If you’re a darts aficionado, the electronic dartboard is all the new rage! They’re fun, they’re safer, and they’re trending fast in pubs and bars. Many dart enthusiasts are now venturing on to these electronic boards.
In essence, this dartboard is a computer at the back end. The front face comprises of a dimpled surface that is structured to receive darts thrown at it. These boards come programmed with several games. They keep score by determining which part of the board the dart has hit and also determine misses. Most boards allow up to 8 players to be signed in per game.
The darts for these “e-dartboards” are unique, in that, they aren’t sharp and metal tipped like conventional steel darts. They are soft-tipped with plastic, making them so much safer, especially for family environments. These soft-tipped darts are also much lighter than regular darts. According to regulations, these darts should not exceed a maximum weight of 20 grams.
Dart barrel types:
Now, just like there are a variety of materials to choose from, for metal darts, soft-tipped darts also come in different ranges and materials. Choice of dart material, grip, shape etc depend upon your level of experience and your affordability.
The most inexpensive soft-point darts would be brass darts. Brass is the lightest of the materials used for soft-tip darts. If you are a novice to dartboard games, in general, or if you are perfecting your game with electronic boards, these would be the darts best suited for you.
A slightly more durable dart barrel would be the nickel silver darts. They are almost as light as the brass ones, but they are tarnish resistant.
The more proficient dart players would opt for tungsten alloy darts. Tungsten is a dense metal that has high corrosion resistance. It is coupled with other materials for the barrel to make it more durable and strong. These darts typically weigh between 18 and 20 grams.
Dart shapes, tips, and grips:
The barrel of the dart comes in a variety of shapes for your convenience and gripping comfort. Those who seek a finger grip could opt for scalloped barrels, whilst those who want shorter barrels could opt for stubby darts. Grips come in a variety of forms such as dimples, cross hatched, knurled etc.
Though the flights or shafts of the darts may not break easily, the tip of the electronic dartboard darts are prone to wear and tear as they are made of plastic. These tips however are very inexpensive and can be ordered in a pack of 50-100 either online, or at a sporting goods store.