30: History of the Water Warriors® Brand page updated - Working through updating various pages across iSoaker.com, finally pushed up updates to the History of the Water Warriors® Brand page. Text links to all water blasters released every year added as well as sub-titles denoting the years of release.
See the updates at: History of the Water Warriors® Brand :: :: iSoaker.com.
28: History of the Super Soaker page updated - Being one of the most visited pages on iSoaker.com, I spent a little time recently adding to the information on the History of the Super Soaker page. While splitting the History of the Nerf Super Soaker brand off, I also added in clear yearly divisions and now provide a complete listing of primary Super Soaker models released for each year. While the yearly model information is also available from the Super Soaker Evolution Tree, having it in simple text format has its benefits as well.
To see the result of the changes, see: History of the Super Soaker :: :: iSoaker.com.
26: Nerf Super Soaker Evolution Tree given its own Page - After a little more deliberation, the Nerf Super Soaker Evolution Tree now has its own page, separate from the original Super Soaker Evolution Tree. Since the rebranding of the Super Soaker line, and in light of rather dramatic changes since the Nerf-ing of the line, it only makes sense to split the trees apart more formally.
Nerf Super Soaker Evolution Tree :: :: iSoaker.com.
23: History of the Super Soaker (1991 to 2009) - As covered in more detail in the History of the Super Soaker page, the concept blaster that was presented to Larami Inc. back in 1989 began a product line that changed the face of water warfare.
From the famous Super Soaker 50 to the legendary Super Soaker CPS 2000to the record breaking Super Soaker Monster XL, the Super Soaker brand name has always resonated sheer soaking power in the water warfare world.
However, the Super Soaker brand got "Nerf"-ed for 2010, becoming Nerf Super Soaker. Unfortunately, this seemed to have spelled the downfall of the type of water blasters we expect to see coming from Hasbro Inc. While the 2011 Nerf Super Soaker Hydro Cannon gave us some fleeting hope that Hasbro Inc. would begin a new era of high-performance water blasters, the product lines from 2012 to 2014 not only lacked any decent pressurized water blaster, they seemed to focus on either motorized water blasters (that the original Super Soaker had more-or-less put and end to back in the early 1990s) or pump-action water blasters (which the motorized water blasters had superseded back in the 1980s).
While we, at iSoaker.com, still hold out some hope for Hasbro Inc. to again begin creating some better performing water blasters, in light of current blaster performance as well as the fact that the brand name has been changed, we now formally consider the reign of the Super Soaker to be from 1991 to 2009.
While we plan to continue listing the Nerf Super Soaker products on iSoaker.com, we are having reservations regarding how much effort we will still put into reviewing them, perhaps only choosing to do in-depth reviews for the more interesting ones. Time will tell...
As for the History of the Super Soaker, it's been a blast. iSoaker.com owes its own existence to the fact that the original Super Soakers were just that awesome to use on summer days. At least for now, the spirit of the Super Soaker lives on to some degree and perhaps some day again, we will see the likes of the CPS-series return.
Leave NO one dry!
17: Water Warfare: Water War Games page updated - I have been wanting to clean up this part of iSoaker.com for a little while now. Instead of merely having a bunch of text-heavy, yet content rich pages, I've pushed in some icons into the game description pages with links to the overall game classification page both to break up the text and provide quick reference to those unsure of the meaning of the sub-section. I intend to also put together a simple template as well for that others with interesting game ideas can put their game description quickly into this preferred format. The idea of standardizing how games are presented should make it easier for interested individuals to both find game types that interest them as well as try out other game types easily, ensuring they have enough Players and the right equipment and playing field available to run the game.
For an overview of the various games with links to full game descriptions, see: Water Warfare: Water War Games-Related
8: Inventor of Super Soaker Water Gun Awarded $73 Million - Inventor of Super Soaker Water Gun Awarded $73 Million « CBS Atlanta.
Odd times indeed when the inventor of the beloved Super Soaker-brand ends up suing the maker. Granted, it seems that the "Super Soaker" of yesteryear has gotten truly 'Nerfed" over the past few years.
22: Water Warfare: Water War Article Archive restored - With the planned shuttering of the wiki section at WaterWar.net, we have reinstated all the older water warfare-related articles that were migrated there. That said, as much of the reinstated information looks somewhat dated and is not necessarily organized in the most optimal way, we plan to update and re-organize the water warfare section of iSoaker.com once the current series on water blaster internal technologies is completed.
For a dive into older articles on water warfare at iSoaker.com, see: Water Warfare: Water War Article Archive :: :: iSoaker.com.
18: Upcoming 2014 Nerf Super Soakers
5: Submitted Review of the Water Warriors Python 2 Posted - Submitted review of the Water Warriors Python 2 posted. For more details, see: Water Warriors Python 2, Manufactured by: Buzz Bee Toys Inc., 2013 :: :: iSoaker.com.
20: Power Soaker Super Mini Blaster II Limited Review Posted - Got this information and images a little while ago, but due to a variety of reasons, I just was not able to get them properly online until now. At any rate, the Power Soaker Super Mini Blaster II is an interesting pump-action water blaster from 1997. I had seen the image in an old Larami catalog, but had not confirmed they were sold until I was emailed about it from "Brazen". This is now one more item for me to keep an eye out for, but it is nice to be able to share some images and limited information on this item.
In the end, work on upgrading iSoaker.com to modern coding standards is a good activity for the upcoming "off-season" as information about 2014 stock water blasters is likely at least 4 to 6 months away.
12: Elastic Pressure Water Blaster Technology Updates - As requested by some readers, I've now added a few additional illustrations for cylindrical bladder and spring-based pressure chambers. As these systems operate identical to the full bladder and diaphragm systems from a User standpoint, diagrams for every step of the water blasting cycle were not created.
31: Sumitted Review of the Water Warriors Python posted - Submitted review for the Water Warriors Python (2012) posted. See review page for more details: Water Warriors Python, Manufactured by: Buzz Bee Toys Inc., 2012 :: :: iSoaker.com.
29b: Urban Taggers.: Thanks for reading:) - UrbanTaggers, perhaps one of the more unique sites profiling dart guns and water blasters, is coming to an end. While its creator, Pocket, states that the site will be kept up and running, updates will cease due to lack of time. I, for one, will definitely miss popping over there on a weekly basis just to see what's new and read his enjoyable takes on the foam and water blaster realm.
Urban Taggers.: Thanks for reading:.
29: Submitted Review of the Speed Loader 1000 posted - A submitted review of the Speed Loader 1000 by Wild Water Weapons posted. See page for more details: Speed Loader 1000, Manufactured by: Wild Water Weapons, 1999 :: :: iSoaker.com.
25: Submitted Review on the Water Warriors Sphynx posted - Submitted review on the 2011 Water Warriors Sphynx posted. See the review page for more details: Water Warriors Sphynx, Manufactured by: Buzz Bee Toys Inc., 2011 :: :: iSoaker.com.
23: How low can YOU go? Super Soaker Wacky Water Limbo pictures posted - I've had this item for awhile, but oddly never got around to posting images or information on it. At any rate, now posted is some limited information on the Super Soaker Wacky Water Limbo. Likely fun on a hot, summer day, being rather hard to find, the actual item remains sealed in its original box, thus additional information on its exact dimensions and how well it actually works remains untested here.
Box pictures posted, though. See: Super Soaker Wacky Water Limbo, Manufactured by: Larami Ltd., 1997 :: :: iSoaker.com.
19: Blast[er] from the Past! - Meet the Elvin Aqua-Gun, Manufactured by: Elvin, 1940s - Got these pictures and a review from a visitor and older water gun enthusiast. The Elvin Aqua-Guns are old, squeeze-bulb powered water guns apparently manufactured during the mid-1940s. See the review page for more details:
Elvin Aqua-Gun, Manufactured by: Elvin, 1940 :: :: iSoaker.com.
11: New Installation Up - Testing new installation. If you don't notice any major differences, that's the point! Presently, new user registation is offline, but will be re-enabled after a few more tests are complete.
8: Submitted Reviews of the Nerf Super Soaker Switch Shot and Domination Drum posted - Submitted reviews on the Nerf Super Soaker Switch Shot and Domination Drum posted. See:
Nerf Super Soaker Domination Drum, Manufactured by: Hasbro Inc., 2013 :: :: iSoaker.com
3: Submitted Review on the Nerf Super Soaker Thunderstorm posted - Submitted review on the Nerf Super Soaker Thunderstorm (2011) posted. See: Nerf Super Soaker Thunderstorm, Manufactured by: Hasbro Inc., 2011 :: :: iSoaker.com.
18: Submitted Review of the Nerf Super Soaker Switch Shot posted - A submitted review on the Nerf Super Soaker Switch Shot now posted. See: Nerf Super Soaker Switch Shot, Manufactured by: Hasbro Inc., 2013 :: :: iSoaker.com.
12: Submitted review on the Super Soaker XP 215 posted - Submitted review of the Super Soaker XP 215 posted. See: Super Soaker XP 215, Manufactured by: Larami Ltd., 2001 :: :: iSoaker.com.
29: Super Soaker S.E. Partial Review Posted - The Super Soaker S.E. appears to be a rare Super Soaker model that I have found no other mention of in various old Larami catalogs and web searches. After acquiring this particular sample, I've now pushed up images and some limited statistics on this water blaster. Appearing to be a differently coloured Super Soaker 40, the Super Soaker S.E. sports the colours of the original Super Soaker SS 50.
For more information, see: Super Soaker S.E., Manufactured by: Larami Ltd., 1992 :: :: iSoaker.com.
16: Under Development: More articles on water blaster technology - While iSoaker.com already as a page on Soaker Technology Basics, this page really only briefly summarizes the technology that makes our beloved water blasters actually function.
What I am currently gathering and developing content for is a series of articles to dive deeper into the major types of water blaster technology and discuss both how they function as well as look at what makes some variants work better than others though being based on the same underlying technology. The current plan is to start with the simpler technologies (e.g. piston and pump-based water blasters), then progress into air pressure and elastic pressure designs.
Hope to have the first article posted in the coming weeks. We'll see how well I keep to this goal.
14: Submitted review on the Water Warriors Python 2 posted - Submitted review on the Water Warriors Python 2 now posted. See: Water Warriors Python 2, Manufactured by: Buzz Bee Toys Inc., 2013 :: :: iSoaker.com.
8: Submitted Review on the Nerf Super Soaker Thunderstorm posted - A submitted review on the Nerf Super Soaker Thunderstorm is now posted. See: Nerf Super Soaker Thunderstorm, Manufactured by: Hasbro Inc., 2011 :: :: iSoaker.com.
2: Submitted pictures of the Super Soaker Max-Infusion Defender posted - Recently was sent some internal pictures of the Super Soaker Max-Infusion Defender.
29: Submitted review on the Nerf Super Soaker Arctic Shock posted - Submitted review of the Nerf Super Soaker Arctic Shock now posted. See: Nerf Super Soaker Arctic Shock, Manufactured by: Hasbro Inc., 2013 :: :: iSoaker.com.
21: Increased Vigilance - For those who may not know. there is an increased number of attempts recently made by someone or multiple people to gain access into WordPress-based websites. This has led to a number of sites being compromised, though the ultimate intent of breaching sites remains unclear. Thankfully, so far, iSoaker.com appears to be ok, though our system has had a large number of "visitors" attempting to access administrative-level accounts. To reduce the likelihood of a breach, a number of new security measures are now in place. I tried to keep the annoyance to real users to a minimum while making it as difficult as possible for bots and brute-force attacks to make it through. Of course, only time will tell how effective these counter-measures are. In the meantime, I'll be looking to other ways to secure things though, obviously, there's nothing 100% perfect.
10: WaterWar.net Downtime - Apr. 10, 1:49pm - 2:23pm EST - While the site was up this morning, WaterWar.net appears to have gone down again. I've submitted a support ticket again and am hoping for things to be resolved soon. More news as it becomes available.
Update: 2:22pm (EST) site appears to be up again.. we'll see if it remains stable.
9: WaterWar.net downtime - Apr. 9, 2013 - ~2pm- ~9pm - At present, WaterWar.net is not responding. I've submitted a support ticket and am awaiting a response. Hopefully, things will be back online soon. This post will be updated with any news as it becomes available.
Update: 5pm EST - seems like the forums are back up. No word on what caused the outage, though.
Update #2: Seems like the site went down again... looking into it.
Update #3: Site up ~9pm EST. So far so stable.
3: Submitted reviews of the Super Soaker Helix and Bottle Shot posted - Submitted reviews for the Super Soaker Helix (2004) and Super Soaker Bottle Shot (2008) now posted.
12: Power Drencher (a.k.a. the original Super Soaker) information posted - The "Power Drencher" is what the Super Soaker 50 was known as before it was rebranded as the "Super Soaker". Being pretty much identical in build, there are some minor cosmetic differences with some choices of stickers and labeling.
Being a particularly difficult item to find, no performance testing will be done. However, pictures of this rare blaster are now available for viewing. See: Power Drencher, Manufactured by: Larami Ltd., 1990 :: :: iSoaker.com.
20: Submitted review of the Super Soaker CPS 1700 posted - Submitted review of the Super Soaker CPS 1700 posted. See: Super Soaker CPS 1700, Manufactured by: Larami Ltd., 2000 :: :: iSoaker.com.
19b: Range Testing 2013 Water Warriors and Nerf Super Soaker models - Over the weekend, I finally managed to get in some range testing despite there being snow on the ground.
In general, most blasters behaved as expected based on their earlier measured output and feel of their stream consistency. The pump-action Nerf Super Soaker models benefited from being pump-action (as opposed to motorized) and could get their streams up to ~10.5m (35') mark. However, the true pressurized water blasters in the Water Warriors brand performed better, easily reaching 10.5m with the larger models having streams getting beyond the 12m (40') mark.
The most surprising find was for the Water Warriors Drench 'n Blast, whose "Heavy Drench" nozzle could consistently reach the 12m (40') mark with ease. Of course, it requires excessive amounts of pumping to ensure the blaster is pressurized properly, but it also proves that this blaster can perform quite well if used well.
The most disappointing water blaster tested was the Nerf Super Soaker Flash Blast. Not only did it have the poorest range of the bunch, but a significant amount of its already limited stream did not make it the full distance due to its significant power drop-off during its shot. While a good idea in theory, this blaster really fails in its execution.
I've now adjusted various reviews now that range testing is complete. Range testing was not done on the Water Warriors Outlaw or Water Warriors Renegade (2013) as these blasters are expected to behave the same as the original models they are based on.
See also: Water Gun / Water Blaster Product Analyses Listings / Soaker Database :: :: iSoaker.com.
19: Submitted review of the Super Soaker Max-D Secret Strike posted - Submitted review of the Super Soaker Max-D Secret Strike posted. See: Super Soaker Max-D Secret Strike, Manufactured by: Hasbro Inc., 2003 :: :: iSoaker.com.
18: WaterWar.net currently down - WaterWar.net is experiencing some technical difficulties. Support ticket has been created, but presently no estimate on when the site can be back up.
17b: iSoaker.com Power Ratings Adjusted - After further thought and looking at the numbers a little more, I've opted to adjust the rating system for Power to give numbers to the nearest whole number as opposed to being rounded to the nearest multiple of five (5). This allows blasters, particularly smaller ones, to be compared with more meaning, especially since a number of small water blasters would fall into the 5-rating when really they are really worth 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7.
However, to keep things consistent across all water blasters in the system, I adjusted the iSoaker Power Ratings for every blaster that I can calculate raw power scores for.
This will hopefully be useful for those who wish to do various comparisons between different models of water blasters. Of course, the Power Rating given reflects the maximum power measured for a particular model, not necessarily what the average power seen since observed power depends on how well a blaster was pressurized in addition to the nozzle selected (if choices are available).
Sidenote: Power rating remains currently scaled to 100 for blasters that have power levels equal or greater than the largest nozzle setting on a Super Soaker CPS 2500.
17: Water Warriors Colossus 2 Review posted - The 2013 version of the Water Warriors Colossus, known as the Water Warriors Colossus 2, now posted. Similar in styling and colouring, but with new styling and an Angle Meter, the Water Warriors Colossus 2 is new variant on the original. Unfortunately, while it still retains a separate pressure chamber, the volume of its pressure chamber is reduced, thus its soaking capabilities are somewhat less than the original. Nevertheless, the Water Warriors Colossus 2 offers decent performance.
For more statistics and information, read the full review. See: Water Warriors Colossus 2, Manufactured by: Buzz Bee Toys Inc., 2013 :: :: iSoaker.com.
14: Water Warriors Drench 'n Blast Review posted - The Water Warriors Drench 'n Blast is the largest of the 2013 Water Warriors brand water blasters. Featuring two nozzles with independent triggers, it offers three blasting options to soak your opponents. However, the water blaster, itself, uses pressurized reservoir technology. As such, the reservoir cannot be overfilled or not enough air space will be available for proper pressurization. Moreover, even if the reservoir is filled to the appropriate 2/3 to 3/4 amount, the Water Warriors Drench 'n Blast requires a significant number of pumps (on the order of 100 or so pumps) for good pressure to be generated. Improper filling or pressurization will result in rather poor stream performance. Of course, if done properly, this blaster does perform well and can offer good soaking capability.
For more information and statistics, check out the full review. See: Water Warriors Drench 'n Blast, Manufactured by: Buzz Bee Toys Inc., 2013 :: :: iSoaker.com.
12c: Water Warriors Gargoyle Review posted - The Water Warriors Gargoyle is a new pump-action water blaster released by Buzz Bee Toys Inc. for their 2013 Water Warriors line. It appears and behaves like an improved version of the older Water Warriors Hydro Blast (2008). Holding more water, pumping more water, and being more comfortable to hold, the Water Warriors Gargoyle may not soak with the power of larger and/or pressurized water blasters, but it does well and would make for a great choice for the younger crowd who are just beginning to have fun in water fights and water wars.
For more statistics and information, see: Water Warriors Gargoyle, Manufactured by: Buzz Bee Toys Inc., 2013 :: :: iSoaker.com.
12b: Water Warriors Evolution Trees updated - As I work towards completing all the reviews of the new blasters in the 2013 Water Warriors brand line, I've gotten around to also updating the Water Warriors Evolution trees with pictures.
See: Water Warriors Evolution Tree :: :: iSoaker.com.
12: Water Warriors Hydro Current Review posted - Working to get all the 2013 Water Warriors water blasters reviews up, now posted is the review on the latest motorized water blaster from Buzz Bee Toys Inc., the Water Warriors Hydro Current. Being motorized, this one uses 4 AA batteries as opposed to the smaller Water Warriors Jet that needed only 3 AA batteries. Sporting a good-sized reservoir and a pump that pushes a decent amount of water out (more than the motorized water blasters in the Nerf Super Soaker line), the only thing that remains to be tested is range.
For more statistics and information, read the full review. See: Water Warriors Hydro Current, Manufactured by: Buzz Bee Toys Inc., 2013 :: :: iSoaker.com.
10: Water Warriors Python 2 Review posted - The Water Warriors Python 2 is an updated version of the original Water Warriors Python. With new styling, better ergonomics, and even better capacity, this blaster is a great improvement on an already solid blaster design.
Check out the full review for statistics and more information. See: Water Warriors Python 2, Manufactured by: Buzz Bee Toys Inc., 2013 :: :: iSoaker.com.
8b: Nerf Super Soaker Shotwave Review Posted - Along with the Nerf Super Soaker Switch Shot review, the Nerf Super Soaker Shotwave review is now mostly complete (apart from range testing). The Nerf Super Soaker Shotwave is the smallest of the new pump-action water blasters for the 2013 Nerf Super Soaker line. Like the other 2013 pump-action Nerf Super Soakers, though, the Nerf Super Soaker Shotwave lacks oomph and even suffers from pump lag due to the positioning of the reservoir quite a distance from the pump.
Read the full review for more information. See: Nerf Super Soaker Shotwave, Manufactured by: Hasbro Inc., 2013 :: :: iSoaker.com.
8: Nerf Super Soaker Switch Shot Review Posted - It took a little longer than usual, but finally got around to finishing up the review for the Nerf Super Soaker Switch Shot. Unfortunately, like the other pump-action water blasters in the 2013 Nerf Super Soaker line, this one lacks the oomph of older model Super Soakers and even has shortcomings as a pump-action blaster.
Read the full review for more insight. See: Nerf Super Soaker Switch Shot, Manufactured by: Hasbro Inc., 2013 :: :: iSoaker.com.
31: Nerf Super Soaker Shotwave Images posted - Recently acquired a Nerf Super Soaker Shotwave. This completes all the new water blasters in the 2013 Nerf Super Soaker line. While a testing and a full review need to be completed, pictures of the Nerf Super Soaker Shotwave are now posted.
See: Nerf Super Soaker Shotwave Images :: :: iSoaker.com.
30: Nerf Super Soaker Switch Shot Images posted - Got around to taking some pictures and measuring some statistics on the Nerf Super Soaker Switch Shot. For those who don't know, the Switch Shot is basically a pump-action water blaster that features a nozzle selector with 4 settings and a larger, "banana-style" magazine reservoir. Unfortunately, like the Nerf Super Soaker Arctic Shock, the Switch Shot also has some pump lag. Full review to come, but will be slightly delayed due to some other things under development.
Enjoy the pictures of the Nerf Super Soaker Switch Shot for now: Nerf Super Soaker Switch Shot Images :: :: iSoaker.com.
24: Nerf Super Soaker Flash Blast Review posted - Just pushed up the review for the Nerf Super Soaker Flash Blast. Being the smallest blaster in the 2013 Nerf Super Soaker line-up, it appears to also be the only one to use some sort of pressurization system (albeit a spring-based one). However, the firing chamber is remarkably small and, to make matters worse, the spring used lacks the strength to make use of what little water the firing chamber holds. The build of this blaster is nice, but with performance lacking, the value of this blaster becomes very limited.
Read the full review for more info and insight: Nerf Super Soaker Flash Blast, Manufactured by: Hasbro Inc., 2013 :: :: iSoaker.com.
22b: New Water Warriors Placeholder Pages added - The known 2013 Water Warriors water blaster names are now added to the iSoaker.com Database. These include:
More information on these product will be added to their respective pages as they become available.
Water Gun / Water Blaster Product Analyses Listings / Soaker Database
22: Nerf Super Soaker X-Treme Hydro Pack Review posted - Finished up the review on the Nerf Super Soaker X-Treme Hydro Pack. In short, it's a comfortable backpack reservoir that is compatible with any of the Nerf Super Soaker water blasters that make use of their magazine/clip system.
Read the review to learn more. See: Nerf Super Soaker X-Treme Hydro Pack, Manufactured by: Hasbro Inc., 2013 :: :: iSoaker.com.
21: Nerf Super Soaker Flash Blast Images posted - Recently acquired a Nerf Super Soaker Flash Blast. While it's styling is great, its performance leave a LOT to be desired. Review to come, but for now, pictures of it are posted. Enjoy!
Nerf Super Soaker Flash Blast Images :: :: iSoaker.com.
17: Nerf Super Soaker Arctic Shock Review Posted - Took a little longer to put together than usual, but the Nerf Super Soaker Arctic Shock review is now posted. Granted, range testing still needs to be done. However, one can get a sense of what to expect based on this blaster's other attributes. From initial findings, though, the Nerf Super Soaker Arctic Shock leaves much to be desired. Hopefully, the other blasters in the 2013 Nerf Super Soaker line fare better, but that remains to be seen.
For now, enjoy the review. See: Nerf Super Soaker Arctic Shock, Manufactured by: Hasbro Inc., 2013 :: :: iSoaker.com.
16: New Water Warriors Colossus 2 Found - As much as I would have liked to be the one to find this, another member, Buffdaddy, at WaterWar.net found and purchased a new Water Warriors Colossus 2. Based on the pictures posted, the internals are likely the same as the original Water Warriors Colossus, but its external styling is quite different and it also features an "Angle Meter" which may prove useful to some to help them maximize their blaster's range. Of course, on the back of the box, it looks like there is also a small motorized water blaster coming called the Water Warriors Hydro Current. Also present on the back are pictures of the Water Warriors Outlaw (which appears to be a re-branded Water Warriors Equalizer with slightly tweaked colours) and a Water Warriors Renegade. What other blasters are new for the 2013 Water Warriors line remains to be discovered.
Check out the thread at WaterWar.net for more information and pictures: New Water Warriors - Colossus 2 : Water Guns / Blasters General Discussions .:.
15: More Nerf Super Soaker X-Treme Hydro Pack Images - Took some more pictures of the Nerf Super Soaker X-Treme Hydro Pack after opening it up for testing with the Nerf Super Soaker Arctic Shock. Learned some things I wouldn't have after actually filling it and handling it together with a compatible blaster. Will add those findings to its review - under development.
Nerf Super Soaker X-Treme Hydro Pack Images :: :: iSoaker.com.
10: A Brief Reflection on the Development of iSoaker.com - The iSoaker.com website has come a long way from its beginnings as Aquatechnology back in 1998. In some sense, 1998 was the golden year of the Super Soaker CPS series and that was the reason that drew my attention back to the world of water warfare. Having seen the 1980s battery-powered water guns come and go, while I had a first release Super Soaker 50 and Super Soaker XP 75, neither of those really piqued my interest the way the Super Soaker CPS 2000 did. The whole CPS-based series released in 1998 was really icing on the cake and, with my budding interest in building websites occurring at the same time, I ended up being inspired enough to build a website dedicated to water blasters.
Aquatechnology became iSoaker.com in June, 2000 (see: iSoaker.com History Page). The main reason for the name change was simply due to the fact that aquatechnology.com was already taken. As I wanted to have a dedicated domain name to call my own, I experimented with a number of names, seeing if they were available.
Things have expanded quite a bit over the years. Starting with 5 water blaster reviews back in 1998, iSoaker.com now lists over 330 items, most of which have been tested and reviewed here.
Of course, much has also changed in the stock water blaster retail market. "Super Soaker" is no more, replaced by "Nerf Super Soaker". Moreover, while Super Soaker reigned king in the 1990s, these days, the crown has moved to the Water Warriors brand made by Buzz Bee Toys Inc. Granted, Buzz Bee Toys Inc. is managed by many of those originally responsible for the creation and success of the original Super Soaker (see: History of the Water Warriors Line). Whether Nerf Super Soaker can reclaim its crown as creating the best stock water blasters remains to be seen, but the current trends have been less than promising.
As for iSoaker.com, it has gone through many changes over the years. For this year, I'll be sticking to working on the topics I know best, namely reviewing and pushing for better stock water blasters to be made available to the consumer market. I'm also always looking into ways to improve user experience when visiting iSoaker.com and hoping to add more useful features so visitors can find the sort of information they are looking for.
All-in-all, building iSoaker.com over the year has been a challenging, yet truly rewarding experience. Almost 15 years of website development later, I still enjoy opening up a new water blaster for testing purposes, then posting up the review to share with others. I hope you enjoy the information and resources that iSoaker.com provides. If you have any suggestions or thoughts on how things could be improved here, feel free to reply or send me an email.
Soak on and Leave NO one dry!
8: Super Soaker Evolution Trees updated - Partial update to the Super Soaker Evolution Trees. In light of the rather notable difference between earlier Super Soaker models and more recent ones (plus the fact that the trees were getting large), the evolution trees have now been split into Super Soaker and Nerf Super Soaker evolution trees.
For 2013, only the picture of the Nerf Super Soaker Arctic Shock is available with the others to be added once samples are available for review here at iSoaker.com.
Super Soaker Evolution Tree :: :: iSoaker.com.
4: Supersoaker.com updated for 2013 - Looks like the Nerf Super Soaker product list has been updated on SuperSoaker.com. More info about the upcoming Nerf Super Soaker Arctic Shock, Switch Shot, Shot Wave, and Flash Blast are now available. Follow the link to see more pics and info.
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1b: iSoaker.com Site Update (2013) - Various changes made across the site. From refining the header to streamlining other aspects of the site, these updates streamline the site and allow us to focus on what we love best: water blasters. See the 2013 entry in the iSoaker.com History pages for more information.
1: Happy New Year! Welcome, 2013! - Happy New Year from iSoaker.com! May your year be filled with great water blasters and even greater water wars!
Site-wide changes coming soon...