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E-COCKER_FREAK Thursday, June 29th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

More than 5 years
Products Used:
Bob Long, CP, ANX GEN, WPG, ect., ect.
Marker Setup: TES DRAGUN (silver to gold fade). Maddman Rocket Valve, black TIMMY bolt, un-capped electronic board by Scenario Dreams (w/ bounce-beam eye), modified frame (to accept SPYDER sweetspot trigger & magnets), a TRINITY HEADLOCK feed-neck, a CHECK-IT on/off w/ mini drop, 32* spring set, macro-line, and FREAK barrel system (SPYDER threads). On top of this marker rests an HALO B w/ rip drive & VICTORY board (Capped out at 35 BPS). My air is provided by a CROSSFIRE 68/4500 tank.
Strengths: This regulator looks awesome at first, but read on!
Weaknesses: Check the REVIEW BODY for key weakness
Review: I went to the local paintball shop and purchased this item for $69.99 and some change (for tax), and I couldn't wait to get it home and mount it on my back-up marker (TES DRAGUN).

After replacing my CP regulator with this one that I just bought, I aired up the marker and began to shoot with it. (of course not inside the house). The marker shot great and the pressure stayed up with the demand air needed to keep the balls per second (BPS) flowing, but soon after I had to re-adjust the regulator pressure (@ 240 PSI). Again my marker spit the balls out without too much difficulty, but after about 2 hoppers worth of paint, I again needed to re-adjust the pressure. Of course this is pretty typical of most regulators out there that are freshly shot through, so I didn't think too much about it.

Later during the week we had practice, so I took my TES from its case and decided to use it. Of course I re-adjusted the pressure (after airing up the marker), loaded my hopper with paintballs, and started shooting after we came off the "start box." Not even a hopper's worth of paint was shot through it when my pressure dropped from 240 PSI to 0. After I was finally shot (yeah...I continued to play even though I wasn't able to shoot--got to think about body count), I tried everything I could to restore the pressure through the regulator, but no matter how hard I tried, no pressure was able to be held. Later that evening I took the regulator back to the paintball shop (that I bought it from) and had them work on it, but again no matter the work it just didn't function as it was intended to.

I just recently notified the company that makes the ACI PHAT REGULATOR, but so far I had not received any word about "fixing" the issue that I am currently going through. If they contact me, no matter the outcome, I will keep this site posted.

Conclusion: My final recommendation is to pass this regulator over IF you are looking at it. It is obviously a flawed product and should be replaced with something that truly does work. For about the same price you could pick up a CP regulator, and of course they work great (but that will be in another PB reveiw).
1 out of 10

Review Comments
E-COCKER_FREAK Saturday, July 22nd, 2006 | 12:22 am PST
Well, as promised I said that I would keep you up to date regarding my contacts with ACI due to the problem that I had with my PHAT regulator. I contacted them via e-mail and nobody wrote back. I again wrote back (several times) and with each attempt, I had not received a response. I decided to call the company regarding this problem and let me say that there is obviously nobody there that truly cares about this regulator. I am truly disappointed in the product, but moreso I am upset with the customer service of this company.

My recommendation? Spend the extra money and buy yourself a CUSTOM PRODUCTS (CP) will be happy with it. I know that I am!

Well people, that concludes my whole write-up about the ACI PHAT in-line regulator. I truly hope that this helps you in choosing a regulator for your marker.

ir0nExpress Tuesday, September 26th, 2006 | 10:18 pm PST
I noticed that you bought it this year, I think PMI bought out ACI, and ACI is technically non existant.

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