Odd'l Rockets - Raise {Accessory} (ODD-RAISE)

Contributed by Chan Stevens

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Manufacturer: Odd'l Rockets

Odd'l Rockets' Raise

Brief:
The "Raise" is one of those indispensable little do-dads you never knew you needed, and once you've tried one out, you'll never want to launch without one. It slides down an 1/8" rod and acts as an adjustable standoff.

Construction:
You get a single component--a spring with a short brass arm welded on.

You will need to at least look at the instructions to figure out the best way to mount and use this, and the instructions are very well written and illustrated. The spring has one end loop bent away from the rest of the coil, and this must rest against the rod to keep tension, holding the standoff in place. Slipping it on from the bottom of the rods tends to be easiest, and less travel. It grabs pretty tightly, so adjusting is a little tricky but just requires a decent pinch to release the tension in the spring against the rod.Odd'l Rockets' Raise

Flight:
I "flight tested" this on a few sport models, and it worked fine. The brass arm is long enough and strong enough to handle most low and mid-power models, certainly anything that would be designed for an 1/8" rod. You will want to watch out if using this with the metal motor hooks that have the triangular V type end as opposed to the 90-degree closed L bend, as any extension of the metal hook could catch on the arm.

Where this really worked great was on flying a boost glider. I've lost dozens of tiny clothes pins over the years, and typically wind up just using a little masking tape around the rod to hold the pod and glider above the deflector plate. This thing easily slides up to the desired height, doesn't fall off in the grass, and doesn't leave behind tacky residue that needs to be cleaned.Odd'l Rockets' Raise

Summary:
This is a terrific product. At a whopping $1 apiece, do yourself a favor and buy several. Not because you'll ever lose them (I recommend just leaving it on the rod all the time), but because everyone you launch with is going to want one. Head over to jonrocket.com, currently Oddl Rocket's only distributor, and ditch those clothes pins and spent casings.

I just wish this were available in 3/16" and/or MMX versions.

I rarely give out 5's on reviews, but in this case I really wish there was a "6" button--it's a great product and great value.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Comments:

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D.K.B. (November 23, 2009)
These are great. They also work for many kinds of rockets. We have about a dozen we keep in the range box. I just wish they had 3/16" and 1/4" versions.
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C.M. (November 24, 2009)
A note from Odd'l Rockets: If there is enough interest, a 3/16" raise spring is possible! It would take a lot of orders though--there are many more 1/8" launch rods than 3/16" rods out there. Thanks for the great feedback!
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J.C.B. (December 1, 2009)
This is a very useful item. It works much better than the clothespins and tape I've used in the past. It looks cleaner and much more professional. For the price, you can't beat it. Clubs should take advantage of the newly released 10-pack.
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Chan Stevens (December 12, 2011)

November 2011 update--I now have in my range box a package of Raises that includes both 1/8" and 3/16" versions. I don't see it listed for sale yet, so it's presumably a "beta", but the 3/16" work just as well as the 1/8" and the combination pack strikes me as a great little deal.

--Chan Stevens

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