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Lowest possible cost 3 23.08%
Make it as small and light as possible 6 46.15%
Battery longevity is very important 3 23.08%
Highest power possible 3 23.08%
Highest RPM possible 2 15.38%
Only use through hole construction 2 15.38%
No winding of transformers 4 30.77%
Group buy of components including boards 0 0%
Group buy of boards only 1 7.69%
Iíd rather buy a kit with everything in it 0 0%
I want to buy a pre-built & pre-programmed system 0 0%
I only want to use a 4.8v Ni-MH battery 2 15.38%
I only want to use a 2S battery 1 7.69%
I only want to use a 3S battery 1 7.69%
I want to use a 4.8v battery to 3S battery 5 38.46%
I want to use only off the shelf parts from Digi-Key or Mouser 3 23.08%
I want the Timer board to be separate from the HV board 6 46.15%
I want a combination Timer & HV board 1 7.69%
I want all the options possible using jumpers 3 23.08%
I want a USB connection 2 15.38%
I want a serial connection (DB9) and Iíll use my own USB adapter 3 23.08%
I want a ICSP connection 3 23.08%
I want a premade parts list (BOM) at Digi-Key 2 15.38%
I want a premade project parts list (BOM) at Mouser 1 7.69%
I want 1 design and 1 design only 1 7.69%
I want optional designs to choose from and Ill make the boards myself 8 61.54%
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Old Sep 10, 2014, 06:38 PM
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The problem is, as has been in the past, some items are simply not available in all countries.

Such is the case with the M8104CT-ND coil.

RSComponents (worldwide) and Farnell Australia just returns a zero when searched.

Tried once before importing parts from the US.

From memory they wanted $75.00 freight for 10 electrolytic capacitors.

As one can imagine, they still have them in their warehouse.
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Old Sep 11, 2014, 12:23 AM
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does digikey not have a local representative in australia?

we have here and for the most part it works pretty good. orders over ~$200 ship free and are delivered by courier, under that and there is a ~$40 shipping fee. either way VAT is added and you get a proper invoice for accounting purposes and the package never gets stuck in customs or has any other fees added.

mouser now has a similar system in place but don't know the details.

never bothered with farnell or RS because neither ever have what i need.
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Old Sep 11, 2014, 01:42 AM
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Originally Posted by bluejets View Post
The problem is, as has been in the past, some items are simply not available in all countries.
I'm sure we could solve that with a group buy.

IIRC I had trouble ordering the coils in that series. I got one or two of them, and another one or two got ordered and then they contacted me saying there was a minimum order quantity.

It kinda pissed me off since I ordered and paid for them and then they tried changing the terms (MOQ) on me! I told the sales rep to get me samples of those since I wanted to try the whole series. They promised they would, but then never did. I think they eventually told me to contact the manufacturer directly.

In any case... I'm way behind and really need to get some new hardware built!

Looks like the best price break at DigiKey is for 25 @ $2.93 = $73.15

Seems to be several other places carrying them, some places even cheaper.
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Old Sep 11, 2014, 06:34 AM
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I for one do not consider paying $40 freight for a $3.00 part remotely acceptable.
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Old Sep 11, 2014, 10:09 PM
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Suppliers Report to date:
One replied that they do not wind coils as small as we need.
One replied confirming his receipt of my information and stating that he thought they would be able to help us. But, no pricing, yet.
One has not replied, yet.

In the meantime, I am working on building my on winder. I have just finished the review of the my drawings, this evening. I will have them re-printed and do one last review. I have already bought a good many of the needed supplies. I will keep you posted on my progress...

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