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Multi-award winning Fogstar was established in 2016 and has grown to become the number one supplier of authentic Lithium-ion batteries across the UK.

Trusted by major international brands, commercial businesses and individuals alike, it’s our aim to ensure the ongoing supply of cost-effective, legitimate and fully compliant battery cells across the UK and European markets.

Where it all started…

Our journey began back in 2016, and what an incredible journey it has been.

Having unknowingly purchased fake 18650 batteries on numerous occasions, the owner of Fogstar - Ben Facer - was struggling to find a genuine supply of batteries across the UK market. Ben went on quite the journey, purchasing and testing batteries as he received them, enabling him to really understand the qualities to look for in authentic cells.

It soon became apparent that many UK vendors were unknowingly selling fake batteries, unaware of the potential dangers and safety implications.

Ben set about sourcing manufacturers, and importing cells to the UK. Ben would test their legitimacy before selling them on to consumers – thus ensuring a safe supply of REAL batteries across the UK.

Not content with the high number of fake cells still flooding the market, Ben sought to revolutionise the battery retail sector, putting battery safety at the forefront of the Fogstar brand.

In 2018, the team met with the UK Government to discuss the ‘EU battery directive’ and explore ways in which Fogstar could become a legally compliant supplier of authentic batteries to the UK and EU markets. It soon became apparent that significant investment would be required to take Fogstar forward. This would involve the purchase of a special printing machine that shoots out ink and binds it to the battery surface using electricity. As a Fogstar customer, you’ll notice this print on ALL of the Li-ion cells we sell.

As part of the EU battery directive, the team also set about ensuring full in-house testing and traceability of all battery cells, implementing a new online testing platform called EXOCELL. This system gave all cells a unique 4-digit code which, upon entering online, provided full authentication of the batteries purchased. This was the first system of its kind in the world.

New Adventures...

In 2021, Fogstar teamed-up with EVE to test the supply of Prismatic Cells to the UK market, and after quickly realising the substantial demand, sought to provide consumers with a safe, reliable and cost-effective supply of Grade A and Grade B cells from the well-known manufacturer.

This brings us to the formation of Fogstar Drift in 2022. You will have noticed straight away the same product quality, customer service and advanced features that underpin our entire Fogstar brand. We’ve worked hard to develop the ultimate leisure battery, built with EVE Grade A Prismatic Cells and complete with JBD BMS, Bluetooth and built-in Heating. You’ll also notice the price, in comparison with all UK-based competition, we’re vastly more cost-effective. 

And the journey doesn't stop there. In 2024, we launched the highest-spec, lowest-cost 15kWh battery in the world. This ground-breaking product represents our commitment to push the boundaries of innovation and accessibility, making solar energy storage more affordable and attainable than ever before.

Fogstar Quality Assurance

The Fogstar brand will always be synonymous with quality and safety.

Reputation alone has enabled the business to grow organically and customers know that buying from Fogstar ensures a quality product and a customer service experience like no other. You just need to read the plethora of reviews to verify this statement!

It remains the Fogstar mission to stop the distribution of fake battery cells to unknowing consumers and businesses across the UK. 

Whilst the business has some way to go, we can rest-assured that every hurdle we’ve jumped, every cell we’ve tested, and every battery we’ve printed ensures one less person falls foul of a fake.