The AW 18650 battery is considered by many to be the best in its class. With high-quality materials and construction, it’s no wonder that this famous brand has become so sought after for vape mods everywhere!
When you see a product for sale online, be sure to check if it’s genuine. The AW batteries are no longer being produced, so low-quality Chinese counterfeits may pose as authentic products when they’re not the real thing! See here for an up-to-date list of which vape batteries we recommend.
We prefer safer-chemistry cells like those made by AW, usually of Li-Mn chemistry, or hybrid varieties with Li-Mn plus various technologies. The high charge density of lithium-ion cells (i.e., all rechargeable lithium batteries used in e-cigarettes) necessitates that they are treated with the appropriate care.
When it comes to product selection, quality is critical, and only well-known vape brands can currently be trusted. When a vape mod is driven severely, low-cost batteries are not a good idea because they might cause fires.
Batteries are a significant investment. As a result, fakes exist in abundance; and the danger is that consumers may acquire counterfeit cells, which they then put to heavy usage in a power-hungry vaping device. If fake batteries are utilised, there is an increased risk of injury due to high loads and rapid recharges.
Ideally, high-quality batteries should be used, and in practice, this implies that consumers should utilise a recognised secure supply chain to avoid fakes. Counterfeit batteries are inherently hazardous when used in a high-performance e-cigarette – only genuine batteries should be used.
Note: The genuine label glows in UV
Counterfeit AW Cells
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According to experts, approximately half of AW batteries produced worldwide are counterfeit. There is no mainland China distributor for AW Batteries: Alibaba or vendors such as Heaven Gifts don’t sell real AW cells – they’re all fakes.
Since December 2013, all AW batteries have included a hologram label. Counterfeiters began producing this label again in May 2014, but the copies were not exact. A genuine AW hologram label is UV-reactive and glows in UV light; counterfeit labels do not glow under UV light.
We approve genuine AW batteries for high-performance vaping equipment. As long as the correct battery is utilised for the intended service: verify the load rating. This is particularly important for sub-ohm RBA vapers who must use a cell with a sufficient load capacity for their coil resistance.