How Long Does a Vape Pen Battery Last?

Tragically, vape pen batteries don’t live forever. So, how long does a vape pen battery last?

The lifespan of a vape battery depends on a number of factors, from brand to size. Use this article to learn the basics about vape pen batteries, tips for making them last longer, and how to tell when yours might be on its last legs.

How long does a vape pen battery last?
A vape pen battery is used in conjunction with a cartridge to make dabbing more portable. THC or CBD cartridges are heated up by the battery, making the terpenes and cannabinoids easily vapable. 

Vape pens batteries, like the Compass series from Vessel, can be recharged between uses. Using the Ridge, you can charge your Compass quickly and easily. The Ridge comes with a stable base and a USB port for ease of charging anywhere. 

Though they have their benefits (discrete, easy to use, rechargeable), vape pen batteries have one downfall: they have a relatively short lifespan. Vape pen batteries can last anywhere from 4-6 months to over a year, depending on how well you take care of your battery. 

Tips for making a vape pen battery last longer 
Never fear: there are a few steps you can take to ensure your vape pen battery lasts as long as possible. Follow these instructions to maximize your vape pen battery’s lifespan. 

Don’t overcharge 
This tip is one of the key components to making your vape pen battery last longer. When charging your vape pen battery, pay close attention to your battery’s indicator lights. Once the battery is fully charged, unplug it and store it fully charged, or use it soon after. Avoid charging your battery overnight: doing so often leads to overcharging, which can damage your battery and shorten its lifespan. 

Keep it clean
Vape pen batteries are often discrete enough to be slipped into a pocket or thrown into a bag. Though this action might be tempting, it can also lead to lint, dust, and debris dirtying your battery. This debris can clog your battery’s connection, both to its charger and to your cartridge. A clogged charging port or connection forces your battery to use more energy to heat your cartridge, exhausting the battery before its time has come. Regularly clean your battery to avoid clogging and extend your vape pen battery’s lifespan. 

Use your battery frequently
It may seem counterintuitive, but batteries were made to be used frequently. A battery that is used sparingly, or sits without use for a while, can lose power. Using your battery on a daily basis, even for a short period, can help to make your vape pen battery last longer. 

Turn off your device when it’s not in use 
Maybe the most obvious piece of advice in this article: powering off your battery when you are not using it can help to save power and extend your vape battery’s lifespan. 

Though your vape pen battery’s eventual death is unfortunately inevitable, there are steps you can take to make your battery live as long as possible. 

How to know when your vape pen battery is bad
When your vape pen battery is going bad, it exhibits a number of symptoms. Keep an eye out for the following signs that your vape pen battery might be dying forever. 

Your battery depletes quickly 
The first telltale sign: when you notice that your battery dies quicker than normal, it might be time to get that replacement battery. Batteries that are on their way out can no longer hold as much power as they once could. As a result, the battery will die quicker between charges. 

Your battery gets hot when it's charging 
If your battery heats up when it's charging or in use, that’s a sign it might be dying for good. When your battery starts to die, it needs to use more power than it previously did. This extra power causes the battery to heat up when it’s charging or in use.

Your battery charges faster than normal…or slower 
When your battery is starting to die, it might charge to maximum capacity quicker than it normally does. On the other side of the spectrum, the opposite is also true: if your battery is taking forever to charge up, it might be time to get a new battery. 

You get fewer hits from your vape 
When your battery starts to die, it produces less power. When it produces less power, the battery isn’t able to heat your cartridge to the same degree. This lower degree produces less vapor, meaning you aren’t able to take massive hits from a dying battery. 

If you notice any of these signs from your battery, it might be time for an upgrade. 


Why does the battery die so fast?
 If your vape pen battery is starting to die more quickly than normal, it may be going bad. It may be time to replace your battery. 

Is it bad to charge your vape with a USB? 
Charging your vape pen with a USB is an effective way to power up your battery. Chargers like the Ridge from Vessel are compatible with a USB to USB-C cable for convenience. 

Should I turn my vape off when I’m not using it? 
Yes, preserve your vape pen’s battery by turning it off when you’re not using it. 

Is it bad to leave your vape charging overnight?
Yes, do not leave your vape pen charging overnight, as this will damage your battery. 

How often should I replace my vape battery? 
Replace your battery when you start noticing signs that it is going bad. This usually occurs after 6-12 months of use. 

The bottom line
Though we all wish they did, vape pen batteries cannot live forever. Even so, there are steps you can take to lengthen the lifespan of your vape pen battery. Nevertheless, learning the warning signs that your vape is dying can encourage you to replace it and get the most from your vaping experience.