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ZIF Sockets

Discussion in 'Datasheets, Manuals or Parts' started by Yongleloo, May 31, 2008.

  1. Yongleloo

    Yongleloo New Member

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    I'm trying to locate some ZIF sockets - don't get me wrong, I have found heaps through Google and eBay - and besides the cheap eBay take-off versions, I can't find any at reasonable prices

    Any help?
     
  2. picbits

    picbits Well-Known Member

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    Depednds where you're located
     
  3. Hero999

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    That's because they are made in small volumes and are generally quite expensive.

    I've bought some off eBay and they were alright. I didn't choose the cheapest supplier, just one that lives in the UK.
     
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  5. gramo

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    I stumbled across a ZIF supplier who sells 3M ZIF sockets at a reasonable price. got them when they were on special, but now they are back to normal, but the prices are still damn good;

    $1.48 for the 18 pin
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    $1.98 for the 40 pin

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    They also sell a bulk pack of 15 for under $20 - now that is almost unheard of!
     
  6. Hero999

    Hero999 Banned

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    That's a good deal!

    They do seem chaper than one of my suppliers for things like LEDs and semiconductors but they don't stock a great range and they are more expensive for speakers and piezo buzzers.

    A small speaker: $1.55 at Core, $0.99 at Rapid
    Core Electronics - Audio
    Rapid Electronics - Miniature loudspeaker

    A piezo buzzer: $4.07 at Core, $2.77 at Rapid
    Rapid Electronics - Piezo sounder

    Exchange rate, at the time of posting: £1.979/$.

    The moral of the story is, just because one or two products are very cheap from one supplier, it doesn't mean they're cheapre than another supplier.

    Also I don't know whether it's worth paying for shipping - it's probably only worth it for large orders or items which are very cheap at Core compared to local suppliers.
     
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    blueroomelectronics Well-Known Member

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    Those cheap ones are Chinese copies of the decent 3M ones, they work fine but are very sloppy workmanship compared to the real thing. For hobby use they're just fine.
     
  8. Hero999

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    That's true, even at surplus prices 1/20th of the price does sound too good.
     
  9. Gayan Soyza

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    You are correct I purchased Chinese 3M Zockets, each were 0.5US$ (18pin) & 1.2US$ (40 pin).

    After 1 week they seems to get corroded the (metal parts) & the arm gets very loosy & the lock is very loosy too so the IC cannot hold tightly.
     
  10. gramo

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    They sound very bad!

    The ones I brought are yet to do anything like that, and are over 6 months old now (needless to say that they get used heaps..)

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    I guess there are levels of cheapness out there, and you hit rock bottom :(
     
  11. Gayan Soyza

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    Another clone around in the market the original TEX Tool Zifs name as TFX Tool & selling its also very bad.

    Be aware with this brand names.:)
     
  12. Funny NYPD

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    It is hard to find a good zif suppliers these days.
    We bought some 3M ZIF with gold plating from digikey, it seems all of those have very poor assembly quality. Plus the price is high. Not recommend.
     

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