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Beware of Counterfeit OEM Batteries

fakeLast year I bought a third party battery on eBay rated 33% higher than the OEM. I was fascinated by this claim as the battery was of the same dimensions as the OEM so I spent over ten times as much money on equipment to make sure this company wasn’t pulling my leg (that’s how my mind works) and it turned into a community service project. As you can guess these guys fib quite a bit on their numbers (the question being by how much, which is what I’ve been after) and I’ve been holding off on telling you the specifics until I had tested another handful of batteries.

But I came across something you should be aware of as, and maybe I’m just naive, it never crossed my mind until I finished testing a battery identified on eBay and labeled accordingly as belonging to HTC that there are counterfeits out there. In this case, what I’ll call its voltage fingerprint was consistent with a no name I had previously bought and in addition to being a fake, incidentally it was the poorest performer.

The OEMs aren’t cheap but are still desirable for reasons every third party battery I’ve tested so far have illustrated. If you want one, do not try to hunt down a deal on eBay. Get it directly from a source you trust. Even if the guy has four thousand positive ratings, presume you’re buying a random no name that will perform accordingly otherwise you’ll feel violated and saddened as I feel right now. Yes this one was cheap and not that bad a deal even for a no name of similar performance but damnit I wanted a new OEM, not a lookalike which performed 10% worse than my seven month old OEM.

Especially do not trust the seller if the battery, allegedly OEM or otherwise, in question will be shipped from China which, as I found out very awkwardly the other night, is not Taiwan. Just when you think you’ve lowered your expectations sufficiently about a country… man.

Doug Simmons