Know a buddy that went out and got a New Gpro, Micro G or Pax for an unbelievably great price Only to have it break the next day? It was a fake! Vaporizers are hot products, companies are fervently plowing through R&D to bring the next advancement to the market. There is many the Chinese company looking to cash in on great branding branding like that of Grenco and Ploom, they are looking to leech off the successes of others, taking shortcuts in technique, stamping their shoddy fakes with trademark logos, and selling their artificial wares. They have the factories and know how to do it and there are plenty of stores here in the US willing to make a few more selling them. Some of the fakes out there will work for a time some will break quite quickly, the warranty work and in the case of the Pax who wants to spend 180.00 instead of 280.00 but end up buying a piece of crap?
It can be hard spotting a fake. And it’s not until after you start using the product or put a few miles behind the device that you realize what a piece of crap you’ve inadvertently found yourself scammed into. This article will take a look at some of the biggest names on the market, highlighting signs to look for to help make sure you get the product you expect rather than a rinky-dink knock off.
Big Names, Big Targets
Two of the most scammed vaporizers are the Pax and the GPro. In fact, there are more fakes out there of these models than there are authentics. Pax is easily the most popular vaporizer on the market, and for good reason. Ploom has done their due diligence in providing one of the best vaping experiences available. Due to its highly sought after name and high price point, the Pax is a prime target for scammers who can reproduce the appearance of the device cheaply by stuffing a similar looking shell full of junk.
Vaporizers are technologically advanced products. The Pax 2 is one of the most intuitive vaporizers available. It senses motion, alters temperature to acclimate to a user inhalation, and has many safety features that the company must follow. Both Pax and Grenco also have great warranties which do not apply to users of fake products. Scammers don’t care about your satisfaction or your health. They are only concerned with making an easy buck. This makes using a fake vaporizer not only less enjoyable but also dangerous.
The original Pax has been around for a long time and as such people in the industry have accumulated a list of things to look for to guarantee authenticity. The Pax 2 is still fresh on the market but already fake Pax 2s are popping up. Luckily, many things that were noticeably false with the original Pax still stand true for the Pax 2.
The first thing to look for when verifying authenticity is to take note of the price. This applies to any vaporizer. If you think the price is too good to be true, it probably is. Pax’s website lists the price of the original Pax at 199.99 and the Pax 2 at $279.99. You’re not going to find many retailers veering from these prices. A regular price, however, is not a guarantee of authenticity. There are people selling fakes for as much as the authentic products, and it’s one thing losing fifty dollars to a counterfeiter and a completely other losing 280.
The quality of the box and the graphics printed on it is another helpful indicator. The graphics should be crisp, clear and properly aligned. The quality of the cardboard should also be up to the brand’s standards. If the cardboard looks like it is coming apart, or doesn’t open smoothly, chances are the vaporizer is not authentic.
When you start looking at the device itself is when you start noticing the most variations. Counterfeiters figure that most customers aren’t going to investigate much further past the packaging, let alone turn the product on, prior to purchasing. Here are some things to look for to authenticate a Pax’ legitimacy.
- With the Pax there is a major difference between the texture of many fakes compared to the authentics. An actual Pax’ aluminum shell is smooth to the touch whereas artificial ones often have a straight brushed finish that is rougher.
- The lights on the fakes are often different from authentics, flickering and fading and presenting different colors than they are supposed to.
- The logos stamped on the devices should be as crisp, clean, and aligned as the ones on the package. The text on the back of the authentic Pax is sans-serif and the logo is slightly rounded with the four lines of the signature Pax ‘X’ having a decent amount of separation between them. The text on the backs of the fakes that we have come across use serif lettering with a more squared logo and less spacing between the lines of the ‘X’.
- There is a little screw on the back of the original Pax that makes it very easy to determine authenticity. The screw on a fake is often a standard Phillips head whereas the authentic ones use a more complex hex screw that is adjustable via an Allen wrench.
- The ovens of the Pax don’t vary much with the fakes. The best determining factor that we’ve found involves the magnetic clasp holding the oven to the device. Fakes will often use weaker magnets sometimes marked with a red color.
Another good thing to check for with Pax is that all of the accessories that should be listed are included in the box and that they are in good condition. Most counterfeiters use much shoddier material for their accessories. Look for leaky lubricants, ill-printed instruction manuals, and lack of certain parts. Pax accessories come in a bag that is sealed with a Pax sticker. Most fakes don’t include this sticker.
The best way to determine that you are getting an authentic Pax is to make sure that you are purchasing it either through an authorized retailer or through the company’s website directly. Ebay is a notorious market for fake vaporizers. Do not purchase vaporizers off Ebay unless it is from a seller you trust. Some smoke shops themselves may also try to willingly pawn off fake Pax as authentic. Before purchasing your product from a smoke shop, ask about the warranty. Pax has the best warranty in the business: eight years. If the retailer tries to tell you anything differently, you may be dealing with somebody that is willingly trying to scam you. It is important to register the device as soon as you purchase it. This will help you determine the products legitimacy and make sure that you are covered in the event of any future warranty needs.
Grenco makes a lot of products. They are highly endorsed within the industry, backed by big names like Snoop Dogg and Whiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang. Their signature ‘G’ logo is very recognizable and they cover a wide variety of vaporization possibilities at affordable prices. All of their attention has made them another big target for fakers. But just like Pax, there are some things to look for when purchasing a Grenco product to help validate authenticity.
Price again is number one, as it always should be. GPros go for around a hundred dollars. Retailers are more flexible
with these prices, so you can find them around seventy five or so. Same goes for the Micro vaporizers. They go for around ninety for their newest models, but can be found for much lower. The Slims have two types for each category: disposable and reusable. The disposable Slims are around twenty dollars whereas the reusable ones are around fifty. It’s a little trickier differentiating Grenco products from their fakes off price alone; luckily there are some helpful discriminating features to look out for before making a purchase.
- On most Grenco products there is a G marking on the front of the device. Make sure this G is straight, crisp and clear. Often times the Gs on fakes will be slanted and splotchy with blurry edges and and off-centered positioning.
- The oven of the GPro is very different from many of the fakes we have come across. The airflow dots on the authentic ones are arranged in a spread out starburst sort of pattern whereas false GPros often have a cross design with less holes being used.
- GPros also have a raised rubber stamping on the bottom near the mini USB which many fakes don’t have.
- MicroGs should have a silver bottom on them where the USB port is. Some of the fakes we’ve seen are all black down there and hardly charge.
Again, with Grenco, like Pax, the best way to ensure that you are receiving a quality product is to purchase it through an authorized retailer or through Grenco’s online site. Grenco has another great warranty that’s good for one year but only available for authentic Grenco products. Make sure to register your Grenco product as soon as you purchase it.