Mini Spinner, retail $1.79
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Coolites (
Last updated 04-08-06

The Mini Spinner is a novelty product that contains six LEDs on a motorised spinning thing inside a protective plastic globe. The LEDs come on and the motor spins when you press and hold down the button on the handle.

The LEDs don't just all come on steadily; they rapidly flash independent of one another to give numerous different patterns.

I could not find it on the Wallgreens website, which is why I have not furnished a URL for you.


The Mini Spinner is ready to use as soon as you remove it from the package.

Press and hold down the button on the handle for as long as you want the little light show that results from this action; release the button to turn the Mini Spinner off.

A break-away neck lanyard is included, already affixed to the product. If you do not need it, simply ignore it. There does not appear to be a non-destructive way of removing the lanyard, so please be absolutely, positively, 100% certain you will never use it if you decide to remove it.

Changing the batteries requires that you own or have access to a very small (#00) Phillips screwdriver. The one found in eyeglasses repair kits should do the job here.

Unscrew and remove the tiny screw at the lower edge of the battery compartment. Set it someplace where it cannot become lost.

Slide the battery door off (toward the bottom of the product) and set that aside too.

Remove the three used LR44 cells from the battery compartment, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert three new LR44 button cells into the battery compartment, orienting them so their flat ends (+) positives face the spring in the chamber (toward the bottom of the handle). Press gently but firmly on the batteries if they seem to want to shoot out. They will stay in the chamber when you have them seated correctly.

Slide the battery door back on the same way you took it off, and screw the screw back in.

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

In my sample, the screw holding the battery door in place appears to have already stripped (with just a single battery change); it does not stop turning when tightening it...ouch!!!

Because this is a novelty item and not a flashlight, the punishments I bestow upon flashlights will not be bestowed upon the Mini Spinner. So this section of the web page will be significantly more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight who's sole purpose in life is to be a flashlight.

The green LED in my test unit of the Mini Spinner is significantly dimmer than the other LEDs; this also occurred with the several other Mini Spinners I tested while I was still in the store, so I think I can rule out weak batteries.

Photograph of the head while the product was activated.

Quicktime movie (.mov extension) showing some of the Mini Spinner's patterns.
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Test unit was purchased at Wallgreens in the seasonal aisle (Easter/springtime stuff was in this aisle) late on the morning of 04-05-06.

Product was made in China. A product's country of origin really does matter to some people, which is why I published it on this web page.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    PRODUCT TYPE: Novelty-type light-up device
    LAMP TYPE: 3mm LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 6
    SWITCH TYPE: Momentary pushbutton on/off on handle
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: Plastic dome protects LEDs
    BATTERY: 3xLR44 button cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Light splatter-resistance at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: Lanyard, 3 button cells
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


    Star Rating

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