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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 #16 on: October 26, 2023, 09:01:47 PM »
Virtual Energy Blackout
Coverstock: ReX Pearl Reactive
Finish: Reacta Gloss
Core: Shape-Lock HD Core
(14 pd)
RG: 2.53
Differential: 0.050
Int Diff: 0.017

Layout: 5 1/4  x 4 1/2 x 3 1/4 - 2LS
Layout Extras: 2 1/8 Finger Depth, "X" - 4 1/2 D and 1 Inch Left
Tester: PAP 6 1/2 R, 1 1/4 D

The Virtual Energy Blackout features the ReX coverstock. As a reminder ReX is a combination of two previous covers, R2S and NeX. This blend provides more skid/flip type reactions for the player and allows the ball driller to be creative in what can be achieved from a drilling perspective.  For your medium medium/dry conditions the Virtual Energy Blackout is your answer.

What has impressed me the most with this ball is that for a glossy finish that in general will provide sharper reactions the Virtual Energy Blackout is not overly skid/flippy where control is sacrificed. The ReX cover appears to blend this ball out nicely. I do prefer slightly scuffing my Reacta Gloss pieces and for this one I used a worn 3K Abralon pad. This slight modification worked out nicely on the Virtual Energy Blackout.

As noted above, the Virtual Energy Blackout will shine in medium to medium/dry conditions. To bring to light a similar ball for Storm, the Dark Code quickly comes to mind. If you enjoyed the Dark Code, you will want to consider adding the Virtual Energy Blackout to your bag.

For me, the Virtual Energy Blackout is much more balanced and does not "lock-up" for me like the Dark Code could do at times. I personally feel the Virtual Energy is miles better for me over the Dark Code. Be sure to grab a Virtual Energy Blackout today.

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Re: Virtual Energy Black Out
« Reply #17 on: October 29, 2023, 10:40:51 AM »
Ball Specs:
Storm Virtual Energy Blackout
REX Pearl Reactive Cover
Reacta Gloss Polished
Shape Lock Core (Asymmetric)
Layout 4.5 x 4.5 with 1.5” Pin Buffer

Bowler Specs:
Right Hand. PAP 5” Over 1/2 up
Rev Rate 300. Tilt 20. Rotation 50.
Speed at release 17

The Virtual Energy Blackout gives me the most angular motion down lane that I have had in quite a while. The Blackout covers more boards than I was expecting from such a glossy finish. The Blackout gets down the lane nicely but does not go too long probably due to the ball being asymmetrical. The sharp motion on the back drives through the pins hard. This ball is great when you need higher entry angles. I still love black color bowling balls and the silver logos give this ball an elegant look. The Virtual Energy Blackout hooks more than my Fate but a little less than my Exotic Gem. I was very impressed by how this ball comes back from almost anywhere on a typical house shot. I carry some poor shots I don’t deserve due to the sharp entry angle of this ball. I did have a stretch where I kept leaving ring 10’s and at this point I switched to a ball whit a smoother shape on the back and the problem was solved. When I can use this ball in league, I will due to the recovery it provides, but like any ball you have to know when to change lines, speed, or release. I would recommend this ball to anyone who wants that hockey stick angular shape with a strong back end that most look for in a ball. The Blackout has already been popular at our shop.

The Virtual Energy Blackout is a very angular ball.
The core and cover on this ball match up nicely.
This ball looks great and the Orange Pop scent is very nice!.

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Re: Virtual Energy Black Out
« Reply #18 on: October 29, 2023, 03:17:25 PM »
The Storm Virtual Energy Blackout is Storms newest premier line pearl asym. The VEBO combines one of my all time favorite covers, REX pearl, with one of the best cores ever produced. I was a huge fan of the Dark Code from a few years back and ever since that ball was discontinued, I’ve been missing that shape from my bag. The VEBO is the perfect replacement piece and has been my go-to #2 ball for the last couple of months.

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Re: Virtual Energy Black Out
« Reply #19 on: November 02, 2023, 02:16:35 PM »
Got about 40 games on this ball I'm lefthanded last 6 games can't get the 7 pin out, I'm sure it's lane shin what do i hit it with?? 1500 pad? By hand or on a spinner.


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Blast from the past
« Reply #20 on: November 06, 2023, 12:09:39 PM »
The Storm Virtual Energy Blackout is a blast from the past! The layout is 4 x 4 x 1.5 puts the pin above my ring finger and high up about 1.5 above the finger so with that it gives more length with more angle on the back end.

With the classic HD weightblock and a modern day coverstock it reminds me a lot of the original virtual gravity. I went back and looked at a old video I posted on YouTube of the OG Virtual Energy and ball motion wise it is very close to each other.

The VE Blackout is a great league ball to start on the fresh on a typically house shot. With me being left handed I can almost use it all 3 games depending on the lanes and if there are any other lefties. Typical league night I am standing 24-25, getting it to 2nd arrow and 7-8 at breakpoint. Once the lanes start to change and still wanna stay in the VE Blackout then would move 4 boards right getting it to 13-14 board at the arrows and 10-11 at the breakpoint to keep it tight. If I get it outside 7-8 then it will hit the dry and nose dive which leads to anything is possible lol. Once I see that within 2 shots at that point I will make a ball change. Overall this is an awesome ball for league or tournaments for some fresh patterns and transition. #Stormnation

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Virtual Energy Black Out
« Reply #21 on: November 06, 2023, 01:00:48 PM »

I bought this ball without much expectation and especially in connection with the general madness of seeing this product again on the lanes. At the beginning, I was really not exited about the ball reaction that I'm saw.  With the oob surface, for me it was really not controllable and I really disliked. After change the surface with a handled 1000 pad, the reaction completely changed for a great strong smooth react. I played a full 5 games 44 feet pattern tournament just with opened my angle more and more and the ball continued to give me a good rounded mid-lane reaction and a big hit at the enter's triangle. So the virtual energy passed from a ball that I'm thinked that I would totaly not used to a ball that follow me on my bag tournament. So, surface changes make sometimes all difference according to our style. #stormnation


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Re: Virtual Energy Black Out
« Reply #22 on: November 10, 2023, 04:43:42 PM »
Storm Virtual Energy Blackout
Cover: ReXâ„¢ Pearl Reacta Gloss Reactive
Weight Block: Shape-Lockâ„¢ HD Core (Asymmetrical)
Color: Blackout

The long awaited return of the Shape-Lock HD Core wrapped in the popular ReX cover (blackout version) has arrived! This ball has some serious shelf appeal with the old school all black look and really does smell delicious. We drilled this ball with our normal layout: tweener, 350-375 revs, 16.5mph, layout of choice is 4x4x2 (pin is above bridge). This ball is the ultimate move infinite left, throw right, watch it come back and strike kind of movement. Compared to the Dark Code this ball is cleaner through the fronts and more responsive on the backend. For this reason we see this ball being a bit more versatile for the ability to play further left longer if needed without leaving those flat 10s. Tournament bowlers will like this Pearl cover deep in sets and anyone who just likes to see the ball move will appreciate this piece. Another banger asym pearl from Storm!

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Re: Virtual Energy Black Out
« Reply #23 on: November 11, 2023, 12:52:52 PM »

Storm Virtual Energy Blackout
Coverstock: ReX Pearl Reactive
Core: Shape-Lock HD
Factory Finish: Reacta Gloss
Layout: 4.5 x 4 x 1

The Virtual Energy name and Shape-Lock HD Core are back with the Blackout. The Blackout has the ReX Pearl Reactive cover found on the discontinued Infinite Physix. The Infinite was much more round and was really good on medium length patterns for me. I can’t imagine throwing this Blackout on medium patterns as it revs up and reads the back part of the pattern very well. The Blackout is easily 5-7 more than my favorite shiny symmetrical IQ Tour Ruby with a similar layout.

The Blackout is a great option for those bowlers needing a bit more hook, as well as bowlers that love to open the lane up.

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Storm Virtual Energy Blackout review by Ethan Fiore
« Reply #24 on: November 15, 2023, 07:18:50 PM »
Lane Condition
Length: 40
Volume: Medium
Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS

The Virtual Energy Blackout is a throw back to the original Virtual Energy. They kept the Shape-Lock HD Core but paired it with the successful REX Pearl Cover that you see in the Dark Code. This ball won’t be everyone’s go to game one ball but during the transition phase, this thing is a monster. It helps control your backend motion and doesn’t limit you to going left. This ball will be very popular and you should get one!

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Rev Rate: 500
Speed: 17.5
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Storm Virtual Energy Blackout by Casey Murphy
« Reply #25 on: November 22, 2023, 11:53:08 AM »
Orientation:  Right Handed
Rev Rate:  400 RPM
Speed:  16-17 MPH
PAP:  4 ½ over and ½ up

Location:  Enterprise Park Lanes, Springfield MO
Pattern:  High Volume THS
VLS Layout: 
Layout 1:  5 x 4 x 2 ½  (pin above bridge)
Layout 2:  4 ½ x 4 x 4 1/8 (pin below bridge)

The VEBO is a new Rex Pearl asym.  But unlike the Dark Code and Infinite, the Blackout is SUPER CLEAN and jerky.  It gives me more updated Code Black vibes except it handles oil a touch better.  I’ve had the first versions of Rex Pearl a little too responsive to friction and allergic to oil but this blend of Rex Pearl is perfect!  The VEBO is going to be in my bag a long time!  I love using this ball on a super cliff cause I can gear my miss to tug and it has enough teeth to handle the oil and still roll and tip. 


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Storm Virtual Energy Black Out
« Reply #26 on: November 23, 2023, 10:33:13 PM »
The new release in the Storm signature line is the Virtual Energy Blackout (VEBO).
I also agree with a lot of staffers, most if not all black bowling balls are very good!
The VEBO is no different, it has been a huge hit for Storm. The VEBO features the Shape-lock HD core with the new REX Pearl coverstock.  I drilled mine with 4 inch pin up.  (4 x 5 x 2 ).  I did change the surface to Storm Step 2.  Honestly not a big fan of the Reacta Gloss.  I used the VEBO on 42ft house shot and on a couple Sport patterns.
The VEBO is very clean and angular downlane.  I have drilled a few at the shop for a low rev down and in guy and he absolutely loves it, it gives him the backend from the VEBO which he needs to help to get the ten out.  For the 2 handers it gives them a large amount of miss room! Very hard for them to throw it through the breakpoint. Which is a good feeling knowing they can still throw it hard and still get it back.
To compare it to my dark code with same drilling, the VEBO is cleaner and much sharper on the back and higher response to friction.  Where the Dark Code is more rounded.  If your wanting a stand left and throw right and strike a lot the VEBO is your ball!   Going to be a huge seller for Storm!

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RPM  - 400
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Virtual Energy Blackout Review by Luke Rosdahl
« Reply #27 on: November 24, 2023, 11:39:17 AM »
The Virtual Energy Blackout is a new asymmetric ball in Storm’s Premiere line.  It features the popular and high use ReX Pearl coverstock, which is a blend of their ultra strong NeX formula and their flagship clean, responsive, and controllable R2S formula.  The core is the famed Shape Lock HD core from the previous Virtual and Gravity line releases, which comes in at a 2.48 RG, a .052 differential, and a .020 intermediate differential.  The Blackout reminds me instantly of the Dark Code, just longer and sharper.  Same cover, even same color, the core in the Blackout is just slightly weaker.  I’ve used the Blackout on several different conditions with a couple different surfaces.  The factory gloss is too inconsistent and sensitive for me, so I resurfaced it down to 1000 on a resurfacing machine, then finished it lightly with Storm’s Step 2 compound.  The result was a surprisingly long and quick, round, continuous finish on the backend. 

I’ve mentioned before that this core creates a surprisingly long and sharp motion for how strong it is on paper.  The closest comparison for me is that it feels like an asymmetric Zen Gold Label.  Very clean and easy up front, almost worryingly so, before it covers more ground on the backend than 95% of the balls I’ve ever thrown.  It’s also remarkably controllable and consistent for how clean and sharp it is.  The stronger cover formula maintains a subtle amount of traction and stability through the oil, and the rounder and more continuous shape makes the pocket bigger as well.  It’s incredibly versatile from left to right, it gives lower rev bowlers punch down lane they don’t usually have without forcing them deeper on the lane, and it gives higher rev bowlers length and control they don’t usually see out of stronger and more responsive balls like this.  With shine it can reach down to be at home on regular league conditions, but with a little surface it can hold its own on heavier conditions, and is a great step up from something like an Absolute for when you want a similar shape, but need more strength or traction. 
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Re: Virtual Energy Black Out
« Reply #28 on: November 24, 2023, 12:15:00 PM »
Storm Virtual Energy Blackout ball review
Vls 5 1/4 x 4 x 2 1/2

This ball was one I was excited to get my hands on. Starting with the Shape Lock HD core, I expected it to be a shape I would like. With the Rex Pearl reactive cover and Reacta gloss finish, it's very clean through the front of the lane but sharp off the spot. In the houses with too much friction to start with a solid, this ball has been seriously good. Gives me enough angle to carry all night. Even on some more tricky patterns, I could keep my angles in front of me until the lanes opened up then take advantage of the great shape. It's cleaner and sharper off the spot than my Exotic gem, giving more angular shape. This is a reaction anyone will want to have in their bag.

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Re: Virtual Energy Black Out
« Reply #29 on: November 26, 2023, 12:28:29 PM »
Storm Virtual Energy Blackout (VEBO)
Layout: 4.5 x 5 x 2 Storm Pin Buffer Layout
Rev Rate: 325 rpm, 7 degree of axis tilt, 40 degree of axis rotation
Testing information: 41 foot THS (medium to light volume)
Bowling Center: Fulton Bowling Center
Kegel Machine – Brunswick Anvilane

The Storm Virtual Energy Blackout utilizes the REX pearl coverstock and HD (high density) weight block. We tested the VEBO alongside the Storm Dark Code on a house shot. The VEBO was very similar in shape to the Dark Code.  Both balls are very long for me then want to turn left at the back end.  I will say the VEBO is a touch stronger overall than the Dark Code, which could have been from layout differences.  I feel the VEBO will be condition specific for me.  I will use it late in blocks once we are forced left. The ball is very clean at the front of the lane.  The VEBO gives me that old school Storm vibe of easy length and tons of strength on the back end.  Storm as been doing it the best for many years!

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Re: Virtual Energy Black Out by Keith C
« Reply #30 on: November 27, 2023, 10:49:33 AM »

The Virtual Energy Blackout builds on an already concrete foundation created by the Shape-Lock HD Core. But now, and sleeker than ever, the Blackout has taken the reigns with a tour-inspired 1-tone design. The shape you didn’t know you needed until it was gone is back! Per SPI

PAP: 4 7/8 R 7/8 UP
REV: 350
LAYOUT: 4 5/8 X 3 5/8 X 1 1/2 VLS
Test Pattern: 42' THS

The Storm Virtual Energy Blackout bowling ball exudes an elegant aura that's impossible to ignore. With its sharp design and glossy finish, it's a true masterpiece in the world of bowling. This ball not only looks stunning but also performs with precision and finesse. Its elegant appearance is matched by its equally impressive on-lane performance, offering bowlers a blend of control and power that's truly remarkable. The sharp, cutting-edge technology packed into this ball ensures that it reacts precisely to your every move, allowing for pinpoint accuracy on the lane. When it comes to style and substance, the Storm Virtual Energy Blackout is the epitome of excellence, making it a must-have for discerning bowlers seeking both beauty and performance in their game.

A blast from the past! Step forward Marty McFly. The popular Virtual Energy returns with modern cover like a 70's muscle car with bigger wheels. THE VIRTUAL ENERGY BLACKOUT.

Excited about the new cover/core combo, as I have had success with the Dark Code and Infinite Physix. Same layout used but the VE BO is smoother and sharper in OOB surface.. I changed mine to 4000 Abralon to smooth out and control the sharpness.
On the THS, playable in the track is very predictable and not speed sensitive. When I opened my angles in the fronts, I did not see or lose carry. As always, hand position changes presented a slightly different shape down lane for me. I recommend this ball for the league bowlers who like the glossy look and sharp reaction.

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