Monthly Archives: January 2021

  1. The Essentials For Your Airsoft Backpack

    Here at Vapextech, we understand the importance of packing everything you need for a game of airsoft.

    The must-have equipment does not end simply with a gun, whether this is sufficient ammunition or a range of outdoor camping gear.

    What you need in your backpack depends on whether you are gearing up an indoor or outdoor event plus take into account the length of the upcoming game before loading up your bag.

    For this blog, we are going to talk you through all the backpack essentials to make sure you leave the battleground as the winner.

    6 Must-Have Items for Airsoft Backpacks

    1. Backup Gun - A backup gun, whether it is a secondary sidearm mounted to your belt or a full-on extra AEG is essential to keep you moving.
    Vapextech does not recommend doing teardowns in the field, a spare battery and an unjamming rod will be a lifesaver. If an issue arises that can be solved

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  2. Why Should I Choose Rechargeable Batteries?

    Switching from disposable batteries to a set of rechargeable batteries and an accompanying charger is a worthwhile investment with a host of benefits.

    Vapextech is one of the UK's leading suppliers of battery chargers and rechargeable batteries, with years of experience helping customers make the switch from the disposable alternative.

    5 Reasons to Choose Rechargeable Batteries

    Here are five reasons to choose rechargeable batteries -

    Eco-Friendly - There are two main types of rechargeable batteries; NiMH and NiCd batteries. The NiMH variety is the more environmentally friendly variety.
    Rechargeables are always a better choice than disposable ones because of the amount of waste thrown away. By using a battery charger and rechargeable cells you will be preventing dead batteries ending up in landfill plus you will save money.
    Rechargeable batteries are also more energy-efficient

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  3. Finding Out More About Solar Light Batteries

    As the nights start to draw in, the use of garden solar lights will only increase for homeowners who enjoy some fresh air in the early evenings.

    If you have not checked them in a while and discover that one or more has stopped working, we are going to share some handy tips to get them working again better and for longer. 

    What Should I Do If My Solar Lights Stop Working?

    Firstly, it is important to check all the components of your solar lights to find out what specific part has stopped working. The solar panel on each light probably will need cleaning, as a layer of dirt can prevent sunlight from getting through. It is important to position your lights in the best direction to get the most sunlight, and if your solar lights tilt, try to get them tilting towards the sun. 

    It is also a good idea to check the battery compartment and keep an eye out for signs of damage including broken wires, rust or water damage. Check your batteries

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  4. What is the Best Way to Store Solar Batteries?

    Home battery systems use a solar PV system to charge can be stored in two ways.

    For our latest blog, Vapextech is going to talk you through both methods.

    Two Ways to Store Solar Batteries

    The amount of time that your solar battery can run your home depends on the capacity of the battery system and the level of charge. Some home batteries could potentially power your home for over 24 hours from a full charge because the capacity of the battery is more than the average daily household electricity use. If this is only partially charged, however, or if your battery system with less capacity then your energy won't last as long when powering your home.

    Regarding the life span of a home battery system, this can vary and depends on the make and model of your battery and the way it is being used. While solar batteries are designed and optimised to undergo frequent charging and discharging they will,

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  5. How To Maximise Your Battery's Performance

    Vapextech is the UK's leading supplier of LIPO and airsoft batteries, which means we know a thing or two about maximising their performance.

    To give you a helping hand we have listed below five ways to keep your batteries working well.

    5 Ways to Keep Batteries Working Effectively

    Breaking In New Batteries - New batteries will come with a discharged condition and will need to be fully charged before being used. We would recommend that you fully charge and discharge the new battery 2-4 times which allows it to reach its maximum rated capacity.

    Prevent the Memory Effect - Another recommendation to keep your battery healthy is fully charging and then fully discharging it every 2-3 weeks. The only exception to this rule is Li-Ion batteries which do not suffer from the

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  6. FAQs about Airsoft Guns

    Here at Vapextech, we consider ourselves experts when it comes to airsoft guns and their batteries. This is why we have put together this handy list of frequently asked questions we get from customers.

    What Should I Wear While Playing Airsoft?

    Vapextech recommends eye protection be worn at all times to prevent any eye injuries. As you play at your own risk, remember to play safely.

    What Does Electric (AEG) Mean?

    Auto electric guns (AEG) are powered by a battery which can typically fire in semi and full auto mode. AEG's in full auto mode will continually fire as long as you hold down the trigger and for as long as your ammo holds out. Auto electric guns are one of the most popular airsoft guns.

    Can Airsoft Guns Break Glass?

    This can depend on the

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  7. Why are Lipo Batteries So Popular in the RC World?

    Lipo batteries that have taken the electric rechargeable battery world by storm, especially for helicopters, planes plus drones.

    They are the main reason that electric flight is a viable option instead of fuel-powered models.

    Here Vapextech will share five reasons to use LiPo batteries.

    Five Advantages of Lipo Batteries

    There are five main ways that Lipos are the optimum battery for RC planes and helicopters instead of conventional rechargeable batteries such as NiCad or NiMH.

    • They are lightweight and can be made in almost any shape and size
    • Lipos have large capacities which means they can hold lots of energy in a high-energy, small package
    • They are very good at maintaining a consistent power output as they discharge. The voltage when they are reaching
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  8. Can You Replace Alkaline Batteries with NiMH Batteries?

    NiMH batteries from Vapextech can, for most applications, be a substitute for alkaline batteries despite their voltage differences. Alkaline batteries are rated at 1.5 volts and they will only deliver 1.5 volts when fully charged. As they start to discharge the voltage of alkaline batteries will continue to drop.

    Over the course of their discharge, alkaline batteries average roughly 1.2 volts (very close to the voltage of a NiMH battery). The main difference is that an alkaline battery starts at 1.5 volts and will gradually drop to lower than 1.0 volts. NiMH batteries will stay at about 1.2 volts for most of their discharge cycle.

    There are a small number of cases where their actual voltage difference is crucial. For devices such as a radio, where a higher voltage means a stronger signal, you could opt for an alkaline battery, although they are more expensive than rechargeable NiMH

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  9. Why Now is the Time to Swap NiCd to NiMh Batteries

    If you have solar lights in your garden you should consider replacing NiCd rechargeables with Vapextech's range of NiMH batteries.

    Our team often get asked if you can use NiMh (Nickel Metal Hydride) batteries in solar lights that currently use NiCd. Luckily you can and we will explain the benefits of making the switch during this blog.

    Why Choose NiMh Batteries

    Here are four reasons why you should choose NiMH batteries -

    Long Shelf-Life - New NiMh batteries can remain unused for anywhere between 3 and 5 years. Vapextech recommends using your NiMH rechargeable batteries sooner to keep your solar lights shining bright.

    No Memory Effect - NiCd batteries do have issues attaining a 'memory' that reduces the life of the battery. NiMh

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  10. Your Guide to Upgrading Model Batteries

    Upgrading the battery for your RC car is one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective upgrade you can have.
    Your batteries will supply the power for the motor, steering, receiver and ESC. For our latest post, we are going to focus on the different types of model batteries used for model cars.

    Three Different Types of Model Batteries

    NiMH Batteries - NiMH batteries (also referred to as Nickel Metal Hydride) are one of the most problem-free types of batteries on the market. Many high capacity NiMH batteries will keep your RC vehicle powered for a considerable amount of time. NiMH's do not tend to suffer from voltage depression, which occurs when the battery is not fully discharged between charging cycles. When you have a partway full condition the battery remembers the shorter cycle which is reduced to a lower capacity which means less run time.

    Here are

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