For a technology that has been on the market for less than two decades, vaping has evolved considerably, become exceptionally popular and has created an entire culture around it.
Because it has rapidly become the new hotness, particularly for people who formerly smoked but have started to experience the benefits of transitioning, vapes can be found nearly everywhere.
However, this is in a few ways a double-edged sword, as it has meant that alongside a rapid increase in regulated, safe and high-quality vapes on the market, there is also an increase in illegal bootleg devices.
This can be a major problem when it comes to safety, as bootleg vapes sometimes use unsafe ingredients, devices are not regulated to UK legal and safety standards and it can turn a safe product into one that can cause harm to people unnecessarily.
The easiest way to ensure that your products are safe to use and enjoy is to go to an independent expert vape supplier, who will not only provide safe and legal products but will also provide advice and assistance for helping people get started with vaping.
Here are some of the best ways to spot a fake vape product.
Check The Tank
There are specific restrictions on the amount of vape liquid allowed in vape products to legally sell them in the UK.
For example, refill bottles and pods can contain no more than 10ml nicotine-containing e-liquid, disposable vape bars are limited to 2ml and there can be no more than 20mg of nicotine per ml of e-liquid.
Therefore, an easy way to tell a fake is if it claims to contain more than it can legally provide, such as offering 5ml or 10ml in a disposable.
An Unrealistic Puff Count
The capacity for vaping products is often measured by puff count, which is far from an exact science but can be helpful at times to get a rough estimate of how long a disposable vape will last you in typical operation.
Typically, a 2ml vape device will give you roughly 600 puffs and this will be made clear on the packaging. If you see a device with more puffs advertised, this is typically a sign that something is amiss with the vape product.
Check The Warnings
Seasoned vapers are more than aware of the many warnings that appear on most of the front and back of each packet. They must cover 30 per cent of the front and back of the package, and have a very specifically worded line that they use.
The warning must specifically say, with this exact wording: “This product contains nicotine which is a highly addictive substance.”
If the warning deviates from this, it is not legal to sell it in the UK market and is a giveaway sign of a vape fake.
There is also one final surefire way to tell if a product is a fraud or not, and that is if it appears on the MHRA’s list of authorised products, which is a surefire way of telling if you are at all uncertain about a vape product’s authenticity.