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Cleaning and Fixing your Fidget Spinner

If you have a fidget spinner you’ll know just how satisfying they can be and just how good a toy they can be to pass the time. However, over time, you may find that your finger spinner loses its edge a bit, and that you need to either give it a good clean or make some running repairs to get it back working at maximum speed. These tips will get you on your way.

 

How to Clean
When you first buy your fidget spinner, the first thing you appreciate is just how quickly it spins. But with use comes wear and tear and the speed will begin to deteriorate, which also means it won’t spin for anywhere near the same length of time – you won’t notice it from use to use, but over an extended period it makes a big difference.

This is usua
lly caused by a build-up of dirt, grease or other particles, and it’s essential that you keep it from accumulating, as it will be harder to clean out if you don’t. Perhaps the most effective way of cleaning the bearing in your fidget spinner is to saturate it in warm water and soap, allowing it to soak – mixing in some citrusy juice can be helpful too. Once soaked for 15 minutes or so, thoroughly dry your bearing and give it a spin. If your spinner still isn’t at optimum speed, repeat the process.

Rubbing in lubricant is another great way of cleaning your finger spinners. However, while lubricants are a good way of speeding up your spinner, as perhaps you would expect, you have to be careful which ones you use, as the bearing is going to be in contact with your skin often and you don’t want it to be an irritant. Hence, use water-based lubricants to clean your fidget spinner.

 

How to Repair
Repairing your finger spinner is sometimes a more time-consuming process. A general fault is your bearing becoming loose – for your spinner to work properly, there needs to be a tight fit. Try adding a little tape to the bearing if you have this problem, some experimentation may be required.

If your fidget spinner has always been slow, then it’s probably not dirty but needs to be loosened up. A good way to do this is to soak your bearing in a harsher substance such as paint thinner as a lubricant. This will reduce the friction inside the finger spinner and enable you to get the most out of your toy. Lubricants work because they help to separate the metals within the bearing so that they do not touch each other.

Depending on which fidget spinner you buy, your product may come with a warranty, so be certain to exercise that if you have the chance.

To eliminate, or at least reduce the repairs you have to make, ensure you purchase a high-quality finger spinner in the first place which has received great reviews – the initial investment will pay dividends in the long run.

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What Types of Fidget Spinners are there?

Not all fidget spinners are made equally. While they all ultimately serve the same purpose, different finger spinners use different materials, for both the spinner and the bearing. These materials have their advantages and disadvantages, and hence come at different costs. Let’s assess the qualities of these materials, and determine which are best.

Fidget toys started off as a crowd-funded project and now there are a few companies are taking them really seriously and producing some high-quality products. One of the leaders in the industry are Torqbar, who make a variety of metal spinners – currently they sell steel, titanium, copper and brass spinners. Fidget spinners made out of these materials are superior to their counterparts for a few reasons. Firstly, they operate super quietly, so you can happily play with them anywhere.

 

They are also very equally balanced which helps them to spin more smoothly and for longer. In addition, the bearings inside of the Torqbar spinners are placed very specifically to ensure they spin freely and don’t slow down over time.

The design is undoubtedly going to be a key part of your decision when it comes to choosing a fidget spinner and, while picking the spinner with the best-performing materials is important, there shouldn’t be an exact science in your choice – you should like the look of your spinner and enjoy holding it since you’re going to be fidgeting with it a lot.

 

Many of the mid-priced fidget spinners on sale are made out of wood. From an aesthetical perspective, these are possibly the classiest and most professional looking of all fidget spinners – they make a nice addition to an office desk. They have solid usability – tending to be lighter than the metal models – and, providing they are taken care of, offer good spinning time. Moreover, like metal spinners, wooden fidget spinners are long-lasting devices.

Fidget spinners come in a few different designs, with anywhere from one to three bearings in a spinner commonplace. It’s purely personal preference, but do remember that you may have a bit more trouble spinning spinners with more bearings, simply because the toy is bigger – it’s especially worth remembering this if you have small hands.

 

Many of the cheaper fidget spinners on the market are 3D printed and made out of classic. These are popular because they are cheaper than many other of the fidget spinners out there. However, what you make up for in price, you can lose out a little bit in quality. 3D printed fidget spinners tend to be a little louder than others and aren’t quite as durable. That said, they are the perfect type of spinner for people who want a route into fidget spinning, before spending more on a top-of-the-range spinner.

 

Fidget spinners are still a fresh concept so expect to see much progress in their designs in the future. Since going on sale, they have garnered broad and positive appeal, with nearly everyone who gets one admitting how addictive and fun they are.