Alpenfohn K2 Review
Up Close: Contact plate and heat pipes
The contact plate is CNC machined and has a mirror finished Nickel coating for that little bit of extra bling. The 8x6mm heat pipes are sandwiched between the upper and lower contact plates with all joins being soldered. There is a small gap of about 1.5mm between each pipe. The quality of the work is good, with no evidence of solder spitting or bluing from over heating.
The heat pipes angle progressively as their distance from the contact plate increases. Small bends in the pipes prior to passing into the fin stack allow to them to enter vertically into the stack. As a result the outer most pipes are angled through approx 45 degrees before entering the stack.