The iPong Sphere 40+ 3-Star table tennis ball is sold by USA-based, ping pong robot manufacturers, iPong. It is not to be confused with the iPong Poly Pro ball (shown below) – which is their training ball as isn’t ITTF approved. Sorry, I could find an image for the iPong Sphere.
If you aren’t particularly clued up when it comes to table tennis equipment you might not realise that the iPong Sphere 40+ 3-Star seamless ball is not manufactured directly by iPong. Instead, it is manufactured by Shanghai Minkow – the company that produce all of the seamless table tennis balls, in China.
Other plastic table tennis balls manufactured (and rebranded) by Minkow include;
- 729 40+ 3-Star
- Asian Pacific 40+ 3-Star
- GKI Premium 40+ 3-Star
- Hanno 40+ 3-Star
- iPong Sphere 40+ 3-Star
- Joola Flash 40+ 3-Star
- Kingnik 40+ 3-Star – Minkow’s in-house branded ball.
- Nexy 40+ 3-Star
- Palio 40+ 3-Star
- Sanwei 40+ 3-Star
- Schildkröt Super 40+ 3-Star
- Stag Peter Karlsson 40+ 3-Star
- Tibhar SL 40+ 3-Star
- Xiom 40+ 3-Star
- Xushaofa 40+ 3-Star
- Yinhe 40+ 3-Star
IPONG SPHERE 40+
This means that all seamless table tennis balls are identical, just with different brand logos printed on them. This iPong Sphere 40+ ball is exactly the same as the popular Xushaofa 40+ seamless ball, and the Kingnik 40+ 3-Star (which is the in-house brand of Shanghai Minkow).
As I mentioned earlier, check to make sure you are getting the iPong Sphere (which is a 3-star ball) and not the iPong Poly Pro (which is a training ball). Personally, I don’t like that they have called their training ball the “Poly Pro” as I recon this could easily confuse players into thinking it was a top quality ball.
We haven’t managed to do a full video review of the iPong Sphere 40+ 3-Star table tennis ball yet – and I’m not sure we ever will. Instead, it is our intention to film a video comparing all five of the new plastic balls and giving our opinions on which is the best table tennis ball.
If you are looking for a review of the iPong Sphere 40+ ball, and as all of the seamless balls are exactly the same, we would advise you to have a look at our review of either the Xushaofa ball or the Kingnik ball. Everything we say about those balls will apply directly to the iPong Sphere 40+ ball.
BUY THE BALL
If you are looking for seamless balls, we recommend buying Minkow’s own-branded Kingnik 40+ balls. Unless other balls are on special offer, the Kingnik balls should always be the cheapest – as they come direct from the factory. You can buy Kingnik 40+ 3-star balls from;
- Tabletennis11.com: A pack of 6 balls costs €9.00 (€1.50 per ball)
- Megaspin.net (US): A pack of 6 balls costs $10.80 ($1.80 per ball)
- eBay.com: A pack of 6 balls costs $12.99 ($2.17 per ball)
- eBay.co.uk: A pack of 6 balls costs £4.95 (£0.83 per ball)
Or why not check out our favourite 40+ plastic ball, the Nittaku Premium!
- Tabletennis11.com: A pack of 3 balls costs €7.50 (€2.50 per ball)
- Megaspin.net (US): A pack of 6 balls costs $17.50 ($2.92 per ball)
- Amazon.com: A pack of 6 balls costs $19.99 ($3.33 per ball)
- Amazon.co.uk: A pack of 3 balls costs £6.98 (£2.33 per ball)
- eBay.com: A pack of 3 balls costs $7.49 ($2.50 per ball)
- eBay.co.uk: A pack of 3 balls costs £6.50 (£2.17 per ball)
You might be interested in reading Ben’s article The Best Table Tennis Balls, which is available on his Expert Table Tennis blog. And don’t forget to check out all of our other Table Tennis Ball Reviews as well.
Have you used the iPong Sphere 40+ ball yourself? What did you think of it? Please share your experiences and leave a review below in the comments.