How Long Does a Cart Battery Take to Charge?

Cart batteries, also known as vape pens, are vaping devices that have a self-contained battery and 510 connections for using carts. Like all batteries, vape batteries will eventually run low on power, but how long does a cart battery take to charge? Or, if you prefer dabbing, how long does a dab pen take to charge? The answer depends on what type of battery you have and how often you use it. It is important to know how long to charge a vape pen because if you “overcharge” it, you run the risk of ruining your battery. We are going to cover the basics when it comes to charging your vape batteries, so you’ll be back to vaping in no time! 

Types of Vape Pen Batteries

There are many types of vape pen batteries available; 510 thread batteries, specialty batteries, and even replaceable batteries. 510-thread batteries are considered the universal standard for vape pens and are rechargeable. Nearly all standard vape pens are charged via USB, either with a USB charging cable or a 510-thread USB charger. Very rarely will you come across a vape pen that requires specialty batteries or replaceable batteries. Specialty vape pens may require batteries that are designed specifically to be used with only that device, but luckily, they are often USB compatible. Some larger vape pen mods may use replaceable 18650 batteries; in which case, the batteries are removed to charge on an external battery charging dock. 

How Long Does a Cart Battery Take to Charge?

So you have your cart battery plugged in but how long does a cart charge? This will ultimately depend on the type of cart battery you have and how much you use it. Charging times are usually determined by the battery capacity of your vape pen, also known as mAh, and the battery’s voltage. Typically, you can expect your vape pen to be fully charged within a couple of hours after plugging it in. Just remember that the higher the battery capacity of your device, the longer it may take to charge. It is always a good idea to consult the instructions that come with your vape pen if you want to know exactly how long for a cart battery to charge. If you don’t have your instructions anymore, don’t worry. We are going to talk more about voltage, battery capacity, and how to know when your vape pen is charged.


The power sent from your cart battery is called voltage. The voltage level is what determines the temperature your cart battery will reach. You will find that cart batteries come in different voltage types: variable voltage and fixed voltage. Most cart batteries will offer variable voltage, which is also known as a temperature control feature. Variable voltage allows you to adjust the heat settings to your liking, which can be helpful if you are switching between different carts. A fixed voltage battery will only provide a certain amount of power, meaning no adjusting your temperature. The higher the voltage, the higher the temperature will reach. Since a higher voltage uses more power, it will drain your battery faster. Likewise, lower voltage uses less power and will help your battery last longer.

Battery Capacity

Battery capacity is an important factor to consider when it comes to figuring out how long it will take your cart battery to charge. Cart batteries have specifications called mAh: milliampere/hour, which battery determines how much charge it will hold and how long it will last. For example, a higher mAh battery is going to last longer before it needs to be recharged, whereas a lower mAh will need to be charged more often. Some batteries can last up to a week before they need to be recharged, but it really depends on how frequently you are using your device.

Charging Capabilities

Some vape pens have different charging capabilities, so it is essential to choose one that best fits your lifestyle. Many cart batteries come with a 510 thread USB charger, but it is becoming very popular for cart batteries to now have a USB charging port where you can easily charge your battery with a USB cable. As we mentioned earlier, it can take a couple of hours for your cart battery to fully charge. If you don’t want to sit around waiting, then you can also opt for a device that has fast charging capabilities. This will usually allow your cart battery to fully recharge in thirty minutes or less!

How Long Does It Take to Charge a Dab Pen?

Dab pens work very similar to vape pens, but how long does it take for a dab pen to charge in comparison? Well, dab pens use more powerful batteries than a vape pen because they require a higher voltage to reach the temperature needed to vaporize dab concentrates. Dab pens will often have a higher battery capacity, as well, which further increases the total charge time needed. A depleted dab pen battery will take anywhere between two and four hours to completely recharge, depending on its specifications.

How to Charge A Pen

Charging your vape pen is a very simple process and all you require is an open USB port available! As we have previously mentioned, most standard vape pens will come with their own charger; either a USB charging cable (micro-USB or type-C) or a 510 thread USB charger that connects to the 510 threads of the battery. Don’t worry if you don’t have the original charger, you can use the same type of charger from another device. If you are wondering how to know when your vape pen is fully charged, they will usually have LED indicator lights that will change color when it is done charging. The indicator light also works to let you know when it is time to charge by flashing. It is also helpful to have a device with a battery gauge, so that you always know how much charge you have left and when you need to plug it in. Now just follow these steps and your battery will be fully charged before you know it!

1.     Grab your vape pen charger! It will be a USB charging cable or a 510 thread USB charger, depending on what type of device you have.

2.     Connect your USB charging cable or 510 USB charger to your battery. If you are using a 510 thread USB charger, be careful not to overtighten it.

3.     Plug your charger into a power source. This can be an open USB port basically anywhere, like on a wall charging brick or even on your computer.

4.     Check the indicator light to confirm it is charging. Most indicator lights will be red while it is charging and will turn green when charging is complete.

5.      Disconnect your vape pen battery once it is fully charged and enjoy!

How to Extend Your Pen’s Battery Life

Vape pen batteries are designed to be charged over and over again, but they can stop holding a charge like they used to over time. The good news is that you can extend your vape pen’s battery life with the proper care and keep it running at its optimal performance with these helpful tips.

·       Only use compatible chargers that use up to 5V of power. Anything more could damage your vape pen battery.

·       Clean your vape pen battery regularly. Residue can build up on the battery connections, which can cause the battery to work harder and drain faster.

·       Turn your battery off when you’re not using it. If it is still powered on, it is still using power and draining your battery.

·       Don’t overcharge your battery or leave it on the charger overnight. If you leave your battery on the charger after it has reached 100%, it can damage the battery.

·       Avoid leaving your battery in hot or cold temperatures. This can also damage your battery and shorten its overall life.

·       Don’t let your battery reach 0%. A dead battery will need to use more energy to fully recharge. 

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