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Switch collection Red–black Alps clone

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Manufacturer Unknown
Behaviour Clicky
Signalling type Metal contact
Switch mount Plate
Keycap mount Alps
In production Yes
Work done Yes
Deskthority wiki USw LARB01
Last audited 2019-05-05


Acquired 20
Given away 8
Sold 3
Remaining 9


This is an Alps clone from an unknown manufacturer, and appears to be new on the market at the time of writing (2015). The internals are a copy of early Tai-Hao APC series switches, with a wide steel click leaf and a wide stationary contact.

Despite buying these new from AliExpress, I have not managed to obtain any form of identity for these switches. There is no form of identification present, only mould numbers.

They have a sharp tactile feel and loud click.

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View full size image Opened switch
View full size image Click leaf and return spring removed
View full size image Disassembled, top views
View full size image Disassembled, bottom views
View full size image Return spring size


Source Consignment Quantity Line Notes
AliExpress::PO potential Consignment the 53rd 20 (new) 20pcs/lot keyboard switch 13*12*12mm


Destination Date Quantity Disposition
Thomas Ran (UK) 2016-01-20 2 Gift
George Coldham (UK) 2016-11-22 2 Gift
alh84001 (HR) 2017-02-08 1 Gift
Quentin P (US) 2017-11-17 1 Sale
HaaTa (US) 2017-11-17 3 Gift
Arakula (AT) 2018-03-28 1 Sale
Arakula (AT) 2018-09-11 1 Sale