It’s all in the bearings. However a fidget spinner may look externally, and however heavy it may be, what really determines how well one will work is whether it has the proper bearings. There are a few types of bearings in fidget spinners that are organized in various ways, so let’s look at the most popular ones and find out how they work. We also investigated the impact that the bearings have on the spin time of your fidget spinner.
The number of bearings in a fidget spinner will directly affect how well and how long your fidget spinner will spin for. The fewer bearings you have in your spinner, the harder it is for them to effortlessly rotate, and hence there’s a build-up of friction that will lead them to slow down and stop. Too many bearings though and friction could also be created. Ultimately, friction is always going to be a problem to come degree, so ensuring that your spinner is clean and lubricated is important.
In addition, the material of your finger spinner is going to affect the spin time that you’re getting. Cheap ABS plastic spinners aren’t balanced enough to give you more than 60 seconds of spinning, but a metal spinner such as the Rotablade Stubby can triple if not quadruple that. Although even with those, you’ll still have to keep your spinner clean!
There are two main types of finger spinner bearings: ceramic bearings and ball bearings. After some experimentation, we concluded that the ceramic bearings were the best for a few reasons. Firstly, the ceramic bearings contributed to a freely spinning spinner that didn’t pick up dirt and dust as much as the ball bearings did. Moreover, the ball bearings were a bit more susceptible to friction.
Much depends on having good finger pads on your spinner, as these will allow you to fit the spinner steadily between your fingers so it doesn’t get off balance. Furthermore, the design of the spinner is important. A compact design will not leave the bearings on show, hence reducing the chance of dirt getting in.
Smooth bearings also contribute to quietness while spinning, which is why the more expensive, better crafted finger spinners . Hence, if you do make the decision to invest in a high-end finger spinner, you’re going to have the best bearings, organized in an appropriate way to maximize the spinning potential.
We briefly mentioned the dirt that can accumulate, and while all finger spinners are going to have some problems with becoming gritty and slowing down, the best spinners aren’t going to cause you as many issues. Protecting the bearings should be your primary concern when cleaning the device, so whether you choose to apply an alcohol-based spray or soak your spinner, be sure that whatever you’re cleaning with isn’t corrosive and won’t damage your bearings, as there’s no way of fixing them if you break them.
Hopefully this has enlightened you on bearings, and will help you to make an informed decision when you buy.