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As e-cigarette market expands, risks grow too

While advancements in battery technology make Wi-Fi, video and long-distance portability a reality for baby monitors, they also introduce new safety challenges.

E-cigs on the table
June 10, 2019

The use of e-cigarettes has grown considerably in recent years, with the global market expected to hit $61.4 billion by 2025. However, this new market has come with its share of many serious accidents. As with any electronic device, e-cigarettes have inherent risks, but their portability can make them especially prone to potential accidents. Everything from how the device is stored to improper use may lead to overheating, fires and even explosions, making safety a top priority for global manufacturers.

In recognition of these new challenges, UL created UL 8139, the Standard for Electrical Systems of Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping Devices — to help protect consumers from electrical and fire hazards and help manufacturers protect their brand reputation. UL 8139 covers the battery-operated electrical systems of e-cigarettes; however, it does not cover e-cigarette consumables, their emissions or potential physiological effects.

Two manufacturers in China recently received certification to this Standard. Innokin and Smok® have taken the initiative to help protect their customers and differentiate their products in this increasingly competitive landscape. Meeting the safety requirements to achieve UL 8139 certification gives each of these manufacturers access to North America and the broader global market.

“We are experts in battery technologies and their systems,” said Michael Sakamoto, senior business development manager at UL. “For more than a decade, UL has dedicated an entire team to researching the broad issues that affect the safety of lithium-ion batteries to help manufacturers and the more general industry better understand how to reduce the number of unsafe incidents.”

Learn more about the importance of UL 8139 and how to earn certification for your e-cigarette product.

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