Skip to main content

Reflex Charger

Reflex Charger

To enlarge this image of the Reflex Charger, please click here.

Reflex, known for producing bows that offer great value, have taken it up a notch for 2008 with their all-new Charger. The fastest bow they have ever brought to market maintains the attractive price tag and features their FX Cam & 1/2, proven parallel split limbs, StealthShot String Suppression System and ProLink Pocket system.

Basics
Reflex designed their Charger to be ultra smooth throughout the draw cycle, which includes a gentle rollover into an easily held 75-percent letoff. Contributing to the soft ride are the steel axles and sealed ball bearings that the FX Cam & 1/2 System eccentrics rotate on. The two asymmetrical cams are home to Reflex's modular draw length adjustment system that is relatively easy to change and is well marked to allow for accurate setting.


The top module is adjusted by loosening one screw in an elongated slot and removing another and replacing it in the hole that correlates to the draw length you wish to use. The bottom cam module has only one screw anchoring it to the main cam. No bow press is required to make these adjustments. A built in draw stop with a rubber bumper for silence is also included on the bottom module.


An overall draw length range of 25 to 30 inches in one half-inch increments is covered by two cam sizes and accompanying module. A control cable links the two cams, effectively forcing them to work together eliminating many of the tuning issues common with some eccentric system types. The Charger is advertised to reach 320 feet per second making it the fastest rig they have ever put on shelves.

Another Reflex goal for their easy pulling Charger is a quiet shot. Reflex outfits the bow with their 12-inch split limbs that move into a parallel position at full draw. Limbs that are parallel at full draw move in opposite directions, vertically, at the shot and the energy leftover after propelling the arrow is largely cancelled out by this action.


The result is a bow that has minimal jump or vibration when fired. Further noise reduction is achieved with a set of StringShox silencers set in the Fuse Custom string, a pair of AlphaShox limb silencers and the Reflex StealthShot String Suppression System. Limbs are attached to the riser with the Reflex ProLink Pocket System. These machined aluminum pockets cradle and capture each individual split limb while a tab on the end of the riser, complete with a green anodized insert, provides consistent spacing between the limbs.


The Charger's riser is machined into a reflex configuration measuring 1.75 inches. A reflex geometry increases the power stroke and in turn increases speed. Power stroke describes the distance that the archer moves the string from its "at rest" position to full draw. The draw length of your bow includes the power stroke, brace height and an additional 1.75 inches.

SPECIFICATIONS
MANUFACTURER:Reflex, 543 Neil Armstrong Rd., Salt Lake City, UT 84116; (801) 363-2990; www.reflexbow.com
MODEL:Charger
ECCENTRIC SYSTEM:FX Cam & 1/2
DRAW WEIGHTS:50-,60- and 70-pound peak
DRAW LENGTHS:25 to 30 inches in one half-inch increments
RISER:Reflex, machined aluminum
LIMBS:12-inch, fiberglass
STRING:Fuse Custom
CABLE:Fuse Custom
MASS WEIGHT:4.4 pounds
LETOFF:75-percent
GRIP:One-piece wood
BRACE HEIGHT:6.25 inches
AXLE-TO-AXLE LENGTH:34 inches
FINISH:Realtree APG
ADVERTISED IBO SPEED:320 fps
PRICE:$549
COMMENTS: Pleasantly smooth and quiet with a solid punch.
SPEED/ARROW VELOCITY*KINETIC ENERGY**STORED ENERGY***EFFICIENCY****DRAW CYCLE
316 fps77.62 foot-pounds98.0 foot-pounds79.2 percent An easy climb and gentle rollover to peak followed by a relatively long plateau and then another easy transition to holding weight.
*(Test result) **Product of speed and arrow weight ***Energy supplied to and held by the system ****(K.E. divided by S.E.)

The brace height is the measurement between the string and the deepest part of the grip, otherwise known as the "throat" of the grip. For the Charger it is 6.25 inches. The riser is outfitted with a one-piece laminated wood grip, stainless steel stabilizer mounting insert--front only--and a straight carbon cable guard. Riser and limbs are film dipped in Realtree's APG camo for the hunters and are also available in several anodized colors for target archers.

How's It Shoot?
I found the Charger to be as smooth on the draw as advertised. Seventy pounds feels more like 60 or 65 on this bow. We all know that practice makes perfect and a bow that is fun to shoot is more likely to see range-time than one that is hard on your body. At 4.4 pounds the mass weight of the Charger is still within the limits of my preferred weight range and the nearly shock free and quiet shot makes it easy to accept.

Editor's Note: Petersen's Bowhunting standardized testing includes the use of the same equipment and test methods.

Looking for Bows

Check prices, read customer reviews or buy it at Everest

Check Prices

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Springtime Turkey Hunt

Springtime Turkey Hunt

Kevin Steele and the boys are bowhunting turkeys with the help of some well-placed decoys.

Ravin Broadheads – 3 New Mechanicals

Ravin Broadheads – 3 New Mechanicals

Designed exclusively for their crossbows, Ravin has announced three new mechanical broadheads to maximize penetration and overall performance.

First Look: Mathews Vertix Bow

First Look: Mathews Vertix Bow

"Petersen's Bowhunting" editor Christian Berg and Mathews design engineer Mark Hayes talk the smooth, quiet and fast shooting qualities of the new flagship Vertix bow from the Wisconsin bowmaker.

CenterPoint CP400 Crossbow – First Look

CenterPoint CP400 Crossbow – First Look

CenterPoint Archery evolves in design and performance with the introduction of the new CP400 Crossbow.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

The system offers ease of use, versatility, affordability and ever-expanding functionality.Moultrie Mobile: A Complete Scouting Solution Scouting Tools

Moultrie Mobile: A Complete Scouting Solution

Christian Berg - October 01, 2020

The system offers ease of use, versatility, affordability and ever-expanding functionality.

Going from field tips to broadheads requires arrow tuning on a higher plane.

 Good broadhead flight4 Steps to Perfect Broadhead Flight How-To

4 Steps to Perfect Broadhead Flight

Bowhunting Online Staff

Going from field tips to broadheads requires arrow tuning on a higher plane. Good...

These recent findings can help you better manage your buck population.New Deer Management Study: Small-Antlered Bucks & Stump Sprouts Whitetail

New Deer Management Study: Small-Antlered Bucks & Stump Sprouts

Jason Snavely - August 10, 2020

These recent findings can help you better manage your buck population.

Crunching the numbers on North America's most important game species2020 State of the Whitetail Report Whitetail

2020 State of the Whitetail Report

Jason Snavely - June 29, 2020

Crunching the numbers on North America's most important game species

See More Trending Articles

More Bows

ATA 2020: The new flagship bows are here, and it's an impressive crop! New Bows for 2020 ATA Show

New Bows for 2020

Tony J. Peterson - January 09, 2020

ATA 2020: The new flagship bows are here, and it's an impressive crop!

PSE released details on its 2020 bow lineup, including 10 compound models aimed at bowhunters.PSE Unveils 2020 Bow Lineup Bows

PSE Unveils 2020 Bow Lineup

Christian Berg - October 02, 2019

PSE released details on its 2020 bow lineup, including 10 compound models aimed at bowhunters.

Don't give up on that seemingly untunable bow just yet.Untunable Bow? Nock Travel Could Be Your Problem Bows

Untunable Bow? Nock Travel Could Be Your Problem

Bill Winke

Don't give up on that seemingly untunable bow just yet.

Have a look at some of the very best compound bows being brought to the market this year.New Bows for 2021 ATA Show

New Bows for 2021

Christian Berg - January 11, 2021

Have a look at some of the very best compound bows being brought to the market this year.

See More Bows

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE Arrow

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Petersen's Bowhunting App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Petersen's Bowhunting subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now