Introduction: Motorized Fidget Spinner Gift
Want to super charge your fidget spinner? Have that co-worker that needs a new office toy? Well, you've come to the right place! Supercharging your fidget spinner is easy, takes less than an hour and yields a fun product!
Supplies: (I used what I had on hand; all of these supplies can be swapped out with what you have on hand)
x1 Fidget Spinner ($5 from Michaels)
x1 Destroyed R/C Helicopter (Battery and motors still work)
x1 Empty acrylic paint bottle (any container of this size would work)
x1 Super glue (I'd say you wouldn't want to use any other glue for this project)
Step 1: Deconstructing R/C Helicopter
To harvest the important items from my damaged r/c helicopter, I carefully cut the wires connecting the battery to the circuit board and the wires to the mini-motors. Again, you can use any hobby motors and any battery for this project. I just so happened to have a totally damaged r/c helicopter (thanks to the car who ran over it).
Step 2: Deconstructing Fidget Spinner/Adding Propeller Center
I thought taking out the central bearings would be difficult, but if you wedge a flathead screwdriver bit between the black button top and the bearing casing, you can pop the top easily. Once that black button top is off, you can just push the bearings right out.
For the next step, I carefully added a small drop of super glue to both ends of the r/c propeller and glued it into the direct center of the fidget spinner. The important part of this step is getting your motor to be exactly in the center. If you don't, your spinner will be forever off balance.
Step 3: Completing Circuit/Op-test
I used a small bit of super glue and tape to connect my rechargeable battery to the motor, completing the circuit. The reason I used tape is two fold: 1) I'm not cool enough to own a soldering iron (c'mon Santa, I'm counting on you), and 2) I need to be able to break the circuit so that I can start/stop the spinner whenever I please.
If you happen to have a switch laying around, use that! My version is the low-tech solution to starting and stopping the fidget spinner.
Step 4: Placing in Container/Adding Finishing Touches
With my small, empty acrylic paint bottle, I was able to stuff the battery and extra wiring out of sight. You can use any container to hold the battery and extra wiring, just be sure to super glue the actual motor on the outside of this container. I've found this motor gets extremely hot if you run the fidget spinner for a while, so gluing it to the outside of your container gives it air to cool down after. Remember, keep your switch or disconnected wires on the outside of the container so you can start and stop the spinner at your heart's content.
I found I had to super glue on some metal bits to the other side of my container as counterweights. They give the added benefit of giving the fidget spinner more stability, so that I can run it without having to hold the unit.
Last, I super glued on the r/c propellers just for aesthetic appeal. This did add to the overall weight, so it lowered the spinner's max speed, but it looks pretty awesome with the propellers. Again, this is an optional step!
Now, once your battery dies, simply open up your container and switch out the battery. I've swapped mine out for a AAA battery and it works even better now.
I hope this Instructable was helpful and easy. I look forward to seeing your fidget spinner creations!