Saturday, May 21

AliExpress #3 - Arduino Nano CH340



Arduino Nano CH340
Day 34

I have been waiting for this order. Three Arduino Nano clones, using the CH340G chipset. Considering a Genuino Micro is priced at $24.09 Canadian. You also have to add $3.13, 13% sales tax. If that wasn't bad enough you still have to include $6.24 for shipping.

So I could purchase a Genuino Arduino for $33.35 delivered to my door. Or through purchasing a clone from AliExpress I was able to purchase three clones for $8.14 also delivered to my door. The difference between the two, besides one being a clone, is I had to wait 32 days for the arrival of my clones, where I could have to Genuino in a much quicker 3 to 5 days.

  • Genuino
    • $72.27  (3 * 24.09)
    • $  9.40  (13% tax)
    • $  6.24  (Cheapest Shipping)
    • $87.91  (Total)
  • AliExpress Clones
    • $7.11   (3 * 2.37)
    • $1.02   (Cheapest Shipping)
    • $8.14   (Total)

Fun math: $87.91 (3 Genuino's) - $8.14 (3 Clones) / 28 (difference in shipping days) = $2.84
I saved roughly $2.84 for every day I had to wait for this order.


  • Order #3
    • Day   2 @ 22.02   - Ordered
    • Day   7 @   3:04   - AliExpress App - Displays Sent
    • Day 34 @ 12:00   - Arrived in Mailbox
    • 32 Days Shipping Time
    • Arrived, Tested, All Works Great

Friday, May 20

Julian Ilett: Postbag Summary #64



Postbag #64
Garden Hose Timer, Battery Tester





  1. New Outdoor Electronic Automatic Water Timer Garden Wattering Irrigation
    $17.29
  2. 3/4" Brass Thread Garden Water Hose Pipe Connector Tube Fitting Tap Adapter Tool
    $1.66
  3. 3/4" x 5/8" x 1/2" Outside Tap Outlet Thread Adaptor | For Older Bib-Taps
    $5.83
  4. DC 12V Battery Capacity Tester / Battery Life
    $12.99

May 19th, 2016
$37.77 (U.S.)

AliExpress #16 - RFID 13.56Mhz RC522 Kit



RFID 13.56Mhz RC522 Kit
Day 32

This order kind of proves my thoughts on the receive dates. Depending on the shipping method, store, and possibly other external sources I do not know about, it is going to be difficult to gauge receive date by order date.


  • Order #16
    • Day 13 @ 12.07   - Ordered
    • Day 14 @   9:49   - AliExpress App - Displays Sent
    • Day 32 @ 12:00   - Arrived in Mailbox
    • 19 Days Shipping Time

Thursday, May 19

AliExpress #5 - CH340G 5V/3V, USB to TTL-UART


CH340G 5V/3V, USB to TTL-UART
Day 32

The second order arrived today. A great way to connect any Arduino without a usb connection. This is a brief post with all the details with the order, and will be followed by a post about the functionality.

I have tested both, and both are in full working order.
  • Order #5
    • Day   4 @ 12.07   - Ordered
    • Day   5 @   9:49   - AliExpress App - Displays Sent
    • Day 32 @ 12:00   - Arrived in Mailbox
    • 28 Days Shipping Time

Aliexpress: Day 26 - 31 (1st Month Complete)



1st Month Complete
Day 26 - 31

This is another combined post. I have received no new parcels this week. After the excitement of receiving a parcel last week, I was left with a feeling of sadness every time I checked the mail box and only bills and flyers were in it.

After one month of placing orders I have received only one parcel. That does not mean that each parcel will take at least thirty days to reach me, just that so far the only parcel to reach me made its journey in twenty two days.

  • Order #34
    • 20:28 Ordered
      Qty: 1     Price: $0.95     Shipping:  FREE    Total: $0.95
    • Store: Gather Beauty Style
    • 20:28 Received email (Order Paid)
Items Ordered:109     Total Shipping Paid: $1.64       Total Spent: $150.80

Day 27
  • Order #35
    • 20:16 Ordered
      Qty: 1     Price: $1.45     Shipping:  FREE    Total: $1.45
    • Store: oranges
    • 20:16 Received email (Order Paid)
Items Ordered:110     Total Shipping Paid: $1.64       Total Spent: $152.25

Day 28
  • Order #36
    • 19:55 Ordered
      Qty: 1     Price: $1.29     Shipping:  FREE    Total: $1.29
    • Store: Global Wholesale Web Shop
    • 19:55 Received email (Order Paid)
Items Ordered:111     Total Shipping Paid: $1.64       Total Spent: $153.54

Day 29
  • Order #37
    • 17:38 Ordered
      Qty: 1     Price: $0.89     Shipping:  FREE    Total: $0.89
    • Store: Stationery Retail
    • 17:38 Received email (Order Paid)
Items Ordered:112     Total Shipping Paid: $1.64       Total Spent: $154.43


Day 30
  • Order #38
    • 17:53 Ordered
      Qty: 1     Price: $1.25     Shipping:  FREE    Total: $1.25
    • Store: Jing Lu Trade Cp., Ltd.
    • 17:53 Received email (Order Paid)

Items Ordered:113     Total Shipping Paid: $1.64       Total Spent: $155.68

Day 31
  • Order #39
    • 18:41 Ordered
      Qty: 1     Price: $1.29     Shipping:  FREE    Total: $1.29
    • Store: A+ A+ A+
    • 18:41 Received email (Order Paid)

Items Ordered:114     Total Shipping Paid: $1.64       Total Spent: $156.97
Items Arrived:1         Total Arrived Value: $2.91

Sunday, May 15

Week in Review (Week 19)


Monday May 9, 2016 - Sunday May 15, 2016
According to ISO-8601 standard, weeks start on Monday. The first week of each year is the week which contains that year's first Thursday. This oddly gives the capability for the year to have 53 weeks instead of the school taught 52.

Here I am going to try to document all "projects" that I have started, continued, or ended in the previous week.

1. Aliexpress: Twenty five days in, and I have received my first item in the mail. Continuing on with my Aliexpress experiment which you can follow here:
Monday - Thursday                Day 21 - 24
Friday          Day 25 (1st Order Received)


2. YouTube: I have finally started a YouTube channel, and have figured out how to edit and upload some, at the moment one, video. So you can follow the link and see the first video I have uploaded to YouTube. Not to spoil the video but it contains me opening the first order to arrive from AliExpress.

AliExpress Deliveries - 3*40 Dupont Wires M-M, M-F, F-F


3. ffmpeg: In order to edit the video for YouTube I have been experimenting with ffmpeg, and will be posting about my experiences with ffmpeg in the future. Open source free software that runs on the Apple Mac, Microsoft Windows, and most Linux systems.



Week in Review (Week 19)