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Battery Chargers(HKTDC Electronics, Vol 02,2003)

Vol 2, 2003

Product Features

Home Audio
Sound Solutions

Computer Accessories
Providing Added Punch

Battery Chargers
Powering Ahead

Battery Chargers

Powering Ahead

Vouch Tech Industries Ltd sources materials from Japan, Korea and Taiwan for its
battery chargers

Today's ubiquitous portable information devices depend on the ever-present battery chargers that boost the cells driving digital cameras, mobile telephones and portable audio products. Hong Kong companies such as Vanson Electronics Ltd are definitely charging ahead as they seek to provide consumers with reliable portable power.

Vanson started operations in 1978 and today concentrates on producing battery chargers and switching power supplies, producing one million units per month.

"Two very popular battery chargers are the V-2000 and the V-868," says managing director Peter Ip. The V-2000 features a computer-controlled, ultra-fast one-hour charging rate for AA and AAA batteries. The FOB Hong Kong unit price is US$10.

The V-868 is an automatic charger available for 2/4/6/8 pieces of AA or AAA batteries and comes with a built-in timer. The FOB Hong Kong unit price is US$6.

Both the V-2000 and the V-868 models are suitable for Ni-MH/Ni-Cd battery packs and meet international standards. "Our products are available with buyers' brands or with our own Vanson name," says Ip. "We have an extensive export business, with clients in Germany, the UK and the US."

Production takes place at a 150,000-square-foot plant in Dongguan on the Chinese mainland that employs 1,500 skilled workers. The plant is ISO 9001-certified.

The minimum order is 1,000 units, for delivery 45 days after order confirmation. Raw materials used include polycarbonate from Germany and the US and ICs from Japan.

Also offering a quality range of battery chargers is Vouch Tech Industries Ltd. Established in 1990, the company owns a 20,000-square-metre, 800-worker plant in Shenzhen on the Chinese mainland that is ISO 9001-certified.

Typical of the range available is the Universal Family Charger, a CE, UL, and TUV-approved unit for AA and AAA cells. The unit also charges Ni-MH, Ni-Cd and lithium ion battery packs.

"This model also carries support for digital camera and camcorder battery packs for a wide range of leading names such as Sony, JVC and Panasonic," says managing director Jim Law.

"The unique thing about our Universal model is that the battery holding unit can be quickly changed to suit separate cells or battery packs. It is also compact and fashionable looking," he adds. "We have a first-class reputation for battery and electronics products made to international standards and approved by all relevant authorities."

The company does not have a minimum order policy and treats each enquiry on its own merits. Standard delivery terms are 2-3 weeks after order confirmation depending on the item and the quantity. Raw materials are imported from Taiwan, Japan and Korea, while finished products go to major markets including the US and Europe.

Minwa Electronics Co Ltd, established in 1977, is a leading supplier of battery chargers, switching adaptors, batteries and battery accessories, AC/DC and AC/AC adaptors, converters and inverters, speakers, cables and plugs.

"We have in-depth experience in the field and produce home, car and professional versions suitable for all types of batteries and battery packs," says marketing executive Fiona Yu.

Minwa has offices and production facilities in both Hong Kong and Shenzhen on the Chinese mainland and a workforce of more than 3,000. "We are certified to ISO 9001 and ISO 17025, as well as the GS, CE, e-Mark and UL standards," says Yu.

Typical of the Minwa range is the MW 2073 (US$11.97), a four-channel, super-fast one-hour charger for AAA, AA and 9V Ni-Cd/Ni-MH rechargeable batteries. It has an AC/DC adaptor and a cigarette lighter adaptor for home/car use and is usually sold under the CamPlus brand.

Other popular choices are the MW 2072 (US$4.14), dedicated to in-car use, and the MW 2988 (US$1.50), which is especially for audio products. "The MW 2988 is unique because it can charge Micro AAA, Mignon AA and LF6 Ni-Cd/Ni-MH batteries. We believe this is a first," she adds.

All prices are per piece FOB Hong Kong (without batteries) based on a minimum order of 1,000 pieces for delivery 30 days after order confirmation.

Products are sold locally and exported to major markets such as the US, Germany, the UK, Canada, the Middle East, Italy and France.

Taking a somewhat different view to the battery charger is Hankey Asia Ltd, an 11-year veteran that keeps an eagle eye on future trends. Current product offerings include solar products, solar radios, MP3 players, LED lamps and mobile telephone chargers.

"Variety is good," says manager Anthony Chan. "And so is added value. This is why we try always to incorporate various features into one product."

This approach results in a series of mobile telephone chargers. The range includes a basic unit (model HKS-18a at US$2.68), a solar version (HKS-28 at US$8), and a solar/non-solar radio with charger and torch (HKS-886M at US$6.80). All prices are FOB Hong Kong based on a minimum order of 1,000 pieces per type for delivery 28 days after confirmation of order.

"In our view, people appreciate the extra features we offer. Prices are still highly competitive and yet there is a greater sense of value and interest by the end user," says Chan.

Production takes place at Hankey's factory in Shenzhen on the mainland employing 130 skilled workers. Raw materials, including solar cells, are sourced on the mainland.

WRITTEN BY ANTHONY MOORE

Contact details

Hankey Asia Ltd
Rm 2301
Laurels Ind Centre
32 Tai Yau St
San Po Kong, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2306-1133
Fax: 852-2322-2765
Email: hankey@netvigator.com
Web: www.isolar.com.hk

Hwasin Communication Enterprise (HK) Ltd
Rm 612 C -D
Witty Commercial Bldg
1A Tung Choi St
Mong Kok, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2334-9325
Fax: 852-2332-8492
Email: hkhuaxin@globalsources.com
Web: www.hwasin.com

Minwa Electronics Co Ltd
22/F, Far East Finance Centre
16 Harcourt Rd
Admiralty, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2823-6332
Fax: 852-2897-2085
Email: fionayu@minwa.com.hk
Web: www.minwa.com.hk

Stadium Asia Ltd
1/F, 157-159 Wai Yip St
Kwun Tong, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2389-1271
Fax: 852-2341-9464
Email: miranda.leung@stadium.com.hk
Web: www.stadium.com.hk

Vanson Electronics Ltd
19/F, Flat H
Kingsway Ind Bldg
173-175 Wo Yi Hop Rd
Kwai Chung, New Territories
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2427-1741
Fax: 852-2480-5640
Email: peter@vanson.com.hk
Web: www.vanson.com.hk

Vouch Tech Industries Ltd
Workshop C3, 4/F
Kin Yip Plaza
9 Cheung Yee St
Cheung Sha Wan, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2371-2998
Fax: 852-2371-2993
Email: info@vouchtech.com
Web: www.vouchtech.com


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