Sensibly equivalent¶ to:
One of the curious ironies of the MPT4 saga is that the catkin version of 1933 although a 'blind alley', was technically very superior to the glass version MPT4. Comparison of the two photos makes it quite clear that the large anode used in the glass version could not possibly be used in the catkin version and shows the benefit of the external anode design.
The two versions are, in fact, entirely different designs. The compact catkin version was possible because the external anode was directly air cooled and did not reflect excessive heat back to the cathode-grid region of the valve.
It took M-OV about five years to learn how to make large glass power pentodes with grid structures which did not emit electrons, or buckle, due to overheating.
See also MPT4 on a B7 base.
The base is 28 mm in diameter and excluding the B5 base pins it is 98 mm tall.
References: Data-sheet 1040 & 1005. Type MPT4 was first introduced in 1931. See also 1931 adverts.
Absolute Maximum Operating Conditions¶
Updated June 11, 2022.