How to Spot Fake Vapes

Fake Vapes

From fake Louis Vuitton handbags to fake designer sunglasses, to now fake vapes – unfortunately for reputable retailers everywhere, the fake industry is a growing problem. 

However, when it comes to fake vapes, and fake e liquids, these can often contain a huge risk to a person’s health, and even safety which can have damaging lasting effects. 

Trust us. 

Fake vapes are a BIG problem due to the health risks they pose. 


How can you tell the difference between a real and fake vape? And…. 

Are they really that bad when you’re getting a cheaper deal? 

This post shows you how to spot a fake vape and why you should only buy from a reputable seller. 

Fake Disposable Vapes

Disposable vapes continue to grow in popularity due to their ease of use; they’re cost-effective and simple to use. 

However, with this increase in popularity also comes an increase in fake vapes. 

A way for manufacturers to cut corners to maximise profits, we continually see fake vapes and e liquids seized by authorities and impounded, and these aren’t small operations; we’re  

We’re talking millions of vapes impounded every single year.  

Our question is, how many still make it to the underground retailers, the retailers who don’t care about your health, and what are the true consequences these terribly designed, poorly put together vapes have on your safety? 

In fact, reports suggest that roughly one-third of all vapes don’t comply with TPD regulations, meaning they haven’t been through the proper safety checks and analysis to ensure that they are fit for purpose. 

So, how can we tell the difference between a real vape and a fake? 

Turn Disposable, real or fake? 

Fake vapes are very sophisticated in their appearance and not easy to spot. However, there are slight differences to be aware of: 

The bottom of a vape is often flat, allowing it to stand, whereas fake vapes tend to be curved. 

When it comes to product packaging, font, and gradient are the two key differences that distinguish real from fake. For example, the packaging’s print will be of very poor quality, with a poor overall fit and style, with misaligned parts or elements peeling away. 

Legitimate disposable vapes will always be sold in a box with a sealed packet inside containing the device and will always come with an instructional leaflet. 

Real vapes will also include authenticity stickers with a hologram (showing the brand name or logo), QR code (taking you to the manufacturer’s website), or scratch-off label hiding a security code (used to enter a secure website to check the vape is safe to be sold in the UK). 

Packaging for real vapes will always contain specific criteria such as: 

  • Nicotine health warning 
  • Nicotine salts/nicotine content 
  • Nicotine dose per puff
  • Puff counts 
  • An ingredients list 
  • Batch number 
  • Expiry date 
  • E liquid capacity 
  • Hazard statements 
  • ECID number/QR code – used to check the product you have bought is approved for sale in the UK. 

Consequences of using a fake vape 

  • Poor quality – High nicotine content 
  • Copyright breaches/illegal activity 
  • Vape juice won’t taste like it’s supposed to 
  • You won’t receive the number of puffs it states you will 
  • The battery could be a reject, or it won’t hold its charge, making it a huge safety risk 
  • No care for safety – the device hasn’t been through the proper testing protocols 
  • There is absolutely no guarantee about what you are putting into your body. 

If you have been sold a fake vape, please don’t use it. Instead, report the seller to trading standards, who can take further action and stop this from continuing. 

Ultimately, you won’t have a good experience with a fake vape, from not knowing what you’re inhaling to unsafe additives containing almost anything to vapes being manufactured  

in poor hygienic conditions – is it really worth the risk? 

Checks you can carry out 

Most fake vape sellers will sell online, which means it’s essential that you carry out the right checks, such as checking customer testimonials, whether they have pictures of the items (that aren’t photoshopped) for their site, a real address and contact information, etc. You have to do your research. 

Be wary—if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is! If something seems unbelievably cheap, you receive so many different accessories for “FREE,” or if any other discounts or extras seem too good to be true, then it probably is. Be cautious and carry out checks thoroughly. 

Check that the packaging hasn’t been tampered with. Disposable vapes should always be sealed. The content on the packaging will be spelt correctly, the print quality will be high, and there will be no double printing or blurry prints. 

Always check the authenticity code! 

Choosing the right disposable vape should come down to what is right for you, from the nicotine e liquids to the nicotine salts. 

To help you with this decision is a reputable supplier. 

We provide you with all of the information and answer all of your questions so that you can make the most informed decision. 

The safety and welfare of vapers are our top priority, and we have strict checks in place to ensure that all of our products are fully compliant and adhere to all standards. 

Check out some of our products online today. 

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