In a letter addressed to AVA’s president, Greg Conley, lawyers for Samsung write to tell him that they act on behalf of Samsung in “the defense of product liability lawsuits involving the unauthorised use of lithium-ion batteries in vaping devices”.
Terming them “illegal sales of Samsung lithium-ion batteries for vape use”, the lawyers go on to state that Samsung “expressly prohibits the sale and use of its batteries with vaping devices due to the potential risk of overheating.”
The letter says that the company has placed warnings on its packaging, website, and issued “numerous cease and desist letters”.
“We are seeking the AVA’s assistance in preventing future injuries in the vaping community and future sales of Samsung batteries in vape shops and elsewhere,” they continue.
The letter helpfully goes on to list all of the steps the AVA can take, at its own expense, to support Samsung’s attempt to protect itself from frivolous lawsuits.
Conley humorously responded: “Samsung has asked AVA and I to ask all of you to stop using and selling its products for use in vaping devices. I'm not Samsung's puppet, though, so just use a damn battery case, practice battery safety, and please leave me alone.”
Are Samsung’s products dangerous?
Battery Mooch, conducts comprehensive battery testing for his YouTube channel.
On the 18650 20S, he wrote: “This is a great performing cell. Until now the only 30A 18650’s we had were the 1500mAh LG HB2/4/6. The Samsung 20S not only has increased capacity over those cells but it performs MUCH better too, giving us a lot more vaping time at high current levels. It hits harder than any other 18650 down to about 3.3V and appears to have a true 30A rating.”
On the Samsung 21700 40T, he said it was an “amazing performer at 25A/35A…This cell outperforms every 18650 and 20700 in regulated devices at up to about 20A-25A (60W-75W). Only the Samsung 30T hits harder for 21700’s. In my opinion though it is not a 35A battery, as rated in the datasheet.”
Samsung cells are no more dangerous than any other major brand used for vaping, and pose the same risks when people fail to treat them with respect. Store and charge them safely, don’t carry them in pockets with keys or change, and stick within the working parameters of the battery.
- Battery Mooch on YouTube – [link]