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Top 10 Best Counterfeit Bill Detectors for 2013

Best Counterfeit Bill DetectorsIf you run, own or manage a business that handles a lot of cash on a daily basis, especially high value bills, you really should be using a counterfeit bill detector (found here). These devices are designed to catch some of the best “fakes” out there and are remarkably affordable. Considering how much money they could potentially save you, I recommend that most businesses use them, especially considering that some cost less that $10.

Counterfeit bill detectors are designed to let you know whether or not a bill is legitimate or not. Counterfeiting methods are numerous and many people out there want to take advantage of you. Most modern counterfeit detectors take advantage of three tools to catch fake bills dead in their tracks. These features are:

  • UV – Ultraviolet lights and scanners can detect special strips in bills that light up greenish yellow under a UV light. These types of bill detectors can be as simple as a handheld light or as complex as a computer-powered device that can sense these features. Here is more information on UV detection. You can find the location of each of these UV strips by going here. The location varies depending on the value of the bill.
  • MG – Legitimate bills use magnetic ink in strategic spots. This ink can be detected by special magnetic sensors built into many counterfeit detectors. Capabilities range from manually sliding the surface of the bill over a scanner to high-end bill counters that can scan hundreds of bills a minute. You can read more about MG detection here.
  • WM – Have you ever held a bill up to a light in order to see the face of an individual? This is what’s referred to as a watermark. These watermarks are only visible when held up to a backlight source. Many counterfeit detectors include a powerful light that the bill can be laid on top of for easy viewing.

Having dealt with and sold many counterfeit detectors over the years, I have come up with a list of some of the best models available. I would like to list these in this article. These counterfeit detectors are listed by price. I will cover their pros and their cons.

Top 10 Best Counterfeit Bill Detectors for the Money

  1. MD-118 FL Portable UV Detector (found here) – As of this article, the MD-118 FL costs less than $10. It is battery powered and uses a UV light that can easily be held over bills for fast and affordable UV detection. It can easily fit in a pocket and is very portable.  Because it uses batteries, it can be used just about anywhere.
  2. ABC 100 Counterfeit DetectorABC 100 Counterfeit Bill Detector (found here) – This model is also a UV detector, but includes a cover that helps to block out light, making UV detection even easier. A switch also allows a white backlight to be turned on for easy watermark detection. This model is extremely affordable and can be used on any desk or table. It can also fit in almost any cupboard or drawer for storage.
  3. Counterfeit Detector (found here) – This counterfeit detector includes a UV light, a white backlight, a counterfeit detection pen, a magnifying glass and a magnetic ink scanner. Each of these tools can be used on a bill to verify its authenticity. While this is a manually operated machine, it should catch just about anything.
  4. ABC-75 Counterfeit Bill Station (found here) – This is one of our most popular models. It includes a built-in magnifying glass, a UV scanner, a white light backlight for watermarks and includes a built-in magnetic ink scanner. Everything is built into the device and there are no separate tools that could be lost.  This station conveniently sits on just about any desk or table and is very easy to use.
  5. Cassida SmartCheck Counterfeit DetectorCassida SmartCheck (found here) – This is an excellent machine to have on hand if you need something that is extremely fast. It can be used to verify bills, IDs, credit cards and other UV identifiable items. The bill can simply be swiped through without any visual observation required. A separate UV light can be used for visual authentication as well.
  6. ABC 1150 Ultra Bill Counter (found here) – This is a bill counter that includes magnetic and ultraviolet counterfeit detection. Incorporating both technologies, this bill counter can count and scan bills for counterfeit properties at a speed of 1,000 bills a minute. This is a remarkable piece of technology and is extremely affordable. This is an excellent detector to have if you need to verify a lot of bills at once in a short period of time.
  7. Cashscan Model 1800 Bill Scanner (found here) – If you want to remove human error from the equation, the Model 1800 is an excellent counterfeit detector. This machine is as easy as inserting a bill and having the machine pull it in and scan it. A red light means the bill is fake, a green light means it is legitimate. This works with the new $100 bills.
  8. Cassida 2200 Bill Detector (found here) – This bill detector incorporates UV detection, MG detection and infrared (IR) detection that is visible on a built-in screen. The bill’s IR image is transmitted to a built-in monitor, making the IR properties easy to visually identify. The tower design means this detector has a small footprint and takes up very little space.
  9. Cassida 3300 Automatic Counterfeit Detector (found here) – This bill counter uses UV and MG detection without any visual involvement by the operator. This cuts out the element of human error. This bill scanner verifies magnetic marks, Infrared security marks and ultraviolet marks. It also works with the new $100 bills. A built in LCD screen lets you know in a second if the bill is real and it will display the denominational value on the screen. This counter is extremely compact
  10. Cashscan Ultrascan 2600 (found here) – This is another no-nonsense counterfeit bill scanner. You simply insert your bill, the machine pulls it in, scans it and lets you know if it is legitimate or not. It has been used with 100 of the most common counterfeit “supernotes” and catches them all. This is one of the most accurate and efficient counterfeit bill detectors out there. It will provide you with the denominational value of the bill, quantity of authentic notes and the total dollar value of the notes.

As you can see, we offer a lot of counterfeit bill detectors. You can find our entire selection here. We have decades of experience with these machines, so please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788 with any counterfeit bill questions. We would love to help you out.

Keith Barlow

Keith is a third generation office equipment expert. ABC Office was started by his grandfather back in 1980 and he is proud to be caring on the values that made ABC Office what it is today… unsurpassed selection, detailed information, low prices, and courteous support.

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