VapCap Induction Heater for Desktop and in Car Use

TommyDee

Vaporitor
I have a DY6 cap. It measures out as a middle of the road cap when it comes to IH magnetic field coupling. Unfortunately its a dead cap so I can comment on the performance other than that. I ran into one '19-M cap that is just hotter-n-hell. It is marked DY9 where 3 others read similar to the DY6 I have.

I have been going nuts with some prototype IHs. I have 3 varied caps in rotation for testing including a 2020 cap. I am only now discerning some of the real variation among the DV cap product line. I would really like to know more about what's changed over the years with regard to these caps. I show gain ratios of 4:1 on one where I can get 6.2:1 on another. Talk about moving targets.
 
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BabyFacedFinster

Capo di tutt'i capi
Does the hydravong stem work for in the Caldron? Love my caldron it’s been great! Thank you @Pipes!!
The type of stem does not have much to do with the heating of the tip. You can attach any stem to any dynavap stainless or titanium tip and cap and still use it effectively in an IH heater like the Caldron. My father currently uses a hydrovong in his Caldron and loves it.
 

grogazola

Well-Known Member
Is it possible to add run the Caldron off a battery for home use? Also thinking of picking up a Portside Mini but I’d love to run my Caldron off a battery if possible...
 

grogazola

Well-Known Member
Yes, a 3S pack will work well on the Caldron. 2S might be a little weak.

Typical configuration would be like the PSM harness; 10A 3S BMS and a MOSFET switch if you want to charge the cells in the pack.

Thank you. What’s the battery life like on the Portside Mini? 800 mAh? How many clicks does that get you?
 

TommyDee

Vaporitor
I consider 1 watt-hour a session - a loaded bowl - ~5 clicks. 800mAh has roughly 9 watt-hours available; maybe 8 reasonably. This is based on other studies but I know it translates. With 'thrift' one could double that capacity.
 

Pipes

Addicted DIY Enthusiast
Accessory Maker
These batteries look fit for the job but not 100% on what BMS is in it. I've posted the question of max current output before tripping the safety to Amazon, so will wait for them to answer. $36 for 2 each, 2200 mAh batteries, and a charger is not too hard to swallow. Just keep an eye on the customer Q&A for them to answer the max current question before you buy. There are some other battery packs but gets expensive quickly.
 

grogazola

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Thank you that’s great info! Is the portside mini battery replaceable? Thinking of picking one up and I’m curious about the long-term ownership and battery performance...
 

grogazola

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Thank you to everyone with their quick replies. My Caldron has help up perfectly for a year now :)

How do you go about cleaning the glass tube? A little bit of isopropyl? Is it safe if is what about the rubber? I haven’t noticed any performance issues, I just like to clean my pieces...
 
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SonicBacon

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Thank you to everyone with their quick replies. My Caldron has help up perfectly for a year now :)

How do you go about cleaning the glass tube? A little bit of isopropyl? Is it safe if is what about the rubber? I haven’t noticed any performance issues, I just like to clean my pieces...
Iso on a q-tip, hold the Caldron upside down to keep iso from running inside, and swab away at the glass.
 

LabPong

Well-Known Member
These batteries look fit for the job but not 100% on what BMS is in it. I've posted the question of max current output before tripping the safety to Amazon, so will wait for them to answer. $36 for 2 each, 2200 mAh batteries, and a charger is not too hard to swallow. Just keep an eye on the customer Q&A for them to answer the max current question before you buy. There are some other battery packs but gets expensive quickly.

Pipes.....I do not see your Question on the listing for that battery. They only show several questions from Nov 20 to Nov 23?
 
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Pipes

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Accessory Maker
Nobody has given an answer yet. The question is there as I just checked. I also just re-phrased and asked again.
The snip below indicates there is high current protection but doesn't give an actual figure. It may be that each cell has protection or very small PCBs between the cells..? Can't see any PCBs in any pictures.
 

TommyDee

Vaporitor
@Pipes - there is a standard 3S BMS in the picture of the pack. They mount upside down and have a flat backside. I don't think the cells are up to the task. It should be the standard 10A or even 5A 3S 18650 BMS. However, these could be made easily with a few tools and quality cells. All hobby level stuff. These are in fact Li-ion in the picture.
 
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Pipes

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Accessory Maker
They answered one of my questions by giving me the capacity of 2200 mAh which is not what I asked about.
Anyways, TommyDee, you may very well be correct about whether they can handle it. The only clue would be the capacity of 2200 mAh which could go either way. High current drain batteries are usually around 1500-2000 capacity whereas the low draw batteries usually boost around 3000 mAhs.
We only need 5-6 amps so hard to tell unless they get tried. :hmm:
Agreed, an easy project to make but they are already assembled and ready to go. Many folks do not have the skills to make. The price seems very fair as well.
 
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acidspider

New Member
hi @Pipes, ive just picked up a 2nd hand portside mini, is there anything i need to look for to ensure it is still in 100% working order, it may be an old revision with the battery indicator on the side, is there a way i can bring it up to date?

this is my first time using an IH and it makes my caps click very quickly (3 seconds or so)
 
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webtroter

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hi @Pipes, ive just picked up a 2nd hand portside mini, is there anything i need to look for to ensure it is still in 100% working order, it may be an old revision with the battery indicator on the side, is there a way i can bring it up to date?

this is my first time using an IH and it makes my caps click very quickly (3 seconds or so)
IMO, if it works it works.

The battery might be the only thing I might change, but that would depend on its health.
 
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