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Are my AW IMR Batteries Fake?

Discussion in 'ProVari' started by Namelesss, Nov 23, 2013.

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  1. dam718

    dam718 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 30, 2012
    Hawaii
    Umm... What are you using them in? And are they getting hot? Holding a charge okay? The only thing I would be concerned with is whether or not they are truly IMR chemistry. I don't like these people throwing AW stickers on them, but they may be fine... Hard to tell
     
  2. EvilZoe

    EvilZoe Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    A reliable vendor will get his merchandise from a reliable dealer, especially in a world of fakes and clones.

    I would trust merchandise from ProVape or RTD. I don't know that I'd trust batteries from many other places, really.

    If you're worried about your batteries, return them and tell them why. If they don't refund you your money, there is something wrong with that vendor because it strikes me as a legitimate concern and I know a reputable vendor wouldn't have an issue with accommodating you.
     
  3. Namelesss

    Namelesss Full Member

    I'm using them in my provari mini (it's the only mod I own)

    I haven't felt anything getting warm in the device itself, the PT2 gets a bit warm sometimes when I chainvape... I can't tell.

    Well, it's been early days (had them for less than a month), but I have noticed that a 18490 lasts longer than one of the 18650's, but I put that down to having to break the batteries in... When I put in a fresh battery, the Cb function on the mini tells me they have 4.1V so I guess they do.

    I share the concern - I don't want my face blown off!
     
  4. Baditude

    Baditude ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Apr 8, 2012
    Ridgeway, Ohio
    The rumor has always been AW tests and picks the best ICR batteries from Japan, rewraps them in his trademark black wrappings and AW decal as the protected AW ICR battery.

    However, Japan doesn't make IMR batteries in 18490, 18350, or 14500 size. The AW IMR batteries themselves say "Made in China". So where are these batteries coming from? Should we really care? Wherever they come from and regardless of who makes them, they tend to be a higher quality battery that is consistant in quality from one battery to another. They've earned the reputation as the most recommended battery available to us.
     
  5. Namelesss

    Namelesss Full Member

    I've just sent the vendor a diplomatic email asking for a refund, we'll see how this pans out.
     
  6. Susan W.

    Susan W. Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 30, 2013
    Torrance, CA
    Keep us posted. I'd like to know what the vendor says.

     
  7. Thrasher

    Thrasher ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 28, 2012
    Madeira beach, Fla
    at this point they all say "made in china"
    while they have proven to be a great cell and work exceptionally well it has always slightly bothered me that no real information can be found about them. i mean contacting him directly through a forum for bulk deals? it costs nothing for a website these days, and has aways left a little lingering paranoia about what he may really be doing here.
     
  8. Namelesss

    Namelesss Full Member

    Out of curiosity, like what?
     
  9. Jimi D.

    Jimi D. ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Oct 26, 2010
    Florida Keys
    Damned right we should care ! What if the AW 1600's are not rated at 15C ???
     
  10. XMit

    XMit Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 23, 2011
    Midwest
  11. TFL!

    TFL! Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 27, 2013
    Chatfield, MN, USA
    SO which one is fake?
     
  12. Jimi D.

    Jimi D. ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Oct 26, 2010
    Florida Keys
    I dunno. Only Andrew Wan knows :facepalm:
     
  13. Jimi D.

    Jimi D. ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Oct 26, 2010
    Florida Keys
  14. Lisa66

    Lisa66 Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Jan 23, 2011
    Florida
    Here's something I found when trying to find stuff about Andrew Wan. He is present in Candle Power Forums (flashlight enthusiasts???) with a supplier thread and is selling people his products directly on the forum. There is a post at the top of page 47 where an Australian asks who genuine suppliers of AW products are in his/her country and an answer is given:

    IMR16340 / IMR14500 / IMR18350 / IMR18490 / IMR18650 / IMR26500 *Part 2* - Page 47

    I skimmed through the thread a little and this really does appear to be Andrew Wan. I obtained the link to it via another search result that ended up on another flashlight forum.

    I'm wondering if we should post a similar question directly to him there??
     
  15. EvilZoe

    EvilZoe Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    why not? sounds like an idea.
     
  16. Lisa66

    Lisa66 Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Jan 23, 2011
    Florida
    I'm doing it. :)
     
  17. TFL!

    TFL! Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 27, 2013
    Chatfield, MN, USA
  18. EvilZoe

    EvilZoe Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    The font on the batteries is different in your image. It's more like it's supposed to be.

    The OP's image looks like a dot matrix font.
     
  19. Jimi D.

    Jimi D. ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Oct 26, 2010
    Florida Keys
    WOW !! Nice find :)
     
  20. Lisa66

    Lisa66 Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Jan 23, 2011
    Florida
    Just registered in the forum........ Let me look around for a bit in that thread to make sure someone else hasn't asked the same question for the US. Also, to make sure I can post in the marketplace right away; not sure if I have to get some posts in first. Um, I have a flashlight - but it's not like I love it or anything!
     
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