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Vacuum Fluorescent Display (VFD) Introduction

Vacuum Fluorescent Display technology was invented in 1950s. In 1959, Philips made the first vacuum fluorescent indicator ever. Shortly after that, in 1962, the very first single-digit VFD digital display component was made in Japan. After LED started to take over, VFD has been becoming outdated since 1990s. But it is still being used in many applications nowdays.

Instead of the appearance of a tube, it is implemented in flat and high resolution form. VFD is widely used in automotive, high-end instruments, hi-fi audio, and smart devices, thanks to its advantages, including high brightness, unique color, high customizability, and not requiring backlight. You will mostly probably have seen them in a car audio display, Blu-ray player, benchtop multimeter, supermarket cash register, etc.

 

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IV-11 VFD Clock v2 (NCH-C-IV11K2)

Both DIY Kit and Assembled versions are Available for Sale Now (from Aug 2017)

Introduction

Five years ago, I designed the 1st version of the IV-11 VFD clock. It has been popular in the past 5 years all over the world, especially in North America, Europe, Australia, South America, and Asia.

In addition to the fully-assembled version of the IV-11 VFD clock, a DIY kit version of the clock was also made available for DIYer. With all components being through-hole parts, the DIY kit is very easy to assemble, pretty friendly to general DIY fans. A basic soldering station and some patience are the only things needed for the assembling. No professional tools are required. In the process, DIYers can practice their soldering skills and enjoy the fun of making, as well as learn electronics along the way. Once done, they will have a classic clock to love and enjoy. That’s why it has been so popular.

In these years, our buyers have shared their stories, suggestions and comments through email from all around the world. We received a lot of emails from different countries and regions.

Five years passed by. Now it is time for a new toy, the version two of the IV-11 VFD clock.

The newly-designed IV-11 VFD clock

Here I will start with a brief introduction of VFD display technology and IV-11 VFD tube characteristics, and then initroduce the new IV-11 VFD tube clock, finally I will detailed the differents of new version and previous version.

Features

(To Be Updated)

 

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NCH8200HV: Our Newly-Designed Nixie High Voltage Power Supply

Many people like our high voltage power supply module, NCH6100HV. Now, we are making it even better, slimmer, thinner, and prettier. Here it is — NCH8200HV, our Newly-Designed Nixie High Voltage Power Supply.

Where to buy

It is available for sale now.
Buy from Amazon
Buy from eBay (Our store: Omnixie)

The ONLY authorized distributor on eBay:
Omnixie (previously Berkeley eShop)

CAUTION: There are Counterfeit ones on eBay, which can only drive 5mA. DO NOT BUY THOSE!

They even stole our images. So make sure you buy from our store.

Genuine Images

Drive Capability Test

The picture below shows:

* a 250mAh lithium battery,
* driving 10pcs IN-12 Nixie tubes,
* anode voltage=170V
* anode resisters=20KΩ

Test with popular Nixie Tubes








Dimension:

Datasheet

NCH8200HV NIXIE Power Supply Datasheet, in English

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【Omnixie Nixie Tube Clock】2018 NEW RELEASE!

5/21/2018 Update: All models are in stock, except model AX. See chart below

To get your clock, you can:

Get a FREE PCB ruler when you place your order with us. (While supplies last!)

They sell really fast! So if you are interested, contact me now!

MY EMAIL: aiden@nixie.ai


We are very proud to announce a brand new product line, Omnixie.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • * the nixie tubes are interchangeable among 6 types of nixie tubes
  • * connect to wifi to keep time accurate all the time.

Nixie Tubes Options:
Continue reading 【Omnixie Nixie Tube Clock】2018 NEW RELEASE!

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IN14 Nixie Clock (NCH-C-IN14A1)

Available for Sale Now (updated Aug 2017)

Fully assembled and tested. (Kit version not available.)

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Comparison of QS-18-12 and IN-14

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And the unique font face of IN-14 tube:

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The PCB board before installing IN-14 tubes

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Bottom side of the PCB

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Pin definition of GPS plug (3.5mm, same as audio)

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QS-18-12 has 12 pins, while IN-14 has 13 pins.

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3mm neon lamp as the colon symbol

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One neon lamp on top of another, to form the colon.

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And more fabulous photos:

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