Ender 3 (Pro & V2 & Neo & S1) Max Bed Temperature – Explained

As bed heating plays a critical role in ensuring that the first layer of your print adheres to the build plate without issues and doesn’t end up peeling off due to the sudden drop in temperature (warping), having an idea of how high your Ender 3’s heated bed temperature can go is a vital step when picking up a new type of filament for printing.

In this guide, we will explain the temperature limits of the Ender 3 heated bed, take you through the filament types you can print with your Ender 3’s stock heated bed, and discuss whether a heated bed upgrade is necessary for an Ender 3.

What Is the Maximum Bed Temperature of an Ender 3 (Pro & V2 & Neo & S1)?

For all the Ender 3 models, including the Ender 3 S1, the default maximum bed temperature value defined in the stock firmware is 110 degrees Celsius, which the heated bed of an Ender 3 can reach without any problems.

Even though you will find that the maximum bed temperature value advertised for all Ender 3 models (except for Ender 3 S1 Pro) is 100 degrees Celsius on the Creality website, we can see that the actual maximum temperature the heated bed of an Ender 3 can reach is 110 degrees Celsius once we look at the firmware source code published by Creality for the Ender 3 V2, where we can quickly calculate the maximum usable bed temperature by subtracting the BED_OVERSHOOT value from the BED_MAXTEMP value.

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Additionally, even though we don’t use the stock firmware on our Ender 3 V2 Neo, we can also confirm that it’s possible to bring the bed temperature value up to 110°C through the LCD controller on our 3D printer, which allows us to verify that the limit is indeed not 100°C as advertised on the Creality website.

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Finally, one last thing we would like to mention regarding the maximum bed temperature capabilities of an Ender 3 is a rumor regarding the heated bed losing its magnetic capabilities over temperatures of 80 degrees Celsius, which has been a cause of concern for many Ender 3 users who did not want to end up damaging their heated bed.

As you may predict, there actually is no truth to this rumor (see the video below for a test), meaning that the heated bed of an Ender 3 can easily handle 110 degrees Celsius without any issues and that you can feel free to utilize the full extent of your 3D printer’s heated bed without worry.


Which Filaments Can You Print with the Stock Heated Bed of an Ender 3 (Pro & V2 & Neo & S1)?

The best thing to do to put things into perspective and find out what the heated bed of an Ender 3 is actually capable of is to take a look at the list of filaments where the stock heated bed will be enough, as the temperature value by itself doesn’t say a whole lot without anything to compare it to.

With a maximum bed temperature value of 110 degrees Celsius, the heating capabilities of the stock Ender 3 heated bed will technically be sufficient for printing PLA, PETG, ABS, TPU, Nylon, HIPS, and PVA (and their Carbon Fiber variants) without any issues, and even though you will need upgrades in different areas for some of these filaments, whether it’s an all-metal hotend or an enclosure, the print bed won’t require any modifications.

For instance, even though the recommended bed temperature range for printing with Nylon filament is around 60 degrees Celsius to 90 degrees Celsius, which the heated bed of a stock Ender 3 can easily handle, the fact that the hotend temperatures required can go up to 270 degrees Celsius means that it would practically be impossible to print Nylon on your Ender 3 without replacing the stock hotend with an all-metal one.

How Necessary Is a Heated Bed Upgrade for an Ender 3 (Pro & V2 & Neo & S1)?

With the list of filaments that the stock heated bed can handle in mind, we can say that a heated bed upgrade for an Ender 3 will practically never become a necessity for a successful print (unless you’re trying to print something like PEEK on your Ender 3 for fun).

That being said, if you do frequently print with filaments requiring temperatures toward the higher end of what the stock Ender 3 heated bed can supply, whether it’s ABS or ASA, switching to a more powerful heated bed, while not necessary, can definitely be a worthy upgrade to have at hand for two reasons.

First, a more powerful heated bed will heat up noticeably faster compared to the stock heated bed of your Ender 3, and considering that you will practically end up maxing the temperature out when printing with filaments such as ABS and ASA, which in turn will cause the stock heated bed to take a while to heat up to the target temperature, you will end up saving plenty of time in the long run with a heated bed upgrade.

Second, an upgraded heated bed will do a better job at distributing the heat evenly throughout the build area, which will come in especially handy in cases where you’re dealing with large prints that take up the majority of the available space, where uneven heating can become a problem that creates layer adhesion and warping problems that drastically reduce the quality of your prints.

So, while your Ender 3 won’t require a heated bed upgrade for practically any filament type you’re planning to print with – this doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s nothing you will gain from upgrading the heated bed either, which is definitely something to keep in mind if you’re looking to improve your Ender 3 through modifications.

Conclusion

With a maximum temperature of 110°C, the heated bed of your Ender 3 will be more than enough to print any commonly-used filament, whether it’s PLA, PETG, ABS, or TPU, without requiring any modifications on that front.

On the other hand, if you need to print filaments that require higher bed temperatures, such as Polycarbonate (which would require a few other upgrades along with the heated bed), or would like the print bed to heat up faster and more evenly, you can always upgrade your Ender 3’s heated bed, just like any other component.