Have You Been Scammed with a Counterfeit Tool Battery?

Published 2024-06-09
Let’s figure out how to identify a counterfeit tool battery for Makita, Dewalt, and Milwaukee. Are counterfeit batteries even safe? Let’s find out!

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All Comments (21)
  • @jnic2003
    It's so annoying searching for batteries on Amazon. 90% of The top results are counterfeit ones.
  • Wow, this was a great video. Many years ago, I had a Bosch 7.2V drill. I left the battery on the charger in my garage and it caught on fire. I lost my garage and my house had damage from the fire. The firemen thought the fire started from the gas hot water heater, but the most damaged area was where the charger was. A few years later, I was in my store when I smelled something burning. I also heard a crackling noise and it smelled like melted plastic. I followed the sound and found the battery smoking while it was in the charger. I pulled it off the charger and it melted in my hand (and burned my skin). I pulled the plug from the wall and watched it to make sure the battery didn't catch fire. Needless to say, the entire Bosch kit went into the trash! If I'm not mistaken, it was a NiCad battery - the original was purchased around 1993 and the replacement in 1997. Since that happened, I don't leave my chargers plugged in with a battery. As soon as the charge light is on, I pull the battery pack off. I haven't bought an online battery yet and after watching your video, I won't. Having been though a house fire, it's not worth the small savings to put myself and family at risk. A deepest thank you for doing this video. The shorting of the battery pack was very important and informative!
  • @dcee2899
    I got scammed by a "reputable" on-line dealer. Both the battery pack and the charger I purchased were fake and potentially lethal. I now only buy direct from the manufacturer websites. This video really reinforces how careful you need to be. Thanks!
  • @catsspat
    It's one thing to sell aftermarket batteries that are "compatible" with the tools. It's an entirely different thing to sell fake ones as genuine.
  • @farhanredza
    You know what's the worst? Paying for the price of a genuine battery but getting the fake one! ☠️
  • @MrTruckerf
    It was very surprising when you were allowed to register a counterfeit battery on the company website. This is alarming!
  • I'm posting to let you know that I recently bought and applied the Sylvania headlight restoration kit based on your review and just as you depicted, the results were outstanding. We restored the headlights and fog lights on an older Mercedes E350 and they look like they are showroom new. Thanks for everything you do!
  • @IanMott
    You are now doing more than the FTC did in years about these problems!
  • These counterfeits look extremely professional and hard to spot without opening them up… thanks for raising awareness
  • @vectoralphaAI
    You can't avoid buying counterfeit batteries even if you wanted to. They sell them in the stores. You wouldn't believe the amount of counterfeit batteries that are returned back to Home Depot, Lowes and Menards as if they were the originals and then put back on the shelf for unsuspecting customers to buy again.
  • @9sheri9
    Todd, you are literally one of THE hardest working YouTuber's out there. Appreciate you! Why aren't brand manufacturers working harder to have these fake products removed from being sold? Fake products must be affecting their bottom line, yes?
  • @theplayernkc
    Thanks for not blurring out the seller's name that are selling the counterfeit batteries.
  • Crazy how CLOSE the fake batteries look like the real ones.. A++ Video.
  • Didn’t realize how much of a problem this was, thank you and nice work as always
  • Man,I love your testing process. It's very thought out and precise. You are a gold mine of knowledge. Thank you for the video.
  • @badboy10350
    Those sellers should be arrested for fraud. OR BETTER YET, make a claim with your credit card company, and not pay a single cent, then the seller loses.
  • This is genuinely shocking how real the counterfeits look. Really hope the FTC does something about this.
  • @CioerKieov
    The exterior and packing I could never figure out which fakes were made; the construction is incredible. Whoa, I appreciate you bringing this up.
  • @edgeprep
    I purchased a pair of dewalt batteries thinking I was purchasing oem because they were more expensive than the knockoffs and claimed to be authentic. However, I noticed over the past few weeks they don’t seem to last even half the time as the ones that actually came with my dewalt tools. Wasn’t necessarily searching for any videos about my concerns but your video popped up in my feed as a suggestion. So, I watched it because of the relevance. Having done so, I’ve now put the batteries in a LIPO fire protection storage bag and will keep them outside in a spare gang box I have out behind my shop (not up against the shop) and I’ll only get em out when I need to do a project that requires doing so. I’ve always left them either on my power tools shelves in my shop or even in my garage. NEVER AGAIN! Todd, you very well could’ve just saved me a house or shop fire due to these subpar counterfeit batteries! For that my friend, I can’t thank you enough for what you do and for this video specifically! Keep on keeping on! We love ya Pal!👍