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Pyramid Phoenix Personal Ball Revivor Review
« on: February 26, 2020, 12:16:34 PM »



The Pyramid Phoenix Ball Revivor, uses a forced air heating system to heat a bowling ball to extract oil from the ball by circulating heat evenly around the ball.

About me I've been bowling for almost 30 years and have had a lot of experience using many ball cleaning and surfacing products, I even pieced together my own DIY ball revivor which I used for many years. So I feel I have a good eye for what works and doesn't in regard to ball cleaning.

The unit I got worked as advertised, it only required some simple assembly before use. Operation was simple I just placed my ball in the unit and pressed the on/off/ button to start the preset 30 minute heating cycle.

The unit automatically shut itself off at the end of the cycle,  I opened it and wiped the now oil covered ball off, turning the ball over I replaced it into the unit and started a second heating cycle.

At the end of the cycle I removed the again oil covered ball and sprayed some ball cleaner on it and wiped away the oil. Thee ball was now clean and the surface “tacky” again. I'll give it 5 out of 5 stars!

Pros:
1: The heating unit is at the bottom of the Revivor, I like this because since heat naturally rises I believe the ball will heat more evenly (This is like my DIY one). Similar devices heat from the top down so have to force the heated air downwards.

2: Construction is fairly solid and of good quality.

3: The big ball cup in this can be taken out and used on your table if you need to have something to set the ball on.

4: It's made in sections which allow for easy cleaning and ball placement.

5: Price is lower than other similar units.

Cons:
1: This is a small nitpick the lid is just a little fiddly when you put it on, you might have jiggle it around so it seats fully.

How I reached my 5 star rating:
I've tested the Phoenix's operation for eight hours  and with 7 balls from different mfg's, Checking internal and ball surface temperatures during this period.

I started with a internal temperature test (using a digital thermometer w/probe ) without any ball in it. Over a half hour cycle the temperature slowly rose to a final temperature of 153° which I figured was within the operating range. With a ball in the unit, the internal temperature still reached 153°.

(Note: I found probe placement could affect readings. Such as against the cylinder wall.)

Using a low cost IR thermometer ball surface temperatures measurements fell in the 120°-130° range which is about where you want it and where most other home revivor type machines reach.

This a new product from Pyramid Bowling and functions well IMO. I have several of Pyramids products and they are decent also and Bowlingball.com and Pyramid Bowling are pretty good about helping customers if they have a problem or questions about a product.
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Re: Pyramid Phoenix Personal Ball Revivor Review
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2020, 01:03:17 PM »
It looks like a re-purposed food dehydrator.
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Re: Pyramid Phoenix Personal Ball Revivor Review
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2020, 02:13:04 PM »
It looks like a re-purposed food dehydrator.

That's what the NUball and Innovaqtive/Vertex one's are, Their Nesco Dehydrator heating units sitting on a bucket.

But as long as it works....
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Re: Pyramid Phoenix Personal Ball Revivor Review
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2020, 03:11:26 PM »
It looks like a re-purposed food dehydrator.

That's what the NUball and Innovaqtive/Vertex one's are, Their Nesco Dehydrator heating units sitting on a bucket.

But as long as it works....

Yep, I owned a NuBall. I used it so rarely that I ended up giving it away so it didn't take up room in my house.

It did work though.
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Re: Pyramid Phoenix Personal Ball Revivor Review
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2020, 03:17:51 PM »
It looks like a re-purposed food dehydrator.

That's what the NUball and Innovaqtive/Vertex one's are, Their Nesco Dehydrator heating units sitting on a bucket.

But as long as it works....

Yep, I owned a NuBall. I used it so rarely that I ended up giving it away so it didn't take up room in my house.

It did work though.

Yeah have yet to pull more than a few drops out of any of my stuff with my Vertex but OCD about cleaning, live in super hot climate and don't put a lot of games on any one ball any more.  In retrospect would stick to hot water baths rare times I need a de-oil.
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Re: Pyramid Phoenix Personal Ball Revivor Review
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2020, 10:44:16 AM »
I live my NuBall heater. Works great.
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