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Is there a way to verify a legit Motorola battery?

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Hey I recently got a Motorola Impress Li-Ion battery with a date code of 2017. Is this possible or fake battery? Is there a way to verify a legit battery?
 

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It's intentional that they're labeled as be made in the "future". They date code them 19 weeks beyond actual manufacture to account for shipping/storage before sale and warranty purposes.
 

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Yeah, but a date code of 2017 means the 17th week of 2020. The year is shown 1st, & then the week. If the date code was 1720, that would make sense, as the 20th week of 2017.
 

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I took it to be a date code indicating 2017 as the year of manufacture, but I suppose it's possible that's what printed on it. beaker7, where did you buy it?
 

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I took it to be a date code indicating 2017 as the year of manufacture, but I suppose it's possible that's what printed on it. beaker7, where did you buy it?
The date code is 1704, I had decoded it all ready, I bought it from the eBay Store "2wayradioparts"

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Yeah, but a date code of 2017 means the 17th week of 2020. The year is shown 1st, & then the week. If the date code was 1720, that would make sense, as the 20th week of 2017.
Yah sorry, I had all ready decoded it the date code is 1704.

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There has been big money made in the counterfeit battery business for many years, and damned little way to be absolutely certain of what you get, unless the manufacturer takes it apart and analyzes it.

The best you can do as a consumer is to contact Moto, see if they'll give you any specific suggestions, or if they'll look at pictures of it. Sometimes they can cite specific known differences in stamps or molds, sometimes they can't.

The other thing you can try to do, is know your vendor. One that has been in business for 10 years or longer with no complaints about counterfeits, probably was reputable and might still be. (G) I have no idea about that particular shop.

Sometimes the maker will even be helpless, and tell you the only way to be certain, is to order the parts directly from them, or an authorized reseller. They could certainly tell you what the current date code on current production is, and that's likely to be an older code on counterfeits, i.e. not something updated as often as the real goods are.

Given all the "lithium" problems, even with genuine brand name goods, I will no longer leave them on a charger while I sleep. And I added a smoke detector above the area where they are usually charging. ($10, cheap insurance.) That only sounds like paranoia if you've never visited a burn ward.
 
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