It’s getting colder, and snow has finally arrived in Colorado! Tis the season to prepare for the holidays, which a Hopper can certainly help with ;) . Since many of us intend to get outside this winter, we’re taking the time this post to discuss the Hopper’s battery performance and the effects of cold weather.
The Hopper’s battery is a custom designed lithium-ion cell. The size and shape are non-standard, which you might find annoying. We chose to go this route to maximize the size of the battery without making the device any bigger. The Hopper was designed to be small, and there wasn’t a standard size that fit our parameters.
The battery is also a custom formulated chemistry that we worked with the factory to develop. The Hopper requires a high discharge battery to feed its 45-watt heater the power it needs. Your cell phone or laptop uses power at a slower rate compared to how large the battery is, making it much easier to produce. With the Hopper, we have a small package and need all the power out quickly, which is the most challenging type of battery to create.
We often get comments that the battery life on the Hopper is not as good as on other devices, and while that might be true, this is a trade-off between performance and size. With the Hopper, you can easily swap the battery on the go. If you use your power wisely, turning the device on and off between every hit, you can vape an enormous amount of herbs on a single charge.
Back to the cold weather! The cold means two things for your Hopper:
1. The battery will be cold when you start it up.
2. The air being heated by the device starts at a much cooler temperature.
A cold battery is an unhappy battery. Battery performance, in general, is worse when the battery is cold. If it is below 40 degrees and your Hopper is giving you the low battery indication when you first start it up, then you might want to pop your battery out and warm it in your hands for a few minutes. Once your Hopper is ready to rock, know that it is working double-time to warm up the icy cold air entering your device. Heating up cold air takes more energy and will result in shorter battery life.
In extremely frigid temps, your Hopper might display red and blue flashing lights. Warm it up in your pocket for a few minutes, and you’ll be ready to go.
The Hopper is built to withstand the winter weather, and we recommend enjoying it responsibly while you're out and about this winter season!