I read in the faq that you can clean the powerball either with high pressure or with a hot water bath. I understand that this concerns the normal powerball, but does it include the ones with the lights as well? I can imagine that the leds can get damaged once they get soaked, so I was wondering if you should even think about doing that.
Hope to get a reply soon! Cheers for the wonderfull product though, but it's just not was smooth as it was out of the box anyway..
You are quite right - the faq for cleaning only applies to the 250Hz models and not the versions with lights.
In truth, there really is no substitute for taking the little guys apart in a vise from time to time and giving them a good cleaning out inside!
Either that or make sure you keep a good grip on your Powerball as the rotor spins. My own Powerball has been sitting on the desk here for the past 8 months or so and gets about 15 minutes use at high speeds each day - in that time, it has still remained smooth and silent as from the day it was removed from the box all simply because it is never allowed to spin unsupported at any time. (Meaning that it is firmly gripped in my hand during the spin and while slowing down so that it the outer sphere is never allowed to resonate in sympathy with the inertia being generated by the rotor inside).
Keep in mind that the rotor operates with a 2.5mm up/down movement to allow for optimum friction between the rotor support band and the inner sphere - (this 'friction' is what allows you to build speed in the first place). This up/down movement on the other hand, means that if you don't keep the sphere gripped firmly in your hand at all times, it will resonate in sympathy with the inertial forces generated and the inner support band will take a 'beating' each time you use the ball and shed tiny plastic fragments into the cavity that it resides in, causing your silky smooth and silent new powerball to become noisy and rough over time...moral of the story? hold your Powerball firmly at all times!
Hope this helps, Regards Rory
it seems that i did the wrong thing, i didn't understand the "important notice" in the box and i let my powerball slow down on a piece of clothes on a table... now it makes noise and i can't get higher than 2500rpm!
please, don't tell me it's definitely broken, it's so expensive! what can i do??
thanx in advance...
Sounds odd Joe - ingested fibres will make a little difference to the performance but will never slow it to only 2.5K.
I recommend you have a quick scout through the faq's on the site which deal extensively with this subject and see how you fare - you are welcome to send it back to us for a quick repair if all else fails.
Hope you are successful soon.