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Manufacturer: Prime Time Toys

Class:  Elastic - Spring

  Item Number: 8856
  Copyright Date / Release Date: 2020 / 2021
  Patents:
  Availability: In Stores

 

Basic Statistics ::

  Weight: 930.00 g (32.86 oz.)
  Reservoir Volume: 1380.00 mL (46 fl.oz.)
  Pressure Chamber Volume: 70.00 mL (2.33 fl.oz.)
  Pump Volume: 70 mL (2.33 fl.oz.)

iSoaker.com Ratings .:

Power: N/A

Range: N/A

Encumbrance: 50

Ergonomics: 80

Capacity: 55

Overall: 80


Blaster Dimensions :: 54.0 cm (21.26 ") x 6.0 cm (2.36 ") x 23.5 cm (9.25 ")

Length x Width x Height
 

Version Colours .:

Body

Reservoir

Pressure Chamber

Detailing

Notes

::

Green
Orange
Orange
Orange
None

Nozzle Information: 1 .:

 

 
Range (level)

 
Range (45°)

 
Output

iSoaker Output Rating

iSoaker Power Rating

Shot Time

Main ::

N/A

N/A

163.0 mL/s (5.43 oz./s)

19.2

0

0.4 s


Notes:

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The Adventure Force Hydro Burst is an interesting water blaster designed by Prime Time Toys Ltd. and sold under the Adventure Force brand available only at Walmart. It is a spring-based water blaster akin to the Water Warriors Splat Blaster 2, but being trigger activated instead of merely pump-activated.

The Packaging .:

The Adventure Force Hydro Burst comes packaged with a minimal box that seems primarily designed to help this water blaster stand on a shelf as opposed to protect any significant part of this blaster. Minimizing on packaging materials used, there is no back cover and the majority of the blaster is in full view. As such, one can get a good sense of this water blaster's feel without needing to remove it from the packaging. Nevertheless, strategically positioned plastic ties prevent the Hydro Burst from being actually used while still boxed.

Design .:
The Adventure Force Hydro Burst has an interesting design with its front styling making it look like it has a possibility over an over-under nozzle set up, except that the small orange cylindrical part has no actual nozzle. Instead, the actual functional nozzle is in the "under" position to this water blaster's styling.

It is interesting that Prime Time Toys opted to color the reservoir at nearly the same blaze orange as the pump and nozzle area. Juxtaposed against the bright green body, this color scheme brings poison dart frog coloring to mind

Build and Ergonomics .:
The Adventure Force Hydro Burst feels rather sturdy to hold and use. Its mostly rear-positions grip and trigger means that this water blaster cannot be comfortably held for long periods of time using a single hand. Both the pump grip and trigger grip are large and open, which should feel comfortable to most. The pump grip even features two oval patches with vertical texturing to make one's grip on the pump more secure. This is important since the pump, itself, requires more force than average to operate. Younger children may not be able to operate this water blaster easily. While this water blaster is rated at 6+, older children will undoubtedly have more strength to be able to comfortably use this than younger ones. It should be noted that the pump must be completely pulled back, then returned to the front-most position in order for this water blaster to work. Resistance increases as one pulls the pump initially back since one is also priming an internal spring.

The Hydro Burst also features an elongated snap cap. There is a hole/notch at the front of the cap making it very easy to open when using this point for leverage. It should be noted that while there are also some grip-like holes on the sides of the cap, it is not recommended to try to use the sides to open the cap.


Overall Performance .:

The Adventure Force Hydro Burst is true to its name, capable of producing a solid burst shot for each pump-cycle. Its pressure chamber holds only ~70mL (~2.3 fl.oz.) of pressurized water. This definitely outclasses the Water Warriors Splat Blaster 2 that only help ~25mL (~0.8 fl.oz.) is its firing chamber. Moreover, the Hydro Burst manages to push this out of its relatively large nozzle opening in less than half-a-second. Thus, the Hydro Burst has an output equivalent to a 4x-5x water blaster, albeit with extremely limited shot time. While not drenching, hitting someone at range with 1.5-2oz of water is more than enough to get their attention. Between shots, one must re-pump to prime the system, but this "shotgun"-type priming motion can feel rather satisfying. However, one other thing that cannot be overlooked is how loud this water blaster is during operation. Upon pulling the trigger, the internal spring mechanism drives the firing-chamber's piston forward, unleashing the blast, but also ramming the internals against the forward part of the water blaster. This produces a rather loud banging noise which is even louder when one is attempting to empty the Hydro Burst and doing a few "mist shots" in an attempt to empty any lingering water from the pressure chamber.

In terms of stream performance, while actual range testing still needs to be performed, power seems good but not phenomenal. Current guess is that streams will reach between 30'-35', but hopefully we'll be able to confirm this in the near future.

Overall .:

In the end, the Adventure Force Hydro Burst is a fun, well-built water blaster capable of producing a good-sized water burst on command (when the trigger is pulled), but must be primed between shots. While shot times are brief due to the firing mechanism, the Hydro Burst can be readied again in a moment. That said, while functional as a primary, the Hydro Burst's maximum rate of fire is a little slower for a water blaster and continuous streams are simply not possible due to the nature of its firing system. Able to outclass most pump-action water blasters, the Hydro Burst is a good addition to one's armoury; just don't expect it to out-perform any of the original "CPS-class" water blaster (at least, not for long).

Pros

Good build; decent ergonomics; separate-pressure chamber is charged in a single pump cycle; decent power

Cons

Single-sized, short duration shot; continuous stream not possible

 

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