3.3 to 4.8v. Basic vape pen batteries tend to have a lower voltage range topping out at 3.3v. 510 threaded batteries usually work by taking a draw from the pen. Certain pens will have variable voltage meaning that the user can select the voltage and temperature to get more flavorful hits or bigger plumes of vapor. The most common 510 thread battery vape pens do not have temperature control options. Fixed voltage batteries will typically deliver bigger draws and vape clouds.

2. Battery Capacity

When considering different 510 thread batteries, look into its battery life capacity. To do this, you’ll have to find out the battery capacity listed in milliamp Hours (mAh). The mAh is the electrical power output of your specific 510 thread battery. Generally, the higher the mAh, the longer your vape pen will last without a charge. Vape pen batteries range from 280 to 900 mAh. With higher mAh, however, you’ll sacrifice size and portability.

3. Charger

When buying a 510 thread battery for cannabis oil, manufacturers will usually sell it with a USB battery that can be plugged into a computer’s USB port or an electrical outlet. In order to get the most out of your battery, it’s important to avoid rapid-chargers or tablet chargers that put out too much power. That extra emitted voltage can ruin a battery. The best way to charge a battery is to insert the USB charger into a laptop or into a wall outlet with a standard charger (around 5 volts) and then lightly screw in the charger until the light turns from green to red, indicating it’s charging.

4. Cartridge

Many cannabis oil cartridge brands recommend consumers use proprietary batteries to ensure that the correct voltage is being used or risk ruining their product. If a battery gives out too much voltage the oil can burn giving users a harsh hit. If there is too little voltage, the battery won’t give users as big of a draw as a higher voltage battery. Additionally, some brands like Pax are using the pod system, which can’t work with traditional 510 thread batteries.

5. Extras

If you’re looking for something a little more discrete, there are 510 thread batteries that are meant to look like a key fob. With the click of a button, a 510 thread connection will flip up allowing users to partake in cannabis oil consumption. Some batteries also come with chargers attached, so you’ll never forget where it is. If you don’t like traditional 510 chargers, some batteries will have a USB connection compatible with any USB cable.

When it comes to different 510 thread batteries, they all have different functionalities and characteristics that can make your vaping experience that much better or worse. By doing a bit more research on the best ways to use a 510 battery, cannabis consumers can make their battery last for longer and give ou more flavorful hits.

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