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$24.99 when purchased online

About this item

Highlights

  • A cool plasma light ball from Smithsonian
  • The light follows touch, and responds to music & sound
  • Fun way to learn about technology & science
  • Requires 6 "AA" (1.5V) batteries (not included)
  • Great gift for kids 14+

Description

With the Smithsonian Plasma Ball, you can enjoy an incredible atomic light show right at your fingertips. Just turn it on and watch what happens when atoms collide with each other and energized electrons. Watch your fingertips create amazing light effects as you observe how colliding atoms release energy in the form of light waves. Recommended for ages 14+, the plasma ball also responds to sound and music and comes packaged with STEM educational content. Requires 6 AA (1.5V) batteries (not included).
Contains: Does Not Contain Any of the 9 Major Allergens
Suggested Age: 14 Years and Up
Educational Focus: Science
Includes: Poster, Instruction Guide
Battery: 6 AA Alkaline, Required, Not Included
TCIN: 52213641
UPC: 042409517819
Item Number (DPCI): 086-00-3376
Origin: Imported
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Shipping details

Estimated ship dimensions: 6.15 inches length x 6.26 inches width x 11.83 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 1.21 pounds

Return details

This item can be returned to any Target store or Target.com.
This item must be returned within 90 days of the date it was purchased in store, shipped, delivered by a Shipt shopper, or made ready for pickup.
See the return policy for complete information.

Q: How big is the ball? Is it 8"?

submitted by djj - 6 years ago
  • A: The globe is 5". When it sits on the base, it is 8 1/2" high.

    submitted byNSI Product Support Team - 4 years ago
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  • A: I believe it is a 5" ball.

    submitted byLeeman71 - 6 years ago
  • A: how big is the Smithsonian Plasma ball? how tall & wide @ Dose the Smithsonian plasma ball comes with a power cord ?

    submitted byPaul Paxton - 1 year ago

Q: como se activa el audio? como funciona? ya tengo estte producto pero no sabemos como usar el audio, no trae cable ni nada, cuando activamos el boton en audio no hace nada

submitted by pregunta - 2 years ago
  • A: If you slide the switch on the bottom of your Plasma Ball to "Normal", it will respond to touch. If you slide it to "Audio", it will respond to sound. Is either mode working? If not, it could be that you need 6 fresh "AA" batteries. If your batteries are fresh and your Plasma Ball is still not working, please reach out to our customer service team at custserv@nsi-int.com, and they will be happy to make things right.

    submitted byNSI Product Support Team - 2 years ago
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Q: is this item #51802 ?

submitted by lily - 2 years ago
  • A: This is #51781 Smithsonian 5" Plasma Ball

    submitted byNSI Product Support Team - 2 years ago
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Q: What does it weigh? I need to mail it.

submitted by jackie - 2 years ago
  • A: In the box, it weighs 1 lb, 4 oz.

    submitted byNSI Product Support Team - 2 years ago
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Q: I see this is recommended for ages 14+. Think my 4 and 6 year old boys would love this BUT am I an idiot asking for trouble if I get it? They are poster children for "this is why we can't have nice things." Ok I think I answered my own question.

submitted by LaurenRules - 2 years ago
  • A: We recommend the plasma ball for ages 14+ because the ball is made of glass.

    submitted byNSI Product Support Team - 2 years ago
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Q: what is the output voltage and ampage

submitted by logan - 2 years ago
  • A: It is powered by 6 AA batteries (not included).

    submitted byNSI Product Support Team - 2 years ago
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Q: why is the age range 14+? my 6 year old boy is interested in this for Christmas. just curious why it has such a high age recommendation?

submitted by taylor - 2 years ago
  • A: Hi, Taylor. The ball is made of glass and, if not handled properly, could be dropped and broken. That's why we don't recommend it for young children and recommend it for ages 14+.

    submitted byNSI Product Support Team - 2 years ago
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Q: Is this okay for someone with seizures?

submitted by Jan - 3 years ago
  • A: Hi, Jan. We wish we could help, but we don't know the answer to your question. We encourage you to consult with a medical professional. If you need more information on the safety standards to which we adhere, please contact us at help@WubbleBall.com. Thanks!

    submitted byNSI Product Support Team - 3 years ago
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Q: is this product made in china

submitted by Dawn Notino - 4 years ago
  • A: This product is designed in America and manufactured for NSI in China.

    submitted byNSI Product Support Team - 4 years ago
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Q: What are the dimensions?

submitted by sam - 4 years ago
  • A: The globe is 5 inches. When on the base, the unit is about 8 1/2" high.

    submitted byNSI Product Support Team - 4 years ago
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3.8 out of 5 stars with 310 reviews
40% would recommend
80 recommendations
broad age appeal: 3.93 out of 5
quality: 3.06 out of 5
length of play: 3.02 out of 5
ease of use: 3.83 out of 5
value: 2.86 out of 5

Neat plasma ball

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Abc - 8 days ago
Great plasma ball. Have had it for several years. The kids really enjoy it. Of course, it's not huge, look at the size of the box.
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Tiny, takes SIX AA batteries

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Lwaxana Troi - 18 days ago, Verified purchaser
This item is nothing like what we remember as kids. It's SUPER small, like 1/5 the size of a real one, and takes SIX AA batteries instead of being plugged in. It's often hard to see the specs on items, and what makes an item not what you expect is often hidden in fine print or a specific search area amongst loads of other basic information. If you buy this, you will still want the real one which makes this basically useless.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 17 days ago
We're sorry you're disappointed with your Smithsonian Plasma Ball. Please reach out to our customer service team, and we will be happy to make things right. You can email custserv@NSI-int.com. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you published this review under Lwaxana Troi.
ease of use: 1 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
broad age appeal: 1 out of 5
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Junk

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Not Happy - 28 days ago, Verified purchaser
It worked for a week.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 27 days ago
We're sorry you had a disappointing experience with your Plasma Ball. If you haven't already exchanged this item, please reach out to customer service at custserv@nsi-int.com, and they will do what they can to make things right. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you published this review under Not Happy.
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Fun toy

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Angie - 29 days ago, Verified purchaser
Both of our kids purchased one of these with gift cards and they love them. No issues getting them to work and easy and fun to use.
length of play: 3 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
ease of use: 5 out of 5
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Would not work.

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Rjay - 1 month ago, Verified purchaser
This item did not work as soon as the batteries were installed. I put in a whole other set of batteries and it still would not work. (It takes 6 AA batteries) Exchanged the item for a new one and it seems to work. Hoping it lasts.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 1 month ago
We're sorry your first Plasma Ball wouldn't work, and we hope you're enjoying its replacement. If you have any other issues, please reach out to customer service at custserv@nsi-int.com. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you published this review under Rjay.
ease of use: 5 out of 5
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
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Only 2 days of fun

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Suzy Q - 2 months ago, Verified purchaser
Stopped working after 2nd day of use. Plasma was brought and vivid but after the second day of it being played with, it stopped turning on. Batteries have been replaced twice and it just won't stay on. Fun while it lasted.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 2 months ago
We're sorry you had a disappointing experience with your Plasma Ball. Please reach out to our customer service team at custserv@NSI-int.com, and they will be happy to make things right. Please tell them exactly what the problem is and what you have tried, so they can troubleshoot the issue. They will make sure you get an entirely new unit, if necessary. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you published this review under Suzy Q.
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Just better than thought

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
ItsyourgirlAA - 2 months ago
Just great for kids and adults! Satisfying and a great way to explain science to kids in a fun matter!
broad age appeal: 4 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
ease of use: 5 out of 5
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Defective

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Ashley H - 5 months ago, Verified purchaser
Do NOT buy this! It worked twice and only on normal mode, audio mode never worked correctly. Then it died and I replaced the batteries thinking they were bad, nothing. It won’t turn on at all. Should have read the reviews!
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 5 months ago
We're sorry you had a disappointing experience with your Plasma Ball, but we really want to make things right. Please reach out to our customer service team at custserv@nsi-int.com, and they will be happy to help you. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and explain exactly what happened. Let them know you published this review under Ashley H.
value: 1 out of 5
broad age appeal: 1 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
ease of use: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
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Fascinating glowing orb

5 out of 5 stars
Jestelle - 5 months ago, Verified purchaser
My son likes little novelty items such as this thing. I remember seeing similar things when going to a science museum when I was younger, so its kind of neat to be able to bring it home. My son hasnt really done much with it since buying it other than showing people that he bought it when they come over.
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Shattered and cut my son's feet

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Didi - 10 months ago
Extremely dangerous and should not be marketed and sold in the isle for kids toys. Made out of thin glass. My son dropped it and broke instantly. Sliced his feet. I’m heart broken he is In so much pain.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 10 months ago
We're sorry you had this experience with the Plasma Ball. This item is age graded 14+ with adult supervision, not only because of its subject matter, but because it contains glass components. Please reach out to our customer service department at custserv@nsi-int.com and share what happened. They will do what they can to help you select a product that is age appropriate for your child.
length of play: 1 out of 5
ease of use: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
broad age appeal: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
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Doesn't work at all

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Anonymous - 11 months ago
Put new batteries in and it didn't even turn on. Will be returning.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 11 months ago
We're sorry you had a disappointing experience with your Plasma Ball, but hope you'll give this product another chance. Please reach out to our customer service team at custserv@NSI-int.com, and they will be happy to make sure you get a replacement. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you published this review under Anonymous.
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Shattered: not for kids

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Targetfinds - 1 year ago
Shattered. I thought it was plastic. As soon as we put batteries in, my daughter dropped it and it shattered everywhere. We are still finding tiny shards of glass. Way too dangerous for a child.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 11 months ago
We're sorry you had a negative experience with the Plasma Ball. Please understand that this item is age graded 14+ with adult supervision, not only because of its subject matter, but because it contains glass components. Please reach out to our customer service department at custserv@nsi-int.com and share what happened. They will do what they can to help you select a product that is age appropriate for your child.
quality: 1 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
broad age appeal: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
ease of use: 1 out of 5
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sad

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Mom - 1 year ago
It only lit up 2 times.....
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 1 year ago
We're sorry you are having issues with your plasma ball. Please reach out to customer service at custserv@nsi-int.com, and they will be happy to help you. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you published this review under Mom.
length of play: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
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Shattered

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
- 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
I purchased this as a gift and it was broken. I did a drive up pick up order so I didn’t know it was broken till I got home. I didn’t even have to open it to know if was shattered. There didn’t seem like there was any shipping protection like styrofoam at all.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 1 year ago
We are so sorry this happened to you. There's no way to tell whether the product was damaged in shipping or at the store. Were you able to exchange it for a new one? Please reach out to customer service at custserv@nsi-int.com, and they will be happy to help you. We're banking on you loving your new plasma ball and replacing this review with something positive about our product. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you published this review under Whitneymathah.
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Exploded

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
CMW - 1 year ago
Incredibly dangerous
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 1 year ago
Please email our customer service department ASAP at custserv@nsi-int.com, and we will get back to you immediately. In the subject line, please put "TARGET PLASMA BALL."
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Dont wast your time or money

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Kenzie - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
Piece of junk product. Bought as a Christmas gift for my bought and wouldn’t work. There is some kind of defect in this product. Was able to get it to turn on for a split second and that was it. Don’t wast your time. Returned.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 1 year ago
We're so sorry you had issues with your Plasma Ball and had to return it. If you decide to give this product another chance in the future, please contact our customer service problem with any problems, and they will be happy to make things right. You can contact them at custserv@NSI-int.com.
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Broken

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Rocky - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
Does not work whatsoever. Was a gift and was very disappointed.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 1 year ago
We're sorry you are having issues with your Plasma Ball, but we really want to make things right. Please reach out to customer service at custserv@nsi-int.com, and they will be happy to help you. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you published this review under Rocky.
broad age appeal: 1 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
ease of use: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
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Did not work

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Drpap - 1 year ago
From the very beginning, this barely worked. Flickered off/on whenever we pressed the button. Very frustrating for a very excited 7yo.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 1 year ago
We're so sorry this happened to you. Most of us at NSI are parents and grandparents ourselves, and it is never our intention to disappoint kids. Please reach out to our customer service team at custserv@NSI-int.com, and they will be happy to make things right. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you posted this review under Drpap.
broad age appeal: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
ease of use: 1 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
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Almost perfecr

4 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
RAH1020 - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
My son has been wanting this thing since the summer. He loves it. It has a glass ball which is awesome, I have seen others that are larger and much more expensive that have a plastic orb. This thing also has an auto shut off if no one has touched it for 5 minutes. What I don’t love about it is that it takes batteries, lots of AA batteries. I wish that it either recharged it’s self or plugged in.
ease of use: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
quality: 4 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
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Doesn't work

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
jsjcbs - 1 year ago
It's doesn't work. Turns on for a second at a time and doesn't light up when you touch it. Really poor quality. Returning it.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 1 year ago
We're sorry you had a disappointing experience with the plasma ball and hope you exchange it for one that is working properly. If we can help in any way, please reach out to our customer service team at custserv@nsi-int.com, and they will be happy to help you. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you published this review under jsjcbs.
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