Hello YYC Form wars.
I bring you another blog about what blasters to buy and what to stay away from. Disclaimer this is my opinion only I receive no monetary gains for promoting Nerf blasters.
There are two basic types of Nerf blasters. Those that use Springs and Air and those that use motors.
The great thing about Springs blasters is you dont have to worry about the batteries and secondly you dont have to worry about them getting wet. These blasters are also very cheap to upgrade and usually need one or two Springs which cost under $25 All In. The best spring powered blasters I can recommend is the surgefire, disrupter and Retaliator.
Orange mod works sells drop in kits, some with upgraded metal parts. These are very simple to install. Another source for Springs is either nfstrike or lightake.
The second type of blaster is motor powered.
In these blasters there is a cage two little Motors and two little wheels that spin. The dart is pushed into these spinning wheels and is launched out. For these blasters there is a ton of upgrades available. There is complete dropping kits or you can pick and choose the parts you desire.
As for Motors there are two types of sizes 130 and 180. 130 size is standard and will fit in any cage. The 180 size motors are larger and you will need to cut the show of the blaster to fit the motors inside. This can be covered up by a motor cover that is 3D printed.
There is a difference in Motors. Some Motors take 7.4 volts other Motors take 11.1 volts.
You will need the right size LiPo battery to power the right motors.
For the wheels that are spinning they are called flywheels and there are a bunch of different types. Metal, plastic, heavy and light.
All of these do the same thing just differently.
Another factor is aftermarket cages.
These replace the factory cage and increase durability as well as the crush on the darts. Crush is a term used by Nerfers that happens to the darts as they pass through the flywheels. The higher the Crush, the faster the darts come out. However the higher the Crush, the higher power motors you will need so that you don't Jam your blaster or wreck your motors. Warning if you have the cheap Chinese clone darts that have solid tips, these do not work with the highest Crush cages available.
Also if you are installing Motors you will need to rewire your blaster and either put new switches in your blaster designed to handle the higher voltage or you can put a mosfet in your blaster which regulates the voltage to the stock switches.
All of these factors means upgrading a battery powered blaster cost a lot.
You would need the cage, flywheels, Motors, switches or mosfet, a lipo battery, LiPo battery charger, a voltmeter. Of course all the tools and wire as well.
This is why when you see a modified blaster on sale it is over $100.
With the new rival line out I suggest to anyone new Nerf to try them first before modding blasters. These blasters shoot the round balls and shoot them harder than a stock Dart Blaster. If you dont like the Rival line I suggest to new nerfers to upgrade a spring Blaster first.
With a simple spring upgrade you will double your Dart distance and learn a lot about the Nerf blasters. Only then do I recommend upgrading a battery powered blaster.
If you are thinking about upgrading feel free to ask questions. We are all here to help each other!