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Manufacturer: Buzz Bee Toys Inc.

Class:  Motor

  Item Number: 19900
  Copyright Date / Release Date: 2012 / 2013
  Patents: HK 1201633.7
  Availability: Few Stores

 

Basic Statistics ::

  Weight: 328.00 g (11.59 oz.)
  Reservoir Volume: 700.00 mL (23.33 fl.oz.)
  Pressure Chamber Volume: N/A
  Pump Volume: N/A mL (0 fl.oz.)

iSoaker.com Ratings .:

Power: 2

Range: 60

Encumbrance: 40

Ergonomics: 75

Capacity: 30

Overall: 70


Blaster Dimensions :: 31.5 cm (12.4 ") x 5.5 cm (2.17 ") x 16.0 cm (6.3 ")

Length x Width x Height
 

Version Colours .:

Body

Reservoir

Pressure Chamber

Detailing

Notes

::

Green
Yellow
N/A
Yellow / Orange
None

Nozzle Information: 1 .:

 

 
Range (level)

 
Range (45°)

 
Output

iSoaker Output Rating

iSoaker Power Rating

Shot Time

::

6.0 m (19.69')

8.0 m (26.25')

17.0 mL/s (0.57 oz./s)

2

1.07

40.0 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.)
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The Water Warriors Hydro Current is a new motorized water blaster for the 2013 Water Warriors brand line. It needs 4 AA batteries to function (as compared to the Water Warriors Jet that uses 3 AA). It does, of course, make use of this additional power since the Water Warriors Hydro Current is able to output more water than the smaller Water Warriors Jet.

The Blaster ::

Nozzle ::

The Water Warriors Hydro Current features a single nozzle the pushes out a nice, smooth stream. Stream thickness appears notably more than that of the Nerf Super Soaker Thunderstorm or Nerf Super Soaker Lightning Storm. However, while decent, streams from the Water Warriors Hydro Current lack the punch that true pressurized water blasters create. At the same time, with no manual pumping required, streams are at-the-ready so long as your batteries have charge and water is in the reservoir.

Streams produce from the nozzle, though, do lack some of the power as seen in truly pressurized water blasters. As such, while smooth, stream range on the Water Warriors Hydro Current is more limited (albeit as good or better than ranges seen on the motorized Nerf Super Soaker water blaster models: See Water Warriors Hydro Current versus Nerf Super Soaker Lightningstorm).

Motorized Pump ::

The Water Warriors Hydro Current appears to use a better pump than that found in the older Water Warriors Jet (2008). As well, unlike the Jet, the Hydro Current needs 4 AA batteries to operate. The motor does produce moderate amounts of noise when operating, but not too much. There is also a distinct difference in pitch when the motor is actually pumping water than when the reservoir is empty and the pump is moving freely. Output from the pump is better than that of the motorized blasters in the Nerf Super Soaker line so far, but still lacking compared to true pressurized blasters.

Grip ::

The grip on the Water Warriors Hydro Current, along with the other grips in the 2013 Water Warriors line, is a definite improvement over previous years and is well moulded and comfortable to hold. Finger spacing on the grip appears targeted more for smaller hands, but those with larger hands can still hold the blaster with ease. The blaster is a touch front-heavy due to the batteries being placed beneath the nozzle.

The Reservoir ::

The Water Warriors Hydro Current holds a good amount of water for a blaster of its size. The majority of the space occupied by this blaster is reservoir, thus it manages to hold over 2.5 times the water that the Nerf Super Soaker Clip/Magazines hold. The reservoir's opening is sealed with a tethered snap-cap that functions well, but may dribble a bit if a filled blaster is left for long periods of time on its side. On slight problem with the reservoir, though, is the positioning of the intake hole. While on the bottom, allowing most of the water to be used, the base of the reservoir is fairly flat, meaning that if one is angling the nozzle upwards, the intake hole wil end up above the water line before the reservoir is truly empty.

Overall ::

As a whole, the Water Warriors Hydro Current is a nice, light motorized water blaster that works decently, but not revolutionarily. It outperforms the other current crop of motorized water blasters on the market, but still lacks the power that air pressure and elastic-based water blasters are capable of. In retrospect, it is no wonder that the original Super Soaker put an end to the dominance of the motorized water blaster in the early 1990s. Nevertheless, many still like the manual-pump-free experience of using a motorized blaster and the Water Warriors Hydro Current does work well. Great for light skirmishes or as a back-up for mid-sized battles, the Water Warriors Hydro Current can provide the support when one needs. Just don't expect to go up against any larger air-pressure or elastic-pressure-based water blaster and remain unscathed.

Pros

Nice styling, clean lines, and a good solid feel to the soaker. Good capacity. Motorized pump means no priming or manual pumping required. Great for the younger crowd.

Cons

Motorized pump needs 4 AA batteries to operate. Pump makes a notable amount of noise when operating. Output and range on the lower side compared to true pressurized water blasters. Intake in the reservoir not optimally positioned for angled use.


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