Importing E-bikes from China: A Complete Guide

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An e-bike is a rather complex system of mechanical and electrical components. While that can be said about many products, getting your product specifications right is critical when importing e-bikes from China.

Buyers in the US, Europe, and Australia need to be even more cautious. E-bikes, and their components, are regulated – and the consequences of non-compliance are serious. Let’s begin by taking a look at the technical aspects.

Components and product specifications

First of all, the price of the electric bike is entirely based on the component composition (i.e. certain battery models and brands are more expensive than others, etc). Therefore, you cannot compare the prices between e-bikes, but rather compare sets of components against each other.

What’s more, Chinese suppliers, including those in the e-bike industry, tend to lack strict internal quality guidelines. In practice, this means that many suppliers basically use any components they have in stock – unless you explicitly “tell them” to use specific components. Let’s look into the most important specifications when buying electric bikes from China: Continue reading Importing E-bikes from China: A Complete Guide

Lithium Battery Manufacturers in China: Top 12 Suppliers

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Looking for qualified li-ion battery suppliers in China? In this guide, we list some of China’s leading lithium battery manufacturers.

We also cover what you must know before importing li-ion or li-pol batteries:

  • Types of lithium batteries
  • How to order product samples
  • Technical specifications
  • Production time

What types of lithium batteries are made in China?

There are several types of lithium batteries:

  • Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) Batteries
  • Lithium Polymer (Li-Po) Batteries
  • Lithium Metal Batteries

However, lithium Ion batteries are by far the most commonly used in electronic devices. Continue reading Lithium Battery Manufacturers in China: Top 12 Suppliers

List of Electronics Manufacturers in Taiwan: Our Top 9 Picks

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Taiwanese companies are world-leaders in electronics manufacturing. While most production has long shifted to Mainland China, and other countries in the region, the island of Taiwan is still home to some of the best manufacturers in the electronics industry. In this guide, we list Taiwanese electronics manufacturers offering a range of products and related services.

Each company profile includes main products, production capabilities, certification, and more.

Listed Companies

  • Titoma
  • Parpro Corporation
  • Diamond Digital Corporation
  • Printec Circuit Electronic
  • Litone Electronics
  • Welsa Company
  • Shin Puu Technology
  • First Tech Electronics
  • Taiwan Alpha Electronic

Electronic Manufacturing Service (EMS) Companies

Many of the suppliers listed on this page are Electronic Manufacturing Service (EMS) companies. These operate more like contract manufacturers, rather than the private label factories you might be used to dealing with in Shenzhen and Dongguan. EMS companies generally don’t have product catalogs. Instead, they expect the buyer to provide a complete specification:

  • CAD files (casing)
  • PCB schematic
  • Bill of Materials
  • Source code

EMS companies generally do provide product development support to their customers, but you need more than just a vague product idea before you engage with them.

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List of Electronics Manufacturers in India: Our Top 9 Picks

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Looking for an electronics manufacturer in India? In this guide, we list Indian factories producing everything from components and PCBA to finished products. For each company, we also provide an introduction, main product overview, services, certification, and standards. Continue reading List of Electronics Manufacturers in India: Our Top 9 Picks

List of Bluetooth Speaker Manufacturers in China: Our Top 9 Picks

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Planning to sell Bluetooth speakers on Amazon.com or your new Shopify store? In this guide, we list some of China’s leading Bluetooth manufacturers, mainly based in Shenzhen and Dongguan. We also share information about their company history, main products, OEM and ODM production capabilities, and more.

Listed Companies

  • Shenzhen Zhenxiangsheng Technology
  • Shenzhen Form Electronics
  • Shenzhen King Bei Qi Electronics
  • Shenzhen Kingree Electronics
  • NOGO International
  • Hi-FiD Electronics Tech
  • Shenzhen Betnew Technology
  • Shenzhen WNY-World Technology
  • Shenzhen Hongchengyang Electronic Technology

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List of Electronics Manufacturers in Vietnam: An Overview

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Electronics is Vietnam’s top export category, largely thanks to large facilities operated by Samsung and other major electronics brands. That said, its domestic OEM electronics manufacturing base – open to all buyers – is booming in the country.

While it’s still far away from being comparable to Shenzhen, electronics manufacturers in Vietnam offer an alternative to companies looking beyond China for their next manufacturing project.

What types of electronics suppliers can be found in Vietnam?

Most electronics manufacturers in Vietnam are Electronic Manufacturing Service (EMS) companies. To put it simply, an EMS provides outsourced production facilities, labor, and procurement services for international customers.

Some EMS companies may also offer engineering and prototype development services.

That said, EMS companies don’t develop their own ODM products. Instead, they expect the buyer to provide a complete technical specification. Continue reading List of Electronics Manufacturers in Vietnam: An Overview

Importing Electronics from China: Finding the Right Manufacturer

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About to import electronics from manufacturers in China? In this product guide, I explain what startups must know about the whole electronics importing process:

1. How to find the right Electronics Manufacturers

2. Importing OEM and Private Label Electronics

3. Prototype Development

4. CE Marking, FCC Regulations & other safety standards

5. Electronics Trade Shows

6. Technology Licensing (i.e., Apple MFi, Bluetooth and Android OS)

Electronics Product Development and Customization

Electronics importers have two options: Buy an OEM product that is custom designed from scratch, or import an ODM product, or private label product.

Developing OEM electronics is not for every company, as it requires technical expertise and large funding.

However, Chinese manufacturers don’t offer free product development services. The buyer is always expected to provide all relevant technical specifications, and files, including the following: Continue reading Importing Electronics from China: Finding the Right Manufacturer

Importing Solar Panels from China: Factory Lists, Technical Specs & More

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Solar power is probably the most promising source of renewable energy – and China is making it affordable. While worldwide solar power capacity is still limited, the industry has grown with incredible speed in the last decade.

In this week’s article, we look at the basic technical specifications of solar photovoltaic panels and on what factors you shall select a Chinese solar panel manufacturer. We also introduce you to regulations, anti-dumping duties in major markets and trade shows covering solar products. Continue reading Importing Solar Panels from China: Factory Lists, Technical Specs & More

List of PCB and PCBA Manufacturers in China

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Planning to manufacture electronics? In this article, we list some of China’s leading Printed Circuit Board (PCB) suppliers, both for mass production and prototyping.

In addition, we also cover some of the basics of PCB manufacturing, including:

  • What is the difference between PCB and PCBA?
  • PCB specifications
  • PCB design software
  • PCB prototypes

What is the difference between PCB and PCBA?

The PCB (Printed Circuit Board) is the layered board itself, without assembled components. PCBA (Printed Circuit Board Assembly) refers to the PCB itself, but with all components mounted.

If you browse suppliers on Globalsources.com and Alibaba.com, you’ll find many suppliers claiming to offer ‘PCBA’ or ‘PCBA service’. This signals that the supplier is not only making the printed circuit board itself, but can also manage the following:

  • Make pre-production prototypes
  • Procure components (i.e., CPUs and memory) from other suppliers
  • Manufacture the PCBs
  • Assemble the components on the PCBs

In other words, a PCBA supplier can offer a one stop solution for OEM electronics manufacturing, while a PCB manufacturers only make the board. Continue reading List of PCB and PCBA Manufacturers in China

RFID Chip & Card Manufacturers in China: Top 8 Suppliers

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RFID (Radio-frequency identification) chips are used everywhere today. You probably got one in your door or transportation card, or perhaps even your wallet. RFIDs are also used in gyms, retail security and farming.

Virtually all RFID products are manufactured in China, especially in Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Dongguan.

Keep reading, and learn more about different RFID products made in China, different types of RFID chips and an overview of some of China’s leading RFID product manufacturers.

Overview of RFID Products

Below follows an overview of some of the more common RFID products you can import from China:

  • RFID Access Control Cards
  • RFID Wristbands
  • RFID Stickers
  • RFID Wallets
  • RFID Gates
  • RFID Readers
  • Animal ID Tags
  • Retail Security Products

Types of RFID Chips

Chinese RFID product manufacturers don’t manufacture the RFID chip itself. Instead, they procure RFID chips from a limited number of industry leading chip manufacturers:

  • Alien (United States)
  • Impinj (United States)
  • NXP Semiconductors (Netherlands)

Each supplier have a range of models, each with different specifications. Below follows an overview of NXPs NTAG series:

  • NTAG203 (144 bytes memory)
  • NTAG213 (144 bytes memory)
  • NTAG216 (888 bytes memory)

When you approach a Chinese RFID manufacturer, you must ask the following questions:

a. What kind of RFID chip brands can you offer?

b. Which models can you offer for the available chip brands?

c. Which RFID chip is suitable for ‘my product’ or application? Continue reading RFID Chip & Card Manufacturers in China: Top 8 Suppliers