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Yet another VTC5 battery thread but with a twist

Discussion in 'Batteries and Chargers' started by staplerz, Oct 25, 2014.

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  1. staplerz

    staplerz Full Member

    Oct 20, 2014
    I recently purchased a pair of Sony VTC5 batteries from Amazon for $31. Did Sony ever manufacture VTC5's with 5 "prongs"? Could you guys help me out to determine if they are counterfeit or legit? I would like to return them if they are indeed counterfeit.

    Here's are some photos of the batteries.
    Are these Sony VTC5? (will update title if confirmed genuine) - Imgur

    Conversation between the seller and I.
     
  2. Silver5656

    Silver5656 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 22, 2014
    Los Angeles, CA
    fake.................
     
  3. Cullin Kin

    Cullin Kin Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 28, 2014
    The 3Oh!3, Colorado
    Yeah... Out of the thousands of authentic VTC5's I've seen, none have been 5 prong, yet alone 4 prong. It is totally possible that these came from the new facility in the Philippines though... If it is even open yet.
     
  4. beckdg

    beckdg ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 1, 2013
    TN
  5. Ryedan

    Ryedan ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 31, 2012
    Ontario, Canada
    I say fake also. The 5 prongs (my VTC3, VTC4 and VTC5 have 3 prongs each), the heavy UPC code and the seam on the wrappers are what stand out for me.
     
  6. mackman

    mackman Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 19, 2013
    NorCal
    Agree with Ryedan
     
  7. pnyc

    pnyc Senior Member ECF Veteran

    May 14, 2014
    xXx
    You have been duped. They are fakes from alibaba.com.
     
  8. staplerz

    staplerz Full Member

    Oct 20, 2014
    Thanks everyone. I will be returning them today. Any suggestion on where to buy some legit ones?
     
  9. roosterado

    roosterado Super Member ECF Veteran

    May 9, 2014
    willmar MN
    I wish I could remember the Vapers Broadcast that quoted a Sony Rep as saying the Philipines plant production was at 60% but they had other reular customers to satify[Laptops/cordless drills?] Hope this is not just rumor or a hoax. Althought there do seen to be good Alternatives according to forums
     
  10. staplerz

    staplerz Full Member

    Oct 20, 2014
    The seller is claiming they are from the Philippines. Is there any way to figure out when they started shipping out of the Philippines?
     
  11. Froth

    Froth Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 1, 2014
    Chipotle.
    The seller is either misinformed, or lying. Even if the VTC5 was coming from the Philippines they would still look like a normal VTC5. The wrapper seams, the positive pole having five connection points, the QR code and even the wrapper color is wrong. Fake as fake can be IMO.
     
  12. Ryedan

    Ryedan ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 31, 2012
    Ontario, Canada
    I know of no known good suppliers for VTC5s right now. RTD Vapor has Xtar branded VTC4's. That's all I've got.

    How many amps do you need?
     
  13. Kemosabe

    Kemosabe Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Sep 21, 2011
    Roe Dylin
    IMHO, forget about Sony for the time being. invest in the Xtar re-wraps, LG or Samsung and attain some peace of mind.
     
  14. staplerz

    staplerz Full Member

    Oct 20, 2014
    Returned the counterfeits and purchased some HE2s :)
     
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