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Fluxer Heaters, induction heaters for Dynavap

mr_cfromcali

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Accessory Maker
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51
How does the voltage affect the performance of the Flix exactly? If I lower the voltage, does it take less or more time to heat up? What is happening with this adjustment?
If you lower the voltage, it will take longer to heat up. Reducing power reduces the device's heating efficiency. Your Dynavap extracts differently at different temperatures, so you will get certain flavors at lower temps that are hidden at higher tempts by other flavors. The same is true for extraction efficiency: the Dynavap extracts very efficiently when it is "in the zone", i.e., the interval between the clicks. Lower temps permit you to keep it in that extraction zone longer.

Lower voltage heating isn't a panacea, but it does expand the tools in your Dynavap-vaping tool chest.

One technique that I find useful is to begin at a low voltage - 9V, say - and then step up by a 1V or so each heating cycle until I am done. You sort of sweep the bowl of flavors that way, and you also get nice extraction. I am sure others will have more techniques to share as these get out and into people's hands.

Hopefully that helps?
 

TommyDee

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386
By lowering the voltage on an ZVS circuit, you reduce the radio-frequency coupling. This coupling is what causes electrons in the metal to become highly energetic where in reality they are just getting their shit yanked back and forth and they get upset about that and get hot-headed. And everything they run into gets hot too. The second you remove the power, the RF coupling, they settle down immediately and deal with the hell, um, the heat they generated.

So by lowering the voltage, you lower the energy imparted on the VapCap.
 

Mono Loco

Legalization Pending!
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38
Location
Southern New England
Hi, all.
Please confirm the details below. I am going by what I see in the demo video of the "Natural" unit. I looked, but I did not see these details written anywhere ... just the "Alternate Coil LED" color choices

The default Coil LED is RED.
The default Pwr-ON LED (trim around perimeter base) in BLUE.
When powered ON, the trim looks BLUE.
When the Coil is engaged, the RED Coil LED makes the trim LED look kinda' purple because of the Blue and Red combined (Or ... does the POWER-ON blue LED turn off and get replaced by secondary red LEDs around the base when the heater is engaged?).

I would be interested in a RED coil LED (red for HOT!) but a Green PwrON (base trim) LED. However, I did not see the option to pick-n-choose custom color combos beyond the "factory combinations" listed. I understand that offering Too Many choices can sideline production so "I get it" if custom combos are not an option (at this time). I just want to make sure I wasn't missing the option somewhere. Gotta' respect Henry Ford saying, regarding his Model T, "Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants ... so long as it is black."
 

mr_cfromcali

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Messages
51
Hi, all.
Please confirm the details below. I am going by what I see in the demo video of the "Natural" unit. I looked, but I did not see these details written anywhere ... just the "Alternate Coil LED" color choices

The default Coil LED is RED.
The default Pwr-ON LED (trim around perimeter base) in BLUE.
When powered ON, the trim looks BLUE.
When the Coil is engaged, the RED Coil LED makes the trim LED look kinda' purple because of the Blue and Red combined (Or ... does the POWER-ON blue LED turn off and get replaced by secondary red LEDs around the base when the heater is engaged?).
This is correct. In the default configuration there is a single bi-color blue/red LED, similar to the FD, as well as the under-the-coil LEDs, also similar to the FD. It behaves as you describe above. Sorry for not plainly stating the default LED configuration. I'll add that info the next time I am working on the site. :nod:

I would be interested in a RED coil LED (red for HOT!) but a Green PwrON (base trim) LED. However, I did not see the option to pick-n-choose custom color combos beyond the "factory combinations" listed. I understand that offering Too Many choices can sideline production so "I get it" if custom combos are not an option (at this time). I just want to make sure I wasn't missing the option somewhere. Gotta' respect Henry Ford saying, regarding his Model T, "Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants ... so long as it is black."
I can certainly do that if you want - it would use the same Red/Green LED as I use in the Flux Deluxe instead of the Blue/Red LED the Flix uses by default. Just send me a PM and we can take it from there. FWIW, I did consider offering this as an option when I expanded the LED choices, but I wasn't sure how popular that combo would be. I already have a lot of post-purchases options to consider, so I left this option off the final list, but I can certainly do this if you want. I'll add it to the store the next time I'm making edits there.

To everyone: If you want a particular configuration but don't see it on the menu, please ask. I'm usually open to variations of existing colors, and the worst I'll do is say is "no".

Thanks :tup:
 

TommyDee

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386
Glad you got that dialed in @letter never sent . The VVPS would not have solved your adjustment preference. For some reason, it still takes time for the clicker to get warm. That is what the coil elevation adjustment took care of. With this setting doing it for you, by all means, you are set. :tup: :twocents:

If I might ask, are you running different tips/caps through the Flix or do you have a favorite that gets all the attention, like my '18?
 
TommyDee,

MysterioN

The Vape Avenger
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3
Have the new emails went out yet? I didn’t see one and wanted make sure I didn’t miss it.

I’m up next and very excited!
 

mr_cfromcali

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51
Have the new emails went out yet? I didn’t see one and wanted make sure I didn’t miss it.

I’m up next and very excited!
Hi @MysterioN ,

Sorry, I had hoped to get to those this weekend but have been working in the shop and haven't gotten those out yet. It may be a few more days before I am able to send those, as I have a backlog of other tasks I need to finish first. I'll post here once those do go out so you will know. Thanks for your continued patience.
 

MysterioN

The Vape Avenger
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3
Hi @MysterioN ,

Sorry, I had hoped to get to those this weekend but have been working in the shop and haven't gotten those out yet. It may be a few more days before I am able to send those, as I have a backlog of other tasks I need to finish first. I'll post here once those do go out so you will know. Thanks for your continued patience.
No problem Jeff! Just making sure I didn’t miss it. Thanks for the reply,
 

Stonedbadger

Active Member
Messages
25
It looks like my Flix is going to arrive well before my power supply. Just wondering if anyone has been able to pick one up locally in Australia?
 
Stonedbadger,

NexVision

Member
Messages
24
mr_c has been quiet I hope that means more flixers and fluxers getting built...
 
NexVision,

Baron23

Check six
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45
Location
The Swamp, Maryland side
Just thought to share a recent experience with the FD and a 2020 M.

I run only Ti tips....and really Ti tips on a glass wand into an FC-188 rig (Mobius dewar style glass knockoff) and have never used a SS tip.

I have a younger friend (its easy to be younger than I! haha) to whom I have given a bunch of vape stuff....but with no expectations of a debt or obligation on his part. Just like him, wanted to get him away from combustion, and I had a bunch of extra vapes and stuff that I don't use. Matter of fact, when I got my FD, I gave him my Lucid Custom IH.

The other day he presented me with a new 2020 M. He apparently got a couple/few of them from Dyna and wanted to give me one which I graciously accepted.

So, I used it with my FD the other night (and yes, I know this should be obvious) and the SS does take a bit longer for a click but even more significant is that the first couple of draws with the SS were def cooler and less thick than with Ti which has much better thermal characteristic for what we do with it.

While the cap heated and clicked as normal, the heat just takes longer to penetrate SS and the result were slightly cooler draws.

This is with a 15 mm coil. If I used SS routinely as my go to tip type, I would probably as @mr_cfromcali about raising my coil a bit so as to heat lower on the cap and get more energy into the SS before the tip clicked.

Just thought I would share that as I'm still mostly inside and bored out of my fucking mind. LOL
 

TommyDee

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386
@Baron23 - that is a trait of the '20-M tip. It doesn't magnetically couple nearly as well. My particular '20 cap was also thinner than the '19 or '18. There is much less difference between the Ti and '19 than the '19 to '20 or the Ti to '20. It is not our imagination. You can see it when you read the current draw. I haven't solved the '20 tip on IH. It'll be my care vape for a local. :twocents:
 

mr_cfromcali

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51
mr_c has been quiet I hope that means more flixers and fluxers getting built...
Sorry for being MIA recently. I do check this thread throughout the day to scan for issues or concerns, but I haven't had much time to post in the last two weeks, other than a couple of progress updates.

The Flix: Since launching the Fluxer web store I've been making and shipping a large number of Flix, or what's been a large number for me, at any rate. Thank you!! Tbh, I'm a bit blown away by the initial response, which has been extremely positive and better than I anticipated. :bowdown:

Most new Flix owners have been reporting that their heaters have been working well, but it has not been smooth sailing for everyone, and I want to acknowledge that some owners have had heaters that died after only a few uses, usually due to a MOSFET failure. This hasn't affected everyone, but I am very sorry if it has affected you. As is often the case with these sorts of things, "it didn't do this during testing, damnit!" I am very focused on solving this issue as soon as I can, but so far I'm still trying to determine the root cause so I can figure out the right remedy. Most of the Flix's circuit is identical to the FD's circuit, and the FD has been very stable for the last year, so it's definitely a puzzler why this variation of the same circuit hasn't been as stable. :thinker: I have a few theories I am exploring, and I hope to get to an answer ASAP.

The Flix's circuit is mostly the same as the FD's but there are a few differences, and the MOSFET failures could be due to these differences. It's also possible the failures asre due to the differences between drawing power from a mains power adapter vs drawing power from batteries. Or it could be a combination of both, or even something else entirely. Sigh... I wll get to the bottom of this thing and resolve it, but I'll admit this is on my mind quite a bit at the moment. I don't like having an open issue like this, and I'm sure no one does. :/

I want to reassure any Flix owners whose Flix suddenly fail on them that I stand behind my heaters, and will make sure that your heater either works to your satisfaction or give you a refund. If your Flix stops working, please send me an email; fluxerheaters@gmail.com is my preferred address. I will send you a return label and instructions for returning it to me for repair or refund. :nod:

Regarding the next (September 2019) Flux Deluxe Order Confirmation emails: I know some of you are very eager for me to send these out, and I'm sorry I have not completed that task yet. I have been busy with getting the first batches of Flix out the door plus dealing with returns and repairs due to the above situation, and as a resultI haven't been able to do the FD data cleanup I need to do before I send out a group email. I do hope to get to it soon, and will make it my next priority after I finish shipping the remaining FLix from my last batch.

Thanks again for your support and your patience! Please send me an email if your Flix of Flux has an issue!

Cheers,
:leaf:
 

NexVision

Member
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24
Sorry for being MIA recently. I do check this thread throughout the day to scan for issues or concerns, but I haven't had much time to post in the last two weeks, other than a couple of progress updates.

The Flix: Since launching the Fluxer web store I've been making and shipping a large number of Flix, or what's been a large number for me, at any rate. Thank you!! Tbh, I'm a bit blown away by the initial response, which has been extremely positive and better than I anticipated. :bowdown:

Most new Flix owners have been reporting that their heaters have been working well, but it has not been smooth sailing for everyone, and I want to acknowledge that some owners have had heaters that died after only a few uses, usually due to a MOSFET failure. This hasn't affected everyone, but I am very sorry if it has affected you. As is often the case with these sorts of things, "it didn't do this during testing, damnit!" I am very focused on solving this issue as soon as I can, but so far I'm still trying to determine the root cause so I can figure out the right remedy. Most of the Flix's circuit is identical to the FD's circuit, and the FD has been very stable for the last year, so it's definitely a puzzler why this variation of the same circuit hasn't been as stable. :thinker: I have a few theories I am exploring, and I hope to get to an answer ASAP.

The Flix's circuit is mostly the same as the FD's but there are a few differences, and the MOSFET failures could be due to these differences. It's also possible the failures asre due to the differences between drawing power from a mains power adapter vs drawing power from batteries. Or it could be a combination of both, or even something else entirely. Sigh... I wll get to the bottom of this thing and resolve it, but I'll admit this is on my mind quite a bit at the moment. I don't like having an open issue like this, and I'm sure no one does. :/

I want to reassure any Flix owners whose Flix suddenly fail on them that I stand behind my heaters, and will make sure that your heater either works to your satisfaction or give you a refund. If your Flix stops working, please send me an email; fluxerheaters@gmail.com is my preferred address. I will send you a return label and instructions for returning it to me for repair or refund. :nod:

Regarding the next (September 2019) Flux Deluxe Order Confirmation emails: I know some of you are very eager for me to send these out, and I'm sorry I have not completed that task yet. I have been busy with getting the first batches of Flix out the door plus dealing with returns and repairs due to the above situation, and as a resultI haven't been able to do the FD data cleanup I need to do before I send out a group email. I do hope to get to it soon, and will make it my next priority after I finish shipping the remaining FLix from my last batch.

Thanks again for your support and your patience! Please send me an email if your Flix of Flux has an issue!

Cheers,
:leaf:
Absolutely 0 apologies required sir. Keep on doing what you doing.
 
NexVision,

Greenfun13

New Member
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Just checking in to say that I finally got my Flix and FD! The Flux Deluxe is nothing short of amazing, it was EXACTLY what I was hoping for with consistent heating every time! (See ya later torch lighter!) Seriously puts a smile on my face every time I use it! :)

Question for @mr_cfromcali about the Flix: I am still waiting on my power supply to be delivered from Banggood. Placed my order on 5/16 with an estimated delivery of 7/23. Looks like I have another month in front of me before I will even be able to test the Flix. I just checked the website as well as the quick start pdf and notice no mention of a warranty. Is it 6 months like it is with the FD? Just want to make sure I am covered in case my Flix is one of the unlucky ones.

Thank you a million times for the hard work you have put into your devices!
 

mr_cfromcali

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Accessory Maker
Messages
51
Just checking in to say that I finally got my Flix and FD! The Flux Deluxe is nothing short of amazing, it was EXACTLY what I was hoping for with consistent heating every time! (See ya later torch lighter!) Seriously puts a smile on my face every time I use it! :)
Cool! "[A] smile on my face every time I use it" is absolutely my intent with these. ;)

Question for @mr_cfromcali about the Flix: I just checked the website as well as the quick start pdf and notice no mention of a warranty. Is it 6 months like it is with the FD? Just want to make sure I am covered in case my Flix is one of the unlucky ones.

Thank you a million times for the hard work you have put into your devices!
Oops! on me for not being clearer about the Flix's warranty, which is six months, same as the FD's. I'll make that clearer and more explicit. Thanks for making me aware that this gap. :tup:
 

RustyOldNail

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I paid for the additional 6 months of warranty coverage, not because I thought I’d ever need to use it, but as a way of supporting a one man shop, making a really great product. After reading the ENTIRE thread on the old FC site, 70+ pages, thousands of messages, but very entertaining and informative as Jeff takes along on his journey from over TWO YEARS ago, with detailed technical posts and shop videos. Only took a few days, but I realized that though there is always some market that dictates what a product will sell for, this was more a labor of love, and a learning journey, and thus in reality, worth more then he can charge. So, I extended the warranty as a tiny tip, I hope Jeff goes as long as he has the desire.
 

Stonedbadger

Active Member
Messages
25
Sorry to report, my flix has arrived but is not working properly. It makes a strange kinda buzzing sound when I try to heat my vapcap but does not heat the cap, also the leds are not lighting up properly.

Any one else had this problem?

Cheers
 
Stonedbadger,
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