Friday, July 1

AliExpress #12, #59 ( NodeMcu & a Drill Bit)


NodeMcu V3 Lua WIFI
Day 62

This was almost in my first ten orders. I have been interested in playing with the ESP8266 NodeMcu module since I heard about. Now I have had this unit for quite some time, and the seller has been very understanding.

But ... I have not so far been able to get this unit to work well. It seems to either want to act as a serial com port for the computer or a wifi hotspot. I have tried plugging  it into different USB ports on the computer. I have tried using a powered USB hub.


I have still been unsuccessful in getting any computer to connect with this unit via it's USB com port.

  • Order #12
    • Day    9   - Ordered
    • Day  10   - AliExpress show Shipped Status
    • Day  62   - Arrived in Mailbox
    • 53 Days Shipping Time



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Flexible Drill Bit
Day 77

This is a rather neat flexible drill bit. For those times when you can not get the drill directly behind where you need to screw.

Since this was purchased as a gift for someone I have not tested it. I will update this post after the person tries this one and tells me how it performs.

  • Order #59
    • Day 51   - Ordered
    •      ** AliExpress did not list a ship date **
    • Day 77   - Arrived in Mailbox
    • 25 Days Shipping Time



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AliExpress #58, #66 ( AM1117 & FM )


AM1117 800ma DC-DC Step Down PSU
Day 77

Ten handy step down PSUs. I can easily convert 5 volts to 3.3 volts. Another reason to use cheap USB battery packs as power supplies.

  • Order #58
    • Day 50   - Ordered
    •       ** AliExpress did not list a ship date **
    • Day 77   - Arrived in Mailbox
    • 26 Days Shipping Time



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Arduino Module - FM Stero Radio
Day 77

Arduino module apparently for receiving FM radio signals. The first thing I notice is this is so far the smallest item I have received. It is going to take some fine soldering to use this module, if I do not accidentally loose it.


  • Order #66
    • Day 58   - Ordered
    •      ** AliExpress did not list a ship date **
    • Day 77   - Arrived in Mailbox
    • 18 Days Shipping Time



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Thursday, June 30

AliExpress #50, #56 Arduino Modules ( SD Card & Voltage Sensor )


SPI SD Card Reader
Day 77

To test the difference between the mini SD and full size SD card reader modules. Plus you never know when a full size SD card reader might come in handy.

  • Order #50
    • Day 42   - Ordered
    •       ** AliExpress did not list a ship date **
    • Day 77   - Arrived in Mailbox
    • 34 Days Shipping Time



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B25 Voltage Sensor
Day 77

Arduino module for voltage sensing. This should be able to report back to an Arduino what amount of voltage is currently connected to it.


  • Order #56
    • Day 48   - Ordered
    •      ** AliExpress did not list a ship date **
    • Day 77   - Arrived in Mailbox
    • 28 Days Shipping Time



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AliExpress #44, #68 Novelty ( Pen & Bird )


Create Rubber Band Birds
Day 69

I have very little to say about this one at the moment. I purchased it as a gift for somebody else. So we will have to wait till they open it for any comments on design or durability.

  • Order #44
    • Day 36   - Ordered
    • Day 37   - AliExpress reported shipped
    • Day 69   - Arrived in Mailbox
    • 40 Days Shipping Time



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Pen - Novelty Knife (Gold)
Day 69

When you need to write a note in a tough environment always choose the pen that can defend you ;) It is made out of plastic, but is a reasonable size, and does not feel cheaply made.


  • Order #68
    • Day 60   - Ordered
    •      ** AliExpress did not list a ship date **
    • Day 76   - Arrived in Mailbox
    • 16 Days Shipping Time



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Wednesday, June 29

AliExpress #40, #43 ( Switches & Mold )


Micro Switch 7mm Tactile Push
Day 70

Ordered 20 switches, and 20 switched arrived. Look right, feel right, work right. Delivery was a little long at 44 days, but they arrived.

  • Order #40
    • Day 32   - Ordered
    • Day 34   - AliExpress reported shipped
    • Day 70   - Arrived in Mailbox
    • 44 Days Shipping Time



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3D Mold - Numbers 0-9
Day 70

A Silicon mold of numbers. This can be used for cake decorating, and other food related items. A part of me does wonder how well this would work with play dough.


  • Order #43
    • Day 35   - Ordered
    • Day 38   - AliExpress reported shipped
    • Day 70   - Arrived in Mailbox
    • 41 Days Shipping Time



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AliExpress #19, #54 ( Snails & USB Power Plug)



Snail Tea Infuser
Day 69

Silicon snails to hold your tea bag. Cute, random colours, but small. These are significantly smaller then I expected. They washed well, and seem to work, so I am ok with it.

It took 61 days from time of order, which is a loooong time, but it made it.

  • Order #19
    • Day 15   - Ordered
    • Day 17   - AliExpress reported shipped
    • Day 69   - Arrived in Mailbox
    • 61 Days Shipping Time



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USB Male to 5mm DC Power Plug
Day 68

What can I say? I ordered a USB to DC Power Plug. I did mean to use this with the Arduino Clones but it ends up the plug end is too small.


  • Order #54
    • Day 46   - Ordered
    •   ** AliExpress did not list a ship date **
    • Day 68   - Arrived in Mailbox
    • 29 Days Shipping Time



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Tuesday, June 28

AliExpress #26, #46 ( LM2596 & Tin Solder )



LM2596 DC-DC Step down PSU (Adjustable)
Day 67

Adjustable DC-DC power supplies. For those times when you have 12 volts but need 9 volts. These have an adjustable pot on them so you can select the voltage output you need.

  • Order #26
    • Day 18   - Ordered
    • Day 19   - AliExpress reported shipped
    • Day 67   - Arrived in Mailbox
    • 49 Days Shipping Time



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Solder - Rosin Core Tin 0.8mm
Day 74

Not much to say about this one. I little bit of solder. It was cheap and I was curious. 


  • Order #46
    • Day 38   - Ordered
    • Day 46   - AliExpress reported shipped
    • Day 74   - Arrived in Mailbox
    • 36 Days Shipping Time



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