Playing with an Orbeez gun can provide hours of fun and stress relief. However, a non-functioning or poorly shooting Orbeez blaster can quickly dampen the excitement. Before abandoning your weapon, try troubleshooting the issue.
Let’s walk you through common problems and solutions to get your Orbeez gun shooting properly again.
Understanding How an Orbeez Gun Works
Before we dive into troubleshooting, let’s briefly go over how an Orbeez gun functions:
- Orbeez beads – These are tiny, hydrogel beads that expand significantly when soaked in water. They become squishy and colorful.
- Water reservoir – Orbeez guns have a compartment to hold water that helps propel the beads out of the nozzle.
- Nozzle and barrel – This is the narrow opening where expanded Orbeez beads pass through when shot out of the gun.
- Loading area – This is where dry Orbeez beads are loaded into the blaster.
- Trigger mechanism – Pulling the trigger activates a push rod or plunger that forces water pressure through the nozzle, shooting the beads outwards.
- Power source – Most Orbeez guns are battery-powered, using motors to generate the water pressure needed for firing the beads.
Understanding the basics of how your blaster works will help isolate potential issues. Now let’s explore the common problems and solutions.
Orbeez Beads Not Expanding Properly
Key Takeaway: Use purified water and follow soaking guidelines for full Orbeez expansion.
The Orbeez beads must properly expand for smooth firing. If they don’t grow to adequate size and softness, you’ll likely experience shooting problems or clogs.
- Using tap water instead of purified or distilled water. Tap water may contain minerals and chlorine that inhibit expansion.
- Not following the recommended water-to-bead ratio when soaking. Too much or too little water prevents proper hydration.
- Inadequate soaking time. Orbeez beads need to soak for the duration specified on the package.
- Use distilled or purified water when hydrating your Orbeez. Avoid tap water.
- Carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the correct water-to-bead ratio. This ensures proper hydration and expansion.
- Allow beads to soak for the full recommended time, usually 4-8 hours. Set a timer to keep track.
Full expansion results in smooth, round Orbeez that won’t get stuck in the gun barrel. Take the time to correctly hydrate your ammo for hassle-free shooting.
A clogged nozzle is another common reason for poor or no firing. With repeated use, Orbeez residue can gradually build up and block the narrow nozzle opening. But resolving a clogged nozzle is fortunately quite straightforward.
- Orbeez debris drying and accumulating in the nozzle over time.
- Using low-quality beads is more prone to breaking apart and clogging.
- Allowing beads to dry inside the gun between uses.
- Clean the nozzle thoroughly with warm water and mild soap. Use a pipe cleaner brush to clear any stuck particles.
- Rinse all soap residue and let parts fully dry before reassembling. Remaining moisture can re-clog nozzles.
- Consider buying higher-quality Orbeez less likely to break apart and clog the gun.
- Avoid leaving beads or moisture inside the unused blaster. Promptly clean it after every play session.
A clean, dry nozzle is key for optimized performance. Inspect it regularly and clean it when required to avoid frustrating clogs mid-game.
Trapped Air Bubbles in the Reservoir
The water reservoir inside the blaster needs to be bubble-free for proper bead propulsion. Air bubbles can interrupt the water pressure and shooting consistency. Luckily, this issue can also be addressed with minimum effort.
- Filling the reservoir hastily causes air bubble formation.
- Agitating the blaster causes air to mix into the water.
- Tiny air bubbles gradually accumulate over time and use.
- Gently tap and tilt the blaster to dislodge the trapped air bubbles and force them to the surface.
- Squeeze the trigger a few times while pointing downward. This will help the bubble exit via the nozzle.
- Consider using a syringe to extract stubborn air pockets from the reservoir if needed.
- When refilling, pour water slowly into the reservoir to prevent splashing and bubbles.
Don’t ignore trapped air inside your blaster. Take a few moments before a game to purge bubbles for smooth bead propulsion every time you pull the trigger.
Improper Bead Loading
Your Orbeez blaster won’t shoot properly if beads aren’t loaded into the hopper or magazine correctly. Take time to learn the proper loading technique for your model.
- Failing to evenly distribute beads in the loading compartment.
- Overfilling or compacting beads too densely in the loading area.
- Loading area misalignment preventing bead pickup.
- Carefully review the loading instructions in your blaster’s user manual.
- Spread beads evenly throughout the loading compartment without overcrowding.
- Ensure the loading component is securely aligned with the nozzle opening for proper bead suction.
- Consider using a funnel when pouring beads into the loading port for even filling.
Your blaster can only shoot the beads its internal components can effectively grab and feed into the nozzle. Avoid ammo clumping or uneven loading.
Advanced Troubleshooting Tips
For persisting issues not resolved by basic troubleshooting, consider these advanced debugging tips before replacing your Orbeez blaster:
- Inspect for cracks or damage – Open up the gun and check for any visible cracks or wear causing air/water leaks.
- Check for loose fasteners – Ensure no screws, clamps, or fittings have become loose, causing components to misalign.
- Test battery and connections – Faulty batteries or loose wiring connectors can affect firing power.
- Lubricate O-rings – Dry O-rings around reservoirs can prevent adequate air sealing for firing pressure.
- Clear barrel obstructions – Use a pipe cleaner to dislodge any beads stuck deeper in the barrel.
- Contact manufacturer support – If all else fails, contact the maker’s customer service for model-specific help.
With some diligent testing and part replacement, you can often revive a seemingly dead Orbeez blaster. But take care to only service what you’re comfortable with, and have an adult assist if required.
Q: Why are my Orbeez misshapen or smaller after soaking?
A: Using tap water or incorrect soaking time can prevent full expansion. Use purified water and soak beads for the recommended duration.
Q: How can I prevent Orbeez residue buildup in the nozzle?
A: Promptly clean your blaster after each use. Consider upgrading to higher-quality Orbeez less prone to breaking apart.
Q: Why does my Orbeez blaster fire inconsistently?
A: Trapped air bubbles can affect firing consistency. Gently tap and tilt the blaster to dislodge bubbles before use.
Q: My blaster leaks water/air from a loose component. How can I fix this?
A: Carefully inspect O-rings, clamps, and fittings. Tighten any loose parts and replace damaged O-rings for a good seal.
Q: Why does my Orbeez blaster hum but not fire?
A: This often indicates a jammed component like a stuck plunger head. Disassemble and check for obstructions around moving parts.
Q: How do I unload Orbeez from the gun without making a mess?
A: Point the blaster downward over a bowl. Slide the loading component out carefully to let beads fall out gradually.
Thoroughly troubleshooting your malfunctioning Orbeez blaster ensures you can get back to playing quickly and avoid injury from improper use. Patience and methodically working through potential issues can often yield a simple solution.
When your Orbeez gun starts firing weakly or not at all, don’t toss it out just yet. In many cases, basic troubleshooting steps like checking for clogs, hydrating beads properly, removing air bubbles, and realigning loading components can get your blaster shooting properly again.
For more complex issues, consider advanced solutions like replacing batteries, testing wiring, lubricating O-rings and contacting the manufacturer for support.