jets, you might be interested in this post from another thread about who makes LiPo cells and how they are marketed.
John is a vendor promoting his product but he has a long history in the LiPo business (he worked on the original Kokam batteries) and I think from all the evidence his assertions are correct.
In another post somewhere (going from memory here) he stated that of the 100 LiPo cell manufacturers in the world all but two are in China and the cells we see in our batteries are all supplied by only 4 of them. All the brands we see are just assembly operations. Haiyin may be an exception as they sell directly and are a manufacturer.
Originally Posted by jetspeedz
That is what I was assuming about the MFG's. I guess like you said it is a crap shoot and you may get lucky but won't know till you buy and try it yourself.