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Tested: “Compatible” Nikon EN-EL14 Batteries vs Genuine

Amongst the published articles on the site, it seems there is a fair amount of interest in the ones dealing with “compatible” and “fake” camera accessories, specifically Nikon EN-EL14 and EN-EL14a batteries. Having just recently returned from my first extended … Continue reading

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GearBest: Counterfeit Item, Uncooperative Staff, PayPal Dispute Needed

With the constant influx of innovative, new, low-cost and high quality from lesser known Chinese manufacturers, a constant battle is to find a source of these products with a good price from someone that you can trust. Online marketplaces are … Continue reading

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Failed: Counterfeit Linksys/Cisco PAP2T Power Adapter (MS-050200)

If I had three words to say, it would probably be just my luck. On 20th February this year, the Linksys PAP2T ATA that provides VoIP phone service to the house went down because of a power supply failure. Knowing … Continue reading

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Teardown: Failed MovNow W79 (Counterfeit Xiaomi) Fitness Tracker

Someone had commented on my review of the MovNow W79 about that to do about his fitness tracker which suddenly stopped working. An interesting coincidence? Mine also stopped working for some unknown reason. I tried my best to revive it … Continue reading

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Review: MovNow W79 (aka Counterfeit Xiaomi Fitness Tracker)

So maybe you’ve got duped on eBay and got sent a counterfeit Xiaomi Fitness Tracker that turns out to be a MovNow W79, or you’re thinking of buying one with the full knowledge that you’ve somehow ended up paying for … Continue reading

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Uncovered: Fake Xiaomi (Mi) Fitness Tracker & Replacement Bands

After a few months of wearing my Mi Fitness Tracker, the first sign of weakness started to appear. The design of the wristband has a thin edge which “slots in” to a channel in the body of the fitness tracker … Continue reading

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Teardown: Good Looking Counterfeit Nikon EN-EL14a Battery

Despite having thought that I kissed my money goodbye, I still went back to eBay to lodge a case. Within 24 hours, without any word, I received a refund and the case was considered closed. As I did receive a … Continue reading

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Good Looking Counterfeit: Nikon EN-EL14a Battery

Something most digital photographers don’t leave home without is a spare battery. Nikon’s excellent entry-level DSLRs (e.g. D3200, D3300) use the EN-EL14 series of batteries, with the EN-EL14a being the higher capacity revision that can be interchanged in the older … Continue reading

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Genuinely Confused: Another Samsung Galaxy SIII Battery (EB-L1G6LLU)

Around a year ago, I needed a replacement battery for my Samsung Galaxy SIII, which started a long series of posts encountering fake batteries. This provoked some responses, and a lot of interest, given the quality of the fake cells. … Continue reading

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Rand: SSD Dying (or not?), Ankle CT, iMac Temp Sensor Hack, Fake Batteries, More Opal, etc.

It’s been a while since the last random post, so here comes another, which is jam packed with carefully curated observations and events that have occurred since the last posting. Gough’s “almost” heart-attack Before anyone gets too scared, no, this … Continue reading

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Quick Review: *FAKE* Sandisk Ultra 128Gb UHS-I MicroSDXC Card

The holiday periods around Christmas are a big time for shopping and spending, and one of the hottest items is undoubtedly electronics. Unfortunately, for those who aren’t as wise or careful, it’s also an opportune time to be scammed with … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: *Fake* Xiaomi (Mi) NDY-02-AD Silver 10400mAh Power Bank

It might seem that I’ve been singing the praises of Xiaomi/Mi power banks lately, and that’s because they’re very good products. However, the journey to obtain the product is often fraught with more difficulty than expected. In my case, when … Continue reading

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Real or Fake? The Lexar 600x 64Gb MicroSDXC Card Mystery

A few weeks back, eBay had a 15% off everything sale on a Sunday, and I was feeling like I needed to make the most of it. There wasn’t too many things I could really need but I did decide … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Lanu Power LP-401B 4400mAh Power Bank

Here comes another power bank thanks to an anonymous donor. This particular power bank is a Lanu Power LP-401B 4400mAh power bank, packaged in the same package with the words “Quality Assurance” as the LP-406B reviewed earlier. As a result, … Continue reading

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Genuinely Fake Pt 4: Samsung Galaxy SIII Batteries (EB-L1G6LLA/U)

This week, I received a very interesting e-mail from an anonymous reader in Europe. The reader had been following the series of posts about well-disguised counterfeit Samsung Galaxy SIII batteries and had something to contribute. This anonymous reader had put … Continue reading

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Genuinely Fake Pt 3: Samsung Galaxy SIII Batteries (EB-L1G6LLU)

After having learnt of fake “genuine” Samsung Galaxy SIII replacement batteries after my last two purchase attempts, I used the knowledge I already gained to try and buy another battery which looks more promising. Third time lucky, I thought. I … Continue reading

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Genuinely Fake Pt 2: Samsung Galaxy SIII Batteries (EB-L1G6LLU)

Lets just say, after the last attempt, I thought I might have aimed a little bit too optimistically at the price point, so I opted to choose a different listing for an original, genuine battery at about 70% more. Eagerly … Continue reading

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Genuinely Fake Pt 1: Samsung Galaxy SIII Batteries (EB-L1G6LLU)

Lately, I’ve been having a few charging issues with my Samsung Galaxy SIII where, despite being connected to the charger, it refuses to completely charge on occasion. There are numerous posts online which claim the problem is in the connector, … Continue reading

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