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Neon Transformers: 12V DC & Automotive


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DC Series Auto Transformers
Lower Cost for Shorter Tubes
dc45 transformer
DC45

dc75 transformer
DC75

These CPI balanced output transformers are specifically made to power car neon tubing. Depending on model, they run either 4500 or 7500 volts at 30 milliamps with safety fault shut down circuitry. The output frequency is between 25-30kHz. Metal housing with plastic enclosure to protect against the elements.

  • Output: 4.5kV 30ma or 7kV 30ma (depending on model)
  • Input: 12VDC at 3-5A (depending on model; white input wire is a "control wire" for use with neon displays, and is not needed for automotive use)
  • Safe and Reliable with built in open circuit protection and thermal protection
  • Self Adjusting load sensor automatically adjusts from minimum to maximum output
  • Aluminum Heat Sink to protect the transformer from overheating and can contribute to longer product life
  • Can be mounted directly to metal
  • No mercury migration
  • Complies with all FCC regulations
  • Reduced energy consumption
  • Weight: 1.1 lbs (0.49Kg)
  • 11 Inches of GTO Cable on each Secondary Lead
  • 13 Inch Positive and Negative leads
  • 8A in-line Glass Fuse
DC-Series Instructions
- 12VDC 3A input, 4500v 30ma Output Transformer, powers 4-15 feet of neon ... $52.95
- 12VDC 5A input, 7500v 30ma Output Transformer, powers 6-27 feet of neon ... $59.95
     

Using With Automotive Brake Lights

Some automobiles use neon transformers to power brake lights, directionals, and rear tail lights. Two (2) transformers are often needed for this application. We have had customers who have had these systems fail only to find that replacement costs are $400-700, and they have discovered that an easy fix is the use of 2 of our DC-series automobile transformers connected with diodes, which we sell here. Please note that you, the customer, must know the electrical hookup of your vehicle - that we do not provide this information and we cannot guarantee performance with your vehicle as we have no idea of its design parameters or electrical configuration. We can sell you these components, but you must know how to install them and how they work with your vehicle. Also please note there is no refund on these units due to the fact they are being used for other than what they were originally designed for. The diodes with which our customers have had success (600V 16A “TO220 ultra-fast” for making a 2-step ballast) are available here for purchase. You may need from 1 to several diodes per transformer to achieve the desired differential brightness between running and brake lights (this will depend on your vehicle and its setup, so the user forums or a vehicle repair manual may let you know):

mur1660 diode
- 600V 16A TO220 Ultra-Fast Diode ... $6.95

NEONXA: 4kv 20ma (fully potted)

Instructions

Using With Automotive Brake Lights

Versatile weatherproof driver for automotive or general outdoor use (may also be used indoors, but is designed to withstand outdoors use). Can be used for a single-ended or conventional double-ended display. Operates from an automotive battery or any 12-14V DC 2A power supply (not included) and drives up to 10 feet of display. Higher amperage batteries or regulated power supplies will not overdrive this transformer, as it will only draw the current needed to power the load. Output is 4kV at 20ma, at approximately 30kHz frequency. Unbalanced output greatly simplifies install since only one high voltage lead is required and can be only several inches long depending on driver location. The return lead, usually coming from the far end, needs only to be grounded to the auto frame or be a low voltage wire. Fully potted case is 2.75 x 1.75 x 1.25" with a 3.5" aluminum heatsink/mounting bracket, weighing 6 ounces. If you need a 12V DC power supply, our 12DC/2AR works very well with this transformer.

- Automotive End Point Unbalanced Transformer ... $29.95   (5-9 @ $24.95ea.  10+ @ $19.95ea.)

Neon License Plate Frames
Plate150 Includes reflector baffle for those states where direct neon tube exposure is illegal.
  • Easy to Install
  • Includes Reflector Baffle
  • Green, Purple.
  • High Brightness!
- Green Complete Kit ... $19.95

These low cost high voltage balanced output transformers are intended to be used in any vehicle with a 12 V system. They also can operate from a 12 volt battery for portable use, or can use a wall adapter for normal 115 vac outlet use. Virtually indestructible circuitry is open and short circuit protected and will withstand reasonable amounts of EMP and other abuse. Output is ungrounded and at a high frequency of 25 to 35 khz. This higher frequency allows easy conversion to high voltage DC sources using voltage multiplier stacks. The direct high frequency output easily powers 2-electrode neon displays such as place stands, small point of purchase displays, home neon, vehicles, etc. All models include appropriate input and output leads for easy terminations.

NEONXUL (MINIMAX30): 3kv 15ma

Endpoint Grounded for Small In-house Dispays

neonxul

3kV open circuit at up to 15ma short circuit (2kV 10ma under load), requiring 12vdc 800ma power (adapter not included). Full short and open circuit protection, suitable for battery operation. Full metal enclosure 2-3/8 x 1-1/2 x 1-1/8" in size with 3-3/16" mounting centers, 7" input leads and 18" output leads. This is an excellent hobby unit as it is virtually indestructible and can be used with a voltage multiplier to generate up to 20kV at 1ma with our 4-stage multiplier (CH20), or 30kV at 0.5 ma with our 8-stage multiplier (CH30) at a low safe current. It is an excellent driver for neon displays of up to eight feet, and this unit is also used as the driver for our HV250 high-voltage DC power supply which produces 25,000 DC volts.

Instructions

- Transformer ... $19.95     (10-24 @ $14.95ea.  25-99 @ $13.95ea.  100+ @ $11.95ea.)

Wall Adapter for NEONXUL
- 12V 2A regulated wall adapter for NEONXUL 4-8' Displays ... $9.95     (10-24 @ $7.95ea.  25-99 @ $6.95ea.  100+ @ $5.95ea.)

 

NEONX80 (MINIMAX40): 4kv 15ma

Endpoint Grounded for Small In-house Dispays

neonxul

4kV open circuit at 15ma short circuit, requiring 12 vdc at 1 amp for full output (or 0.5A for half output). Open frame. 4-1/4" x 1" x 1-3/8". Easily generates 20 kv at 1 ma with our five stage multiplier.

Instructions

- 4000 Volt Module ... $26.95     (10-24 @ $19.95ea.  25-99 @ $18.95ea.  100+ @ $16.95ea.)
12vdc/2 amp 115 vac Wall Adapter (full output) ... $9.95     (10-24 @ $7.95ea.  25-99 @ $6.95ea.  100+ @ $5.95ea.)

 

NEONX10ADJ (GRADRIV10): 7.5kv 10ma (adjustable)
for Battery or Solar Applications and Special Display Effects

Great unit allows total dimming without pulling of ends away from electrodes
Provides an even distribution of light along the entire display length down to where discharge appears as a wriggling worm at it's lowest setting...THIS IS AN ALL NEW, REALLY NEAT EFFECT

dc20 transformer All new power supply for portable, solar or battery powered neon and gas tube displays. Operates any normal display up to 10 feet and allows complete dimming without pulling from the ends. Excellent for powering hand held plasma globe wands or similar devices offering a wide adjustment of display textures. This is an unbalanced system that will work well powering small conventional double ended neon displays.

Circuit design is virtually 99% efficient and is a real advantage for solar and battery power where every watt counts. Board level layout is 5 x 2" and is simple to use. 12" input and output leads with dimming control. Uses our 12DC/1.5 wall adapter (below) and draws 1.5 amps when operated at full output. For field use, it will run from any 12V battery with at least 1.5A output. Dimming control will reduce current to less than 0.1 amps and allow operating from solar cells or batteries for hours or even days.

- Transformer ... $89.50     (5-9@$84.50ea, 10-24@$79.50ea, 25+@$69.50ea)
Power Supplies for NEONX10ADJ:
- 12VDC 4A Wall Adapter for NEONX10ADJ ... $15.95
- 12VDC 7AH Rechargeable Battery, 6 x 2.5 x 3.7" ... $24.95
- 12VDC 5AH Rechargeable Battery, 3.5 x 2.75 x 4" ... $24.95

 

NEON21 (MINIMAX70): 7kv 10ma
minimax7 These low-cost, high-voltage sources operate from a 12 volt battery for field use, or a wall adapter for normal 115 vac use (wall adapter sold seperately if needed). Virtually indestructible circuitry is open and short circuit protected and will withstand reasonable amounts of EMP. Output is end point grounded and is at a high frequency of 25 to 35 kHz. This higher frequency allows easy conversion to high voltage DC sources using voltage multiplier stacks. The direct high frequency output can be used to power plasma and gas discharge (neon) display tubes, and will work with the ANIMATOR40 control module for programmed pattern outputs. All models include appropriate input and output leads for easy terminations.

This device provides a 7kV open circuit 10ma short circuit output that requires 12VDC @ 1 Amp input. Open frame with potted transformer 5 x 1-1/4". Easily generates 30kV at 0.5ma with our MULTI50 five stage multiplier. Also used in our HOVER (experimental hovercraft), KIRL1 (kirlian photography), and PLPEN1 (plasma burning and etching pen).

Circuit design is virtually 99% efficient and is a real advantage for solar and battery power where every watt counts. Board level layout is 5 x 2" and is simple to use. 12" input and output leads with dimming control. Uses our 12DC/1.5 wall adapter (below) and draws 1.5 amps when operated at full output. For field use, it will run from any 12V battery with at least 1.5A output. Dimming control will reduce current to less than 0.1 amps and allow operating from solar cells or batteries.

Instructions

- Transformer only, without wall adapter ... $39.95
10-24 @ $34.95ea.   25-99 @ $32.95ea.   100+ CALL

- 12V wall adapter for NEON21 (except as noted below) ... $9.95
- 14V special grounded wall adapter for single-ended neon displays ... $19.95
* Use this 14V wall adapter if the NEON21/MINIMAX70 transformer will be used for a single ended NEON GAS display for special effects: this is where the neon tube is powered with only one wire and the return of the energy is via the capacitance of the gas and the surrounding air eventually going to earth ground. This mode absolutely requires the use of our 14DC/1G, a 3-pin internally grounded wall adapter for this capacitive ground current to return back to the power supply source.
Plans
- Paper Plans ... $5.00
- Downloadable Plans ... $3.00

 

MINX: 2kv 20ma
minx

Low power consumption, great for short runs of up to 5 feet of 12mm neon tubing. Open-frame construction can be mounted just about anywhere. Can operate from a 12 volt battery for field use, or a wall adapter for normal 115 vac use (not included, but sold seperately if needed). Includes appropriate input and output leads for easy terminations.

Input 12VDC at 800ma. Output 2kV open circuit at 20ma short circuit. Operating frequency ~35kHz. Open frame. 4-1/4" long x 1-1/2" wide x 1" high.

- 2kv 20ma Transformer ... $14.95     (10+ @ $12.95ea.)
Power Supply for MINX:
12vdc/2 amp 115 vac Wall Adapter (full output) ... $9.95     (10-24 @ $7.95ea.  25-99 @ $6.95ea.  100+ @ $5.95ea.)

 

BATNEON: 2.5kv 15ma
batneon

For Small Battery Operated Displays

Full range dimming and flashing. Includes 3 Way Switch. Input 9-12VDC. Output 2.5Kv@.1-15ma for 1-6' tube. 3.2 x 1.3"

- 2.5kv 15ma Transformer ... $21.95     (5-9 @ $19.95ea.  10-24 @ $17.95ea.  25-99 @ $15.95ea.  100+ @ $14.95ea.)