The Never Ending Top...until the Battery Dies




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Tops have been around for a very long time and have had hardly any changes. You pick them up, spin them, they start to slow down and topple over.All in just a few seconds. But if you add a motor...Well you see what I mean. Heres how I was able to get a top to spin normally for about a day and a half.

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Step 1: The Materials

To Make this top you'll need....

  • Black Electrictians Tape
  • Scissors (optional)
  • Blank or Old CD
  • Super Glue
  • AA Battery
  • Old cd player motor with the disc clip
  • Wire Strippers
  • Switch
  • One Airsoft or metal BB

Step 2: Preparing the CD

First take the electricitians tape and line up the cd edge to the center of the tape. Pull the tape and start wrapping around the cd until the edge is about double the thickness of the original cd.

Step 3: The Motor

Wire the motor to one of the switches wires. then take the other motor wire and run it to the "-" side of the battery with tape. Then attach the other switch wire to the "+" side of the battery.Turn it on and test if it works.

Step 4: Placing the BB

Put a dab of super glue on the very middle of the cd clip. Then place the bb directly centered on it. Let it dry and test if its centered by turning the motor. If it doesn't seem to be moving its centered.

Step 5: Put It All Together

Tape the battery to the middle of the back of the motor yet again directly centered. Next bend the switch on to the top of the battery centered just above it. hold the whole thing in this position and secure it tightly with tape. To change the battery you have to unravel the tape but its worth it for how long one battery lasts. Now clip on the cd and turn it on. Let it spin for a while while you hold the motor in the air. Then slowly let it down onto a flat smooth surface hold it there for a couple of seconds and let go. The motor should then start spinning as well as the cd. It will go on for as long as the battery has power or until you turn it off. ENJOY!!!

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    Reply 11 years ago on Step 1

    that would be cool. though the only hard part would be getting a panel that can power it enough and still be small. let me know if you get it to work.i'd like to see that


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    How much Volts does the motor require, I have a small rectangular solar panel, 1inch by half an inch, and it output 3.59v!


    11 years ago on Introduction

    THANK YOU i mad this and spun it abot 10 minits ago and its still spinning as i wright this comment well worth taking apart a cd player +5*

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    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    thanks i still need to revise it but i was able to get mine to run for about a day and a half on one AA before it died.See how long you can get it. and like how evilthingamabober said. You could put a lithium on it and it would go even longer!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    i used salvaged parts from a hard drive, and ground down the edge of the platter. stupidest idea in my life. and i've had a lot of those. it's nearly destroyed the box i put it in.... now i understand why you tape the edge.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    interesting.... to make it last longer, you could use a pager vibrator motor instead, they use a lot less power

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    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, but I don't know if I could find one with enough torque. But otherwise that would work great!