We’ve put together this simple Buyer’s Guide from the most common questions we have been asked over the years.
The Challenger is a traditional bar style pool table with a mechanical push coin slide. The standard slide is an ESD Vertical 5 that accepts up to $1.25 however, as an option, an ESD Vertical 8 slide that accepts up to $2.00 in quarters is available. The table features a turn of a key free play
• The Challenger Matrix is equipped with our electronic Matrix bill acceptor system. The table is fully programmable with single game pricing, bonus game pricing and time play options; and its advanced electronics also allow for three happy hour periods and three free play periods
• The Challenger Matrix DUO has both a mechanical coin and the Matrix.
• All models are available in either a black or mahogany laminate, and 7’ and 8’ sizes.
Yes. The standard cloth color is Tournament Green however, for a slight upcharge, a variety of other colors are available. Worsted clothes such as Simonis 760, Simonis 860, Simonis 860 HR and Championship Tour Edition are also available.
Each table typically includes a playing equipment package consisting of a set of Belgian balls with a Aramith Perfect Roll magnetic cue ball, four one piece cue sticks, dozen pieces of chalk and a plastic triangle.
Yes, ESD provides coin slides that accept tokens and the currency of more than 70 countries worldwide.
Yes. Although most tables equipped with the Matrix are battery powered, they can also be hardwired if there is an outlet under the table.
Results vary due to the number of games played however, under normal conditions and with the programmable sleep mode invoked, our tests show the Matrix with a 22AH battery could hold a charge for up to two weeks or longer. To ensure the health of your battery, do not let it discharge completely.
A battery strength icon is in the upper right corner of the display, in addition to the battery percentage remaining. The battery voltage is indicated in the table meter.
Using a 2 amp charger, a full charge takes between 6 to 7 hours. Installed in both the Challenger Matrix, and Challenger Matrix DUO, is a battery charger and a 30 ft. retractable electric reel cord. The plug is located in the upper right corner of the ball box.
Yes, the Matrix can be equipped with card readers such as those from Sacoa, Embed and Intercard.
Although our cue ball separator works with a variety of magnetic and oversize 2 3/8” cue balls, we recommend the Aramith Perfect Roll magnetic cue ball, also known as the Aramith Tournament magnetic cue ball. Unlike other magnetic cue balls, these cue balls have a unique triple step construction that makes it the same weight as the object balls, with enough metal to separate consistently and still be perfectly balanced.
All models are typically shipped as two separate components; the pool table cabinet, which includes the covered slate and rails, and the legs.
Assembly and leveling of bar style pool tables is fairly straight forward, but you will need manpower and the following equipment: a four-wheel furniture dolly, hand truck (preferably with an extra-large nose plate), snips to cut the metal banding, a ½” wrench or ratchet to attach the legs, and a level, preferably a machinist level, but a carpenter’s level will do.
The conversion kit, which is available for Valley, Dynamo, Great American and Global tables, includes the main housing with a MEI bill validator and Imonex coin acceptor, ball trap with integrated planetary motor, battery, battery charger, remote programming keypad and steel coin box. An optional 30’ retractable electric reel cord is also available.