Light-Up Spinning Ball Wand (Halloween), retail $4.95 (
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Oriental Trading Co. (
Last updated 08-31-07

The Light-Up Spinning Ball Wand is a novelty product that contains six yellow LEDs on a motorised spinning thing (in this case, shaped like a Jack-O-Lantern (a carved pumpkin)) inside a protective plastic globe. The LEDs come on and the motor spins when you press & release 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.


Press & release the orange button near the top of the barrel once to turn the light show on.
Press & release it again to turn the unit off.

To change the batteries, turn the product upside-down so that the globe faces the floor.

On the lower side of the handle/barrel, you'll see an orange battery door with a clip on one side. Lift the door off, gently place it on the ground, and kick it into the garden so the hungry, hungry praying mantids will think it's something yummy to eat and subsequently strike at it...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the used AAA cells out of the handle and into your hand (gently pry them out with a knife if necessary), and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert three new AAA cells into the barrel, orienting them so the first cell goes in with the button-end (+) positive end facing toward the globe. Insert the other two cells in the chamber, orienting them so their flat-ends (-) negatives face the springs for them in each chamber.

Finally, place the battery door back on, swing it shut, press in on it until you hear a click.
Aren't you glad you didn't kick that battery door into the garden with all those hungry, hungry praying mantids now?

Here is what a praying mantis looks like.
I found this guy on the morning of 09-08-06 clinging to the basket of my scooter.

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

Because this is a novelty item and not a flashlight, the punishments I bestow upon flashlights will not be bestowed upon the Light-Up Spinning Ball Wand. 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 product appears to be at least *reasonably* durable, and to worry about handling it like an egg would be illogical...o wait!!! Now I'm starting to sound like a Vulcan.
What I meant to say is that this unit is somewhat fragile, but it should not just fall apart through casual use or handling, or very minor accidents like short falls to carpeted floors (yes, I actually did this - the battery door popped off, but once it was replaced and the unit was activated, no malfunctions were detected).

The unit vibrates quite noticeably during operation (and vibrates strongly enough to "walk" across a glass tabletop and make a lot of noise in doing so!), but this was somewhat expected of a very inexpensive product of non-US origin - sometimes known as the "Hoo Phlung Pu" brand.

Photograph of the unit in operation.

WMP movie (.avi extension) showing the flashing action.
This clip is approximately 2.8 megabytes (2,968,760 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
It will take no less than nine minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.

That sound you might hear is the Star Trek: TNG episode "The Outcast" playing on the boob tube.
The product is not sound-sensitive, so you may ignore or mute the music if desired.

I cannot provide it in other formats, so please do not ask.

Test unit was purchased from the Oriental Trading website on 08-19-07, and was received on the afternoon of 08-27-07.

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 (seasonal - has body colors of orange & black)
    LAMP TYPE: 3mm LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 6
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on handle
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: Transparent pastic globe protects LEDs
    BATTERY: 3xAAA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Light splatter-resistance at maximum
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


    Star Rating

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