When engineer Maurice Ribble’s girlfriend (now wife) asked him to make a travel-ready spinning wheel, he put his mind to work developing a system. Designing a machine that was portable, affordable, and easy to use eventually brought him to the Electric Eel, and he ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the little spinner in December 2017. Ribble is back with the Electric Eel Wheel Mini 2, an updated design that allows knitters to spin their own yarn anywhere.

Several design changes were made to this new generation of Kickstarter funded spinners. The design was changed to be more open and allow the user to see their work. Ball bearings were added to reduce vibration and friction, lowering the noise level. A switch now controls the motor and allows for clockwise and counter-clockwise rotation. Slots with holes were added to mount the unit with screws or give the option of clamping to a table, and two magnets were added to act as a holder for the orifice hook.

The full Eel machine is 5.25 x 4 x 5 inches and weighs approximately seven ounces, with the orifice hole at 0.400 inches. A dial on the side controls the speed, and The machine has a 5.5 x 2.1 millimetre barrel jack and requires 9 Volts, 1 Ampere to operate. An optional power cord can be purchased as part of the campaign or supplied by the user. Another accessory option is a 3D printed case to sit underneath the Eel and hold Ribble’s favorite battery pack, cleverly using the screw holes built into this new revision of spinner.

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