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How to identify a fake battery

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Ever wondered why your OEM (carry-come) battery last much longer than the ones you bought off the shelf? The problem might not be wrong charging, it could be that you bought a fake battery.

Fake battery on its own is dangerous because it charges too fast discharges at a much faster rate, this make it prone to overheating, “big-belle” and possible explosion.

fake-vs-original-battery-samsung

The solution now is to identify and differentiate between an original/ fake battery. First, don’t throw away your old original battery, keep it for comparison if you want to buy a new one.

1. CHECK THE BATTERY mAh CAPACITY 

Mobile devices have different mAh from 1500 mAh reaching up to 5000mAh or more.
If an original battery has a rating of 2200mAh and you find a similar battery with another rating say 1450mAh, it is probably a fake and sold for the price of the original one

2. OBSERVE THE APPEARANCE

Most people barely notice this part. The appearance is necessary to know. It might be bigger, small or looks different from the original faulty battery. The most obvious would be the writings which would be significantly different.

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3. TEST THE CHARGE AND DISCHARGE DURATION 

Do a fast 5 minute test to check the charge/discharge rate.

• Slot in your battery
• Switch off your phone
• Charge it after few minutes unplug the charger and plug it back after few sec or 1 minutes.
If it's an original battery the percentage would remain the same. If it's fake.. it would automatically increase. For instance, battery status was 3% when you remove the charger and plug it in back it would increase to 20% .

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4. THE LOGO 

This is always the big give away, if there is any slight design difference in text or quality, it is probably fake.

5. WEIGHT 

Most android batteries are heavy actually, not all. Some are light while others are heavy. If you want to buy a new battery it's advice able you go with the original faulty battery so you can check the weight. If you notice any different don't buy it.

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6. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN 

If the original battery was made in Malaysia and the one you want to buy is Made in China, it is probably fake.

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