I have a Bullet V1.5 110V version. I know that this has the old induction board.
QUESTION #1: When the new induction board for 110V becomes available will this upgrade convert a V1.5 to a V2?
Also, I roast in Texas where it gets really hot in the summer and I roast in the garage. I know that the original board recommends not roasting above 30C (86F). That leaves me a few hours in the morning to get in 1, maybe 2, roasts.
QUESTION #2: Will the new power or induction board (110V version) allow me to roast above 30C and if so what is the new recommended temperature limit?
From what I’ve read, from V1.5 to V2 means having the new upgraded/improved Induction Board.
I wouldn’t expect the V2 board to change that ambient operating temperature requirement. Because of the V2’s improved design, there are distinct advantages to having it, but these units need to operate within certain ambient temp ranges for performance and longevity of the electronics.
Having owned several electric drum roaster designs, they all fell victim to my roasting in summer temps that were above the manufacturer’s recommended max range. That wasn’t as bad with $300-$500 roasters, but would be a lot worse if I caused a $2600 roaster to lose lifespan and increase failure rate. Those other drum roasters all had sensors that managed the ability of the roaster to function correctly within the design’s required ambient ranges. Exceeding the ambient temps (whether at 40F or 90+F) had ill effects upon them over time.
So, I would do whatever is reasonable to make the Bullet happy within the stated ambient operating temps. It can certainly be the difference in life-span of the product, save money and have better roast results.
Anyone hear when these upgraded boards will be available? I thought I heard “soon” about 6-12 months ago…
This is the only availability statement I’ve seen which is embedded into the long, but very interesting article titled “The Beating Heart of the Bullet R1”.
“For those in markets such as the United States, we have already begun developing a 110V version of the new induction board, and its release will follow later in 2019. Don’t worry about getting left behind, though. Anyone with the old version of the induction board will be able to purchase upgrade kits at a cost approximately the same as the cost differential between a version 1.0 and version 2.0 machine.”