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Fake batteries.. How bad are they?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by 413x, 24 Nov 2021.

  1. 413x


    Joined: 13 Jan 2010

    Posts: 23,764

    Location: Llaneirwg

    Picked up what I think are some fake batteries. Eneloop 1900.

    They were off ebay and price was maybe too good. Seller had good feedback.

    So they are probably fake. But what does mean? Dangerous? Just rubbish? Not as good as rated?

    Just curious if it's worth keeping them.
  2. Slam62


    Joined: 3 Jan 2006

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    Location: Monaco

    Bad bad bad
  3. dave28

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 28 Jun 2013

    Posts: 1,618

    it means they are cheap asian batteries of unknown quality or saftey

    that is one thing to never buy on ebay, batteries
  4. touch


    Joined: 28 Oct 2006

    Posts: 12,000

    Location: Sufferlandria

    It's impossible to tell. Could range from just as good as genuine ones to explodes and sets your house on fire.
    Also can vary between batteries in a pack. Just because the first 3 worked fine doesn't mean the 4th wont kill you.
  5. 413x


    Joined: 13 Jan 2010

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    Location: Llaneirwg

    How do you even get genuine batteries? Amazon are basically all resellers
  6. dLockers


    Joined: 21 Jan 2010

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    Instant death
  7. Pawnless Endgame


    Joined: 10 May 2004

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    Location: Sunny Stafford

    I've never had a problem with this listing. Bought AA and AAA several times over the past 4 years.

  8. cheesefest

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Jul 2021

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    Location: Land of Gin (I wish)

    Or pound shops. They must be awful to get 16AA for £1
  9. Liquid_Entity


    Joined: 11 Apr 2006

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    Location: Earth

    And more than likely the people who buy them from said places onyl throw them in the bin and do not recycle them.
  10. Minusorange


    Joined: 25 Nov 2005

    Posts: 8,010

    What makes you think they are fake apart from the price being too good and ebay ?

    Also if cheap price & ebay = fake, then why did you buy cheap ones off ebay if you were automatically going to assume they're all fake ? :cry:
  11. nine_tails

    Wise Guy

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  12. jpaul


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  13. Greebo


    Joined: 20 Jan 2005

    Posts: 42,070

    Location: Co Durham

    You can tell if they are fake here


    If you report them as fake on Ebay they will refund you and you get to keep them.

    If you are lucky the fake ones wont be the same capacity as the real ones or hold their charge in a drawer as well.

    If they are really bad fakes then there is the risk they may catch fire.
  14. The Funktopus


    Joined: 14 Aug 2008

    Posts: 3,617

    Location: L19

    Been looking to pick up some extra 18v Makita LXT batteries for my circular saw, and Amazon seems to be awash with 3rd party batteries, that are advertised as such, but also some that seem to be passing themselves off as genuine Makita batteries, even though the price is too good to be true.

    About the best way I can find is to buy a kit from Screwfix, that has 2 x 5.0Ah batteries, a rapid charger, and a drill (albeit a really low end one) for £149.99. Don’t need the drill, but you’re getting that and the charger for £5 effectively.
  15. Kainz


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    Location: In a cowfield, London, UK

  16. Diddums


    Joined: 24 Oct 2012

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    Location: London

    Depends, do you like your house being not burned down? I wouldn't risk it, no chance.
  17. FoxEye


    Joined: 17 Feb 2006

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    Location: Cornwall

    How cheap? IIRC last time I bought some they were about £6 for 4.

    And that was from a legit seller who also had an eBay shop (BatteryLogic).

    e: Yikes they've gone up a lot since then. £11 for 4 now :o
  18. 413x


    Joined: 13 Jan 2010

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    Location: Llaneirwg

    I think they are fake as there's a line of text on battery that isn't in line with most of the pics. It's slightly off centre

    I bought them from there as to be honest I didn't know where to guarantee genuine!

    Least if cheap and fake better than rrp and fake!
  19. 413x


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    I paid 15 for 8
  20. Syore


    Joined: 14 Nov 2021

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    I tends to buy the ones from Ikea; they are cheap (£4 for 4) and they are eneloops with different packaging.