13/02/2016 at 05:41 #38197
Vortex mixers are used in labs and pharmacies to mix drugs, etc. They are heavy cubical appliances with a rubber cup on top which holds a test tube sized object and orbits, but does not rotate at 1000’s of rpm when the cup is depressed. It creates a vortex within any liquid, with the added advantage that it does not aerate it. They absolutely rock mixing Vallejo paints, and if you have ever tried to shake a Vallejo into consistency, you know how valuable that would be.
I bought a used one for $40-50 off ebay a few years ago. Used it for the first time this year, and rurrr, the motor was dead. So I immediately looked for another. Before bidding on ebay, I checked what was available new. Amazon was offering a Scilogex fixed speed (2500rpm) unit – and you don’t need variable speed for paint – on sale for $99. The price seems to have gone up to $105 since I got mine, but I still highly recommend grabbing it if you have any interest at all.
(Unfortunately this is for US readers. The unit appears to be equivalent to the Gowe brand in UK Amazon and it’s ghastly expensive. However the Dutscher unit looks promising.)
BTW, should you get any funny looks, I was amused to discover by reading the customer reviews, that enterprising hobbyists have found a third use for the tool. And it’s not drugs or rock and roll…
13/02/2016 at 07:43 #38199Not Connard SageParticipant
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Every bloody thing is ghastly expensive in the UK.
Made in China probably, but what isn’t?
"I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."13/02/2016 at 17:14 #38212
This one is even cheaper than the Scilogex, and according to the spec on line goes up to 3000rpm, so looks like a real good buy if you are in the UK
And they offer gift wrap.
13/02/2016 at 17:45 #38214Not Connard SageParticipant
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This one is even cheaper than the Scilogex, and according to the spec on line goes up to 3000rpm, so looks like a real good buy if you are in the UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/DUTSCHER-088934-Support-for-flasks/dp/B0198G5SCQ/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1455383502&sr=8-4&keywords=dutscher+Vortex+mixers And they offer gift wrap.
That’s not the mixer, the pic is misleading. The price quoted is for a foam flask holder.
It’s ‘out of stock’ anyway, I wonder why?
The Dutscher LMS vortex mixer in the photo is £184 ex VAT
and that’s at the very low end of Dutscher lab equipment.
I bloody hate it when Amazon and its resellers do that.
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"I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."28/04/2016 at 19:06 #41376
I noticed this morning that the price on Amazon seems to be back down to $106.56, after having been about $20 more, so if you are in the US and interested, it might be a good time to order.23/01/2017 at 20:17 #56247
A new champion enters the fray. Looks like it’s direct current run off of a transformer, but it does have a good review from a hobbiest. Can’t beat the price right now…$66.77 (US)
26/01/2017 at 18:41 #56541Katie LParticipant
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For people in the UK who don’t want to faff with international shipping, I bought one of these;
They sell them through Ebay for about 80 quid. I like it and the company is small enough to care about what they’re doing; I actually had a chat with the MD about whether it would work for paint and he seems nice.
It does mix VJ paint (and others, of course) really well. I added an elastic band to the top thingy so I can leave the bottle shaking for longer without getting bored. It goes BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR and the paint is mixed!!
The single drawback of it is the green LED, which is… Mmm. Bright isn’t quite the word. Probably visible from orbit. It’s a device you won’t forget you left on. Nor will people in neighbouring countries.26/01/2017 at 19:59 #56552
That’s a pretty good price. I don’t know about their claims for a belt drive, but, hey, could be true. They will certainly need the suction cup feet if it’s that lightweight.
Beware of carpal tunnel syndrome if you hold the paint down too long…
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