Tippmann 98 Custom
Crappy Stock Barrel
16 0z. Co2
I bought this hopper used from a friend because I hate when i break a ball and this was the cheapest electric hopper I could find. I did not have long to use this hopper due to some guy who threatened to call the cops on us.
The Ricochet kept up with my shooting the entire game, and I didn't break a single ball. I must tell you that I do not shoot fast because I personally believe in accuracy over speed. At my fastest I was probably shooting at 6 bps which is well below the maximum loading speed of 12 bps. It is not the best loader, but it does the job for me.
This is helpful for the obvious reason that you can see how much paint you have remaining. It is better than a solid colored hopper, but worse than a clear hopper. But because this is not a clear hopper it is much more camouflage than a clear hopper.
The Ricochet Technology is not perfect, and I highly doubt there will ever be a hopper that will ricochet every ball that hits it. The angle at which the ball hits it decides if it will bounce or not. If the ball hits a side directly it will break, but if it hits at an angle, the ball has the ability to deflect. I say a hopper that can deflect some of the balls is better than a hopper that can deflect none of them. You decide what you want.
The AK has two O-Rings on the feed neck to create a snug fit on any gun. On the Tippmann 98 Custom I really did not need these however because the elbow can be tightened to fit the hopper. The newer models come with a few different O-Rings, varying in sizes (I think)
Ball Tab (I don't know the "official" name for it)
This works in place of an 'eye' that would decide when to load the balls. The good thing about this tab is that a broken ball will not effect its performance. If paint manages to get on the 'eye', it could prevent it from reading the balls that are actually in the feed neck. It can also detect colored or translucent balls an eye could miss. This ball tab will count a ball as it falls which will then load the next ball into the feed neck.
The battery compartment is located in the lowest part in the farthest back point. It provides a concealed place to hide the battery. One of my friends has an Evolution II hopper and the battery compartment broke off. That is almost impossible in this case. The cover slides in two tracks and then locks in. To remove it all you have to do is pull it out. Only one 9 volt battery is needed which is a plus. (A piece of electric tape is recommended to add pressure to the back of the battery because the friend I bought it from said it would sometimes not work and that fixed it.)
Recessed On/Off Button
The on/off switch is located in the back and is in a small alcove to prevent accidental switching.
I did buy my hopper from a friend for $25 which is below the price of a new hopper, but I have never heard of an electric hopper cheaper than $35 which is the price I saw for this hopper.
A lot of people complain that the motor is pretty loud for the job it does, and I agree. However, I disagree that has an affect on anything. The hopper will only load the next ball after you shoot. If someone hears your hopper loading but not the ball being shot out of the gun, then they need to get their hearing checked.
Somewhat time consuming to clean
If a ball breaks in the hopper it can be a bit difficult to clean because you have to take the hopper apart by removing 7 screws on the side. These screws are not all the same size so to prevent even more time wasted arrange them in a way as to not forget which one goes where. Then the paint has to be wiped out with some sort of cloth. The trick is to not mess with the computer chip or the wires. Try to move them around as little as possible because paint should not be in that compartment anyway. Make sure not to forget the rubber on/off button. I accidentally put my hopper back together without it on, but I took out the back 3 or 4 screws which loosened it enough to put it back in.
This hopper only holds 170 rounds which isn't that many considering how much others can hold. I recommend that you carry pods with you on any game.
Shape and Weight
Some people don't like the shape and say it is heavy, but the shape is the deflective technology, and I really did not notice a difference in weight from any other hopper.
I would recommend this hopper for someone who wants a cheap electric hopper. Be aware that this is not the fastest hopper and it should not be used for high quality automatic triggers or someone who likes to shoot really fast. Carry pods with you due to small capacity of balls. Also do not expect every ball that hits it to bounce. I will give this a 9 because it is not perfect but it is pretty close in my opinion.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, May 25th, 2005 at 3:21 pm PST