When it comes to life-saveing equipment there is no substitute for tried and tested products purchased from authorized dealers but for those of you out there who simply cannot resist a good deal be warned there are knockoffs out there that are almost impossible to tell from the genuine article. While there are those unscrupulous folks out there who knowing are selling “fakes” and passing them off as the real thing there are those who simply did not know the difference between the real and the fake.
So if you DO decide to purchase a CAT from anyone other than an authorized dealer arm yourself with knowledge.
Here are a few ways to tell a fake from the real thing. (Note that this is by no means a comprehensive list and as technology improves the fake will only get harder to defferenciate from the real thing)