Welcome to the website of HomeChip, which aims to be the best and cheapest supplier of 1-wire® and other sensing and control products in Europe.
We will be closed on Monday 25th May which is a public holiday in the UK
Dallas/Maxim who supply all our iButtons and who's components are used in many of our 1-wire products have announced substantial price rises. Because we buy most of our components, including iButtons, on annual release we will be able to hold to the current prices until end of June and then until our stock starts to reflect the new prices. However prices will rise at some point. There is little we can do about this; our costs are already rising due to the strong dollar, although we have absorbed most of these additional costs for the moment. However, we would urge you to stock up, particularly on iButtons®, before prices rise.
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You will notice that you can now enter your VAT number into the billing address screen. We check this online using the Europa Vies site for an immediate confirmation that it is correct. If you are an EC customer, not located in the UK and with a validated VAT number this will automatically mean your invoice will be calculated without VAT. If you are a UK customer it will not make a difference to your VAT but it will mean that you are recorded as a business customer.
We've had the odd case of a customer not being able to validate their VAT number. There are a couple of things that might be causing this:
- You may be putting your country code at the start of the number, for example FR12345678. Don't do this as we already know your country from your address. Just put the VAT number itself, in this case "12345678"
- Your country may have slightly different variants of VAT number for internal and external use. We know this to be the case for at least two EU countries. Make sure you give us the external one.
- The VAT verification server for your country may be down. There isn't much you can do about this other than try later
If none of these applies, just give us a call and we will verify your number manually.
What is 1-wire?
1-wire is a technology defined by Dallas/Maxim and used in their range of iButtons and other 1-wire sensors which can measure and control a wide range of environmental parameters. Communication with the devices is via a two wire bus consisting of data and ground. Each device has a unique, factory programmed address which cannot be altered and which is guaranteed unique. This fact alone makes them useful for key access and identification systems, but they have many other useful functions ranging from non-volatile storage, to temperature and humidity sensing, switching and voltage measurement.
What is an iButton?
An iButton is a 1-wire component sealed into a small stainless steel can, approximately the size of a camera battery. This packaging makes them very rugged, and under normal conditions almost indestructible. Some have an inbuilt power source, such as the Thermochron range which can be set to independently measure temperature which they store internally and report when read periodically. Thermochrons can work from -40°C to +125°C and so are perfect for measuring and monitoring processes. Their uses are really only limited by your imagination.
As well as iButton and 1-wire components we supply a wide range of 1-wire sensors and controllers supplied by iButtonLink, as well as a range of readers, software and hardware accessories. Browse our catalogue for information and ideas.
Please note that all prices in the catalogue are quoted excluding VAT.
VAT at the UK rate of 20% will be added at the confirmation stage of your checkout. If you are VAT registered and outside the UK, but within the EU, please quote your VAT number when you register and we will bill you without VAT. Customers outside the EU will also not be charged VAT.