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8 thoughts on “$40 Plasma Ball = $200 Worth Of Fun!”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars elektroqtus says:

    Keep it on forever. They're also very relaxing to just stare off into. And for the shock of HV, Aaawe how sweet ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Šโ˜บ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ™‚. ๐Ÿ˜ You're gonna be OK. I got slammed with 25 KV 2nd anode on a 25 inch crt television. 6 Inch spark! Grouded to uhf antenna terminal. 300 ohm at uhf, 0 at direct current. I guess I should have or could have actually died that day in the 1980's. I'm alive to text you!!!! That's a sign that we have a story or two in order for exchange.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gary XHLC says:

    Fancier models of globe use a VFO and give you a potentiometer to adjust the output frequency, which changes the behavior of the plasma somewhat. I have a friend who hacks globes. He's even looked into creating gas mixtures and doing a fill, he is a chemist by avocation (formerly in the pyrotechnics business) but he doesn't really have the capability to manage the gases.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paul Zap says:

    A plasma ball was the first gift my wife bought me and it still works!
    Back in 1988 at Spencers Gift in the mall. My wife saw me mesmerized by one of those plasma balls.
    (Than again anything shiny fascinated me as a young adult – LOL) I've grown since then. I'll always cherish it.
    Thanks for tearing one down so I didn't have to!

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Combless Man says:

    We had one of these on a side table for years. It was set to activate with sound so every time this big beast would bark the globe would fill with electric fingers. However, nothing lasts forever.
    Probably three years later it sorta died. It would only produce tiny little strands of electricity when touched and they were very dim. I am guessing the gas was exhausted. Might get a replacement.

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars TheTrueVoiceOfReason says:

    "That'll make a nice hat."
    I hear Jughead is looking for one. ๐Ÿ˜

    I think I paid around $80 for mine way back in the mid to late 80's from that big electronics dealer of the time. Still works after all these years. None of this adapter baloney, plug it straight into the wall.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Edward Smith says:

    Heyyyyy, It's Fran-In the lab love the intro then please add "SCIENCE! SCIENCE! SCIENCE!!! FRANNNNN!!! STOP BREAKING RULES!!!
    PRETTY TABLE CANDLES!!! FORGET ABOUT THE PREPAID SPACE TRIP-I COULD SIT HERE ALL DAY AND TRIP OUT ON THIS BALL!!! LOLLLLL!!! SCIENCE! SCIENCE! SCIENCE!!! I want to see you take that ball into space then you will have a "Spaceball" lol!!!

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeffrey Nichols says:

    I have one sitting next to my TV that's been running for the past six months. Unfortunately it has slowly been changing. The plasma discharge inside is becoming much less energetic and more diffuse. It is slower and not as "wiggly" I don't know if it's a gas inside changing somehow or something slowly going wrong with the electronics. But it was $5 bucks at the thrift store.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Cowen says:

    @Fran Blanche Uh, Fran, I hate to point out the obvious, but those comparatively massive solder lugs which lead to the series of diodes is actually the power jack, not the microphone. You got the board reversed when you flipped it over.

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