If your box mod is auto firing it can be a nerve-wracking experience, and a dangerous issue if left unchecked. Even if you’ve never had to deal with this scenario, it’s important to know the signs, possible causes and how to handle it.

Here’s a helpful guide to understanding auto firing, as well as some tips for troubleshooting your box mod if you run into an auto fire issue.

What is Auto Firing?

The term “auto firing” refers to a vaporizer that is firing, but without the user pressing the main fire or power button. The device is often being stored in a pocket, purse or drawer when it happens, not even within reach of an accidental button push.

Why is Auto Firing a Dangerous Issue?

You can probably guess that it’s not a good idea for your vaporizer to be firing outside of your control. Anytime a piece of machinery operates without your commands, there’s cause for concern. However, that is especially true for a vape device because it is designed to generate a significant level of heat.

A small, hot metal or plastic box in your pocket, purse, or desk drawer is not something you want to deal with. Auto firing can cause a battery to continue venting until it reaches an explosion point. This can lead to dangerous fires and potential injuries and is the biggest reason that auto firing should not be taken lightly.

How Can I Fix My Auto Firing Vape Device?

If you’re comfortable doing a bit of troubleshooting, you may be able to determine what is causing your device to auto fire, and possibly even make a few repairs to solve the issue. There are a few minor changes that could stop the auto firing and protect you from a potentially dangerous situation.

However, first and foremost, you should consider your safety. If you’re a beginning vaper, you might not want to venture into repairs at this point. Or, if you don’t have the proper tools (or simply don’t feel comfortable with your mechanical skill level), then contact a professional. The VaporFi support team can help walk you through the issue, either with troubleshooting support or providing guidance in choosing your next steps. As a battery-powered device that runs an electrical current, repairs should be taken seriously – this is important to keep in mind.

If you do feel comfortable troubleshooting your issue, the first thing to do is remove the batteries and vape tank (if possible) so you are ready to tackle the challenge. Never leave a fully assembled auto-firing device unattended, because you never know when it might reach the point of no return. By interrupting the electrical circuit, you can prevent the device from receiving the power it requires to auto fire.

Once you’re prepared to examine the device, try these steps:

  • Replace your device’s batteries. Sometimes, a battery is just a bad egg, and can be sending power of its own accord. Try switching out your batteries to see if it fixes the issue.
  • Check your chip and switch for burnout signs. A fried chip or switch is one of the most common causes of auto firing. If you’re able to dismantle your device, look for any signs of damage on the switch and chip. You may not always be able to see the issue visually, so it may be a good idea to have them replaced regardless. Please keep in mind that there are some cases where disassembling can lead to a void of a product’s warranty, so only dismantle a device if you are fully aware of the consequences.

Unfortunately, once a device has auto fired, it can be a gamble to trust that you’ve fixed the issue. Even if you believe that you have successfully made the necessary repairs, always remove and store the batteries when your mod is not in use. Even if there is the smallest chance of a repeat occurrence, this small precautionary step can help prevent it.

What’s the Best Approach to Handling an Auto Firing Device?

At the end of the day, choosing to continue using a device that has demonstrated an auto firing issue is a risk. You can never be sure when the issue will return, and because it’s such a serious problem, it should be taken very seriously.

If you’re using an older vaporizer, or you just don’t feel comfortable sticking with one that’s auto fired in the past, it might be time to upgrade. At VaporFi, we offer a wide range of top-of-the-line vapes, including box mods, squonk mods, starter kits and more. Our stock includes many different brands, styles and price points to choose from, and there’s truly something for everyone. Browse our selection and find yourself a new vape today, so you can have peace of mind and an enjoyable vaping experience once again.

Gianna Del Monte is the Brand Manager at VaporFi. She has been in the vaping industry since June 2015 and has extensive experience in successfully managing and marketing a variety of new vapor product launches. Originally from New Jersey, Gianna has lived in the Miami area for the last 5 years.