Nixie-based tube clocks

Michael of BadNixie.com fame clued me in to a new clock from Lawrence Wilkins / MrNixie.com. This is a cool little 6-digit nixie clock and appears to be using IN-17 tubes.  It's a cute little design - I like it!

TyNixie Clock Lawrence Wilkins MrNixie

Features:

  • All functions controlled from one neat, intuitive rotary control
  • Miniature (9mm high display)  Russian IN17 Nixie tubes
  • Six-digit display showing hours, minutes, seconds, or day, month, year, Temperature, Alarm
  • Super-smooth fading between digits
  • On-board precision Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator (better than 15 seconds per year)
  • 12 or 24-hour hour display mode
  • Blue LED back light display (can be switched on/off)
  • Indicators for AM/PM, time, and alarm-set mode
  • Alarm, with snooze
  • Variable volume "tick"
  • European or US date display formats DDMMYY or MMDDYY
  • Simple hourly chimes, with selectable Silent-Night mode
  • Automatic leap-year calculation
  • Universal Automatic Daylight Savings Time calculation for almost all geographies
  • Manual or automatic display brightness at hours of your choice
  • Automatic display blanking at hours of your choice (saves power, further prolongs nixie tube life)
  • Safe, low-voltage design, via a 9-16 V AC or DC “wall-wart” UK EU, US power supply;
  • On-board battery retains TyNixie's time and settings for a minimum of 7 days in the event of power loss
  • Optional external temperature probe (-50C to 120C, or 58F to +255F ) Degrees C or F
  • Optional relay output to drive slave clocks or other equipment
  • Available in kit or fully assembled form
  • Compact design in 5 inch square (120mm) black ABS case
  • Every clock is individually serial numbered and comes with its own certification

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TyNixie Clock Lawrence Wilkins MrNixie

TyNixie Clock Lawrence Wilkins MrNixie

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NixiModerne-Variant II

Michael is certainly making a name for himself as of of the best enclosure manufacturers in the market.  He just emailed me about his new NixiModerne - Variant II and it is one gorgeous piece of timekeeping machinery. The enclosure is made of black walnut cut in either 1/2 or 1/4 inch slabs.  The brass plate is a solid piece of 1/4 inch metal and as you can probably guess, this thing is heavy: it weighs 30 pounds!  That is one substantial clock.  There are a total of 64 machine threaded fasteners so this is not going to fall apart any time soon.

 

NixiModerne-Variant II

 

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499€ / Limited Edition (350 pieces)

 

Telefunken Nixie Clock

Here is a cool little TELEFUNKEN themed Nixie clock from Intron Electronic GMBH.  It is a 6 tube format but I can't quite tell what kinds of tubes they used from the photos.  I have contacted the manufacturer to learn more.

If someone here buys one, let me know.  I'd like to get your impressions of it (and maybe a few photos too...)

Specifications

  • HH MM SS display
  • 12/24 hour mode
  • Adjustable display/tube brightness
  • Built in power supply for 100-240V 50/60 Hz
  • Battery backup
  • Dimensions: 325mm X 135mm X 126mm (W X H X D)
  • Mass: 2.2Kg

Links:

€ 135 - Kit / € 155 Assembled

Are you looking for the ultimate Christmas gift?  I think this might be it :)

IN-16 Nixie Clock

Buy It Here



Let’s say you’re NixieKits.eu.  You build one of the nicest end view nixie clocks on the market.  Then, you go on and build one of the nicest VFD clocks on the market.  What’s next?  Well the answer to that is to build a killer little IN-16 nixie clock!  

Video Review:

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Text Review:

IN-16 Nixie Clock

If you’ve seen the reviews of the IN-12 of IV-12 clocks, this one will look similar.  Let’s start out with the similarities between the clocks.

The menu and underlying software between the clocks is very similar.  The menu system is the same and the menu numbers even map to the same option.  For example, Option 1 is 12/24 more on all of the devices.  The same display effects are the same between the different clocks and even the layout of the buttons is almost identical.  THIS IS A GOOD THING.  NixieKits.eu has one of the most intuitive menu systems that I’ve come across and there is no need to re-engineer it.  As an added bonus, if you own multiple NixieKits.ed clocks, you can also use the same manual between devices (with only a few exceptions.)

This nixie clock is a closer related to the IN-12 clock than the VFD clock.  Specifically, the LED lighting under the tubes is nearly identical to that of the IN-12 clock.  They are 2-wire RGB led’s so each diode cycles independently of the other ones.  Like on the IN-12 clock, there is a knob on the back of the device to control the brightness or to turn off the LED’s entirely.  

During the night, I tend to keep mine at a medium brightness.  During the day - full brightness.

Lastly, it has the anti cathode poisoning features that the IN-12 clock has: the slot machine effect and the wave effect.

Design

Jurgen Grau has perfected the stacked acrylic design.  This is by far the smallest clock in the NixiKits.eu collection and it is, in my opinion, one of the most professional looking.  Currently, the clock is offered in two varieties: one with a clear top and one with a mirrored finish.  Be sure to look at the photos below to see the difference.

I also have to point out the size - this thing is small in a good way.  Jürgen has perfected the layered acrylic enclosure and his skills show.  The slim PCB design fits perfectly in the enclosure and the base only stands about an inch tall.  I can’t confirm this for sure, but it might be the smallest six digit nixie clock on sale right now.

Technical Data

  • Tubes: IN-16 Nixie tubes, 13 mm digit height.
  • RGB tubes lighting: brightness adjustable.
  • Alarm: adjustable time, snooze and tone.
  • Time format: 12- or 24 hour mode.
  • Display: time / alarm / date / or alternating time - date.
  • Effects: scrolling date, display fading, digit cycling in different styles.
  • Power: 12VDC 350mA max.
  • DC Power consumption: ca. 3.5VA (full tubes and tubes LED brightness).
  • Timekeeping: for more than 20 min. with 300,000µF SuperCap in the event of mains failure.
  • Time accuracy: internal 4 MHz crystal, adjustable with buttons for minimal deviation of app. 1 s per month.
  • Dimension (w x h x d): app. 140 x 62 x 60 mm (incl. tubes)
  • Weight: app. 150 g
  • Power supply: 100...240V~ Power cord for EU/GB/US

 

Additional Highlights

  • Selectable leading zero suppression between 0:00 and 10:00
  • Selectable digit cross fading
  • Automatic date display with selectable display frequency
  • Scrolling date with adjustable 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
  • Alarm with adjustable tone and snooze option
  • Easy to set up with 3push buttons

Photographs

IN-16 Nixie Clock

IN-16 Nixie Clock

IN-16 Nixie Clock

IN-16 Nixie Clock

IN-16 Nixie Clock

IN-16 Nixie Clock

IN-16 Nixie Clock

IN-16 Nixie Clock

IN-16 Nixie Clock

IN-16 Nixie Clock

 

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