The PenA4 design is a 1937 audio pentode power output valve. Our other PenA4 is taller, has a smaller diameter and is not so opaque.
For the heater power the emission is not high and the audio output achieved is small. It is specified for single ended use, as would be found in radio receivers.
The Pen/4VA was a first-generation output pentode in that, like the AC/Pen, MPT4, and others of its generation, it had relatively low gain and required a substantial grid input signal.
Second-generation output pentodes had much higher gain but required larger cathode area and therefore more heater current. Mullard's first second-generation output pentode was the Pen4VB. Released shortly after the (late-to-market) Type Pen/4VA, the Pen4VB had teething troubles and was rejected by the market in favour of more successful equivalents such as the Mazda AC2/Pen. When Mullard's got their act sorted out they relaunched the Pen4VB but renamed it the PenA4. It was reasonably successful.
The dome is painted with the Mullard gold paint and carries all of the identification. The 'Pentone' brand suggests this is a 1930s made valve.
The classic envelope is 49 mm in diameter and, excluding the B7 base pins, is 109 mm tall.
References: Data-sheet & 1043. Type PenA4 was first introduced in 1937. See also 1937 adverts.
Absolute Maximum Operating Conditions¶
Updated January 04, 2022.