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Title: tubes?
Post by: woyzeck on July 22, 2009, 08:41:51 PM
Where is the best place to find tubes?  I noticed that the store is out of stock.  Where can I find some?  Or when will they be back in stock?


Title: Re: tubes?
Post by: nonentity on July 23, 2009, 06:57:37 AM
Where is the best place to find tubes?  I noticed that the store is out of stock.  Where can I find some?  Or when will they be back in stock?

The best place to look right now is eBay.  Sphere's page is good too.  http://www.sphere.bc.ca/test/nixies.html


Title: Re: tubes?
Post by: woyzeck on July 23, 2009, 09:02:37 AM
Great thanks!  Can you tell me what sizes will work?


Title: Re: tubes?
Post by: nonentity on July 23, 2009, 09:55:33 AM
Great thanks!  Can you tell me what sizes will work?
Well, the ArduiNIX will support any tubes that require up to 200 volts to light, so since pretty much all Nixie tubes run at approx 180 volts, the ArduiNIX will support just about any Nixie that you hook up to it.


Title: Re: tubes?
Post by: mloebl on July 26, 2009, 06:11:47 PM
I got some tubes off eBay... every once in awhile you'll get lucky and can find some state-side for a good price (assuming your in the states) so you don't have to wait for them to come in from Europe.   I got one of the PIC based kits for my Birthday this year...  definitely hooked on Nixies now :)  The kit was IN-14s which are a pretty good size and were bigger than I expected.  Since I wasn't expecting the kit, I had already ordered some IN-18s and they are definitely bigger.  However if you are looking for a nice size at a reasonable price, the IN-14s aren't bad.  Only part I don't like is they need to be soldered opposed to the IN-18s which are socketed.

-Mike