The vape industry is one of the fastest growing markets worldwide, consistently breaking new boundaries in technological innovation whilst offering vapers new ways to combat smoking. This has led to some factories and small businesses taking advantage of the burgeoning industry, by creating replicas and copies of some of the more popular products on the current market. These are more commonly known as clones. It cannot be stressed enough the need to purchase vape equipment from reputable and legitimate vendors, like ourselves. If the price seems too good to be true, chances are that it probably is.
Unfortunately, many unscrupulous individuals take advantage of this and try to pass off a cheaper clone as an original product which have a much higher chance of harming the user. The vast majority of well-established vape companies have tried to eliminate this by introducing a series of authentication and verification checks.
Here at Vape Club, we only source the genuine article, the ‘real McCoy’ so to speak. If you’re at all concerned about the origin of your device, then here’s our handy guide breakdown of the most popular manufacturers’ verification techniques to help with authenticating your product and putting your mind at rest.
One of the most popular and trusted vaping manufacturers on the planet, Aspire, over the years have produced some of the most cutting-edge and renowned kits, tanks and hardware ever released.
Because of this, Aspire do seem to suffer from an ‘attack of the clones’ consistently, there have been many copies made of their well-known equipment. Some of these are almost identical to the authentic original, at least on the outside.
Aspire’s authentication is located on the reverse of the product box, usually situated at the bottom. It features a code that’s covered by a ‘scratch and check’ label, which once erased will reveal the verification code.
This code can then be verified via Aspire’s official website, which you can find by clicking the link below and scrolling to the bottom of the page. Once entered, Aspire will then inform you of whether the code is genuine or not.
Eleaf are well known for their solid and dependable range of kits, mods and tanks. Their devices are often considered great value for money and due to this it’s not that often there’s news of an Eleaf clone.
Nevertheless, it hasn’t stopped imitators from producing their own versions and there have been a few reports of copies surfacing recently.
Like many of the other brands, Eleaf’s verification can be found on the back of the product box, located towards the bottom. Alongside the serial number, the label at the bottom of the box will have a code that’s covered by a ‘scratch and check’, which once removed will reveal the anti-counterfeit code.
Take this code to the dedicated Batch Code page of the Eleaf website (accessible via the link below), and enter it to authenticate your device.
Efest have built a reputation for themselves as one of the go-to manufacturers of vape batteries. Unfortunately, there are a large number of fake vape batteries, which are quite easy to replicate yet feature an increased risk of harm attached. As always, we recommend purchasing your batteries from a trusted and reputable source, like ourselves, with battery safety remaining one of the fundamental aspects of vaping which all users need to be educated on.
It’s difficult to tell whether a battery is fake just by looking at it, as the colouring and casing is likely to be very similar to the original. Even a difference in performance is hard to identify clearly enough. The only real way to tell is by testing the battery under load, but this can be difficult for most people as they’re unlikely to have the proper testing equipment.
Fortunately, Efest have provided an anti-counterfeit sticker for their batteries, located on the cell itself. Once entered into the website link below, the 20-digit authentication number will then disclose the date when the code was verified first, and how many times the code has been entered since. If you’ve just purchased a new battery, this figure should be ‘one’. This authentication technique is super handy and could save yourself from experiencing any harm or damage.
Laying claim to some of the most exceptional and reliable pieces of vape hardware, Innokin are one of the most well-known and respected names in the vape game. From simple starter kits for vapers beginning their vaping journey, to some of the most powerful and performance-driven vape tanks out there.
Whilst there doesn’t seem to be as many copies and clones of Innokin products as much as other mainstream brands, there still have been stories of a few Innokin fakes floating around.
To ensure you’re receiving one of their genuine products, Innokin have provided a scratch-and-check authentication sticker, which can be found on the reverse of the box.
Once entered into their website (link below), you’ll then be able to confirm whether your product was indeed made following the high standards of Innokin engineering.
Joyetech are a Korean vape brand, synonymous with user-friendly hardware created using expert machining. Having been at the forefront of pioneering technologies, with their metaphorical finger consistently on the pulse, Joyetech have developed some truly innovative pieces of equipment.
As such, it’s no surprise that clones and copycats of Joyetech products exist on the market. Similar to many of the other manufacturers, Joyetech include a security code on their products accessible via the standard scratch and check method, for a simple verification process.
Once you’ve got your code, simply head to the official Joyetech site (link below), and type in the code into the serial number box on the bottom right of the screen, to identify whether your Joyetech product is the real deal.
As another one of the vaping industries’ most reputable and popular manufacturers, Smok are well known for their performance-driven yet stylish kits, which consistently test the limits of technology, from vape kits to their renowned coil series.
Similar to the other bigger manufacturers, Smok have seen a flurry of clones of their devices on the market. On the surface, it can be very difficult to tell which are simple imitations and which are the genuine product.
Smok’s updated verification system requires the user to download the IVPS Tour App and scan the two QR codes located on the back of Smok product boxes. This equates to a 100% validation method which although can be more time consuming than other vape brand’s verification process, it is guaranteed to inform you whether your product is genuine and safe to use.
We hope this has helped you a great deal in finding out whether your device is real and ultimately safe to use. We’ve tried to cover most of the well-known vape manufacturers to give users the best possible chance of verifying their product.
If you have a vape device which isn’t one of these brands which you require to be authenticated, then simply type in the name of brand into Google followed by ‘verification’. This should direct you to a simple procedure of finding out whether your device is genuine or not. As aforementioned, it’s always essential to purchase your vape products from a reputable vendor, like ourselves, to ensure 100% genuinity.
If you have any other queries relating to counterfeit products or vaping in general, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.