If you’re the parent or sibling of a cuber and are absolutely frustrated with the noise a cube makes, you’re not alone! I remember my parents and my sister getting irritated when I used to do long-solving sessions. Cubes back then did make a lot of extra noise, so that didn’t help and even I used to get pretty irritated with the constant noise!
In this blog, I will discuss some ways to make your cube quieter. Let’s get straight into it.
Trick 1 - Buy A New Cube!
The number 1 solution to a noisy cube is to buy a new one that is designed to be quieter. A lot of speedcubes are really noisy due to their design. That doesn’t mean they’re not good, they’re just noisy. The solution to fixing this is to buy a cube with a design that doesn’t generate a lot of irritating noise. Good options are:-
- Tornado v2 or v3 - Although the v2 is quieter in my opinion, the v3 is also much quieter than most of the cubes that you can find in the market. The reason why I’ve recommended these cubes before mentioning any other is that they’re one of the best flagship speedcubes in the market and are amazing value-for-money options. I much rather prefer the Tornado v2 over the v3, but that’s just my personal opinion and most people enjoy the v3 more. So, if you want one of the best speedcubes that you can get and also want it to be quiet, this is the best option for you. Also, the higher variants of the Tornado v3 come with the Maglev technology, which removes the unnecessary spring noise.
- GAN 13 Maglev or 12 Maglev - These are more expensive options but are one of the best on the market. Their design allows for quiet turning while being really fast. GAN 12 Maglev is one generation below the GAN 13 Maglev so it’s a bit cheaper. A plus point about these cubes is that they do not have springs, and have Maglev technology as a replacement for springs. This makes the cube much faster while also removing unnecessary spring noise. So if you have the budget, then go for it!
- GAN 356 Cubes - GAN cubes are generally quieter than any other cubes in their price range. That is why I’ve recommended this and added it to the list. I’d much rather pick up the Tornado series cubes instead of these but they are a good option if you want a quiet speedcube. The GAN 356 M and the GAN 356 RS are really good cubes, but they might be too outdated.
Trick 2 - Use Lube!
If your main cube is noisy and you don’t want to replace it, there’s still a solution. Use high viscosity lubricant, or weight 5 lubricant. Good recommendations for lube are the standard and premium lubricants from the Cubelelo website. The options are Cubelelo Nucleus standard lubricant and Cubelelo Calm premium lubricant. Both of these are weight 5 thick and gummy lubes. Weight 5 lubes are mainly used in the core but you can use them in the pieces as well to slow down the cube and make it more stable. The added bonus of using these lubes on the pieces and core is that it makes the cube quieter. Weight 5 lubricants are also very long-lasting because of their high viscosity and they stay longer in your cube as compared to lighter lubricants.
I hope you found your solution! For bigger cubes, I’d recommend buying your cube keeping performance in mind instead of the noise factor. Bigger cubes tend to make more noise than regular 3x3s. So, if you really want to reduce the noise as much as possible, just use the second trick of using high-viscosity lubricant. Catch you later!
Sarthak Masta is a speedcuber from Raipur. He started cubing in 2013 and now has 9 years of cubing experience. Apart from cubing, Sarthak enjoys making music and singing. He has attended a total of 7 competitions in Raipur and has gotten 10 podiums, with 2 gold medals, 4 silver medals and 4 bronze medals.