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For information on our official distributors around the world, check this page. If you want to become a distributor of Arduino boards contact us: distribution [at] arduino.cc

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In case you catch any of your sellers selling such counterfeit boards, do report them to us at: trademark@arduino.cc.

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In case you catch any of your sellers selling such counterfeit boards, do report them to us at: trademark [at] arduino.cc.

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For information on our official distributors around the world, check this page. If you want to become a distributor of Arduino boards contact us: distribution@arduino.cc

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For information on our official distributors around the world, check this page. If you want to become a distributor of Arduino boards contact us: distribution [at] arduino.cc

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In every original Arduino, the connections between components, look 'woven' and beautiful, not 'pasted' and ugly.

Here is what we mean:

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In every original Arduino the connections between components look 'woven' and beautiful, not 'pasted' and ugly.

Here's what we mean:

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Look for the sharp edges. And the hole inside the 'A'. As compared to the following fakes.

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Look for the sharp edges and the hole inside the 'A' as compared to the following fakes:

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The fake, has 'rounded' edges. and the print is not sharp. Or may just be flat, made using some standard font.

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The fake, has 'rounded' edges and the print is not sharp.

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In case you catch any of your sellers selling such counterfeit boards, do report them to us at: : trademark@arduino.cc.
Together, we can build a better community.

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In case you catch any of your sellers selling such counterfeit boards, do report them to us at: trademark@arduino.cc.

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Please look for words like 'Arduino compatible' or 'Uno for Arduino' while buying online, they are mostly fake.

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Please look for keywords like 'Arduino compatible' or 'Uno for Arduino' while buying online, because if the boards look like original Arduino, they are mostly fake.

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Here is a major fakealert! The component 501 K, which is located next to the voltage regulator is generally green in colour in fakes. The green component, has similar properties as the original Arduino Golden-black component and is available off the shelf.

We get it specially made for Arduino to make it look different.

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Here's a major fake-alert! The component 501 K located next to the voltage regulator is generally green on fake boards. The green one has similar properties as the original Arduino golden-black component and is available off the shelf.

We get it specially made for Arduino to make it look different:

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  • the documentation;
  • reply personally to all the enquiries in the forums;
  • develop new and interesting hardware;
  • write examples to make learning easier;
  • and many more things to come.

In case you catch any of your sellers selling such counterfeit boards, do report to us at: trademark@arduino.cc.\\

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  • developing new open source hardware
  • the documentation
  • CE/FCC certification
  • carbon offsetting
  • quality control
  • community management
  • publishing tutorials
  • make donations to other open source projects
  • hosting/maintanance website and forum (millions of users!)

In case you catch any of your sellers selling such counterfeit boards, do report them to us at: : trademark@arduino.cc.\\

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In case you catch any of your sellers selling such counterfeit boards, do report to us at: trademark@arduino.cc.

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In case you catch any of your sellers selling such counterfeit boards, do report to us at: trademark@arduino.cc.\\

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Font/silk

When you carefully observe the font in which the word 'Uno' or 'Arduino' is written we can find a difference. Arduino font is custom designed and cloners tend to overlook or not be able to reproduce the same.

Observe the 'O'!

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Logo

There is only one Arduino logo, which looks like this.

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When you carefully observe the font in which the word 'Uno' or 'Arduino' is written we can find a difference. Arduino font is custom designed and cloners tend to overlook or not be able to reproduce the same.

Observe the 'O'!

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Look for the sharp edges. And the hole inside the 'A'. As compared to the following fakes.

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Logo

There is only one Arduino logo, which looks like this.

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The fake, has 'rounded' edges. and the print is not sharp. Or may just be flat, made using some standard font.

Made in Italy

Turn your Arduino board around to see the map of Italy, saluting the place of its birth.

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Look for the sharp edges. And the hole inside the 'A'. As compared to the following fakes.

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Connections and connectors

In every original Arduino, the connections between components, look 'woven' and beautiful, not 'pasted' and ugly.

Here is what we mean:

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The fake, has 'rounded' edges. and the print is not sharp. Or may just be flat, made using some standard font.

Made in Italy

Turn your Arduino board around to see the map of Italy, saluting the place of its birth.

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When you carefully observe the font in which the word 'Uno' or 'Arduino' is written we can find a difference. Arduino font is custom designed and cloners tend to overlook or not be able to reproduce the same.

Observe the 'O'!

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Logo

There is only one Arduino logo, which looks like this.

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Font/silk

When you carefully observe the font in which the word 'Uno' or 'Arduino' is written we can find a difference. Arduino font is custom designed and cloners tend to overlook or not be able to reproduce the same.

Observe the 'O'!

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Look for the sharp edges. And the hole inside the 'A'. As compared to the following fakes.

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Logo

There is only one Arduino logo, which looks like this.

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The fake, has 'rounded' edges. and the print is not sharp. Or may just be flat, made using some standard font.

Made in Italy

Turn your Arduino board around to see the map of Italy, saluting the place of its birth.

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Look for the sharp edges. And the hole inside the 'A'. As compared to the following fakes.

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Connections and connectors

In every original Arduino, the connections between components, look 'woven' and beautiful, not 'pasted' and ugly.

Here is what we mean:

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The fake, has 'rounded' edges. and the print is not sharp. Or may just be flat, made using some standard font.

Made in Italy

Turn your Arduino board around to see the map of Italy, saluting the place of its birth.

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Like every fake thing that ever existed, we need to look for one or more than one marking. I take the example of Arduino-Uno, the entry board into the world of arduino to display all the qualities that we have observed as common.

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Like every fake thing that ever existed, we need to look for one or more than one marking. I take the example of Arduino Uno, the entry board into the world of arduino to display all the qualities that we have observed as common.

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For information on our official distributors around the world, check this page. If you want to become a distributor of Arduino boards contact us: distribution@arduino.cc

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For information on our official distributors around the world, check this page. If you want to become a distributor of Arduino boards contact us: distribution@arduino.cc

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For information on our official distributors around the world, check this page. If you want to become a distributor of Arduino boards contact us: distribution@arduino.cc

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For information on our official distributors around the world, check this page. If you want to become a distributor of Arduino boards contact us: distribution@arduino.cc

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In case you catch any of your sellers selling such counterfeit boards, do report to us at trademark@arduino.cc. Together, we can build a better community.

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In case you catch any of your sellers selling such counterfeit boards, do report to us at: trademark@arduino.cc. Together, we can build a better community.

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Please look for words like 'Arduino compatible' or 'Uno for Arduino' while buying online, they are mostly fake.

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Hold the board in a white light. The regular Arduino’s colour is generally a mix of green and blue, the counterfeits usually have blue to deep blue colour.

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Hold the board in a white light. The regular Arduino's colour is generally a mix of green and blue, the counterfeits usually have blue to deep blue colour.

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Look for the sharp edges. And the hole inside the ‘A’. As compared to the following fakes.

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Look for the sharp edges. And the hole inside the 'A'. As compared to the following fakes.

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In every original Arduino, the connections between components, look ‘woven’ and beautiful, not ‘pasted’ and ugly.

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In every original Arduino, the connections between components, look 'woven' and beautiful, not 'pasted' and ugly.

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Please look for words like “Arduino compatible” or “Uno for Arduino” while buying online, they are mostly fake.

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When you carefully observe the font in which the word ‘Uno’ or ‘Arduino’ is written we can find a difference. Arduino font is custom designed and cloners tend to overlook or not be able to reproduce the same.

Observe the “O”!

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When you carefully observe the font in which the word 'Uno' or 'Arduino' is written we can find a difference. Arduino font is custom designed and cloners tend to overlook or not be able to reproduce the same.

Observe the 'O'!

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The fake, has ‘rounded’ edges. and the print is not sharp. Or may just be flat, made using some standard font.

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The fake, has 'rounded' edges. and the print is not sharp. Or may just be flat, made using some standard font.

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In case you catch any of your sellers selling such counterfeit boards, do report to us at trademark@arduino.cc Together, we can build a better community.

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In case you catch any of your sellers selling such counterfeit boards, do report to us at trademark@arduino.cc. Together, we can build a better community.

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For information on our official distributors around the world, check this page. If you want to become a distributor of Arduino boards contact us: distribution (at) arduino.cc

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For information on our official distributors around the world, check this page. If you want to become a distributor of Arduino boards contact us: distribution@arduino.cc

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Font/silk

When you carefully observe the font in which the word ‘Uno’ or ‘Arduino’ is written we can find a difference. Arduino font is custom designed and cloners tend to overlook or not be able to reproduce the same.

Observe the “O”!

Original board:Counterfeit:

Logo

There is only one Arduino logo, which looks like this.

Original board:

Look for the sharp edges. And the hole inside the ‘A’. As compared to the following fakes.

Counterfeit:

The fake, has ‘rounded’ edges. and the print is not sharp. Or may just be flat, made using some standard font.

Made in Italy

Turn your Arduino board around to see the map of Italy, saluting the place of its birth.

Original board:Counterfeit:

Connections and connectors

In every original Arduino, the connections between components, look ‘woven’ and beautiful, not ‘pasted’ and ugly.

Here is what we mean:

Original board:Counterfeit:

Keywords

Please look for words like “Arduino compatible” or “Uno for Arduino” while buying online, they are mostly fake.

Components

Here is a major fakealert! The component 501 K, which is located next to the voltage regulator is generally green in colour in fakes. The green component, has similar properties as the original Arduino Golden-black component and is available off the shelf.

We get it specially made for Arduino to make it look different.

Original board:Counterfeit:

Pricing

If an Arduino is being sold online for less than the stated price in the market, it may indicate a counterfeit.

The current price of Arduino, even if a few euros more than clones, help us fund and create

  • the documentation;
  • reply personally to all the enquiries in the forums;
  • develop new and interesting hardware;
  • write examples to make learning easier;
  • and many more things to come.

In case you catch any of your sellers selling such counterfeit boards, do report to us at trademark@arduino.cc Together, we can build a better community.

Official distributors

For information on our official distributors around the world, check this page. If you want to become a distributor of Arduino boards contact us: distribution (at) arduino.cc

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How to spot a counterfeit Arduino

Common indicators of a counterfeit product

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How to spot a counterfeit Arduino

Common indicators of a counterfeit product

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How to spot a counterfeit Arduino

Common indicators of a counterfeit product

How do we look for a counterfeit? For a regular Arduino user, the differences may look apparent, but what about a naive first time user?

Like every fake thing that ever existed, we need to look for one or more than one marking. I take the example of Arduino-Uno, the entry board into the world of arduino to display all the qualities that we have observed as common.

Colour

Hold the board in a white light. The regular Arduino’s colour is generally a mix of green and blue, the counterfeits usually have blue to deep blue colour.

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