What is a 510 thread battery?

510 threaded batteries are the most commonly used for vaping and aromatherapy. The term “510 thread” refers to the thread design found on the battery. See below…



510 thread tells you which type of cartridges will fit on the battery. There are exceptions, such as “Pods” or larger types of batteries, but we’ll be focusing specifically on 510 threaded cartridge and batteries.

Not every 510 thread battery and cartridge will work with each other. Some batteries can be too powerful and possibly burn cartridges.

That being said, the majority of cartridge and battery brands are compatible. Most pre filled cartridges will have 510 threads. In some cases, a small magnetic adapter is included with cartridges to magnetically secure the cartridge to the battery. An example of this is the Cartisan Black Box. See below…

510 thread magnetic adapter


What is a “Pen-Type” battery

The pen type battery is literally shaped like a pen. It’s slim, discreet and can hold a charge for quite a while. It’s job is to provide the correct amount of power to your cartridge. It’s important to make sure that the battery is not too powerful. This could burn out the cartridge and make it unusable. Below are examples of 510 thread pen type batteries…

510 Thread Battery - Pen Type


What is a Box Mod?

Like the name implies, a box mod or “box-type” battery is shaped like a box, square, rectangle etc.. Pretty much anything that isn’t a Pen-type battery would fall in this category.
Just because they aren’t pens doesn’t mean they’re not slim or discreet. The Cartisan Black Box fits perfectly in your palm. It even has a smooth rubber finish making it easy to grip.

Cartisan Black Box


Battery Voltage Explained

All 510 batteries are available in a wide range of voltages and also variable voltage designs. The most common voltage range found on 510 thread batteries is 3.3v – 4.8v. In general, most slim pen batteries will be in the lower 3.3v range. This is the correct voltage for most oil cartridges, but does not provide enough power for ceramic(ccell) or wickless cartridges. These types of cartridges offer better vapor quality and produce more vapor, but require a voltage of 3.7 or higher. If you’re trying to find the right battery, it’s best to start at the lowest voltage possible, and gauge how much vapor is being produced. You can always increase the voltage or try a higher voltage battery.


Battery mAh Explained

While shopping for 510 batteries, you’ll probably see the mAh listed as a spec. MAH stands for milliampere-hour, which essentially means the duration of the battery life. Batteries with a higher MAH will last for a longer period of time before you need to charge them as often. Most 510 batteries range from 280-900 mah. The higher end is usually reserved for high voltage or large cartridges.

mAh Example: If a device needs 100 Milliamps to be powered on for an hour, a 300mAh battery will last for approximately three hours.
This is just an estimate. Battery usage will vary depending on frequency and duration of use.


Spinner Pen Type Batteries

These types of batteries regulate the voltage based on turn dial, They do have a button also, for firing. Typically, these batteries have a voltage range of 2.0V – 4.0V.
Spinner batteries are convenient because you don’t need to click any button 3 times in a row to change voltage.

510 spinner battery


Button Pen Type Batteries

The second most common type of vape pen battery is 510 thread battery with only a button. Button batteries require you to press and hold the button when you want to fire it. To turn on these types of pens, you typically click the button 5 times in a row, rapidly. The same method is used for turning off the battery. To change voltage, typically click the button 3 times in a row, rapidly. These are not instructions. Just typical guidelines.

Spinner Twist eGo Batteries

So now you know all about 510 thread. But what’s eGo threading? It’s simply just a larger thread outside of the 510. All eGo style batteries have 510 threading also. Our Cartisan line of batteries will say eGo in the title if it’s compatible. Not only that, but they even make a “skirt” metal adapter to place over those threads when not in use. It gives the device a much sleeker look and feel.

cartisan skirt adapter