Fake NITECORE Chargers [2016]

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I recently bought ($15.80) genuine Nitecore D2 from AliExpress (I know it’ genuine from visual clues as well as magnetic test), it came in perfect condition and works great. But it came without a box (and so without a verification code) and with non-nitecore (but good quality) cable. I may be paranoid, but I suspect someone somewhere will be getting a fake charger in real box with real verification code and real nitecore cable.

So just because your charger passed verification code, doesn’t mean you got the real thing. Code is on the box and not the charger itself.

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many clues on the fake although not all are that obvious.
I own i4 for some years. probably fake, not sure. don’t remember bought which seller and at that time still doesn’t have validation code checking.

just recently purchase D4 from ebay seller and use the validation code. nothing appear from nitecore site after click submit. already sent them email for registration to service@nitecore.com, no response yet.

update: charger is fake. seller id “afforddaily”. seller proudly admit it is imitation and want me to pay extra US$13 to send me another one as solution which most likely fake too.

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Fortunately, I have not encountered a fake charger with valid code to date. With the up-coming new Nitecore charger series, I foresee counterfeit makers are going to dump of their products in the market before they get obsolete. Be extra cautious if you are getting one of those older models. Don't get too excited with ridiculous cheap price.

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So just because your charger passed verification code, doesn't mean you got the real thing. Code is on the box and not the charger itself.

 

You might want to made a Paypal claim for it. Do not let these people get away so easily.

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many clues on the fake although not all are that obvious. I own i4 for some years. probably fake, not sure. don't remember bought which seller and at that time still doesn't have validation code checking. just recently purchase D4 from ebay seller and use the validation code. nothing appear from nitecore site after click submit. already sent them email for registration to service@nitecore.com, no response yet. update: charger is fake. seller id "afforddaily". seller proudly admit it is imitation and want me to pay extra US$13 to send me another one as solution which most likely fake too.

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http://pages.ebay.com/help/policies/replica-counterfeit.html

Where it says “Be sure to report …” on that page, that’s a clickable link.

Do that..

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@hank & freeme, i already reported the item as counterfeit to ebay. Hopefully no member here will encounter that seller.

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neg seller and ding stars.
but its funny that the unbranded 8 bay which if nitecore would be an i8 has been the best performing,most accurate,most consistant charger of this type i have used.
in contrast my d4 has been the worst.

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Craaaap! My Nitecore i2 is fake and I’ve been using it for all my batteries since 2014 Sad

Positive contacts are magnetic and I just noticed they became corroded. Capacitors are noname.

Store name is superdigitalexpert2012 on Ebay.

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I thought there is no fake nitecore product. Now I know.
what about nitecore flashlight, is there any fake light too?

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Flashlights are much harder and costly to fake. MH20 and EC4 inspired clones do not bare NITECORE label.

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I thought there is no fake nitecore product. Now I know. what about nitecore flashlight, is there any fake light too?

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Got my D4 from Aliexpress from a seller who stated that it’s “100% original”, with more than 1000 orders and very good marks for that product, I thought it actually is authentic.
Turns out you can fool the vast majority of buyers, because now looking at the negative feedback , only 3 buyers complained it was a fake.
It is a good overall fake, even the cable is branded Nitecore as are the capacitors.
Scratching the verification code only to find out it was used before (and now i see the exact same number was used for another post on this thread) googling the number also leads to other buyers with the same number.

Here are some photos of my unit:

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I would rather have a coke in the evening…

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Nowhere on the PCB does it say Nitecore or Sysmax

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Nitecore printed on all electrolytic capacitors

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Crooked soldering on the push button

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The AC socket looks like the authentic one

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_And the verification _

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Sharing. I have a D2 and a old D4, both from the same seller.
D4 dont have the verification code in the box. Above the barcode, in the box, have a ‘SYSMAX Industry Co. Ltd..
Inside the PCB its a SYSMAX too and dont have any Nitecore component. But the magnet test, cable and box its ok. The power socket its similar to my D2 above.
The D2 have the verification code, box, magnet test, cable, and more, all ok. But the power socket its:
D2 photo 20161129_055541_zpsjckjhoz2.jpg

Sorry for the poor photo, my cell phone its broken. If anyone needs I dismount both and take some photos.

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Lol, I think I have an i4 fake that I bought from an ebay seller that is now gone. Time to throw that charger in the bin thanks to this thread. Will stick with Xtar from reputable dealers from now on.

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That sovket is ok its the older version of the D2

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Sharing. I have a D2 and a old D4, both from the same seller.
D4 dont have the verification code in the box. Above the barcode, in the box, have a ‘SYSMAX Industry Co. Ltd..
Inside the PCB its a SYSMAX too and dont have any Nitecore component. But the magnet test, cable and box its ok. The power socket its similar to my D2 above.
The D2 have the verification code, box, magnet test, cable, and more, all ok. But the power socket its:
D2 photo 20161129_055541_zpsjckjhoz2.jpg

Sorry for the poor photo, my cell phone its broken. If anyone needs I dismount both and take some photos.

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Lexel wrote:
That sovket is ok its the older version of the D2

Thank you Thumbs Up

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Not that I know of.

Dr. Manhattan wrote:
Have any fakes been reported for the Nitecore F1 charger?

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look at the corrosion on that crooked switch!

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Does anyone know if either of these two are fake?

$19 sold by Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Nitecore-Charger-Universal-Rechargeable-Batteries...

$15 sold by “EASTSHINE
https://www.amazon.com/Bundle-Nitecore-Charger-Universal-EASTSHINE/dp/B00WLMRW9W

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My crap-core now has a screw loose.

I inserted a pair of 18650b’s equally drained to 3.6 v.
In one slot, the battery is charging ok, while in the other the charging stopped at 3.72v, showing 3 solid LEDs.

Sometimes it mistakes a Ni-MH cell for a Li-ion and overheats it pretty much, so I have to keep an eye on it – if the third LED does not start flashing after several hours – I pull the battery out and measure the voltage with а DMM.

Beware of this crap, guys.

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Dimking wrote:
My crap-core now has a screw loose.

I inserted a pair of 18650b’s equally drained to 3.6 v.
In one slot, the battery is charging ok, while in the other the charging stopped at 3.72v, showing 3 solid LEDs.

Sometimes it mistakes a Ni-MH cell for a Li-ion and overheats it pretty much, so I have to keep an eye on it – if the third LED does not start flashing after several hours – I pull the battery out and measure the voltage with а DMM.

Beware of this crap, guys.


Sorry to hear that, are you going to try to buy a real one to replace it?
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I have an Imax b6 mini and a Liitokala, so I use crap-core only because it lies around

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That validation page,
Validation page: Validation link

Linked on second page here,
ID Guide

Do not work.

They have this, but sort of render the use of that code useless, but maybe I missing something here?

This inf on this page is sort of a drop in the ocean,
Authentic dealers

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Validation page works
I did valid my Nitecore D4 there

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Lexel wrote:
Validation page works
I did valid my Nitecore D4 there

Thanks for the info.
Now it worked, tried it a couple of days when I tried before.
I did post to there support about it earlier also, probably like many others Smile

And it was nice to know get/confirmed it was a legit charger.

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I have the same thing regarding the magnetic parts on my D4, only the positive is non-magentic, negative and the rails are magnetic and the validation check says:

"Invalid request! Registration unsuccessful.
This product with serial number of 8462548401078217 had been registered for warranty service on (03-01-2015 11:30) . If the first verification attempt wasn't carried out by you, please contact your seller before taking further action."

 

I googled my code and got a few hits including this:

"Finally, after validating the scratch code 8462 5484 0107 8217 on our validation page(http://charger.nitecore.com/validation), it showed that the first-time validation happened in last year and not operated by our sales! That means it is a counterfeit charger!!!"

"In this case, we think many counterfeit chagers are using this fake validation code( 8462 5484 0107 8217)!"

 

I see there is also an earlier post with someone who also got a charger with the same validation code

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marcl wrote:
Sharpie wrote:
Why are we all bothered ? If there are "fakes" that work the same, what is the problem ? And where did they come from ? Same factory, same parts ? Now, if someone has had a bad experience with a shoddy "not Nitecore" charger that has burned down their house, or killed their batteries, I don't think I have heard about it. Nitecore don't seem to be interested in following up "fake" allegations. I suspect it is FUD. They are not expensive. Why bother to clone and cheat ? The design is good, and the cost of parts add up to a decent amount. Show me a fake with rubbish inside and I would worry.
My D2 fails the magnet test, the verification test has a 240v figure 8 like freemes fake. And it HAS killed 6 AAA cells. 2 eneloop, 2 energiser, 1 Panasonic and a Recyko. In all cases it has taken them to 1.59 volts. The fist couple of times I did not realise what it had done until I saw 1.59v on screen. We may not have seen anyone house burn down yet and it is unlikely but, if I pay for a real item I expect a real item otherwise people would not be complaining about fake Cree LEDs.

 

What is the correct max termination voltage for AAA and AA Nimh cells?

 

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What is the correct max termination voltage for AAA and AA Nimh cells?

LMGTFY

http://lygte-info.dk/info/batteryChargingNiMH%20UK.html

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hank wrote:
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What is the correct max termination voltage for AAA and AA Nimh cells?
"LMGTFY":https://www.google.com/search?q=What+is+the+correct+max+termination+volt... http://lygte-info.dk/info/batteryChargingNiMH%20UK.html[/quote]

 

 

Thanks, I had a good look around Google wasn't anything concrete apart from the charge rate, that link seems to imply that just below 1.6v is a suitable termination voltage?

 

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Basically the charger shouldn’t cook the cells, too much heat kills them.

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hank wrote:
Basically the charger shouldn't cook the cells, too much heat kills them.

 

I charged my Duracell AA's on my new fake D4 and the cells didn't get overly warm, the termination voltage was just around 1.56v, the charging has finished and the 4 cells are now at 1.5/1.5/1.51/1.5v

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Curiosity got the better of me and I opened my D4 up, I found my "NITE COKE"

Some weird white power all over the board and all the capacitors are stamped NITECORE, so there goes that.

Also I confirmed via a Google search that only the battery negative should be magnetic, the contact rail should not.

Here are some pics of my NITE COKE's main board:

 

 

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