Apple MFi Licensed Manufacturers in China: A Complete Guide

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Do you plan to import accessories for iPhone, iPad or other Apple devices? Then you need to make sure that your product comply with the Apple MFi licensing requirements.

In this article, I answer some of the most common questions about MFi licenses when importing Apple accessories from China:

a. Should the importer or the factory obtain the MFi license?

b. Which products require an MFi license?

c. Which products to not require an MFi license?

d. How can I find a licensed supplier on Globalsources.com or Alibaba.com?

What is the Apple MFi program?

MFi stands for ‘Made for iPhone, iPad or iPod. If you own an Apple device, you’ve probably seen the ‘Made for iPhone and iPad’ label on power banks, headphones and other accessories.

Apple MFi is a licensing program that brands and manufacturers can become part of, in order to label electronic accessories as ‘Made for iPhone or iPad’.

A few examples follow below:

  • Chargers
  • Game controllers
  • Earphones
  • Speakers
  • Hearing Aids
  • Dock stations

The program is also mandatory if you want to import accessories compatible with Apple HomeKit, GymKit, CarPlay or AirPlay.

A supplier, or importer, that is not part of the Apple MFi program is not allowed to add the ‘Made for’ label on its products, or even use Apple licensed technology such as the following:

a. Magnetic Charging Module

b. Lightning Audio Module

c. Lightning Analog Headset Module

The full list can be found here. However, notice that MFi is not required for non-Apple technologies, such as Bluetooth. Continue reading Apple MFi Licensed Manufacturers in China: A Complete Guide

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 its 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 supplier basically uses 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

Smart Watch & Fitness Tracker Suppliers in China: Design, Price & MOQ

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About to import smart watches, fitness trackers or other wearables from China? This complete guide covers everything you need to get started:

a. How to find a qualified factory

b. Private label smart watches and other wearables

c. OEM smart watches and other wearables

d. Fitness tracker CPUs and other components

e. Android, Apple, Bluetooth and other licenses

f. Product regulations, labeling requirements & lab testing

g. Prices & MOQ requirements

Looking for Smartwatch or Fitness Tracker Factories? Go to Shenzhen.

Shenzhen is probably the largest city you’ve never heard of. It’s located right next to Hong Kong, in China’s southern pearl river delta.

Shenzhen is the world’s electronics manufacturing capital, and the natural place to source smart watch factories.

Here, you’ll find everything from high tech, fully automated, factories – down to street workshops assembling products using second hand spare parts.

Finding a smart watch or fitness tracker supplier is not the hard part. That’s finding a qualified supplier. Continue reading Smart Watch & Fitness Tracker Suppliers in China: Design, Price & MOQ

OEM Electronics Production in Shenzhen: From BoM to Prototype

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Shenzhen is the epicenter for electronic manufacturing. Here, you can find suppliers for everything from power banks to VR headsets.

The ecosystem is also very open. Even the smallest startup will find suppliers that are interested in working with them. Yet, understanding how to practically go from a Bill of Materials (BoM), to a finished product, is a lot more complex than it might first seem.

In this article, Paul W, the founder of Victure China, explains how startups can do exactly that.

Paul, please tell us a bit about yourself and the story behind Victure China

I’ve ‘been in the consumer electronics field since 2000. I have worked with major manufacturers such as OEM manufacturers Compaq and HP in quality control, project and sales management and international marketing.

I have helped develop digital cameras, card readers, smart phones, power banks and Bluetooth products. While in these positions I was fortunate to travel the world and interact with other cultures. This prompted me to branch out on my own in 2006 as Victure Inc.

For 2 years my business was flourishing, but the financial crisis of 2008 hit me hard. During the 2 years following 2008 I learned a lot about the good and bad of suppliers and manufacturers.

One experience that went bad was my trusting suppliers to give me the correct product. But no.

By missing an inspection this great customer now had become a hesitant customer, therefore resulting in lost business.

Don’t forget the financial crisis was just around the corner. To compound the problem suppliers would quote you one cost and the next day another.

How can an honest sourcing agent deal with these inaccuracies? There is only one way to fix this major problem, become a China supply chain company.

By starting my own supply chain business of sourcing I could avoid the past problems. With this experience I felt I could help international buyers who have had similar issues.

No more hoping manufacturers would get the product right. By offering buyers quality inspections and follow up throughout the process I could make sure the buyer gets what he actually wants.

In 2012 I hired my first employee, and developed my corporate philosophy of honesty, persistence, professionalism and innovation. This was not just a slogan, but a spirit embedded throughout my members and partners.

If you are up front and honest business will eventually come your way with hard work. With this type of business acumen I have experienced an 80% retention rate of my customers from beginning to end. Continue reading OEM Electronics Production in Shenzhen: From BoM to Prototype

Bitcoin Mining Hardware Manufacturers in China: A Complete Guide

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China banned Bitcoin trading in 2017, but the country is still the number one manufacturer for types of cryptocurrency mining hardware.

The country is not only home to OEM mining hardware manufacturers, but also some of the first brands – such as Antminer, developed by Bitmain in Beijing.

In this guide, you will learn everything mining hardware importers must know about buying brand name mining hardware, and how to find the right OEM supplier on Alibaba and Globalsources.

You will also learn why you should not rely on supplier warranties, and why product regulations are not to be neglected. Even in the fast growing space of crypto miners.

Can I buy Bitmain Antminers directly from China?

Yes, and no. There are a number of ‘brand name’ crypto miners on the market. At the time of writing, Antminer is perhaps the most well known.

At least when it comes to consumer grade bitcoin miners.

Antminer is not an open source platform. It’s a brand, owned by Bitmain in Beijing, but with offices all over the world.

There are hundreds of suppliers on various B2B supplier directories, claiming to sell Antminers, and almost as many online stores doing the same thing.

Some of these claim to be affiliated, or approved, by Bitmain. Yet, their official policy is that you should only buy Antminer hardware directly from Bitmain.

At best, you will find a supplier offering the same product, but for a higher price. There is no way they could undercut Bitmain on their own products.

Further, buying from an unauthorized seller may not only be costly, but it can also result in something much worse.

There are multiple scam reports on Bitcoin mining forums, and others telling of OEM replicas being delivered, rather than the real thing.

As we all know, the crypto hype knows no boundaries, and this attracts all sorts of sleazy fly by night online stores – that may or may not deliver a knock off. Continue reading Bitcoin Mining Hardware Manufacturers in China: A Complete Guide

Electronics Trade Shows in Asia 2019: A Complete Guide

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Finding the right electronics manufacturer in China, or elsewhere in Asia, is complicated. You need to make sure that they got the right quality management systems in place, and that they can make products that comply with electronics safety standards in your country.

By attending a trade show, you can meet a large number of qualified electronics suppliers, under one roof. Thus, you can save weeks, perhaps even months, of work when looking for the right manufacturer.

In this guide, you get a complete overview of the top 2019 electronics trade shows, in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan (ROC), Vietnam and Singapore.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Electronics Fair

The Hong Kong Electronics Fair will take place in the second week of October in 2019.

Organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council every year, it is one of the largest electronics fairs in the Asia. The last event was attended by more than sixty thousand visitors, while more than 3.700 exhibitors also joined the show.

You can visit Hong Kong without a visa for a limited period in most cases as Hong Kong offers visa-free entry to 170 countries. You can check the complete list to check if your country is included.

You also have to pay HK$100 as admission fees to visit this fair while only 18 years or older participants are allowed to attend.

The fair is known for its Hall of Fame category, which is dedicated to the most eye-catching and trending products, and top brands.

You can find a wide range of products at this fair displayed by thousands of brands and tech companies under different product categories.

Some top product categories include:

  • 3D Printing
  • Home Appliances
  • Audio Visual Products
  • Electronic Accessories
  • Office Equipment and Automation
  • Smart Tech
  • Virtual Reality, etc.

You can also visit the eletronicAsia 2019 trade fair at the same time which will take place on the same dates and same location.

Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong (Harbour Road Entrance)

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Drone Manufacturers in China: A Complete Guide

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Chinese companies have become the true market leaders in the Drone industries, with hundreds of Done manufacturers in Shenzhen and nearby cities.

Unlike other industries, that are mainly OEM focused, China is home to domestic brands, launching their products directly in overseas markets – including the United States and the European Union.

But, there are also plenty of OEM and ODM Drone suppliers in the country, accepting orders from Drone Startups around the world.

In this article, we give you a detailed overview of some of China’s leading Drone Manufacturers, including DJI, XIRO and Flypro.

In addition, you will also learn what it takes to get your own custom designed or private label Drone in the air.

DJI

DJI is a Chinese technology company based in Shenzhen, Guangdong. DJI, and also called Da-Jiang Innovations Science and Technology Co., Ltd.

It is best known for its high quality drones, but it also manufactures cameras, flight controllers, camera stabilizers, propulsion systems, flight platforms, and gimbals.

DJI was founded 11 years ago in 2006 by Frank Wang. It is ranked as the leading civilian drone manufacturer for videography and aerial photography.

According to some estimates, the company supplies 50% of the total global consumer drone market.

DJI also won the Emmy for Technology and Engineering annual award this year for its camera drone technology used in Hollywood and other film industries around the world.

Its camera drones are used by popular TV shows like Game of Thrones, American Ninja Warrior, Better Call Saul, and more.

Some of its most popular drone series are Mavic (latest foldable drones), Spark (mini drone), and Phantom (for aerial imaging).

The drones manufactured by DJI are sold directly through their website and authorized dealers under their brand name.

Therefore, you cannot private label or rebrand drones with your company logo if you’re buying drones from DJI. Continue reading Drone Manufacturers in China: A Complete Guide

Android Device Manufacturers in China: A Complete Guide

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Android OS has come a long way since it was first launched a decade ago. Today, Android is not only powering smartphones and tablets – but everything from Set-Top Boxes and Advertising Displays, to Smart Home and IoT systems.

In this article, we explain what importers must know about Android and technology licensing terms, product compliance requirements – and what you must look for when sourcing Android device manufacturers in China.

Overview of Android Enabled Devices

The Android OS is not just for phones and tablets. The Android OS has evolved since its initial launch, and is now used in the following products:

  • Tablets
  • Smartphones
  • Laptops
  • Smart Watches
  • Set-Top Boxes
  • TV Dongles
  • PoS Systems
  • GPS Navigation Systems
  • Radios
  • Car Entertainment Systems
  • Advertising Displays
  • Smart Home / IoT (Internet of Things) Devices

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Hoverboard Factories in China: A Case Study

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About to import Hoverboards? This article might make you think twice. In this case study, we share the results of our own market research in the Hoverboard industry, and explain why the findings are relevant to buyers in virtually any industry.

We also explain why we believe that the reported incidents will also result in stricter regulations, and standardized certificate submission procedures. But first, let’s recap on what actually went wrong with the Hoverboard.

What went wrong with the Hoverboard?

The first reports of hazardous Hoverboards, or balance scooters as they are also called, came out in the last quarter 2015. Less than a year later, in July 2017, the CPSC recalled half a million non-compliant Hoverboards, in the United States.

So, what tarnished the reputation this, otherwise promising, product so badly? The same component that temporarly grounded the Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet. The Lithium-Ion battery. Continue reading Hoverboard Factories in China: A Case Study

Buying LED Bulb Lights from Chinese Manufacturers: A Complete Guide

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Planning to import LED Bulb Lights from China? Keep reading, and learn more about buying Private label LED bulbs, assessing suppliers and technical specifications. In addition, we also explain what you need to know about mandatory product regulations, documents and labeling requirements – and, why ensuring compliance in the LED bulb industry can be really challenging for small buyers.

Buying ODM (Private Label) or OEM (Custom) LED Bulb Lights

Most LED Bulb light manufacturers can offer a range of ODM products. These products are, to a varying degree, made according to a fixed product specification. Buying ODM products is often sufficient, especially for small buyers. That being said, the supplier still expects you to request a draft of their ODM specification. For LED bulb lights, this includes the following:

  • Bill of Materials
  • Circuit Drawings

Even though ODM products are supposed to be made according to a fixed set of specifications (i.e., made using the same components on each batch), this is not really the case in China. ODM Bulb Lights can be customised to a certain degree, and this is even expected, by the supplier.

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