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18650 Battery Specs-Introduction, Avoiding Fake, and Charger

18650 Battery Specs-Introduction, Avoiding Fake, and Charger

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Due to the versatility of these batteries, they are used in many different products. Their main advantage is that they provide the right sweet spot for the power delivery and storage capacity. The weight of these batteries is also very minimal that makes them suitable for many applications.

The numerous applications of these batteries have attracted many battery manufacturers in manufacturing these batteries. There is no doubt that the mass production of these batteries generates a lot of revenue for them. But some manufacturers are taking advantage of this situation.

Some of those manufacturers are not making the product that they are desired to make. This generates great revenue for them but at the same time, this makes the experience of the user worse. In this article, we will discuss more about these batteries regarding them being fake or not. The need for buying a charger will also be discussed here.

What 18650 battery specs do you need to know before you buy it?

This is a very important thing to consider while buying these batteries. This is because many manufacturers are not making good quality products. This is the reason we have shared some specifications of these batteries. You must know about them before buying these batteries so that you get a better user experience.

Capacity

The first thing that is considered in a battery is its capacity. It is a common practice that sellers and manufacturers label batteries with unreal capacities. This is only to trap the customers in buying their products. When you are buying a 18650 battery, you must check the capacity so that you get the best product.

Power

The output power of the battery must also be considered. This means how much voltage and current will the battery give you. Considering this will not only help you in buying the better-quality battery, but this will also be a better decision for the devices that you will use these batteries in.

Warranty

It is a common practice by customers that they do not care about the warranty for cheap products. You must know that if you are buying a battery manufactured by a good manufacturer, you will get some warranty with it. This warranty is very helpful when you buy batteries in a huge amount.

The weight of the battery must be considered before buying as this tells about the quality of the battery. Heavier batteries are the better ones. Lightweight ones are usually fake.

How do you identify if 18650 battery is fake or not?

For getting the best user experience, you must only go for the original batteries. It is a very simple task to know if the battery is an original battery or the fake one. Here, we have discussed some major factors that will tell you about the authenticity of the batteries.

Go for the branded ones

The best practice is to go for the batteries that say a brand`s name on them. There is a very good chance for that battery to be fake. If the battery has no brand or manufacturer name on it, then it means that it will most probably be a fake or low-quality battery.

Weight of the battery

The weight of a single battery speaks a lot about the quality of the battery. When a good quality battery is made, pure materials are added in it. This makes the battery heavier. On the other hand, low-quality batteries are usually lightweight. This is because they are not made with pure materials or sometimes a smaller battery is packed in a casing

This is done to fool the buyer as it increases the size of the battery and the capacity remains the same. A good quality battery weighs 40 grams or more.

Vigorously moving will tell you

When the smaller batteries are packed inside a case, you can figure out by moving the battery. On vigorously moving the battery, you can feel something inside the battery is moving, then it is a fake battery.

Customer reviews

When buying a battery, customer reviews play an important role. By reviewing them, you can easily tell if your chances of getting an original battery are higher or not.

Do you need a 18650-battery charger?

Whenever people are buying 18650 batteries, most of them have this same question: do they need a battery charger. This question can be answered simply. Consider that you are replacing batteries of an old device or you are working on upgrading an old device. There is another possibility that you are making a DIY project.

All these cases need to be differently dealt with regarding the need of getting a charger. Here we will discuss all scenarios according to the need of getting a separate charger. This will tell you if you need to buy a battery charger.

Upgrading an old device

When you are upgrading an old device, there are greater chances that the device came with a charger. If that charger has the same ratings of the charger that is specifically made for 18650 batteries. Then there is no need to buy a separate charger.

Working on a new project

Whenever you are working on a new project, there are major chances that you will get a circuit to use these batteries. Most probably those circuits also have built-in charger circuits. In this case, you will not need to buy a 18650-battery charger.

Replacing batteries

If you are only replacing the batteries of an old device that previously had the same batteries. Then there is no need to buy another charger with these batteries.

In all of these cases, some people need to get instant power. For this, they keep an extra set of charged batteries with them. If you are the kind of person who needs to keep an extra set of charged batteries with them, then you must buy a separate charger for 18650 batteries.

Conclusion

This was a guide to buying 18650 batteries. Here you can learn to spot fake batteries by different aspects. The need of buying a separate charger was also elaborated in the end.

 

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