RELX Warns Vapers to Stay Away from Compatible Pods, Fake Engraved Devices and Cheap Vape Kits

RELX was founded in early 2018 and has quickly become Asia’s leading independent e-cigarette brand. However, we have seen a rise in the production and sale of illicit RELX products being sold online. There is no indication that such products are manufactured to the strict quality and reliability standards that RELX prides itself on or information about the content of these products. These illicit products bring great risk to consumers who think they are purchasing authentic RELX products.

RELX would like to warn our customers and potential customers: Transparent RELX pods, fake engraved RELX devices, co-branded RELX devices, or RELX products being sold at a large discount are not genuine RELX products. For assurance of quality and reliability, RELX customers should avoid purchasing these illicit products. 


Purchasing compatible pods carries serious risk, avoid buying them.

Various online dealers, websites, and even some offline retailers sell various kinds of illicit compatible vape pods. The compatible pods are sold at a lower price point than RELX vape pods and are often sold in bundles with authentic vape devices. One of the most common types of illicit compatible pods are the transparent pods.

Common illicit transparent pods
Common illicit transparent pods

According to test results from RELX’s laboratory, the illicit compatible pods often use inferior e-liquids; contain harmful substances like toluene at levels that greatly exceed normal standards; and the nicotine content does not match what is advertised on the packaging. This explains why the compatible pods are often sold at a much lower price.

 Nicotine Content
Compatible pods’ nicotine content does not match the packaging




BTEX is a general term for a class of compounds, including methylbenzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene, and other compounds. These compounds can be found in medications, flavoring substances, and agricultural chemicals. Numerous industries have strict standards for the percentage of BTEX compounds that can be used in specific products. Toluene, which was found may cause central nervous system depression and arrhythmias to persons acutely exposed. RELX Lab tests found that the toluene percentage in illicit products was higher than acceptable standards.

Most compatible pods have serious e-liquid leakage problems. The manufacturers of these cartridges do not have after-sales service or quality certifications. It is greatly irresponsible to use these kinds of products.

Do not purchase compatible pods.


Avoid Purchasing Fake Engraved Devices

Fake RELX devices engraved with a luxury brand’s logo, or co-branded devices, are also sold on different social media networks like Facebook and Instagram.

 Engraved devices that look like authentic RELX devices
Engraved devices that look like authentic RELX devices


The fake engraved devices are similar to compatible pods in that they are produced in factories with no certification. The products are not only a serious violation of RELX’s intellectual property, they are also a safety hazard, as their batteries are not properly tested. There have already been a number of cases where the battery of an engraved device has exploded.

Do not purchase fake engraved devices
Do not purchase fake engraved devices

Chen Changlu, Deputy General Manager at Contemporary Amperex Technology, a leading Chinese battery manufacturer stated in an interview, “Lithium is a very active element. If not managed properly, it can easily lead to an item catching fire or even exploding. Developing safe designs is essential when using lithium batteries, but the market has many different players. Some manufacturers remove the safety protection device or use inferior materials, creating a potential safety hazard. Please refrain from purchasing any products from unregulated manufacturers and only purchase products from legitimate manufacturers on official channels.”

RELX’s Golden Shield team has been working with other brands and local law enforcement in China to find and stop the production and sale of illicit vape products. 

 Illicit goods seized as a result of the Golden Shield team’s work
Illicit goods seized as a result of the Golden Shield team’s work


Please refrain from purchasing fake engraved devices!


Avoid Fake products on Second-hand Exchange Platforms

Fake RELX kits are now being sold on unofficial second-hand exchange platforms at less than half price.

 Do not choose the cheaper option
Do not choose the cheaper option

The majority of sellers on second-hand exchange platforms and social media sites claiming to sell RELX products are actually selling fake RELX kits and pods. Customers should be careful when buying vape products on unofficial vape platforms. The RELX Lab ran a series of tests on the illicit pods sold online and the results are terrifying.

RELX Products Test Results
Test Results from the RELX Lab


Recently, work conducted by the Golden Shield team led to police apprehending six merchants selling fake vape products. After further investigation, RELX will take legal action against the manufacturers apprehended during the police raid.

 Be responsible and verify the product is authentic
Be responsible and verify the product is authentic


Since 2019, the Golden Shield team has worked with local law enforcement in China on a number of cases to reduce the production and sale of illicit vapor products. Customers should only buy products from authorized channels and use QR code scanners to verify the authenticity of RELX products. 

Compatible pods, fake engraved devices, and products sold on third party platforms are unreliable and not safe. Please be careful and refrain from purchasing cheap pods and engraved devices.


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