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Virtual Energy Black Out
« on: September 22, 2023, 12:53:46 PM »
Check out the Storm Virtual Energy Blackout Bowling Ball – A Fusion of Power and Precision! Step onto the lanes with confidence, armed with the cutting-edge performance of the Virtual Energy Blackout. This remarkable bowling ball takes the renowned foundation established by the Shape-Lock HD Core and elevates it to new heights of sleek sophistication. The Virtual Energy Blackout seizes control with its captivating tour-inspired 1-tone design, a testament to its dominance on the lane. Rekindle your passion for the game, as this ball brings back a shape that you didn't realize was missing until now. Unleash the true potential of your game with the Virtual Energy Blackout's groundbreaking features. The "HD" in the core's name stands for high density, a quality that works in tandem to enhance the ball's performance. By lowering the RG and boosting the weight block's differential, this ball is primed for extraordinary flare potential. With each rotation, this ball exposes a fresh section of its coverstock to the oil, ensuring consistent and dynamic gameplay that adapts to every lane condition. Traditionally, a "hybrid" coverstock implies a combination of solid and pearl components. However, Storm's pursuit of excellence led them to redefine the hybrid concept entirely. Enter the revolutionary pairing of R2S and NeX in their state-of-the-art laboratory. The outcome surpassed even Storm's loftiest expectations. Rigorous testing revealed that the NeX foundation yielded backend and entry angle figures akin to those of R2S, with a unique twist. The slight compactness of R2S's chemical porosity compared to NeX forged a new frontier of performance. Thus, the birth of ReX, aptly known as "Reactor Extreme," emerged as a testament to Storm's unwavering commitment to innovation. The Virtual Energy Blackout Bowling Ball is more than just a bowling ball – it's a game-changer that reshapes your approach to the sport. Dominate the lanes with unparalleled power, finesse, and control. Experience the fusion of cutting-edge technology and expert craftsmanship!

Color: Blackout
All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
Core: Shape-Lock HD (14#-16#)
Coverstock: ReX Pearl Reactive
Finish: Reacta Gloss
RG: 2.48 (15# ball)
Differential: 0.052 (15# ball)
Recommended Lane Condition: Medium-Heavy Oil
Fragrance: Orange Pop



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Re: Virtual Energy Black Out
« Reply #46 on: February 12, 2024, 01:45:29 PM »
I was a bit late to the VEBO train, but shortly after I hopped on it I learned why it is the most loved at my home alley the last few months since it's release. It is the smoothest ball I've ever thrown and is responsible for my first 300 since I've come back to the sport. Only took a week to get familiar with it's angular motion but it's so smooth through the front's that the forgiveness is unmatched whether on a house or sport shot it will always be in my bag. Highly recommend to  bowlers of all types, high rev, low rev, doesn't matter, the core and coverstock combo is elite.


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Re: Virtual Energy Black Out
« Reply #47 on: February 13, 2024, 05:37:41 PM »
My Virtual Energy Blackout sports my favorite 4.25x2.5x4 layout. I’ve had the same or similar layout on the Code Black and Dark Code. Mixing the Shape-Lock core with the R2X cover is the next logical step in a highly successful line of equipment.

I feel like from the Code Black to the Virtual Energy Blackout, each ball has been cleaner through the heads and stronger on the backend.

I’ve thrown this ball in a few different houses on different patterns ranging from house to challenge conditions. The most consistent characteristic from pattern to patterns is the reliability on the ball making it down the lane to the spot. For that reason, the Virtual Energy Blackout has become the ball I get a read of the pattern with even if it’s not the ball I end up competing with.

A smart choice for anyone to make this a top 3 in their arsenal.

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Gold Crown Lanes - St. Johnsbury, Vermont


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Re: Virtual Energy Black Out
« Reply #48 on: February 18, 2024, 03:17:22 PM »
Cover: ReX Pearl Reactive
Core: Shape-Lock HD
RG: 2.48 RG
Diff: 0.052
Int Diff: 0.020

My layout: 5 x 4.5 x 3.5

The VEBO is a Pearl Asymmetrical ball that I see working best on medium to med-dry conditions. The pearl ReX cover on the VEBO is surprisingly clean. It does a great job of getting through early friction without getting off line too quickly. The low rg asymm core compliments the clean cover very well. Because of the length of the cover, the fast revving core translates to a medium to medium-quick response motion down lane. I have found that the VEBO is best when the lanes transition past big solid balls like the Absolute Power or Phase 2. It allows me to get more shape without overshooting the break point down lane.

Bowler stats:
Left handed
PAP: 5 x 1/4up
Rev rate: 400


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Re: Virtual Energy Black Out
« Reply #49 on: March 01, 2024, 10:30:51 AM »
The Virtual Energy Blackout combines the REX pearl reactive coverstock finished with Reacta Glosswith the Shape-Lock HD Core.  At 15 pounds, the RG is a low 2.48 with a differential of .052 and an intermediate differential of .020.  It has been quite a few years since I threw a ball with this core in it.  As soon as I threw the VEBO, I realized how much I have missed that core.  This ball is smooth, strong, and predictable all in one.  With the out of box finish, the VEBO glides through the front part of the lane and has a nice arcing motion on the backend.  For an asymmetrical pearl, this ball is very controllable.  It definitely needs to see friction to be effective, as the sheen finish will hydroplane on heavier conditions.  This ball reacts more like a benchmark ball than a big asymmetrical.  This will fit nicely between the more aggressive solid asymmetricals and the weaker pearl symmetrical balls.  Great ball for all the medium oil volume conditions!


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Re: Virtual Energy Black Out
« Reply #50 on: March 03, 2024, 11:04:25 PM »
The Virtual Energy Blackout (VEBO) is the latest addition to the signature line that is arguably the best ball on the market! Shape Lock HD core wrapped with the ReX pearl cover which gives you a clean and strong backend reaction. It’s been one of my favorite balls to throw this season. It seems to handle heavier oil but also doesn’t over hook off the dry. It gives me the perfect blend where I can use this all 3 games in league no problem. It’s a step down from the Exotic Gem. When the Exotic hooks too early or too much you could go right the the VEBO. I don’t really recommend using this ball on medium or lighter oil it becomes too angular. This is one of the best balls Storm has made in a long time!
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    Rev rate 420+
    Speed 16.5


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Re: Virtual Energy Black Out
« Reply #51 on: March 08, 2024, 09:01:39 AM »
PAP: 4.5 over x 1 up.
Layout: 5x6x3
Pin position: Above and slightly left of middle finger

QUICK! That is the best way to describe this ball. That and the smell is delightful. I personally have not had an asymmetrical pearl ball in my bag for quite some time and I didn't know what I was missing. The pearl REX coverstock does a great job getting downlane and it's very obvious when the core takes over because the change of direction on this ball is something I haven't seen in a very long time. I've been able to use this ball on both house shots and broken down sport patterns (was a little too clean and quick to be able to use on the fresh sport condition) but once they broke down the VEBO shined. The only critique, and it's not really a critique, is that if the ball sees the dry too early (and this is true of a number of balls, especially on drier house patterns) it makes that fast change of direction and runs out of energy. At least the ball lets me know when its time to make a step down to something like an Xponent Pearl, or Journey, that is a little tamer down lane. Either way, this ball will be a staple in my bag as it's a unique motion (at least for me) that has proven quite useful!

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« Reply #52 on: March 14, 2024, 01:02:52 PM »
I found the Storm Virtual Energy Blackout (VEBO) to be a game-changer on the lanes. Its remarkable blend of strength and precision allowed me to confidently tackle transition with ease.  It’s a unique shape that I have to have in my tournament bag.  If you find yourself in need of a ball that floats through the lane after the heads have broken down, and still packs a punch downlane from steeper angles, then this is the ball for you!

It's a step down from my Absolute Power and a step up from my IQ Ruby.  With its OOB finish, I found that it really shines on longer patterns.


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Re: Virtual Energy Black Out
« Reply #53 on: March 17, 2024, 01:45:13 AM »
This is a very solid Asym Pearl! When your Asym Solids are starting to get too early, this ball does a really good job of getting through the fronts; but, with the R2X cover the ball wants to dig into the midline while still remaining angularity and energy in the back part of the lane! It's a great ball for any bowler.


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Re: Virtual Energy Black Out
« Reply #54 on: March 20, 2024, 11:17:56 AM »
2 hander, 450 rpm, 15.5-16 mph, bowling on THS. different sport patterns, and PBA Southwest regionals, 50x5x50 layout (5x4.25x2.75 2LS layout)
By far the best asym pearl Ive ever thrown. shot my first PBA 300 with it in a regional in Firelake Lanes in Shawnee, Oklahoma, shot several 760s-790s in league, and has been an absolute staple in my bag since I got it several months ago. With most of my balls, I replace them within a month or so because they just don't have that same reaction fresh out of box but my VEBO has close to, if not more than 120 games on it and it still reacts great and close to when I got it. Ive even drilled a second one to see the out-of-box comparison and it wasn't off by much. It's my go-to ball when I need something strong and angular, something I know will read the midlane and come back if I miss a little right, and something when I need that pop downlane. I can use it on fresh or in transition, I can put surface on it or I can polish it, it has just been such an amazing ball for me and the conditions I bowl on. As far as my actual bag, its the strongest asym pearl, but sits a step below the top of the bag like Harsh Reality or Eternity Pi, but a step above balls like Phaze ii, Absolute Power or Zen Gold Label.
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Re: Virtual Energy Black Out
« Reply #55 on: March 24, 2024, 05:28:54 PM »

Length: Multiple


Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): MOdified


Likes: Love the Angles.

Dislikes: Nonce


VIRTUAL GRAVITY BLACKOUT.  All back just the way you needed it. 

Patterns used for review are HP modified.

Pattern A: 38Ft, 27.22 Mls, 6:1 ratio

Pattern B: 41Ft, 30.86 Mls, 4:1 ratio



The VGB OR VIRTUAL GRAVITY BLACKOUT. Gets down the lane very clean and makes the corner

Pattern A:

Ball 1.  Out of box VGB had to be left and go after it. Lane play was 20 to 5 and watch her backend. Very clean through the front and very distant roll and turn to break point. This pattern could be played from 12 to 2 and hold the line for speed players with higher rev rate. I backed off the revs and went to a more forward roll with success. Easily able to control the lane transition.

Typical house moves on a higher volume than most places.  High scores and Big angles.

Pattern B:

This pattern was longer and higher volume. Play was from the inside on fresh or far right. With no surface adjustment had to be spot in to carry. No room for error. As the pattern transitioned, area opened, it became easier and easier to play this particular pattern. Waited a few games for break down and the moves were to the right with feet and line.

Play the line not the angle

NOTE A:  When playing the fresh on higher ball keep lines tight from the inside or play straighter from the right.   

NOTE B: Start with something like the Optimum Idol out of box and open the lane up. You won’t regret what comes next with being able to use the VGB more and more without having to be perfect.

LOW DOWN: The VIRTUAL GRAVITY BLACKOUT is a ball that stronger rev players will often wait on for transitions or straighter players can start with medium speed and rev rate. You can lightly break the shine and get the VGB moving earlier to smooth out the angle for stronger players.

Normally i excel with Symmetrical balls but this ASYM pearl surprised and made its way in the bag. Plus the all black makes you pay attention to it all the way down the lane to read it.
« Last Edit: March 24, 2024, 06:29:09 PM by Storm2DaROLL »


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Re: Virtual Energy Black Out
« Reply #56 on: March 28, 2024, 03:07:30 PM »

Length:  42'

Volume: 27 ml

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


Layout: VLS 5 x 4 x 2

The Virtual Energy Blackout (VEBO) brings back the Shape Lock HD core from the older Gravity balls and wraps it in the REX Pearl coverstock that is a mix of R2S Pearl and NEX Pearl, seen on the Fate, Night Road, Infinite PhysiX, and the Dark Code.  The VEBO is great at getting through the heads, even when they’ve been beat up.  I was expecting the VEBO to be much snappier on the back end, but it actually is extremely smooth for a pearl.  It’s not the first ball out of my bag, but it’s a great complement for late in game 2 or game 3. 

My Specs -
Speed - 16 mph,
Rev Rate - 315. 
PAP 5 1/8 x 7/8 Up.


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Re: Virtual Energy Black Out
« Reply #57 on: March 30, 2024, 07:25:10 PM »
I am a higher speed, rev challenged 220-250ish, high tilt, high rotation, and super low track player. I drilled my Storm Virtual Energy Blackout (VEBO)  5.5 x 3x 1.75 using Storm VLS and my axis point is 3 ¼ right and 7/8 up. The Storm Virtual Energy Blackout (VEBO) is a asymmetric pearl reactive piece that I really like medium volume patterns. The higher RG and big diff gives this ball high flare potential when I need something to give me more motion control down lane. Overall, this ball is very good when you need shape and power. Plus it smells like orange pop.