Energy Pillar IV-18 VFD Nixie Clock

SGD$ 202.00SGD$ 210.00

The Energy Pillar IV-18 VFD Nixie Clock features the authentic Russian IV-18 VFD tubes produced in the 1980s to 1990s. Like our many other designs, the Energy Pillar is encased in quality metal finish and is packed with features including auto-brightness, sleep function, countdown timer & alarm clock functions. The clock comes with an Infrared remote control as well.

All tubes are 100% authentic brand-new unused 1980s – 1990s USSR made IV-18 VFD tubes and they come in Assembled and DIY Soldering Kit version.

For Energy Pillar IV-18 DIY soldering kit, Each Set contains:

  1. All required parts for the soldering of the circuit components to the circuit board
  2. All required parts for the assembly of the body
  3. 1 x semi-finished PCB boards (all patch components already soldered)
  4. 1 x IV-18 Russian made VFD Nixie tube
  5. USB 5V power adapter
  6. Micro-USB power cable (1.2m long)
  7. IR remote controller

For the Energy Pillar IV-18 assembled sets, Each Set contains:

  1. Assembled Energy Pillar Nixie Tube Clock c/w with IV-18 VFD tube
  2. USB 5V power adapter
  3. Micro-USB power cable
  4. IR remote controller

Check out the full description below for more information on its functions and technical specifications.

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Description

IV-18 Energy Pillar VFD Nixie Clock

The history

Energy Pillar IV-18 VFD Nixie Clock was first brought to life by British Nixie Tube enthusiast, Konstantin. We were totally in love with the metallic finish black & silver finish, hence, in 2011, our designer, Mr. Yan, set forth to design our energy pillar IV-18 VFD clock.

Energy Pillar IV-18

What is it?

The Energy Pillar IV-18 VFD Nixie Clock features the authentic Russian IV-18 VFD tubes produced in the 1980s to 1990s. Like our many other designs, the Energy Pillar is encased in quality metal finish and is packed with features including auto-brightness, sleep function, countdown timer & alarm clock functions. The clock comes with an Infrared remote control as well.

Energy Pillar IV-18 with remote

The tubes

We use only authentic NOS (New Old Stock) Russian IV-18 tubes, manufactured in the 1980s to 1990s and used by the military. The IV-18 tube features 8 display of 7-segment characters embedded in one tube. All individual characters have a decimal on the left side of each 7-segment.

Energy Pillar IV-18 Digit Alignment

Energy Pillar IV-18 Original Russian Manual

The casing

Permission: The overall design was inspired by a fellow creator Jason from the US, we have obtained his written permission for this design.

The Energy Pillar IV-18 VFD Nixie clock’s supporting rods are made with aluminum alloy to keep the overall weight low yet maintaining high structural integrity. The aluminum alloy starts as a plate, it is then processed with CNC machining, oxidized and polished to give it a shiny finish.

We protect all metallic body components of the Energy Pillar IV-18 clock with a treatment of anti-oxidation coating to protect the surface against corrosion, making sure your clock will serve you for many years to come.

Energy Pillar IV-18 Aluminum rods

As the connections to the tube are on one side, all circuitry and the PCB is relatively concealed on one side of the Energy Pillar IV-18 clock. Encasing the circuitry is a sheet of CNC-processed 0.5mm sheet metal, punched to form a stencil frame, spot welded and painted with black paint for aesthetics.

Energy Pillar IV-18 Circuitry

Energy Pillar IV-18 circuitry

We have chose to use copper rods to protect the Energy Pillar’s circuits instead of the external aluminum rods as shown below.

Energy Pillar IV-18 Copper rods

For DIY customers

If you’re purchasing the DIY kit, you will be receiving the entire ensemble of parts as shown below,

Energy Pillar IV-18 DIY parts

Energy Pillar IV-18 Bare PCB

Energy Pillar IV-18 Assembled PCB

Energy Pillar IV-18 Assembled PCB with tube

Energy Pillar IV-18 Features

1. Real Time Display
Display your time in 12 or 24 hour time displays in Hours, Minutes & Seconds. Comes with the option to turn ON/OFF leading zero.
2. Date display
Displays Date in Year, Month & Day format, also supports other display configurations such as YY-MM-DD/YY-DD-MM/DD-MM-YY/MM-DD-YY. Lunar calendar is supported as well and is auto-calibrated.
3. Temperature display
An internal DS18B20 temperature sensor provides accurate real time ambient temperature display. Also supports display in Celsius/Fahrenheit.
4. Automatic alternating display values
The clock supports settings to auto switch between time/date/temperature pairs at regular intervals
5. IR remote
Remote controller operation using the provided infrared remote control
6. Adjustable Brightness
Choose between fixed brightness from 8 different levels of brightness or leave it to the clock by selecting the auto-brightness function.
7. Alarm clock function
2 separate alarm clock settings to help you start your day
8. Countdown timer function
Countdown timer as a bonus feature, adjustable to the longest time of 23 hours 59 minutes and 59 seconds
9. GPS synchronization feature (GPS module is not provided)
Our GPS calibration features real-time synchronization. Once the ephemeris is found to have an error of more than 1 s with the clock time, the time and date of the current clock will be updated immediately & automatically.

Hence, ensuring that the clock time and satellite time margin of error is controlled within 1s. RS232 interface is used to support baud rate setting to 4800bps/ 9600bps/ 19200bps/ 38400bps.

10. Automatic Time keeping
We provide lithium battery to keep the RTC chip running for up to 3 years
11. UTC setting
We have provided the option to have your time calibrated based to locality based on GMT
12. Sound ON/OFF function
Button selection sounds can be turned ON/OFF
13. Automatic ON/OFF function
Clock can be set to turn OFF or ON at fixed times of the day or night. This helps to prolong the tube’s lifespan by switching off when you are at work or when everyone is sleeping. The auto-off (sleep) function can be cancelled temporarily by pressing any button to ‘wake’ the clock up.
14. Auto digit rotation
Digits can be inverted to match whichever side is facing down.

Technical Specifications

Power input Micro-USB
Voltage DC 5V
Current 220mA Max
Tubes IV-18 (ИВ-18) VFD tubes
RTC Chip DS3231SN
GPS interface (embedded on PCB) RS232
Dimension

 

Length x Breadth x Height –  200mm x 52mm x 64mm
Tube length – 115mm x 18mm
Base housing material Aluminum Alloy, Copper & Sheet metal mesh
Operation temperature 0℃ to 60℃ (32℉ to 140 ℉)
Weight 350g

For Energy Pillar IV-18 DIY soldering kit, Each Set contains:

  1. All required parts for the soldering of the circuit components to the circuit board
  2. All required parts for the assembly of the body
  3. 1 x semi-finished PCB boards (all patch components already soldered)
  4. 1 x IV-18 Russian made VFD Nixie tube
  5. USB 5V power adapter
  6. Micro-USB power cable (1.2m long)
  7. IR remote controller

For the Energy Pillar IV-18 assembled sets, Each Set contains:

  1. Assembled Energy Pillar Nixie Tube Clock c/w with IV-18 VFD tube
  2. USB 5V power adapter
  3. Micro-USB power cable
  4. IR remote controller

Download Instruction Manual after your purchase in the “order confirmation” page or simply log into your account and download from “Downloads” at your convenience.

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Contact us here if you have any questions regarding our Energy Pillar IV-18 VFD Nixie Clock.

Additional information

Weight 0.35 kg
Dimensions 200 × 52 × 64 mm
Kit Selection

Assembled, DIY Soldering Kit

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