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This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your Miscellaneous Electronics, use our service manual.

  1. Obtain your plasma ball and unplug the wire (If battery operated take out battery's). Turn the Off/On/Sound switch to Off. Turn the Off/On/Sound switch to Off.
    • Obtain your plasma ball and unplug the wire (If battery operated take out battery's).

    • Turn the Off/On/Sound switch to Off.

  2. Flip over the plasma ball ( Be careful if putting on a table, its glass its easily broken) Unscrew the 4 screws, one in each corner of the mechanism. Unscrew the 4 screws, one in each corner of the mechanism.
    • Flip over the plasma ball ( Be careful if putting on a table, its glass its easily broken)

    • Unscrew the 4 screws, one in each corner of the mechanism.

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  4. Carefully pull apart the base from the main body, Now we have the base and the main panel. Now we have the base and the main panel.
    • Carefully pull apart the base from the main body,

    • Now we have the base and the main panel.

  5. Unscrew the two screws that hold the base to the control center. Unscrew the two screws that hold the base to the control center. Unscrew the two screws that hold the base to the control center.
    • Unscrew the two screws that hold the base to the control center.

  6. Next pop out the control center by pushing on these two plastic holders. Next pop out the control center by pushing on these two plastic holders.
    • Next pop out the control center by pushing on these two plastic holders.

  7. Pull the control center off the base and you are done with the teardown To rebuild the Plasma Ball do all the steps in reverse order. To rebuild the Plasma Ball do all the steps in reverse order.
    • Pull the control center off the base and you are done with the teardown

    • To rebuild the Plasma Ball do all the steps in reverse order.

Payton Harty

Member since: 11/02/2016

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5 Comments

Interesting teardown! Although, it might be noted that care should be taken when handling the circuit board, especially around the flyback transformer (big black cylinder), as plasma balls typically operate on high voltages and may pose a shock hazard.

nerdyphysicsguy - Reply

does anyone know anything about troubleshooting electrical issues? I have a ball this is 20 years old and worked in 2016 when i packed it to move, but when i reopened it 8 months later i get nothing when i turn it on. Anyone have ideas?

Josh Pickles - Reply

When I tried putting it back together it would not light the same way does anyone know how to fix this?

Cmolinar98 - Reply

Need to ensure the wire touches the steel wool when reassembling.

Coen Stoltz - Reply

Any suggestions as to get the arcs to use the whole globe? Unless I touch the globe the arcs all shoot along the base

Grant - Reply

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