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  • GeoffN10 made the instructable IV-11 VFD Tube Clock Assembly Guide2 weeks ago
    IV-11 VFD Tube Clock Assembly Guide

    This kit was easy and straight forward to solder together, board was well marked as to component orientation and placement. I was hoping to run it on a 2 amp usb computer port or cheap 2 amp usb phone charger but they couldn't supply enough juice to fire it up, I had to go and buy a $25 3A power supply from Jaycar to run it, I measured a draw of .65 amps at 5 volt. Since I was left with some surplus 5v power I installed an amplifier and speakers so it is now a clock radio.The case is made from a gourd if anybody was wondering.My clock is in 24 hour Fahrenheit mode which is very annoying as in Australia we are Celsius and 12 hour mode is the norm. I too found the full stop after every digit and the LEDs between the tubes annoying and unnecessary so disabled them and removed the end LED t...see more »This kit was easy and straight forward to solder together, board was well marked as to component orientation and placement. I was hoping to run it on a 2 amp usb computer port or cheap 2 amp usb phone charger but they couldn't supply enough juice to fire it up, I had to go and buy a $25 3A power supply from Jaycar to run it, I measured a draw of .65 amps at 5 volt. Since I was left with some surplus 5v power I installed an amplifier and speakers so it is now a clock radio.The case is made from a gourd if anybody was wondering.My clock is in 24 hour Fahrenheit mode which is very annoying as in Australia we are Celsius and 12 hour mode is the norm. I too found the full stop after every digit and the LEDs between the tubes annoying and unnecessary so disabled them and removed the end LED that was particularly annoying. The software needs some work, too many functions and the remote control buttons are unmarked and its just another thing to loose, some buttons on the clock would be great instead and maybe a casino roll of the numbers now and then. In fact I would love to be able to program this clock myself!, is that possible using an Arduino?Hopefully when the new software comes out you will send an update so I can have 12 hour time and deg C..........

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