2006 Blue Nasty Nerve, Black VLocity, PMI Remote Coil, 88ci/4500psi PMI Pure Energy Bottle
After reading many reviews on the VLocity and other similar force-feed loaders I decided to go ahead and purchase a VLocity. I was impressed right out of the box. Many people feel that this loader is ugly; and while it is true that it does have a large profile from the side, I thought it was a very impressive looking loader. I noticed immediately the locking screw that secures the battery compartment and was impressed by VL's commitment to make a secure power-source compartment. Some may think that it's a hassle to have to back the screw out to get to the batteries, but it takes all of 20 seconds. I think it's a marked improvement over the interferance-fit or tab-lock doors found on many other loaders. Once I got the door opened I noticed the flimsy looking connection pad and was displeased, but by being careful (afterall, it's your investment) there shouldn't be any problems with breaking it. Once I installed the batteries and sealed the battery door, I noticed the movement of the batteries inside the housing when I shook the loader. Again, I was displeased, but it's nothing a little bit of wadded paper towel or some cardboard won't fix. I would rather there be too much room rather than not enough.
I filled it full of paint and let the loader cycle back into the bag and it emptied it in no time at all. I was also impressed by the amount of force required to open the loader. I would much rather have a very tight seal on my lid than have my paint dumped out in the middle of a shoot-out. As far as being difficult to close the lid, that's a pretty weak argument. I had no difficulty whatsoever.
I then proceeded to attach the loader to my marker and it fit like a champ. My nerve has the q-lock feedneck on it though, so it may be different for other markers. The height and width of the loader didn't seem to be a problem once it was on my marker, so no complaints there. Once it was loaded with paint it was pretty well balanced, so that was satisfying.
After I gassed up my marker and shot a few ropes I was instantly pleased. I played with the select force button and settled on a setting of 5, at which point my Nerve was ripping. As far as the button being difficult to depress, I thought it worked quite well. Recessed enough so it doesn't get hit accidentally with just enough room to easily depress it when needed. It was a little annoying to have to watch the light blink to get the right setting though. I did notice the humming of the motor while I was not shooting, which was kind of annoying when I wasn't shooting. Although in reality it's not that loud at all, just irksome. As far as the operation noise of the hopper, it's pretty loud, but certainly no louder than my marker shooting.
I had just gotten my Nerve a few weeks before hand, and tried out my 12-V Revvy on it. No comparison whatsoever. In fact I think the fact that the 12-V isn't forced feed contributed to a few breaks just past the detents. I have yet to disassemble the loader yet, but from looking at the manual it doesn't seem too awfully intricate.
I didn't notice the anti-jam feature, but I haven't had a chance to shoot alot of paint through it anyways. Although if the anti-jam feature didn't come on, then the loader is working at it's best anyways.
I believe the VLocity is going for around $130 at this time, but I found mine on ebay for under $100, so if you are looking for an excellent hopper, than this is your choice.
Price - Relative to other force-feed markers
Looks - I don't care what you say
Operation - Fast Fast Fast
Quality of Construction - secure power-source, tight lid, solid shell
Humming - though this is minute and I don't really want to put it as a weakness
Battery Compartment Room - Could be a little snugger or incorporate some padding
Select Force Indicator - Watching the light blink to get the right setting is kind of lame
The strengths of this loader far outweigh the weaknesses. Form and function are magnificent. The price is reasonable as well. I highly recommend this loader to ANYONE. However, because nothing is perfect, I give it a 9
I have never used this hopper, so I don't actually know, but I bet the extra space in the battery compartment is to be able to hold rechargeable batteries, as many hoppers' compartments are too small to fit rechargeable ones in.