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Powerball 250Hz Autostart Exercise Equipment

by Powerball
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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  • No Starter Strings Required
  • NSD Powerball 250Hz Autostart
  • Latest Powerball Technology
  • RPM Counter Also Included
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 8 x 23 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 399 g
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  • Item model number: PB188AC
  • ASIN: B003UMJ0DI
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 2 July 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,013 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Powerball Autostart -- No Strings Attached

Introducing the new Powerball Autostart, the pull-back-and-start version of the mighty 250Hz Powerball. Gone is the requirement to wind a pull-string around the central gyro, you just pull back along a hard surface, and power straight into your Powerball run.

Powerball Autostart
The new Powerball Autostart is the latest 250Hz model from Powerball.

New Method, Same Quality

Offering the same superlative build quality as the other Powerballs in the range the 250Hz Autostart has the added advantage of being truly portable and can be easily operated by anybody – beginners wont need practice to perfect their start, and seasoned Powerballers won’t have to break their stride between runs.

Play and Compete

With the Powerball Autostart there’s no need for lengthy waits between powerball sessions; the new version allows competitions to step up a notch, letting you power into your next session without pausing to reload your Powerball.

Powerball Autostart
The redesigned gyro in the Powerball Autostart means it can be started quickly from any hard surface. No pull-strings are required.

Exercise and Rehabilitate

The Powerball may be used as an entertaining toy, but at its core is a serious fitness that creates incredible forces to strengthen the forearms, wrists and fingers. This makes a favourite for racket-sports players, martial artists, guitar players and anyone looking to improve the power and precision of their technique.

Note :

The Autostart model, which unlike the basic models in the range, it does not require cords - it has its own unique mechanism built into the rotor that allows it to be automatically started.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 17 Sep 2010
By WJ Rees
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This is an incredible bit of kit. I bought it for my wife as a rehabilitation aid and she is delighted with it. The autostart feature is excellent though it still needs a bit of practice to keep it going. This device is a lot more than a toy - I cannot believe how much it makes your muscles ache if you rev it up.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars no strings 24 Nov 2010
By panache
this powerball is a lot easier to start than the other powerballs that need the string to start, you wind the inner ball with your thumbs to tighten and release when you start twirling the powerball with wrist, i bought to aid better blood circulation and exercise the arms and wrist because my arms were feeling numb with some dull ache in the fingers, it apparently helps carpal tunnel syndrome, rsi releives the symptons heres hoping.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very addictive and well made 1 Jan 2011
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A colleague had a similar ball bought for him as a Secret Santa gift and it seemed tremendous fun. I searched and found this ball believing that no string is a good thing. I was right. Not having to rely on string to start the gizmo is very handy.

Your first attempt feels foolish (particularly when you try it in the "wrong" hand for the first time) but it is wonderful to see how quickly your hands and ears get use to the device. I mention ears because you will soon learn how well you are doing by the noises and pitch of the device. My son wanted a go which has led to us have competitions over the last couple of days because it is so addictive. You will be surprised at a) how much you sweat and b) how your arm can ache afterwards.

The packaging is very nice although a small printed manual would have been very handy, hence the fifth star being absent. There is a small CD supplied with it and there is plenty of help on the web although it seems odd to need a computer to find out how to use it. Having said that though you won't be disappointed when you've had a go. it is tremendous fun.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product 3 May 2012
By Angel
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I bought this on recommendation from my physio, for building up wrist strength after surgery (been having physio for five months to get to this point) given that she uses them all the time and took a couple of attempts to start one with the string I thought the extra money for the autostart version was worth spending.

I've not been disappointed, it is very easy to start - if you have any sort of wrist problems the starter string is going to be tricky so I'd strongly recommend this version. You can use two hands to turn the inner ball if it's too hard to use just one hand (for starting). It also makes it really easy to get it going again after you fail to keep it spinning fast enough (which will happen often at the beginning, this is the whole point - it is meant to be difficult or it wouldn't give you any benefit).

After a few days of use - I can already feel the improvement in strength.....for those who say it isn't hard, try keeping it going at over 7,000 for more than five minutes and I can assure you that even people without any wrist injury will start to struggle, hold it out in front of you palm down (how physios teach its use) and you will feel the benefit in your forearm as well as the wrist.

As others have said the 'deluxe case' is actually a plastic shop display box so I'd recommend buying the case that Amazon sell to keep it clean and safe. A paper quick start guide for the different settings on the electronic display would make it perfect but it's still worth five stars as you can easily print them from the CD - which does include instructions for starting it - they are just on a different tab from the manual ones as the CD covers both versions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Autostart power ball 29 Jan 2011
I'd give it an 8 out of 10. Great for strengthening your forearms and wrists. No fiddly strings to worry about, just wind it back and away it goes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars power to the ball 8 Jan 2011
By vlad
irritating till you get the knack but a good way of toning arms. try two balls at once,its not easy
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Autostart? Really? 24 Oct 2013
By Yasumy
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I must admit, I got fooled by reading autostart and assuming that meant clicking a button, this isn't the case. You essentially wind it up, like one of those toy cars you used to play with. I prefer using the string, it's simpler and more accurate. The Autostart feature is almost misleading, as it isn't clearly explained anywhere.
Other than that it's great, although it take a while to get use to the different programming options.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 26 Mar 2013
By rats
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Bought on advice of physio to help a sprained wrist - has really helped . Self winder excellent and could not imagine why you would want to buy one you had to wind up.....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great if you are a musician and want to improve ...
Have always had weak wrists and fingers, arm wrestling was next to impossible. Have to say this is an extraordinary little device, great if you are a musician and want to improve... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fasi Z
2.0 out of 5 stars Powerball.
Could not get the thing going ,no matter what i tried !! Stick with the string pull power balls,i had to sell this at a huge loss !
Published 2 months ago by L. Trendall
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerball 250Hz Autostart Exercise Equipment
I'm already a fan of Powerballs, However the auto start is an improvement not to be sniffed at as it makes things easier
Published 2 months ago by Gman1973
1.0 out of 5 stars A bit rubbish really.
When I saw this, I thought "what a great idea". Now I kind of think "a bit of a waste of money"
Try as hard as I like I cannot get any kind of rhythm going... Read more
Published 3 months ago by John Harvey
4.0 out of 5 stars You get what you paid for.
Its performance is as expected from my experience with prior powerballs but I thought it was too over-priced but heck I really wanted this powerball, overall its great works fine... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Naib Hussain
4.0 out of 5 stars Power to the Powerball !!
Purchased this item to help increase flexibility and strength to my arms, wrist and fingers, as a mature Guitar beginner I was
finding it difficult to acquire enough dexterity... Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Shorthouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Pain and gain
this is an addictive toy to have. The new easy start makes it fun and great to use, can get quite competitive
Published 5 months ago by pc
3.0 out of 5 stars not as great as expected
The auto load spring for start (called autostart) is finally something intelligent.
I was very disappointed by the level of orthogonal vibration while spinning. Read more
Published 5 months ago by M. Marco
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Powerball available.
In short.... No strings!!! This is the best powerball I've ever owned. I've had two previous powerballs which had strings and they were incredibly fiddly to use. Read more
Published 5 months ago by hak92
5.0 out of 5 stars Autostart Easystart
I already have one of the string start Powerball Neon, to help when the pain in my wrists flares up, which has been absolutely excellent. Read more
Published 5 months ago by GsyMoo
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