What was that noise!? You look around your apartment and you see a crater the size of a dinner plate where your $10 100,000mAh power bank from Singapore once sat. You begin to sweat. How will you explain this to your landlord?
Sound familiar? We hope not.
There are many legitimate companies riding the external batteries wave and you can (and should) purchase their products. There are also many fraudsters stealing designs, repackaging them, logo and everything, and selling them to you.
Why should you care?
Fake power banks can shorten your phone’s battery life, they break easily, and they can explode and harm you and others! Be very careful.
So, how can you avoid these fakes?
1. Look for Logos
Just about everyone in this world wants credit for what they do, right? Well, brands are no different. There should be a logo on your power bank or some sort of marker to identify the product. If there isn’t, then the product is probably fake.
2. Look for obvious misspellings
Big companies pay attention to the details, especially minor spelling and grammar. I’ve seen many products with logos like Samusng, RvaPower, Ulmsing Ajackery, and other obvious misspellings. Many of these companies employ full-time native English speakers with writing credentials to go over the spelling and grammar with a fine tooth comb.
3. Look at the mAh rating (and for other techical details)
Many fake products claim to be 50,000 or even 100,000. Just to give you an idea of how powerful that is, the average phone battery is between 2,000-3,000 mAh. A Lumsing 10,000mAh charger could charge one of these phones anywhere from 3-5 times before dying. Now, if a battery was 100,000mAh it would be able to charge your average phone 33-50 times! To my knowledge, there isn’t anything on the market with that level of power, at the moment. Ah, did I mention that the power bank would also probably be anywhere from the size of a dinner plate to the size of a backpack?
4. Check for certified vendors
Many large companies actively pick and choose who they allow to sell their products. If you’re unsure if the product you’re getting is real or not, you should check to see if the vendor you’re purchasing from is a certified vendor. That street stall you found in Vietnam claiming to have a 100% real iPhone 8s? Probably not real. If the vendor looks disreputable, do not purchase that item! Made in China? Don’t worry, 99% of the external batteries for mobile phones sold on eBay / Amazon and at retail stores are actually produced and assembled in China and have great performance.
5. Trust your instincts
As with all things in life, don’t let a persuasive salesman separate you from your hard-earned money unless you’re completely secure in the purchase. Behind that smile you might be dealing with a con man selling you fake products. Always be aware and always feel comfortable while walking away. Fear of missing out is a real thing, but don’t let it control your life. There is nothing worse than thinking you got an amazing deal, only to find out that 100% real 100,000mAh power bank you purchased from the flea market caused your cellphone battery to meltdown and destroy your brand-new phone.
Are there any tips that you think we missed on this list? Let us know in the comments below what things you do to avoid fake tech products!