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House Fire caused by e-cig charger
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House Fire caused by e-cig charger
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First reports coming in that in the early hours of New Years Day, a charger for an electronic cigarette overheated and caused a house fire.

http://www.meltontimes.co.uk/news/local/...-1-4635768

2 Issues here - firstly, this does emphasise the importance of buying your equipment from a reputable vendor (although I have no idea where this particular device was purchased from).

Secondly, no matter where the device was purchased from, electrical equipment should be treated with some care - personally, even before I started vaping I would never leave my mobile phone charging overnight.


Just in case this story gets used (by others) to falsely scare people about perceived "dangers" of electronic cigarettes, then lets just put it into context:

In the same week, there was this story:

http://www.kent.fire-uk.org/news/news_re...arger.aspx

and also these

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-16230466
http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/s/204728...ne_charger
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/hom...72379.html
http://www.parentdish.co.uk/2010/12/31/f...e-charger/
http://mytunstall.co.uk/12/02/bedroom-fi...re-updates
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...arger.html
http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/1699.asp

So, don't take any bull if you hear the "did you read about the house that caught fire due to an e-cig charger?" - ask them if they have a mobile phone ?
03/01/13 12:31 PM
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RE: House Fire caused by e-cig charger
"Rob Taylor, watch manager for Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service’s Safer Neighbourhoods Team, said: “It’s not known what caused the charger to catch on fire however, when using chargers for electrical appliances, like a mobile phone, it’s important to not leave them plugged in on bedding or other textiles."

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03/01/13 12:34 PM
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RE: House Fire caused by e-cig charger
Yeah first thing I thought is that house fires are caused by all kinds of electrical equipment. Lithium Ion battery devices are somewhat more hazardous, e-cigs, mobiles, laptops etc.

Use common sense, try to buy decent stuff, you should be fine.
03/01/13 12:41 PM
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RE: House Fire caused by e-cig charger
2 Issues here - firstly, this does emphasise the importance of buying your equipment from a reputable vendor (although I have no idea where this particular device was purchased from).

Completely agree Gluggler.....There are so many cheap ones knocking about at corner shops here in Lancs....selling single kits vision ego's (cheap versions) at the £15 mark....only a matter of time before this happens over here!
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RE: House Fire caused by e-cig charger
Yep best to go for quality charger from a reputable vendor, when in use I always put my charger in a place I can keep an eye on it. Also I never leave it charging overnight.

03/01/13 12:49 PM
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RE: House Fire caused by e-cig charger
The fire can't have been that bad if the brave people of the fire service could identify it as a charger of any description, let alone an e-cig battery charger
03/01/13 12:53 PM
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RE: House Fire caused by e-cig charger
Im just waiting for Trog to appear on this post before I comment.
Popcorn and Deckchairs on the ready please.

I enjoy vaping nicotine in the same way I enjoy a coffee. Nicotine doesnt keep me up all night though as wired as caffeine does.
03/01/13 01:28 PM
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RE: House Fire caused by e-cig charger
(03/01/13 01:28 PM)HappyVaping Wrote:  Im just waiting for Trog to appear on this post before I comment.
Popcorn and Deckchairs on the ready please.

Why? Just comment away. Don't try and derail this thread.

It will be interesting to know what the charger was.
03/01/13 01:35 PM
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RE: House Fire caused by e-cig charger
there's no cure for stupid.

I never charge overnight , never charge un-attended and always charge in a container, currently my empty slow cooker with lid on to contain any fire. I do use a safe box for charging my RC li-po's tho,
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RE: House Fire caused by e-cig charger
There will be many stories like this as the popularity of Ecigs continue to rise, but this sort of thing can happen with basically anything electrical if not treated properly.

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