@reedmo Whether the IRK two or three months down the road is $20 or $120 or just $2 (doubtful), I’d say there is a good chance there will be some of these in it (but only if they are finally out of craft paint and TrackRs by then).
@phendrick@reedmo TrackRs, craft paint, 1A car charger plugs, Cleveland wall pops, Casery, and the remaining unopened boxes of k-cup flavored coffee that nobody can stand from the break room cabinets at this point. And probably whatever’s left of the ginger chews.
@whomeyesu The headline says that the batteries are probably dead. The specifications text initially said it’s the LEDs that are probably dead, but that was both contradictory and probably wrong, so I fixed it.
This is part of why we don’t try to hide criticism.
@3Phen@ExtraMedium@werehatrack Per my disassembly, there’s four LR41 batteries in a sandwich wrapped in plastic. I suspect the ‘dead’ ones simply have plastic blocking the terminal. Additionally, I gave one a squeeze and it got a bit brighter as I re-seated the batteries
@hchavers Although occasionally a new person will claim otherwise… and then act extremely belligerent about the lack of customer service… and then get upset that forum members try to help them locate customer service…
I remember that incident, and was completely baffled by their viewpoint. I’ve been buying loads, (hoards), of things from meh since Kickstart Days, and the support has been exemplary! Like above and beyond, for any and all issues I’ve had.
@caffeineguy@jmbunkin I can’t believe I had to scroll down this far to see what kind of batteries they actually took. If the batteries are dead, tell the prospective buyer what they will have to buy to make them work.
@Pamela@UncleVinny I have a fidget spinner bottle opener that at some point I must have paid money for. I always end up spinning it for while whenever I pick it up. It’s like buying spray paint, can you avoid shaking it when you pick it up (which must drive the store employees crazy)?
@haydesigner@Larry1977 But if they had dead batteries you might piss off every kid who comes to your door and pay the price later. Better hope toilet paper completely dissolves in the rain… well except for the big chunk of the country in month 3 or 4 of a drought.
@warpedrotors I gave out fidget spinners the year they were being sold (tested them first and most of them the lights still worked so only handed out those) and the word screamed on the street was, “This house has fidget spinners!!!”. Actually my college students were pretty thrilled to get some in class too that year. That was 2017. Yours are now likely all with dead batteries. At least mine are spread between 80 or so houses and students with dead batteries and not all in mine.
@warpedrotors The fidget spinner collection still has a use - they typically have bearings in them that work extremely well for rodent running wheels. There’s nothing worse than a squeaky bearing on a rodent wheel going full speed at 2 am. So - replace every few months and you have a smooth running rat (or hedgehog or guinea pig or hamster or whatever).
@Kidsandliz Yeah, the shrieking from kids running away from our house “They’ve got fidget spinners! Fidget Spinners!” was pretty priceless. Took 3 years to unload the ~8 containers worth, but they had a great time.
@caffeineguy Well I had 4 classes of students I could unload them on too as “prizes” for in class activities. Amazing what students will work for like 5 extra credit points out of 1000 points in the class, fidget spinners, a get out of jail free card to be able to turn one assignment in 3 days late with no penalty… I got rid of mine all in one year while most of the batteries were still good.
@caffeineguy@xobzoo My last dozen TrackRs all arrived with at least minimally undead batteries; I was able to induce pairing on each of them. I wouldn’t have trusted them to still be working a month later, but DOA they weren’t … quite. (And a quick check shows that over a month later, they still aren’t dead yet, but they haven’t remained paired, either.)
If I needed something to put on a raft, set on fire and shove out to sea, this is the kind of thing I’d be looking for. I’d prefer to pay just a few modicums for it, though, not the highway robbery prices I see here.
@caffeineguy@hamjudo And the best price I could find on eBay in a quick one-page scan was $18.95 for 200 exceptionally generic ones. That’s just under 40 cents per fidget to rebattery them (plus your time, a good bit of which would be expended rescuing the cells from their packaging.)
Worthwhile? Not to me. There’s a kitten to feed. Often. Right NAOW, even. (YMMV)
The fidget spinners were a hit at my house year after year! The ones that had dead batteries I fixed with new batteries from eBay in an assembly line while I watched TV. Take out the dead unit, open it, remove old battery, put in new one, close unit & put back into spinner.
At dusk or when it was dark, I turned it on & played with it. Every kid wanted one! BTW, the lights had 3 blink speed levels - slow, medium, & rapid blink. Depending on the blink rate you could get different patterns when you spin them - very cool!
Ran out a couple of years ago but still have kids asking if I had any more. If I could get more, I’d fix them & hand them out.
@mrbillmc I still have some, but I know that the batteries are dead, and since I no longer work in a place where I can bring them in for co-workers’ kidlets to have, I’m not yet motivated to put in new batteries.
Also, because we literally live in the woods, we get no trick or treaters…
/giphy dark scary forest
Seems to be 4x LR41- My 4 still had plastic wrapping on them, so I suspect the ‘dead’ ones just have plastic insulating them. There’s 4x tiny PH0 screws though, so they’re a pain to disassemble/replace; plus you have to get the polarity correct (red wire to the + terminal)
Also, if you have one that’s pretty dim, give it a squeeze to reseat the batteries, might save ‘em. I’d bite for $10, maybe $15, but $20 is steep for 2lbs of plastic e-waste for my neighbors’ kids to dispose of.
@qmirage Actually, the buttons are pretty cool… they’re all rubber though, don’t have conductive pads as they press down on the metal springs. One might be able to replace the back end with a custom PCB; but that seems like a lot of effort for the value of reusing meh junk.
@caffeineguy@ergomeh It’s cheaper because the engineering tolerances can be sloppy, the materials can be really cheap, and there’s no over-center clicky mechanism to wear out, break, and/or get jammed.
C’mon meh; drop the price of these to $10 and we’ll bite. Or maybe give those of us that paid $1/ea in June a coupon code: DEADBATTERY to help you move them. These are neat, but not anywhere as cool as fidget spinners