How many volts do they take?? can you please tell me of great nixie tube instructables.
Question by tzq33tdq 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
I've always wanted a nixie clock but am new at electronics. I was thinking, couldn't you take a regular clock that uses a 7 digit display and convert that to run nixies? For example, if you want to display an 8 you would have AND logic gates on all the digit leads so when they all are on it activates a relay (or switch thing) that causes complete the circuit from a high voltage souce the nixie tube?
Topic by NetReaper 10 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
I want to make a desk clock using four IN-12 Nixie tubes. Mostly, 170V or 180V applied to the Nixie tube. I want to know which part of the tube the applied voltage is affecting.And I have found that current affects the lifetime of a Nixie tube, and I want to know if the voltage affects its lifetime.
Question by ho june 11 months ago
Hi Guys i hope you can help me im in the process of saucing all the part i need for my nixie clock project but the project requires a specific coil please see link: http://za.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Fastron/MESC-101M-00/?qs=%2fha2pyFadujay2cCU0hcuafg8EcJuL7YYs%2fD4YaFoKs%3d the problem is i cant find this locally is there an alternative i can use ? any help will be appreciated. thanks ps the project is the ArduiNIX : https://www.instructables.com/id/ArduiNIX-Nixie-driver-shield-assembly/
Question by Kira555 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago
Hello everyone! I would like to make a nixie bargraph music visualizer which is controlled using an arduino. The problem is i can find guides on making one without the arduino, or with the arduino but without the nixie bars. How do i combine these two together and what about the code? Are there some kind people on this forum who will assist me accomplish this goal? :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=___XwMbhV4k <- Arduino https://www.instructables.com/id/Nixie-Tube-Music-Visualizer/ <- Nixies
Topic by rasmussen105 2 years ago | last reply 2 years ago
My friend and I are trying to make money by making and selling things. I think that nixie tube clocks would be a good thing to make and sell, because the retro look makes them very popular and sellable. If we were to sell them though, we would need to know several things. Would it be better to sell them fully assembled or in kits (or possibly both). What about enclosures? I am thinking a nice wood box would go with the retro look nicely. What is the best tube to use? I'm thinking the IN-12 or the IN-4. I'm thinking, taking into account what I estimate the total costs for materials would be, we would need to sell them for a price in the vicinity of $70. Does that sound reasonable? Lastly, how should we sell them? We could use ebay, though I don't know a whole lot about the process to becoming an ebay seller, we could use craig's list, but that seems to be more local, or we could have potential buyers email us, send payment and then we send the product (but nobody seems to trust anyone these days so I'm not sure that would work). Please tell me your opinions on these things. Thanks.
Question by Higgs Boson 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
I was wondering is I could use the same system of using a 7 segment display to wire up a digital clock using el wire since nixie tubes are so much more expensive and limited to small size, or if i should wire it so that it is like a singular l.e.d. and where could i get smaller metal chicken wire fencing to further increase the nixie tube effect. Sorry for the bad grammar when I get an idea I tend to lack the proper way to describe it even though I can see it plain as day in my head
Topic by general-Insano 8 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
What is the proper component positioning when soldering resistors, diodes, caps to a circuit board, flush or just slightly above the board? I want to get a good solder bond on both sides of the pad. I'm building a Nixie tube clock kit.
Question by stienut 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
It appears that if you did not make the instructable in a specific time range it can not be entered. However I have never entered this instructable into any type of contest before and would like to enter it if possible. I feel like the instructable is very in depth and deserves to be listed in at least 1 contest.link for instructable:https://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-Nixie-Clo...
Question by Cledfo11 10 months ago
UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who came out, i'll be posting videos as we have them, but for now here is some photos from the event. http://www.flickr.com/photos/khelvan/sets/72157625216273052/with/5104071467/ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hey Instructablers! This Thursday October 21st we are having a special event with nixie (from nixiepixel.com) and logitech. it will be the first ever live streaming project building! It will be from 7:30-9:30 PST The projects we will be doing are the following: https://www.instructables.com/id/Glowing-Goo-using-cheap-easy-to-get-ingredients/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Halloween-Lamps-You-Can-Make/ So go grab those supplies! To find the show Thursday night go here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/talk-nerdy-to-me See you all there! Greggawatt
Topic by frenzy 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
I'm having much difficulty understanding 74141/KD115 chips. Do I supply the Vcc and GND pins with the 140 volts I'm using to drive the nixies? I'm guessing that each output of the 74141 would go to each of the nixies anodes, but do not know this for sure. A quick tutorial or explanation would be much appreciated. Thanks, -B.
Topic by B_A_M 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
Hello, I am OK with electronics manufacturing, I can understand most schematics and resistor codes ect.. I am looking for a simple circuit to power 6 nixie tubes via a battery NOT plug in. I know most nixies require 170v, but does this mean I need dedicated 170 for each? or can i build one and power them all - it DOES NOT need to be a clock.. they just need to glow and power.. Also I need a simple circuit to run 6 simple RGB LEDs - no big deal Can any of you suggest some circuits? -Sonny
Topic by SonnyAngell 2 years ago | last reply 2 years ago
I am..... not very good with electronics. ill admit it. but i still love that feeling when you do something and finish and it feels perfect. and i really need some help. i have been looking everywhere in my town and nobody has any nixie tubes (probably because they are so old), and they are really expensive on places like ebay. i also have no clue how to work the pins, and how i could get such a high voltage. and make it all into a watch. and to make it small. and to keep it under 30 dollars. what a mouthful. So could you all just list where you get your tubes, how you wire and program them, and how you even make a portable and practicle power source? i have been looking into the disposable camera power source, but that is already kinda big. when done i will have a leather/metal gauntlet to wear on my arm. it can take up about half of my forearm. can this even be done? i dont have an arduino, but i have a basic stamp, but its not good at keeping time, so thats out. please list your help and ideas below. and your knowledge is greatly wanted!!!
Topic by imBobertRobert 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
The challenge: I need to change the LCD output of this chip to 7 seg and then eventually to BCD. Personal Reason: I'm trying to make a Nixie tube Multimeter. I'm currently testing with some old 7 seg displays so that I don't worry my self with the high voltage of the Tubes, but eventually I need the output of the multimeter to be BCD so that I can use it with the drivers for the Nixie Tubes.
Question by JoeShmo1 6 years ago
Hello, I turn to those who know probably a heck of a lot more about this than I do. I've been trying to build myself a nixie tube clock, and everything has been going fairly well. I recently got the driver chips in the mail which convert BCD -> Decimal in order to hook the nixies up to a digital logic system like an arduino. I'm using a 12 V -> 180 V switching power supply for lighting the nixie tube. It is connected to ground on a computer power supply that I'm using to power the entire project. The 5 V rail on the computer power supply is connected to the Vcc pin of the K155ID1 chip as shown in the picture. I've connected the ground pin on the K155ID1 to the common ground of the computer power supply. I have nothing connected to the A, B, C, or D pins on the driver chip, which from what I understand should be the same as inputting the BCD number 0000 or just 0 in decimal. If I'm inputting a 0 as my number, the chip should output a 0 in decimal. From every single datasheet I've seen talking about this chip, that should mean that pin "0" (as shown in the picture) should become effectively grounded, and assuming that the "0" pin is connected to the 0 digit on the nixie tube, that should connect the nixie tube to ground, which should allow 180 volts to flow through the nixie tube, causing it to light up. Unfortunately, this is not what happens. In fact, nothing happens. Nothing happens no matter what pin on the driver the nixie tube is connected to. The only way I can get the nixie tube to light is if I connect it directly to ground, in which case, it lights up very nicely, but obviously that doesn't help with controlling it in any way. I took out my multimeter and measured the voltage between the 180 V supply line of the nixie tube and the pins of the driver chip, and every single pin (except A, B, C, and D) show a voltage of about 80 volts, which is not enough to light a nixie. My question is, is there something I'm missing? I would think that the chip was bad or that I popped it or something. Heck, you could fill an electronics graveyard with all the chips I've popped over the years. But I've rebuilt this setup 4 times now, and I've attempted this following multiple schematics, and even switching the chip out for a brand new one 5 times. Each and every time the result is exactly the same. Either I'm overlooking something huge, or I just happened to buy 10 dead nixie driver chips. Thanks, in advance for any input!
Question by tylervitale 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago
Does anyone know if something similar to the in-13 nixie tube exists in LED form? I'm building something where space and energy are huge constraints, and I need something, well similar to the in-13 nixie in LED form, lol. Any ideas?
Topic by guyfrom7up 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
Now that I have a new oscilloscope (rigol DS1054Z), and have learned a LOT about programming and electronics while down at NASA langley for a research program (semi-intern), I feel like I should start working on a real project (other than my quadcopter), and was thinking about making a nixie tube clock. I would like to make it from scratch of my own design as I feel one learned the most about electronics by not using other's designs. However, I do not have the resources or time to bother trying to etch my own PCB. I attempted that before and was not able to get usable results. What kind of costs am I looking at if I locate a relatively local company for the job? I hate calling people and companies, but I suppose that is still the most practical way to figure out what I need to do and place an order, I don't know. Economies of scale is a great thing, makes things in bulk production cheap! However, would the costs of ordering one or 2 PCBs be non-economical and/or non-practical? Should I consider many smaller projects and stuff to be created on a breakout board? I hate messy, sloppy protoboard, it is just nasty, though easy for non-high-density boards. however, I would love to hear the opinions of others for these things. When dealing with nixie tubes, are sockets for the 1N-14 avalible? A lot of the new old stocks seem to have very thin and long legs, almost as if they are meant for through hole soldering directly onto a PCB like capacitors and resistors. I would prefer a socketed tube to make replacing them quicker and easier.
Question by -max- 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago
Hello, I'm both new to Instructables, and electronics in general. I'm trying to make a Divergence Meter, but I'm using LED's instead of nixie tubes. (It's safer for having my little cousins around.) I'm hoping to control each tube with one shift register per tube. Each tube will have 11 imputs and 1 output. I was curious if you guys had any tips on how to do that with the standard 16 pin registers, or if you could direct me to one that could do it. Thanks.
Topic by Glyngsdal_inovations 1 year ago
Hello, I'm both new to Instructables, and Electronics in general. I'm trying to make a Divergence Meter, but I'm going to be using LED's and etched acrylic instead of Nixie tubes. (It's safer for having my little cousins around.) I'm hoping to control each tube with one shift register per tube. Each tube will have 11 inputs and 1 output (11 LED's 0402 type). I was curious if you guys had any tips on how to do that with the standard 16 pin registers, or if you could direct me to one that could do it. Thanks.
Topic by Glyngsdal_inovations 1 year ago | last reply 1 year ago
Should the resistors, caps, diodes etc. be slightly off the board, or flush to it. I'm building a nixie tube clock. I've asked 3 people and got 4 different answers. All advice and reasoning , meathodology appreciated.
Question by stienut 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
I am trying to find an online supplier of custom metal or plastic parts. I built a nixie clock and would like a custom machined metal case for it. I know I've seen places online that you can send CAD drawings and specify the material and they will custom make the part. I'm pretty sure I've run across a site that uses software that will give you a quote right away. I can't remember any of the names of the sites and recently lost my bookmarks please help!
Topic by msdmsd 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago
One of our favorite authors here on the site is Hellboy. In case you've missed out on his Instructables before, I highly highly recommend you check them out. He does awesome stuff with nixie tubes. If you don't know what nixie tubes are, they're really nice old-school glowing numbers. Totally worth it. So when we were approached by Budweiser Project Twelve looking for an awesome author to feature, we pointed them to Hellboy and a few others and they fell in love with his style. Be sure to see Hellboy’s American Makers photo essay and learn how he makes his amazing creations. What's this Budweiser Project Twelve thing? It's a project run by Budweiser where they're breaking out of their typical style of beer-making by asking their 12 brewmasters across the USA to create all-new beer recipes that stay true to Budweiser’s heritage but also reflect their part of the country. Three of them were picked to be included in a special variety pack. For the launch of their Project Twelve beers, Budweiser has created a program called American Makers - a series of photo essays that celebrates ingenuity across the country. While I'm not much of a Beer drinker (I like bourbon, neat) it's nice to see focus being put on the creators. If we had time, we'd do Featured Author pieces on everyone. There's always the dream. http://cmp.ly/3/KuVVlC
Topic by fungus amungus 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
My goal is to make part of a costume for halloween (or whatever) as a spectre from starcraft 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9WScX9wqVM). An analogous system would be like the VI (audio level?) meters made from nixie tubes where segments can be addressed individually - except I'm interested in something flexible. I was thinking about trying to make my own wire in the fashion that jeriellsworth builds hers... although I'm not sure I understand how to power the outer wires or how to wire them in a way to make individually addressable segments. Is this project idea just too nuts to try to incorporate into a costume?
Question by shmolky 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
I need to generate a voltage between 22 and 30 (for vfd tubes) from 12 volts (DC). It also has to have a minimum current output of 60mA (really 54, but I like to have some leeway). I really want to use something without an inductor (charge pump?) because I'm also driving nixies in the same area and I already have a lot going on. I would love to have something similar to the ICL7662 (essentially a voltage doubler, only uses a chip, 2 caps, and 2 diodes), but as far as I can tell it can't deliver enough power. I can't find any chip that's what I want... Help?
Topic by guyfrom7up 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago
Look at this old calculator I bought for like $2 at a church sale. I just got around to taking it apart and it looks like a Nixie tube for the display, whatever it is, it's definatly sealed glass. I can't get any pics of it powered up srry because some dumb fart must have left dead batteries in there, I couldn't figure out why it wouldn't work with fresh batteries. Well I figured out, look at the pictures, someone never cleaned the battery acid out of the inside and it ate away at some of the PCB So I wanna know, can I like hook this tube/display up to my computer through the serial port or something?? It's got 9 digits. Sorry for the sh*t pictures :(
Topic by Punkguyta 10 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
Ok, I have a question. If my friend and I began to build unique cigar box, tin, and slide guitars, would people buy them? We would make them with much more craftsmenship than the ones I have previously build. We would take our time and do our best to make them playable guitars. Would anyone out there contemplate buying one for mabe $35-$50? They would be similar to the links below. https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-an-Electric-Cigar-Box-Guitar-for-25/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Cigar-Box-Guitar/ https://www.instructables.com/id/3-string-slide-guitar/ https://www.instructables.com/id/My-Cigar-Box-Guitar-with-cigar-box-amp/ https://www.instructables.com/id/My-First-Box-Guitar/ Also, we would probably sell through craigslist or ebay, maybe even using youtube or instructables to get the word out. If you are interested, contact me because we will be making these plus other products. We may make guitar hero ukuleles, guitar pedals, and nixie tube clocks.
Question by freeza36 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
I am trying to re use some toroids that I salvaged from a broken computer PSU and motherboard. I have some electronics experience however this is mainly with digital circuits. I am reusing the toroids by removing the original windings and hand winding the several coils required by the circuit. I have noticed that while the one largest (2.2cm diameter) core works exceptionally well, all other cores salvaged from the devices work poorly. My goal is driving a nixie tube. While the "successful" core yields about 180 volts AC the rest can barely top 60v output (all have similar numbers of windings, roughly 150 turns on the primary, 5tap5 on the secondary, 10 on the feedback). Clearly there is some level of variation between how the toroids perform. Is there any easy way to work out which cores will work? Can anybody explain which factor(s) are likely to be the cause? Visually the cores appear to be the same, looking like they are all made of soft iron. For reference, I am using the toroids to make a Royer oscillator - which does appear to be working, as my source voltage is 5V. Any help appreciated, Thanks, Drew.
Topic by andy 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
Recently I acquired a couple vacuum tubes for $35, and I gave them about 7V filament voltage, and randomly probed around with a 50V 200mA HP lab power supply to see if I can get them to do anything. I found that the most I could get was 40mA between the heated cathode and the closest gate on the pentodes, and a few mA when connected "properly". I guess I just don't have a high enough voltage. :/ I don't want to mess too much with direct mains, and I don't have an isolation transformer. I have a bunch of different tube numbers, although they all look the same to me. (some of them have different inners though!) So my questions are: * Any cool project ideas? I'm thinking FM radio w/ bluetooth tube speaker thing (obviously w/ a separate module) Maybe a nixie display too??? IDK! * What do I need to know to get started with messing with them? * How do I know if I am pushing them too hard or damaging them? I got the anodes glowing, and the current drops proportionally. Bad? * Most of them are labeled "radio tubes" some probably were in early TVs as well. * How much current/voltage do these things typically require? Can I do any sort of dark tricks to get them to operate well at or under 48V? I know some tubes were special and can run at 12V due to design.
Question by -max- 2 years ago | last reply 2 years ago
Hello All, I am a new member to hack-a-day and was wondering if people had input into a project that I am working on. Basically what I want to make is a portable portfolio viewer that is a bit more quirky than what I have seen thus far. A lot of people are presenting on Ipads and the like... not fun enough. I want to wire an NES (original nintendo) controller to a digital picture frame and add a rechargeable battery to make it portable. As for the frame the most cost effective that I have found so far is Nix Digital 10" http://www.nix-digital.com/digital-frame/nix-n-easy-x10b-10-inch-hi-resolution-digital-picture-frame there are cheap battery packs available on amazon but they seem kind of wimpy...only 2 hours. http://www.amazon.com/Aluratek-ADMPFB100-Universal-Battery-Digital/dp/B00145CUJY?SubscriptionId=0E73DDYC8NA0NSVWPE82&tag;=askville-20&linkCode;=xm2&camp;=2025&creative;=165953&creativeASIN;=B00145CUJY And the NES Controller I have a bunch of. Also a battery indicator would be a nice plus! if any one has a successful nixie (or other lower voltage numerical tube) tube battery indicator method I would be very interested in reading about that. I attached an image of the wiring I would like to accomplish Any input about this project would be awesome. I am not as experienced in these kind of things as a lot of the cats around here just enthusiastic about figuring this out. Any help is appreciated! Cheers!
Topic by Nate_MF 8 years ago
It's time I turn yet again to the forums for advice, this time on recommended robot brains! [Serious] I have a project for a class requiring design, construction and programming of something. More than half of my fellow students are doing clocks of some sort, be they binary or nixie tube. A friend of mine is doing a holonomic robot, and my plan was to do a walking robot, based on ideas like the WowWee robosaurus, using a simple tail and head to balance and few motors to run it in comparison to any conventional biped. As far as servos, I was hoping to use something like the HerculeX or other serially connected servo, so I can just daisy chain the few I would need and simplify the wiring, as well as get experience with serially addressing things. Planned sensors are 2-4 IR rangefinders, 2-4 wire whiskers and one tilt switch to turn it off if it tips over. Sensors I'd love to add would be something like a super basic camera for simple machine vision if I ever learn to code that well, but I doubt that will be the case; and the LIDAR thing from the Neato XV-11 which is again unlikely. Things I was looking at for super basic use included: Arduino, HC11 MC (backplane type), BASIC Stamp, PIC. For a little more complexity I was seriously considering things like the Freescale Tower ARM, Gumstix or other. I'd love to have the serial servos, sensor assemblies and the camera and have integration with Robot operating system through an onboard computer, but I have no idea what to use to setup ROS or what would be best, or if my plan of parts to use is even good enough. In other words, what ideas should I throw out as impossible or what would I need for say, ROS use? Ideally i want to do a semi autonomous robot, so that i don't have to manually direct it everywhere, but I'd still be keeping an eye on it when it's running so it doesn't break something. If I understand ROS correctly I can use an external computer to control it, but I can also let it be autonomous? Coding math and logic in the machine language for a Z80 computer doesn't really prepare for robot building, although the class is basically a teach programming basics and throw you into the deep end. [/serious] Thank you in advance for your help!
Topic by Nyanman 5 years ago | last reply 5 years ago
Congratulations to everyone who entered the Homemade Gifts contest! Thanks to your efforts, the Christmas-Industrial complex was dealt a heavy blow this holiday season. I've gotten lots of future gifting ideas from these projects, and hope you have too. This year we gave all our cousins awesome laser-engraved water bottles (to practice for the third prizes!), but didn't get our act together in time to make gifts for the entire family. Next year we'll try to move even farther off the consumerist grid. Start thinking now, and you'll be ready for both the holidays and next year's gift contest!Check it out:First PrizeThese three projects win one of these tools: a Cuisinart 7c food processor, a Dremel 400-6/90 400 Series XPR Rotary Tool Kit, a Fluke 115 True-RMS Multimeter, or a Singer 1525 sewing machine.Give the gift of Robot Invasion by MrMunkiHard drive platter clock by albetchaMagnetic Rubik's Dice Cube by burzvingionSecond PrizeThese five projects win a Leatherman juice S2 pocket knives laser-engraved with the Instructables logo and the author's name.freehand glass etching by RobyntheslugLiterary Clock by mdhaworthJunk box flowers by photozzHome-made Sun Jar by cre8torTechnical Monster by redribboncrowSecond Prize prime!These five projects win handy Make Magazine Thomas J. Glover Pocket References Guides.The Persistence of Recorded Memory by fungus amungusPersonalized Guess Who by randofoWooden Candle Holder by samWall mounted magnetic knife block by radiorentalUSB powered LED christmas tree by T3h_MuffinatorThird PrizeThese 10 projects win the choice of a water bottle or a flashlight laser-engraved with the Instructables logo and the author's name.Countertop Greenhouse by whamodyneA Box Kite! (that's almost bigger than my wife!) by marcward86Photograph to Stencil by nakNixie Tube Ornament by ianContinuity Tester by neelandanUSB controlled mini lava lamps by jameshLED Floaties by TetranitratePC remote control by ZujusResistor Man by chrCustom Mirror by iammatouHonorable mentionThese 15 projects win an Instructables patch.boy crush mash-up T by liloBlanket With Built-In Hood by trialexKat Litter Cake -- Gifts Impossible to Re-Gift by trebuchet03Pocket Tripod by theRIAATeddy Bear Speaker by constructer of the oddHow to make a nice wooden sword by BobbyMikeTrendy note card gift set by outofthewoodsDisk Drive Dollar Bank by FrenchCrawlerJewelry or Serviette holder by puffin_juiceLucky Charms iPod Nano Gift Box by luckymonkeygarageGift Home made high power air BB gun for Christmas! by african_andy187How to bind a book by eleraamaPinball Coffee Table by heyrockerCustomizable Fleece Hats by ryzellonXylophone windchime from a children's toy by zieakThere were scores of fantastic projects, which made the judging quite difficult. (This is the best kind of problem to have, of course- keep up the great work!) Thankfully our judges were up to the challenge. Please give a round of virtual applause to judges jess, ian, LasVegas, rbhays, lisarea, GregDDC, Tool Using Animal, trebuchet03, randofo, jeffreyf, beemer, HeresyOfTruth, FrenchCrawler, turkey tek, zieak, mever, vatosupreme, ewilhelm, DavidBrown, numberandom, and fungus amungus. Judges weren't allowed to vote for their own projects.Since we only give one prize per person, these fine entries (which would otherwise have won prizes) don't appear above:Wine Bags by mdhaworthHand crank lego usb charger by Tetranitrate Frankenbear Synthamajig by randofoTelephone Handset Microphone by randofoWe'll contact the winners shortly via personal message with prize-claiming instructions.For circular linking, here are the original contest instructions.
Topic by canida 12 years ago | last reply 12 years ago