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December 29, 2014 - STORE IS CLOSED FOR NEW YEARS! If you place an order at this time, it won't process till the week of the 5th of January. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
December 09, 2014 - Here's your basic instruction sheet for both versions of the ArduiNIX:
Please note, if you want a voltage range of approx. 100-200 volts, use a 47pF capacitor in position C3. If you're looking for more output in the 200-300 volt range, you can use a 1pF capacitor in C3
November 23, 2014 - As version 2 of the ArduiNIX shield is being rolled out, I'd like to talk about the plan going forward.
I will be discontinuing the version 1 ArduiNIX shield, and placing remaining stock of V1 on sale till they are gone. The old IN-17x4 and IN-17x6 boards will be phased out as well in favor of V2 versions of those boards. Note! there will be no compatability issues from V1 and V2 kits, as the pinouts will remain the same. However, V2 tube boards will be standardized internally, such that 6x and 4x tube boards will use the same code.
The V2 6x tube boards should arrive next week, and will feature the new standardized tube wiring layout, as well as spots for four INS-1 colon dots for Hh:Mm:Ss separation.
Following that, new V2 4x tube boards will be available. These will have spots for two INS-1 colon dots for Hh:Mm display.
If there's interest, I have an 8x IN-17 tubeboard designed.
November 20, 2014 - ArduiNIX V2!
Assembly instructions are more or less the same, but as part layouts have changed, I'll be making a new assembly instruction set.
April 1, 2014 -IN-17 Nixies back in stock! IN-17 x 6 tube boards available in store.
March 16, 2014 -Testing a new batch of MPSA92s, so I have temporarily made the mainboard kits unavailable while I run some tests. Should be back in the store by end of week.
March 8, 2014 -Just delivered this clock to a customer, thought I'd show it off!
This is a 6xZ560M nixie clock with 4xINS-1 neon lamps all in custom bezels, in a hardwood box.
This features custom laser etched stainless steel back control panel and illuminated set and mode buttons.
March 4, 2014 -ArduiNIX Mainboards and IN-17 Tube boards in stock! I also have a small number of IN-17 nixie tubes, so if you would like a full IN-17 kit in either four tube or six tube versions, please email me for availability.
January 30, 2014 -Parts Update! All new kits shipping as of January 31 will include this new capacitor at position C1:
aIt is the same exact value as the previous C1 Capacitor, but just a different diameter case size. The old ones are out of stock at Mouser, and this one will fill in while the others are re stocked. This is a 1uf 350V Cap, same as the previous release. Just a tad bigger around.
December 29, 2013 - Arduinix Shield Kits IN stock! All new kits are shipping with a 1pf capacitor at position C3.
NOTE! Current batch of resistors for positions R1 through R5 are 47K instead of the normal 33K. This is due to Mouser, my supplier, sending me mis-labeled resistors. This is the reason we had a few underpowered kits a few months ago, and why all new kits are shipping with a 1pf capacitor at position C3. Once my stock of resistors is gone, I will be ordering a new batch of components. HOWEVER, all current kits should work properly with 47K resistors at R1 through R5 and a 1pf capacitor at C3. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me, or follow Robotpirate on Facebook for up to date info!
September 24, 2013 - Power Level Update - After a customer reported a slightly low powered unit, I investigated the current parts kit and found there could be a chance of a power range of around 90 to 160v. While 145v to 160v is sufficient for 99% of nixie tubes, if you really need to bump up the output voltage, replace the capacitor at position C3 with something smaller than the supplied 5.6 pf cap. Or, remove it entirely, the unit works at approx 100v to 220v without the cap at C3.
September 16, 2013 -Nixie Entertainment System - This clock/raspberry pi game emulation station uses an ArduiNIX and an IN-17 x 4 tube board kit. Built by yours truly, for a wedding gift commission.
July 20, 2013 - IN-17 6 Tube Kits out of stock - Just ran out of 6x tube boards, so I will order more. IN-17 Tubes and 4 tube kits still available.
June 30, 2013 - IN-17 Nixie tubes BACK IN STOCK! I know it's been on again, off again, but the supply of these is really hit or miss lately. Snag yours now before they're gone again!
June 1, 2013 - MEMORIAL DAY SALE EXTENDED! Sale ends on the 5th anniversary of the ArduiNIX Board, June 7!
May 26, 2013 - MEMORIAL DAY SALE! - All Kits in the store discounted from May 26 through May 31.
May 10, 2013 - IN-17 Nixie Tubes BACK IN STOCK! That was fast! Run to the store and check em out!
May 9, 2013 - IN-17 Nixie Tubes TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK - Check back soon, as I have some on the way from Russia... with love! Also, Forum member Risen has sent in some great shots of his gorgeous clock build!
April 26, 2013 -ArduiNIX Boards and almost everything else BACK INSTOCK!
April 9, 2013 -ArduiNIX Boards OUT OF STOCK - A rush of orders took me by surprise. I will order more! Stay tuned, I'll update when they're on the way, along with new IN-17x6 boards.
February 27, 2013 - CODE UPDATE!! - New version of Six Tube Clock Crossfade, with flickering fix, for more steady illumination plus crossfade of digits. This code is designed for default connections of our IN-17 6 tube board.
February 24, 2013 - IN-17 Nixie tube still scarce, will restock IN-17 tube boards and kits when and if I find a new supply. In the meantime, I just completed a new high end clock commission:
Apart from the kits I sell here, I do the occasional high end clock build. This one features 4 z560M tubes, two INS-1 dot colon indicators, two illuminated ring buttons for set and mode, and a laser etched rear control plate.
Here you can see the control plate and personalized laser etched design. Very vintage, was sorry to see this one leave the shop. I need to make a copy for myself.
June 18, 2012 - James Griffith sends in this awesome handmade build:
April 17, 2012 - Quick tip about assembling the IN-17 Tube boards:
Starting with the anode, or either pin in the gap, really... Leave the first pin untrimmed, but trim each progressive lead about a millimeter or two. As you go, they should get progressively shorter. Make sure the last lead is still long enough to make it through the PCB for soldering.
When inserting into the board, start with the longest lead, walk around till you have all the leads inserted. Having them trimmed progressively shorter is a HUGE time saver, and is so much easier to install this way.
April 16, 2012 - Sweet double ArduiNIX clock from Carnegie Mellon Build 18 event! From Derek:
"The clock displays time and date of which get synced from the internet and stored on a RTC module (no millis() function running this clock!). Since I was using so many tubes I had to use two arduinix modules. The case was made acrylic that I laser cut from a Solid Works drawing."
January 1, 2012 - SWAG! I just got in an order of stickers and shirts, considering adding robotpirate logo Tshirts to the store. if interested, email me at bradley @ robotpirate.com
December 23, 2011 - Recent orders will have a delay due to Christmas Holiday, I will start shipping out beginning Wednesday the 28th. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
November 19, 2011 - ArduiNIX 1.0 kit featured in MAKE Magazine's Ultimate Kit Guide
The print and web edition of MAKE Magazine's Ultimate Kit guid features our ArduiNIX kit! So honored to be in the pages of MAKE! On newsstands and internet browsers now!
November 16, 2011 - IN-19a, IN-19b alphabetic display!
These Russian IN-19a and IN-19b tubes display different letters and symbols. JUST enough to spell my daughter's name. Unfortunately, these tubes didn't include a capital N. But, it's nice to use an ArduiNIX for something other than a clock!
November 13, 2011 - IN-17 Nixie Tubes just got really hard to find!!
Unfortunately, my suppliers overseas just got bought out of their stock of IN-17 Nixie tubes. Therefore I have listed them as out of stock in the store, till I can secure a new supply. Tube boards are still available, however.
November 6, 2011 - IN-17 Nixie Tubes and display kits back in stock!
Fresh shipment from overseas, new batch of IN-17 Nixies available in the store.
November 1, 2011 - Crossfade code Flicker and Fade fix!
With help from Warcabbit, we've been able to fix the second to last digit crossfade issue in the 6 bulb crossfade code! This has been an issue for a while, so if you have the six tube board download the new code now!
September 20, 2011 - ArduiNIX Mainboards back in stock!
Now in the ArduiNIX Store! Just arrived today, so the store is now updated! ArduiNIX mainboards, ArduiNIX Kits, also Russian Driver chips all back in stock... Thanks for your patience!
August 30, 2011 - ArduiNIX approved 9V power supplies - Now in the ArduiNIX Store!
These are perfect for powering the Arduino/Arduinix combo. Individually boxed. Manufacturer's Description: High quality switching 'wall wart' AC to DC 9V 650mA wall power supply. These are switch mode power supplies which mean the output is regulated to 9V and the capable output current is 650mA.
These will power most projects that don't require more than 650mA of current. Center-positive 5.5x2.1mm barrel connector.
Works with 100-240VAC inputs.
August 21, 2011- IN-17s freshly restocked - IN-17 x 4 and IN-17 x 6 Tube Board Kits Now in store.
August 15, 2011- IN-17 x 6 Tube board CODE CONTEST! - IN-17 x 4 Tube boards BACK IN STOCK, and they brought a friend with them from China... Introducing the brand new IN-17 x 6!
These are fresh in, so new I don't even have code for these yet, so if you'd like A FREE IN-17 x 6 Kit, SEND IN YOUR CODE! The best code gets a free IN-17x6 board WITH TUBES! That's right, folks! Enter your code to WIN! (Winner will be chosen solely by me, your friendly neighborhood robotpirate.) What's that you say? You need the pinout for this board to write the code? Certainly! It's right here: (click to make big)
Here's what will qualify your entry. Achieve any or all of these points to enter.
Code entries will be tested and finalists will be featured on the site. Winning entry will get one free IN-17 Tube board and set of IN-17 Nixie tubes. Contest ends 9/15/2011. Email bradley at robotpirate dot com for entries and info.
August 3, 2011 - Forum member radmeck Sends in this awesome build and writeup! Thanks!
July 30, 2011 - Arduino UNO In Stock! Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments. In the ongoing attempt to make ArduiNIX.com a one-stop-shop, the Arduino UNO is NOW AVAILABLE IN THE STORE!
July 23, 2011 - Andreas sends in this epic vid of his ArduiNIX build! Thanks Andreas!
July 13, 2011 - Just In! Fresh stock of Russian Military IN-17 Nixie Tubes! Tubes and Kits now available in the store!
July 6, 2011 - We welcome our new daughter Samantha to the world! And open up the store again. Thanks for your patience!
June 30, 2011 - STORE TEMPORARILY CLOSED WHILE WE AWAIT THE BIRTH OF OUR DAUGHTER SAMANTHA! Will reopen when we are home from the hospital. If anyone has items in their cart, be warned they will not ship till we get back. Thanks for your patience!
June 23, 2011 - Kits and boards back in stock! New batch of circuitboards arrived today from china. Refresh the store for updates!
June 21, 2011 - New batch of Robotpirate logo stickers in! Included with kit orders and any order over $50. Or you can add one to your order for $1. - While supplies last!
June 17, 2011 - Forum member blave549 posts some awesome crossfading code in the forums, and I shot a vid to show it off... Thanks Dave!
June 12, 2011 - Due to unexpected increase in demand, ArduiNIX Mainboards OUT OF STOCK! A new order was placed on the 10th, these should be available soon.
June 11, 2011 - Forum member stewards68 shares a newbie tutorial on the ArduiNIX! Great job! More to come!
June 8, 2011 - Forum member VFXCode posted his project, along with a couple of pics and code samples...VERY neat wiring on this clock, awesome job here!
May 24, 2011 - FORUM REGISTRATION IS OPEN!!! To gain access to the forums, you will need to register, and then EMAIL ME with your username and email address, and I will approve you and let you in to the forums. I have had to lock down access due to spammers. Thank you for your patience!
May 14, 2011 - IN-17 Nixie Tubes BACK IN STOCK! Now available in the store, a fresh supply, new in box! That means that the tubes, the IN-17 board kits, etc, are now available.
April 11, 2011 - ArduiNIX Kits BACK IN STOCK! Just got the shipment of PCBs from China this afternoon, and we're making them available in the store shortly. Refresh the store page to see the changes.
March 21, 2011 - ArduiNIX Kit circuitboards SOLD OUT! I'm waiting on an order from China, so they'll be back in stock soon, but the individual mainboard and the ArduiNIX kits are sold out at the moment. Please check back soon, or email me and let me know if you want to be notified when they're back in stock. Thanks!
January 15, 2011 - JUST IN FROM RUSSIA! SN74141 equivalent driver chips! If you need driver chips, they're now available in the store!
November 1, 2010 - Adafruit Industries features the ArduiNIX in their Arduino Shield Gift Guide! Thanks so much, Adafruit!
September 26, 2010 - Our parts supplier is out of the 5.6 pF Capacitor we usually supply with the kit. We are substituting a different capacitor with same specs with orders going out for now, if you run into trouble with your kit, do not hesitate to let me know! - UPDATE! As of October, the correct 5.6 pF Caps are back in stock, and we're now shipping out the normal ones. No problems were reported due to the substitution, however.
December 21, 2009 - IN-17 Tube Boards arrive from China! Once Jer and I have a chance to finalize the code that supports these boards, we'll be offering them in the ArduiNIX store, but I wanted to announce that they work and show off a couple pics!
Assembled board with 4 IN-17 nixies and 4 10K resistors. Mounted to the ArduiNIX using the angled Anode connectors as a physical mount, and short ribboncable section as cathode connection.
December 7, 2009 - Special Edition Black "One year anniversary" ArduiNIX boards are here from China! These are the exact same as our standard board but with a black soldermask, we call it the "jolly roger" board! Once the few remaining green boards are gone, all new orders will get the black ones.
November 25, 2009 - ArduiNIX hits the front page of MAKE! Big thanks to Auraelius for the write up, and the great folks over at Make for featuring us!
November 22, 2009 - Flock of Butterflies part 4 review, discussing multiplexing!
November 1, 2009 - Flock of Butterflies part 3 review!
October 13, 2009 - New projects up in the Featured Hax section. Thanks for everyone sending in pics and write ups!
Speaking of write ups, Auraelius sends in his ArduiNIX blog, with an awesome review of the kit, and promises alternative "non-clock" projects to come. - "In the next series of articles, we’ll go through the absolutely joyful process of building this kit, look into the circuit design, prototype up an eight digit nixie tube display, and write a few software routines to display interesting information and make the digits dance." - Check it out!
September 1, 2009 - If you hadn’t seen on the forums, there have been a few kits report back lower than expected voltage. This is due to our original loadout for the kit topping out at 190 volts, and having combined part tolerances of around 10 percent, which may cause the voltage to dip down too far to light the nixies.
However, we have resolved the issue, and have settled on a 500V 5.6 pF Capacitor in slot C3 as a fix.
August 20, 2009 - IN-17 Plug In Expansion boards! Coming soon from RobotPirate, these boards will allow you to mount your IN-17 Nixies and plug right into the outputs of your ArduiNIX.
August 19, 2009 - Some reports of lower than expected power output may be fixed by using a 12 volt DC Wall wart, till we figure out the new set of capacitors that should be included with the kit. Once we settle on the appropriate new power supply timing capacitor that will eliminate these few issues, we will mail out free capacitors to those customers experiencing lower than expected top end output voltage. If your ArduiNIX is working fine, disregard :) If it's not, let us know pronto!
August 4, 2009 - Assembly Instructions go PDF! It's a 3 megabyte file, but it contains text and photos that are found in the HTML Assembly instructions, so you can print them out.
July 11, 2009 - HTML Assembly Instructions done - Check them out here,
July 11, 2009 - One Bulb Hookup example: In this example, the anode output channel is sending 180 volts through the 10K Resistor to the anode pin of the Nixie Tube. The driver chip on the ArduiNIX opens the 0 cathode terminal, allowing the 0 cathode lead to ground out, lighting the 0 element in the tube. This example now corresponds with the one bulb code found in the download section.
July 3, 2009 - Fresh batch of kits on their way!
June 24, 2009 - Master parts list published on the "about us" Section and the forums. From time to time we may change the master parts list due to availability of parts, changes in buildout for more efficiency, voltage requirements, etc., so check there often.
June 22, 2009 - Public announcement! Also, we got the forums back up and running, come join us there and help fill them out with projects, questions, comments, suggestions, etc.
And we are currently working on the HTML version of the assembly instructions for those of you with non flash enabled browsers.
April 15, 2009 - BACK IN BUSINESS!! - We have reassembled our team and have begun ramping back up on the Arduinix. In the process, we are moving the forums around and doing some general housekeeping on the sites. Keep checking back for updates!
October 24, 2008 - Our First Sale! - The first ArduiNIX kit is bagged up and mailed out toour first customer, and he reports it's working great!. Also, we sent an evaluation kit to the fine folks at MAKE magazine.
October 18, 2008 - MAKER Faire! We had an absolutely awesome time at Maker Faire Austin. We showed off the ArduiNIX and got some great feedback, looking forward to pursuing some opportunities that presented themselves. Special Thanks to Windell over at EvilMadScientistLabs. July 4, 2008 - Assembly instructions go online! This little robot will help us assemble an ArduiNIX kit step by step, with tips and tricks to get your shield up and running! You'll need the latest Flash plugins for your browser.
June 25, 2008 - The first build based on the new boards is working great! We've used ribboncable to ease assembly to the protoboard.
June 6, 2008 - ArduiNIX V1.0 boards arrive from China! Got to love the global marketplace! Big thanks to PCBCart for help with this project.
May 8, 2008 - ArduiNIX AN_01 Prototype is hot and ticking! We're using an Arduino Decemilia to control the tubes.