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Good soft tubing.

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Sorry I know this question must have been asked a few times. But which is a very good if not the best soft tubing currently, wanna use 1/2 ID & 3/4 OD 

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If you get tubing from reputable brand you can’t go wrong. Corsair have apparently some decent tubing.


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I've been happy with EK and PrimoChill - I think PrimoChill's is known for not leeching plasticizer.


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17 hours ago, Kalm_Traveler1 said:

I think PrimoChill's is known for not leeching plasticizer.

I used primochill and thats not true. The only thing that didn't leech plasticizer was the EK ZMT which was advertised for that exact purpose but obviously the plastic is entirely different and its matte black.

 

I have since switched to hard acrylic tubing. I don't even use dyes because those will start to come out of solution and coat the walls of your tubes and blocks overtime. Im just too lazy to maintain my loop. 

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6 minutes ago, ToastyBear said:

I used primochill and thats not true. The only thing that didn't leech plasticizer was the EK ZMT which was advertised for that exact purpose but obviously the plastic is entirely different and its matte black.

 

I have since switched to hard acrylic tubing. I don't even use dyes because those will start to come out of solution and coat the walls of your tubes and blocks overtime. Im just too lazy to maintain my loop. 

I use it as well, which is why I brought that up - no plasticizer leeching that I've seen over the past year.

Also, per EK's own support article about plasticizer here: https://ekwb.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/205160252-What-is-plasticizer-

 

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Use plasticizer-free tubing only in your water cooling loop. EK-Tube ZMT (Zero Maintainance Tubing) type tubing is a EPDM rubber type tubing, has no added plasticizer and is thus safe to use. Rubber ensures great bend radius!

 

As an alternative to EK-Tube ZMT type tubing EK Water Blocks recommends Primochill LRT Advanced series tubing, a market proven PVC tubing which does not suffer from plasticizer leaching. Not to be mistaken with older LRT Pro!

 


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I'll be in the minority here, I'm using food grade silicone tubing. It's very flexible and being food grade shouldn't leach anything over time, it also has a very wide temperature range and will not harden with use or age. It's a little more permeable so there will be a slightly higher rate of fluid loss through the tube wall than some other tubing but overall that seems like a non issue as long as you're taking a peek at the reservoir on a somewhat regular basis. It comes in a wide range of sizes, it's readily available, and relatively inexpensive. It is not clear so if you don't like a frosted look to your tubing it's not for you. You might be able to rub it down with something to make it more transparent though.

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