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Buying the tinySA

Be aware of bad performing illegal copy products.

The tinySA logo and the name tinySA for a spectrum analyzer are trademarked and no permission has been given to manufacture these clones so these are illegal products.
The following sellers have sold at least one illegal clone:

  • Navplus on eBay
  • ahken-81 on eBay
  • ideafoxtrot on eBay
  • KKmoon on Amazon
  • Shop910459103 on AliExpress
  • ahken-81 on AliExpress
  • Feature Tools on AliExpress
  • Tool-box Store on AliExpress
  • Good Home-Accessories for you Store on AliExpress
  • Tools & Instruments Factory Store on AliExpress
  • Tools & Meter Store on AliExpress
  • Banggood has removed almost all references to the tinySA trademark and is now only selling clones.

Safe places to buy an original tinySA

  • Zeenko store on Other sellers on Alibaba may sell bad clones. For other payment methods, such as Paypal, hit the "chat now" button and Maggie from the Zeenko store will help you. At the right top of the browser window there should be "my messages" where you will have a better overview of your messages
  • Zeenko store on AliExpress. Other sellers on aliexpress may sell bad clones. To be sure you get a good product only buy from Zeenko store
  • R&L Electronics in the USA. When the tinySA is listed as "out of stock" R&L can still take you order and only charge your credit card when the product is available again (which should be in a few weeks).
  • Passion Radio in Europe
  • Mirfield Electronics in the UK
  • Switch Science in Japan
  • Taobao in China
  • 1688 in China

If the tinySA is listed as Pre-order it means there is currently no stock but a next batch of tinySA is being manufactured and as soon as these are available (usually within one month) the pre-ordered products will be shipped in order sequence.

How to recognize a cloned tinySA

The cloners tried to copy everything, included packaging, trademarked name and logo but failed on some aspects.

The current best way to detect a clone is to run the self test. If your tinySA fails on tests 7 and 8 it probably is a clone.

The latest clone copied all visible elements except there are some errors in the sticker on the back.

and self test 7 fails like this

Post a picture of the back of your tinySA and we can tell if you have a clone.

A previous clone uses foam (instead of molded PVC) for the inside of the box and looks like this:

And the backside has no sticker with serial number but looks like this

To be even more sure, open the case and look at the PCB. If there are no shields you have a clone

This is a clone showing "tinySA v0.4", we have never manufactured a v0.4 tinySA

This clone also fails selftests 7 and 8 and this implies you will not be able to do good measurements so better ask your money back.

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