Stock Gravity Hoppers- BOOO throw it out if you shoot 6+bps
Halo B- Very nice, but expensive
Empire Reloaders- a good product as well, but lacks some features (tilt sense, manual AND auto off)
Revvys- weak shells, good feeding though, but reloader is better
Tippmann 98 Custom
14" Teardrop Barrel
32 Degrees Universal Drop Forward + Macro Line
PMI Pure Energy 68/3000 Nitro
Halo TSA Frontman LED
Rufus Dawg Double Trigger
Response Trigger Coming
Fast, 13+ bps
Quiet, smoothly working
strong lid (magnet)
Tilt + sound sense
Feed neck maybe a little too weak, I am gentle with it
wow. this is a great hopper.
I was suprised that it performed very very smoothly. I exppected it to whir and make loud noise, but it didnt happen.
I did a drop test with 100 balls and it emptied most of them within 7 seconds, but at the end it kept pushing about 3 balls around and they wouldnt go in unless you jiggle. thats not bad though cuz u reload when u got like 10% balls left anyway.
The lid is very strong, but the feed neck seems a little brittle (only because it has a slit in the middle to fit smaller elbows.
for a price of ~$65, you can't beat the TSA- I say it is the best non-force fed hopper around.
for a price of ~$65, you can't beat the TSA- I say it is the best non-force fed hopper around. Buy it if you are considering a Revvy or the likes.
"Empire Reloaders- a good product as well, but lacks some features (tilt sense, manual AND auto off)"
The Empire Reloader *can* be turned off manually, as well as waiting thirty minutes for the auto off to function. The push switch that is used to turn on the Reloader, will also turn it off. Rather than just a quick press and release (as you do to turn it on), you need to press and hold the switch down for around two seconds. The motor will spin and then the low battery light will come on. Once the light comes on, release the switch, and the hopper is turned off.
The TSA is an agitated loader, much like the VL Revolution or Empire Reloader (more like the Reloader, due to the sound activation). The faster HALO B loader is a force feed loader, not agitated.
An agitated loader is basically just a gravity feed loader, with a motorized impeller to break up jams in the loader and keep it feeding. Under normal circumstances, the impeller will not actually help to push the balls in to the loader - it just keeps the balls feeding, and in some cases, helps guide them to the feed neck. Once in the feed neck, it is only gravity that actually powers the ball in to the marker.
As such, there is a maximum feed rate, due to the limited force that gravity provides to feed the ball. To go faster requires a loader that places additional force on the ball to feed it.