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Orion - Electronic Perpetual Motion
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The lack of an on-off switch is a problem. It is noisy and I don't want to leave the battery in all the time. On the other hand, I don't want to keep taking the battery in and out as it uses a 9-volt battery and those connectors break easily. So I finally settled for leaving the battery out and just doing what I did all those years ago --- I just hit it with my finger whenever I get the urge to play with it. (That's fine by me. A Newton's cradle only works when you manually start the balls.) Honestly, the noise of this would drive me crazy if I had to listen to it all the time.
This is the exact same quality as I recall from the store. No, it's not a heavy duty toy. The three rings are metal as is the one top ball. The large central ball and the two black balls are plastic as is the stand.
But it's as mesmerizing to watch and to play with as it was all those years ago.
There were no instructions, so I had to tinker with it to figure out how the various parts went together. (That isn't a huge deal, but I'm just letting potential customers know.) Until I noticed a couple tiny holes that allowed two half circle shaped pieces together, I was afraid it was broken. FYI, Amazon's box was packed with the usual air bags for cushioning, but the small box that the Orion came in was not - the various pieces were just tumbling around in there against one another.
Most of the parts are cheap plastic. If you look closely, you can see where the plastic leaked out of the molds. You will want to be very careful with it, because the silver painted plastic arms seem especially fragile. My 6 year old would break this thing in less than 3 seconds, even if he was trying to be careful.
Probably the bigger complaint is that it doesn't work. The unit I received must be different than what others have received, because the base has room for four (4) AA batteries rather than the 9 volt battery others have said it uses. But that doesn't matter, because the batteries do not affect the behavior of the device. I've tested it with and without the batteries, and it is the same either way. (And yes, the batteries are brand new, and I double-checked to make sure they were correctly oriented.) The only way this thing moves is if I flick it with my fingers. The magnets bring it to a sharp stop at the bottom, but the inner rings will move for a couple rotations before they stop.
I probably should send it back, but it didn't come with a return slip or anything. I didn't expect it to be great, but it definitely was a waste of $10.
Pros: Its cool to watch
Cons: cheap metal, cheap plastic and its loud.
Overall: 7 out of 10
Firstly, the product I received differs slightly from the photo shown. The stand on which the Orion is supposed to rest on, when fitted in properly, is too low. The moving part drops and rests directly on the base. There is literally no possible way to get it to swing back and forth without it dragging and scraping against the base. I've tried not pressing the stand in all the way in the hope that the additional height would raise it off the base but instead the stand either spreads open wider and the same thing happens or the entire Orion falls off the stand completely. So far I've managed to get it off the base by wedging torn pieces of cardboard beneath the raised stand to stabilize it. Though I assure you it ruins the aesthetic.
Secondly, the outer ring is made of a cheap plastic material unlike the inner rings which are made of metal. The inner 2 rings fit perfectly together however they constantly fall out from the outer ring when put together. You have to keep reattaching it and crossing your fingers in the hope that it won't fall apart again (which it does).
Finally, this or at least the one that was sent to me does NOT use a 9V battery. It uses 4 AA batteries. Additionally even with the batteries in and the Orion sufficiently raised it does not remain in motion for very long (30 seconds if I'm being generous).
Overall, I was extremely disappointed in this product. I went to a local mall and ended up buying another one that looks exactly like the one I thought I was getting. It works perfectly and isn't made of the cheap plastic this is made of and it wasn't much more expensive.Read more ›
Looks great on my desk.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Junk! Plastic crap that doesn't work! It falls apart just sitting there.Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
I only gave it one star because I had to in order to write a review. The pieces weren't the same as in the photo and didn't fit together correctly. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
It's made of plastic that is not durable and it requires battery's when the seller is advertising propetual motion machinePublished 1 month ago by Marcia Daigle
This is a Cheap product made in China uses 4 AA batteries less than a month ; once the batteries are low the movements stop, waste of money.Published 1 month ago by B. P. Bilimoria