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Old 8 Hours Ago Nov 7, 2019 3:56:28 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default Best budget flash dryer available in UK

I bought over 4 years ago a the most basic flash dryer (the coil type) and to it's testament it's lasted this long but now sadly it's failing and i could probably cook an egg on it's plug when it's plugged in, so due to the major fire risk i need a new flash.

I operate a very small home studio, i work on a 3 pin domestic plug setting and i cure the shirts with the flash too.

Has anyone any suggestions to which model would be best for me, budget it tight.

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Default Re: Best budget flash dryer available in UK

Not much choice of budget flash driers available in the UK, unless you want to stick with the coil type. Even a basic BBC Black Flash is over £1000.


Most coil type flash driers use an element from an electric oven. Simple to fit,if you can find a match.
Why is your plug getting so hot? Check that all of the terminals inside the plug are tightly done up, and if you feel confident check that they are all tight inside the wall socket.


If not then it is either a used or Chinese flash from ebay, or Wicked Printing Stuff make their own for about £270.
 
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Default Re: Best budget flash dryer available in UK

Thanks Pat, i've gone through a 2 new plugs and had a new cable attached, because there is no on/off switch on the flash it sparks when i switch it off at the plug too. I was guessing the flash is drawing too much power but i am no electrician.

My husbands friend who is an electrician when fitting the new cable thought it was a potential death trap having an oven element on wheels but hey begs cant be choosers *makes sign of cross*

I contacted Vastex today and their most basic is £740 + Vat , i've always thought of vastex as a good brand (i might be well off) , for such a crucial piece of equipment for my business i should really fork out the money but it breaks my heart!!

I contacted Panther dryers too but i'm just not sure of quality.

Good flashes don't come up on Ebay very often, there is a professional vastex one on there now but they still want the best part of £2000 .

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Default Re: Best budget flash dryer available in UK

'Proper' Panthers are very good, but very powerful. WPS also use the panther name, but not sure if they are as good.


Your element is probably only about 2500w. Working on the rough basis of amps x volts = watts ( 13a x 230v) you can go up to 2990w on a three pin circuit.That gives you a small margin of error because your supply is probably still the old 240v.


Concerned that your plug is getting hot. Is the socket you are using part of the ring main, or is it a spur added at a later date? A ring main should use 2.5mm 'twin and earth' cable, but I have seen some diy spurs added using only 1.5mm lighting cable. That would be an accident waiting to happen.
 
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I knew panther had changed hands and the older gentleman who ran it had retired, hoped the standard of goods hadn't dropped.

I do run on a spur of my house electrics but the workroom is supplied by a thick electrical cable and has it's own fuse box, I do sometimes run the flash on an extension lead (I guess this increases the resistance?) So maybe it's that.

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