Angle and special adapters for custom water cooling

Surely those of you who already have some experience building custom water cooling systems are familiar with the pain and stress of not having a couple of centimeters to hold a tube or not having enough room to bend a hose. And if the components are not on the same line and you need to make 3-4 corners to connect …

Therefore, our new material is a quick guide to elbow adapters, extension cords and other special adapters that will make the life of the water cooling enthusiast easier.

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Most EK adapters are available in three different “colors”, if you can call them that.

The photo shows a classic nickel or chrome adapter . Below we have a ” black ” adapter, as well as the so-called “black nickel”, which is also called “dark nickel”. But of course the most common are nickel plated and black adapters.

The most important adapters are probably corner adapters. They are needed to bring the input / output in the other direction, which is especially important when working with rigid pipes.

We can distinguish three main types of adapters depending on the angle: 90 ° , 45 ° and 2×45 ° . All three types are swivel – they have a base that screws into the G1 / 4 ”port, and the top rotates 360 ° around its axis.

Double jointed adapters, such as 2 45 ° elbows, are very useful if your components are slightly out of alignment. Finally, the 2×45 ° swivel adapter can be used as a 90 ° adapter with a slightly larger arch.


How do swivel adapters work? How can they rotate and not leak? View the cross section of the swivel adapter at a 45 ° angle.


Between the base and the rotating part, there are 2 rubber bands and a metal ring that prevents the two parts from separating.

As we have already said, the main role of “corners” is to simplify the process of creating a water cooling circuit. For example:


The two ports can often be too close together and both hoses and solid pipes have a bend radius limit, in which case elbow adapters must be used.

But besides the swivel angle adapters, there are straight swivel and fixed extensions. In the photo, on the left side, we see two static extenders , while the two adapters on the right are swivel .


Static extensions can be of different lengths – from 6 to 50 mm. Both fixed and swivel extensions are available with several G1 / 4 ”thread placement options.

Extension cords can come in handy in a variety of situations. For example, lift a fitting off a component when there is too little space and the retaining ring cannot be tightened.