Omnixie FAQ

 

What's the difference among these tubes?

The Omnixie clock supports 6 different types of Nixie tubes, as shown in the photo below.
Other than their various appearance, they also differ in term of the scarcity, as they were manufactured in 1970s to 1990s. All tubes are so-called "New Old Stock". This consequently leads to their price difference. Simply put, the price is higher if they are more difficult to find these days.
Among them, IN-14 and IN-8-2 are the easiest to find on the market.
Omnixie clock supported nixie tubes



What types of tubes are supported by Omnixie clocks?

As you can see from the photo above, these 6 types of tubes are supported.

  1. Omnixie Model A: IN-14
    IN-14 tubes' soft wires are soldered to IN-14 specific PCB adapters to plug onto Omnixie clock base.

  2. Omnixie Model B: IN-8-2
    IN-8-2 tubes' soft wires are soldered to IN-8-2 specific PCB adapters to plug onto Omnixie clock base.
  3. Omnixie Model C: Z570M
    Z570M tubes' soft wires are soldered to Z570M specific PCB adapters to plug onto Omnixie clock base.
  4. Omnixie Model D: ZM1080
    ZM1080 tubes' soft wires are soldered to ZM1080 specific PCB adapters to plug onto Omnixie clock base.
  5. Omnixie Model E: NL-5441 (with rigid pins)
    as well as any tubes with RTS-54 sockets, for example, National NL-5440/5441/5442/5448, NL-5440A/5441A; Burroughs B-5440/5441/5440A/5441A etc.

  6. Omnixie Model F: NL-841 (with rigid pins)
    as well as any tubes with RTS-11 sockets

    (for example, National NL-840/841/842/845/846/848/900/901 etc.)

 

 

Can I buy the Omnixie clock without tubes?

Surely you can.

We know that some of our customers have collection of Nixie tubes, so we offer the Omnixie clock base (with the colon tubes included) so that you can supply your own tubes to make it a complete clock. Other than the 6 tubes, everything else is included in the sale (colon tubes, remote, usb cable and power).

 

What if I want to change to a different type of tubes after I own the Omnixie clock?

Omnixie models A, B, C and D share the exactly same clock base. In order to use different tubes, you need to buy the corresponding PCB adapter to fit the tubes to the base.

For example, if you own an Omnixie model A (IN-14 tube version), and you want to use IN-8-2 tubes instead, you can simply buy the IN-8-2 PCB adapters from us, and solder your IN-8-2 tubes to the adapters, before they can be plugged onto the clock. Remember to change the tube types after the tubes are changed, using the remote control, or the web interface. Details can be found in the Omnixie instruction manual. 

Omnixie model E and F use unique socket types, therefore cannot use any other tube types than the ones they are designed.

 

Update your Omnixie’s microcontroller to the latest firmware

 

How to reset the clock to factory default:

  1. Use the remote to turn the clock off.
  2. Press 4648 and OK, to restore it to factory default (except the wifi settings), or,
  3. Press 9434 and OK, to restore all settings to factory default.
  4. Done.