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03-04-2020, 06:53 PM - 1 Like   #1
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Ricoh warns users about counterfeit batteries (D-LI78, D-LI92)

I probably didn't catch this as it was drowned out by 100-years this and that rumors last year, but Ricoh warned its customers on June 21 2019 that they have identified examples of Pentax branded counterfeit batteries on the market. Here's a link to the press release in Japanese (couldn't find English version).
?RICOH IMAGING

It's not like this is a new thing, but I was kind of impressed how legit these things look, check out the pictures in the press release. The only clue Ricoh gives us is that genuine products sold by Ricoh are "packaged individually", which I take to mean that each battery comes in a paper box with paper work, judging from the pictures. That's easy to fake too, but maybe fake manufacturers are too busy maximizing their profit margin. They only mention D-LI78 and D-LI92 (those are for compact cameras), but probably there are more. I regularly use 3rd party batteries despite Ricoh's recommendation against that, but counterfeit is not cool.

Here's my quick translation (warning: it's a boring text).
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About counterfeit lithium ion battery packs
To our valued customers, June 21 2019.

Ricoh Imaging Company Ltd.

We'd like to thank you for being royal users of our products.

We found that counterfeit rechargeable lithium ion batteries used in our camera products (e.g. D-LI78, D-LI92) are in circulation, faking exterior design and appearances.

We cannot assure if these counterfeit products satisfy our own performance and safety standard, and therefore, if you use or recharge them, not only is it possible that the cameras misbehave, there's a risk of serious incidents.
Please do not use counterfeit products for your own safety.

We cannot be held responsible for any malfunctions and incidents arising from the use of non-genuine products including counterfeit products.

Counterfeit products we spotted at this time come with simplified packaging while all genuine products we sell are packaged individually. Please refer to the pictures below to see the packaging differences.


Information regarding counterfeit products can also be obtained at "Notice Concerning Counterfeit Battery Packs" by Camera and Imaging Product Association (CIPA).

Note: Information available here is as of the release date. Please do understand that the information could have been changed without notice as of your reading.

(Pictures of counterfeit example 1, 2, 3 and 4.)

(Pictures of genuine batteries, showing "individual packaging".)


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Boring? "We'd like to thank you for being royal users of our products."
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Buy from authorized dealers and all will go well...usually.


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Here's one such counterfeit. "Pentax," but Hoya-branded . . . in 2019.

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Just for a cross-reference, here's a thread from last year that discussed the battery fakery:

Newer D-Li90 Battery Question - PentaxForums.com

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Here's one such counterfeit. "Pentax," but Hoya-branded . . . in 2019.
Note the typo CORPORTION (missing the 'A'), which is mentioned in the referenced thread.

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