How to Spot a Fake Elf Bar

Using fake vapes can result in negative side effects such as blurry vision, respiratory problems, migraines and extreme nausea. Fake Elf Bars are one of the most common counterfeit products in the industry.

To help curb the problems arising from these fakes, Elf Bar has set several ways to distinguish its genuine products from imposters. Identifying a fake Elf Bar can help you avoid dangerous side effects that can compromise your health, especially in the case of long term use.

Elf Bar History

Elf Bar was established in 2018 in China. Since then, it has made its name on the global scene as one of the best brands for disposable vapes. Elf Bar has more than 40 flavors available for its disposable vape models.

The brand launched the Lighthouse Guardian Program. It aims to prevent minors from consuming its products to protect their health by preventing nicotine usage in any form.

In this program, Elf Bar placed strict rules limiting teenagers' access to any vaping products they offer. It also includes a reseller term that states penalties for noncompliance with monitoring underage restrictions among its commercial partners.

Recently, the brand has faced a trademark name lawsuit from VPR Brands. VPR Brands is also a vaping company that has produced a 510-cart vaporizer called ELF since 2017.

The lawsuit affected the advertising, marketing and selling of Elf Bar's Products.

The flavors and devices will now be relabelled and sold under its new name, EBDesign.

Despite the new name, BC5000 will still carry the same juice flavors and quality it had before.


How to Spot a Fake Elf Bar / EBDesign Bar

The brand ensures the quality of its products from development to manufacturing to guarantee customer satisfaction. Thus, the rise of fake elf bars has damaged the brand’s reputation. 

Elf Bar devised several ways to counter the problems brought on by counterfeit products. The new packaging has anti-counterfeiting technology that fake elf bars cannot replicate easily.


A physical sticker is attached to the new Elf Bar packaging. The sticker has attributes that cannot be easily reproduced.

Looking at the sticker and observing its features help check the product’s authenticity. Here is the kind of information you want to look for on these stickers:

Elf Bar Anti-Counterfeit Sticker


  • Anti-Counterfeiting Pattern. The sticker has a banknote-level anti-counterfeiting pattern that is difficult to replicate. The pattern adds upgraded authenticity to a real Elf Bar product.
  • Holographic Laser Thread. Look for a holographic laser thread. Holographs are hard to reproduce on fake products.
  • Micro Text. If you look at the sticker closely, you will see smaller text printed on top of the ELF BAR name. (This is not present on EBDesign Label)
  • Anti-Stripping. When someone tries to peel off the sticker, it rips into pieces so that no one can steal a whole label and transfer it to a fake item.
  • Fluorescent Ink. Place the sticker under a fluorescent light bulb and check if you can see the invisible letters written in fluorescent ink.


QR Code

The sticker also includes a QR Code with an anti-counterfeit code. The inclusion of the anti-counterfeit code recognizes whether the QR code is legit or fake. Other fake elf bars won’t have the anti-counterfeit code making them an easy giveaway.

To check for the QR code’s legitimacy, do the following steps if you have a smartphone:

  1. Look for the physical sticker with the QR code outside the packaging.
  2. Scan the QR code using a smartphone camera. To do so, open the camera and hover it directly on the QR code.
  3. A link will appear on the screen. Click the link, and it will lead you to the Elf Bar Verify Page or the EBDesign Verify Page on the official Elf Bar/EBDesign websites.
  4. If the product is genuine, you will see this message: “The security code you inquired about is correct.” If fake, it will read: “Sorry, the security code is invalid. Please check your input and submit again.”


Elf Bar Scan


To check for the QR code authenticity without a smartphone or having a problem with the QR code, follow these steps:

  1. Look for the physical sticker with the QR code outside the packaging.
  2. Locate the security code, which is printed directly below the QR code.
  3. Go to the Elf Bar Verify Page or the EBDesign Verify Page
  4. Manually enter the security code in the space provided. Click Verify.
  5. If the product is genuine, you will see this message: “The security code you inquired about is correct.” If fake, it will read: “Sorry, the security code is invalid. Please check your input and submit again.”

Verify Elf Bar Website


Did You Know?

Did you know that fake elf bars are so rampant that the company has to make legal action to pursue those counterfeit products?

Elf Bar launched a counterfeiting action in June 2021. As of December 2022, they have cracked down on over 120 factories, warehouses, logistics and even foreign trade companies.


According to Business Wire, over 2 million finished fake Elf Bar products were seized. Also included in the seizure were packaging boxes and semi-finished vaping pipes and accessories, and even anti-counterfeit codes.

The fake products were made from unsanitary places. No safety checks were done to ensure the components used were safe for human consumption. Thus, consumers face substantial health risks from these fake Elf Bars.

Due to the increasing number of fake items in the worldwide market despite the extensive crackdown, Elf Bar management advises the public to be vigilant in checking for an item’s legitimacy.

Elf Bar encourages consumers to always check for authenticity by scanning the QR code or manually entering a product’s security code on the verification page on Elf Bar’s official website.

Where Can I Buy Authentic Elf Bars?

Even when disposables don’t last forever, a genuine disposable is a must. It is important to get your supply of disposable vapes from legit sellers of the brand.

Vape Shack has a wide range of Elf Bar products in our shop. We are a legitimate seller that carries the brand while ensuring authenticity and quality.

All of the vape products we have in our arsenal came from authorized suppliers that have Elf Bar’s permission to distribute.

Additionally, Vape Shack offers a money-back guarantee!

If you are unsatisfied with an Elf Bar product or any item you bought from us, you can return the item/s to us within 30 days from delivery. We will refund you the purchase price, excluding the shipping, handling fee and other additional charges the order may have incurred.

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The vaping industry is not safe from counterfeit products. While there is extensive crackdown to prevent the spread of fake Elf Bars, there is still a long way to go.

Consumers can help in this crackdown by ensuring they only purchase the original. Fake vape products also pose great dangers to a person’s health. So, always be wary of the vapes you inhale.