Dirty terminal sample pack

Crimp Terminals for Cables Crimp terminals lock to the end of a wire and attach to an electrical connection such as a screw or terminal block. There are tons of different styles out there, but we found a handful that every Chinese cable manufacturer stocks. This is important because while reels of crimps are cheap, […]

Dirty Cables price increases and lead times

Its really hard to convince Huaqiangbei market suppliers to cooperate on a project until you can prove value by making a bunch of orders. Our approach is to guestimate a price at DirtyPCBs, send through a few months of orders, and then ask if they’d like to cooperate with us. Generally this will open doors […]

DirtyPCBs.com China export brokerage pay your vendors get your stuffs

  Exporting small low value orders from China is a challenge to do cost effectively, however proper export of bulk stuff is comparatively simple. After hearing what hardware people are going through to get stuff from China we had to offer a better way. A Dirty Way. Having trouble paying a Chinese supplier? Did things start off […]

DirtyPCBs adds full range of steel and framed stencils

  Stencils for solder paste and red glue are now available in a bunch of standard sizes for solder paste/red glue dispensers. You can choose from all the options offered by our favorite stencil maker: Purposes: Solder paste for surface mount component reflow process. Red glue for two-sided or through hole board wave soldering process […]

DirtyPCBs site update with encrypted https connections

  DirtyPCBs.com now supports secure, encrypted access with https://DirtyPCBs.com. We used a free certificate from Let’s Encrypt and the process was almost painless. You’ll need to add the ‘s’ to the address manually to access the secure version of the site. Https may become the default eventually. It’s trendy to force everyone onto https these days, […]

DIRTY CABLES: Cheap custom cables available now

Dirty Cables is a drag and drop cable builder that gives you access to cheap custom cable services from China. Build a custom cable, get an instant quote, and checkout. Your custom cables should ship in 3 to 7 work days. Huaqiangbei is full of cheap custom cable vendors with a big pile of samples […]

DIRTY CABLES: What’s in that sample pile?

Massive sample piles advertise the custom cable manufacturers in Huaqiangbei market. A sketch and a few part numbers is enough to get a quote on the spot. These piles reveal which connectors are standard and readily available in the Chinese manufacturing ecosystem. To avoid sourcing problems and production delays its probably best to stick with […]

FONA808 USB interface

Jesus Echavarria published a new build: For several months I’m working with FONA808 modules from Adafruit to make a portable, web-based locating system. This modules are based on the SIM808 module from SIMCOM manufacturer, and integrates both GSM and GPS transceivers in one 24x24mm package.  The Adafruit board includes this module and also some electronics […]

DirtyPCB X-mas tree

Matthias created a X-Mas tree project using the DirtyPCB boards: The project features an USB capable PIC16F1549 µC with: USB FS device 48 MHz internal Oscillator 2 PWM modules 10-bit ADC with Voltage Reference Integrated Temperature Indicator Module The LEDs are connected to the 2 PWM outputs via N-mos drivers. A Potentiometer is connected to […]

Bi-directional voltage level translator – Board house test

Lukas Fassler from Soldernerd shares his experience with DirtyPCBs: I can think of a lot of situations where it could be useful. But the main reason for this project was to gain some experience with getting a PCB professionally manufactured by a board house. For several years I have done my own designs but I always milled […]

OTGW panel

Onno designed and built his own OTGW panel with Dirty Board PCBs: Added all together and had a working gateway. This gateway has also connections for status LED’s. However, I didn’t find anything about getting the LED’s connected and build in the housing. So there started the first idea of designing my own PCB. I’m someone who […]

Dirty PCBs review from Big Mess o’ Wires

Dirty PCBs detailed review by Big Mess o’ Wires: Now for the key question: were the boards any good? From my inspection, I’d say mostly yes. I spent a long time examining the boards under 10x magnification, and comparing them to my original EAGLE files, and to the Gerbers using gerbv. Probably I’ve never examined any […]

La Skala Arduino controlled ladder attenuator

Dimdim has designed and built his own stepped ladder attenuator, controlled by an Arduino: A few years ago I had an encounter with a ladder volume attenuator. I loved hearing the relays clicking away as they dialed-in the desired attenuation. Ever since then I wanted to design and build one for myself. The years passed, with […]