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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, for instance Dank Vapes, Cereal Carts or 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 companies that 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

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Authentic CCELL cartridges should always have these three stamps engraved to them.

Each cartridge has three unique stamps engraved on the bottom of it. A CCELL logo, 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.

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

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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.

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@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

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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.

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If there’s 3 or over 4 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 a fake Dank Vapes. Shown below is a fake disarmed, this is the one where I pulled the mouth piece off with ease.

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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.

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

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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. CCELL is known for their well made and unique cartridges. 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 build 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.

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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.

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.

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