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Buying Made in China Parts
Topic starter April 24, 2021 5:04 am
Building a ArduPilot drone I encountered this great list of advise about buying parts from china because of cheep prices
Chinese Imports Good Deal / Bad Deal?
- It is very tempting especially when just starting out to buy lots of Chinese direct import stuff because it is so much cheaper: Bad Idea!
- As you gain experience, you will learn which import items are serviceable, if you try to do it at the beginning things will not go well.
- I recommend you always get the main electronics (autopilot) from the primary source, in our case the Pixhawk from 3DRobotics.
- You will also want to get the electronic accessories (GPS, magentometer, telemetry and OSD if used) from 3DRobotics as well.
- If your going to do first person view, get a 3DRobotics FPV kit or a FatShark Attitude video goggle and transmitter.
- As for cameras, the GoPro Hero 3 and especially the Black is the one to get, because it is what everybody uses and it works well.
- The DJI Flamewheel ARF kit which is recommended is made in China but is a known quality setup, so where you get it is up to you.
- The Traxxas, Hubsan and Helimax highly recommended starter micro-Quadcopters are also made in China but are still a great way to start.
- Motors, Batteries, ESCs, frames and even FRSky or Turnigy RC transmitters and receivers can be very good deals direct from China.
- A lot of items we buy domestically are actually made in China and of course, quality varies widely, regardless of country of origin.
- A $25.00 RC-Timer motor is not likely to be of the same quality as the equivalent $100.00 Tiger-Motor, but hey, it’s only $25.00.
- Although direct Chinese imports generally have pretty reliable shipping, aftermarket support or returns are often very problematic.
- If you build in a ten to twenty percent broken, damaged or not included expectation for Chinese imports you will not be disappointed.