The FC10 from Lamptron is not a fan controller like you are used to see. Lamptron gave it's latest toy a cool vintage/steampunk design using four Nixie tubes as displays. Apart from that it's a regular fan controller that allows you to drive up to four fans and monitor four temperature probes via remote.
Specifications & Features
Lamptron Fan Controller -FC10-
||148.5 x 42.5 x 75 mm (5.25″ Bay)
||Up to 30 watts per channel
||Brass, Black, White, Black Bench Drawing Metal, Black w/ Brass Trim
||+12v (Standard 4 Pin Molex)
||0-12 V DC
||4x 3-pin connectors
||400 W or higher
- Vintage Valve Amplifier/Steam Punk Design
- Up to 30 watts per channel
- CNC Milled from 3/4″ Aluminum
- Displays Celcius, Voltage, or RPM
- Interchangable Faceplates
Package / Bundle
The FC10 fan controller is being shipped well protected by foam
all around in a black box in order that nothing gets damaged before one starts
using it. The front of the box features a picture of the product in action where
you can clearly see the four nixie tube displays. Above and below you find the
brand, the name of the product and its three main features printed. On the back
you find the specifications and feature lists along with an illustrated items
list that make the bundle. The presentation of the product isn't bad, as soon as
you open the box you see the complexity of the thing and the bundle.
The contents include a manual, a sleeved molex extension, four
temperature probes, four sleeved 3-pin connectors, four screws, one jumper, the
remote control and finally the product itself. The remote has a 3V CR2025
battery pre-installed with a plastic protection to remove before use (to prevent
useless use of the battery).
The front panel features four Nixie tubes that are used to display
digits from 0 to 9 using a total of ten cathodes each shaped as digits. Under
each nixie tube you find a LED that indicates you which fan/probe is under
control/monitoring. At the top right you find Lamptron FC10 printed. At the
opposite you find three more LEDs that indicates you what is being displayed,
from left to right: Temperature, voltage and RPM. The fan controller is being
fixed in a 5.25" using the four screws provided or the tool free system of your
On the back of the fan controller you find the
the different connectors. In
the top left corner there is an 8-pin connector for the four probes labeled from PT1
to PT4. On the right you find another connector which is 6-pin this time and
labeled PM1 but I have no idea what this one is about. Futher on the right there
is a 3-pin connector with a jumper on it that allows you to select the
temperature unit (Celsius/Fahrenheit). Next to it there is the remote receiver
with a wired antenna. Under you find a 2-pin connector labeled RC (I don't know
what the use of this one either), the alarm speaker and another 2-pin connector
populated by a jumper to enable/disable the speaker. At the bottom right there
is the molex power connector. Finally the rest of the bottom part of the PCB is
populated by the four 3-pin fan connectors.
On the first picture below we removed the first PCB to show the
second PCB in charge of the nixie tubes. The faceplate is interchangeable and
can be removed easily but other colours aren't avaiable yet.
Here is a picture of the FC10 in action. Unfortunately the
coulour of the nixie tube displays cannot be changed.
Everything is controlled via the remote. This will not please
everybody but we like it. The only contra is that the conrtol can only be done
via the controller which means that once you lost the remote in your geek room
then you can't tweak the fan controller anymore. The fan controller reacts very
well to the remote and there is almost no delay even at long range with a big
The "Open" button powers on the device while the "Close" button shuts it down.
The "+" and "-" buttons allow you to rise or lower the voltage of the selected
fan by 1.0V steps.
The "<<" and ">>" buttons allow you to jump from a fan to another.
The "M" button is used to navigate between the different display modes (Temperature,
voltage and RPM).
Personally I really like the design, this vintage/steampunk fan
controller (the brass version) will fit a Bioshock mod just perfect. The
temperature sensors are very accurate, there was only a 0.5°C difference between
the fan controller and our Voltcraft thermometer. The fan controller is very
reactive and the remote is working well. It's hard to argue on the price because
it's very hard to find if not impossible. Outside the bad availability we will
only criticize the quality of the plastic chassis used that looks very cheap
though you don't see it anymore once the fan controller is mounted.
- Vintage/SpeamPunk Design
- Remote control
- Accuracy of the thermal sensors
- Plastic Chassis
- (Control only possible via remote)
- (Can only display one info at a time)
Author: Christian Ney firstname.lastname@example.org