How to Make Your Own DIY Homemade Ultrasonic Cleaner – Myth or Fact

August 5th, 2011

Will a DIY Ultrasonic Cleaner beat our Kern models?

Will a DIY Ultrasonic Cleaner beat our Kern models?

Our quest for the mythical DIY ultrasonic cleaner continues. In all the discussions we’ve seen on the web this Yahoo Answers post is the closest we’ve seen to  a plausible, realistic approach.  The user seems to have all the right parts: a pair of 55 watt transducers, a 150 watt audio amplifier, and a steel cylindrical tank.  Where he (or she) seems to be stuck is in getting them to generate the required ultrasonic waves. A helpful Yahoo! (is that the term?) pops in and offers multiple suggestions.  The discussion gets a bit technical but it maybe that the user is missing something basic: do those transducers work? Buying them off eBay are fraught with all the dangers of the aftermarket.  Admittedly this is speculation but we’ve seen more than enough instances of eBay ultrasonic cleaner purchases go awry.  We hope the user didn’t get saddled with one of those.

Psst! Stay tuned for more information on a skunkworks project we are woking on for DIYers longing to build their own ultrasonic cleaner.  If you want a heads up, drop your name in the comments, we’ll put your name on our priority notification list.

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    3 Comments to How to Make Your Own DIY Homemade Ultrasonic Cleaner – Myth or Fact

    1. Don on September 28th, 2011

      If you have a mailing list to keep us updated on this, add me to it!! I need a way to clean brass band instruments in Uganda.

    2. M on November 17th, 2011

      The trouble is not driving the transducers or getting them to resonate, but TUNING the system (tank, horn, or whatever else will be vibrating) to resonate along with them. Just attaching a transducer to a metal pan will not make you an ultrasonic cleaner. It needs to be made to the right dimensions and thickness to resonate at the necessary frequency to get the waves into the water.

    3. Rick Cheverton on January 18th, 2013

      I would like to build an ultrasonic cleaner to clean golf club grips. Therefore needs to have about 12″ to 14″ of cleaner and be big enough to hold 14 club grips.

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