Fake Elux Bars Are Appearing on Store Shelves: Here’s How to Protect Yourself
By Space Coast Daily // January 26, 2023
Have you ever bought an Elux bar from a local gas station or convenience store and found that it didn’t quite work as you expected? Maybe the vapor production was a bit weak, or perhaps the flavor wasn’t quite the same as other Elux bars that you’ve had in the past.
If that happened to you, there’s a high probability that the device you were using was counterfeit. As the Elux brand has increased in popularity, fake Elux bars have become more and more common.
The fact that fake Elux bars have begun to appear on the market means that you should be highly suspicious if you see Elux products at unusually low prices or in stores where you wouldn’t usually find disposable vapes.
As you’re about to learn, fake Elux bars aren’t just likely to give you a bad experience – they’re also potentially dangerous. Thankfully, it’s not too hard to avoid counterfeit products if you’re an astute shopper. Reading this article, you’re going to learn how to do it.
First, though, are fake Elux bars really all that common?
How Common Are Fake Elux Bars?
Although no statistics available at the time of writing shed light on how many fake Elux Bars are on the market, a competing manufacturer – Elf Bar – has released some information about this problem. According to a November 2022 press release, a yearlong collaboration between Elf Bar and local authorities resulted in the closure of more than 120 operations involved in the production and distribution of fake Elf Bar vapes. In addition, law enforcement officers seized more than two million counterfeit Elf Bar products in the process of closing those operations.
Disposable vapes are the most popular vaping products in the world today, and fake products are much more common than you might realize. If at least two million fake disposable vapes have been found and seized by police, just imagine how many more devices slipped through the cracks and are available on store shelves right now.
Fake Elux Vapes Won’t Give You a Good Experience and Could Be Unsafe
If you happen to find some Elux bars at an unusually good price, you might be tempted to buy them despite the fact that they could be fake. After all, nicotine is nicotine, right? If you can vape a bit more cheaply, isn’t that a good thing?
The fact is, though, that the possibility of ending up with a fake Elux bar is really not a risk you want to take. Here’s why.
- A fake Elux bar may not taste anything like an authentic device. The flavor could be harsh, stale or simply wrong.
- A fake Elux bar probably won’t deliver anywhere near the correct number of puffs, so you won’t actually be saving money.
- A fake Elux bar might not be safe to use, either because the e-liquid contains unsafe additives or because the battery cell is unreliable.
How Can You Be Sure You’re Buying Real Elux Vapes?
The best way to avoid buying counterfeit Elux vapes is by buying from a company that specializes in vaping products. A good vape shop like Cloud City UK will only buy its products from the original manufacturers and authorized distributors, keeping the supply chain as short as possible.
Sellers like gas stations and convenience stores, on the other hand, don’t tend to work with distributors in the vaping industry. Instead, they get their disposable vapes from the same suppliers that provide their charging cables, batteries, memory cards and other cheap electronics – products that also have a high likelihood of being fake. If you want to avoid buying fake disposable vapes of any type, you need to buy your devices from a seller that ensures the authenticity of its products.
How to Identify a Fake Elux Bar
Do you have an Elux bar that doesn’t taste or work quite right – and you’re concerned that it might be fake? In the final section of this article, we’ll provide some concrete tips that can help you identify a fake Elux bar or confirm that the device you have is legitimate.
As you read these tips, it’s important to note that the manufacturers of knockoff products – both in the vaping industry and outside it – are getting better all the time. They specifically look for articles like this one to find out what they’re doing wrong and what they need to improve in order to evade detection. So, although the cosmetic issues that can help you identify fake Elux bars are generally true at the time of writing, they may not be true forever as the counterfeiters continue to refine their methods.
The only sure way to determine whether an Elux bar is real is by visiting the official Elux website, scrolling to the bottom of the page and entering the authenticity code found on the device’s package. Don’t just scan the QR code on the package. There’s actually at least one maker of fake Elux bars that uses the QR code to send you to a fake Elux website, which happily proclaims every counterfeit device to be completely legitimate.
Members of the vaping community have pointed out three major cosmetic differences separating fake Elux bars from real ones.
- The packaging for real Elux bars is generally much higher in quality. The printing is significantly clearer, and the cardstock has a laminated texture that holds up much better on store shelves. Fake Elux bars, on the other hand, ship in poor-quality packaging that has blurrier lettering and tends to look a bit “squashed” after a bit of time on shelves due to the low-quality cardstock. In addition, the package for a fake Elux bar may not display the correct health warning for the country in which it is sold.
- An authentic Elux bar has an embossed logo. You can feel the logo’s texture, and you can’t scrape it away with your fingernail. A fake Elux bar, on the other hand, may have a painted-on logo that you can scrape away with your fingernail.
- An authentic Elux bar should have a blue LED on the bottom, but people are reporting that many of the fake devices seem to have white LEDs instead.