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The Armoury Review :: Adventure Force: Power Raider

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Manufacturer: Buzz Bee Toys Inc.

Class:  Air - Pressure Chamber

  Item Number: 16000
  Copyright Date / Release Date: 2017 / 2018
  Patents: HK1701599.9; HK1701598.7
  Availability: Some Stores

 

Basic Statistics ::

  Weight: 1148.00 g (40.57 oz.)
  Reservoir Volume: 1790.00 mL (59.67 fl.oz.)
  Pressure Chamber Volume: 80.00 mL (2.67 fl.oz.)
  Pump Volume: 17 mL (0.57 fl.oz.)

iSoaker.com Ratings .:

Power: 4

Range: 70

Encumbrance: 60

Ergonomics: 75

Capacity: 65

Overall: 75


Blaster Dimensions :: 60.0 cm (23.62 ") x 6.5 cm (2.56 ") x 26.0 cm (10.24 ")

Red Dot Scope Dimensions :: 11.0 cm (4.33 ") x 5.2 cm (2.05 ") x 8.0 cm (3.15 ")

Blaster with Red Dot Scope Dimensions :: 60.0 cm (23.62 ") x 6.5 cm (2.56 ") x 33.5 cm (13.19 ")

Length x Width x Height
 

Version Colours .:

Body

Reservoir

Pressure Chamber

Detailing

Notes

::

Red
Grey
Grey
Black / Orange
None

Nozzle Information: 1 Selector | 3 Settings .:

 

 
Range (level)

 
Range (45°)

 
Output

iSoaker Output Rating

iSoaker Power Rating

Shot Time

Small Stream ::

6.0 m (19.69')

9.0 m (29.53')

31.5 mL/s (1.05 oz./s)

3.71

2.23

2.0 s

Large Stream ::

8.5 m (27.89')

12.0 m (39.37')

46.8 mL/s (1.56 oz./s)

5.51

4.41

1.5 s

Burst ::

6.5 m (21.33')

8.5 m (27.89')

58.7 mL/s (1.96 oz./s)

6.91

3.92

1.2 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 Adventure Force Power Raider is a separate pressure chamber water blaster made by Buzz Bee Toys Inc. for Walmart's Adventure Force private label brand. For the past two years, Walmart has moved away from brand-named water blasters, instead opting for their private label in part, to avoid consumers from being able to do cross-store price comparisons. Moreover, water blasters under the "Adventure Force" brand end up being unique to Walmart. However, as a number of different manufacturers produce the water blasters in the Adventure Force line, quality and performance varies. Being a Buzz Bee Toys product, I still opted to try out this model and see how it compares to the 2017 Adventure Force Hydro Blitz and Adventure Force Super Storm.

The Packaging .:

The Adventure Force Power Raider is packaged in a fairly standard open-front cardboard box that displays the majority of the water blaster as well as its red dot scope. The scope is displayed detached from the blaster, making this packaging longer as opposed to taller.

The back of the package shows how the Power Raider looks with the scope mounted onto its top rail. Other parts and features of the Power Raider are clearly called out on the packaging. The box, itself, feels sufficiently sturdy; its main limitation is that the front panel covers up the trigger-grip-area, making it impossible to properly have a feel for how the grip feels in one's hands while this water blaster is still in its box.

Design .:
The Adventure Force Power Raider is the first water blaster made by Buzz Bee Toys Inc. that incorporates a rail and a scope. Its red and grey styling looks more technical in nature with its separate pressure chamber integrated smoothly into its design. Some may consider the Power Raider's pressure chamber to be on the small side, but this also means that it only take a handful of pumps to achieve functional pressurization.

The grey stock area is part of the reservoir, giving the Power Raider a decent capacity for its size. The addition of the scope on its top adds to its intimidation factor, though the value of the scope during actual water combat is limited at best.

Build and Ergonomics .:
Like most current water blasters made by Buzz Bee Toys Inc., the Adventure Force Power Raider feels sturdy and well-built. The trigger-grip area is large enough to accommodate all but the largest of hands comfortably. The forward-mounted pump moves smoothly and pressurizes this water blaster quickly. Its shoulder-stock does yield slightly when one brings the Power Raider up to one's body to use the red dot scope, but this appears to be intentional as people are different and may prefer to brace the blaster tighter or looser against one's shoulder.


Overall Performance .:

The Adventure Force Power Raider is a solid, separate air-pressure-chamber water blaster. Though its pressure chamber holds only ~80mL (~2.7 fl.oz.) of pressurized water, stream performance is good for all of its nozzle settings. It's smaller nozzle pushes ut a 1x-class stream while its larger nozzle yields 1.5x performance. Burst mode pushes out a little more water-per-second, measuring in at roughly 2x-output, but in a 4-diverving stream pattern. Though range measurements are still to be done, current estimates are that the stream settings should be able to reach up to 40', but time will tell.

Additional Features .:

The Adventure Force Power Raider is the first water blaster reviewed on iSoaker.com that includes a red-dot-scope. For those unfamiliar with this device, when powered off, the scope looks like a standard clear plastic target that one can look through and attempt to line-up one's opponent for a soak. However, when powered on, a red LED light turns on that shines on the plastic target, allowing one to more accurately align the Power Raider to point at one's opponent, appearing as a "red dot" on the display. When one is not properly aligned (see middle picture above), the red dot will be off-center. When properly aligned, the "red dot" will be at the center of the target display. Granted, water streams do not behave quite like projectiles, thus the actual improvement in accuracy the red dot scope provides remains untested. Once weather is warmer and nicers, I plan on setting up some stationary targets and seeing how much this scope improves my aim.

As seen in the pictures, the red-dot scope is mounted to a top rail and can be removed if so desired. The LED is powered by two AA batteries (not included).

Overall .:

In the end, the Adventure Force Power Raider is a decent, well-built water blaster that has a three-option nozzle selector and detachable red-dot scope. While shot times are brief due to the relatively small size of its separate pressure chamber, the Power Raider pressurizes quickly, ready to strike again with just a handful of pump. Currently, as the most powerful water blaster available in the Adventure Force brand line-up, the Adventure Force Power Raider would make a solid primary water blaster is most present-day water fights. Able to outclass most pump-action water blasters, the Power Raider is a good addition to one's armoury; just don't expect it to out-perform any of the original "CPS-class" water blaster.

Pros

Good build; decent ergonomics; separate-pressure chamber charges quickly and easily; decent power; nozzle selector with distinct settings provides flexibility on the field

Cons

Limited size of its pressure chamber means shorter shot times; red dot scope fun to have, but of limited actual tactical use

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