The Nerf Vortex Nitron is a Hasbro-developed blaster for the future-oriented Vortex series and has been available since 2011. This Nerf Gun is operated with 6 C batteries and fires as usual for Vortex Blaster XLR discs, which are also referred to as Vortex discs. The technology is not a new one, the Flywheel system of the Vortex Nitron is similar to the Barricade RV-10 and the Hail-Fire and thus Kampferprobt. The good artistry and size suggest that the Nerf Nitron should be the flagship of this series. Also, being the first Nerf Vortex powered by batteries is certainly an all-time feature.
- Good range
- Handy and easy to use
- Power damn fun!
- Only usable with batteries
- Motor quite loud
- If the distance is short, it is less accurate
Design and ergonomics of the Nerf Nitron
The Nerf Vortex Nitron comes in the usual Vortex design and carries the colors green, orange as well as light and dark gray. Generally, you will also find an electric aiming telescope in the package, which you can attach to the Tactical Rail on top of the blaster. To use the electric toys, you need 2 AAA batteries again. These are optional, however, since they are not necessary for the operation of the Nerf Gun.
To the Nerf Nitron, you can attach different magazine types – such as a 40-disc drum magazine. In the shoulder support you can also store a spare magazine – but here only the elongated Vortex clip magazine. The front grip for the second hand is not removable. Also, as with most of the big Nerf guns, you’ll find stops for a shoulder strap if you feel this is more comfortable to wear.
To insert the batteries into the blaster you need a screwdriver as usual. The batteries are then inserted behind the trigger handle. Because the batteries are inserted further behind the blaster, the weight is also shifted backward, which makes the Nerf Vortex Nitron quite well balanced.
At the trigger handle, you will find two triggers and a small switch above. Use the small switch if you want to remove the magazine. The lower trigger lets the engine run as long as you press on it. The top trigger is then to the final launch of the discs on your opponents.
Vortex Nitron – Handling and Performance
Disc jammed discs are quite rare in the Nerf Vortex Nitron – if it does happen, you should turn off the motor and remove the magazine to release the disc. The discs fly after the shooting a small bow, as you know from Frisbees, meet at the end of the range but usually their goal. Say the Nerf Nitron is quite accurate if your target is not just 7-8 meters away from you is. As I said, the discs then find their way back to the track, which you have also provided for it. The handling of the Vortex discs is perhaps a bit tricky at the beginning, but you get used to it very quickly.
Where we have already indicated the range. At 7-8 meters the XLR disc is still on the arc of the trajectory. At 10-20 meters, she finally hits the finish line – as you have imagined. The range is dependent on the circumstances around. In the indoor area without wind and weather conditions, you will be more likely to reach the 20 mark than outside.
By the engine, you can fire up to 3 foam discs in the second and your opponents thus a destructive “ball hail.” Since the first time to get their own Nerf Gun aimed to use – that will hardly be possible. The attack is just the best defense 😉As good as the engine is also, to shoot as fast as possible dart targets, so loud is it unfortunately synonymous. Similarly, you betray your position as soon as you turn it on.
The motor starts by triggering the corresponding trigger by the way only when the magazine is inserted. This prevents an unintended running of the motor when you just release a jammed disc because the magazine has to be removed. Nice, that Hasbro has also thought of safety here. Oh, and that the engine is synonymous only with batteries, is now clear. The blaster cannot be used without batteries. This should be noted. So always have enough batteries in stock.
Fun / Conclusion
If you’ve always wanted to say the word “Hasta La Vista Baby” or go for virtual alien hunts, the Nerf Vortex Nitron is exactly the right Nerf Gun for you! Especially at a medium distance; he is quite accurate. To cover the short distance in Nerf Battles, you should also equip yourself with a small blaster like the Nerf Maverick, the MEGA CycloneShock or the Zombie Hammershot.