List of materials

Robin Hagman edited this page Mar 21, 2018 · 28 revisions

List of materials

Here is a list of the different components (irrigation, electronics and nutrient solution) that make up the high pressure aeroponics (HPA). For each component we have considered a few different parts, each of them can be found in the different tables. In order to easily get an overview of which parts works well and which do not, we have the following status icons.

icon Description
:blue_heart: not tested
:green_heart: tested, works well
:broken_heart: tested, works poorly

Container

The characteristics of a suitable aeroponics box and vase is very similar. Exclude light on the inside, reflect light on the outside, variety of sizes and looks.

Description Price Found at Status
kuggis (small) USD 7 ikea :green_heart:
kuggis (large) USD 15 ikea :green_heart:
smartstore pro 45 vit USD 17 tingstad :blue_heart:

Irrigation

This is the largest component of the HPA, so we'll break it down into smaller sections: water pump, tubing and pressure vessel.

Water pump

There are a lot of different pumps that you can choose from. The important thing is that you pick one that is between 0.5-0.8MPa of pressure, runs on 12V, and that it turns itself of after reaching the target pressure. The type of pump suitable for this is the "High Pressure Diaphragm Water Self Priming Pump". Another aspect of the pump is the connector on which you attach the water tube.

Connector style

Description Price Shipping (swe) Found at Status
water pump USD 19.8 USD 0 ebay :blue_heart:
connector (6mm(1/4") USD 3.99 USD 0 ebay :blue_heart:

Reducer style

Description Price Shipping (swe) Found at Status
water pump USD 8.94 USD 5.42 ebay :green_heart:
tubing (12mm(1/2")) black USD 0.99 USD 0 ebay :green_heart:
reducer (12->8mm) USD 1.69 USD 0 ebay :green_heart:
tubing (8mm(5/16")) black USD 0.99 USD 0 ebay :green_heart:
reducer (8->6mm) USD 0.99 USD 0 ebay :green_heart:
reducer (12->6mm) USD 0.45 - aliexpress :blue_heart:

Tubing

Searching for "Push Fit Tube Quick Connect 1/4" on ebay gives a huge amount of different connectors. The connectors and tubes will probably be kept to 1/2" and 1/4" and need to be able to hold at least 0.8MPa of pressure. Preferably, the brass items will be replaced with stainless steal to avoid impurities that can come with brass from china.

The solenoid is used to control when and for how long the nozzles should spray the roots with the aerosol. They are rated at a maximum pressure of 0.8MPa, 12V, and are closed when off. This doubles as a safety valve if the pressure for some reason would go over the recommended 0.8MPa.

Description Price Found at Status Extra info
solenoid valve USD 5 ebay :green_heart:
tubing (6mm(1/4")) white USD 1/m ebay :green_heart:
tubing (6mm(1/4")) black USD 1/m ebay :blue_heart:
tee connector (white) USD 3 (10 items) ebay :green_heart:
tee connector (black) USD 3 (10 items) ebay :broken_heart: album
elbow tube connector USD 3 (10 items) ebay :green_heart:
ball valve switch USD 4 (5 items) ebay :green_heart:
brass nozzles USD 6 (5 items) ebay :green_heart:
electroplated brass nozzles (0.1mm) USD 7 (10 items) ebay :broken_heart: album
electroplated brass nozzles (0.3mm) USD 7 (10 items) ebay :blue_heart:
connectors and pressure gauge USD 13 ebay :green_heart:
connectors and pressure gauge USD 12 amazon :blue_heart:
bulkhead connector USD 6 (10 items) ebay :green_heart:
filter USD 3 aliexpress :green_heart:
filter USD 7 aliexpress :broken_heart: Could not open the filter, expensive and big

Pressure vessel

DIY PET bottle :broken_heart:

Description Price Found at Status
PET straight push in fitting USD 2 (4 items) ebay :green_heart:
PET elbow push in fitting USD 5 (5 items) ebay :green_heart:
PET straight push in fitting and screw nut (5 items) USD 3 ebay :green_heart:
PET hex lock nut USD 5 (10 items) ebay :green_heart:
PET bushing USD 3 (2 items) ebay :broken_heart:

VAREM :green_heart:

Description Price Found at Status
Pressure tank USD 45-80 (8-40L) ebay :green_heart:
Connector (6mm(1/4") USD 3.5 ebay :green_heart:

Electronics

Description Price Found at Status Extra info
micro-controller (D1) USD 2.76 aliexpress :green_heart:
pH probe USD 8 ebay :green_heart:
MinipH pH interface USD 25 sparkyswidgets :green_heart:
DHT11 Temperature and Relative Humidity Sensor USD 2 ebay :green_heart:
Power supply USD 19 ebay :green_heart: Terminal block included
Power supply USD 12 aliexpress :blue_heart:
Pressure sensor USD 16 ebay :blue_heart:
Pressure sensor USD 10 ebay :blue_heart:
Flow sensor USD 10 amazon :blue_heart:

Nutrient solution

Description Price Found at Status Extra info
EC sensor USD 6 ebay :green_heart:
pH sensor USD 10 ebay :green_heart:
Nutrient USD 14 - :green_heart: General Hydroponics MaxiGro, usually only ships to Sweden at the unreasonable price of USD 40

Light suggestions

Effect Price Found at Status
120W USD 40 ebay :green_heart:
16W USD 56 ikea :green_heart:

Tent suggestions

Description Price Found at Status Extra info
Budda room USD 80 ebay :green_heart:
Homebox USD 160 ebay :blue_heart: Very expensive but have a high "wife approval factor"
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