To Lube or Not to Lube, that is the question.
Nothing like a bit of Shakespeare to get us in the literary mood.
So Fidget devices are here, and it looks like they will be around for a while. With such a diverse range of styles the world is going crazy with them. And spinners are certainly leading the charge.
But a BIG question has arisen and it’s caused confusion among fidget spinner users. Logic and physics are being defied!
A fidget spinner has moving parts – the ball bearings. And as we all know, you should lubricate moving parts to reduce friction and wear and tear. So the logic goes that you should lubricate your spinner to make it go faster and longer. Right?
I’ll give you the rule and then try to explain it.
If you want your fidget spinner to be quieter by all means lubricate it.
If you want your fidget spinner to go faster and longer you need ZERO lubrication.
An example from one of our tests. Classic Tri-Spinner would spin for average of 2 minutes on the desk. After lubrication (very small amount of oil) it would only spin for 45 seconds! But is was almost silent!
So why is this the case?
So lubrication in moving parts is used to prevent wear under load (it also helps prevent corrosion). This is no different in ball bearings.
As an example if you are a skateboard owner/rider you would know you need to lubricate your skateboard bearings. But these are under a heavy human load and go long distances. If you didn’t lubricate the bearings they would quickly wear down and need to be replaced.
Spinners on the other hand are fairly light. And they have a pretty even load (or even no load at all) when spinning due to the centrifugal force (science type words…sorry).
So in this case the lubrication actually increases the friction. Weird right? You see it’s such a small space and there is no real load on the bearings, so the lubrication just gets in the way. Sure it makes it quieter, but it actually causes friction. Lubrication (e.g. oil) will also attract dirt requiring you to clean your spinner more often.
Of course if you aren’t too bothered about spin time (many just flick theirs back and forth with the fingers) and want it quiet then lubrication is for you.
None of that make sense to you? Don't worry, you aren't alone. If you don't believe or understand the science then test it out yourself. But trust us - we already did. And it's all true. We even tried in on different setups (different ball bearings (steel, ceramic etc.), different spinners).
Can you get a balance between quiet and speed?
Well sure. It will depend on the type and amount of lubrication you use.
So all that being said you now want to know about cleaning your spinner and what and how much lubrication to use (if you are going to use it at all). No problem. The Gift and Gadget Guys have you covered.
We have done all the research for you and put together a PDF on what you need to know to get the most out of your spinners!
Keep on fidgeting!
The crew at the Gift & Gadget Guys