Friday, April 15

Aliexpress: Day 5 (Busy Day Today)

Busy Day Today

Day 5
Today started off rather slow. Then I had wondered if you could order from multiple stores at the same time, and only have a single payment transaction.

You can order from multiple stores at the same time, and it will only charge your credit card once. Yea for saving charges.

Updated: 2016/04/19
  • Order #6
    • 5:00 Ordered
      Qty: 1     Price: $0.98     Shipping:  FREE    Total: $0.98
    • Store: KE LI Trade Electronics
    • 5:01 Received email (Order Paid)
  • Order #7
    • 5:00 Ordered
      Qty: 1    Price: $1.64     Shipping:  FREE    Total: $1.64
    • Store: Health and Beauty Shopping Mall 
    • 5:01 Received email (Order Paid)
    • 21:04 AliExpress App Notice (The seller has shipped your order)
  • Order #2
    • 5:36 Received email (Order is shipped)
  • Order #4
    • 5:53 Tracking changed "Small package Center, has received send"
  • Order #5
    • 9:49 Received email (Order is shipped)
  • Order #7
    • 20:45 Received email (Order is shipped)

Items Ordered:19     Total Shipping Paid: $1.02       Total Spent: $35.86

Thursday, April 14

Aliexpress (My Experiences) Day 1 - 4

Aliexpress (My Experiences)
Electronics from half way around the world (in 60 days or less)

Aliexpress is the retail side of Alibaba, with the majority of products coming from china. Unlike Alibaba, Aliexpress does offer some buyer protection. Payments are held by Aliexpress in an Escrow type system, and only released to the seller once the products are received or a certain number of days has past.

My Experiences
Initial thoughts
Day 0
There are a lot of websites and blogs either warning you to not use Aliexpress, or praising the use of Aliexpress. Since I have never ordered anything from Aliexpress, and have not been able to discern which blogs/websites were more truthful about their experiences, I have decided to document mine here for everybody to decide for themselves.

I will be documenting my interactions with Aliexpress, and the "stores" within it in a diary style. That way you will be able to follow everything as it happens chronologically. Since I will be making a rather large amount of orders so I can properly, hopefully, judge the overall experience, my purchases will be of a smaller amount per order.

First Day Jitters
Day 1
I have created an account with Aliexpress, and have switched over to using the iPad app which makes browsing much easier.
  • Order #1
    • 22:39 Ordered
      Qty: 10     Price: $1.49     Shipping:  FREE    Total: $14.91
    • Store: Thinary Electronics
    • 22:41 Received email (Order Paid)
Day Two, 2 More Orders
Day 2
I Woke up to an email saying that my order #1 items were being shipped, yeah. Curious to see if ordering at different times of day effect the speed, I have decided to make two orders today. It is now a race to see which of these orders is the quickest.
  • Order #1
    • 6:16 Received email (Order is shipped)
  • Order #2
    • 12:59 Ordered
      Qty: 1     Price: $5.20     Shipping:  FREE    Total: $5.20
    • Store:  Jin rong electronics
    • 12:59 Received email (Order Paid)
  • Order #3
    • 22:02 Ordered
      Qty: 3     Price: $2.71     Shipping:  $1.02    Total: $8.14
    • Store:  RobotDyn
    • 22:03 Received email (Order Paid)
a Slow Third Day
Day 3
Today was a very unproductive day for Aliexpress. I placed my order, and that is all that happened. It would appear that having my first order ship so fast was a fluke. I do not have enough data to know.
  • Order #4
    • 13:17 Ordered
      Qty: 1     Price: $2.91     Shipping:  FREE    Total: $2.91
    • Store: Sun Kai Electronics
    • 13:17 Received email (Order Paid)
Day 4, (Day 2 Race Update)
Day 3
Was startled at 2:30 this morning by the sound of incoming emails. It would seem that one of the items ordered on day 2 took the race to heart. The item ordered yesterday wanted in on the race too, and has jumped ahead of the first item from day 2 to take second place in the race. 

More race updates ahead as they happen...
  • Order #3
    • 2:34 Received email (Order is shipped)
  • Order #4
    • 2:35 Received email (Order is shipped)
  • Order #5
    • 12:06 Ordered
      Qty: 2     Price: $1.04     Shipping:  FREE    Total: $2.08
    • Store: Robotdyn
    • 12:07 Received email (Order Paid)

Monday, April 11

Upcoming Hardware Projects

The (somewhat) Master List of Upcoming Hardware Projects

Here I will be keeping the Master List of hardware projects I am currently planning to work on in the future. The projects are not listed in the order to which I will be completing them. In fact the order I start, and work on, each project mainly depends on when the parts I ordered for the projects arrive.

These projects coincide with my "Aliexpress: Electronics from half way around the world (in 60 days or less)".

The Projects

  1. Arduino and RFID technology
  2. Raspberry PI Zero
    • Setup a Raspberry PI Zero as an OTG NodeJS Server
  3. WIFI and IOT with ESP8266 ESP-01
  4. Inexpensive FPV System
  5. ATTINY architecture
  6. OLED and TFT displays
    • for Arduino's and Raspberry PI's
  7. NRF24L01, and Similar
  8. 18650 3.7v rechargeable battery cells
  9. 433MHz RF Transmitters & Receivers
  10. Understanding USB to TTL-UART serial converters
  11. GPS Modules
    • Raspberry PI & Arduino
  12. Raspberry PI, Flight Trackers, and ABS-B receivers

Sunday, April 10

Digistump and the Digispark toys

The Company
DigiStump is a small company which kickstarted a couple really neat products. For those of us who have fun playing with micro controllers, Arduino and Raspberry Pi. Here is a quick run down on the differences between several of their different products

The Products

Digispark Pro
Arduino IDE Compatablity1.01.5
Power Requirements5v, or 7.35v5v, or 6-16v
Clock Speed8 mhz16 mhz
Flash Memory8 Kb16 KB
After bootloader6 KB14.5 KB
IO Pins616
IO SupportI2C
SPI (vis USI)
true SPI
Onboard Power Regulator500ma5V500ma 5V

The Project Possibilities

DigiKeyboard & Serial IO,1956.0.html

I use the Digispark in these projects:
Happy Fathers Day Sketch    2016.06.09