Five years ago, I released my first IV-11 VFD Clock works (link of original post), few Chinese people know about IV-11 VFD tubes at that time, because the size of IV-11 is bigger than YS18-3 (Chinese VFD tubes), and I designed a hardwood base with bright black plates, so it become more and more popular after released. In 2015 during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visiting Chaihuo Maker Space, he praised this work and has been reported in the tv news. In the past five years, this IV-11 VFD tube clock sells well in Europe, North America, South America, Australia (my IV-11 clock world distribution map).
At the same time, IV-11 VFD tube clock is not just a finished product, I also prepared a full set of DIY kit for DIYer, and particularly worth mentioning is all components of the clock kit are DIP and THT parts, no any SMD components, which means it’s very easy to assembly, DIYer don’t need a very professional soldering skills, don’t need very special tools to complete it, not only enjoy DIY fun during the assemblying process, but also to learn a lot of things about electronics, and finally you will get a very classical digital clock, which is why it became popular for DIYer.
During past few years, I received a lot of emails from different countries and different field, I summed up some of their comments and suggestions beside share their sense of accomplishment, which also provide me power for new version.
Here I will start with a brief introduction of VFD display technology and IV-11 VFD tube characteristics, and then initroduce the new IV-11 VFD tube clock, finally I will detailed the differents of new version and previous version.