The K40 tube should have no arcing to the little metal collars inside, right?

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(ThantiK) #1

The K40 tube should have no arcing to the little metal collars inside, right?

I’m getting a tiny bit of arcing on mine; I’m guessing the solution is to replace the coolant with distilled water?

(James Rivera) #2

Distilled water is going to be better than most (if not all) cooling fluids. What coolant are you using?

(ThantiK) #3

Distilled water, but the pump that came with the K40 ran dry for a couple weeks when the laser wasn’t in use. I’m concerned that maybe it’s damaged and leeching metal into the water - I’m gonna be replacing the pump and flushing the water.

I’m also using a biocide agent in the water (http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/peptpcobi1.html) and I’m thinking about trying it without the biocide.
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/peptpcobi1.html

(James Rivera) #4

@ThantiK I cannot say whether that is a good choice or not. IIRC this (what I use) is what @donkjr recommended.

(Don Kleinschnitz Jr.) #5

I would not use anything other that what our tests have revealed are safe, distilled water and algeacide. Most agents are too conductive as they do not worry about current flow in the water due to high voltages. You could check it with a conductivity meter.