Nixie tubes are notoriously difficult to use with a breadboard/protoboard. This makes prototyping nixie displays, clocks and counters very difficult. This project is a breakout board with integrated current limiting resistor that aims to reduce the difficulties inherent in prototyping with nixie tubes.
After selling a few kits and seeing how people order them, I’ve decided to make a bit of a change to how they’re listed for sale.
The good news is: They’re cheaper per unit for everyone now!
This is because I’m selling them in sets of 4 for $14.50 with free shipping instead of $3.75 as single units. This will simply make things a lot easier for me on my end and will hopefully be a convenient way for people to buy them. Feel free to let me know via my contact form or message me on eBay if you’d like a different way to buy them, and we might be able to work something out!
So I've currently exhausted my stock of the first run of boards and parts, but more is on the way! Hopefully I'll have everything I need to start shipping more orders by early next week, so if you can't find the product on eBay, this is why. It'll be back soon, thanks!
First off, I want to say thank you so much to everyone who has purchased my kits so far! It's really great to know that this is something people want, and I can't wait for more stock to arrive.
However, I've noticed the very vast majority of my sales have been through eBay, so I'm going to be discontinuing my usage of Tindie for selling this product. Tindie simply isn't worth it and their shipping is much more difficult to set up, so I'd much rather use eBay which I'm much more familiar with, have more of a reputation on, and which makes the process a lot more streamlined for shipping.
I've received a few orders at this point so my stock is running a little low - I've just ordered all the bits and pieces to make 50 more kits, and I'll place a update when everything has arrived and they're ready to be ordered! I'm not sure how eBay/Tindie handle backordering, so I wouldn't suggest anyone try to place any large orders or anything.
Since I've ordered more parts, I made a slight change to the board design. I simply added my website URL and nickname to the silkscreen so they're identifiable as my boards. Can't wait to get everything and start sending out more boards!
I received the newly redesigned boards and they work! I've also received the extra nixie pins that I need. As of now, the project is for sale as a kit on eBay and Tindie. Check out the project links for those once the Tindie product is approved for sale!
Use a Nixie tube as a guide for installing the pins
Place the Nixie tube pins onto the Nixie tube itself, this will allow them to be soldered into the circuit board much more easily. Don't slide the pins fully onto the Nixie tube, make sure they're just on enough to be held in place. If you slide them on completely, you might accidentally solder the pins to the Nixie tube itself.
Solder the Nixie pins in place
Insert the Nixie tube with the pins into the circuit board. Solder the pins in place.
Snip excess pin length
After the pins have been soldered in place, snip away excess pin length from the back side of the board.