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SMOKE MACHINE REVIEWS - Le Maitre Power Mist Turbo
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Le Maitre Power Mist
Now no longer in manufacture (older style Le Maitre
units have all been superceeded by Microfog, Speedfogger and G300)
the Le Maitre Power Mist Turbo is 1100 watts, with a 5 metre variflow
remote control. After the initial warm-up time, two thermal trip
clicks are heard, heralding that the unit is at full temperature
and the "Ready to Operate" indicator glows. Essentially
it could start producing smoke after the first click, but the output
is slightly less dense and a re-heat will be required sooner. With
the variflow remote, control of output is possible. The unit creates
copious amounts of dense smoke on full output which lasts for approx.
20-30 seconds before a re-heat is required. It's actually quite
frightening that so much smoke can be produced from such a small
unit on full output. Continuous operation is possible with the Power
Mist Turbo at about half full output. The Power Mist Turbo has no
'dead-band' which means it can re-heat 'on-the-fly' without having
to switch off smoke output. However, on full output, there is an
inevitable dead-band. The continuous output of the unit is best
used after it has been switched on and been thoroughly heated for
quite a while. It's often best to test the unit before implementation
on location or installation. However, the smoke activation button
on the remote control is momentary, which means that for continuous
operation you'll perhaps need to change this to a latching switch.
Power Mist Turbo is rarely seen back at Le Maitre for repair"
Fairly quiet in operation - there is a fairly low
frequency buzzing noise as the motor pumps the fluid through and
the hiss of smoke - which can be fairly loud on full output. No
on-board fluid space, so the long fluid pipe comes in handy for
inserting into 5 litre bottles, which render the unit a little less
portable than others. A Power Mist Portakit was available which
is simply a wire clip basket attachment that lets a 5 litre bottle
be mounted at the back of the unit.
I've heard on good authority that the Power Mist Turbo is rarely seen
back at Le Maitre for repair.
I've seen one woefully under-used at a wax museum in York (now closed)
for which it operated for 1 second every 5 minutes - hardly pushing
the unit (which I believe used to sell for around £500), but
was fairly quiet in operation. External fluid tank.
||Power Mist Turbo (Genesis)
||Small, high output, continuous operation
||External fluid tank reduces portability,
timer unit not readily available. (unit now discontinued)
||£480 (with variflow remote)
* Unit now out of production
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