Thursday, September 3rd 2020

Alphacool Releases the Leak Testing Tool

Alphacool have recently released the creatively named "Alphacool Leak Testing Tool", for detecting leaks in your PC water cooling loop. The device includes an integrated hand pump to pressurize the system and a 40 cm flexible hose which can be attached to any free G1/4" port in the loop. The device can help identify leaks in the loop caused by bad connections or fittings before you fill the loop ensuring no damage to the computer. Alphacool recommends you leave the device 15 - 20 minutes after pressurizing the system to record if the pressure has dropped indicating a leak in the system. The Alphacool Leak Testing Tool is now available from Alphacool for €29.19.
Source: Alphacool
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13 Comments on Alphacool Releases the Leak Testing Tool

#1
Valantar
I just bought (and used!) EK's leak tester a couple of days back, and I have to say it has been a godsend in getting my loop back up and running after the move. As with anything water cooling related it's not cheap, but having one of these simplifies leak testing dramatically, and essentially removes all risk from the process. More than worth it if you plan to keep using a custom loop for a while.
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#2
Caring1
That bicycle pump style is going to look very suspicious if viewing a person from behind. ;)
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#3
jsfitz54
Caring1
That bicycle pump style is going to look very suspicious if viewing a person from behind. ;)
Are you worried about the short strokes?
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#4
ThrashZone
Hi,
Never seen the need for one just take your time wet all o-rings.. before assembly
Disassemble water blocks. clean... and reassemble, soft tubing makes it too easy so maybe that's why I've not had any issues
Radiators might be nice to air test seeing they could have defects but I clean with mayhems blitz part 1 & 2 in a temporary loop on a bench so any defects would appear that way so no point in air testing with all the time it takes to complete 1 & 2 flushing.
Mora cleaning I do the same with all water blocks too seeing I use QDC's ;)
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#5
Valantar
ThrashZone
Hi,
Never seen the need for one just take your time wet all o-rings.. before assembly
Disassemble water blocks. clean... and reassemble, soft tubing makes it too easy so maybe that's why I've not had any issues
Radiators might be nice to air test seeing they could have defects but I clean with mayhems blitz part 1 & 2 in a temporary loop on a bench so any defects would appear that way so no point in air testing with all the time it takes to complete 1 & 2 flushing.
Mora cleaning I do the same with all water blocks too seeing I use QDC's ;)

None of that is a guarantee against faulty rotary fittings or cracked plastic, both of which I've had. It's also pretty easy to unintentionally unscrew a fitting a bit if you're trying to wrangle a tube in a cramped case. So this still takes a lot of risk out of loop assembly.
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#6
Vayra86
Caring1
That bicycle pump style is going to look very suspicious if viewing a person from behind. ;)
'No worries ma, just testing whether I'm leaking'
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#7
robot zombie
Vayra86
'No worries ma, just testing whether I'm leaking'
Im imagining a bunch of screaming over someone frantically pumping away "Im testing for leaks! Im testing for leaks! Just a minute..."

*door slams*
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#8
Basard
Valantar
None of that is a guarantee against faulty rotary fittings or cracked plastic, both of which I've had. It's also pretty easy to unintentionally unscrew a fitting a bit if you're trying to wrangle a tube in a cramped case. So this still takes a lot of risk out of loop assembly.
I just say five Hail Mary prayers.... that's my method.
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#9
Valantar
Basard
I just say five Hail Mary prayers.... that's my method.
Don't forget the sacrificial chicken.
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#10
texas64
ThrashZone
Hi,
Never seen the need for one just take your time wet all o-rings.. before assembly
Disassemble water blocks. clean... and reassemble, soft tubing makes it too easy so maybe that's why I've not had any issues
Radiators might be nice to air test seeing they could have defects but I clean with mayhems blitz part 1 & 2 in a temporary loop on a bench so any defects would appear that way so no point in air testing with all the time it takes to complete 1 & 2 flushing.
Mora cleaning I do the same with all water blocks too seeing I use QDC's ;)
What's the purpose of that in-line fuel filter? Look identical to the one on my car...
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#11
Valantar
texas64
What's the purpose of that in-line fuel filter? Look identical to the one on my car...
Filtering out gunk from the loop i assume? Could be very useful when flushing new radiators or other parts that could have some nasty stuff inside.
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#12
Basard
Valantar
Filtering out gunk from the loop i assume? Could be very useful when flushing new radiators or other parts that could have some nasty stuff inside.
Plus it looks cool, lol....
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#13
ThrashZone
texas64
What's the purpose of that in-line fuel filter? Look identical to the one on my car...
Hi,
It likely is since it's an auto zone glass gas filter so good eye
Spectre 2369 Premium Clearview Fuel Filter

Been said, picks up all the crap I don't want in my loop
I always use one cleaning rads.. and leak testing with final fluid fill too seeing I also have one with quick disconnects it's easy to add and remove when I want too.
Not sure how I lived without QDC's so long I love the convenience so it's worth loosing a little flow from the added restriction I typically use dual D5 pumps anyway.
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