Does anyone here remember Tornado lamps and Spiral lamps? Tornado lamps were either cylinder shaped or in a rocket (called the rocket tornado). and consisted of small beads that would go when you turned it on and a propeller caused the beads to go in a vortex. Spiral lamps were bullet shaped and had larger pearl shaped beads that were propelled up a pump then went down a spiral path. They were both made in the 90s/early 2000s by a Chinese/Taiwanese company called Kenart and were imported by Lyon Motion. Any store that sold Lava Lamps during this time likely would have sold them.
I used to have the spiral
The problem i found in buying them used (vintage at this point) is that the fluid somehow evaporates over time and the balls won't rise enough to drop correctly.
If / when you find one for sale, make sure the level is high because its sealed and there is no way of adding more
i had both back in the day, my tornado was a rocket style were fun lamps, but long gone now
They’re pretty cool.
Pretty sure I saw a spiral variant at a car boot sale recently. I should have nabbed it.
I have the spiral one currently and remember these as a kid. Much like most of the 90s lamps they’re very nostalgic. The spiral one I have doesn’t run well and mainly resides in the closet.
I had a spiral lamp as well but I ended up letting my brother have it years ago when I left for college. I do believe he still has it, but think the liquid has also evaporated below the tope of the spiral over time. It was always a fun one to watch. Tornado lamps still show up here and there on ebay the the letgo/facebook marketplace/offer up scenes.
I used to have the tornado lamp but the liquid became cloudy and the motor died I think I still have it somewhere cool lamp tho.