How to spot a Fake Sony Sony VTC5

How to Spot a Fake Sony VTC5 battery.

Sun Vapers learned that fakes were being sold on ebay from a concerned user on Reddit.  We have purchased the same batteries and tested them ourselves just to see what a fake looks like and how it would perform if someone chose to ignore it. The first half of this will show pictures comparing a fake to a real Sony, and the last half will show its performance.

WARNING:  THIS BLOG IS DATED.  There are multiple fakes from various sources.  Some of the counterfeits look really close to the real VTC5 and they have begun cloning the VTC3 and VTC4 to circumvent scrutiny.   This blog should HELP you eliminate one version of the fake but you should do extra research if you are concerned.   All VTC are allegedly discontinued in a loose format for 2014 from according to my supplier.  Thanks. 10/26/2014

 

Fake Seam Sony VTC5

I think the most obvious is the nasty seem. I would think almost everything would be overlooked by the average user but this seem is a dead giveaway since NO other battery maker has this issue it really catches the attention of the user.

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Fake Dot Matrix VTC5

The one on the left seems to be burnt in. The fake seems to be printed on the label in a neat square. NOTE: there seems to be some variance on the QR code either being slightly different or not present on real batteries. If needed, I will update this with more specifics.

Font Alignment VTC5

You can see the text alignment and font is slightly off. The logo seems a bit larger as well.

 

Postive comparison VTC5
In the image there is not much to see, both fakes I have came with sticky stuff on the positive. The positive seems only slightly raised. But this difference was hard to photograph.
Negative side Fake VTC5

The negative post will be raised on the fake. This is usually the sign of a China made battery. MNKE, Efest and other China brands I come across usually have this raised negative.

This part was more or less fun for me since I am a fan of batteries and what it could possibly mean for our future.   Honestly the battery itself is NOT TERRIBLE it works and will probably get the job done if needed.

The issue is the lack of credibility, we just don’t know how dangerous it could be and because of the credibility issue can we ever trust what the manufacturer would claim???? It does not produce 2.6 Ah and at 30 amps it WILL get super hot.

I have tested the battery and compared it to a real Sony VTC5!

Fake VTC5 capacity

Properly charged and discharge at 1 amp.

Fake Sony VTC5 discharge curve

Not even close the VTC3 LOL.

Fake VTC5 50 watts curve

Wattage test can illustrate more accurately how the battery will perform in a regulated scenario. You can get different capacities at different wattages.

 Final notes:

This will continue to happen, as time goes by I am not surprised.  The vape community loves counterfeits and I would say in my experience this is the first industry where the majority of users love counterfeits more than the idea men who created the brands the fakes attempt to imitate. And because of that everyone is jumping on the fake bandwagon!  I have so many emails of just fake product even of other Chinese companies!!!  The question I have is when are e-lqiuids going to start being counterfeited?  HAHA Peace out!

-Edward

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