It's a great effect. I have not picked one up for he very reason Josh stated. Brides in my area are not going to pay for the time and aggravation it's worth for 5 minutes of fog. I can't imagine charging less than $400, and I can't imagine brides paying that. I also don't have easy access to dry ice. So I'm looking at making special trips within s day of an event to pick some up.
Nimbus - Well, yes you need to have one in your inventory... IMO. when you use it, use it on 220v or two independent 20amp 110v for best results... Is it worth it? for some events YES. its more of a pain in the *** then anything to me. However it sets you a part from your competition. We use them for Prom packages for the king and queen dance. Once dance for 5 minutes. $20 in dry ice and a **** ton of prep work for 5 mins. HOWEVER, the effect is priceless and cannot be replicated. the WOW effect is amazing.
When you're not going to be able to sell it for a real profit, then it had better be a large value add. Anytime I figure something that I think will really add value, but that clients won't regularly pay for, I fold it into my regular setup options and raise my rates.
How much hassle and cost would there be after the initial $700-$1000 outlay? Wouldn't $200 get you a healthy 20% and let you clear around $100 for a first year offer to generate interest?
I understand passing. I love the idea of dual TVs on totems, but have decided that the PIA isn't worth the margin, which, for me, would be pretty similar to your nimbus situation.
I was thinking that I'd also be able to use it as an incentive for booking at a Bridal Show, a giveaway prize at a Bridal Show (requires booking us), or even a value-add for booking our DJ & Photobooth package. Currently I offer a discount for booking both services.
I read about using the 2 110 outlets, however, I don't know how many of my venues will have 220 readily available.
I contacted a local vendor to express my interest in the Nimbus, he's trying to steer me to a similar unit by Antari. I thought the whole benefit of the Nimbus was that it's dry ice and water, thus no issue with smoke detectors. The Antari uses ice or dry ice and then a fog fluid. It sounds like the Antari unit is a fog machine and chiller in one. Since it uses a fluid, not water, I'd be more leery of this with smoke detectors. Does anyone have experience with either of these units? If so, is setting off the smoke detector an issue?
The Antari isn't a dry ice machine but a fogger that blows hot fog across a bin of ice...... The fog rises once it gets up to room temperature.
I personally don't use the Nimbus but have the UltraTech 'dry-icer'. It uses a single circuit and I highly recommend dry-ice pellets. The effect is amazing and I'm getting more and more calls for it. Dry ice here is about $1.00/lb and I normally pick up 40 lbs. My biggest problem is most of the suppliers are closed on Saturdays until May so I have to pick up 40 lbs or pellets and two 10lb blocks to keep it overnight.
Our local DJ association did a side-by-side of the Nimbus vs. UltraTech dry-icer at our June 2013 meeting. It was held outdoors at poolside. Both units produced nearly identical results in the end. The output from the UltraTech is faster, thicker and it ran nearly 3 minutes longer on an equivalent amount of pellets. The Nimbus is slightly smaller in physical size but kept up very well once it got going. The differences could've been the result of the hot water temperature but we didn't have a thermometer to check that. All in all, either unit will deliver the desired results and neither will set off a smoke detector. CO2 stays down on the floor and as it warms it just disappears from view. On the down side ..... WARNING: If you have small children in the area, please keep them upright and out of the fog. DO NOT allow them to lay down in the fog layer ...... CO2 IS NOT a breathable atmosphere!