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Power Charge Pearl
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
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Coverstock: Curelyon™ Pearlized Reactive
Weight Block: True-Roll™ Design
Ball Color: Blue/Purple Pearl
Ball Finish: 1500-grit Polish
Radius of Gyration: 2.490 (Low)
Differential: .040 (Medium)
Durometer: 76-78 Rex D-scale
Track Flare: Medium-High (4"-6”)
Fragrance: Cherry
Weights: 10-16 lbs.

 

Mike Austin

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Re: Power Charge Pearl
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2003, 01:12:32 AM »
I have drilled two of these balls for myself, and about 10 for other people.  The particulars will be about my two balls, opinions about the Power Charge in general.

PCP #1 had the pin out about 1 1/2 from the cg, with 3.02 top weight.  I drilled the ball with the pin to the right of my ring finger, with the cg out, using a high hole.  The pin is about 3 1/2 inches from my PAP with the mass bias in about a 65 degree angle.  I used about a 7/8 inch bit for the extra hole, with it being 2 1/2" deep.  The hole is located approx 4 over and 2 1/2 up from the center of my span.  This brought the ball back to legal with side weight and finger weight.

This is a control type drilling for me that I like to use with pin in balls.  I have had success with this layout in the past with a Black Thunder Storm, Super Power, and a Tour Power.  Even though the pin is close to the leverage 3 3/8 from my axis position, I still get pretty good length.  The high hole drives the side weight down, finger weight down, differential down a little, and for me this hole is fairly close to my axis point, all giving me a smooth break point, almost weak.

Spot on for this ball too.  This layout works well for me playing almost any part of the lane, although the closer to the gutter better.  Works well on a wet/dry lane condition and/or when the back ends are scorching.  Very controlled break point.  This particular ball is almost too weak to use in league conditions, but in regionals, this ball could be the ticket.  More length than the Tour Power, about 10 boards straighter than my Super Power drilled the same way.

Hence PCP #2.  Pin out about 4 inches from the cg, with 2.82 top weight.  Pin high over my fingers, cg on the center of my span.  This pin is about 5 inches from my PAP with the cg 4 7/8 away, the mass bias is about 90 degrees, or in/under my thumb hole.

I like this layout when I want a ball that really stores energy and creates a booming back end.  Have used this layout with success with many different balls including Trauma, Trauma ER, Too Hot, Tour Power, and Eraser among others.  This used to be my default layout when I didn't know what I wanted to do with a new/test ball.

Once again, very nice.  This ball is just as clean through the front as #1, maybe even a couple feet longer, but then watch out.  About 8 boards with my feet and 2-4 boards with my target left of where I was with #1.  Much better hitting power, carry percent very good.  To me this ball reacts like a very strong Too Hot.  Same kind of loping motion through the front part of the lane.  Almost looks like it is floating. (until it hits a rock or something!!)

For me the Power Charge is what the Hot Rod should have been.  Very long, with versatility in drilling.  Different looks with different layouts.  I think you would have a hard time getting these different looks with a Hot Rod, because it tends to roll up too early.  #2 out hooked my Hot Rod by about 2-3 total boards, but on the lane it was all on the back end.  The Hot Rod read the dry much quicker, but didn't always finish through the pins, burned up a little too much.  Seemed #2 would just keep coming, as long as I got the ball to the dry at the right time, I could hit the pocket from a number of different angles.

The Power Charge will be a dry lane ball for the high speed guys, but a good all around ball for the slow speed players.  Tweeners will like it on spotty heads, and medium to some drier lane conditions.  The really straight players will use this ball as an arsenal ball, they may only pull it out when the lanes are hooking, but will work better here than the Hot Rod.  Don't really think this will be a great fresh oil ball, unless the pattern is pretty short, say under 35 feet.  There are probably better choices on longer patterns due to the Power Charge's great energy storage and length.  Probably not the best wet/dry ball, unless you are like me and can afford to add an arsenal ball.  Price is nice, in the mid range to lower mid, and smell is great!!!  Strong Cherry smell!!!!

I really like this ball and may drill another.  Hope this helps ya!!!!.....
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Re: Power Charge Pearl
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2003, 04:19:18 PM »
I drilled the Power Charge when I decided to drop from 16# and couldn't get a Hot Rod quickly.  As with the Hot Rod I set the Pin in the center of my grip 5 inches from PAP.  The Hot Rod got decent length and was very smooth off the break point on the drier conditions.  As expected the Power Charge got a little more length and turned a little harder on the back end on most conditions.  These are both good balls for medium to higher speed strokers on hooking conditions.  I don't think there is enough difference between the 2 to have both.  The Power Charge is billed as a remake of the Thunder Road Pearl, a very popular ball in its own right.

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Re: Power Charge Pearl
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2003, 04:39:14 PM »
I got the power charge a few weeks ago. I drilled the ball with a simple label shift. This put the cg one inch from my center of grip and the pin off the ring placing the Mass Bias just off of my thumb hole. I through a little the night i got it and just rolled at about 30 ft. The Next day at a tournament in waterbury, CT, the shot was hook outside of 10, hold between 10 and 15 and hook inside of 15. Was throwing the ball harded then normal and putting the ball somewhere between 10 and 15. the ball gave me know over/under where as the rest of my equipment was hooking out the door. That makes another great ball from storm.

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Re: Power Charge Pearl
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2003, 01:29:34 AM »
This ball is a great one for smoothing out over/under and wet/dry conditions. I have mine set up to do just that, using Storm layout #4. Pin at 2:00, about 2 1/2" from my axis, mass bias in the track near the thumbhole. CG is dead center. If I leak it right more than a board or two, it's over, but I've got a ton of hold area left. Throwing down and in on a medium house shot, this ball is a killer. I've thrown it on toast, had to move way left to find any oil, but I could always find enough. This ball doesn't need much to get through the heads, and it stays on line very well, even from deep inside. I doubt this ball will ever be the first out of my bag, but more of a 3rd or 4th ball, primarily used for taming difficult patterns. I'd be interested to see what some surface changes could do.

This ball hits extremely hard. It has a very distinctive sound when it hits, and doesn't leave a lot of back row nonsense.

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Re: Power Charge Pearl
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2003, 01:52:00 AM »
I just got this ball yesterday and had it drilled to go long with a strong backend. My primary purpose for the Power Charge is to tackle medium to dry conditions.

I was surprised that this ball is true to what is says. I tested it on a synthetic lane that was already been used for 6 games and my Xfactor Deuce was already hitting high. The Charge went long then turns massively to the pocket. It has good carry. I love it! This could be my savior in 12 game tournaments.

I'm now a storm fan. They really do make great balls

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Re: Power Charge Pearl
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2003, 12:03:38 AM »
I got this ball around 3 weeks ago. Its my 3rd reactive ball which I purchased after starting off with two 2nd hand balls at the beginning of the year. One of the balls was a Storm Forest Fire Tour Edition Ive been told. If there is such a ball, I dont know, its been resurfaced so much the name is off, but I can see the words tour edition on it and yeah. This ball, because it was so worn down, and virtually dead only reacted well when the lanes had no oil on them at all. When I purchased the Charge and took it for a roll on the oil, I was over the moon by how much it reacted. I dont know how its drilled, but I sent it out over one board that night and it came flying into the pocket. Ive gotten used to it now and I am extremely impressed by it.Oh, and that cherry smell....my God...my ball has to be the smelliest of them all, my locker smells like cherry, the car smells like cherry as well!!! Ive always had a thing for Storm products and I will continue to purchase their goods for a long time to come.

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Re: Power Charge Pearl
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2003, 07:42:47 PM »
I bought this ball for practice purposes only and was amazed at the versatility and backend snap of this ball.

I'm also starting to use this ball for spares and dry backends, this way I can leave my spare ball at home and have an extra ball for my arsenal!!!
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Re: Power Charge Pearl
« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2003, 12:47:34 PM »
I just got this ball, was getting it hoping it would hook like the old thunder road pearls. It dosn't roll like the thunder road but this ball fit into my game perfect. This ball goes extremly long before its turns and it has a controlable backend. It dosn't hit as hard as some of my other balls but I havn't had to much trouble carring with it yet. This ball has a 5in pin with about 2 1/2 for top weight. I am very happy with this ball so far I will post again when I get to about 50 games. In my opinion GREAT BALL!!!
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Re: Power Charge Pearl
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2003, 05:29:10 PM »
15lb 4 oz
2 1/2 pin
2.83 top

drilled with pin a hair over from ring finger
CG in palm

Ball does what it says it will do. Excellent compliment to my LRG (same core)
Ball goes alot longer than my lrg and x-factor and makes a smooth medium break to the pocket. the carry is as good as any other storm product ive thrown. only knock is the ball tend to slide past break point if theres alot of carry down. got about 60 games on it now and it  reacts same as day i got it. no cracks in it either thank god.
the ball is nothing flashy, its not a hook monster, but on the dryer shots this ball is a savior.



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Re: Power Charge Pearl
« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2003, 07:48:08 PM »
hello all and thank you for taking the time to read my post of the Storm Power Charge.  What can i say about this ball?????  it hits like a truck for me.  not really sure the layout on it.  Not a big storm fan.  use to use all ebonite but have switched totally to storm now.  He drilled this ball up for me and i really like the way it rolls.  For me it is the first ball out of my bag.  For me i throw it on fresh shots really.  skids really good for me and then when it hits the dry just snaps back to the pocket.  I'm working on my game and have become a much better bowler.  Monday bowling at Texas Station, using the power charge i shot a 204, 214, 159 and a 173.  I get tired very easy.  thining about using the white medical tape on my hand to see if that will help cause i cannot use a wrist support.  right now in my arsenal is fear factor, duece, power charge, and xfactor.  when i start bowling if the charge isnt hooking enough i will go to my duece and if it is over hooking i will go to my xfactor.  If anybody wants a great ball for fresh shots or good medium oil ball this is the ball for you.  love the smell of it too.

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Re: Power Charge Pearl
« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2004, 10:17:34 PM »
the power charge peal.  A very good ball from medium dry to medium heavy.  Mine was drilled to go long with a hard backend, and thats what it does.  I throw with average revs and average speed usually.  This ball will work for all sorts of players, the crankers would have to keep some speed on it on medium oil.  But for rev challenged players it would also be good for playing straight up on medium and all sorts of dry shots.  The pearl coverstock can be adjusted for different conditions but I wouldnt mess with it.






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Re: Power Charge Pearl
« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2004, 11:21:25 PM »
Drilled - 6x4, pin over Middle finger
Cg kicked out, X-hole 1" past PAP
Coverstock - box condition

I drilled this ball after using Chris Johnson's, leading ROY on tour. It impressed me with its ease thru the fronts and its hard revving down the lane. When the fronts break down and I have to wheel, this ball is greatness. Its breakpoint is almost a hook/set or hockey stick reaction, which is good on a difficult pattern. The carry is incredible. I used it in a tournament in Tulsa and shot my highest set on a fairly low scoring pattern; 279-269-299/847.

If you bowl in a place where the fronts are worn or on a drier sport pattern, it just doesnt get any better than this ball. Its a step above others on medium/dry conditions.

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Re: Power Charge Pearl
« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2004, 05:55:03 PM »
Update: Monday Nite league 300-279-214/793

Last game was plaqued with 4-9's. This ball is Incredible!

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Re: Power Charge Pearl
« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2004, 08:05:51 PM »
OK, I have the chance to get this ball for 100 dollars, brand new, never thrown, never drilled, ive been researching a lot because im looking for a new ball to add to my arsenal because i have a hard extreme dry lane ball (white dot, lol, it still hits like a truck), a good ball for my wet lanes (super power, lol, hits like a freight train) and a good medium lane ball (cherry messenger, lol, the older it gets the harder it hits.) But im looking for a ball that can handle the wierd lanes that are somewhat patchy, or the lanes that are wet up front and bone dry on the back end, or even something that isnt going to be so unpredictable on a dry line that im scared to pick it up. The last thing i want to ask, does it tend to leave buckets or corner pins? and is it successful over the 1st arrow and on an outside shot?