User Turbo_Hobby has released a new clock based on the IV-18 VFD tube and it looks pretty slick. There has been other clocks based on this tube but no other ones, based on my recollection, include a calculator function. That's right, it is also a calculator. It seems fitting that the tube that was originally designed for calculators is finally being used for one in this vacuum tube Renaissance.
The production time on each one of these devices is significant. Each one of his creations is hand assembled and even the transformer is hand wound. In practice, this means that he is only able to produce about one per month. Given that, the starting price is pretty good. (I sure wouldn't want to hand solder the SMT components.)
Turbo_Hobby is also the same guy who created the single digit nixie clock that I really like. He doesn't have a lot of feedback on eBay yet but I would not hesitate to do business with him again.
From the auction:
This is a fully assembled IV-18 VFD clock, with alarm, date, temperature and calculator function! Largest 8-digit VFD tube from USSR, NOS. Please refer to the video below or contact me for detailed explanation. Assembled with high-quality SMD components, with calibrated accurate clock pulse generator. The clock can be powered by either mini USB port or a 3.5mm 5V DC power supply, and keeps time by a SMD lithium battery when powered off.
Price: 49.95 EUR
Kosbo has just come out with a new VFD clock that is different from just about any other on the market. Instead of using discreet 7-segment tubes like the IV-11, this used one single display in the shape of an analog clock.
I personally own one of his IV-11 clocks and I’m quite happy with it. The PCB board is professionally assembled and I like the design of it. This round VFD clock takes it to the next level – soon there will be an acrylic base to complete the device and based on the renderings provided, it looks quite attractive.
Once the base is released, I may order one and do a more formal review based on that. In the mean time, go over to Kosbo.com and check out the rest of the photos and the specs. If you already have one of these, please leave me a message in the comments. I'd really like to get your opinion on this device.
Price: 120 EUR
I found this clock on Neonixie-l and I really liked the design. It is similar to the Ice Tube Clock from Adafruit but I personally like this design much more. It is housed in a acrylic cylinder and has a much more polished look and feel to it. If you're curious about the build, Claus has included the full manual and high resolution build photos to help you
For the open-source fans, I have a neat little project for you. It is an open soruce VFD clock called Ice Tube. It is deisgned by Ladyada.net and is based around the IV-18 VFD Tube. I don't yet have one of these added to my VFD database yet, but basically it is an eight digit, 7-segment VFD display contained in a single glass envelope. (It is projects like these that make me wish I had stayed an EE major...)