Adapter arrived on time and was packed well. I inserted the O-ring, attached the adapter to the co2 line, attached it to the sodastream, and turned the tank on. POP
Maybe plastic isn't a great idea after all. Went out to target and grabbed an old Fizzi unit - used the metal adapter that came with the line I bought on amazon. Works great, lesson learned
Response from patshead.com | May 22, 2022
I am sorry to hear that the adapter adapter didn't work for you Devin!
The adapter shouldn't be under pressure when you open the valve on your tank. From your description, it sounds like you skipped the step where you need to trim the plunger to the correct length for your setup.
None of that is important. When someone's adapter doesn't work, I always offer a refund. Your review doesn't give me enough information to refund the correct person, so if you'd send me a message I will get that taken care of right away!
This gadget fills a definite need for folks who stumble into owning SodaStream's new Terra model. SodaStream has apparently designed Terra to prevent users from using bulk CO2 sources to refill their tanks. It has a proprietary pressure connector instead of the old style threaded model.
So, this adapter, which screws onto the old style tank, makes it work with Terra. It's a clever idea, and well executed. Unfortunately, even though it's made as strongly as possible, the material is just a little weak for the task. I used mine without problem for one full tank. When I put it on the second tank, it seemed to connect fine, but the first time I tried to use it there was a "pop" followed by the sound of CO2 leaking. When I took the cover off the tank compartment I found the adapter had burst into a bunch of little pieces. No damage to the SodaStream unit or anything else, other than the adapter.
By the way, the metal adapter mentioned in the product description is NOT the same thing as this. It's a quick-release adapter used at the end of a hose to directly connect bulk tanks. It doesn't fit Terra. And it's out of stock anyway. :-)
Response from patshead.com | March 27, 2022
This is a fantastic and plenty accurate review, Doug, but you should most definitely get in touch with me with your full name or order number so I can issue you a refund!
I'm not just selling adapter-shaped pieces of plastic that might work. They are supposed to work. They've worked for us, and they seem to work for the majority of people. Sometimes they break. More often they leak. I suspect there are SodaStreams with a looser manufacturing tolerance than the one Alex designed against, but I don't know that we'll ever be able to verify that!
At the end of the day, though, they are just 3D printed PLA+ plastic that has to fit in the space we were given. Since taking over the job of printing these, I've been making every tweak I can think of to make these adapters as solid as possible: as many walls as possible, as much heat as I can get away with (to help layer adhesion), and I've pushed the extrusion multiplier as high as I can (to make sure the walls are packed as tight as can be!).
I'm pretty sure we're very, very close to the limit of the material and printing process now, and we probably have been for more than a month now. Probably two, but I didn't keep great track of that. Sorry!
And you are correct, Doug. The "metal adapter" is different, and I just expanded on that a bit in the description. Nobody tells me what they're using the adapters for, so I have no idea why I always assume the majority of folks are using it with bulk CO2 setups.
I also bought one and I am having the same issues it won't thread properly on the hose and it leaks. As you start to thread it will thread crooked and it won't seat to stop the leaking. The plastic is not strong enough to support the steel coupling from the hose ,and the unite split open on the top thread .
Response from patshead.com | March 19, 2022
Darrell, I am sorry to hear that things didn't work out for you. It sounds like you managed to crossthread your adapter. This has happened to a couple of other folks.
I have tried to crossthread an adapter on purpose. It is challenging to do, but definitely doable. If you do manage to misalign the threads and screw the adapter on anyway, I am certain you can tear out the plastic threads. They're definitely not meant to stand up to that.
We are not just selling pieces of plastic. We are selling pieces of plastic that are supposed to be up to their intended task. If you message me through Tindie, Darrell, I would be more than happy to issue you a full refund. I most definitely don't want anyone paying for parts that aren't working for them!
This is a very clever design which, when expanded, enables you to work on a complicated project in a space-efficient physically stable platform. I have a raspberry pi, Arduino mega, esp8266, span tilt servo mechanism and a ton of breadboarded components all connected in a tidy compact workspace that I can carry easily in one hand. Yes it is held together by rubber bands but the design locks everything down and it seems very sturdy even “fully loaded” with gear. Very happy with my purchases - I bought two. Extremely versatile and useful.
Response from patshead.com | Feb. 7, 2022
Thank you so much for the kind words Tom! I don't know why I didn't reply to this review two years ago. I can only assume that I had no idea that replying to reviews was an option!
Dec. 22, 2017
Pretty cool, easy to break, too tall for thicker fans
My drives run ~10C cooler with the ducts in place, although my MB now runs ~3C hotter since the air passing over it is now passing over the drives first. I'd consider this a perfectly fine trade off.
I have the "Nidec Servo Gentle Typhoon D1225C12B5AP 120mm 1850 rpm Silent Case Fan" and I found I had to manually trim about 1cm off the top of the duct for the drive bay to still fit in the case with the duct in place. You could probably make the ducts that much shorter by default to accommodate more fan types and still get good results with thinner fans and the small gap.
One of the screw holes on each duct broke while I was attaching them to the fans. This was probably because I had to remove the ducts to trim them and that added extra stress to the bracket. I'd suggest future printings to add more thickness to those areas.