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Wavebourn 9th December 2010 09:21 PM

Heatsinks for tubes?
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Does anybody know if it is possible to source heatsinks for tubes?

Rattlehead 9th December 2010 09:43 PM

I remember someone putting tubes under water (obviously with the leads outside) to cool them down.

pedroskova 9th December 2010 10:09 PM

Pearl tube coolers

SGregory 9th December 2010 10:22 PM

second the pearls

Bigun 9th December 2010 10:25 PM

maybe you don't need to heatsink the tube - they cool by radiation because the plate in in a vacuum so you just need to surround the tubes with cool surfaces to absorb the radiated heat ?

smoking-amp 9th December 2010 10:36 PM

Heatsinks on tubes may actually make them run hotter, since they intercept the normally radiated radiant heat and have poor thermal contact with the glass. Probably were used to keep the surrounding components from getting hot by converting all the radiant heat to vertical convected hot air instead. A fan could help, but that would likely work even better without the heatsink in the way.

aardvarkash10 9th December 2010 10:39 PM

hell, how do you see the glow if its wrapped in a heatsink???

Wavebourn 9th December 2010 10:45 PM


Originally Posted by pedroskova (

Thanks! Looks cool...

Matt BH 9th December 2010 11:03 PM

Morgan Jones wrote about valve heat sinks in Building Valve Amplifiers (The blue book)

I dont have the book to hand at the moment but I think I remember him quoting some source saying that just keeping the envelope temperature down can extend life.

I can see that radiated heat from the anode would be partly absorbed by the glass because it does not completely pass IR. Also the black anodising on the heatsink will absorb the rest of the IR and as long as it has enough surface area for conduction/convection to the air will prevent heating of other devices around it.

I think I saw some the same as in the book at Ask Jan First. The Pearl ones look good if a bit pricey.

What tubes are you cooling Wavebourn?


Wavebourn 10th December 2010 12:11 AM


Originally Posted by Matt.B.H. (

What tubes are you cooling Wavebourn?


It looks better above SOA, on higher than specified voltage, with higher load resistance than usual.

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