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Plasma 360

3.8 out of 5 stars 476 customer reviews
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  • Dramatic display of light inside of the hand blown glass sphere
  • Electrical bolts at your fingertips!
  • Interactive light show
  • Place you finger on the glass surface and watch as colored bolts of glowing light follow your every move
  • AC adapter included
  • With super large 8" glass sphere it can be viewed from any angle
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Product Description

Plasma 360 creates an amazing light show - from any angle! A little bit of science, a little bit of art, and a whole lot of cool! Plasma 360 is simply the ultimate interactive light show. Blending specially formulated inert gases, Plasma 360 creates a dramatic display of light inside a hand-blown glass sphere! Fascinating to watch, this light is even more fun to play with! Just place your fingers on the glass surface and watch as colored bolts of glowing light follow your every move. You can actually "feel" the energy as the light gently tickles your fingertips! Featuring a super-large 8" glass sphere, the Plasma 360 can be viewed from any angle, and comes complete with its own AC power adapter and unique designer base that compliments any room. AC powered adapter included.

From the Manufacturer

Can You Imagine presents Plasma 360. A little bit of science, a little bit of art, and a whole lot of cool. Plasma 360 is simply the ultimate interactive light show. Blending specially formulated inert gases, Plasma 360 creates a dramatic display of light inside a hand-blown glass sphere. Fascinating to watch, this light is even more fun to play with. Just place your fingers on the glass surface and watch as colored bolts of glowing light follow your every move. You can actually "feel" the energy as the light gently tickles your fingertips. Featuring a super-large 8" glass sphere, the Plasma 360 can be viewed from any angle and comes complete with its own AC power adapter and unique designer base that compliments any room. AC powered adapter included.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 13 inches ; 4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B000096RGH
  • Item model number: 3310
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 12 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,626 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (476 customer reviews)
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I'm no expert on plasma balls - I've seen some at department stores that I thought were rather small and which had somewhat unimpressive light displays. I've found products online that are big and which appear to have dazzlingly bright displays (these are usually a couple hundred bucks). This one boasted an 8-inch globe, with good display, for a reasonable price. It came very well packed, and when I put it on the table I didn't get that "this looks kinda small" feeling. The 8-inch size (a tad smaller than a soccer ball) is a plus for this product when you consider its price. So I'm plugging in the adaptor and thinking the trade-off for the price will be that the display will be weak. We were in our dining room in the daytime with quite a bit of light coming in the window nearby. I hit the switch on the base and it lit up with lots of dancing red tendrils - not stunningly bright but clearly visible. Very much, if not exactly like, the picture on this site. My first impression was that I had absolutely gotten my money's worth. I looked at my two boys and they were smiling ear to ear as they touched the glass and caused the tendrils to converge on their fingertips and become brighter.

Later, the room was lit up with the usual indoor lights, though there was no daylight coming through the window. In these conditions, the tendrils were a little brighter, with a little more reddish-purple color, and more clearly defined. I switched off the overhead light and its display really stood out. There was ambient light from the adjacent living room, but the ball really looked bright and the tendrils were lit up really well. Very cool looking and 500 percent better than anything I had seen at the department stores (of course those are under those very bright flourescent store lights).
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There are many different brands of plasma balls to be found on Amazon. I did the smart thing and purchased one of the best kinds that I could. This by far is one of the most impressive light shows I have ever seen. I am more interested in seeing plasma bolts jump and attack my fingers, then to see a stupid walking, talking, beeping, blinking, bleeping robot!

Some of you might be thinking about purchasing a smaller one to save money, take my advice, don't. Trust me on this, once you get this 8" ball, you will be glad you did. And keep in mind you are still saving money, cause years ago these things cost between $100 to $200 dollars. You don't believe me how beautiful and cool this thing is? Just watch the video! :-)

UPDATE NOV, 19 2010

I just wanted to let you all know that my plasma ball has officially already died! I only put a total of 3-hours on it at the most. I now give this product a 1 out of 5.
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This was a gift for my 10-year old stepson. It looks a little different than the one in the picture but it's still stylish and works great!

The globe itself if 8" in diameter and has a central electrode inside that emits the lighted "plasma" arcs.

As far as being an educational toy, it's fantastic because it gives a pretty hands-on display of the 4th state of matter, which is plasma. You can't get a better display of plasma than this, other than looking at a neon sign or telescope pictures of neublas or solar flares.

It works by charging special inert gases and noble gases (neon, xenon or krypton) in a vacuum inside the sphere with high frequency (30,000+ hertz, household AC current is 60 hertz), high voltage (2,000+volts) DC electrical current from a transformer in the base. The electric charge comes out of the electrode and excites the gases' electrons and causes them to illuminate as plasma filaments eminating from the center electrode. The filments reach out from the source to touch the glass sphere, which acts like an insulator to block the current from coming out.

When you touch it with your hand (the body is conductive and has good resistance) the high frequency electromagnetic field (flourescent tubes also have this) around the sphere is altered and a single filament of plasma forms from the inner electrode and flows to the contact point.

Now, these are fascinating things, but the physics that makes them work also makes them a little dangerous. The high frequency electromagnetic field surrounding the sphere can cause problems with other electronic devices. It can cause electromagnetic interference, put stress on delicate electronic components, or even damage circuits.
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The item does exactly as it says and is very fascinating for kids. A fun learning tool. It is a bit delicate and feels like it weighs mere ounces. As long as it is kept on a table or shelf it is fine. Kids should not walk around with it to avoid an accident. It's not the type of toy they can take on the bus to show off at school unless packaged very, very well. One other point is when you try to surround the ball with as much of your hands and arms all at once, you will feel a slight shock. Kids should only use their finger tips. The looks of amazement over the tiny bolts of lightning following their fingers around are spectacular. Very cool toy, just very delicate.
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