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by Simon Moret 08 Jul 2024

Choosing the perfect gel blaster can be exciting, but with so many options, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Here's a guide to help you find the gel blaster that suits your needs: 

1. Consider your playstyle

For tactical players who prioritize rapid fire and ease of use, an electric gel blaster is the ideal choice. Their rapid-fire mode lets you dominate the battlefield with minimal manual operation, allowing you to focus on strategy and outmaneuvering your opponents.

Spring-powered gel blasters are less complex than electric versions. They are a good choice for those who prefer a more traditional, hands-on experience. 

And finally, if you're looking for something simple and affordable for backyard skirmishes with friends, a basic manual gel blaster might be just right.

Our recommendations: 

2. Power Source and Firing Mechanism

Electric gel blasters 

These gel blasters rely on rechargeable batteries or electrical connections to power a motor that propels the gel balls. The motor operates an internal mechanism that automatically loads and fires the gel balls, allowing for rapid fire and sustained shooting.

Pros & Cons

+ They offer faster firing rates and require less effort
- They may have limitations on firing duration due to battery life.

Spring-powered blasters 

These blasters rely on a spring mechanism that is manually compressed to propel the gel balls.

Pros & Cons

+ They are a good balance of affordability and functionality
- They require manual cocking for each shot.

Manual blasters 

Manual gel blasters require the user to manually load each gel ball and prime the firing mechanism before each shot.

Pros & Cons

+ They are ideal for younger players or those who prefer a less complex experience
- They are the most basic option, requiring manual loading and priming before each shot. 

3. Performances

FPS (Feet Per Second)

FPS indicates the muzzle velocity of gel blasters. It measures the speed at which the gel ball leaves the barrel of the blaster. A higher FPS generally translates to a longer effective firing range and potentially more impact on the target. 

Types of gel blasters:

  • Gel blasters have a FPS range depending on the model and power source. 
  • Electric gel blasters can generally reach higher ranges than spring-powered gel blasters. 

RTF (Rate of Fire)

Measured in rounds per minute (RPM), RTF refers to the number of gel balls a blaster can fire in a given unit of time. A higher RTF allows for faster firing and potentially increased offensive capability during gameplay. 

Types of gel blasters:

  • Electric gel blasters have generally a higher RTF due to their motorized operation.
  • Spring-powered and manual gel blasters have a lower RTF as each shot requires manual cocking or priming.

4. Firing Modes

Some advanced gel blasters offer different firing modes, such as semi-automatic or fully automatic, allowing for different tactical approaches.

  • Semi-automatic: one shot per trigger pull
  • Automatic: continuous fire while holding the trigger

5. Size and style

Gel blasters come in a variety of sizes and styles, from pistol-sized options for close-quarters combat to rifle-style blasters for longer-range engagements:

  • If you're constantly on the move: Lighter pistol-sized gel blasters are perfect for close-quarters combat or quick maneuvering.
  • If you prefer holding a steady position for aiming: Rifle-sized gel blasters are ideal for longer-distance battles, offering more stability while aiming without compromising mobility too much.

Choose a weight that feels comfortable for you to carry and use during gameplay. Remember that a heavier gel blaster will require more arm strength to carry and use effectively for extended periods.

6. Remember

  • From cosmetic modifications to personalized experience, customize your gel blaster to reflect your unique style. With a wide range of upgrade options, including internal components, scopes, and sights, you can tailor your blaster's performance and appearance to match your gameplay preferences.
  • Look for blasters with safety mechanisms to prevent accidental discharge.
  • Look for reputable retailers that offer warranties and support for their gel blaster products.
  • Read online reviews and recommendations of different gel blaster models to get a better understanding of their performance and features.
  • Gel blasters are not legal in all countries and regions. Always check your local laws and regulations before purchasing or using a gel blaster.
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