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Lord Manimal Thursday, September 23rd, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
3 months3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

More than 5 years
Products Used:
9volt revolution
12volt revolution
"The Egg"
Marker Setup: Too many to list
Strengths: Durability
Weaknesses: The "tape sensor" doesn't seem very durable
Led on the back does NOTHING usefull.
Review: 195 balls held, MAX. 190 comfortably.

Can dump out hopper in 12 seconds on the nose. (4 or 5 of those seconds are spent with the final balls rolling around with the arms trying to grab them to force them down).

The apache appears to be made of a somewhat brittle plastic, which doesn't inspire too much confidence in it's durability. I could be wrong here, but compared to the old fashioned viewloader revi's and traditional gravity fed hoppers, it doesn't seem as durable. (Recent testing has proven this to be an unfounded concern. It's MORE durable than the Egg, trust me.)

The apache itself is almost perfectly balanced when full of paint, which surprised me. It can hold more balls forward, opposite of the battery compartment, so it balances out the weight when full. When empty, more weight is to the rear of the hopper, of course.

The two pronged feed arms really surprised me. Compared to the Egg hoppers 6 arms, it just doesn't look like it could seriously compete. Turn it on however, and it's raining down balls just as fast as the egg.

The LCD on the back is pretty much useless. For all the buttons, all it really does is act as a game timer (and impress n00bz). I don't know about you, but in a game where I'm worried about time, the last thing I want to be doing is glancing at the back of my hopper and checking how long it is till tea time.

The battery compartment is a work of art. It acts much as a removable hard drive bay on a computer. Depress one tab, slide out the drive (batteries) and then just slide em back in when you're done. Simple. No inserting battery plates, and crap like with the Egg. The battery compartment also stands about 0 chance of falling out, unlike it's Egg counterpart competition. (Don't get me started on that flaw with the egg...)

The apache also has o-rings on the neck itself, so when it fits, it FITS. Almost too difficult to get out in fact. A locking feed neck is NOT required with the apache. It might even be useless in a sense; the locking feedneck that is for the apache.

The way that the apache senses when to activate, is also unique. It uses a "tape sensor" which is a peice of plastic circuit board that just dangles out over the opening. When a ball falls, the sensor notes it, and activates the agitator arms, which feeds balls into the opening. The concept works well enough, except on one occasion. When you fill the hopper from empty, and the agitator arms happen to be over top of the opening blocking it, no balls fall to turn on the arms, so you have no paint falling. I can imagine that being a severe problem when the game whistle blows and you take those first few BLANK shots, only to find the need to stand there and shake your gun till the arms activate. After balls are in place, there are NO problems, but still I wanted to note that. Also the durability of a plastic circuit board being bent thousands of times a weekend doesn't strike me as being particularly high. I haven't had this thing for very long obviously, but I forsee problems with that in a year or two tops.
Conclusion: Worth every penny. End of story.
9 out of 10

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