Choosing and making an enclosure for your induction heater kit is half the fun of the project! We love seeing what our customers come up with, so please send photos or tag us on social media with your builds ? Here are some useful bits of information which you might find helpful when constructing a case for your kit.
Minimum internal dimensions
It depends on how you build it! You should certainly be fine with anything approx 150mm x 150mm x 75mm, though it’s certainly possible to get it into a much smaller space than that. The inside dimensions of our PortaBake model are 110mm x 70mm x 35mm, but that’s a very tight fit with custom battery packs. There are so many variables it’s really hard for us to say – but that’s half the fun of a DIY project anyway…
A selection of drill bits is required in order to get a good fit for the various components which need to pass through the walls of your enclosure.
- 7mm bit – for the momentary button
- 16mm bit – for the glass chamber (a Forstner bit is ideal, a spade or auger bit will also be fine)
- 20mm bit – for the kill switch (again, a Forstner, spade or auger bit)
The kit comes with two power sockets to choose from:
- 10mm – screw terminal socket
- 8/10mm bits – solder tab socket, this one starts at 10mm, then narrows to 8mm, which allows you to securely house the socket into a solid surface like wood
The battery indicator also needs a hole cutting for it, though this one is bigger – it needs corner drilling then cutting the lengths with a coping saw, or using a router if available
- 20mm x 16mm rectangular opening – for the battery indicator
Wood, metal, heat-resistant plastic, or glass. Standard electronics enclosures will work well, be fully insulated, and screw together easily when finished.