Ok I love the speed, its great, but there is too many negatives for this thing to cost $140. Why does this operate on 6 batteries? It would cut down on batteries if they did something else; 2 9volts, how bout a lithium rechargeable baterry or 2. Bottom line that is a poor design.
The eyes are tempermental. Any kind of dark paint and it will not work right. Colors that you cannot use would be: black (of course), purple, blue, possibly green and silver, but also any marbled balls that have any of these colors on it. Recap; that leaves you with solid colors or marbled colors like white, yellow,orange or pink. Did I miss any? Anyway, why can't they take a few tips from viewloader( a company who has had it right for a long time now)?. Don't hear anyone complaining about the revvies. Why can't they revamp the eye system like an Angel eye system?With positive detents as eyes so there is no trouble at all? It is a force fed loader so pushing in detents would not hamper any operation, right?
I am not all about bashing halos, just trying to give some constructive critism, and ideas.In my opinions,until Oddysey addresses a few key issues ( as stated above) that they have, they won't get any more money from me.
There are a few things I'm not happy with after that what I've already mentioned. Like I think the lid spring is too weak, and I don't like the fact that you have to carry a screwdriver with you if you need to change batts in between games( it takes too long.) Believe it or not there are better designs out there, they must have just slapped this together. Now if they revamped the battery area like I suggested, It would cut down on weight, and profile.Every thing seems to be going carbon fiber these days, why not a hopper body? Plastic window and reinforced neck? Would that make it lighter? Maybe somthing to check into, eh? Oddysey, are you listening?
Edited: now, it does not feed properly. it always shows its jammed.I believe the motor is bad. I have been told by a store around my house that these loaders only last about a year and a half on average.I'll end up buying a new loader but not a halo .never again.for the price I paid I should have gotten a lifetime warranty with it.
I would not recommend this due to the expense. They need to revamp the eye system and the battery compartment and a few other little areas.
4 out of 10
Last edited on Saturday, February 4th, 2006 at 9:18 pm PST
The HALO B uses six 1.5 volts because they provide more power than two 9 volts. As per physics 101, P=IV : - Power equals Current (I) multiplied by voltage. AA cells can produce considerably higher peak current output than two 9 volts, be they in series or parallel, and so the six AA pack gives the HALO much higher burst feed rates than two 9 volts would. If weight is a consideration, you could always use lithium AAs, which produce quite a considerable reduction in weight, and have a long life.
Odyssey chose to use a reflective eye, because it was assumed that VL held the patent on break beam eye use in loaders, and Odyssey did not want to infringe the patent. Turns out of course that VL held a patent on any optical sensor in a loader, so Odyssey were caught out anyway.....