Super Soaker Xtra Power (XP) Series .:
The summer of 1994 marks the start of the 2nd Age of Super Soaker®. The Xtra Power series boasted larger nozzles and a more rugged design compared to the original makes. The first XPs on the market were the XP75, XP150, XP250 and the XP300 (which was actually a SS300 repackaged and made slightly sturdier). The XP35, XP55 and XP95 were released in 1994 bringing the total number of XPs available to seven. These weapons provided decent power for the majority of simple water fights, packing a good punch for their size. The larger nozzle size on all XPs means greater soaking ability.
In 1996, Larami released five more weapons based on the XP system, namely the XP65, XP85 Triple-Shot, XP105, XXP175 and XXP275. These weapons boasted generally greater water capacity and more effective water deliverance. However, the future of the XP as the top-class of water weaponry would be cut short as Larami also released the CPS2000 at the same time. Also, some of the early models suffered from pressure tank problems and reservoir attachment problems.
In 1998, Larami showed the water weapon world how the XP could be refined into truly effective water weaponry. The XP20, XP40, XP70 and XP110 pushed the XP technology to its limits. However, 1998 was the year of the CPS. The XP90 Pulse-Fire, released in 1999, added the novelty of creating a pulsing stream but changed nothing in terms of the inner workings of the XP. Though dethroned from once being the best water weaponry, the XP-class weaponry can still provide good backup and decent firepower even on the modern battlefield.
In 1999, Larami added the SC 400 and the XP 90 to the series.
The year 2000 marked a surge in XP-blasters types. The SC 400:2000 Edition,
SC:Triple Charger, XP 15:2000 Edition, XP220, XP240, XP270 and XP310 were
made available, showing that the XP line was here for at least the next
millenium. These blasters boasted larger capacities than earlier counterparts
and were built for serious use on the water war field.
In 2001, the XP line was further expanded with the introduction of the XP215, the XP Backfire and the XP Triple Play.
General Notes: Being based on air pressure to deliver the water, these water blasters have a tendency to trickle as pressure drops. Pumping between and even during shots is recommended just to keep the pressure, thus firing rate, at maximum. The XPs, though now considered an older-model type, are still weapons with soaking power to be reckoned with.
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