Storm Virtual Energy Blackout Bowling Ball

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The Virtual Energy Blackout builds on an already concrete foundation created by the Shape-Lock HD Core. But now, and sleeker than ever, the Blackout has taken the reigns with a tour-inspired 1-tone design. The shape you didn’t know you needed until it was gone is back!

Color Blackout
Coverstock R2X Pearl Reactive
Core Centripetal HD symmetric
RG 2.48
Differential 0.052
Intermediate Diff 0.020
Factory finish Reacta Gloss
Weights 12 thru 16lbs
Fragrance Orange Pop

72 Reviews

  • WOW FACTOR with control

    Posted by DON AGUILAR on Mar 31st 2024

    VIRTUAL GRAVITY BLACKOUT. All back just the way you needed it. Patterns used for review are HP modified. Pattern A: 38Ft, 27.22 Mls, 6:1 ratio Pattern B: 41Ft, 30.86 Mls, 4:1 ratio COMMENTS PLAY The VGB OR VIRTUAL GRAVITY BLACKOUT. Gets down the lane very clean and makes the corner Pattern A: Ball 1. Out of box VGB had to be left and go after it. Lane play was 20 to 5 and watch her backend. Very clean through the front and very distant roll and turn to break point. This pattern could be played from 12 to 2 and hold the line for speed players with higher rev rate. I backed off the revs and went to a more forward roll with success. Easily able to control the lane transition. Typical house moves on a higher volume than most places. High scores and Big angles. Pattern B: This pattern was longer and higher volume. Play was from the inside on fresh or far right. With no surface adjustment had to be spot in to carry. No room for error. As the pattern transitioned, area opened, it became easier and easier to play this particular pattern. Waited a few games for break down and the moves were to the right with feet and line. Play the line not the angle NOTE A: When playing the fresh on higher ball keep lines tight from the inside or play straighter from the right. NOTE B: Start with something like the Optimum Idol out of box and open the lane up. You won’t regret what comes next with being able to use the VGB more and more without having to be perfect. LOW DOWN: The VIRTUAL GRAVITY BLACKOUT is a ball that stronger rev players will often wait on for transitions or straighter players can start with medium speed and rev rate. You can lightly break the shine and get the VGB moving earlier to smooth out the angle for stronger players. Normally i excel with Symmetrical balls but this ASYM pearl surprised and made its way in the bag. Plus the all black makes you pay attention to it all the way down the lane to read it.

  • VEBO review

    Posted by Sandy McIntire on Mar 30th 2024

    I am a higher speed, rev challenged 220-250ish, high tilt, high rotation, and super low track player. I drilled my Storm Virtual Energy Blackout (VEBO) 5.5 x 3x 1.75 using Storm VLS and my axis point is 3 ¼ right and 7/8 up. The Storm Virtual Energy Blackout (VEBO) is a asymmetric pearl reactive piece that I really like medium volume patterns. The higher RG and big diff gives this ball high flare potential when I need something to give me more motion control down lane. Overall, this ball is very good when you need shape and power. Plus it smells like orange pop!

  • The Virtual Energy is back!

    Posted by Rich Kollmeyer on Mar 28th 2024

    Layout: VLS 5 x 4 x 2 The Virtual Energy Blackout (VEBO) brings back the Shape Lock HD core from the older Gravity balls and wraps it in the REX Pearl coverstock that is a mix of R2S Pearl and NEX Pearl, seen on the Fate, Night Road, Infinite PhysiX, and the Dark Code. The VEBO is great at getting through the heads, even when they’ve been beat up. I was expecting the VEBO to be much snappier on the back end, but it actually is extremely smooth for a pearl. It’s not the first ball out of my bag, but it’s a great complement for late in game 2 or game 3. My Specs - Speed - 16 mph, Rev Rate - 315. PAP 5 1/8 x 7/8 Up. Youtube Link:

  • Storm Virtual Energy Blackout

    Posted by Dannial Cohen on Mar 24th 2024

    Storm Virtual Energy Blackout Ball Review Layout VLS 4.75x4x2 Dual Angle 50x4.75x30 Storm Virtual Energy Blackout uses the core from the Virtual Gravity wrapped with the REX pearl coverstock. Storm Virtual Energy Blackout is very clean through the fronts with a strong angular motion on the backend, I like to start with my Absolute Power on fresh oil and when the lane transistions and i need more backend the VEBO is the perfect choice. If you need more length than the VEBO you can then go to IQ Tour Ruby so the VEBO fits in the lineup perfectly. Attached Below is our YouTube video

  • Best Pearl Ive ever thrown

    Posted by Johnny Quach on Mar 20th 2024

    2 hander, 450 rpm, 15.5-16 mph, bowling on THS. different sport patterns, and PBA Southwest regionals, 50x5x50 layout (5x4.25x2.75 2LS layout) By far the best asym pearl Ive ever thrown. shot my first PBA 300 with it in a regional in Firelake Lanes in Shawnee, Oklahoma, shot several 760s-790s in league, and has been an absolute staple in my bag since I got it several months ago. With most of my balls, I replace them within a month or so because they just don't have that same reaction fresh out of box but my VEBO has close to, if not more than 120 games on it and it still reacts great and close to when I got it. Ive even drilled a second one to see the out-of-box comparison and it wasn't off by much. It's my go-to ball when I need something strong and angular, something I know will read the midlane and come back if I miss a little right, and something when I need that pop downlane. I can use it on fresh or in transition, I can put surface on it or I can polish it, it has just been such an amazing ball for me and the conditions I bowl on. Feel free to follow me on Instagram or Tiktok (both @john_quack) to see more!

  • Amazing Asym Pearl

    Posted by Joel Eyssen on Mar 16th 2024

    Great Asym that reads the mid lane and continues well off the point.

  • Virtual Energy Blackout

    Posted by Brent Ritchie on Mar 8th 2024

    PAP: 4.5 over x 1 up. Layout: 5x6x3 Pin position: Above and slightly left of middle finger QUICK! That is the best way to describe this ball. That and the smell is delightful. I personally have not had an asymmetrical pearl ball in my bag for quite some time and I didn't know what I was missing. The pearl REX coverstock does a great job getting downlane and it's very obvious when the core takes over because the change of direction on this ball is something I haven't seen in a very long time. I've been able to use this ball on both house shots and broken down sport patterns (was a little too clean and quick to be able to use on the fresh sport condition) but once they broke down the VEBO shined. The only critique, and it's not really a critique, is that if the ball sees the dry too early (and this is true of a number of balls, especially on drier house patterns) it makes that fast change of direction and runs out of energy. At least the ball lets me know when its time to make a step down to something like an Xponent Pearl, or Journey, that is a little tamer down lane. Either way, this ball will be a staple in my bag as it's a unique motion (at least for me) that has proven quite useful! Brent Ritchie SPI Pro Shop Staff

  • Crazy good Asym Pearl!

    Posted by Zac Ludwig on Mar 7th 2024

    As someone who threw the OG Virtual Energy back in my youth days, I think the new Virtual Energy Blackout is that SAME exact shape you saw years ago! But this time it's better because it's a solid color! I currently run 2 of these in my bag at all times it's just that versatile with surface changes, layouts etc. The Shape Lock HD core matched with the proven REX Pearl cover just makes this ball good for all types of players for any type of lane condition!

  • Ball of the year?

    Posted by andrew smith on Mar 4th 2024

    The Virtual Energy Blackout (VEBO) is the latest addition to the signature line that is arguably the best ball on the market! Shape Lock HD core wrapped with the ReX pearl cover which gives you a clean and strong backend reaction. It’s been one of my favorite balls to throw this season. It seems to handle heavier oil but also doesn’t over hook off the dry. It gives me the perfect blend where I can use this all 3 games in league no problem. It’s a step down from the Exotic Gem. When the Exotic hooks too early or too much you could go right the the VEBO. I don’t really recommend using this ball on medium or lighter oil it becomes too angular. This is one of the best balls Storm has made in a long time! Andrew Smith Storm staff LH Rev rate 420+ Speed 16.5

  • Virtual Energy Blackout

    Posted by Todd Benner on Mar 1st 2024

    The Virtual Energy Blackout combines the REX pearl reactive coverstock finished with Reacta Glosswith the Shape-Lock HD Core. At 15 pounds, the RG is a low 2.48 with a differential of .052 and an intermediate differential of .020. It has been quite a few years since I threw a ball with this core in it. As soon as I threw the VEBO, I realized how much I have missed that core. This ball is smooth, strong, and predictable all in one. With the out of box finish, the VEBO glides through the front part of the lane and has a nice arcing motion on the backend. For an asymmetrical pearl, this ball is very controllable. It definitely needs to see friction to be effective, as the sheen finish will hydroplane on heavier conditions. This ball reacts more like a benchmark ball than a big asymmetrical. This will fit nicely between the more aggressive solid asymmetricals and the weaker pearl symmetrical balls. Great ball for all the medium oil volume conditions!

  • VEBO

    Posted by Casey Mattingly on Feb 29th 2024

    Highly Anticipated Ball Alert… Virtual Energy Black Out! The ShapeLock HD core combined with the ReX cover gives a motion that is familiar and is a breath of fresh air! Already a ball that has won plenty…including the US Open. Usually I would not say that this kind of ball would be good on patterns like the ones found at the US Open but, the fact is that just exaggerates this ball’s versatility! What stands out the most about the VEBO is how effortlessly this ball gets through the fronts. With the aging lane beds across the country, this ball does not give up hits because of early hook! The ShapeLock HD core found in the original Virtual Gravity provides a strong motion down lane this is a must in everyone’s bag! Plus, black balls roll best! Layout of my VEBO: 5x4x2 Balls Currently getting play: Absolute Power: 5x4x2 Summit Peak: 5x4x2 Zen Gold Label- 5x5x2 (pin up) box surface Zen Gold Label- 4.5x4.5x3.75 (pin down) 3k surface

  • Virtual Energy Blackout

    Posted by Christian Pimentel on Feb 23rd 2024

    Got the OG Virtual Energy back in the day which holds my highest series 832, When the Virtual Energy Blackout came out I had to get it! First set in league i shoot 300! 2nd week I shoot 299. I recently won a tournament using it in Chicago. I recommend getting one! I already have 2!!!

  • Virtual energy blackout

    Posted by Kassy Shumate on Feb 20th 2024

    This ball has been a pleasant surprise. I haven’t typically gotten along with shiny asymmetrical balls, in this case the reaction isn’t as violent as others. I find myself being able to move a little right and getting it down lane further storing all its power for the back end. I haven’t had a look like this in my bag for quite some time and I am finding it hard to put down.

  • Storm - Virtual Energy Blackout

    Posted by Kristijonas Sergejevas on Feb 20th 2024

    The Storm Virtual Energy Blackout features a very strong Shape-Lock HD Core, which certainly has a lot of flare potential. The ReX coverstock creates a very solid front-to-back- ball reaction. I do believe this Virtual Energy Blackout creates a bowling ball motion that not many other SPI balls do. Core numbers and the type of coverstock leads to believe that the Virtual Energy Blackout could be an alternative to the Dark Code, so I drilled my Virtual Energy Blackout with the same pin-down layout: 55 x 5 x 75. The Virtual Energy Blackout requires friction to be most effective. I do like the smooth and round ball motion that this bowling ball can create. I do find the Virtual Energy Blackout to be slightly less responsive to the friction than my Dark Code. In my opinion, the Virtual Energy Blackout is best when bowling on medium length oil patterns where the launch angles need to be a little more open. I think players that bowl on center with high friction lane panels can truly take advantage of this coverstock. This bowling ball can be a good connection between the dull/strong asymmetrical and cleaner/weaker symmetrical bowling balls. I am looking forward to using the Virtual Energy Blackout in the upcoming tournaments.

  • VEBO = Banger!

    Posted by Tony Marino on Feb 18th 2024

    VEBO Cover: ReX Pearl Reactive Core: Shape-Lock HD RG: 2.48 RG Diff: 0.052 Int Diff: 0.020 My layout: 5 x 4.5 x 3.5 The VEBO is a Pearl Asymmetrical ball that I see working best on medium to med-dry conditions. The pearl ReX cover on the VEBO is surprisingly clean. It does a great job of getting through early friction without getting off line too quickly. The low rg asymm core compliments the clean cover very well. Because of the length of the cover, the fast revving core translates to a medium to medium-quick response motion down lane. I have found that the VEBO is best when the lanes transition past big solid balls like the Absolute Power or Phase 2. It allows me to get more shape without overshooting the break point down lane. Bowler stats: Left handed PAP: 5 x 1/4up Rev rate: 400

  • Motion

    Posted by James Wakefield on Feb 15th 2024

    The Storm Bowling Virtual Energy Blackout ball is a game-changer, delivering outstanding performance on medium to heavy oil lanes. Its innovative nanotechnology design offers impressive backend reaction and pin carry, making it a top choice for serious bowlers. With its sleek blackout appearance and cutting-edge technology, this ball provides consistent strikes and enhanced control on the lanes.

  • Most versatile ball in the game!

    Posted by Rich Morrow on Feb 12th 2024

    I was a bit late to the VEBO train, but shortly after I hopped on it I learned why it is the most loved at my home alley the last few months since it's release. It is the smoothest ball I've ever thrown and is responsible for my first 300 since I've come back to the sport. Only took a week to get familiar with it's angular motion but it's so smooth through the front's that the forgiveness is unmatched whether on a house or sport shot it will always be in my bag. Highly recommend to bowlers of all types, high rev, low rev, doesn't matter, the core and coverstock combo is elite.

  • Storm Virtual Energy Blackout

    Posted by Curtiss on Feb 7th 2024

    Core - Shape-Lock HD Coverstock - ReX Pearl Reactive RG - 2.48 Differential - 052 Intermediate Diff - .017 Finish - Reacta Gloss Layout - 4 ¼x 4 x 3 First off let me say that the ReX Pearl coverstock has been one of the favorites released in quite some time. Once I saw that it was being paired with a core from one of favorite balls of all time (Virtual Gravity), I knew it would be good. The VG Blackout it such a strong, sharp ball and goes through the pins so well. This ball is one of the strongest pearl balls, I have ever thrown, and be thrown on multiple patterns. When the lanes start to break down, and you need to start moving left is really when this ball shines. This is my favorite ball to use when I have to get inside and loop it, because is it so strong off the friction but also will pick up in the middle of the lane still. This ball has become a staple in my bag and has lived up to the Virtual Energy name well.

  • VE Blackout

    Posted by Rick Coy on Feb 6th 2024

    The new Ve Blackout is a very clean through the fronts and responsive down lane ball. It is a nice kickdown from the Roto Grip Exotic Gem and a step up from the Journey and the Iq Ruby. I mostly use it during transition games or the end of a tournament to give me some pop on the back end after the heads go away and the back ends become tight. I punched this up with a 4x4x4 drilling that I have on 3 balls in my bag. #stormnation #solid9proshop

  • League staple

    Posted by Chris Schmidt on Feb 3rd 2024

    Lower rev lefty. I drilled this one with a go to 4x4x2. This ball lets me stay a little further left where I like to be, when I can’t quite get a bigger solid overstock down the lane, but still need a ball that will read the midlane before I need to move to something a bit cleaner throughout like the zen gold label, which provides much more angle for me down lane.

  • Virtual Energy Blackout

    Posted by Mike LeViner on Jan 28th 2024

    Layout: 45 x 4 ½ x 35 From the previous releases that the NEX coverstock was featured on, it has shown itself to have a massive amount of traction, and that is no different on the Virtual Energy Blackout (Vebo). Even with the out-of-box shine, the Vebo has a smooth reaction that can handle a good bit of oil. I have seen this ball have a slightly flippier reaction for others, but for myself it is strictly smooth arcing. It is best at home on medium-heavy to medium oil conditions. The Vebo fits perfectly between the stronger sanded balls such as the Summit or Absolute Power, and the weaker symmetric-cored balls such as a Journey or TNT Infused.

  • Storm Virtual Energy Blackout Ball Review

    Posted by Pete Dohan Jr on Jan 24th 2024

    Bowler Stats: Speed: 15.5 MPH Rev Rate: 275 RPM Tilt: 3-5 degrees Axis Rotation: 60 degrees PAP: 5 ⅜ over 1 ¼ up Layout: 5 X 51/4 X 23/4 VLS Video Review: With the Storm Infinite Physix being one of my favorite balls and it being discontinued I was excited about the release of the Virtual Energy Blackout since it was using the REX Pearl coverstock. The core in the Virtual Energy is slightly stronger than the core featured in the Physix line so I decided to drill it to a little weaker than Infinite Physix. The Infinite Physix is clean but smoother off the dry for me than the Virtual Energy. The Blackout is noticeably a few feet longer and quicker off the dry than the Infinite Physix. I am not a fan of the Reacta Gloss polish with my lower rev rate so I changed the surface to 2000 abralon. I use 1000 on the Infinite Physix and having the added length on the Virtual Energy I didn’t want the two to be the same. I’m able to use the Infinite when the patterns are fresher and then as they change I can use the Virtual Energy and not have to ball down. If you liked the Infinite Physix the Virtual Energy Blackout is a good replacement for the Infinite in your arsenal. Pete Dohan Storm Bowling Amateur Staff #StormNation


    Posted by Dana Ausec on Jan 23rd 2024

    I love bowling balls that allow me to stay in them from fresh to transition to burn and the Storm Virtual Energy Blackout (VEBO) is exactly that!! This ball is without a doubt one of the most versatile bowling balls I have ever seen. Out of the box this elegant, glossy looking beauty provides the predictable sharp motion that you expect from an asymmetrical ball with a Reacta Gloss finish, but it went through the pins even better than expected. When I took a little of the gloss off with a used 2000 abralon pad, it gave me a little earlier reaction with that same strong finish. The best part was I could now play multiple angles with the same ball and continue to strike. To me, the VEBO has the characteristics of a hybrid with the new REX coverstock but stores a lot of energy down lane like an asymmetrical pearl…giving the best of both worlds. I drilled this ball at 45 x 4.5 x 40, a very typical layout but this ball is ANYTHING BUT TYPICAL! Medium or heavy oil, the VEBO will not disappoint and will become a benchmark ball in your arsenal. It is a must for any bowler and especially for those that like to strike A LOT!! Dana Ausec – Storm Amateur Staff Member; Senior Team USA Member #StormNation

  • Blackout Review

    Posted by Dillon Kleinow on Jan 7th 2024

    The Virtual Energy black out is the newest premier ball offering from Storm. I went with a dual angle layout of 45 x 5 x 30. I went with this layout being this ball has REX cover, with that being a very clean to begin with I didn't want to give this one too much length as sometimes that can create shape problems. This ball is on the smoother side, which can be great on the fresh or the transition for that matter. I believe many styles will come to find this a great option if looking for a new ball.

  • Blackout

    Posted by Gil B on Dec 28th 2023

    Black Out……Pearl Asymmetrical…yes I like.. The Shapelock core is back and ooh yeah wrapped in the rex pearl coverstock. How can this be bad. Drilled mine with the go to 5x4x4..This ball is clean in the fronts reads the midlane well not aggressive and for me is pretty continuous and smooth in the back end. This ball has been great in league for me. Easy to migrate left with the break down and still carry as the ball retains so much energy for downlane