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The basic Tag Set Equipment includes a Laser gun and a vest that you can wear on your chest, shoulder, or back. There are certain parameters you need to understand before choosing your new Laser tag set.
Tag Gun Material – Look for Quality and Durability
Composite plastic (preferably ABS (Acrylo-Butadiene-Styrene)) is the most commonly used material for making the gun and vest.
It should be non-toxic (child-safe), lightweight, and impact & fall resistant. It should also be resistant to heat, humidity, sweat, and dirt.
Tag Gun laser Pointer – Check Safety and Precision
Check the classification of Laser pointer on the Tag gun. It should be preferably in the range of class-2 or class-3B.
They are mild and harmless for the skin and eyes of the players (especially children). They also have a longer reach and precision focus.
Tag gun Design and Construction – Determine Ease of Handling and Playing
The first parameter is ease of holding on the grip-panel, trigger, front-strap, trigger-guard, back-strap, and grip-safety parts.
The pointer direction should be away from the shooter’s eyes. Some of the other parts’ locations should be
Speaker (closer to the grip-panel)
Shooting indicator (along with the nozzle)
Payload/reload button (base of grip panel)
Switch (in front of the trigger at a reachable position)
Team color indicator (at an instantly visible point)
Weapon selection button (preferably beside the switch for pistol, machine-gun, shotgun, etc)
Option for headphone
Other indicators (life, health, currency) in the immediately visible parts
Tag Vest Design and Construction – Ease of Wearing and precision Reception
The vest should have four hooks at the corners for accommodating belts. The length of the belt will be different for wearing on the chest, shoulder, or back.
Power switch should be easily accessible. Indicators for the team, life, health, and others should have multiple color options that are easily understandable).
Indicators for life, hit vibrations, sounds, and color changes should be accurate and visible to the wearer.
It should have options to choose the minimum and maximum hits by connecting to the inbuilt firmware/software.
The material should be child-safe (Ex: non-toxic ABS) and resistant to warping (bending), cracking and breaking.
It should have an impact and fall-proof characteristics. You can check these parameters on the technical specifications in the user manual that you may download and read.
Battery for Tag Gun and Vest – Ease of Charging and Long Life
Battery case-cover for the Tag gun should be easy to open and close (preferably with a small screwdriver). It should accommodate at least four to six AA rechargeable batteries.
Some of the gun models will have ports for recharging while the others may have Wi-Fi options. You need to check and choose the one that is easy and convenient.
Similarly, you can check the battery holder for the vest. Its size will be smaller than the gun (ex: button battery).
Make sure the longevity of the battery is specified. Some of the laser tag sets may come with batteries, while others may not. Then you may have to buy the batteries separately.
Laser Tag Software – Speed and Accuracy Parameters
Laser tag sets come with an inbuilt software/firmware for making the gaming attractive and absorbing. You can change the settings with buttons on the gun/vest.
It should have multiple options for the
Shooting-range selection (minimum to maximum)
Interactive voice (preferably with tips and feedback)
Option for multiple players and teams
Instant reload options
Compatibility Options – between Tag Gun and Vest
Some of the laser tag guns may have inbuilt compatibility between the gun and vest of different models and brands.
It is an added advantage that gives you the options to play with multiple guns and vests when you meet your friends and guests for weekend and birthday party celebrations with the laser tag sets.
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