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Bad ENIG surface
The surface finish looks just fine but the solder doesn't cover some pads completely. I've never had this happen with ENIG boards until now.
Falling quality, poor ownership of errors
This was once my go-to supplier but their pcb quality has dwindled (poor soldermask thickness, minimalist traces) and they don't know much about being responsible for their mistakes. 2/3 orders have problems and instead of fixing them I am always promised a pittance in future credits. This last order was the final straw, producing camera-ready product is nearly impossible with them now. A waste of time!
Received nicely fabricated boards
After I submitted my order, the Elecrow engineering team worked with me to make sure that the Gerber files being received at their end were what I was intending. At first the Gerber outputs from my old Orcad PCB386+ software needed to have some settings tweaked in order to be usable at Elecrow. (I had to change the following settings: 1) Leading zeroes were truncated and 2) Specify metric output rather than “inches”.) After the files were usable Elecrow’s fast production process was used to speed the fab and delivery on its way.
Upon receipt the PCBs had very clear and defined etching, the solder mask was placed accurately and the silkscreen was very clear. I ordered 4 layer boards with 7mil traces and spacing. Silk screen on both sides. SMT pads only on the topside.
I did learn through the ordering experience that Elecrow only uses naturally colored PCB material and when they specify color it refers to the color of the solder mask.
I will use Elecrow again for any orders where I need naturally colored PCB material.
Good 4 layer PCB with few small issues
Ordered 5pc 4-layer PCB with HK-DHL shipping and received in Canada 11 days later. 7 boards were received. 3 had imperfections like scratches, smudged silkscreen, etc. but functionally are probably fine (not copper defects). Silkscreen itself is not so sharp, almost like it was expanded from the original design, but still clearly readable. Overall its good for the cost.
DHL charged ~$17 fees on receipt, not elecrows fault. Use a real phone number so you can get the alert and prepay fees.
Excellent pcbs, relatively short delivery times: by chosing the cheapest shipment (I live in EEC) parcel is quickly shipped from China to a hub in EEC and then mailed by registered Post. This results in an overall big gain in time.
In the last 30 days sent 2 different pcb designs and:
gerbers check: 0-1 day, manufacturing 5-7 days, shipment 15 days (direct shipment from China normally takes 25-30 days).
In my country big delays are due to national customs checks.
Excellent board quality and great service
Elecrow produces excellent quality PCBs at a good price in a timely manner. My boards were beautifully made and arrived at my door about 8 days after I submitted my order. Communication was also excellent, since I received 5 emails detailing the progress of my order. The last email included a photograph of the completed boards as they were about to ship, and gave the tracking number as well---a very nice touch!
Fast, Low cost and quality is very good
And the most important for me: quick reply ( ~12H ) by email when I need some info.
Incredibly Fast and Economical
This is my third order in a three month timespan.
Incredible speed...8 days total from ordering to delivery at my front door.
Definitely 5-star service.
I'd recommend this surface wholeheartedly.
Far better than expected
What did I expect?
It was my first PCB created with software (sPrint from Abacom) and I was unsure about my design in general.
I followed the advice of some friends and ordered at Elecrow as they have some of the best reviews and ratings around.
They are not the cheapest source, but I am not that guy who is after the lowest price.
I ordered the PCBs and got response within 24h that my layout seems to be ok and that the layout will be handed over to production - that was on 7th and 8th of July.
I received the PCBs on 15th of July - could it be faster while choosing \"normal processing\"? No.
The PCBs look fine. Holes are drilled correctly and centered, the overall surface is very good looking and as I have chosen 2 mm and 70µ Cu it is also rock solid ...
I needed to cut one of the paths and it was a pain - the copper is pretty hard to peel off.
What else to say?
I will definitely order my next PCB project at Elecrow, too.
Faster and Cheaper!
Just got my first order (3 different boards plus a stencil) from Elecrow and am very pleased. Not only was the order considerably less expensive than previous orders from ITEAD (especially the cost of the stencil) but using HK-DHL shipping the order arrived only 10 days after placing the order (to the US). It had taken twice that much time with the other company even though I paid the same DHL shipping cost. The board quality is equally as good any I've seen. I'm a happy customer.
I have ordered two designs for the second time. This time, I used HK-DHL shipping instead of cheap shipping option. I received the boards to Sweden after exactly 10 days from ordering. In the previous time, it took exactly 14 days to receive the boards to Sweden. Looks like I paid about 16 USD to get the boards 4 days in advance. But if you need the boards so urgently as soon as possible, 16 USD would not be a problem.
First time I've used Elecrow and have to say service is superb. Great communication with all emails answered promptly (I've not produced many PCBs so there were a few questions). Amazed at how quickly I received PCBs. From the day I submitted files to receiving them was just twelve days (better than the UK company I use). The boards look good - quality of the small type on silkscreen of a better quality than my usual company - very small typeface but still clear! Well priced. Many thanks all at Elecrow!
I have now used Elecrow four times for PCB manufacture and each time have received the boards within fourteen days of ordering. The board quality has been excellent. Will be continuing to use Elecrow for my boards.
I ordered several sets of PCBs there and so far I was never disappointed. They put some overproduced ones into the delivery as well and some have scratches or marks. But the amount you order you really get in an industry-standard quality. Fully recommended.
The best I've tried
Having used Seeed and Itead over the years I've been much happier with Elecrow. Quality, pricing, and turnaround have been much better. Free colors are nice.
On several orders I had them panelize for me and ordered a very reasonably priced stencil. They came out great.
I always use DHL shipping. Other houses seem to use a freight forwarder or something so often I would see several days delay between the ship notification and the actual movement of the package. This is irritating when you pop for expensive shipping. This has not happened with Elecrow. I've received my boards in as little as 8 days from the time of order.
Have ordered 10 PCB'S twice. Both received in a timely manner with no problems. In each case received 12 rather than ordered 10. Nice bonus!
Am placing another order now. Great communication regarding progress orders..
Very fast service. I ordered 20 (4-layer) boards and received 22. The solder mask registration was a bit shifted to the point where some of the pads were slightly covered on one edge, but not a big deal in my low-spec design. This might be an issue though with a tight-spec board with a BGA.
I will definitely use this service again!
I placed my first order with Elecrow on March 29, for 10 1-layer 5x5cm yellow + 5 2-layer 10x25cm black PCBs. The order was completed and shipped on April 7, and I received it on April 21 (I'm in France). I received respectively 13 and 7 boards (instead of the expected 10 and 5), also very nice.
I received an email on April 7, with a picture of the boards that were being shipped to me (which I find to be nice), and the boards themselves are of excellent quality overall. The silkscreen is crisp, with no defect. The mask placement is very good (some of the 5x5 boards have a very slight misalignment, which I guesstimate to be under 2 mils, perfectly acceptable at that price point).
In-board routing (milled holes) and non-rectangular outline (rounded) was no problem, again another plus.
I am very happy with the result, and considering that Elecrow offers a very broad choice of finishes at no extra charge, I will make them my main supplier now (moving away from Seeed).
Have used a few companies, but Elecrow are now my main supplier. I love the way they email a photo of the PCBs as they ship it. Great quality boards and the fact I can have any colour PCB and solder free at no extra charge is a major winner. I am from the UK and love this company.
I ordered 200 boards from them late on Sunday. The following Monday (8 days later) they show up in Minnesota, and they look perfect. I love that they e-mailed a pictures of the boards before they shipped. The boards were _very_ simple, but Elecrow did an awesome job and I couldn't be happier. They were also one of the least expensive places I found.