Emperor - Factory Direct Tech Promo Supplier

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GUARANTEE
Your Satisfaction is Always Guaranteed 
More important than anything else, when you partner with Emperor you'll enjoy the peace of mind knowing that you'll get the correct item, correct imprint and meet your deadline, guaranteed! We know that you only look good if your clients are happy, so we'll make sure to do whatever it takes to make that happen. At Emperor we understand the pressure you are under and will go the extra mile every time. 

Our Pricing is Always Guaranteed 
Our low price guarantee is simple. You send us a quote from a competitor for the same product and we'll meet or BEAT their price. Because we manufacture or assemble 90% of the products we carry, we can minimize extra costs and maximize your margins. 

Our Support is Always Guaranteed
Partnering with Emperor gets you the personal attention of a trained promotions specialist that is on the ground at the factory and that cares about your success. Our entire sales team often checks your orders personally to maintain premium quality control. These days that is pretty rare! The final product you receive will match the PO and artwork that you confirmed down to the smallest detail. That's why we're always happy to give away product samples to approved distributors. We offer free product samples, free artwork editing and design, and free FedEx shipping. Our in-house staff of designers are skilled at taking your existing logo and placing it in the best possible location for maximum advertising exposure.

 

CERTIFICATIONS
Our company believes that safe products are the key to a successful long term relationship and we are constantly researching and updating our product safety certifications to support that. Listed below are some of the certifications that our products currently carry:

MSDS
A MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) is a document that contains information on the potential hazards (health, fire, reactivity and environmental) and how to work safely with the chemical product. It is an essential starting point for the development of a complete health and safety program. All suppliers should have this available for distributors to review whenever needed. Click here to view MSDS for our power bank batteries.

UL 
UL (Underwriters Laboratories) Listing means that UL has tested representative samples of the product and determined that it meets UL’s requirements. These requirements are based primarily on UL’s published and nationally recognized Standards for Safety. For packaging, the UL logo may be used alone as long as the product (as opposed to any Listed component in or connected to the product) bears the complete UL Listing Mark. Click here to view UL for our power bank batteries. 

Additional certificates available for all products:

CE
The CE marking is the manufacturer's declaration that the product meets the requirements of the applicable EC directives. The actual words signified by "CE" have been disputed. It is often taken to be an abbreviation of Conformité Européenne, meaning "European Conformity". This certificate has already been applied to many of our products and if it is a requirement for your destination country it can be obtained for all of them. 

RoHS
RoHS is the acronym for Restriction of Hazardous Substances. RoHS, also known as Directive 2002/95/EC, originated in the European Union and restricts the use of specific hazardous materials found in electrical and electronic products.  This certificate has already been applied to many of our products and if it is a requirement for your destination country it can be obtained for all of them. 


COMMITMENT
Our company believes we must not only meet the expectations of our customers and consumers, we must exceed those expectations. To that end, we have adopted standards for the safety, quality and integrity of our products and processes and we are committed to respecting the rights of individuals and the environment. We are dedicated to complying with all applicable (local) laws and to conduct business in an ethical and responsible manner.

Law & regulation
We will comply with all applicable (local) laws and regulations, particularly regarding product safety and environmental issues. We will meet applicable recognized voluntary industry standards for our products and processes.

No child labor
We will not use child labor. We will comply with all minimum age provisions of applicable laws & regulations.

No abuse of labor
We will not tolerate any form of forced labor or labor, which involves physical or mental abuse or any form of mental or corporal punishment.

Workplace conditions
We will provide a safe, healthy and secure workplace. We will abide by all applicable (local) laws and regulations for safety and health.

Freedom of Association
We recognize and respect the freedom of our employees to choose whether to associate or organize with any group of their own choosing. If employees are represented by an organization recognized under (local) law, we respect the right to bargain collectively.

No exploitation, discrimination or intimidation
Under no circumstances will the exploitation of any vulnerable individual or group, discrimination and/or intimidation be tolerated.

Working hours and wages
We will comply with all applicable wage, work hours, hiring, benefits, and overtime laws and regulations.

General
In the absence of a law in a particular location relating to product safety, labor, employment, environment or working conditions, the spirit and intent of these policies shall be met.

          

Power Banks 101: Capacity, Charging Rate & Safe Use

Capacity

Power banks have already become the new hot item on everyone's promotional sourcing list and for good reason. Most smart phones need lots of juice to power everything from cameras, heavy data usage, downloads, and much more. As of October 2014, the Droid Turbo included a battery size of a whopping 3900 mAh. To give you scale, the iPhone 6 only has 1810 mAh of power. As battery sizes increase, the need for power banks is becoming clear for anyone who is active on their phones during the day. 

Charging Rate

Power banks currently range from 550 mAh all the way up to 30,000 mAh. Standard value options range from 2000 - 3000 mAh and can normally charge your iPhone 5 or 6 around 50% of full charge within 3-5 hours. It should be noted that if the phone is used while the phone is charging this may slightly decrease the power charging speed and thus affect the time to charge.

Safe Use

This is the most important part of Power Banks 101. Like USB flash drives, just because a casing looks the same does not mean it is a comparable product. Many suppliers do not have certifications that are a must when sourcing these potential dangerous battery products. Power banks that have not been certified with UL and MSDS should never be used because they may not have short circuit protection, over charging protection, or temperature protection, all of which are important when considering the safety of not only your clients but your business' reputation as well!

A few points to always remember when using your power bank:

  1. If you continue to use the power bank while charging, disconnect if the power bank or phone becomes hot. It should be noted that most power banks will either become warm or cause the phone to become warm, but they should not be "hot" to the touch.
  2. Never lay your power bank and phone to charge on any flammable object. As seen in the above, if your power bank DOES overheat you will have more to worry about then a melted charging cable.
  3. Always make sure to use UL approved charging cables when charging. As seen in recent news reports, many low quality cables have melted when paired with smart phones and power banks.

Important Certifications

MSDS
A MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) is a document that contains information on the potential hazards (health, fire, reactivity and environmental) and how to work safely with the chemical product. It is an essential starting point for the development of a complete health and safety program. All suppliers should have this available for distributors to review whenever needed. Click here to view MSDS for our power bank batteries.

UL 
UL (Underwriters Laboratories) Listing means that UL has tested representative samples of the product and determined that it meets UL’s requirements. These requirements are based primarily on UL’s published and nationally recognized Standards for Safety. For packaging, the UL logo may be used alone as long as the product (as opposed to any Listed component in or connected to the product) bears the complete UL Listing Mark. Click here to view UL definition for our power bank batteries.

 

The power bank was first unveiled at CES 2001 when a student pieced a control circuit and a few AA batteries together. Thus the power bank for smart phones was officially born!

 

USB Drives 101: Capacity, Transfer Rates, & Safe Use

Capacity

USB flash drives (as of January 2014) range from 32 MB all the way up to 1 TB (1000 GB) and are manufactured using a variety of methods some of which offer more benefit than others. When deciding on which capacity you need it really comes down to two factors: intended use (storage needed for media) and your client's budget. All flash is not made the same, so be sure to note major price differences when quoting with different suppliers to ensure that the flash you will be selling to your client is made using quality components.

Transfer Rate

The transfer rate is the speed at which data can be read and written to the USB flash drive. Under normal circumstances using generic (non-branded) flash, a USB 2.0 interface should be reading at no less than 18.50 MB/s and reading at no less than 7.08 MB/s. These rates vary depending on factors including market availability and price point required by distributors for certain projects. For more expensive branded flash, speeds can reach up to 272 MB/s for read speed and 224 MB/s for writing speed. Branded flash is normally used in retail applications but is also available for the promotional market. Perhaps you've heard of the different types of flash memory used in USB drives these days.

There are three major types that should be noted when purchasing from a supplier: SLC, MLC, and TLC. SLC (Single Level Cell) stores only one bit of data per memory cell while MLC (Multiple Level Cell) stores two bits of data per cell. In simple terms, this means that SLC is twice as fast as MLC yielding higher read / write speeds. Of course this also makes it more expensive so in most promotional product campaigns, SLC is used. It should be noted that even though it is more expensive it is worth it in some applications where the drive will be used on a constant basis as opposed to a personal giveaway basis which is the normal case for most promotional projects. The third type is called TLC (Triple Level Cell) and this is the most commonly used flash in the promotional product industry today. This type adds the most value and is also adds 50% more storage space capability than MLC flash.

Safe Use

Compared to power banks, USB flash drives are very safe. There is no danger of electrocution, meltdown, or other issue that would injure the user. There are some tips however for proper which include the following:

  1. Ensure that when you remove the USB flash drive from the port that you select the icon in the lower right portion of your taskbar on your operating system. Simply click "Remove Hardware Safely" and wait for the prompt. Although we all have removed a USB from a port without doing this in the past, if you have important information that you cannot lose you should always follow this step for safe use.
  2.  Some USB flash drives with metal casings can cause an electric short of your laptop or desktop computer. To avoid this from happening, we recommend always to use a USB hub and not directly connecting your metal casing USB flash drives to your computer. Although this is a rare occurrence, this is a safe step that is easy to follow with the purchase of an inexpensive USB found at many stores nationwide. 
  3. In points #1 and #2 we've covered safe physical steps to protecting your equipment, but what about your data? According to a recent survey from Credant Technologies, a Texas data security company, over 9000 forgotten USB drives were found in the pants pockets of British dry cleaners. Credant also found that more than 12,500 handheld devices, including USB drives get left behind in taxi cabs in London and New York ever six months. As data security becomes a major issue at an alarming pace, it is important to remember not to store sensitive information without either encrypting or setting a password on your USB. Both of these things can be done by most suppliers in the industry at a nominal fee.

 

USB Flash Drives can help boost the RAM on your laptop or desktop! Have a spare USB drive laying around? You can increase the RAM in your computer in a cheap and efficient way by following these steps: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/features/readyboost


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