.: Statistics measured at iSoaker.com
Manufacturer: Wild Planet
Copyright Date / Release Date: 2002 / 2003
Availability: No Longer Made
Overall Stats ::
Weight: 580.00 g (20.49 oz.)
Reservoir Volume: 375.00 mL (12.5 fl.oz.)
Firing/Pressure Chamber Volume: 4.00 mL (0.13 fl.oz.)
Pump Volume: N/A
iSoaker.com Ratings .:
Blaster :: 41.0 cm (16.14 ") x 8.0 cm (3.15 ") x 22.0 cm (8.66 ")
Known Version Colours .:
(From iSoaker.com Findings)
Number of Nozzles: 1
Range (45 degrees)
iSoaker Output Rating
iSoaker Power Rating
3.0 m (9.84')
5.0 m (16.4')
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The Waterball SL175 is the smaller of two Water Ball launchers released in 2003 by Wild Planet Toys. The shape of the blaster seems rather odd, but what is even more unique about this blaster is how it shoots. Unlike other modern water blasters, the Waterball SL175 does not fire a pulse or stream of water. Instead, it fires a single sphere of water. It is definitely something unique to see a ball of water travelling in an arc through the air, making a pleasant splatting sound upon impact on a flat surface. To shoot the Waterball SL175, the top-mounted sled-trigger mechanism must first be pushed all the way forward, then pulled back. Upon further testing, the best water balls were produced when the blaster was arced upwards at least 30 degrees from horizontal and the trigger-sled was pushed and pulled smoothly.
The size of the water ball produced is small, roughly 4mL volume. As well, the range of the water ball is not very far by Super Soaker standards (estimated 20 foot range as is advertised). Because of the lower range and output, one will not get one's targets significantly wet. This gives the Waterball SL175 the advantage of having over 100 shots for one full tank. The reservoir is transparent and has lines roughly indicating when you still have 150, 100, or 50 shots left. The noise produced from the blaster when it fires is rather loud and startling the first time hearing it. Perhaps they could have put some padding or cushion on the inside of the blaster to dampen the noise produced.
Since not much water is released, this makes this blaster particularly good for small indoor battles where one does not wish to soak the upholstry. As well, it is a perfect blaster for training with as well as relatively safe to let even smaller children use without fear that they might shoot their eyes out. The ball of water expelled does not even travel very quickly. Instead, it takes a nice gentle arc through the air as it flies towards its final destination. One peculiarity is that a lot of water does tend to dribble from two release holes at the bottom of the blaster. According to the box, this is normal, though there is no explanation why this occurs in the first place.
Overall, the technology present here makes the Waterball SL175 a unique and amusing water blaster. Not recommended during any large confrontations, the Waterball SL175 is a good training blaster as well as something one can use to just go out and put a bunch of watermarks around the neighborhood.
Nice size, light, easy to carry. Launches a multitude of water balls on a single fill. Firing is simple. Seeing a ball of water hold together while travelling through the air is a sight to behold.
This is a rather small weapon with very limited output. The range is also very limited. Firing this blaster produces a loud noise due to the firing mechanism. A decent amount of water tends to dribble out from two holes at the base of the blaster after a few shots.