Planet Eclipse Blog
With the Ego10 launched late 2009 and claimed by many to be the best Ego to date, and by some margin, it would seem faintly ridiculous to presume that the new SL could improve on the platform any further.
But with application and direction the team responsible for the development of the Eclipse line of markers have managed to come up with a package that pushes the development of the Ego line ever forward.
Every previous SL has been distinguishable by its blend of swooping exterior lines and light-weight design. There is no exception here. Yes, the SLS may have eschewed some of its classic nose-to-tail features and replaced them with individual body strakes, but the concept of a cohesive design theme through the marker remain. As of course does the diminutive size and weight. At only 834g with barrel, battery and OOPS, the SLS retains its position as the lightest high-end marker available for sale.
But of course the SL has always been about more than just looks and weight. The SL is also used to showcase new and exciting technology from the Eclipse development team. And this year is no different.
The SLS has seen enhancements in three key areas:
- A new SL3 In-Line Regulator and Regulator mount
- Modification of the Cure3+ with inclusion of three different Bolt Inserts
- The introduction of full SLS-to-PC communications
The latter of those upgrades is made possible through proprietary software in the form of the E-Portal. The E-Portal is an application that provides a means of communicating with an Eclipse SLS through the familiar Windows(tm) environment and will give the user control over all aspects of the SLS firmware. It will be possible to:
- Upgrade the Electronic Firmware
From time to time Eclipse will release new versions of the firmware that controls the operation of the Eclipse SLS. This may be to add new features to the current firmware; to improve existing features; to fix bugs in the current firmware; or to accommodate changes in major league rules affecting the way that markers are allowed to operate. The latest version of firmware will be downloadable from the Planet Eclipse website and programmable into the SLS using E-Portal.
- Manage the Control Parameters
E-Portal will display all of the SLS' Control Parameters in one easy-to-read list. Parameters can be read from the SLS, modified and saved for future use. User presets can also be created for different firing mode configurations and saved for future use.
- Customise the Start-Up Splash Screen
E-Portal provides a simple way to create images that can be transferred to the Eclipse SLS in order to personalise the start-up screen. These images can be saved for future use or shared with friends and team-mates. Sample images are also available for download from the Planet Eclipse website.
Where the E-Portal offers enhanced control of the electronics, the new SL3 Regulator gives enhanced control of the pneumatics. The SL3 regulator is a completely new, from the ground up, design of In-Line regulator for Eclipse. Eclipse regulators have always been renowned for their reliability, simplicity and robustness. The SL3 obviously has all of those attributes, but now is even more accurate, has better stability when dealing with fluctuating or decaying input pressure, and has a higher flow capability. Not only that, the all-new seal configuration is now both reversible and replaceable by the user, should the main seal ever become contaminated. All of these features mean that the output of the regulator (the pressure that governs the markers velocity) is now even more tightly controlled over a far wider range of supply pressures from the tank. This means velocity remains stable right down to the last few hundred psi on the tank, giving you more usable shots per fill.
And as promised with the advent of the Cure3+ the new SLS Cure3+ comes complete with three interchangeable bolt inserts. Stock, it comes fitted with the ramped gas transfer option similar to the one seen in the Ego10. And inside the box, together with the optional trigger, optional Valve Guide and other spares, there are two further bolt inserts: A Muffler design, and a Pepper Pot design. A simple pull and twist of the bolt pin allow access to the bolt insert. Simply fit the one that suits your play the best, then pop the pin back in and get back to the field. It couldnt be more simple.
Of course the rest of the SLS is no less feature laden, with the Zick2 Rammer kit, adjustable OOPS fitted to the T-Railed SL frame, choice of two triggers and two valve guides, adjustable LPR; custom MAC solenoid valve with modified porting and of course the 5-Piece Shaft SL2 barrel kit.
As well as the VERY limited run of about 300 SLS (Maximum will be no more than 350) there will also be an exclusive PBNation Owners Badge that you will be able to tag to your user account (Original Owner ONLY)
So you prove your right to be part of the Elite SLS Club..
The New Eclipse SLS. Is there really anything else you could ever need?
Unique SLS Features:
Bespoke SL SLS Body
Bespoke SL Cure3+ Bolt with Insert Kit Three Different Bolt Inserts
Bespoke SL Circuit Board With USB Interface Cable and Software Included
Bespoke SL SL3 Inline Regulator
Bespoke SL Dual Triggers - S and Classic Style Triggers Included
Bespoke SL Dual Valve Guides HP and LP Valve Guide Kit
Bespoke SL Zick2 Rammer Kit
Bespoke SL OOPS Assembly
Bespoke SL Clamping Feed Assembly With Sprocket Wheel Adjuster
Bespoke SL Trigger Frame
Bespoke SL Contour Eye Covers
5-Piece SL2 Shaft Barrel Kit
Viz-Eyes Red BBSS System
Internal Porting Tuned To Provides Softer Shot and Less Kick.
Reduced Rammer and Bolt Speeds. Gentler on Paint. Quieter Shot.
Cure3+ with New Ramped and Interchangeable Bolt Insert
Zick2 Rammer Shaft and Cap
Increase Longevity of Internal Components
New LP Supply Protection System
92% larger rtansflective LCD Display
Adjustable Tru-Colour RGB LCD Backlite
16-Bit Microprocessor - 16 MIPS (Million Instructions Per Second)
Improved Solenoid Drive Circuitry for increased Velocity Consistency
New Graphical User Interface
Ultra-Lightweight Monoform Body
Deftek Offset Feed Tube
Integrated Rammer Housing
Larger Valve Chamber
Micro + Opto Switch Board
Dual Instrument Grade Ball-Raced Trigger
Dual Trigger Return Mechanisms - Magnetic and Spring Trigger
Skinny-Fit Co-Moulded Rubber E-Star Grips
T-Slot Rail Mounting System
Ego10 High Performance Solenoid Valve
Integrated Audible Sounding Device
Weights and Measures
Length: 531 mm
Height: 214 mm
Width: 26.5 mm
All Measurements include Barrel (14), OOPS, Battery, Ready-to-go:
SL2 Barrel Kit Specifications
1 x 14 Front Section 0.700 Bore
1 x 16 Front Section 0.700 Bore
1 x Rear Section - 0.685 Bore
1 x Rear Section - 0.689 Bore
1 x Rear Section - 0.693 Bore