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The Armoury Review :: Nerf Super Soaker Double Drench

.: Limited statistics measured at iSoaker.com



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Manufacturer: Hasbro Inc.

Class:  Piston

  Item Number: A4840
  Copyright Date / Release Date: 2013 / 2014
  Patents:
  Availability: No Longer Made

 

Basic Statistics ::

  Weight: 530.00 g (18.73 oz.)
  Reservoir Volume: 800.00 mL (26.67 fl.oz.)
  Pressure Chamber Volume: N/A
  Pump Volume: 19 mL (0.63 fl.oz.)

iSoaker.com Ratings .:

Power: N/A

Range: 65

Encumbrance: 40

Ergonomics: 80

Capacity: 40

Overall: 60


Blaster Dimensions :: 39.0 cm (15.35 ") x 7.0 cm (2.76 ") x 17.5 cm (6.89 ")

Length x Width x Height
 

Version Colours .:

Body

Reservoir

Pressure Chamber

Detailing

Notes

::

White / Orange
Orange
N/A
Orange / Blue
None

Nozzle Information: 2 sets of 3 .:

 

 
Range (level)

 
Range (45°)

 
Output

iSoaker Output Rating

iSoaker Power Rating

Shot Time

::

7.0 m (22.97')

8.5 m (27.89')

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A


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The Nerf Super Soaker Double Drench is another new model for the 2014 Nerf Super Soaker line. It is a pump-action water blaster with ~800mL (27oz.) capacity that features two pairs of nozzles that produce 3 streams each for a total of 6 streams per pump, operating akin to the Nerf Super Soaker Arctic Shock and Nerf Super Soaker Shotwave.

The Blaster ::

nerf_super_soaker_double_drench_box04_100Nozzle ::

The Nerf Super Soaker Double Drench, as noted above, features two sets of three nozzles each. There is no way to select which side or nozzle blasts with all 6 nozzles firing in a dual triangular spread with every pump of the blaster. Each individual stream is rather thin with a yield of 1/6th that of the pump volume of this blaster (~3mL/0.1 oz.). While smooth for their short duration, these thin streams are likely readily affected by wind and trade off accuracy for area-coverage.

Pump ::

Like the 2013 Nerf Super Soaker Arctic Shock and Nerf Super Soaker Shotwave, the pump of the Nerf Super Soaker Double Drench is comfortable to hold, but its less pronounced riges and more angular design provides less grip than the 2013 Nerf Super Soaker pump-action water blasters. Unfortunately, even though the Nerf Super Soaker Double Drench's pump volume is only slightly more than the older Nerf Super Soaker Shotwave, it still seems to suffer from some type of pump lag if one attempts to pump rapidly. The current hypothesis is that one of the internal check valves is either tight or too constricting which limits how quickly water can be pulled from the reservoir into the pump shaft. Whether this lag will be apparent on all blasters of the same make remains to be determined. The lag is only noticable when one tries to rapidly pull off complete pump shots, extending and compressing the pump as far as it is permitted to move. Typical users may or may not experience this lag depending on their blaster use. However, having tested hundreds of water blasters, this lag really should not exist at all on a pump-action water blaster.

Grip ::

The trigger and grip area on the Nerf Super Soaker Double Drench, like the rest of the other current Nerf Super Soaker models, is well moulded and quite comfortable to hold. However, the build does feel a little less solidly built, perhaps due to the fact that this grip area is actually part of the reservoir and made of a different type of plastic than the grips of most of the 2013 Nerf Super Soaker models.

nerf_super_soaker_double_drench_box05_100The Reservoir ::

As noted above, the fixed reservoir on the Nerf Super Soaker Double Drench has what appears to be a snap-cap like closure, but actually is fastened or removed by turning the cap ~45 degrees to engage or disengage the threading. Those not paying attention may attempt to pop the cap open and closed which will eventually damage the threading. The opening to the reservoir in not particularly large. However, the cap has a small hole drilled through its center to allow air to enter the reservoir when water is drawn into the pump. This hole, unfortunately, has no gasket or valve within, thus if the blaster is left on its side or tilted upwards when full, water can fairly easily dribble out of this opening.

Overall ::

As a whole, the Nerf Super Soaker Double Drench is a functional pump-action water blaster that sacrifices accuracy and distance for slightly increased area coverage. While stream creation is fairly smooth, the lag noted when attempting to pump rapidly puts a dampener on how well this water blaster could perform in the field. While its fixed reservoir holds more water than two standard Nerf Super Soaker Clip Magazines, the Nerf Super Soaker Double Drench's capacity and pump volume are beat by the much older Water Warriors Avenger (2008), not to mention the fact that the older Water Warriors Avenger also features a nozzle selector. In the end, the Nerf Super Soaker Double Drench would likely perform okay against other similarly-sized pump-action water blasters, but would find itself quickly out-paced by most truly pressurized water blasters.

Pros

Nice styling, comfortable to hold. Streams produced cover more area to increase the likelihood of hitting one's target, albeit short in duration.

Cons

Pump-action reduces ability to aim while shooting. Pump suffers from some lag at higher pump rates. Range limited by spread and thinner, individual streams. Non-obvious means to properly open reservoir cap may result in cap and/or reservoir damage for those in a rush or not paying attention. Cap may dribble through its non-gated air opening.


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