5" Plasma Ball, retail $29.99 (www.partycity.com*)
Manufactured by (Unknown)
Last updated 04-02-14

The 5" Plasma Ball is a very nifty plasma ball; that is, it creates lightning-like streamers inside of a glass globe mounted atop the base that houses the electronics.

It is powered with a "wall-wart" AC adapter.

* Product was not found on the Party City website, so this URL simply leads to their 'front door'.

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

To use your shiny new (or corroded old) 5" Plasma Ball, feed it some AC power first (see below) and THEN you can liven up that dead, boring party.

Using the slide switch on the lower right side of the base, slide it one "click" to the right to turn it on in audio (sound)-sensitive mode.

Slide it one more "click" to the right to turn it on in continuous mode.

To neutralise the unit, slide this switch all the way to the left until it stops.

The 5" Plasma Ball is AC powered, so I don't have to tell you which part to remove, push under the Lazy Boy with all of those mice & silverfish with full bladders, and then rather emphatically tell you not to.

Unable to measure current use due to how the product was constructed.

This is a decorative light, not a flashlight meant to be thrashed, trashed, and abused. So I won't try to drown it in the toliet tank, bash it against a steel rod or against the concrete floor of a carport in effort to try and expose the bare Metalguilmon - er - the bare Metalguardramon - um that's not it either...the bare Metalterriermon...mmm...the bare Metalkyubimon...er...uh...wait a sec here...THE BARE METAL (guess I've been watching too much Digimon again! - now I'm just making {vulgar term for feces} up!!!)...O WAIT!!! WHERE'S THE METAL?!? , let my mother's big dog's ghost, her kitties, my kitty or my sister's kitty cat piddle (uranate) on it, hose it down with my mother's gun, run over it with a 450lb Quickie Pulse 6 motorised wheelchair, stomp on it, use a large carpenter's hammer (claw hammer) in order to bash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoñata, drop it down the top of Mt. Erupto (now I guess I've been watching ***WAAAAAAYYYYY*** too much of the TV program “Viva Piñata” again!!! - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout (located at Piñata Central {aka. "Party Central”}), with a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or with a pack-of-cards-sized device that Fergy Fudgehog uses; the cannoñata (also located at Piñata Central) is only used to shoot piñatas to piñata parties away from picturesque Piñata Island, and Mt. Erupto is an active volcano on Piñata Island), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or perform other indecencies on it that a flashlight might have to have performed on it. Therefore, this section of the 5" Plasma Ball's web page will seem a bit more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight that was born to be a flashlight and nothing but a flashlight.

Photograph of the unit, illuminated of course.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the plasma streamers in this light; full spectrometer response band used (175nm to 875nm).

The raw spectrometer data (comma-delimited that can be loaded into Excel) is at http://ledmuseum.candlepower.us/42/5inchpmg.txt

USB2000 Spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

This video shows nothing more than the 5" Plasma Ball in its natural habitat.

That sound you hear in the bckground is the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, "Transfigurations".

This video is 132.2773458189 megabytes (132,920,060 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware. It will take no less than six hundred sixty one minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.

This video shows a CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamp) glowing when brought within proximity of the 5" Plasma Ball.

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This video is definitely ***NOT*** dial-up friendly!!!

This video shows a CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamp) glowing when brought within proximity of the 5" Plasma Ball.

That music you hear is the song, "R2D2 (Lives in my Butt)" by the Rochester NY. band Worm Quartet (the song plays two consecutive times).

This reaction is not sound-sensitive in any manner; the music may safely be ignored or even muted if it pisses you off.

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Test unit was purchased at the Party City store in Federal Way WA. USA on 12-26-12.

UPDATE: 00-00-00

Neat "lightning-like" electrical discharges in its globe
Has pale lavender streamers & salmon-colored "pads" where the streamers touch the glass; has a much brighter pale blue streamer where you put your finger(s) or hand on the globe

Fragile glass globe ***WILL*** become broken if product falls to floor from even a short height

Sound-sensitive mode really requires loud sounds/music to trigger the plasma discharges (this is what nocked the last ½ star off)

    PRODUCT TYPE: Portable decorative plasma globe
    LAMP TYPE: Plasma globe
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    SWITCH TYPE: Slide on/mode change/off on lower right side of product
    CASE MATERIAL: Glass & plastic
    BEZEL: N/A
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND DIET BERRIES & CREAM DIET DR. PEPPER-RESISTANT: Very light splatter-resistance at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: AC adapter
    SIZE: 227mm H x 127mm Dia.
    WEIGHT: 343.10g (12.10 oz)
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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