Balls for feeding the robot

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Last updated 7 years ago

Jeff M

Jeff M Asked 7 years ago

Hi Alois and Jeff,

I would like to start using my TT robot, but the manual says I should put balls into lukewarm water to minimise the chance of it clogging up the robot. Is it necessary? Can I just use a wet cloth to wipe each ball before I put them into the basket for the robot? Will washing the balls affect the performance of the balls afterwards?

Thanks. JeffM

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Jeff,

I think that just wiping them down will be fine.  I would say that it is a matter of making sure they are clean.

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Nigel Fewster

Nigel Fewster Posted 7 years ago

Hi, normally you get a set of balls with the robot if you did I would just put them straight in, if you are reusing balls then give them a clean first, it's more about debris that's stuck to them clogging up the wheels. I give the balls in my robot a clean every couple of months use. Just a bucket of warm soapy water then leave the, to dry. 


D K Posted 7 years ago

My robot usually clogs when there are too much balls.

I do not understand it.

The robot is said to be able to containg 300 balls.

In fact,I can give only 15-100 balls

Under 15:the robot does not have power to shoot as it uses the other balls as an extension of his shooting mechanism to expel the first ball

Over 100:the robot starts clogging

Nigel Fewster

Nigel Fewster Posted 7 years ago

Jamming could be due to a number of things. I strongly suggest you check the balls you are loading into the robot are round and also you are using hard balls soft balls don't work so well in robots. You can check the roundness of the balls quickly by creating a cut out in a piece of card with the diameter of a std ball give or take .5mm then putting all the balls through it . Obviously discard any balls that don't fit cleanly through.

Jeff M

Jeff M Posted 7 years ago

Thanks guys, I found that I cant have less than 12 balls as it needs balls in the basket to move the balls up the robot to be shot out. I only use DHS 1 star or 3 star balls, so far, it hasn't clogged up.

Nigel Fewster

Nigel Fewster Posted 7 years ago

Jeff which robot have got?

Jeff M

Jeff M Posted 7 years ago

Nigel, I have got the robopong 540

Nigel Fewster

Nigel Fewster Posted 7 years ago

Jeff had a quick look at your robot via google and see it does not come with any balls so I guess what the manufacture is saying if you use pre used balls that could have picked up dirt, hairs and dust then as a precaution give them a clean. Washing TT balls certainly has no adverse effects on them that I have encountered.

Steve Billmire

Steve Billmire Posted 7 years ago


It is recommend that you clean any new balls you buy. Because they have a slight powder on them that can get on the robots launch wheels. You can either wipe them with a wet cloth or (if you buy in bulk) fill your kitchen sink with warm water. Put them in the warm water and swirl them around, then wipe them off and let them dry on a towel. Or find a small basket and put the towel in it and put the balls in there. Putting them in the basket will help you when you need to use them.

Good luck and let us know how your robot works out for you. I have the IPONG Master V300 and use Gambler Bullet Platinum 3* balls in Orange. You can buy these balls for $15.00 US 36 count and they will work perfectly in your robot. I also recommend that you clean the balls before or after you are done practicing, as well as the robots launch wheel/wheels. If I remember right, the Robo-Pong 540 only has one launch wheel. Do you have a ball collection net to go with the robot??? If not I would highly recommend getting one, other wise you will be picking up balls more than practicing.

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