Warning: Fake Nikon MH-25

Hello, everybody! Today, I am going to warn you about the fake Nikon MH-25 chargers in the market today. Nikon repair expert David Hilos shared some images from one that he had taken apart and we will visually compare what’s different between the real deal and the fake mainland Chinese knock-off. Thanks to David for letting us share his pictures!

mh25aYou can easily see what’s different between the real one and the knock-off. The real one has a slide-lock on one end but the cheap knock-off doesn’t. The shape is also different, it is also evident that the real one appears to be made from better materials. You can tell by simply looking at the LED, print and finish that the fake one is inferior.m25bThe difference is greatest once you open it up and see what’s inside. I will not outline the differences because they obvious. It looks like you could build the fake one from scratch by using parts that you can buy from Radioshack! If you’re old enough to remember this forgotten hobby of building a transistor radio from a kit you get from the mail then you know that printing and etching your own circuit board isn’t really that difficult.

mh25cHere’s a better view of the electrical parts. Everything about the fake one looked cheap. I won’t be surprised if this doesn’t give out consistent voltage or is rated lower or higher. It is very important that this should perform to-spec.

If you’re one of those people who want to save by buying bootleg equipment and expect that it’s going to be fine just because it does something simple like charging batteries or a simple device like a battery grip then this should serve as a lesson to you. Sure, the cheap bootleg equipment will apparently be just as good, that is until it fails or fry your gear. It is also disturbing to think how these bootleggers can get away with this. The only way we can fight this is to stop buying bootleg equipment. I would rather buy a used but genuine Nikon gear than take my chances on these things. Sure, it will not make any money for Nikon but at least you are not making any money for these mainland Chinese pirates. I’m not the type who writes preachy articles but I’ll just have to say this out. Nikon makes an honest living and the bootleggers don’t so please consider this the next time you want to save money by buying pirated equipment. Thank you guys for reading this post and I am sorry if I sounded self-righteous. I just said that for our own good. Remember the saying: “The cheap man pays twice”. See you guys again next time. Ric.

 

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Alex Gallico
    Feb 05, 2018 @ 23:04:51

    I agree. As pirated product, it is just plain wrong in so many ways. A distinction should be made, though, with a “knock-off” (e.g. Vello) which are legit products – not built to the same quality standards as Nikon but use their own name and not being deceitful by branding it as Nikon.

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  3. David W.
    Feb 06, 2018 @ 03:01:38

    This is not a new development as this knockoff has been available for over 3 years. If you check the label on the knockoff back you will find a UL mark with numbers that match the real unit.

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