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'[EE] Need good vendors in England'
2005\05\31@125901 by Hasan A. Khan

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Hi,
I need some good reliable vendors in England that I
can use to order components online.  I don't order
large quantities of components; just in quantities of
ten or less.  I usually need to order semiconductors
like, transistors, microcontrollers, and other ICs.

I have a good list of vendors in the US (digikey,
mouser, jameco etc.) but having hard time finding
similar ones in England.  Googling a component usually
lists a lot of US vendors but not UK.

Thanks for your help.


-Hasan

2005\05\31@134117 by Jamie Lyon

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www.rapidelectronics.co.uk/ would have to be my main
recommendation, but there's also
http://uk.farnell.com/ and http://www.maplin.co.uk -- farnell tend to
be quite expensive however, and maplin don't seem to stock much
nowadays.

I'm not sure where to source some of the rarer components though, but
you can always try e-mailing rapid if they don't have a part in stock,
they may try to stock it for you.

-Jamie


On 31/05/05, Hasan A. Khan <spam_OUThasanTakeThisOuTspamkhansden.com> wrote:
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2005\05\31@134817 by wayne

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Rs   www.rshttp://www.com
Rapid http://www.rapidelectronics.co.uk
Farnell http://www.farnell.co.uk


Wayne

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Subject: [EE] Need good vendors in England

Hi,
I need some good reliable vendors in England that I
can use to order components online.  I don't order
large quantities of components; just in quantities of
ten or less.  I usually need to order semiconductors
like, transistors, microcontrollers, and other ICs.

I have a good list of vendors in the US (digikey,
mouser, jameco etc.) but having hard time finding
similar ones in England.  Googling a component usually
lists a lot of US vendors but not UK.

Thanks for your help.


-Hasan

2005\05\31@183834 by Mike Harrison

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On Tue, 31 May 2005 18:46:02 +0100, you wrote:

>Rs   www.rshttp://www.com
>Rapid http://www.rapidelectronics.co.uk
>Farnell http://www.farnell.co.uk

Also http://www.cpc.co.uk - not great for semics & components but very good for ancillary stuff like
cables, connectors etc., AV stuff and computer bits.
Now part of Farnell but seperate catalogues - worth getting the paper ones as the websites are
pretty poor at finding stuff


'[EE] Need good vendors in England'
2005\06\01@040023 by Alan B. Pearce
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>Rs   www.rshttp://www.com
>Rapid http://www.rapidelectronics.co.uk
>Farnell http://www.farnell.co.uk

In addition to these try
Maplin http://www.maplin.co.uk/
Crownhill http://www.crownhill.co.uk/ (seem to be the cheapest UK source of
PICs)
Arrow UK http://www.arrowne.com/ (based in the Netherlands I think, but
serving all Europe)

and then there is our own list member Wouter, operating out of the
Netherlands http://www.voti.nl/shop/

2005\06\01@054535 by Philip Pemberton

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In message <105401c5667f$f44d17e0$EraseMEe7bdf682spam_OUTspamTakeThisOuTspace.rl.ac.uk>
         "Alan B. Pearce" <A.B.Pearcespamspam_OUTrl.ac.uk> wrote:

> Maplin http://www.maplin.co.uk/

"Craplin". Pay more, get less. Farnell are cheaper. 2p each for 0.25W metal
film resistors (but you've got to buy them in 50s), vs. 7p at Maplin.
Similar thing with transistors - 20-odd pence at Farnell, 50-odd at Craplin,
if they've actually got what you want in stock. ISTR Farnell have a £20
minimum for mail order, but they throw in free UPS next-working-day delivery
(or they did last time I ordered from them - they used to use SecuricorOmega
though).

> Crownhill http://www.crownhill.co.uk/ (seem to be the cheapest UK source of
> PICs)

And EPROM programmers. I've got an Elnec Preprom-02aLV that I got through
Crownhill - top notch service from Crownhill and Elnec.

> Arrow UK http://www.arrowne.com/ (based in the Netherlands I think, but
> serving all Europe)

I never managed to get them to respond to any of the enquiries I sent them.

> and then there is our own list member Wouter, operating out of the
> Netherlands http://www.voti.nl/shop/

I agree. My Wisp628 is a great little tool.

Another name worth adding to the list is ASP Infotec (now Trident Infotec).
Their website is pure crap (the old one was tons better), but they're the UK
sales agent for Seiko Instruments - the Seiko thermal printers are very nice.
Very easy to interface with - the old MTP mechanisms give you a timing pulse
every time a dot position comes up. Wait for home position signal, wait for
TG pulse, fire head for 1.2mS, wait, fire...
The new printers (IIRC) have a driver built into the head. You clock in the
data, then fire the DRIVE line for 1.2mS or so and it prints an entire line
of image data onto the paper at once. I've never tried them (but I want to),
but the datasheets are well-written and the specs are impressive. I'd dig out
the exact specs, but I can't find the datasheet...

I've also used the Epson impact printer mechanisms - those things are pretty
dire as far as print quality goes. Minute differences in paper position
equate to huge differences in print quality. They tend to miss dots IME. I
suspect that might be more down to my drive circuit (a ULN2803) but...

Later.
-- Phil.                              | Acorn Risc PC600 Mk3, SA202, 64MB, 6GB,
@spam@philpemKILLspamspamphilpem.me.uk              | ViewFinder, 10BaseT Ethernet, 2-slice,
http://www.philpem.me.uk/          | 48xCD, ARCINv6c IDE, SCSI
... When everything is relative, even relativity loses meaning

2005\06\01@061021 by Mike Harrison

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On Wed, 01 Jun 2005 10:42:37 +0100, you wrote:

>In message <105401c5667f$f44d17e0$KILLspame7bdf682KILLspamspamspace.rl.ac.uk>
>          "Alan B. Pearce" <RemoveMEA.B.PearceTakeThisOuTspamrl.ac.uk> wrote:
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>> Maplin http://www.maplin.co.uk/
>
>"Craplin". Pay more, get less. Farnell are cheaper. 2p each for 0.25W metal
>film resistors (but you've got to buy them in 50s), vs. 7p at Maplin.
>Similar thing with transistors - 20-odd pence at Farnell, 50-odd at Craplin,
>if they've actually got what you want in stock. ISTR Farnell have a £20
>minimum for mail order, but they throw in free UPS next-working-day delivery
>(or they did last time I ordered from them - they used to use SecuricorOmega
>though).

Not guaranteed next day delivery, although it does arrive next day most of the time.

2005\06\01@062903 by Alan B. Pearce

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>> Maplin http://www.maplin.co.uk/
>
>"Craplin". Pay more, get less. Farnell are cheaper. 2p each for 0.25W metal

<VBG> yeah, they are a bit "Radio Shack" these days I believe. Farnell are
not the best for price either. I was pricing some items through them for a
club I belong to, and found that even with the 14% academic discount I could
get through their Onecall system, Rapid were still cheaper on a number of
items and the others were so close it made no difference, so it made sense
to order the lot from Rapid.

2005\06\01@063939 by Peter Onion
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Just to add 2p's worth...

I find Rapid are very good, I can email an order during the day and pick
it up om my way home in the afternoon ! (Being local to them helps of
course!)

Also I've had good experiences with Crownhill Associates.

Peter.

2005\06\01@071935 by Kev Pearce \(kevp.com\)

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I agree. Rapid are my number one choice. If they don't do the part I need, I
change my design!

I use Maplin shops if I need something in a hurry and don't paying that bit
extra for it, but I've given up on there website.
Too many kids radio control cars on special offer, and not enough quality
'modern' components...

Cheers

Kev/.


2005\06\01@085057 by Dominic Stratten

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My choices in order of preference are :

1. Rapid Electronics - excellent to deal with, good prices and excellent
customer services.
2. Crownhill - actually joint first to be honest with you. Best prices for
PICs and A1 customer services.
3. RS Components - the Corby branch is fairly close to me (25 min drive) so
useful for emergencies. Prices a bit more than above but usually in stock
and easy to deal with.
4. Maplin - sometimes they will surprise you with cheaper parts than the
above (quite rare though) and good customer services. Open a business
account with them and they are prepared to haggle to get your business.
5. Farnell - every time I've tried to order they seem to be out of stock of
one item which usually leads me going to RS or Rapid. Not bad prices.

I've ordered a lot of stuff from Rapid and apart from a dodgy photo PCB
which they replaced after a bit of humming and ahrring any problems have
been quickly resolved. I'd say I've also had a 99.5%+ accuracy on the
picking and packing which is also reassuring.

Dom

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2005\06\01@113158 by Howard Winter

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Hassan,

On Tue, 31 May 2005 09:59:00 -0700 (PDT), Hasan A. Khan wrote:

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As others have said, Maplin, Rapid Electronics, Farnell, CPC, but also Cricklewood Electronics:
http://www.cricklewoodelectronics.com have a good range of harder-to-get stuff, but their web site is
*dreadful* when trying to find things!

For PICs and such it's worth checking Crownhill http://www.crownhill.co.uk, although I usually order from
Wouter (http://www.voti.nl/e_index.html) or Glitchbuster (http://www.glitchbuster.com) because although
they're abroad, they are fast to ship and have a good range of stuff, some of which is hard to find here.

Cheers,


Howard Winter
St.Albans, England


2005\06\01@113943 by Howard Winter

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Phil,

On Wed, 01 Jun 2005 10:42:37 +0100, Philip Pemberton wrote:

>  ISTR Farnell have a £20 minimum for mail order, but they throw in free UPS next-working-day delivery
> (or they did last time I ordered from them
They still did yesterday!  :-)

> they used to use SecuricorOmega though

I didn't notice who delivered it, but it had to be signed for.  Less than 24 hours from order to delivery - one of the advantages of living on an island that's smaller than California!

Cheers,


Howard Winter
St.Albans, England

2005\06\01@115253 by Howard Winter

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Peter,

On Wed, 01 Jun 2005 11:39:37 +0100, Peter Onion wrote:

> Just to add 2p's worth...
>
> I find Rapid are very good, I can email an order during the day and pick
> it up om my way home in the afternoon ! (Being local to them helps of
> course!)

Go on, rub it in!  :-)

Someone nobody has mentioned: FastComponents:  http://www.fastcomponents.co.uk

They only do "packs" of components, so no good if you're buying for a particular project, but they are
excellent if you're building up a stock of standard parts (less than a penny each for 1% metal film resistors
in a pack of over 1000 over 75 values, for example).  They do SMD packs of mixed values of resistors and
capacitors, which I haven't seen elsewhere (mind you, I haven't looked :-)

Cheers,




2005\06\01@123533 by Alan B. Pearce

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>Someone nobody has mentioned:
>FastComponents:  http://www.fastcomponents.co.uk

>They do SMD packs of mixed values of resistors and
>capacitors, which I haven't seen elsewhere
>(mind you, I haven't looked :-)

RS and Farnell do the "sample packs" or "development packs" of 50 of each
value in a ring binder. They also do capacitors that way.

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