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How to spot a fake vape pen

Published Apr 10, 2019 12:48 p.m. ET

Many vape pen owners made the rather substantial investments in their tools in hopes of a healthier lifestyle that would also include using a high-quality product. Unfortunately, just like with almost anything else worth a fair amount of money, counterfeit artists are quickly homing in on the unregulated cannabis market. Fake tanks and vape pens are being created and being charging at extravagant prices to unsuspecting customers. You might be surprised just how many phony vape pen accessories are sold in high end vape shops since the imitators are so good, that anyone without experience isn’t going to be able to tell the difference even after years of use. If you are wondering how this is possible, how to avoid it, and what to look out for to spot a fake, then you’ve come to just the right place.

How to spot a fake vape pen

Though some of the best counterfeit vape pens are nearly impossible to find without quite a bit of research, there are a few things you can look out for when buying a vape of your own.

Logos - Company logos are what helps to set certain companies and their product quality apart from others. Unfortunately, these logos are also often easy to mimic in a way that looks convincing. One of the most common visual giveaways of a fake vape pen will be a misplaced or misaligned logo sticker. If you are unsure as to where yours should be placed, do a Google search to compare what you have to company photos and see if you can spot any discrepancies.

Box - Any reputable vape pen manufacturer will package their products inside of a box that should contain the device, any necessary tools, and instructions. In some of the most recent Pax2 imitations what eventually ended up giving them away was the writing on the outside of the box. The designs, photos, and even placement of everything were virtually indistinguishable from the real thing aside from one glaring detail, spelling errors. Companies that make vape tools and accessories spend a fortune on their boxes design which goes through several hands for things like spell check before they are printed. Chances are if you find a typo on your box it is likely a fake.

Seals - Most high-end vape pen manufacturers have recognized the problem of imitation vape pens and accessories making their way onto the shelves of dispensaries everywhere. To give customers a way to tell the difference, creaters they have taken a few steps including adding a second seal that must be removed from the products before you can use them.

Instructions - Much like with the outer boxes, the instructions can give you a view into the quality of a piece. If you buy anything that is name brand you will see anywhere from two to four sets of instructions in different languages that is neatly laid out and easy to read. They aren’t very long, so take a careful look over the main paragraphs including how to steps in the pamphlet. If you see any spelling errors or if you don’t see the addition of at least one other language than chances are your vape pen is a fake.

Why does this happen?

So far, the vaping industry, particularly the portion that is dedicated to THC use has managed to go relatively uninhibited by rules and regulations that tobacco is expected to abide by. Vaporizers go unchecked and are considered to be dangerous and therefore not of interest to Health Canada to thoroughly investigate. Even if they did chances are the people who are selling fakes are located in an entirely different country making any sort of punishment unlikely.

How to avoid buying a fake vape pen

Since it can be nearly impossible to tell if your brand new vape pen is an imitation or legitimate especially before you get it home to investigate properly, your best bet is to avoid the chances of coming across one entirely. As mentioned before, many head shops carry these devices on hand and don’t even realize that they are fakes. The best way to avoid it is to make a purchase directly through the maker using a company website. Others like Amazon or Ebay are some of the worst and most likely places to end up with imitation pieces, so avoid them like the quality of your vape pen depends on it.

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