Saturday, October 1, 2016

Finally...A low-cost water recirculator!

The Water-Cooled Helical Coil is by far the most efficient coil option for the Annie.  But.... setting up for the water supply can be a real headache.  Not everyone has a faucet nearby, and not many are willing to go to the trouble of cobbling together their own pump and reservoir system.  There's nothing wrong with the Flux-Concentrator Litz Coil, but if you really have your heart set on the helical coil, here's your answer!

The water recirculator is completely self-contained in a 32oz polycarbonate jar.  It's powered by a standard 12VDC wall adapter.  The pump is 30,000 hour-rated, and so quiet you can barely hear it.  The water inlet and outlet accept the same 1/4" poly tubing that comes with the Water-Cooled Helical Coil, so there is nothing else you need to go out and buy in order to get up and running.

Recirculator unit
12VDC wall adapter
4oz of anti-corrosion additive concentrate

Buy it now! 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Summer 2016 Newsletter

Greetings, Fluxeonians!  This is your 2016 Summer Newsletter...just a little bit late, with fall right around the corner. :)

But speaking of late... we have garnered quite a reputation for taking a looooong time to fill orders.  Well, those days are now in the past!  Current order fulfillment is 3-5 days, but many orders will ship out same-day.

Fluxeon Store

Annie went through another upgrade.  We're on rev. 1.9 right now.  What's new?

  • Annie got SiC.  And that cured her!
    • Silicon Carbide is the dream material for semiconductors.  While much more costly than it's older sibling, silicon, it gives huge payback:
      • Reduced waste heat, which translates directly to increased duty-cycle.  We're still testing in order to get a firm number, but with certainty we have passed 65% (from 30%). 
      • Larger SOA (safe operating area).  Silicon Carbide can operate a much higher temperatures, up to 175C.  This makes the transistors much more resilient.
    • The cure is not inexpensive.  SiC can be more than 10X the cost of silicon.  We are NOT increasing the price of Annie to make up for it!
  • Annie now has a beefier transformer and larger fan
    • With the increased duty-cycle, we needed to also up-rate the transformer.  
    • The internal fan we previously used became inadequate.  so we switched to a 10,000 rpm, 28mm fan, replacing the 20mm 6000rpm.  It makes a little more noise, but we're looking into a fan with a magnetically levitated shaft (MagLev) instead of the normal bearings.


Garett Churchill, CEO