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A Comprehensive Guide to Hand Spinner Bearings

The fidget spinner boom is totally unprecedented and it’s been mindboggling to see a previously non-existent toy become a worldwide sensation within the space of a few months. It’s helped to get many entrepreneurs onto the business scene and for those who used to make bearings for other purposes, such as skateboarding, it’s been a dream come true.

Without a quality bearing though, you’re going to be left wanting with your fidget spinner. Thankfully, our guide is going to get you informed, so that you know what you’re looking for when you go to buy a fidget spinner.


What is a fidget spinner bearing?
Bearings were originally made for skateboards and roller-skating before fidget spinners came about, connecting the axle to the wheel. But now, bearings are the crucial part in ensuring that a fidget spinner is a success.

The bearing is made up of a big ring and a small ring, which encase ball-bearings – different bearings have more or fewer balls. The ball bearings race around in a racer and are held at various points by the cage.

All bearings will have the features specified above, but some will also have shielding, which has its upsides and downsides.

Bearings with no shielding are ideal at first because there’s nothing on the bearing that can slow the balls down, therefore helping to achieve fast and long spins. However, the exposure of an unshielded bearing means that it gets dirtier more quickly as particles and lint sneak in, adversely affecting spin time, meaning you’ll have to clean it more regularly.

Shielding, therefore, helps to keep your fidget spinner bearing in better condition. The best fidget spinner bearings will let you remove the shielding so that you can keep it on when the spinner is not in use and take it off when you’re using it to enhance long-term performance. Not all shielded bearings have this removable feature though, so check to see that the product has “ZZ” in its description before you buy.

While fully sealed bearings sound good in principle as they prevent dirt from getting in, the bad news is that these bearings are often fully-greased when you buy, and since you can’t get in, there’s no way of cleaning them out. If you never plan on carrying out maintenance on your spinner, though, they might be for you.

The ball bearings roll between the rings, leaving the rings to move on their own. It’s this process which allows the fidget spin to spin.

There are a number of different bearings out there that you can use with your fidget spinners. The most common ones available are R188 and 608 bearings, but we’re also starting to see more 606 bearings come on to the market. Each have their advantages and disadvantages and we’re going to assess those below. Furthermore, we’ll show you which bearings some of the most prominent fidget spinners use.

 

Which bearing is best?
The popular consensus is that the R188 bearing is superior to all others, but that only applies if you’re seeking long spin times. Why does the R188 offer better spin times than the others? The dimensions play a big role, with the R188 diameter almost 10mm smaller than the 608, measuring just 12.7mm. With fidget spinners typically being small- as many people want them as every day carry (EDC) items – the smaller bearings are preferable as this allows the body of the spinner to be maximized, without the spinner being oversized. Small bearings and more mass are conducive to longer spin times. The R188 bearings are sold in thicknesses of 1/8 inch and 3/16 inch.

The balls in the R188 bearings are smaller than those in the 608 bearings and therefore the friction and resistance when the balls go along the races is much less. Hence, the spin time will be longer than that with a 608.

However, if R188 bearings were without fault, then we wouldn’t see any other bearings. So what’s not quite up to scratch with the R188? As you may know, cleaning bearings can be very difficult, and the smaller set-up of the R188 makes it even harder to clean than normal. Moreover, because the bearing is smaller, the likelihood of it wobbling is higher. 608 bearings are more stable and subsequently the spin quality is generally better, even if it isn’t as long – those who like to fidget a lot will probably go for a 608 bearing. R188 bearings are also usually more expensive.


How to convert a 608 bearing into an R188
The good news about 608 bearings is that with a bit of nous, they can be converted into R188 bearings. Some companies have developed 608 to R188 adapters which are, essentially, R188 bearings with a little body so that they can snugly fit into a 608-designed fidget spinner. This is awesome as it doesn’t take anything away from the look of your spinner, nor will it affect spin times.

In addition to being able to use both 608 and R188 spinners with 608 spinners, the adapters also allow for easy removal of the R188 bearing, which in turn makes it a little easier to clean. The bearing typically twists off, either to be cleaned or to be replaced by a new one. This ensures that you can have a fidget spinner which spins at optimum performance all of the time.


A few of the 608 adapters on the market
Let’s consider a few of the 608 bearing adapters that are currently on the market.  

One of the best-selling adapters is the #Revcore 608 to 188 bearing core. This one is popular because the bearing can be detached quickly and because it is compatible with a variety of buttons.

The Neo Drive 608 Bearing Adapter System is a pack which comes with the spinner and a 608 to R188 adapter. This spinner uses the nifty cross-slot design in the threaded lid, which lets you remove and reinsert the bearing with a coin in just a few seconds.

Also liked is the Kong 3-in-1 Hand Spinner, a product sold in a package, with the fidget spinner itself, a 608 bearing and an adapted 608 to R188 bearing. Furthermore, the Kong 3-in-1 uses a quality R188 bearing in the 10-ball bearing. You can get the whole set for just $19.99 which really does strike as a bargain.

If your bearings are lubricated, then spin time is going to be drastically reduced, so it’s imperative that you clean them thoroughly before use. We also advise staying away from bearings with rubber seals, as the additional friction is detrimental to spin time. Buying a well-shielded bearing is also a good idea as the extra protection will limit the amount of dirt that gets into the spinner.

Here is a more in-depth look at the pros and cons of each type of bearing.  


Full ceramic bearings

Full ceramic bearings are bearings where everything – the races, the cage and the bearings – are all made out of ceramic. The lighter ceramic, which also happens to be less prone to resistance, is great in getting the longer spin times. Also importantly, ceramic bearings won’t be lubricated when you get them so won’t require cleaning.

Ceramic bearings are, however, rather expensive which is why not everybody uses them. There’s also a couple of different types of ceramic that can be used – zirconium dioxide and silicon nitride.

In a sentence: Ceramic bearings are great for enhancing spin times and come ready for use straight away, they’re just pricier than the rest.


Steel bearings
Steel bearings tend to be much cheaper than ceramic bearings, yet they still provide a good spinning experience. Here, the races, cage and balls are all made of steel. Unfortunately, many tend to come pre-lubricated so will need to be given a clean if you want to extract the most out of your finger spinner. The bearings tend to come pre-lubricated because they haven’t been manufactured for fidget spinning, but for products like skateboards.

 

In a sentence: Steel bearings are ideal as they’re both cheap and easily modified – as long as there’s no permanent shielding – to help promote longer spins.

 

Ceramic hybrid bearings
Ceramic hybrid bearings combine the best qualities of the steel and ceramic bearings into one ultimate bearing. The races are made out of stainless steel to limit friction as much as possible, while the cage and balls are made of ceramic. The lack of resistance in a ceramic hybrid spinners helps to produce extraordinarily long spin times.

In addition, ceramic hybrid bearings also break in over time as the ceramic balls wear into the racer and create an ideal line to race around.

In a sentence: Ceramic hybrid bearings are specially designed for fidget spinners and therefore the best that you can buy – and they’ll only improve with use.

 

Maintaining your fidget spinner bearing
Because of the other primary uses that bearings have had before, not all of the bearings you buy will be in shape for fidget spinner use when you get them, so you’ll need to give them a clean. They also get dirty over time too, so if you use your fidget spinner a lot, then you’re going to have to clean it regardless.

To help remove any lubrication or grease present when you first get your spinner, apply a strong solvent such as rubbing alcohol to oust it. This won’t take long at all and will have an astonishing impact.

You’ll need to be a little careful about which solvent you use as you wouldn’t want to erode any of the bearing, so opt for something mentioned, such as acetone. Wearing gloves is advised if using acetone so it doesn’t get on your skin. Totally detach the bearing from the fidget spinner when you go to clean it so the solvent doesn’t erode any of the spinner itself.


Step-by-step cleaning guide

Step 1: If your fidget spinner bearing comes with a shield, remove it. You can do this with a screwdriver or a dart.

Step 2: Immerse the bearing in your solvent (rubbing alcohol or acetone) and ensure that it gets all in and around the ball bearings. Spin it so the whole bearing is cleaned.

Step 3: It’s now time to dry your bearing. Take it out of the solvent and then blow some hot air onto it, perhaps using a hair dryer. The solvent will naturally evaporate too so this should take just seconds.

Step 4: If your bearing came with shielding then re-attach it.

Hand spinner bearings with metal (steel and ceramic hybrid bearings) may end up rusting over time, which will significantly lower spin times. This can be countered by soaking the bearing in vinegar and then repeating the cleaning process stated above.  


What fidget spinner bearing should I buy?
Each of the three types have their pros and cons. It’s just a case of applying those to your situation.

Obviously, each bearing is ideal for somebody otherwise it wouldn’t exist. A steel bearing is perfect for those who are on a budget and aren’t so bothered about quietness or spin times. If money is no object then why not go all the way and buy a ceramic spinner which will bring those extra minutes. And a ceramic hybrid is great for those somewhere in the middle, and if you don’t mind having to get rid of the grease or lubrication that it may come with.


The best fidget spinner bearings
Here are the best 608, R188 and 606 bearings currently available on the internet.

Replacement 608 Bearings

Bones Reds Steel 608 Bearings – $10 to $19.95
The Bones Red Steel 608s are sold in packs of eights. Their original purpose was for skateboards and subsequently you may get them lubed up. If so, you’ll need to clean them before use.

 

 

Bones Ceramic Super Reds – $58.84
These are certainly expensive bearings but with eight in a pack they’ll keep you going for a while. Frustratingly, you’ll need to clean out these ceramic hybrids before you can use them, but once you do so the payoff is great and the spins are mighty.

 

 

Mini Skater Ceramic Hybrid Premium Bearings – $10.00
These Mini Skater Ceramic Hybrids are nowhere near mini in fidget spinner terms. At $10, each bearing costs $5 and the races are stainless steel. The reviews are mixed on these but with the low price tag it may well be worth the gamble.

 

VXB 608 Full Ceramic Bearings – $9.95 to $14.95
For their price, the VXB 608s are truly great ceramic bearings and will help you to get really impressive spin times out of your fidget spinners. The bearing balls are available in both silicon nitride ceramic and ZrO2 ceramic.


WRM 608 Full Ceramic Bearing – $14.95
The WRM 608s have been designed for fidget spinners and therefore we can expect good performance. They’re made out of full ceramic Zirconium Oxide (ZrO2.

 


Amphetamine Ceramix Silver – $28.08
Amphetamine claim high-precision tooling on these zirconium dioxide bearings. The Ceramix Silver bearings are also oil-free — another example of the out-of-the-box convenience of full-ceramic fidget spinner bearings.


The ceramic is zirconium dioxide and the bearings also come without lubrication – this is superb news for performance. They’re not cheap but a reliable choice at the premium end of the market.


Yellow Jacket 608 Steel Bearings – $14.99
The Yellow Jacket 608s are sold in packs of eight and, like many 608 bearings, were designed to be used with skateboards. These are good bearings and are relatively inexpensive, but they’ll need cleaning too.

 

Yellow Jacket 608 Ceramic Hybrid Bearings – $11.99
Another Yellow Jacket selection, these ceramic hybrid bearings are pricier, costing $11.99 for two, but they’re a solid pick and will serve you well.

 

 

608ZZ Shielded Hybrid Ceramic Bearings – $13.99
These ceramic hybrid bearings from Spin Idol are likeable as the shielding is a direct effort to tackle the prominent issue of bearings getting dirty. You’ll get two bearings for $13.99.

 


TOYOOSKY 608 Full Ceramic Bearings – $14.99
The TOYOOSKY 608s are 7-ball bearings and made out of full ceramic Zirconium. Like the WRM 608s, they’re being sold for use with fidget spinners.

 

 

Ortech Ceramics 608 Hybrid Ceramic Bearing – $21
The Ortech Ceramics 608s are more expensive than many bearings out there but they are high quality. Ortech bearings are also sold in various combinations.

 


Ortech Ceramics 608 Full Ceramic Bearing – $41.85
At $41.85, this Ortech option is very expensive and it’s not imperative that you spend this much to get a good bearing for your fidget spinner. But that considered, such a bearing will help you to reach the ultimate hand spinner experience.

 

Replacement R188 Bearings

Acer Racing R188 Ceramic Bearing – $10.99
The Acer R188 ceramic bearings handily come without lube so you won’t have to clean them before you use them with your fidget spinner. The balls are made out of ceramic nitride.

 


Infinite Spin R188 Hybrid Ceramic Bearing – $5.99
The Infinite Spin R188s are a cheap option at just $5.99 for a pack of three – the cages are nylon and the races are made out of stainless steel.

 

 

Tinuos INC R188 Hybrid Ceramic Bearings – $9.98
You’ll struggle to find a better ceramic hybrid bearing for less than $10 than the Tinuous INC R188s. They come in a 10-ball set-up.

 

 

VXB R188 ZZ Shielded Bearing – $7.88
The VXB R188 ZZ Shielded Bearing is good for those who don’t want to ever have to clean their bearing, as they can just leave it attached, but the removable function will help to improve spin times.

 


Spin Me R188 – $3.99
The Spin ME R188 bearing has been designed for fidget spinner use and is nice and small. This bearing has 10 balls.

 

 

Spinetics Open Stainless Steel R188 Bearing – $3.99
If you’re looking for a budget replacement, then these Open Stainless Steel R188s from Spinetics are a great pick, retailing at just $3.99 each.

 


Hand HQ 10 ball r188 Bearings – $2.50 to $3.50
The Hand HQ 10-ball R188 bearings are sold in stainless steel and ceramic hybrid, costing $2.50 and $.350 respectively.

 


Ortech R188 Full Ceramic – Starting at $51.20
More premium bearings from Ortech, the full ceramic bearing is sold for $51.20, and if you want the silicon nitride bearing, it’s a little over $15 more.

 


One Drop 10 Ball Bearing – $8
The One Drop 10-ball bearing is immensely popular with fidget spinner users thanks to being extremely quiet, making it ideal for office use.

 

 

Terrapin X Type C Bearing – $6.50 to $20
The Terrapin X Type C bearing is usually used for yoyos and can spin for more than three minutes. That bodes well for fidget spinners. You can get your hands on the stainless steel bearing for $6.50, with the full ceramic bearing costing $20.

 


RevSpin Ceramic Hybrid Bearing Si3N4 – $14.99 to $19.99
The cage and races are made of stainless steel while the balls come in silicon nitride ceramic. The 8-ball and 10-ball bearings cost $14.99 and $19.99 respectively.

 

Replacement 606 Bearings

Jecnovo Hybrid Ceramic Bearing – $7.50
The Jecnovo 606 ceramic hybrid bearings are sold in packs of two, and are styled as bearings which have been specifically designed for fidget spinners. Worth a look at $7.50 for the pair.

 


606 Full Ceramic Silicon Nitride Bearing – $26.55
This full ceramic 606 bearing isn’t cheap at $26.55 but should do the job just fine.

 

 

 

Ortech 606 Hybrid Ceramic – Starting at $33
And the high end bearings from Ortech in 606. Starting at $33.
Ortech has a variety of premium ceramic hybrid 606 bearings, beginning at $33. Check them out.

 


Ortech 606 Full Ceramic – Starting at $54.75
Similar to the ceramic hybrids, Ortech also has a collection of high-end full ceramic bearings. These start at $54.75.

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Mechforce Deltacore Aluminum: An excellent, fidget-focused spinner

Developed by: Mechforce
Cost: $50
Bearing used: R188 ceramic hybrid
Spins for: 3 minutes
Dimensions:  2.3 inches x 2.5 inches x 0.7 inches
Type: Tri-spinner
Available in: Aluminum (2.4oz)


Mechforce’s Deltacore Aluminum is a fidget spinner that’s in high demand, as it looks so simply and satisfying. At just $50, this spinner is affordable, yet boasts high quality with a ceramic hybrid bearing and a surprisingly light body (made of aluminum weighing 2.4 oz). Given that the Deltacore is a large model though, the move to use the light aluminum strikes as a clever one. Let’s go over the final details.


Deltacore Design
Having produced a range of products in the past – most notably firearm accessories – the design used in the Deltacore Aluminum is just typical of Mechforce. You have the classic ridges and refined appearance, and this really gives the fidget spinner superiority over others – it’s unique, but in a way familiar. The Deltacore Aluminum is hence one of the freshest and most mechanical looking fidget spinners on the market. It is sold in orange, red, black and silver.

There’s no shying away from it, the Deltacore Aluminum is a big and bulky spinner, measuring 2.3 x 2.5 inches with 0.7-inch thickness. However, while it can be hard to get used to holding and isn’t ideal for smaller hands, this spinner does feel great once you’ve got your fingers around the buttons. The size is not overbearing due to the aluminum body, and if you have trialled the stainless steel Deltacore before and not found joy with it, then you may have more luck here. The rivets all add to the charm of the Deltacore Aluminum and with three slots for tritium inserts, there seems no end as to what you can do with this spinner.  

Everyone has their own little preferences with their hand spinners (which is why we see so many variations) and the Deltacore Aluminum certainly caters to those who are fond of huge buttons. The buttons have a chunky surface area and the concave design allows you to really get your fingers snug and secure, affording you more security and less wobble when you go for those speedy spins. The bearing is situated right in the center of the triangle, and has been shielded appropriately, as to enhance aesthetics and protect performance. The spinner has been hollowed out which makes for a really cool effect when the spinner is in motion, with the triangular part of the spinner almost looking as if it’s spinning on its own.

Unfortunately, the R188 ceramic hybrid bearing is hard to move since it’s kept in place by a retaining clip. The upside of this is that it protects your bearings from dirt and grit, hence keeping performance impressive, but when it finally is time to clean your spinner, you may struggle to get the bearing out.


Spin Performance of the Deltacore Aluminum
The Deltacore Aluminum isn’t your typical fidget spinner and if you’re after a true EDC spinner then you may be frustrated- it’s simply too large to carry comfortably in your pocket. However, that shouldn’t be a deal-breaker, as this finger spinner is perfect for use at home or in the office. Actually spinning it is extremely pleasant and sure to keep you occupied.

Aluminum isn’t the most popular fidget spinner metal, with most companies opting for brass or stainless steel. However, it seems advantageous for a larger spinner to be made out of a lighter material, as it simply makes it a lot easier to stop. If you tend to fidget a lot, rather than just set your spinner off on long spins, then you’ll know that it can sometimes hurt your fingers a little when stopping a heavy spinner. The Deltacore Aluminum, meanwhile, is much easier to stop and flick the other way thanks to that lack of weight. It’s a similar experience as to what you would expect from a titanium spinner, and it’s a perk that shouldn’t be underestimated.

The fidget spinner market has developed quickly and we can already expect much more consistency with the bearings now than we could when they first went on sale – and, as always, if a bearing isn’t up to scratch it can always be replaced. The R188 ceramic hybrid bearing used in the Deltacore Aluminum offers the best of both, with the ceramic balls “wearing in” the steel races over time to improve performance. This fidget spinner is pretty quiet and should be able to deliver spins in excess of three minutes on a regular basis. It’s true that when you hold the buttons when the fidget spinner is motionless they can look a tad unsecure, but those concerns are banished once the spinner is in action, and you’ll be hard pressed to find another large tri-spinner which is as stable.

Mechforce have styled the Deltacore Aluminum to fidget-focused spinners, and this toy is easy to stop, start and reverse the motion. You can try a number of different spins with the Deltacore too thanks to its versatility. There’s a lot to like and experiment with, and the spin quality is as impressive as you could hope for with a $50 spinner.


Conclusion
The Mechforce Deltacore Aluminum fidget spinner is a stand-out pick in its price range. We’ve become accustomed to seeing tri-spinners, but never before have they seemed so light, and this helps to create a unique spinning experience that you perhaps can’t get elsewhere. The design has all of the Mechforce hallmarks and is as modern and stylish a spinner as you’ll find. Do note the size of this spinner once again, however, as it really does suit those with big hands the best. That the bearing is tricky to remove is a pain although not a huge frustration, as with a bit of persistence you’ll be able to get it out to clean.

For those who love huge spinners and revel in fidgeting, the Mechforce Deltacore Aluminum couldn’t come soon enough. Grab it for $49.95.

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2R Designs aim for perfection with the Triax

Developed by: 2R Designs
Cost: $130
Bearing used: R188 10-ball ceramic hybrid
Spins for: 6 minutes
Dimensions:  Diameter: 2.3 inches, Thickness: 0.5 inches
Type: Tri-spinner
Available in: Stainless steel

 

The Triax is a fidget spinner that’s been in high demand since its release but we’ve managed to get our hands on one to test it out. This is a really exciting spinner, and with a price tag of $130, good performance is expected. Developed by 2R Designs, who also came up with the Axiom, the Triax is from a company with an increasing fidget spinner reputation, which only builds the anticipation. Let’s waste no longer and get right into the design, spin performance and other vital aspects of the Triax tri-spinner.


Design
The Triax is a well-designed fidget spinner as you can see from first glance. The edges have all been beautifully refined and there’s a clear attention to detail. None of this is a surprise with 2R Designs, but this hand spinner feels perfect the first time you pick it up, and every time after. The Axiom was a lovely dual bar spinner and the tri-bar Triax has all of those qualities and then some. A neat touch, you get a small tin to keep your fidget spinner in, to avoid it becoming dirty or damaged.

The Triax is only available in stainless steel, unlike many high-end spinners, which tend to offer titanium, brass and aluminum options too. But given the dimensions of the Triax, it seems right that this fidget spinner isn’t at the lighter or heavier end of the scale, but somewhere in the middle. The 2.3-inch diameter ensures that the Triax works well even with those who have small hands. A true EDC item, this fidget spinner is compact and nifty. 2R Designs know what their customers expect, and it’s these additional touches which help to validate the $130 price tag.

The edges on the Triax do admittedly appear rather intimidating but the blades have been smoothed down so they aren’t really sharp – if they were, then the Triax wouldn’t be much fun to spin! In fact, the Triax is easy to stop and start again. While in motion, this fidget spinner is somewhat hypnotic with the spiralling, and as you’d imagine, it’s a real picture when it’s whizzing around at full speed.

The stainless steel buttons are more of the same with a familiar “power button” type design that gives a flattened but concave inner finger grip which is more than adequate to grip the Triax during even the most furious of spins.


How well does the Triax spin?
The Triax is sold with either a fully stainless steel bearing or a ceramic hybrid bearings, allowing the fidget spinner boffins to fine tune their spinner. The ceramic hybrid is arguably the superior bearing, as the balls help to create an optimum path in the steel races, minimizing friction and helping the Triax to get better over time. We’re seeing more and more R188 10-ball bearings at the moment thanks to the near silence that they offer, making them a favorite for office workers.

Whether you love to just fidget with your spinner or extract the longest times possible, the Triax should be the perfect device for you. The design lets you stop the spinner and restart it with no bother, but if you just want to watch your fidget spinner whirl, then a full-power spin should last for a good five minutes – maybe even longer if your hand is steady enough! Some people say that tri-bar spinners are harder to fidget with due to the lack of symmetry, and while they aren’t as easy to play with as the dual-bar spinners, you quickly learn the knack.

The Triax is a very compact device and nowhere is this more apparent than in the buttons, which are fitted right down into the spinner, helping to create unrivalled stability. Hence, when you’re spinning the Triax, you’re getting close to perfect efficiency, which can only be a good thing! The design of the Triax also makes it ideal if you want to perform tricks with it and make cool patterns in the sunlight.


Conclusion
2R Designs have delivered on the Triax’s hype and if you’re familiar with the Axiom, then rest assured that it’s just as good, if not better. This fidget spinner has a glorious design that looks great in motion and still, while the spin performance – helped by the R188 bearing – is second to none. A lot of work has gone into making the Triax a spinner for everyone, and it’s paid off, with the high fidgetability and potential for long spin times. If you’re ready to take your fidget spinning to the next level with a premium toy, then look no further than the Triax.

 

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A Quick Guide to Hand Spinner Buttons

When people think “What makes the perfect fidget spinner?” they usually consider the bearings or the body, not the buttons. But while the design and the performance shown in the body and the bearing is indeed vital, it’s important not to forget the buttons (sometimes referred to as caps) as these are also crucial too – hence why they come in many different shapes and sizes. In this post, we’re going to help uncover what the differences in buttons are, what makes a great fidget spinner button, and take a look at a few popular buttons available online.

 

What are fidget spinner buttons and why are they important?
Hand spinner buttons are just what you’d think they’d be if you were holding a fidget spinner for the first time – they are the pieces on the bottom and top of the spinner that you hold between your fingers. These buttons also cover up the bearing, and help protect it from too much dirt and lint getting in and creating friction. You can either hold the buttons lightly and just let the fidget spinner spin, or take a firmer grasp if you want extra stability for longer spins. So while they’re not integral to performance, if you don’t have good buttons, you cannot achieve maximum efficiency.


Different types of fidget spinner buttons
Let’s see some of the key distinguishers in hand spinner buttons.

How they attach – fidget spinner buttons tend to have a threaded design which allows you to screw the button on, although we are starting to see a few magnetized buttons emerge onto the market

The material – Most commonly, especially with cheaper fidget spinners, the buttons will be made of plastic. Otherwise, the spinners tend to make the buttons out of the same metal that is used to make the body. Cheaper metal spinners tend to have aluminum buttons, and you’ll often see brass and stainless steel buttons with more expensive models.

The bearings they fit –there are a few fidget spinner bearings used by companies, although you’ll see more R188 and 608 bearings than any others. But the variety means that you’ll need specific buttons for specific bearings. It’s vital that your fidget spinner buttons slots snugly into the bearing’s inner race so that it’s stable throughout your spin. Just check before you buy to ensure you don’t end up with the wrong combination!

 


The design –
this one isn’t specific, but each company will design their fidget spinner buttons slightly differently, and naturally some work better than others. Here’s what you should be seeking from a quality button:

  • Large design to guarantee a comfortable fit, even with bigger fingers
  • Are they raised enough from the fidget spinner itself so that there’s no way fingers can come into contact with the body while it’s spinning? The extra height also lets you place the spinner on a flat surface and watch it spin.
  • A really concave design so that you can really get your fingers down into the button. If you’re spinning a metal spinner at high speeds, you want the peace of mind that it’s not going to shoot out of your hand at any given moment.
  • Are the buttons grippy enough to ensure that they do not slip?

Now you know what makes a great fidget spinner button, it’s time to have a glance at some of the best buttons currently on sale. We’ll look at buttons for both premium spinners and budget spinners!

Premium buttons

Modus Works – Modus Works stick to what their good at and they focus on one specific button design. It’s been a success and they’re collection of Zirconium buttons have proven to be a winner.


Pose Blades –
Pose Blades are a really popular button crafter and are known for their use of the rare Damasteel in the Bluetongue Damasteel Buttons. These buttons really are a dream and exude class. They aren’t cheap, but a bit of scouting around should help you find a bargain.

 


Ables Planetary Spinners –
Ables is coming up with some funky buttons that offer something little different. If you want to give your fidget spinner that extra spark and separate it from the rest then some buttons from here should do the trick. The most impressive style is the etched look, which is not only aesthetically delightful, but helps to increase grip.

 

Budget Hand Spinner Buttons

NTO Designs – NTO Designs have produced all sorts of buttons at various price ranges. From the exclusive Mokume to aluminum, the RevSpin line is extensive, and the availability of threaded and magnetized buttons is welcome.

 

 


Neo Spin
Neo Spin caters for both R188 and 608 bearings and even a few of the rarer bearings out there. Their most prominent buttons are those in the “Herc Line”, which are more concave than other buttons, helping to improve grip.

There’s a huge range of fidget spinner buttons out there now which will help you to customize your fidget spinner no end. Hopefully this guide has given you a newfound appreciation for the buttons in your spinner, and has shown you why it’s imperative you have good ones if you want a top-level hand spinner.

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Reviewing the Titanium Turbine v3 from Metal Worn

Developed by: Metal Worn
Cost: $235
Bearing used: 608 ceramic
Spins for: 3 minutes
Size: Diameter: 2 inches, Thickness: 19mmz
Type: Custom design


It’s nice to take a look at some upmarket fidget spinners occasionally and we are certainly doing that here with the Titanium Turbine v3 from Metal Worn, which retails at a hefty $235. The fascinating thing when looking at a high-priced fidget spinner is seeing what additional little features it has to justify the high price. Metal Worn have come up with a couple of spinners which have seen insatiable demand, notably the Spinner Knuck which seems to be hardly ever in stock. Without further ado, let’s check out the Titanium Turbine v3 on a closer level.


Design
Metal Worn spinners are unique for sure – you’ll struggle to find another spinner that looks like them. It’s a peculiar combination: while the Turbine often looks slightly unkempt, it’s got a graceful side too, which shows when it’s spinning.

Unusually egg-shaped, lots of effort has gone into making the Turbine an aesthetic masterpiece, as shown by the spinner’s perfectly crafted body. The slots throughout the body help to produce a see-through effect while the Turbine is spinning, and the purple finish blends beautifully into the titanium coloring. You’d be more likely to see this at an art gallery than in a fidget spinner!

While the Turbine gets top marks for aesthetics, unfortunately the design of the buttons is a real drawback. Unlike most buttons which are concave and smooth, the Turbine buttons can only be described as edgy. The concave design has been attempted, but it’s ridged which makes it uncomfortable to grip, even if the grip is improved – that said, great grip is essential if you plan on regularly exacting high torque spins from your fidget spinner. For sure, you’ll be able to get a good hold of the Turbine, but if it’s not pleasant to hold, then the fact that it can do spin times of three minutes is irrelevant. Furthermore, the slots make this spinner hard to stop, and the surplus of sharp pointy bits means it’s going to take a toll on your fingers.

The bearing gets the Turbine back on track and it’s been cleverly encased into the center of the fidget spinner for ultimate protection. This set-up helps create the perfect condition for the bearing to perform at its best consistently and to not suffer over time. You can remove the screws to access the bearing with a flathead screwdriver, although this doesn’t come with your purchase.

Going back to the buttons, that the Metal Worn logo is engraved into the bottom of the button is a nice touch from the company. Another positive is that they are raised 2mm from the body, so you can set the spinner off on its own on a table or similar surface.

The finish on the Turbine is a little bizarre. You’d anticipate something smooth but it’s actually rather rough – not that it’s easy to get a true feel of it due to the many slits.


How well does the Turbine spin?
To answer this question, we must first determine what you’d hope to get out of a fidget spinner of this price. When paying the big bucks, spins of five minutes or more should be commonplace, however the Turbine tops out at three minutes or just over, which is disappointing. So what faults have caused this? The gap between the buttons and the bearing is probably too large, and the Turbine often feels wobbly in the hand. This lack of efficiency inevitably slows down your spinner and the spin times.

The ceramic 608 bearing makes up for it a bit, and if you’re more fidgeting oriented then the lack of spin time shouldn’t concern you too much. The Turbine is smooth when it’s going although if you alter the angle you’re spinning at too much, it can get a bit noisy. All in all, these are issues you wouldn’t expect to find in a $200+ fidget spinner.

The Turbine is on the big side and the oval design could make it a nuisance if you have tiny hands. The large design means that the Turbine feels relatively slow, although the titanium body and buttons – along with the hollowed design – do make it lighter than spinners of this size usually are.


Conclusion
The lasting feeling after playing with the Turbine from Metal Worn is an underwhelming one. On the face of it, this is a supreme fidget spinner which promises the ultimate experience, but the downsides make you question why you would pay so much for a spinner that is a bit half-baked. If you’re not bothered about performance, then sure, go for it, but if you’re in the market for a high performance spinner, then the Turbine may not be for you.

 

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The Rotobow Nano is a perfect EDC fidget spinner

Developed by: Hand Gear
Cost: $40 to $50
Bearing used: Ceramic bearing
Spins for: 1 minute
Size: Diameter: 1.5 inches
Type: Mini spinner
Available in: Brass and titanium


Hand Gear have released a few fidget spinners in recent months and the Rotobow Nano is another which has caught our eye. This is a small spinner which has been well crafted, and boasts grippy buttons. It’s sold in both brass and titanium and comes with a ceramic bearing, indicating Hand Gear have tried to deliver performance, despite the small size.


The Rotobow Nano’s Design
There’s nothing spectacular about the Rotobow Nano’s design. The brass body is very typical and doesn’t stand out, with the small cut-outs on each side being its only notable feature. The ceramic bearing is nicely tucked away into the middle of the spinner, and is covered by decent sized buttons. At a 1.5-inch diameter, it’s a small piece, but the brass helps to give it some much-needed weight between the fingers.

It’s not all great though, and while the buttons are good for the grip and the body weight is vital for stability, the grooves formed in the body are sharp and do hurt your fingers a bit if you try stopping the brass at high speeds. But if you fidget a lot, then you may be used to the bumping and bruising!

The buttons aren’t as concave as you’d find in a bigger fidget spinner, but they do a job here and are nicely designed to provide a little additional grip which is always welcome. Moreover, they’re easy to remove if you need to remove the bearing for cleaning. Do be sure to clean your bearing every now and then to prevent it becoming too gritty.

 

Spin Performance
Mini spinners are great for everyone thanks to their small dimensions, and playing with the Rotobow Nano was a real joy. The tactile feedback is likeable, yet the spin is still ultra-smooth. You’ll grow to like the reverberations that go through the spinner. If you’re used to spinners which you can hardly feel, then try switching it up with the Rotobow Nano.

The Rotobow Nano is very versatile so if you have a box of fidget spinner tricks then this spinner will allow you to showcase them. Perhaps you like to flick it in a specific manner or perform a special snap, the Rotobow Nano has the leeway that ensures it performs how you want it to, even if you don’t strike it quite right. Hence, this is a spinner you can play with minimal attention – you may not even have to take it out of your pocket, you’ll become that used to its nuances!

Now, with mini spinners you can’t be anticipating four or five minute spins but you can’t help but feel a little bit short-changed with the Rotobow Nano’s short spin time. Hand Gear claim that you can get two-minute spins, although from our experience, we found that it’s hard to get more than 60 seconds consistently. Moreover, once the spinner starts to slow down, it comes to a rather rapid halt. Again, we have to allow for a bit of performance drop with mini spinners, but it’s still a shame.


Conclusion
Whether you go for the brass ($40) or titanium ($50) Rotobow Nano, you’re getting a great mini spinner which is more than worth its price. Not only is it small enough to make it fully EDC, but it’s a great spinner to fidget and experiment with – it’ll definitely keep you occupied. For a budget spinner, we wholly recommend it.

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TEC Accessories break new fidgeting ground with the Orbiter

Developed by: TEC Accessories
Cost: $65
Size: Diameter: 1 inch


Now, most new fidget spinners tend to explode on the market nowadays but the rise of The Orbiter from TEC Accessories really has been something to behold. Since being released, interest has surged, and it’s all down to the quirky design which will leave everyone musing, “Why didn’t I think of this before?”

So, we already know that there’s nothing quite like the Orbiter, but it’s time to find out why, and to determine whether this bizarre, funky design makes it a long-term winner or simply a novelty item.


Design
The Orbiter consists of a Neodymium magnet, two concave titanium buttons and part of a small pinball. It’s really unusual, but the deep concave shaping of the buttons makes it easy to hold, and the buttons can be used to store the ball when not in use. You can purchase extra balls from TEC to have a few going at one time – perhaps it would have been nice to get a couple of balls in the purchase, but there we are. You can also slot the ball into the groove on the button for something a bit different. It’s not clear that TEC intended for this, but it’s a cool addition we spotted.

The 1-inch diameter makes the Orbiter great for every day carry, and at a weight of just 48 grams, you’ll hardly know it’s there. And thanks to the magnetization, there’s no chance that you’ll lose the ball and the base station ensures it won’t be rattling around either. .

Just a word of caution: the magnets used in the Orbiter are rather strong and magnetization can interfere and permanently damage electronic items and other magnetized items like credit cards. TEC are aware of this and have advised you keeping the Orbiter a way from such items, and it’s probably not worth the risk – so keep your phones and cards in separate pockets.


Spin performance
The Orbiter is a versatile spinner and TEC claim that you can fidget with it in four ways. We looked at all four and concluded that two were intended, and that the other two came purely because of the design.


Traditional spinning
The most common way that you’ll fidget with the Orbiter is to place the ball on the circumference of the magnet (which effectively acts as a bearing) and to spin it around. This is a really cool way to fidget and it feels very rhythmic yet needing of a delicate touch. This makes the Orbiter a tricky fidget spinner to master, which should only encourage you to play with it more! Once you get the hang of the subtle touches required to extract perfection, the Orbiter will deliver as satisfying a hand spinning experience as you’ve had.

The more you practice with the Orbiter, the more you become aware of what the minute adjustments in your touch have. The magnet is impressively strong and the ball will stay attached even when you flick it at full speed. Perhaps it’s possible to knock the ball off, although we can’t imagine you’d want to do this!


Horizontal spinning
The second most popular way to play with the Orbiter is to hold it horizontally so that the “buttons” would be facing upwards and downwards. The tiny gap in between the body and the caps is just the right size to hold the ball, and with some effort, you should be able to get the ball whizzing around this ever-so-compact circle. Getting it just right is a challenge though as the natural instinct of the magnet is to get the ball as close to the center as possible, hence the ball is always trying to escape out over the rail when going quickly.  Therefore, it’s imperative that you fidget often to perfect that balance. This is fun as it adds an element of challenge to your finger spinning. Angled just right, you’ll get the ball moving effortlessly between the maglev and base station of the Orbiter which looks awesome.

This is also a really safe way to fidget as the strength of the magnet ensures that the ball won’t come off even if it does fly out over the rails. So if you were worried about using the Orbiter while on the go because of losing the ball, you needn’t have been.


Spinning top
The Orbiter also – well, some claim this – doubles up as a spinning top. This supposedly works by placing the ball in the base station, pointing the ball to a flat surface and then spinning it. However, the success rate of such a trick was about 10% for us, which wasn’t really much fun. But perhaps you’ll be better at it so definitely have a go.


Around the button
The metal ball also fits into the buttons of the Orbiter and therefore it’s possible to whizz the ball around the button. This is a fun little trick also more novelty than anything else and won’t keep you occupied for every long. But every little helps and each of these tricks are unique, requiring different skills.


Conclusion
The Orbiter is one of the most exhilarating fidget toys that we’ve played with in quite a while and makes a change from the traditional fidget spinner. The strong magnetization makes for a lot of fidgety fun, and since there’s no risk of losing the ball, you can play with the Orbiter with limited concentration – this means the toy serves its purpose, as you’re stopping yourself from fidgeting, without it distracting you!

There’s a ton to like about the Orbiter and it’s great that TEC are trying to expand the fidgeting boundaries. Experimentation is only going to be beneficial for customers later on, so it’s encouraging to see new toys going on sale. There definitely seems to be a future in magnetized fidgeting, and it’ll be interesting to see whether TEC tries to build on what they’ve done with the Orbiter. At $65, be sure to check this one out.

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Simplicity wins through with the Vantage bar spinner from NobleSpin

Developed by: NobleSpin
Cost: $69 to $99
Bearing used: NobleSpin ceramic hybrid
Spins for: 4 minutes
Type: Bar spinner
Available in: Stainless steel


Texan-based NobleSpin have come up with the Vantage bar fidget spinner, which has aimed to keep it simple yet produce impeccable performance. It’s just one piece of smooth metal that has a professional appearance and a clean stainless steel finish. From viewing it, you’d suggest that this is a high-quality fidget spinner – one of the best bar spinners money could buy. A thorough investigation of the design and spin quality should see whether this presumption is correct.


Design
The Vantage has been wonderfully smoothed down for a sleek finish and the polished look is also very likeable. The glossy titanium finish gives this bar spinner additional protection – perfect for the wear and tear that comes with portable use – and the buttons are concave and comfortable enough to make for an easy hold. The small dimension of the Vantage will help to make this one of your most popular EDC items. It’s weighty enough that you’ll know it’s in your pocket, but the spin times that can be achieved are impressive for such a small spinner. The aesthetics are flexible and you can buy the Vantage in black pearl, gold, bronze or rainbow. NobleSpin has gotten everything right with the design of the Vantage and it’s a fidget spinner that you’ll want to show off.


Spin performance
The Vantage is a bit unusual in that it uses a specific ceramic hybrid bearing exclusive to NobleSpin. The ceramic, which is used for the balls, is sourced from Japan while the stainless steel races come from Germany and the nylon cages are manufactured in the United States. The combination has really worked and we managed to chalk up spin times of over four minutes. The bearing does not come lubricated up and we strongly advise you not to meddle with it. Lubricant only leads to long-term friction due to the gunk in the bearing and this will bring down spin times by 75 percent or more.

However, you’re still going to need to clean your bearing now and again due to the inevitability of particles and dirt sneaking their way in, causing friction. NobleSpin recommend that you use a hair dryer for cleaning as the air can force out the dirt without anything else getting into the bearings. If there is one drawback to the Vantage it’s the rattling that occurs due to the gap between the buttons and the bearing. Make no mistake though, spinning the Vantage is a delightful experience and one of the best you’ll have with a bar fidget spinner at this price. This spinner leaves plenty of margin for error, and you don’t have to strike it perfectly each time to get great spins. Moreover, stopping and starting it is simple, making the Vantage a fidget-focused spinner too.


Conclusion
NobleSpin have come up trumps with the Vantage. This is an expertly made bar spinner which has the aesthetics of a first-class fidget spinner and an eyebrow-raising performance too. The buttons are nice and suited for an ergonomic grip and the only real problem is the noisy bearing which wouldn’t be great if you work in an office.

This is very much a classic bar spinner that has just been made well. It’s not oversized and it isn’t too heavy. The Vantage is great for anybody’s collection, but particularly good for someone who’s had enough of their budget spinner and is ready to move up a grade.

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The Syner-EDC Triple Mini is a great value tri-bar spinner

Developed by: Syner-EDC
Cost: $40
Bearing used: Yellow Jacket high precision skate bearings
Spins for: 3 minutes
Size: Diameter: 1.75 inches, thickness: 0.5 inches
Type: Tri-spinner
Available in: Brass


The Triple Mini Hand Spinner from Syner-EDC is an appealing little fidget spinner at just $40, which is why we were so tempted to have a go with it. The tri-polar shaping is quite unusual yet the 0.5-inch brass thickness ensures this is a heavy piece. So it looks fresh and great, but what else? Time to find out.


Design
While technically a tri-spinner, the bars are chunky and make up more of the circumference than the gaps. This makes the Triple Mini very dense, allowing for a secure feel between your fingers. The body has been machined well with a smooth finish, and it’s easy to stop and restart this fidget spinner. So far so good.

The buttons on the Triple Mini are raised enough from the body that the hand spinner can complete table spins, giving this toy a bit of versatility. However, the tight design has one key drawback: the buttons are so securely fitted that they are extremely difficult to get off, making access to the bearing limited.

 

The buttons ultimately aren’t far enough removed from the body of the Triple Mini to allow for easy spinning. Indeed, if you don’t have your fingers in exactly the right place you’ll more than likely come into contact with the spinner’s body. The Yellow Jacket high precision skate bearings are, as we mentioned, very hard to access, but the way they have been inserted results in low compression, enabling nicer spins.


Spin performance
The bearing used in the Triple Mini is pretty good, even if there is a noticeable noise. It’s not too loud and this fidget spinner is smooth and ergonomic enough to allow for plenty of fidgeting. A top spin time of three minutes is about middle of the road for a fidget spinner, but it’s maybe above average for one of this design.

The Triple Mini is very heavy due the half-inch of solid brass, but since the majority of the weight is on the outer section of the body, it’s weird to spin. The feeling is great though and you get the sense that this is a sturdy and long-lasting fidget spinner.

You may want to try a catching trick with the Triple Mini. The design means it’s easy to throw in the air, and the extra weight gives you greater control than perhaps an aluminum spinner might. There are many spin possibilities with the Triple Mini and none of them are too brutal on your fingers.


Conclusion
The Triple Mini is definitely a different fidget spinner and one of the more solid spinners that we have reviewed. At just $40, the Triple Mini is good value, and a good upgrade from a plastic spinner, and one to tick off for keen fidget spinner collectors.

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The Spinget: Check out the most expensive fidget spinner on the planet

Developed by: Octobrachia
Cost: $100,000
Size: 5cm x 3cm x 1.5cm
Type: Bar spinner


Well you’d probably need to have more money than sense to buy this fidget spinner! Aiming to set an unbreakable record, Octobrachia have developed a hand spinner which is retailing at an utterly astonishing $100,000! Lavishedwith diamonds from Swiss jeweller Franc Vila, the Spinget is an exorbitant bar spinner that really is like no other.

In total, there are a staggering 950 Top Wesselton diamonds attached to this fidget spinner. The 18-karat white gold base also serves to boost the price tag of this bar spinner, which weighs in at a round 100 grams.

The architect of the Spinget, Steve Raffner, gave a simple answer to those who queried why he made this spinner: “Why not make it?”

We’ll have to see whether Raffner’s game is as good as his talk or if this is simply a publicity stunt to help draw attention to a more affordable spinner that the company also sells. All that considered, it would still be truly remarkable to see a six-figure fidget spinner go on sale.