The Super Charger 500 is the smallest Super Soaker to use CPS technology, and it pays off, big time. This is a quick firing blaster with possibly the best handling of any gun out there. If the weight balance, size, and CPS pressure chamber wasn’t enough, consider the fact that the 500 also uses super charger technology. Sticking the nozzle into the QFD fills the gun in no time, but even if you have to use a traditional water source it takes only 12 pumps to fill the pressure chamber. Just 2 will give you enough juice to take a shot at max range.
There are 3 known marks of the SC 500. The first has a tan body with pink tanks and black detailing. The sticker on the reservoir reads “air pressure Super Soaker. The mark 2 is tan and pink with blue detailing and reads “constant pressure Super Soaker.” The third, and rarest mark, was released in 2000 and has a purple body with lime tanks.
There is, in fact, no such thing as an air pressure 500. There is, however, some truth to the rumors mk1s, which are labeled “air pressure,” are underpowered. The mk1 I owned would only hold about 6 oz of water in the pressure chamber and would only shoot 32 feet. I am not the only one who has had this problem. This has also been reported by Wild Boys, Duke Soak ‘Em, and others, so I know my mk1 tests weren’t just a fluke
In my original review I listed stats for each mark separately, due to the mk1’s inferior performance. However, when I sold my mk1 to a friend, he was able to fix the problem by filling the 500 via a QFD from a hose with much greater than normal water pressure. After this, the tests he performed on my old mk1 brought back stats that were nearly identical to those of an mk2! The CPS bladders were also identical in shape. My guess is that the mk1 just came from factories that used a different type of rubber to make the bladder.
I still recommend purchasing an mk2 or 3 over an mk1 so that you don’t have to deal with stretching out the tough rubber; but if you do, it’s good to know that all 500 marks can be taken to their maximum potential. I personally think the 500 makes a great primary for lighter engagements and soakfest and that it also makes a great sidearm for bigger battles.