Fascinations Top Secret
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- Fascinations designs product to illustrate many magical aspects of our world
- Spin this unique top on its base and watch it continue for hours, sometimes days without stopping
- The "Top Secret" consists of a spinning top with a radically oriented magnetic field and an associated base that houses a conductive coil
- Its changing magnetic field induces a current in the coil which momentarily opens the switch to the battery resulting in powering up the electromagnet
- One 9 volt battery can last for over a week of continual use
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Fascinations Top Secret
Fascinations Top Secret is a mechanical toy that offers lots of imaginative fun. Spin this baffling top on its base and watch it spin for hours on end without stopping. The device works on the theory of electromagnetic power to render torque and speed to the top. As a result, it can run with just one 9 volt battery, which provides for over a week of continuous fun.
Why You'll Love It: Give it a spin: it's fun you won't soon forge.
Age: 3 years and up
- Spinning top has a radically oriented magnetic field
- Associated base houses a conductive coil
- Changing magnetic field induces a current in the coil that momentarily opens the switch to the battery resulting in powering up the electromagnet
- Battery may last for over a week of continual use
Recommended Ages:3 and up
From the Manufacturer
TOP SECRET Spin this mysterious top on its base and watch it continue for hours upon hours without stopping. The ultimate desktop conversation piece. So how does it work? That is TOP SECRET Item Dim. 3.5”R x 2.5”L. Designed to illustrate many magical aspects of our world, Fascinations products will cause you to react with amazement and ask "What makes that work?" or "How is that possible?" By working with engineers, scientists, magicians and most importantly, kids young and old, Fascinations is proud to bring you the best in truly unique toys and gifts.
Top customer reviews
Amazon replaced it. Great return policy!
Another typical Chinese product. No quality control and no testing. But read on......
I got the new one and it also didn't work. I checked the 9 volt battery and it was totally dead. They ship the thing with the battery connected. (The first battery was also connected, but good). There is no switch, so there must be "some" draw on the battery but I don't know exactly how this works, so I'm not sure about battery draw. I think it uses battery power through induction, but only when the top is spinning, but that's a guess. Inside there's just a battery connected to a coil.
So...I put in a new battery, popped it together, and it worked for about 5 minutes. Tried numerous times and although it worked, it only worked a few minutes at a time. So, I checked the bottom and it looked like the 2 sections were still not completely snapped together (like the first one). You can get them to mate, but they won't stay together long.
The makers really need to work on that closure. The thing is fairly precise. If the 2 parts of the case do not mate properly, the top of the coil will not be up far enough up for it to interact with the magnet properly inside the top section.
How I fixed it:
I put 4 little dabs of paper glue between the mating surfaces of the base top & bottom. That kind of glue is not permanent on plastic, and does not react with the plastic and it peels right off when you want to open the thing up to change the battery. The dried glue pops right off with a toothpick. You could possibly also use Elmer's or wood glue. The glue is very weak on plastic, so try not to bump this thing or it will pop apart easily.
Note: DON'T use epoxy or other glue like that. You won't be able to get it apart to change the battery.
Next, with the thing upside down, glued and mated, I put a heavy weight on it and let it dry, upside down, overnight.
The next day, I removed the weight and flipped it over, spun the top, and it took off. It's been running for 2 days now.
Fascinating, but I'm gonna have to stop it. It's kinda in the way where it is and I need to move it.
1. The table you have it on should be level.
2. Use simple paper or wood glue to keep the bottom attached.
3. The thing is very easy to start. Just give it a light spin and it will go.
If you try to spin it too hard, it will be unstable and either wobble out of control or jump off the base.
Hope this helps you.
It works much as I remembered the one I saw 40 years ago. However, I find it quite noisy. Definitely not something you would want to leave running for very long in a quiet household or quiet office environment.
There are a few different "patterns of spin" the top can get into. One is a triangular pattern very close to the center. Another is a circular pattern where it also hugs the center of the platform. When in one of these center patterns, the top will spin very fast and probably continue to spin for days unless you stop it yourself or the battery runs out. Another "mode of operation" is when the top randomly spins around on the entire platform surface. This (to me) is much more interesting behavior and is also quieter than the center-based spin patterns. This "random pattern" is often not nearly as stable however with the top ceasing to spin usually within 15 minutes up to a couple of hours or so.
While I don't think this item has any real "lasting value", for the (approximate) $10 that I paid for it, I'm definitely getting my money's worth.
Most recent customer reviews
Great trick my kids loved it.