CCELL cartridges have become the most known and used cartridge that many companies use to fill in their distillate. Because of this, manufacturers replicated this hardware and sell in bulk to people on the streets rather than licensed dispensaries.

Companies such as Roots Extracts use authentic CCELL’s. If you ever encounter any fake CCELL Cartridges, than the oil you are smoking might be unknown and harmful. Not to say that legit companies have not come up dirty in pesticide and solvent tests either. Here, we show how to identify and differentiate between authentic and fake CCELL cartridges.

Where are fake CCELL Cartridges even being sold?

Manufacturers are creating identical duplicates and not only selling them empty, but also with fake branded cartridges. Distributors sell these cartridges anywhere online, allowing people to fill it up with untested and skeptical distillate. Although sometimes it may be hard to tell, some cartridges may look exactly the same as the legit ones.

But don’t be fooled, some of these identifiers are very small and subtle to tell. It took a while to identify, but after countless cartridges, we were finally able to tell them apart. Remember, even the tiniest detail can tell apart from all of these fakes and real carts.

Before we identify these counterfeits, here’s a list of brands that have been thought to use CCELL Cartridges:

These are just a few companies, as we find more we’ll keep updating this list.

How to identify fake CCELL Cartridges

They should have all three stamps engraved on the bottom of the cartridge

authentic ccell cartridges
Authentic CCELL cartridges should always have these three stamps engraved to them.
ccell cartridges
As for their most recent production line, these CCELL Cartridges that say “Jupiter” also are authentic.

Each cartridge has three unique stamps engraved on the bottom of it. A CCELL logo or Jupiter, a K stamp and a serial number as well. None of these three should be missing nor misplaced. Furthermore, this engraved stamp should not look oddly huge or have a light color. If you see that your stamp has a different font size or style than the original carts, it’s probably a fake CCELL. As with the serial number, it may start with a variety of letters (CA, M,L). This is very important as to authenticate which lot the actual CCELL’s were actually manufactured.

Fonts should not be different size, color or misplaced at all

fake ccell cartrieges
Fonts should not differ in style compared to legit CCELL’s

As mentioned earlier, none of these stamps should look different than the authentic itself. The stamps should never be a sticker, always engraved. Also legit ones should not have a white plastic circle underneath the cartridge.

fake ccell cartridges
@Dankvapesofficialaccount found a fake CCELL cartridge with dramatically bright font colors.

The length of this cartridge should not be to different sized than the original

fake ccell cartridges
If you have a real CCELL cartridge, than just compare it with the length size.

This may be a bit hard to tell if you don’t have an original cartridge side by side. But something I noticed is that with these fake CCELL cartridges, they are either too wide or too thin. Every single authentic CCELL I had lined up were the same length as each other. Whereas, all the fake ones had odd and different size in length.

Fake CCELL Cartridges use weak atomizers

fake ccell cartridges
Although it didn’t drawback any oil, it would still hit light and weak. Also no authentic CCELL has ever done this with the mouthpiece in my experience.

Again, this will be difficult to tell for many people, but these fake cartridges do contain a weak atomizer. I didn’t even realize at first, but every hit I took would always be weak and light. I also noticed that it would collect reclaim inside the mouth piece itself. Which is strange, because every authentic cartridge I would get never did this nor give too light of a hit.

Not only that, but authentic carts have a total of 6 inlet holes on the cartridge itself. This is for the airflow, which is why these carts are unique and used often. Taking a closer look, you can see 4 of them at the base of the airway. The other 2 holes on the bottom of the cartridge on the 510 thread itself.

real ccell cartridges
If there’s 3 or over 4 inlet holes inside the cartridge it’s probably a fake CCELL cart.

Mouth piece is compressed on plastic top carts, screw on with ceramic top carts

Plastic top CCELL cartridges have the mouth piece compressed on. Every time I picked up a Dank Vapes cartridge, they would never have screw on mouth piece, always sealed. I’ve pulled off the mouth piece multiple times with legit ones, and only did so successfully using pliers. There was a time where the mouth piece came off easily, but it turned out to be on a Dank Vapes cartridge. Shown below is a fake disarmed, this is the one where I pulled the mouth piece off with ease.

fake ccell cartridges
Something strange I noticed when disarming this fake is how the metal part detached from the mouth piece. Every authentic CCELL never did that when I disarmed it.

Unique silicone rings inside the cartridge

If the mouth piece is removable, you’ll be able to see 3 silicone rings on the bottom of the mouthpiece, the top of the airway and the bottom of the airway within the cartridge. If you ever see two or more silicones in an area that should only have one, it may be a fake.

As for the mouthpieces that don’t come off, you’ll be able to see a clear silicone ring on the bottom of the cartridge itself. This is shown underneath when you flip the cartridge upside down.

Cartridges should not come damaged or malfunctioning

fake ccell cartridges damaged
This one cartridge I picked up came in cracked, before I even took it out of the package.

It should be noted that this cartridge should never come cracked, leaking or damaged what so ever. It’s one thing if you drop and crack it. But if it already comes like that and has one or more indicators of it being fake, than you should watch for it. Of course this may be an accident on shipping or the companies that use them. Leaking is another sign of a fake CCELL, these cartridges are built to not really be leaking, but occasionally it can happen. Failures are also not common for real CCELL carts. If you have a lot of carts getting failures that look like they are CCELLs, more likely they are fake than real.

ccell cartridge
Always watch if your cart contains this plastic white cover before opening and consuming.

Apart from this, each cartridge should have the bottom plastic cover on it, like the cartridge shown above. Furthermore, this also may be at fault of the companies end again if it’s not on. But in my experience, I’ve never received a CCELL or any cart for that matter without this plastic cover.

UPDATE 12/12/19 : Canna Brand packaging

Canna Brand Solutions is an authorized distributor of CCELL vaporization technologies, which places a mark like the following to verify legit CCELL-using carts:

Canna Brands mark on CCELL

Before vaping any cart, refer to this and make sure your cart is legit

There are too many fake CCELL cartridges and overall fake brands selling low quality oil. These fakes, contaminated with dozens of pesticides are having people distrust and sketched out about consuming cartridges. With the way the cannabis industry is moving, cartridges are becoming more and more known and popular. These carts aren’t suppose to be suspicious to smoke like many fear. As always make sure your products are coming from a licensed dispensary or a reliable source.


  1. My cart is a mary jane cart brand and everything checks out except the k printed on bottom. Cartology is printed is mine a fake or what should i do?

  2. Is starman farms and pyoor legit brands. They get me high still not as much as a joint. But pyoor seems to get pretty close. Packaging comes sealed and has FDA type warnings on it.

  3. What If it doesn’t say see CCell on the bottom but says oh zone on the bottom of the Vape – It’s a raw garden DoJo Kush? I mean an it looks authentic, but wanted expert advice! Thanks my friends!

    • Is my cart still legit if it only says HIGH END on the bottom. It still hits pretty hard and it get me high but just wondering?

  4. I have some lions breathe carts right now, also sour, and gdp. I also thought they had an off taste, like
    Synthetic.. I also noticed all the tips have a small separation where the mouth piece coecta to the metal. Don’t like them at all

  5. I have some Lions breath ccell carts. The oil looks darker than usual id say its like a dark brown maybe a hint of red looks like syrup. I tried both sour diesel and grand daddy purple. Both taste sketchy kinda like metal but im not sure

  6. i recently purchased a k cart and the bottom of my cartridge does not have those 2-3 air flow holes by the connector just an air flow hole top and bottom. Do i get a specific mod or pen for it or is this a fake please do comment back thank you

  7. Every cart I get either from the street or from the dispo does not get me high it may be my high ass tolerance but the question is what is the one FOR SURE you can tell which cart is fake

    • Thanks for commenting Los! One thing is a lot of carts are just still super weak. CA in particular has a lot of crappy brands that flood the market and keep people from trying the good stuff.

      If you’re in CA I recommend checking out Chemistry, Jetty Extracts and Aces Extracts (particularly the Energize car/vape).

      If you’re in NV or going to Las Vegas or Reno any time soon, check out Roots, Cannavative, AiroPro Live Flower, Airo ProLive Resin and Fuze Live Resin.

      If you are in CO, check out Javelina carts they were a favorite there (but get their battery or a strong battery, doesn’t work well on weaker pull draw batteries).

      For IL, check out Nature’s Grace Joos or Rythm.

      Any of those brands should be stronger than flower. The people that are getting carts and thinking carts are in general are not as strong as flower are unfortunately getting weak carts. Stuff like Kings Garden I currently am editing the review for are just not stronger than a joint. RAD Vape is so weak I feel almost nothing. Those are legit brands too.

  8. I just got 2 lions breath carts from a friend.. 2 for $45… is there a way to test what’s inside without inhaling it lol I don’t wanna die

    • I was wondering the same thing. I’d never heard of Pyoor. Supposedly it’s from Cali, but my girl out there has never heard of it. I just don’t want to be puffing on something from someone’s bathtub!

    • Yes, if you’re worried, they should have a code or something in them to check them. Just go to their website and check to make sure.

  9. Is the brand lit real cause I looke them up and it’s authentic but the only thing is their carts are gold and have a thinner tip, mine doesn’t.

    • We’ve been trying to figure out Lit for the past couple weeks. They are on Leafly which usually is a good sign, but there’s no licensing info anywhere. We reached out to them and Leafly, but there’s no response yet. Will comment back with an update when we hear something, but at this point I am thinking possibly not legit.

  10. Has anyone heard of cannaclear. It’s a water based thc cart. I believe. Supposedly comes from a dispensary out of California. It has all the right markings on the cart and everything but just wanted to check those out. Can’t find really any info on them though. My question is should the carts have TCHA or just THC?

    • If you still have your package to the canna you can simply go to your camera and scan the barcode on the back and it should take you to “”

  11. Bloom carts?

    It’s definitely not a Ccell – no markings whatsoever but it def has a ceramic screw on top and I’ve yet to have one leak and the high, for a lover of live resin, is pretty damn good

  12. So if the cart meets all the requirements listed above, does that mean the juice is safe to vape if the cart came in a suspicious package from lions breath carts??? I’m so confused?¿

    • Not necessarily – the hardware itself is one component. If it’s a real CCELL, it means it uses good hardware. Still anyone could buy CCELL products and fill them with anything.

      For example, I could buy real CCELL hardware online then fill it with a spice mix.

      However, if it’s a tested and reliable brand, making sure it is a real CCELL is a good thing to look for.

      Also, if it’s an off-brand or something you are not sure of, it’s better to have a real CCELL than a fake one, as the real ones pass heavy metals testing. The fake ones probably are not tested and may or may not pass.

  13. Have you seen anything about Organa Extracts? They look very legit, I haven’t seen anything verifying they or fake. Black Box had flavors like Super Lemon Haze

  14. I just bought a lifeline “melon head” cart or whatever. my old cart (dank vape) took like 5 hits to get incredibly high it was kinda scary(obviously fake). but this life line cart checks out on everything except it has 5 airflow holes. It came with the plastic piece on it, the correct stamp and no plastic ring in it but it has 5 airflow holes and when I hit it a bunch it only gets me like a nice buzz for a little. I haven’t used it a lot because I am skeptical about carts but any idea if lifeline carts are real or not?

    • I’ve got htfss tko choco lope, and tko grape diesel great packaging but all the labels are off on each 10 box carts are diff sizes , carts some rattle in the cart container some don’t some feel bigger than some ,the weight is off the oil bubble act diff from one another some go fast some burn slow but all I taste is like popuri scent not thc but my source is official he swears they came from disp in Cali but I’m starting to doubt the authenticity

  15. Are gas tanks legit there in sealed packages and smoke well and have great consistency also have loud carts they all pass but vague on unsealed pre roll type tubes appreciate any feedback

  16. What about cannaclear I have watermelon it says Jupiter m078 ccell on it. I have purple punch too but that one has the white plastic and no words

    • Cannaclear couldn’t be verified as real we did try to contact them. Jupiter is a distributor of CCELL so they might be authentic hardware. Howeever we think Cannaclear might be a street brand or it might be just packaging. Technically anyone could buy CCELL carts.

  17. i have a dank vape cart that seems to be legit other than it doesn’t have a clear top. It also doesn’t have the ccell engravings on the bottom. I can’t recall ever having a dank vape cart with a clear top and haven’t had any problems with any of them. the cart checks out on all other aspects other than the mouthpiece and ccell engravings. Is this a safe cart to use and is it real?

  18. I have a 24k solutions cart, doesn’t have the white on the bottom, and doesn’t have the metal part at the top, smokes really nice, all flower taste, but there’s no engravings in the bottom of the cart. Is this legit?

  19. Everything passes on my # DopeCarts”ccell” cart except the bottom only has a serial number on it. It doesnt have a K or ccell written on it. Is it fake? Do they HAVE to have all 3 stamps always to be real?

  20. I have this cart from KRTvapes. They have a Instagram which is @KRTvapes and have been bought by many. Is mine fake? Please respond !

  21. Anyone know anything about the m119 jupiter cart with only 4 holes. It says “Smooth” on the cart with smoke o’s but i can’t find any info about it any where

  22. has anyone heard of propen? i have a propen x trick daddy trippy sticks cart just wondering if anyone has tried them and wants to share opinions. the cart checks out according to everything on here just never heard of them

  23. I have a ccell cartridge that passes all the inspections except for the white ring at the bottom. It also does not seem to have any thc in it (or maybe my tolerance is just too high). Could this be fake?

  24. if i try to unscrew the mouth peace & it unscrews it’s self after s while , does that mean it’s fake ? Like my cart seems authentic according to all that^ but it’s only the mouth peace detached

  25. Is a Fr zodiak fake if it filled all the way to the top but it has ccell and Jupiter everything checks out good is it fake or not ?

  26. I have jolly rancher and hollywood haze chronopoly is has CA039 ccell with K seems all good, just want to know if anyone has a picture of what there’s looked like

  27. I gotta gusher cc and wen I screw it on its loose at first but right wen all da way on is dat normal couse all ofdem do it

  28. A new brand called Chronic Carts have been getting really popular where I’m at (northeast Ohio). Are they legit? The @ on the sides is @chroniccartsofficial

  29. Have you heard of Calink carts? The only place I can find them on is Twitter so I was wondering if they’re legit or not. I’m scared to buy a cartridge that can be fake so I only have the pic of the cases. Their Twitter page doesn’t have any photos either and they barely post anything.

  30. Anyone know anything about cobra extracts? I just bought a YODA OG cart and it seems legit. According to your list everything checks out fine on the cartridge. My only concern is the box itself. On the front it is missing the part that says “premium all-natural CO2 cannibis oil.” On their website the box has it but mines does not. This mean it could fake?

    • No I live in Pittsburgh got a prime wellness cart from the dispensary and it’s white it doesn’t have to be clear diff companies use diff things. It’s hard to tell. I’ve had exotic carts and eureka that were fake so to say b7t they were great got me higher then the weed I had. I do that know how this whole underground cart things go it I pay 30 a g on the street or 50 for half at the dispensary it’s much more worth getting the street ones and usually there leg8t.. I’ve gotten Jupiter’s prime fresco moxie standard farms andmich more from the dispensary and street ones are cheaper and as long as you don’t break 5hem you’ll be fine.

  31. My cart isn’t hitting on my pen and when I blow it almost sounds airy, what should I do? Like there’s air compression escaping the cart?

  32. I saw how a guy asked to post his cartridges to tell if they were real or fake. I have a few too I’d like to post but don’t know how. It seems, even the real ones have 4 holes on inside and 2 by the threads as well as the fake. Maybe they are getting better at making them look real. I have one Smart Cart, and plenty of dank vapes ( all empty) I have one Chronic Cart I got lost night called sundae driver. I’m pretty sure this one is real. A guy I know got 2 Krush carts-lime strawberry I believe, which he loves but looks white on the bottom. The other was a Wedding Cake and he said you could smell it and it tasted terrible and he got sick. I just want to know down to a T how to spot a fake as I have read all the ways to tell, but I’d like to send my pictures

  33. I’ve been getting off-white carts at a store and one I just got does not screw into my pen. It makes me suspect its fake but I look at this and it seems legit to me.. not sure. The carts are really good.. I guess there is a certain amount of inconsistency in manufacturing? I have pics would the author be willing to check them out?

  34. the mouthpiece, so ive smoked plenty of ccell carts, and the ones that leak are judt improprerly sealed. ive cracked the end off to find the gasket is not level

  35. Should the consistency of oil be diffrent? I had 2 weeks ago and the oil was nice and dark and thick and this shit i got now is almost like bright gold water…and its giving me ah bad headace…

      • I just got a Dank Vapes cart and checked for the CCELL because I know it’s suppose to have it and it says “WWW.BYP.NET” on the bottom! I can’t find anything online related to having this. Has anyone seen this on theirs? Or know what it means. Thanks.

        • I read the article above and there’s no other signs of it being fake that they list but I just want to know where it came from.

  36. Awesome information. Just look for overall quality even in the screw threading there should be no problems with that if you do its most likely fake

  37. I’ve had many dank vape carts, they all seemed legit. Good high no bad experiences. Mine did get reclaim in the mouth piece but it came with a plastic thing around the bottom of it. The guy who sold it to me always bought tons of them and is a good friend. Never had a problem with his or mine.

  38. So if there are no stamps on the bottom is it fake also i notice the mouth piece seem to be on at an angle and the box doesnt specify the strain


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