On the surface, you might think that buying a cheap copy of your favourite vape device might not make much of a difference to your experience. If it is a pod mod system and it holds the pod cartridges you like, what’s the problem? And if it’s cheaper, even better, right?

Wrong, imitation devices not only damage the industry, but can be dangerous to use as well. Much like the reviled fake e juices which can harm your health and are made with untrustworthy ingredients, clone pod mods can bring a range of unwanted ailments ot your vaping experience. Below are some of the ways that you can tell a fake device from a real one, and some of the reasons why you should always invest in the real thing.

What is a clone pod mod?

A clone pod system is a vape device which is a cheaper imitation of your big brand vape devices. These may look similar, but will have some telltale signs that they are knock offs. Often they are pod mod systems, vape devices which use cartridges, due to the ease at which they can be imitated over vape tanks.

The problem with clone pod systems

So what’s the problem? If they still function and can hold the pod cartridges that you want to use, what is so bad about them?

They can be dangerous to your health

These devices might not have the necessary circuitry in place to ensure your safety when vaping. The devices may be more prone to battery bursting and leaks. What’s more, they may not have the atomiser strength in place to ensure a pure vaping experience.

They often don’t work properly

Tying into the health dangers, fake pod mods often don’t work properly, leading to shoddy circuitry and broken batteries. The durability of your fake will most likely be far less than that of an original.

They infringe on vaping copyright

Another sore point is how close to patented devices these fakes roam. More often than not, they are using copyrighted technology which is illegal to imitate. This makes them damaging to the vaping industry in general, and can drag down the brands name if a faulty device is mistaken for a legitimate companies product.

What is the authenticity code?

Most vape brands know that their devices are going to be copied. That’s why they provide their device packages with authentication codes, which cannot be copied. Most fakes will not have these on them.

Is the price surprisingly low?

Most fake devices will have incredibly low prices. You might think this to be too good to be true, and more often than not, it is. Most pod mods range between £30 and £80, depending on how high tech they are. Clones will be far lower in price, suspiciously so.

How does your vape quality compare to other devices?

Take a hit on a fake pod mod and one on a legitimate device and you will no doubt see the difference. Vape juice only tastes as good as the device you are vaping it through, and this will often mean that clone devices have a far less potent inhale. Pod mods are often used for higher PG juices as well as nicotine salt infused liquids. The customer requires a certain amount of quality from these, a quality which is not matched by a clone pod system.

Who sold it to you?

You’ll be able to get an idea of the pod mods quality through the vendor you bought it from? If it is not a recognised vape shop, it is more likely to be a shop which sells fakes.

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