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TippmannPhreak Monday, June 13th, 2005
Period of
Product Use:
1 year32 of 33 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
12v Revvy w/X-Board
Marker Setup: I'm tired of posting it, maybe I will later.
Strengths: ** See Review **
Weaknesses: ** See Review **
Review: Empire Reloader II

** Key Strengths **

Extremely Durable ~ Due to the "fillets" in the body, the shell for the Reloader II is incredibly strong. So much so, that the Revvy's shell doesn't even compare, or the shell of the old Reloader for that matter. My Reloader has taken hits from paintballs, been dropped on a concrete floor before the game, been banged on trees, etc. It's near unbreakable. That's a definite plus.

Thick Feedneck ~ A lot of people take off points for the feedneck, but Empire had the customer in mind when they designed the feedneck, whether you think so or not. The feedneck was intentionally made too thick, so you could sand it according to the feedneck you were using. Although it fit in my 98 without any sanding needed, I'll still add that as a plus.

Magnetic Lid ~ It doesn't sit as tight on the gun as the Revvy's lid, but it sits tight enough so that it won't snap open during a game. Over time, lid's like the Revvy's will wear, due to the constant friction of the lid being snapped close all the time. But the Reloader's lid will never take any wear, which is nice, because added to the Reloader's already strong shell, you won't have to replace anything.

Colors ~ The Reloader comes in three basic colors. Smoke, black, and clear. The colors may be basic, but unlike the Revvy, different colored shells don't cost extra, which is also nice.

Price ~ This loader is the best buy for the money. For fifty bucks, it's incredibly strong, sound activated, cheaper than the Revvy, etc.

Battery Efficiency ~ Due to the loader only activating when the gun is fired, it doesn't waste batteries by having to be constantly running, or having to use an IR sensor. In fact, I'd go so far as to say it's the most battery efficient low-end loader you can buy.

Sound Activation ~ (See "Efficiency") ~ Due to the loader's impeller spinning only when the gun is fired, it never waits for the balls to stop feeding to start loading, it loads when the gun is fired. This results in a much lower amount of misfires and chops. Though, it's not so sensitive as to where the impeller will just spin from bumping it against a tree or something.

** Key Weaknesses **

Edit: As I've used my Reloader a bit more and got to know it a little better, I've noticed that the servo is a little loose inside the shell. Consequently, it shakes around a little while firing. No real bother, though.
Conclusion: The best buy for the money. Hell, it's the best low-end loader period! It's cheap, durable, feeds fast, and is all around great.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Wednesday, July 6th, 2005 at 6:54 pm PST
 

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