Due to the staggered nature of the clip, wider than normal flywheels are required. Unfortunately, that means more mass for the motors to spin. No wonder the box only makes 30' range claims. In addition, the gap measures ~0.54" - this was designed for Buzz Bee's suction cup darts, not any kind of streamline. This really limits your selection of ammo.
|When you stare into the abyss...|
Opened up, the Auto Tek 20 shows nothing new in terms of motorized blaster mechanics.
Performance was ok - darts were averaging 30' flat ranges, and 45' angled ranges in testing. Nothing to write home about.
With a 9V battery jury-rigged inside the battery tray, ranges increased to 65' angled, albeit with a LOT more noise. Even with higher voltages, this blaster can't even match your basic Stryfe or Rapidstrike for distance.
|A random small spring bridges the gap between the positive terminal and its contact. A dummy battery sits in the third AA slot underneath.|
Should you desire to use streamline darts with this blaster, you'll need to remove some plastic. Elites are just a tad too long.
|If they were only 1/16" shorter...|
|Just a bit of plastic surgery!|
In addition, wrapping the middle of each flywheel with electrical tape (the 3/4" wide kind) is sufficient for gripping your Elites. Wrap evenly, and aim for a gap of about 0.43" between the wrapped flywheels for best results (with 9V, still the same 65' max ranges as before).
|And now with the tape here, you can't use the original darts! How (not) convenient!|
While the Auto Tek 20 is fun to use, it's nowhere near competitive with stock Nerf flywheel blasterseven when modded. The unique clip also means that unless you bought some more Auto Tek 20 blasters (unlikely), you'd need to reload the clip again and again, while your opponents swap clips and proceed to pelt you with darts. Just give this one a pass.