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Modding - Cautions, Workshop Safety Advice, and Posting Guidelines

Discussion in 'Battery Mods' started by rolygate, Dec 31, 2013.

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  1. rolygate

    rolygate Forum Manager Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Some Members post advice and tutorials on making custom variations of e-cigarettes, otherwise known as 'modding', to create 'mods'. Please be advised that these Members do so at their own risk, and following their instructions is AT YOUR OWN RISK.

    Guidelines for Tutorials

    Tutorials must advocate safety and should employ the use of safer-chemistry batteries (such as Li-Mn / IMR), properly-gauged wiring, and any other appropriate safe practices.

    No tute will be allowed that involves the use of primary cells (non-rechargeables), stacked Li-ion cells whether protected or not (series configured Li-CoO2 basic lithium cells), or Li-Poly cells without a prominent caution regarding the fire risk after impact damage.

    ECF reserves the right to remove any posts that appear to create risk for inexperienced modders.

    If you decide to try modding, you are strongly advised to:
    Learn about good electrical and mechanical working practices
    Take safety measures appropriate to a workshop

    Ensure sufficient light in the work area; maintain a clean, dry and trip-free floor area; ensure contact with mains electricity cannot occur due to, for example, a liquid spill; have a First Aid kit handy, and make sure that an eyewash kit is included as it is one of the most commonly-needed parts - nothing complicated is needed, an eyebath and Visine or B+L Eye Relief (US) or Optrex (UK) liquid is fine (make sure you have an eyebath and not just eyedrops, by the way). Consider fire safety: how will you deal with a localised fire caused by a work accident?

    Have a faceshield or safety spectacles available for immediate use, perhaps when cutting materials or closely examining certain operations; have a heatproof rest available for your soldering iron if it is not part of a workstation with an integral rest.

    Be prepared for a battery short-circuit or similar unexpected event. The only guaranteed thing about work is that accidents happen - so try to plan for safe working, and for effective response if a problem occurs.

    Any information contained in this Forum is acted on at the user's own risk.

    ECF cannot be held responsible for individuals causing personal injury or damage to property by following information in this Forum.
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