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Fiber optic cables need to be spliced together, be it for a certain installation, or to connect the fiber to transmitting and receiving equipment that will be using them. At the moment, there are two kinds of splices: the mechanical splice or the fusion splice. The first one aligns the fibers to connect them mechanically or through glue, while splicing through fusion is done by melting the fiber material through fiber optic fusion splicers.
Given the importance of splicing fibers through high voltage electrical arches or any kind of heating system, it’s very easy to find fiber optic fusion splicers. A lot of shops sell them and you can even find second hand fiber optic fusion splicers for super cheap. However, if you are looking for a cheap fiber optic fusion splicer and you don't want to buy a used one, take a look in AliExpress. Here you’ll be able to find fiber optic fusion splicers at incredible prices and from well known brands such as Fujikura or Sumitomo.
The best shops to buy fiber optic fusion splicers in AliExpress
Based on our usual search criteria, we’ve selected the 5 best shops in AliExpress to buy fiber optic fusion splicers at the best price, so you can find exactly what you are looking for!
- XinRay Store(5 diamonds): this shop has a really good reputation and sells fiber optic fusion splicers at incredibly affordable prices.
- Shenzhen Zi Yan Instrument (4 diamonds): this seller offers various excellent technical tools for super cheap.
- Greebid Electron Technology Co., Ltd. (3 diamonds): this is one of the best shops to buy electronic equipment such as fiber optic fusion splicers.
How to buy a cheap fiber optic fusion splicers
At the moment there are tons of splicers, which can be distinguished in to two categories: field splicers (most used ones in cable installations) and factory splicers (used to fuse fiber optics to make amplifiers, compensators, etc.)
If you look for “fiber optic fusion splicers” in AliExpress, you’ll come up with thousands of results and machines for different things…But, what machine should you buy? To ensure you are buying the machine best suited to your needs, make sure you take into account aspects such as: the kind of alignment (depending on the fiber we want to splice, you might want to have one alignment or another), the prices, environmental condition (if you are going to be working outside, you will need a machine resistant to certain temperature, humidity and altitude conditions) and the technical service (in the rare case that your machine needs a small fix or adjustment).
You can find all these aspects in the product’s technical specifications in AliExpress. And if you feel like you are missing any information, contact the seller directly to ask for help.
Identifying a good seller
Once you’ve done this, and you know exactly what kind of fiber optic fusion splicer you want, the next thing to do is to find a good AliExpress seller. This is especially important when you buy a product that’s so specific and costly. To know if a seller is trustworthy, you need to look at three key aspects:
- The shop’s reputation: in our experience if a shop has at least 1 diamond, it’s good.
- Ratings and reviews left by previous customers: this is a vital process in understanding what kind of product and service to expect from a shop.
- Number of sales.
If these three things are good and you already checked their shopping and return policies, you can be sure you are dealing with a good seller.
Before completing your purchase, make sure you look closely at the shopping, shipment and return policies. And remember, if you have any doubts, you can always contact the seller directly.