Yihua and Depu electronics market visit

in #liveupdates, Shenzhen by Ian | 4 comments

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Today we piled into a taxi with visiting hackers to check out two electronics markets. Both are about an hour north of Shenzhen in Shajin, a very industrial area. We have high hopes of finding more equipment and tools than are available in huaqiangbei.

Top on our list was a USB controlled wire cutter Zach Hoeken saw a few weeks ago, a laser cutter, and a resistor forming machine.

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First up is Yihua. A single single building with one floor of tools and supplies.

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Its a lot quieter than huaqiangbei, and the range of stuff caters more to building a production line (equipment and sensors) than feeding one (components).

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A tools section with crimping machines and a few component formers.

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Pistons, valves, and accessories.

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A lot of stands wholesale chemicals and supplies for running PCB production lines.

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An impressive assortment of ball screws…

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…as well as linear rails.

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High-speed, high pressure air compressor.

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A different type of head magnifier. Bought one to test in the office for 10usd.

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Overview of Yihua market. There were a lot more industrial supplies and equipment than huaqiangbei, but we didn’t find that much stuff.

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A couple guys in the parking lot told us about another market called Depu. There’s no taxis up here so we flagged down a tuktuk uncle. Word to the wise, tuktuks with a couple big foreigners don’t belong on the freeway. Uncle said he was scared of us because all foreigners are so big, and feared us in war.

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We arrive at Depu in one piece, it looks promising.

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Right off the bat we find a resistor forming machine and…

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…lots of wire crimping machines.

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The typical assortment of t962 rework ovens and solder pots.

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Breadboards and various styles of prototyping perf board.

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Two stands are printing heat shrink tubing. We will try them for the next batch of Bus Pirate probe cables.

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Machine active warning lights, or don’t mess with me indicators. I got one for my desk to indicate mood.

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This place is absolutely massive and covers two floors.

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Depu was closer to the tool and equipment Utopia we were looking for, but its still mostly components and parts. Prices are 10 to 40% cheaper than huaqiangbei and machines were even cheaper than Taobao. If you’re in Shenzhen for a while, Depu might be worth a visit.

Unfortunately we don’t get to cram a new laser cutter or wire cutter into the trunk of the taxi, but it was definitely worth a look.

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Comments

  1. Macpod says:

    I love reading these electronic market posts. I wish there was a place like this in the states where you could just walk in and grab a few linear motion components and a crimping machine for good measure.

  2. Sleepwalker3 says:

    These markets are much more for me :)
    Great article Ian :)

    Did you spot any cheap through-hole resistor/component counters (for ammo packs) by any chance?

    • Ian says:

      No, but I wasn’t looking :) It was just overwhelming and we only skirted the edge of the Depu.

      BTW: sorry for all the spelling mistakes and bad grammar. I wrote this on my phone in the taxi home. I’m trying to get in the habit of that, otherwise it never actually gets done.

      • Sleepwalker3 says:

        No problem, I’m fluent in Typo and have a degree in Blurb, so it’s all good ;o)

        We are happy just to see so many pics of all the great things and a few comments explaining it all.

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