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PBObsessive Friday, May 7th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
3 months1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Similar
Products Used:
Empire Reloader (a little faster but this is more consistent)
Gravity Hopper (no comparison)
Marker Setup: Spyder Xtra
14" J&J Ceramic
Ricochet 2k Hopper
Java Metal Elbow
ESP IPI 3.0 Trigger frame
Strengths: Deflection engineering
Very good battery life
looks awesome
consistent feeding
game timer
Weaknesses: Not as fast as some of the other loaders
Loud
Review: Speed: I was originally using an empire reloader, but a friend offered me this hopper (he only used it once) for $45.00 and I thought, hey might as well. Although it does feed about 2 b.p.s. slower than a relaoder or 12 volt revvy, the 2k is a very nice loader. It feeds very consistently at 12 bps for extended periods of time.

Deflection engineering: Does it work?
The answer is YES! I've been shot dead center in the loader many now. Both times the paintball was deflected harmlessly past the panels.

Battery Life: Unlike many other loaders, the 2k takes only one 9v battery. This significantly decreases the weight of the ricochet compared to loaders with two or more batteries. Out of one battery, the 2k gets about 4000-5000 shots. (Realistically for me it got about 3500 shots) Though the manufacturer says that the low battery light comes on with about 1500 shots remaining, I found it closer to around 500 shots remaining. No biggy.

LCD Display: The display is sweet. Although the beeping can be a little annoying, a simple push of a button sets the ricochet into silent mode. I've heard that the shot counter was inaccurate at high speeds so I put it to a test. I loaded exactly 100 shots into the 2k. I fired them at approximately 10 bps and emptied the loader in 10.52 seconds. The shot counter read 82. An 18 difference is not exactly what I'd hoped for. I quickly glazed over the instructions and set my loader to "pro 5" instead of "pro 3" I redid the test and the counter read 99. I am much happier with the one shot difference. Overall the game timer and ball counter aren't necessary, but are very nice features. Once I properly calibrated the counter, It is nice to be able to know how much paint I have left without stopping to open my lid.

Fit: The 2k comes with four o-rings. 2 are slim and 2 are fat. I found that the 2 slim work best in plastic elbows and a combination of slim and fat work well in metal feed tubes. Experiment to find what you like best. I use a fat on the bottom and a slim on the top in my java metal elbow and my hopper fits like a glove. There is absolutely no movement. To preserve o-rings, I suggest leaving the elbow/feed tube on the feed neck.

**Edit** I broke a couple o-rings and couldn't find any replacements. I emailed ricochet and they sent me replacement fit o-rings free of charge, no questions asked. Great customer service.
Conclusion: Although $75.00 at [place website hear] is a little expensive, I highly recommend this hopper (especially since i got mine for $45.00!) The deflection engineering will let you stay in the game longer, and the consistent 12 b.p.s. will never let you down. If you tend to shoot upwards of 14 b.p.s, this is not for you. Look at the apache, the eggII, or the halo B. If you have a semi auto, or cap your full auto at 10-12, get this loader. You won't regret it. (Unless you play a lot of woods. In that case buy a 12 volt revvy or a reloader. The 2K is somewhat loud when it agitates. This is not a problem in speed ball etc tho. =)
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Friday, July 2nd, 2004 at 7:57 pm PST
 

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