Nixie-based tube clocks

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From the thread:

Sorry for the delay on this folks. We have finally arrived at pricing  for the above and will be ready to ship in about 45 days (probably  less). Pricing is as follows:

Complete MOD-SIX_7971 Nixie Kit includes: 
** 5 black solder mask modular PCB’s (3 dual tube boards, 1 CPU and 1 PS board) 
** Pre-programmed CPU (see feature set below) 
** All SMD and thru-hole components 
**1.5 amp, 110 VAC-12VDC power supply 
** Pre-sized copper tubing for colon towers 
** Decorative precision CNC drilled and sanded 1/4” thick billet  aluminum base + all mounting hardware + screw-on heavy duty rubber  feet 
** Custom-made and sized 1/4” thick acrylic top 
** Assembly manual

 

Jürgen just sent me these new photos of the alternate enclosure for his Manuela HR nixie clock.  The plexiglas in the final product will be a gold color.  The plexiglas in the photo is actually a standard mirror finish that has been mocked up in Photoshop.  And, for those curious, the tubes are Siemens ZM1182 clear tubes that were manufactured in January 1967.

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Michael Barile (BadNixie.com) has yet another cool design online.  This one is called the "Streamline" nixie and it is inspired by the Art Deco/Streamline Moderne architectural style.  The electronics are based off of the Jeff Thomas design powering Z568M tubes and INW-1 indicators.  Like some of his other designs, this one is made out of solid aluminum and brass and weighs in at an impressive eighteen pounds.  This clock has an equally impressive footprint of of 6.75" wide x 17.75" long x 2.375" tall. Now go check out the build photos on his site.

 

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Okay, it has been a while since I’ve done a video review and taken lots of photos of a gadget so let’s jump right in.  This is the Manuela_HR end view Nixie clock from NixieKits.eu and this little thing rocks.  Let’s quantify how this thing rocks:

Video Review:

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For starters, this clock is an upgraded version of the original Manuela design.  It looks similar and shares the same underlying software but the new Manuela_HR is definitely more refined.  This clock can be configured two different ways.  In this review, it is configured as a desk clock with the power and logic PCB stacked behind the tubes.  You can also configure the clock so the circuitry and the tubes face the same direction in a more flat layout.  See the photos below for an example.

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The enclosure for the desk design is great – it is stacked Plexiglas to create a 100% custom enclosure.  The plastic is clear but the edges have a nice blue tint.  This new design takes up significantly less space than the original design and looks quite handsome.  Jürgen is working on an enclosure for the alternate clock format but I don’t have any photos as the design is still a work-in-progress.  

The Tubes:

The new tube option is where this clock really shines.  
The original designed used IN-12 tubes – the end view tubes with the inverted numeral 2 in place of a proper number 5.  IN-12’s are still an option but there are several new options as well.  Alternatively, you can purchase AEG ZM1100’s which look like the IN-12’s but have a proper numeral 5, you can purchase Telefunken ZM1100’s which have a traditional orange coating or you can purchase Siemens ZM1180’s which have a deep red coating.  The Siemens tubes are pictured in this review.

Nixie Tube Comparison

The Backlight:

The backlight scheme has changed a little bit.  The original design used 2-wire RGB auto-changing LEDs to add a nice backlight.  The brightness was user adjustable via a pot on the back of the clock.  The new design simplifies this.  The HR still has RGB LEDs as an option but you may also select single colors as well: cyan, ocean green, standard green, and cool white (shown in this review.)  The power is controlled via an on-off switch on the back and when the digits are switched on and off, they fade nicely in and out.  Watch the end of the video review to see this in action.

NixieKits.eu Nixie Clock

The Software:

The software as best as I can tell, is the same between the clocks and this is a good thing.  The original design worked and the same options and layout apply here.  The major software features are:
* Selectable leading zero suppression between 0:00 and 10:00
* Time format 24- or 12 hours mode
* Selectable digit cross fading
* Automatic date display with selectable display frequency and adjustable scrolling speed
* Automatic digit cycling with various effects and selectable frequency to prevent cathode poisoning
* Adjustable standard display brightness
* Dimmer control with start time and duration to save tube's life
* Tubes lighting follows tubes brightness
* Alarm with adjustable tone and snooze option
* Easy to set up with 3push buttons

Prices:

The pricing for this clock is a little more complex than the others because there are more options.  The prices are as follows:

  • The Electronics Kit: 110 EUR
  • The Enclosure: 25 EUR
  • AGE Tubes: 30 EUR
  • Telefunken Tubes: 30 EUR
  • Siemens Tubes: 50 EUR
  • IN-12 Tubes: 10 EUR

 

Alternate Layout:

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More Photos:

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Update 3/2/2011

Jürgen sent me more photos of the clock to post showing off alternate LED colors.

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