USB Plasma Ball

A USB-powered globe filled with lightning that you can touch.

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Overview

Plug in a USB Plasma Ball and electrify your desktop.

Plasma filaments dance from the glass globe's electrode to its outer surface. Touch the glass globe with your finger to painlessly arc the beams into a concentrated cluster under your hand. The effect is painless, beautiful, and incredibly intriguing.

Features & specs

  • Desktop plasma lamp powered by USB-A
  • No software required
  • Sphere material: glass
  • 4" diameter (base) x 5.5" tall
  • On/off switch
  • 4 foot long USB cable (1.21 meters)

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Lightning in a bottle

Believe it or not, plasma is not just another made-up sci-fi technobabble word like warp drive, cryostasis, or gravity*. Plasma is the fourth state of matter alongside solids, liquids, and gasses.

The noble gas trapped in this ball is excited by electricity and creates plasma filaments between the center of the sphere and the glass shell. Touching the ball concentrates and intensifies the excited gas into beautiful light coronas you can control by moving your hands around the surface of the glass.

Designs for plasma balls created by electrical pioneer Nikola Tesla gave way to totally rad novelty toys in the '80s, and this updated design is powered by USB.

*Gravity is totally a real thing too.

A man plays with five Plasma Balls
Get one for each finger in your hand.

Plasma power

The USB Plasma Ball contains an electrode that's efficient enough to be powered by a standard USB Type-A plug. That means you can you can plug it into your computer or cell phone's wall charger. Simply plug it in, turn it on, and let the sparks fly!

USB Plasma Ball plugged into a computer
Behold, the power of the sun in the palm of your hand!

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Does it hurt?

Answer: No, touching the USB Plasma Ball is completely painless.

Question: Is it loud?

Answer: When plugged in and even while touching it, the USB Plasma ball is nearly silent. If you put your ear up to the globe in a library-quiet room, you can hear whispered popping sounds as the plasma filaments discharge and vibrate the glass globe.

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