Importing Electronics from China: Finding the Right Manufacturer

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Suggestion: Watch the 10 minutes video tutorial before reading this article

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

The Importers Guide to Shenzhen: Wholesale Markets, Factories & Visas

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Shenzhen skyline

If China is the factory of the world, then Shenzhen is the capital. This city is to manufacturing what New York City is to global finance. There’s simply no comparison.

On top of that, Shenzhen is currently the only city in Mainland China that offer 5-day visa on arrival to numerous nationalities.

This is covered

  • What kind of suppliers can I find in Shenzhen?
  • List of Shenzhen Wholesale Markets
  • How to get to suppliers in Shenzhen
  • Visa Requirements

What kind of suppliers can I find in Shenzhen?


Shenzhen is the undisputed capital of electronics manufacturing, not only in Mainland China but in the entire world. Shenzhen has a huge ecosystem of OEM electronics manufacturers, domestic and international component suppliers, hardware incubators, wholesale markets, and service providers.

You probably already own numerous devices assemble in Shenzhen, including the very phone or laptop you read this article on. Continue reading The Importers Guide to Shenzhen: Wholesale Markets, Factories & Visas

Globalsources Electronics Show 2019: Highlights & Photos

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A little over a week ago we attended the Globalsources electronics show at the Asia World Expo in Hong Kong. I had the honor to host a presentation and Q&A session covering electronics regulations in the United States and Europe. Unfortunately, there is no video recording available – but we have plenty of photos to share from the booths. Continue reading Globalsources Electronics Show 2019: Highlights & Photos

List of Hardware Accelerators in HK and Shenzhen

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Hardware Accelerators, such as HAX and, provides the brains, muscles, and capital to bring innovative ideas into commercial products. In this article, we explain how Hardware Accelerators operate, and what differs them from sourcing agents and manufacturers.

In addition, we also list leading Hardware Accelerators in Hong Kong and Shenzhen:

  • Highway 1
  • Shenzhen Valley Ventures
  • Hong Kong Design Incubation Programme
  • iDM-Square Hardware Accelerator
  • ReadWrite Labs

Continue reading List of Hardware Accelerators in HK and Shenzhen

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

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China Solar Panels

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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PCB factory

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 and, 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

[Case Study] SonicBeer: The Device That Makes Your Brew Taste Better

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We’ve been working with Ivan De Miguel, from Spain, for about a year now. Back then, Ivan only had a concept, for an innovative electronic device now called SonicBeer.

Today, after developing his prototype in Shenzhen, he has finally launched his product on Kickstarter.

In this interview, Ivan explains how he came up with this idea, and the challenges he faced along the way.

Ivan, please tell us a bit about yourself

I’m originally from the Basque Country, a region in northern Spain. I studied Biology and Biomedical Physics, with electromagnetic fields and its impact on live systems.

I also participated in the maker and biohacker community, co-founding various associations, and organizing conferences.

I got into various entrepreneurship programs to research about using Ultrasonic technology in fermented beverages, which lead me to develop a product called SonicBeer.

You have a unique product. What exactly is SonicBeer?

SonicBeer is a minimalist and elegant beer enhancer, revitalizes the beer. Let me explain how this work.

“As we drink the beer the foam disappears and with it the aroma and flavor. The beer foam is the natural defensive layer that protects it from oxidation and retains volatiles.

That’s why for all those beer lovers who value the small details we have created SonicBeer.

We use technology to generate ultrasonic waves that excite the carbonated volatile components inside your beer by cavitation breaking some of the intramolecular interactions, generating foam with aromatic compounds in just a few seconds.

Now you can experience a better beer tasting experience with original foam, aroma, and feel.

The technology itself is related to the “cavitation effect” of the ultrasonic waves into carbonated liquids. Ultrasonic waves create small vacuum bubbles or voids in the liquid. Continue reading [Case Study] SonicBeer: The Device That Makes Your Brew Taste Better

Electrical Safety Standards For US Importers: By Joey Kwok of CMA Testing

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Today, US ecommerce companies and Amazon sellers, import electronics directly from Chinese manufacturers – without even having a basic understanding of product safety requirements and liability.

Electronics are high risk products. Reports of unsafe lithium batteries and chargers are frequent.

A major reason for this is the lack of information on what US electronics importers must do to ensure compliance. Believe it or not, but for many electronic products, there are not even mandatory safety standards.

Hence, many believe that they don’t need to care about compliance when importing power banks, or any widget that comes with an AC adapter.

That is not the case.

If, or when, something goes wrong – you will be liable. If someone is injured, or if property is damaged, you might be looking at millions of dollars in losses. It’s game over.

Instead, Importers and Amazon sellers must rely on ‘voluntary standards’ from UL and ETL, that are ‘de facto’ mandatory. At least for anyone who want to sleep at night.

These things are complex, but absolutely essential. Continue reading Electrical Safety Standards For US Importers: By Joey Kwok of CMA Testing

RFID Chip & Card Manufacturers in China: Top 8 Suppliers

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RFID cards

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

Android Tablet Manufacturers in China: Top 7 Suppliers

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android tablet

About to import Android Tablets from suppliers in China? In this article, we list some of China’s leading manufacturers of Tablet PCs:

  • Android Tablets
  • Windows Tablets
  • Rugged Tablets (Industrial & Construction)

In addition, we also explain what you must know about MOQ requirements, customization and product safety standards.

Notice that we are not affiliated with, or endorse, any of the factories listed in this article. All information provided are based on statements made by each respective supplier.

Where are most Android Tablet factories in China located?

The vast majority of Tablet PC manufacturers are based in Shenzhen, which is China’s electronics manufacturing center. There are also suppliers in neighbouring Dongguan, Zhongshan and Guangzhou.

That said, the role of the Tablet PC manufacturer is to procure components and assemble the devices. While some parts are made locally, they also import CPUs and other components from the United States, Japan, Korea, Taiwan (ROC) and other places..

What is the standard MOQ for Tablet PCs?

Most suppliers set the MOQ at around 500 pcs per model. There are, however, some manufacturers that offer ODM tablets from only 50 pcs per order.

But, if you intend to import a customized tablet computer, you will need to match the standard MOQ of around 500 pcs. Continue reading Android Tablet Manufacturers in China: Top 7 Suppliers