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My tornado lava lamp doesn't work. A little plastic piece just bounces around on the bottom.

It's supposed to make a vortex but doesn't. Does it need to heat up? Is the plastic piece inside the lamp supposed to be stationary?

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  • Anonymous Jun 19, 2015

    This question is about the tornado lamp made by Lava Lamp company. It has the spinning vortex. Can anyone help us with solution to the spinner stopping? Again, not a traditional wax/water/heat lamp, but the type that spins. Thank you.

  • jo smith Oct 02, 2016

    Hi there - I just had this problem, following dropping it: There is a spinning motor with a magnet underneath the bottle which should in turn spin the plastic part inside the bottle. I had to lift the bottle off the base (unplug it!) and I found some springs had become stuck onto the motor magnet. I lifted the whole lighting/motor unit up and placed the springs into the three holes where they must have come from, then replaced the unit down onto the springs. I put the bottle back onto the base. Switched on and all ok. Hope that helps?

  • Ingrid Chambers
    Ingrid Chambers Jul 13, 2017

    Hey JO Smith, how did you get the bottle off of the base???



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It's difficult to say based on your limited description. A lava lamp is a first of all, a lamp. Does the incandescent lamp light up? If not, replace it (it's the heat source which creates the swirling action in the attached "lava" globe). As for the plastic piece, perhaps it's part of the lamp-holder socket that broke off due to heat. Perhaps part of the switch.
In any case, the light light bulb probably burnt out. Believe it a standard 40 watt bulb, but be absolutely certain to check before replacing as you do not want to put a bulb with a higher wattage in there due to the confined space inside the lamp.

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The coil spring in the bottom helps to spread the heat through the blob. Once it has been displaced it will take quite some time for the blob to liquify enough for the coil to be able to settle back to the bottom. It may take as long as two hours for an extra-large one to liquify. You will have to be very patient, but turn the lamp on and LEAVE IT ALONE.

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SOURCE: Lava Lamp is new, not working, spring loose on bottom, no blobs

The lamp is made of wax and alcohol. Try inverting the bottle several times. The aim is to get the wax to fall to the bottom. Try shaking it, especially when the fluid is warm. This may help break the wax up to where it can begin cycling on its own.....careful, though, you don't want to burn your hand. I have done this several times, and it works!
Best regards, --W/D--

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