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The Armoury Review :: Super Soaker Overload (Max Infusion Series)

.: Statistics measured at iSoaker.com



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Manufacturer: Hasbro Inc.

Class:  Air - Pressure Chamber

  Item Number: 52691
  Copyright Date / Release Date: 2005 / 2006
  Patents: RE35412, 5339987, 6446837
  Availability: No Longer Made

 

Basic Statistics ::

  Weight: 1000.00 g (35.34 oz.)
  Reservoir Volume: 3780.00 mL (126 fl.oz.)
  Pressure Chamber Volume: 190.00 mL (6.33 fl.oz.)
  Pump Volume: 15 mL (0.5 fl.oz.)

iSoaker.com Ratings .:

Power: 13

Range: 70

Encumbrance: 75

Ergonomics: 70

Capacity: 90

Overall: 70


Blaster Dimensions :: 37.0 cm (14.57 ") x 9.0 cm (3.54 ") x 28.5 cm (11.22 ")

Backpack Dimensions :: 6.0 cm (2.36 ") x 23.0 cm (9.06 ") x 39.0 cm (15.35 ")

Hose Dimensions :: 80.0 cm (31.5 ") x 1.5 cm (0.59 ") x 1.5 cm (0.59 ")

Length x Width x Height
 

Version Colours .:

Body

Reservoir

Pressure Chamber

Detailing

Notes

1 ::

Black
Light Blue
Orange
Black / Orange
None

2 ::

Green
Blue
N/A
Black / Orange
Hulk Gamma Strike Water Blaster No Backpack Reservoir

::

N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
None

Nozzle Information: 1 Nozzle Selector (3 settings) .:

 

 
Range (level)

 
Range (45°)

 
Output

iSoaker Output Rating

iSoaker Power Rating

Shot Time

Stream ::

6.0 m (19.69')

9.0 m (29.53')

46.0 mL/s (1.53 oz./s)

5.42

3.25

4.0 s

Large Stream ::

6.0 m (19.69')

7.0 m (22.97')

129.0 mL/s (4.3 oz./s)

15.19

7.09

1.0 s

Fan ::

4.0 m (13.12')

5.0 m (16.4')

71.0 mL/s (2.37 oz./s)

8.36

2.79

3.0 s


Notes:

  • Most statistics are from models tested by iSoaker.com; individual performance may vary; some models exhibit greater variability than others (i.e. output, range, colours, etc.)
  • Please reference iSoaker.com if you use any information from any part of this website.

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The Super Soaker Max Infusion: Overload is the larger tanker of the Super Soaker 2006 line. As its name suggests, the Overload comes boxed with the largest backpack reservoir of the Max Infusion series, significantly larger than the separately sold Super Soaker Max Infusion: Aquapack backpack. Interestingly, unlike the 2005 Super Soaker SoakerTag Elite: Aquapack Devastator, the Overload's blaster can be separated from the backpack and function on its own. This means one can theoretically carry around multiple reservoir packs to swap in as more water is need and/or use the Overload's large backpack with another Max Infusion-capable soaker while keeping the separated Overload blaster as backup.

The Blaster ::

SuperSoaker mi_overload_11_100Nozzle / Firing Chamber ::

The Overload features three nozzle settings: stream, 'wide' stream, and fan. Nozzles are selected by dialing the nozzle selector (the top-cenetered nozzle is the active one). The active nozzle is powered by an oddly-shaped firing chamber (the orange section just behind and below the nozzles). The opening on this chamber appears to be towards the backside of it, meaning that it is best to fire the blaster with nozzles aimed slightly upwards. Pointing the blaster directly downwards will result in a mist shot. Stream pushed forth has a nice feel to it, reminiscent of a Super Soaker XP 70 (the supposed base model from which Hasbro had initially declared as having a 1x nozzle). However, priming the firing chamber by pre-pumping some air into it first increases the overall performance of the firing chamber. Statistics shown on this blaster were measured after priming the pressure chamber. The normal stream has a good, solid feel to the stream. However, the limited firing chamber volume limits shot time to only around 4 seconds. The large (a.k.a. Wide) nozzle setting is similar to the 2005 Super Soaker SoakerTag Elite: Triple Shot large nozzle. On this setting, the Overload pushes out the contents of the firing chamber is a little over a second. While shot time is short, the benefit is that a good-sized blast of water should not be hurtling towards an intended target. It should be noted that the large nozzle feels underpowered if the Overload is not primed before use. However, a primed Overload works quite well. Lastly, the fan setting offers wider water coverage if facing a couple of opponents (or if one simply wants to do area-coating on a single target). Range and accuracy are sacrificed for greater area covered. Definitely more of a defensive setting as opposed to an offensive one.

Emptying the firing chamber after use requires a little patience while pumping, holding down the trigger, and tipping the blaster slightly back to allow remaining water in the firing chamber to be pushed out.

SuperSoaker mi_overload_10_100Pump ::

The pump for the Overload is track-mounted, but relatively short. Pump volume does get the job done, but with more pumps required. For its size, pumping is quick, though the short length of the pump stroke does get mildly annoying. On the bright side, priming the Overload is as simple as turning the blaster part upside-down and pumping 10 or so times to push added air into the pressure chamber. After priming, the blaster should be brought back to level/slightly upwards pointing to get the most from the reservoir.

SuperSoaker mi_overload_12_100Triggers / Grip ::

The trigger and grip area is limited in size, but should accomodate most hand sizes except for those with notably larger hands. The nice moulding of the back-side of the trigger area is a nice touch. Positioning of the grip area is slightly towards the rear of the blaster, but this is offset since the pump is mounted below the forward section of the blaster. The trigger has a solid, firm Max-D-based feel to it. It does, however, feel sturdier than older generation Max-D trigger systems. However, more use will confirm how well these triggers stand up over time.

SuperSoaker mi_overload_13_100The Reservoir ::

The reservoir on the Overload's blaster component holds roughly 680mL (~23 oz.) of water. However, attaching the backpack reservoir increases the available water over five-fold! Unlike previous generations of attachable backpack reservoirs, the Max Infusion line of reservoirs do not have a manual valve by the blaster attachment. Instead, when the adapter is inserted into a Max Infusion blaster's reservoir cap, a raised portion of the cap pressed on the inner part of the adapter, opening it. The adapted can be manually activated by pushing on this same area.

SuperSoaker mi_overload_14_100While the blaster carries a decent amount of water, the Overload deserves its name as the backpack reservoir sold with it supplies ample amounts of additional water. amount of water for a blaster of its size. The back of the reservoir has a slight dip in which the intake tube for the pump resides. As with all other Max Infusion-class soakers, the other additional, external backpack (Super Soaker Max Infusion: Aquapack) can also be hooked onto the cap if wanting to swap reservoirs with another soaker or if the Overload's primary backpack reservoir runs dry. As well, the threadding on the cap is backwards, meaning one turns the cap counter-clockwise to tighten. The reversing was likely done to prevent cap loosening when the Aquapack backpack extension is attached. However, for opening, it is a little counter-intuitive at first. One minor problem is that it is easier to loosen the entire cap as opposed to detaching the tubing from the blaster's reservoir cap when one wants to separate the blaster from the backpack. Too bad there was no small locking device on the cap.

Overall ::

As a whole, Super Soaker Max Infusion: Overload is a respectable, high-capacity blaster. The main nozzle and firing chamber provide respectable power while the additional nozzle selections offer some flexibility on the field to accomodate different situations. A standard, no-frills stock soaker on its own, the Overload deserves its name as it comes with the largest backpack reservoir of the 2006 Max Infusion series.Capable of coping with most air-pressure-based soakers, the Overload could still be overpowered by large air-pressure soakers as well as the majority of CPS and related types of blasters. Priming the firing chamber will allow one to hold out longer, though.

Pros

Simple design, clean lines, and good solid feel to the soaker. Three nozzle selections for flexibility on the run. Ample water supply thanks to the backpack reservoir. Blaster usable on its own as well.

Cons

Small stream and firing chamber compared to larger soakers. Pump is on the shorter side. No strap for the blaster. Should be primed for best stream performance; stream performance without priming is acceptable for the normal stream, but notably underpowered for the larger stream and fan settings.


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