Fidget spinners are one of the most popular new toys out there, giving people a chance to scratch that fidgeting urge and release that nervous energy without getting on anyone else’s nerves in the process. There are a couple of companies developing high-end fidget spinners, and this in article we are going to peruse over the Torqbar range.
Torqbar spinners are extremely new and are quite sparse, so you’re extremely lucky if you can get your hands on one. MD Engineering – makers of the Torqbar – set out to develop a fidget spinner superior to all others, and can be thought of as pioneers in the premium fidget spinner market.
With the fidget spinner community still in its embryonic phases, we are seeing some quite incredible things with the Torqbar right now. While the most expensive spinner comes in at $199, the most dedicated of spinners have been prepared to pay up to double that, purely because of the rarity of them. The tight-knit community are obviously very devoted to the toy and subsequently there are plenty of YouTube videos around showing the Torqbar in use – perfect for wannabe spinners who want to get an idea of what they are like before spending their money.
There are four different Torqbars in product at the moment and there are slight variations in price. The cheapest spinner is the brass Torqbar at $139, the copper and stainless steel designs come in at $149 and $179 respectively, while the big fish, the titanium Torqbar will set you back $199. They are remarkably easy to get the hang of, and the ergonomic, concave finger pads are conducive to a steady hold. Once you’re all set up, you’ll find great satisfaction in flicking the spinner clockwise and anti-clockwise, attempting to keep the Torqbar spinning for longer each time, and that’s their raison d’être. Flicking and fidgeting will become your new addictive hobby, especially with a Torqbar, it’s just far healthier and less annoying than pen-clicking and nail-biting!
So, what are the differences between the four Torqbars? The weight is the key separating factor, with the heaviest Torqbar – the copper model – nigh on twice as heavy as the ultra-light 31-gram titanium Torqbar. The other two spinners are in between, although they lean towards being of a closer weight to the copper than the titanium. These variations lead to differences in spin time. The titanium effortlessly whizzes around for two to three minutes at a time while the brass Torqbar chalks up more than four minutes in a perfect storm. Not that you have to go for long spins – if you’re really fidgety you’ll likely find yourself stopping and re-spinning with regularity.
One of the primary reasons to purchase a high-end metal spinner over a cheaper alternative is the sound – or lack of it. The chances are if you’re buying a fidget spinner at this price you’re doing so because you don’t want to be a distraction to others. With the Torqbar, public use is going to be undetectable and while you will hear the quiet whirring in silence, the chances of others hearing or being bothered by it are decidedly low. We found the sound even to be rather pleasurable and relaxing after a while.
The Torqbar comes with everything you need to take it around with you easily. The box ensures a tight fit and no nuisance-making noises from rattling around, while you can also attach the spinner to a key ring if you want to have it with you at all times – also, you’ve no risk of misplacing, losing or having your Torqbar stolen if you have it secured to a key chain. However, while the key chain is handy, you’ll have to take it off if you want to give it a spin.
It’s an ever-present issue with fidget spinners right now as solutions are sought for the early problems, but keeping the dirt, lint and other particles out of your Torqbar is rather difficult. As a consequence, the spinner gets a bit gritty after a while and is going to majorly knock down your spin time. You’ll know as soon as you’re starting to have an issue with grit, purely because your spinner will sound louder when in action. It’s hard to avoid as it only takes small particles to get in to disrupt things, so instead of prevention, right now, tackling and reducing the side effects is the priority.
Thankfully, MD Engineering are on hand to offer some comprehensive and helpful advice on how to keep the Torqbar specifically in as good condition as feasibly possible. The FAQ section answers just about any question you will have and providing you follow the steps correctly, your spinner – whether it’s the brass, copper, steel or titanium – will recapture its top performance with a thorough cleaning.
How to go about cleaning? You could either soak the Torqbar in some warm soapy water and perhaps with an acidic substance too, or you could choose to spray it with alcohol and rub it into the bearing – either seems to be productive. Once washed, make sure that you totally dry the Torqbar, it helps to spray a few jets of compressed air. When it comes to cleaning, play it by ear and do so when you think it’s becoming gritty as otherwise you could damage the internals long-term. Whether you can hear a noise or not, a weekly clean is about right, although that could vary depending on how often or rarely that you spin the Torqbar. It’s also worth noting that some Torqbars experience less trouble here than others – a couple we tested got gritty quickly while others didn’t at all.
At the end of the day, if you want the best fidget spinner money can buy, the Torqbar fits that billing – grit or no grit. No other spinner fits as comfortably in your hand or spins as quietly. If you have the fidget spinner bug and want the ultimate, then the Torqbar is the one for you.