Storm Lightning Blackout Bowling Ball

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  • Storm Lightning Blackout Bowling Ball
  • Storm Lightning Blackout Bowling Ball
  • Storm Lightning Blackout Bowling Ball
MSRP: $289.95
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Storm Lightning Blackout Bowling Ball

  • Color: Obsidean
  • Coverstock: ReX Pearl Reactive
  • Weight Block: Warp A.I. Core
  • Factory Finish: Reacta Gloss
  • Flare Potential: Medium-Low
  • Radius of Gyration (RG): 16lbs - 2.51; 15lbs - 2.53; 14lbs - 2.55
  • Differential (Diff): 16lbs - 0.029; 15lbs - 0.029; 14lbs - 0.029
  • Intermediate Differential (Diff): n/a
  • Fragrance: Pineapple Cherry Delight

Additional product information:

Feeling nostalgic? We’re bringing back a favorite and giving it a major upgrade!  The Lightning Blackout throws it back to classic style and performance that long-time fans of Storm can appreciate. Just as the original did, this modernized Lightning carries on the same reputation across length, power, and control. Utilizing a pearl version of the ReX coverstock in black obsidian pearl, along with the performance proven A.I. Core Technology, this bowling ball is designed to stand out on the lanes.
The flare potential of the Warp A.I. Core falls under the same rating as the immortal !Q™ Tour. Medium-low differential cores don’t migrate as fast which produces more forgiveness and longer transition zones between skid, hook, and roll. A.I. Core technology is now offered across all weights so the benefit of “Amplified Inertia” can be experienced no matter what weight you use.
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Lane Condition:
Factory Finish:
Reacta Gloss
Core Type:
Pearl Reactive
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10 Reviews

  • 5
    Storm Lightning Blackout

    Posted by Dannial Cohen on May 17th 2024

    Storm Lightning Blackout Review Layout VLS 4.75x4x1.5 Dual Angle 48x4.75x23 Storm Lightning Blackout uses a brand new core called Warp with AI technology wrapped with REX pearl coverstock. The Lightning Blackout is very clean through the fronts with a power and control.The lightning blackout will offer a later transistion ball motion so it will be great when length is needed but still continue on the backend. I was very surprised on how strong the backend motion it has but thats why the core and coverstock combination is very important. The Lightning Blackout is going to be a great compliment to The Road and IQ tour so when i feel those 2 balls aren't strong enough on the backend the Lightning is going to be perfect. I can also see it complimenting the Virtual Energy Blackout when its too strong so the lightning will be a great stepdown. I can also see adding surface to the Lightning and it will be a stronger IQ tour solid.

  • 5

    Posted by Storm Andrew on May 17th 2024

    eviewThe Lightning Blackout will instantly become a fan favorite for most bowlers arsenals. The perfect transition ball for a multitude of situations from step down off the super strong and medium strength balls; the Blackout will easily clear the fronts and give plenty of continuation down lane. I see the Blackout as a weaker version of the UC2 and with the Hy-Road pearl discontinued this ball will perfectly fit that slot for clean and angular when the heads hook early. Also, for those who fear it may be too weak I saw plenty of grab when I did miss in and the Blackout still read the lane properly and hooked where I needed it to. I did not see over sensitivity to either friction or oil which blended out the lane real nicely for me.

  • 5
    Storm Lightning Blackout Review

    Posted by Tobias Myers on May 17th 2024

    The Storm Lightning Black Out comes with the ReX Pearl Reactive cover, Warp A.I. Core, and reacta gloss finish. This ball has a higher RG at 2.53 and lower diff at 0.029. This ball is clean down the lane and will need some friction. It will not be a ball thrown on the fresh as it will need some lane break down to really shine. I compared this ball to the VEBO and it is a good ball or two down from it. The LBO may be a step down but for me, I feel as if it would be two balls down as it just does not have enough core to be a ball down. The LBO looks good when the lanes break down or there is a lot of friction when you need a clean ball to get down the lane. Another great release in the Storm line! Tobias Myers #Stormnation

  • 5
    Storm Lightning Blackout – WWRD 5/17/2024

    Posted by Patrick Dombrowski on May 17th 2024

    Cover: ReX Pearl Reactive Core: Warp A.I. Core RG: 2.53 RG. Diff.: 0.029 Finish: Reacta Gloss Fragrance: Pineapple Cherry Delight Storm’s new Lightning Blackout is a Pearl Symmetric Piece. This piece is good for Medium-Light Volume Patterns. PAP is 5 5/16 R 1 3/16 Up. Rev Rate: 400. Speed: 16.5. Drilled this piece with the Pin Up between the Fingers and the CG kicked out 1” from the palm. Burned up 43’ house pattern, Out of Box ball motion was clean through the fronts with a sharp backend reaction. I compared this piece to the The Road (2-2 Left). This piece fits between the The Road and the Original Hy-Road. This is a Versatile piece that fits all styles of bowlers. Check out the Ball motion Video on my YouTube Page:

  • 5
    Lightning Blackout

    Posted by Adam Chase on May 15th 2024

    Layout: 4 1/2 x 3 x 2 1/2 Surface: Reacta Gloss The brand new Lightning Blackout gives us a new ball reaction in the Storm Signature Line. This ball gives a clean, medium strength and angular ball motion designed for the lane pattern burn that we haven't seen in a long time in the Storm Lineup. The Lightning Blackout uses the Warp AI core which brings the same low differential found in the !Q series (.029) with a higher RG value of 2.53. What this produces is a clean ball motion that you can keep on line much longer than typical balls in the lineup. The REX Pearl coverstock found on this ball allows it to handle more oil overall than the !Q Ruby and will read the midlane stronger overall due to the coverstock being much stronger. On the typical house shot, with my higher rev rate (470 rpm), I was actually able to play much straighter on the fresh on a higher friction pattern than I would normally be able to. The weaker core allowed the ball to get through the front and the midlane much cleaner while keeping the ball more on line. The REX Pearl cover read the midlane still strong enough when missing left in the oil and gave me plenty of down lane motion when missing right into more friction. The best part of this ball is that the use of this ball is primarily for the pattern burn. Since this is the case, I was able to still move left with my feet and see enough angular backend motion to continue striking as the pattern broke down. I was still able to clear the front easily while still seeing enough continuation down lane to strike. Where this ball could find issue, is getting too far to the inside with your feet. The lower differential causes trouble for the ball to hook enough down lane if the lanes are not burned enough to the outside part of the lane. Compared to the Journey, I found the Lightning Blackout to be about 3 feet cleaner and be overall more angular in the back part of the lane. The Lightning can be potentially used on fresh conditions if the lanes have a lot of friction or can be used as a burn ball with higher volume patterns or lower friction lane surfaces. For me, it will be used as a ball down from the Journey primarily where I need to create more length and a stronger backend. Adam Chase Storm Staff

  • 5
    Snappier iQ tour??

    Posted by Brad Paynter on May 14th 2024

    Check out my ball video at Short summary - benchmark shiny ball, similar to a snappier iQ Tour. To me, that translates into house shot killer, but versatile enough to use on sport and challenge patterns. 2.53 RG. .029 differential, REX pearl reactive coverstock. All that means its relatively quick off the spot, and it smells great. Pineapple cherry delight, sounds like a good pie. Think of this ball as an iQ tour , but more responsive and more overall motion. Final thoughts - ball is good, you probably need one. Be sure to watch the video!

  • 5
    Storm Lightning Blackout

    Posted by Kevin Duncan on May 11th 2024

    Storm Lightning Blackout Layout: 4.0 x 4.5 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 Storm’s Lightning Blackout utilizes the REX Pearl coverstock and the Warp AI core. We add some surface to the Lightning Blackout – 3000 Abralon. The test pattern was a 3-day old league pattern with some open play on it as well. The pattern actually held up well as the testing went surprisingly well. We tested the Lightning Blackout up against the Storm The Road. Both balls use the REX cover. The Road is a hybrid and the Lightning Blackout is a pearl. It was clear during our test session that the Lightning Blackout was stronger and handled the oil better, especially on the misses left into the oil. This could have been the surface helping, but I still think the Lightning blackout was the better option on this test pattern. Visit your local Storm VIP Pro Shop! #Stormnation #SquadRG

  • 5
    Lighting Blackout

    Posted by Lighting Blackout on May 10th 2024

    Lighting Blackout - Ball Specs Cover Stock: REX Pearl Reactive Finish: Reacta Gloss Core: Warp AI Core Layout: 65 x 5 x 35 RG: 2.53 Differential: 0.029 Review Storm’s new Lighting Blackout has the awesome REX pearl cover wrapped around the Warp AI Core, which makes the ball clean through the fronts with a strong backend motion. The Warp AI Core falls under the same rating as the iconic IQ tour. As a mid to low rev player the Lighting Blackout allows me to move right on the fresh and left on the burn. This ball will be in my bag for league and tournaments. This is a great ball for all levels of bowlers. Order one from your local pro shop today! My ball review videos are posted on YouTube channel Stanley Waite. Stanley Waite 900 Global Staff Member Dover, DE

  • 5
    Storm Lightning Blackout

    Posted by Matt Fazzone on May 10th 2024

    Storms Lightning BlackOut is a pleasant surprise in the bowling bag. The Wrap AI Core features a RG of 2.53 and Diff of 0.0029 and is wrapped around the REX Pearl cover. The differential is the same as an iQ Tour but the RG is a lot higher but I believe they will work hand in hand with one another. I drilled mine 5.5 x 5 x 3 and when I first started to throw this ball it reminded me a lot of a iQ Tour Nano Pearl but it got through the front part of the lane easier. It almost appeared to me as the ball looking sluggish for the first 45 feet down the lane but it never missed the spot. It allows me to stay on top of it when I’m using urethane but it has enough versatility that I can open my angles up with it and hook it. I feel like this will be a great addition to the fans of the iQ Tour series who just want the ball to shape a little more down lane.

  • 5
    Lightning Blackout

    Posted by Steven Collins on May 3rd 2024

    Dual Angle Layout: 55 x 4 1/2 x 25 Storm Vector Layout: 4 ½ x 4 ½ x 1 5/8 This ball is GOOD!!! Based on the numbers I was expecting something similar to the IQ Ruby, but the REX cover is much stronger. The ball gives me good length, solid midland reaction, and a strong backend. The REX cover is quickly becoming my favorite cover stock from Storm. The Lightning Blackout seems to be a bit earlier and stronger than The Road, so it gives me a great 1-2 punch on house shots.

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