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Sony Battery Update: Best Battery Substitutes for Sony 18650s

Posted by Jonathan Caserta on

Many of you may have heard of Sony Energy Devices sending out cease and desist letters to all major wholesalers of their 18650 batteries asking to stop selling to the public.  We received such a letter and have decided to comply with Sony's wishes and stop selling the VTC3, VTC4, and VTC5 in loose format. Any retailer who is still selling Sony batteries outside of packs at this point is one of two things: Selling fake batteries Selling genuine batteries obtained through shady channels (that are breaking their agreements with Sony) that are impossible to 100% verify, and is defying...

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LG HG2 fake batteries on the market

Posted by Jonathan Caserta on

As many of you have seen from various articles around the internet, there have been many fake LG HG2s appearing.  Even some of the more reliable vendors have received these fakes in and sold as authentic.  This is because LG shut down production temporarily and the high demand for these awesome batteries seemed to have caused some unscrupulous Chinese vendors to decide to make their own and sell them as legitimate. Has Liion Wholesale sold any of these fake batteries? We here at Liion have long prided ourselves on our extensive battery testing regimen for exactly this reason, ensuring all authentic...

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New Gopro 18650 adapter for long life gopro recording using cheap 18650 batteries

Posted by Jonathan Caserta on

Here's a cool project we've partnered with Cortex R&D on.  You know how the battery life on gopro cameras is atrocious, and their batteries are super expensive?  Well now you can use 18650's to power your gopro meaning longer life and cheaper batteries in a more portable form factor.  Check out the project here:  Cortex GoPro 18650 Battery Adapter    

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Efest 3000mAh cell change news UPDATE 12/23/2015

Posted by Jonathan Caserta on

Update:  Efest is investigating this issue.  They are saying that our tests do not match up with theirs and that it's possible these batteries were simply defective while other ones that look like this may be good.  This is a possibility.  They will send more test data.  We'll update on this issue as more info comes in.  Until then please take these results with a "grain of salt" knowing that since we only have two batteries in the 4 post style it's possible they're not representative of all others.   Those of you that follow Mooch might have seen his...

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Sony VTC5: Test results and proof we sell authentic Sony VTC5 batteries

Posted by Jonathan Caserta on

The Sony VTC5.  The battery, the myth, the legend.  So much misinformation out there on these right now.  Is the VTC5 discontinued?  Are there fake batteries out there that look just like originals?  Are there legit sony vtc5 18650 batteries?  Are the ones Liion Wholesale sells authentic vtc5's?   Do they have VTC5 test results? Let's dig into it. Background The Sony VTC5 (official model number Sony US18650VTC5) is a 2600mAh cell 20A high drain 18650 battery, with a unique specification that sometimes allows usage to 30A.  Sometimes it's labeled as the Sony VCT5 (or US18650VCT5).   Some refer to...

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