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Quinn Mallory creates a timer which allows instant access to parallel universes. Once he creates the timer, Quinn uses it to travel to another Earth. However, the timer was set to a time limit which he can stay on each Earth for a limited amount of time. The rest of the sliders have to travel to each parallel Earth after the timer is hit to zero. When the timer is hit to zero, a portal is created and allows the sliders to travel through it. But if they missed the portal, the sliders will get stuck in a parallel Earth for 29 years. The sliders have to wait for the next 29 years in order to slide to the next window. There are times that the timer gets broken and or being repaired in some episodes. In the episode, "Gillian of the Spirits", the timer couldn't work properly since the portal got hit by an electromagnetic storm in the previous world. In the non-technological world, Professor Arturo has to devise a way to fix the timer even though Quinn was caught himself in a limbo state. In the episode, "Slide Like An Egyptian", the sliders missed a portal and believed that they're struck in the Egyptian world for 29 years. However, they discover another timer which was created by possible Egyptian scientists who believe that they can travel to the afterlife after death. There are several episodes which shown that the timer created a different portal in color. It wasn't stated why the timer would create a different portal but it does send the sliders to countless parallel Earths as always. The timer can also create a one portal after another. This would lead that the portal opens and closes in different locations either in the same world or different worlds. In the episode, "This Slide of Paradise", Rembrandt Brown and Wade Welles entered the portal and traveled to another Earth until they reached their home world, Earth Prime. However, Quinn Mallory and Maggie Beckett find themselves in the future world instead. In the episode, "Lipschitz Live", the sliders gets separated again but this time they landed in different locations of the same world.