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The Armoury Review :: Nerf Super Soaker Freezefire

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Manufacturer: Hasbro Inc.

Class:  Piston

  Item Number: A4838
  Copyright Date / Release Date: 2013 / 2014
  Patents:
  Availability: No Longer Made

 

Basic Statistics ::

  Weight: 370.00 g (13.07 oz.)
  Reservoir Volume: 710.00 mL (23.67 fl.oz.)
  Pressure Chamber Volume: N/A
  Pump Volume: 21 mL (0.7 fl.oz.)

iSoaker.com Ratings .:

Power: 9

Range: 85

Encumbrance: 40

Ergonomics: 85

Capacity: 35

Overall: 60


Blaster Dimensions :: 30.0 cm (11.81 ") x 6.5 cm (2.56 ") x 17.0 cm (6.69 ")

Length x Width x Height
 

Version Colours .:

Body

Reservoir

Pressure Chamber

Detailing

Notes

::

White / Light Blue
Light Blue
N/A
Orange / Blue
None

Nozzle Information: 1 .:

 

 
Range (level)

 
Range (45°)

 
Output

iSoaker Output Rating

iSoaker Power Rating

Shot Time

::

8.0 m (26.25')

10.5 m (34.45')

61.7 mL/s (2.06 oz./s)

7.27

5.09

0.3 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 Nerf Super Soaker Freezefire is another new model for the 2014 Nerf Super Soaker line. It is a pump-action water blaster that holds ~690mL (23oz.) and features a larger reservoir cap, making it easier to put ice cubes into it. Unlike the smaller Nerf Super Soaker Zip Fire and Nerf Super Soaker Alpha Fire, the Nerf Super Soaker Freezefire is a true pump-action water blaster, operating akin to the Nerf Super Soaker Arctic Shock and Nerf Super Soaker Shotwave.

The Blaster ::

nerf_super_soaker_freeze_fire_15_100Nozzle ::

The Nerf Super Soaker Freezefire features a typical-sized nozzle for a water blaster of these relative dimensions. The nozzle is able to produce a smooth stream for the duration of the blast. However, being a pump-action water blaster, the stream does not last particularly long.

nerf_super_soaker_freeze_fire_18_100Pump ::

Like the 2013 Nerf Super Soaker Arctic Shock and Nerf Super Soaker Shotwave, the pump 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 Freezefire'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.

nerf_super_soaker_freeze_fire_16_100Grip ::

The trigger and grip area on the Nerf Super Soaker Freezefire, like the rest of the other current Nerf Super Soaker models, is well moulded and quite comfortable to hold. However, compared to the 2013 Nerf Super Soakers, 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_freeze_fire_17_100The Reservoir ::

As noted above, the fixed reservoir on the Nerf Super Soaker Freezefire has a large opening to allow ice cubes to be inserted into the tank more readily. One surprise is that though this is a large opening to close, Hasbro opted to still only use a snap-cap-type closure. The cap has a rubberize inner piece to provide a better seal and prevent leakage, but this large snap cap is not always easy to open nor it is easy to verify that it is closed fully. Admittedly, the cap seems to be designed to be turned 90-degrees either way before being opened or closed, then rotated back into alignment to seal. However, apart from seeing the grooves once the cap is open, there are no other signs or instructions on the box to indicate this. As such, many users may attempt to use this cap strictly like a snap-cap and eventually damage the ridges and grooves that keep the cap on tightly.

Overall ::

As a whole, the Nerf Super Soaker Freezefire is a functional pump-action water blaster that packs no real surprises. 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 Freezefire'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 Freezefire would likely perform well 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. Larger reservoir opening allows for quicker filling and use of ice-cubes if desired. Streams produced are relatively smooth, albeit short in duration.

Cons

Pump-action reduces ability to aim while shooting. Pump suffers from some lag at higher pump rates. 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.


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