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18650 Battery Wrap -Comparison, Disposal, and Customization

18650 Battery Wrap -Comparison, Disposal, and Customization

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A 18650 battery wrap refers to the sheath that covers it. Sometimes it can crack or peel off making it unsafe to use. The original battery wrap also contains product information such as voltage, how to dispose of, and the manufacturer's information. Furthermore, it contains some information on how to handle the battery, the dangers, and it's content.

The battery wrap is an important part of all the batteries because it makes them look visually attractive. Some come with plain colors while others come with mixed color patterns. Apart from 18650 other batteries have wraps that serve the same purpose.

If the battery wrap is scratched, then you need to rewrap with a new one to make your 18650 battery safe to use. Also, you can buy custom wraps to make your batteries even more visually impressive. The 18650 battery has a measurement of 18mm x 65mm. It’s important to take note of the size so that you can get fitting 18650 battery wraps.

You should re-wrap a battery immediately it gets a tear or a small crack. The 18650 battery wrappers are very cheap and can serve you for almost a decade. These wrappers also retail at different prices depending on the customization, manufacturer, or type. Plain wrappers go as low as $0.20 while customized wrappers sell at an average price of $1. However, they are packed in packs. It wouldn't be economical to ship on or two wrappers online.

What difference between 18650 battery wraps and insulators?

Battery wraps refer to the exoskeleton cover of the battery while insulators are small rings that do not allow heat or electricity to travel through them easily. You are supposed to use these two parts to protect your battery from short-circuiting.

Proper insulation of a battery prevents damage from excessive cold or strong heat. The main advantage of using an insulator ring on your 18650 battery is that it prevents short circuits. Besides the 18650 other batteries also require the ring for protection.

Battery insulator rings also prevent falling. So it can extend the lifespan of your battery. It is installed mainly on the terminals especially the positive side. Besides, you need to change the insulator ring if it has a tear. But this means that you will replace also the wrap.

To avoid disappointments always make sure that the insulator ring is meant for the 18650 battery. Also, make sure to buy from a trusted dealer so that you can get a quality product. Qualities for a good battery insulator.

  • Wear resistance
  • Oil resistance
  • Good gap material
  • Aging resistance
  • Good insulation
  • Good gap material
  • Easy to install

Using batteries with damaged insulators or wrappers is dangerous. Also, it is recommended to make sure that the battery is safe before charging.  Another notable difference between these two pats is where they are installed. The insulator is mainly installed on the edges while the wrapper is installed on the round surface. These two components form an important part of the battery when it comes to safety

How do you deal with scratched 18650 battery wrap?

It is important to respect lithium technology and be knowledgeable about how to deal with a scratched wrap. This will give you peace of mind. Do not use cells until they are safe. Scratched cells can cause short and go in thermal runaway. Older batteries wrap get brittle hence it is good to look for options to deal with the wrap. In addition to that, you can examine the mod and practices to get the cause.

Rewrap

Re-wrapping a cell is ideal and simple. Battery wraps are affordable and can be bought from amazon, e-bay, vape shops that sell 18650 batteries. There are also youtube tutorials available on re-wrapping cells. You will need battery wraps, hairdryers, and scissors for trimming if needed. Here is a simple procedure.

?Cut the wrap using scissors, use a ruler to measure required measurements, and be cautious not to damage the wrap.

?Remove old wrap, cut down the negative terminal to avoid short.

?Rewrap and align slowly, apply heat using hair dryer from top to bottom then rotate the cell, do it for few seconds to avoid melting the wrap.

Use Tapes

Besides wraps, tapes can work for a while till you get wraps. It will be fine if the tape fits in the mod. Tight mod and batteries will require thinner tape to be helpful. Cello tapes are thin and do not change the battery's DIA.  Devices vary, some have tight battery tolerance hence the electrical tape will not fit. The cells should away from each other to avoid close contact since they are loaded in a sled. You can use the lubricant on the charger's slide and be extra careful while removing and inserting cells. Most importantly, make sure to re-wrap when wraps come. The tape can be tone easily than wraps even though they are thick.

Can you custom a 18650 battery wrap for your battery

Experienced masters of customization also known as vapers take wrap styles very seriously. Some have even found a way to customize batteries using custom graphics. This makes e-cigarette cell wraps. Re-wrapping batteries began by repairing old wraps that have scratch and holes. Today, you will find many creative and appealing cell wraps on social media including Facebook, Instagram as well as e-cigarette forums. Most common customized wraps are made for 18650 batteries.

There are several types of custom wraps that you can do. The simplest way is through wrapping batteries using plain shrink tubing. However, it will limit you to a single color. Moreover, if you want something fancy that has an image or design, use a transparent and clear shrink tubing above a graphic. You will require materials such as shrink tubing, design or image, picture editing software like GIMP or Photoshop, paper, printer, hairdryer, scissors, and batteries.

Custom Wrapping Procedure

Find Template or Image

Firstly, scan images online of the design you want to put on your battery. Get the right size and shape of the image which will fit the battery. Find templates online that you can use to get correct dimensions for the battery. Then, crop to resize the fitting image.

Print Image

Print the image using printer paper to get the best quality. Cut out the image and trim the ages.

Prepare Your Battery

To remove the old wrap, make a small cut beneath the battery, and be careful not to damage the cell.

Arrange Wrap

Cut shrink tubing to correct dimensions that will fit the battery. Place the image in tubing and slide battery inside. The image should be straight and perfectly arranged to your preference.

Shrink

Shrink the tubing using a hairdryer or heat gun, heat evenly by turning the battery.

 

 

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