In this article you’ll learn:
- What is a 510-thread battery?
- Reasons why people love 510-thread batteries
- How to control temperature in a 510-threaded battery
- How to turn on and use a 510-threaded battery
- Tips & tricks on using a 510-thread battery
- What to do if your 510-thread battery stops working
- Can you travel with a 510-threaded battery?
A 510-battery is a device that is used for vaporizing, either cannabis or nicotine. While the term “510” has become a general name for vape pens and their parts, the name originates from one of the first e-cig manufacturers. A descriptor of the threaded connection used to join parts, “510” literally refers to 10 threads at 5mm. This type of threaded connection quickly became the standard for most e-cigs and vape pens, making it easier to use various cartridges and pens together. Now, most 510-threaded batteries and cartridges are seen as compatible and interchangeable.
How do 510 vape batteries work? A pre-filled oil cartridge screws onto a rechargeable battery base that heats the oil so that it can be vaporized and inhaled.
Why are 510-batteries so popular? One reason is the cross compatibility between different vape batteries and cartridges. All 510-batteries and cartridges will connect with each other. While there may be components of the hardware that make some incompatible, most combinations of 510-threaded carts and batteries (even different brands) will work perfectly well together.
Another advantage is that these battery and cartridge combinations are both lightweight and portable. The shape of a 510-battery can vary, but the most popular (and most portable) is the pen style.
This segues into another benefit of vaping with a 510-battery: they’re discreet! Most are able to fit in a pocket, and for those who prefer to keep cannabis consumption to themselves, many 510-batteries are indistinguishable from e-cigarettes.
Another benefit of a vape battery is that most have a timeout programmed into their inhalation cycle. This means that the length and strength of a puff is controlled by both time (and choice of temperature). How is this helpful? By ensuring more consistent and measurable doses. Dose management is key for individuals using cannabis for specific conditions, microdosing, or those exploring their tolerance levels.
Features vary from vape pen to pen, some will automatically activate when puffed and others require holding down a button, as well as a myriad of other options and design details that offer additional benefits. Let’s cover a few key features to consider when choosing a 510-battery.
A battery’s temperature, and whether that temp is fixed or adjustable, is an important factor to consider. Compounds in cannabis (cannabinoids and terpenes) activate at different temps, so most people prefer a variable voltage battery, allowing them to better control their vape experience. With a variable voltage battery, one can choose the best temp for their tolerance, desired effects, and flavor. Lower temperatures mean that it will take more puffs to achieve a desired level of THC, but it also means richer flavors since heat-sensitive terpenes are not overheated.
O.pen’s 2.0 Variable Voltage Battery offers four temperature modes, ranging from 2.4 volts for low to 4.0 volts for the high setting. This wide range is unique and offers more control than most 510-batteries, even other variable voltage varieties.
Activation & Use
Some 510-batteries require holding a button while inhaling to activate the battery, while others automatically activate upon inhalation once the device is turned on. There are no specific advantages or disadvantages to the difference other than personal preference and convenience. Some, like the O.penVAPE 2.0, can do both automatic or manual inhalation, which allows for greater flexibility and cross compatibility with cartridges.
Battery Life & Charging
How long a 510-battery lasts depends on two factors: at what voltage (often related to temperature) the battery is heating, and how often the battery is activated (how many puffs). With average, consistent usage a quality battery should last at least 5 hours before needing a charge. The O.pen 2.0 is known to generally last the entire day with fairly consistent use.
A helpful feature to know when your battery is running low is a battery life indicator. To check your charge level on the O.pen 2.0, click the stylus button three times and watch the lights: green means a full battery, yellow to orange means that it’s starting to get low, and red means it’s time to charge.
Also important is how well (and fast) a battery can be recharged. It can take from 45 minutes to over 2-hours to fully recharge a 510 lithium ion battery. The O.pen 2.0 Battery has a unique Rapid Charge mode, however. Simply swipe a finger across the O. logo on the charger to activate Rapid Charge. The battery will be fully charged in twenty minutes or less!
Most 510-threaded batteries are charged using a USB-port for convenience, but it’s always good to make sure this is the case when vape shopping.
Warranty & Customer Service
One of the most important factors in deciding on a 510-threaded battery purchase is whether or not the company offers a warranty.
We want you as a friend for life, so O.pen batteries are backed by a lifetime warranty and exchange program.
O.pen’s Friend for Life offers a lifetime warranty on their 510-threaded batteries. If the device stops working for any reason (even zombies and earthquakes are covered), O.pen offers three ways to get a battery replaced:
- Mail. Contact O.pen customer support to make a warranty claim, we will arrange a new device to arrive by mail. It’s that easy!
- Online. Follow this link to read more about warrantied replacement.
- In-Store. Return the defective device to a participating dispensary.
O.pen’s customer service is always ready to help so you can get back to enjoying your vaporizer.
While function, features and warranties are key factors, we know it’s also important to like the way a 510-battery looks and feels. Some opt for a bulkier device, while others prefer the increased portability and discretion of a pen style. These batteries are made in endless varieties of colors and finishes, so there’s something for everyone’s style!
Using A 510-threaded Battery: Tips & Tricks
Setting up and using a 510-thread battery is simple. The O.pen 2.0 Battery comes partially charged out of the box, so it can be used right away. Other batteries will need to be charged first. Once charged, simply screw on a cartridge of choice, turn on and activate the device (for the 2.0 you’ll click 5x), and you're ready to go.
In colder climates, oil inside the cartridge may thicken, preventing vapor production; a preheat setting solves this issue. Press and hold the O.pen 2.0 Battery stylus tip (the indicator lights will glow white) to gently warm the oil.
What about cleaning and other maintenance? 510-threaded batteries require very little in the way of maintenance. If any residue appears on the connection threads, simply clean with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol.
What should you do if your 510-threaded battery stops working?
- Make sure the device is charged.
- Check if the cartridge is fully connected to the battery.
- In contrast, another common mistake is to over-tighten the cartridge. If a cartridge is screwed on too tight, it can actually inhibit the battery from working.
- Make sure there is oil in the cartridge, and that it is viscous enough for vaping.
- Check to see if anything is blocking the airflow.
- Contact the manufacturer or place of purchase for additional support.
Traveling With A 510-battery
Can you fly with a 510 vaporizer battery? Yes! However, they are not permitted in checked baggage, so the device should be either on your person or packed in a carryon.
It’s also a good idea to disassemble the cartridge from the 510-battery before travel as an added precaution against accidental activation. Most airlines require that cartridges and batteries be separated for this reason.
While it’s perfectly fine to travel with a vape pen, it is illegal to actually use one in flight. For most, the risk of a federal offense outweighs the benefits of a quick puff, so it’s best to wait. Travelers should also consider the laws and regulations in their destination; make sure that 510-batteries and cannabis cartridges are legal to avoid any issues or confiscation.
What’s the best vape battery?
When it comes to versatility, portability, and ease of use, 510-batteries are overall the best option for vaping. The O.pen 2.0 is the best-selling 510-threaded vaporizer on the market, take a closer look at the O.pen 2.0 Variable Voltage Battery here.