Originally Posted by bowmanvmi
What's the verdict on choice of pipe? E22 vs Primochill vs other? And what about the fittings? Primochill Ghost Compression fittings vs EK fittings vs other? Can you mix and match these fittings, example: Primochill pipe with EK fittings?
I'm about to take the plunge so I thought I'd query the peanut gallery. Thanks!
EK & E22 acrylic tubes come in 10mm ID and 12mm OD sizes. Both EK and Bitspower have non-compression fittings for the 10/12mm acrylic tubes.
EK and Bitspower C47 fittings are double O-Ring fittings.
Bitspower C48 fittings are skinnier and use a single O-Ring.
EK & Bitspower fittings grip really tight and you need to ensure you camber the edge of the tubes at an angle else (eg: 45deg), else you will tear your O-Rings when you put in your tubes. It helps to coat the tip of your tube in coolant prior to inserting into the fittings.
You'll need to ensure your tube is seated all the way to the end and past the 2nd O-Ring and if my memory serves me correctly… :
The “seating depth” of the tube on C47 fittings is 8mm.
The “seating depth” of the tube on C48 is 4mm.
The “seating depth” of the tube on EK fittings is 9mm.
I can’t remember the seating depth of the PrimoChill fittings. I have it marked on my test tubes at home.
The PrimoChill acrylic tubes comes in 10mm ID and 13mm OD size. This means that PrimoChill acrylic tubes and fittings are NOT compatible with EK, E22, & Bitspower tubes and fittings.
I have not yet tested the E22 acrylic tubes (PPCS was out of stock at the time) but the 1mm size difference between EK & PrimoChill tubes do have a noticeable difference in both cutting and bend-ability of the tubes. The EK tube heats up quicker and bends more uniformly than the PrimoChill tubes but once you get the heating and bending techniques down, both are easy to work with.
As for EK vs E22 acrylic tubes, I assume the only noticeable difference between them will be the price.