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Manufacturer: SwimWays Corp.

Class:  Air - Pressurized Reservoir

  Item Number: 12531
  Copyright Date / Release Date: 2014 / 2015
  Patents:
  Availability: Few Stores

 

Basic Statistics ::

  Weight: 604.00 g (21.34 oz.)
  Reservoir Volume: 2220.00 mL (74 fl.oz.)
  Pressure Chamber Volume: N/A
  Pump Volume: Air

iSoaker.com Ratings .:

Power: 1

Range: 40

Encumbrance: 55

Ergonomics: 70

Capacity: 65

Overall: 55


Blaster Dimensions :: 51.0 cm (20.08 ") x 10.0 cm (3.94 ") x 26.5 cm (10.43 ")

Length x Width x Height
 

Version Colours .:

Body

Reservoir

Pressure Chamber

Detailing

Notes

::

Green
Purple
N/A
Orange
None

Nozzle Information: 1 .:

 

 
Range (level)

 
Range (45°)

 
Output

iSoaker Output Rating

iSoaker Power Rating

Shot Time

::

4.5 m (14.76')

6.0 m (19.69')

7.7 mL/s (0.26 oz./s)

0.91

0.36

N/A


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The Flood Force Hurricane is the largest water blaster made by SwimWays Corp. for 2015. It is a large, pressurized reservoir water blaster with a single nozzle setting. Unfortunately, though pressurized, the Flood Force Hurricane is a solid example of how to NOT make an air-pressure-based water blaster.

The Blaster ::

FloodForce_Hurricane_images/flood_force_hurricane_15Nozzle ::

The Flood Force Hurricane has a rather small nozzle. The actual nozzle is recessed into the body of the water blaster so that one's initial impression is that it has a larger opening at its front. This is an intentional deception since it requires more effort and more plastic to have a small, recessed nozzle as opposed to having the actual nozzle flush with the front of the water blaster. Stream performance from this nozzle was poor, at best. Despite being fed from its pressurized reservoir, the rather restricted maximum amount of pressure permitted by the system combined with a long, thin intake tube results in a stream that is arcing significantly within the 10' mark. There is also no significant feel of force from the stream, instead emerging from the nozzle is a rather gentle manner.

FloodForce_Hurricane_images/flood_force_hurricane_16Pump ::

The pump for the Flood Force Hurricane initially felt as if it was broken. The length of each pump stroke is short and the amount of air pushes per pump did not offer much resistance. Though not accurately counted, an optimally filled reservoir appears to take over 50 pumps to achieve operating pressure. Unforunately, once achieved, the Flood Force Hurricane's pressure relief valve is extremely sensitive, releasing pressurized air and water into the body of the blaster. Also, once the pressure relief valve activates, it appears to remain open until the reservoir is nearly completely depressurized. To maintain any level of functional pressure, one must continue to pump air, wasting water through the pressure relief valve, but not doing so results in nearly no stream pressure when one needs it.

FloodForce_Hurricane_images/flood_force_hurricane_17Grip ::

The grip area on the Flood Force Hurricane has a honeycomb texture and is comfortable to hold, though the trigger feels a little odd, especially since it pivots as opposed to slides. The pump grip is less textured and may feel somewhat slippery when wet.

FloodForce_Hurricane_images/flood_force_hurricane_18The Reservoir ::

The reservoir on the Flood Force Hurricane holds a decent amount of water, but is unable to adequately use it due to a poor pump design, overactive pressure relief valve, and sub-optimal tubing to feel its small nozzle opening. The fact that this reservoir is mostly opaque does not help, either, since one cannot readily tell how much it has been filled (or emptied). The tethered cap is functional, though its external ridges are a little sharp. While this water blaster even comes with a shoulder strap, the strap is really only useful for lugging this water blaster around while looking for another one that actually shoots well.

Overall ::

While we had hoped that the Flood Force-brand of pressurized water blasters would offer another good alternative to the pump-action Nerf Super Soakers of 2015, this is not the case. In fact, the Flood Force Hurricane now serves as a good example of how bad a pressurized water blaster can be. With its low pump volume, over-active pressure relief valve, long intake tube, and small diameter nozzle, the Flood Force Hurricane can barely hold its ground against trigger-based water blasters. Forget about going against any decent pump-action water blaster and prepare to be utterly drenched by a properly configured pressurized water blaster. This water blaster is best used for loaning out to one's opponents if they are naive enough to be fooled by its size. If you were considering this water blaster for your own use, save yourself money and frustration and pick something, almost anything else.

Pros

Has a strap

Cons

Reservoir cannot be pressurized well (unable to attain better performance due to overactive pressure relief valve); small nozzle compounds its poor output and range problems; pressure relief valve dribbles a LOT of water into the body of the water blaster; takes a LOT of pumps to build and maintain pressure; short pump stroke; this is one water blaster that may have better off were it pump-action instead of pressurized!


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