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MisterMister Thursday, February 15th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
3 months36 of 41 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Similar
Products Used:
JCS Jet-Click mod & MULTIPLE stock units
Marker Setup: Tippmann A-5, A.P.E. Rampage board/e-grip, DOP front bolt, Pure Energy remote coil, Dye Throttle 4500PSI/70CUI HPA tank, Trinity rear drive spring, Palmer brass barrel, JCS Duel trigger, JCS "Jet Click" mod, 3 point sling
Strengths: High durability, replaces the fastest wearing part in the A-5, increases BPS rate
Weaknesses: Instalation is dificult and can require 2 people. Requires frequent lube.
Review: *IMPORTANT NOTE TO ANYONE WHO GETS THE TECH-T VORTEX -OR- JCS JET-CLICK: You MUST lube the moving parts with silicon lube. Dye Shocker lube, Dow 33, Smart Parts SL33K, & Evil Puss are all good examples of the CORRECT lube to use. DO NOT USE MARKER OIL!!! Also, RE-LUBE after EVERY GAME*

My brother and I did back to back tests on the Tech-T Vortex and JCS Jet-Click. Both of these mods do the exact same thing and are the only 2 such mods available for the A-5/Cyclone. Here are the results for both the Tech-T Vortex AND JCS-Jet-Click. This info can also be found under the review I wrote for the JCS modification.

Testing info:
Testing was done at sea level, running 300FPS (@+/- 3FPS), climate was dry and ambient tempature was ~70* F. All the tests were done using WPN Toxic paint (cheaper mid-grade paint @ ~$35 per case, w/ a rather thick shell).

The test guns specs are as follows:

My marker (with the JCS Jet-Click):
Tippmann A-5 (later style model), A.P.E. Rampage Board/E-Grip, Palmer Brass Barrel (12" unported), JCS "Duel" trigger, Trinity rear drive spring (purple/low velocity), DOP delrin front bolt, Dye Throttle "peanut" 70/45 HPA tank, Pure Energy remote coil, X7 hopper, and of course the JCS Jet-Click.

My brother's marker (who used the Tech-T Vortex mod):
Tippmann A-5 (later model), JCS "Duel" trigger, GTA Flatline barrel, W.A.S. board/E-Grip, 20oz C02 tank w/ anti-syphon tube, & Tech-T Vortex

*NEITHER GUN HAS ANY OTHER MODS DONE TO THE CYCLONE. NO QEV, LARGER DIAMETER TUBING, OR ANYTHING ELSE! ALL GAINS ARE STRICTLY DUE TO THE Jet-Click OR Vortex MODIFICATION!*

And now for the review:

I picked up both the Tech-T Vortex mod and JCS Jet Click mod for the A-5 cyclone. I installed the Tech-T on my brother's marker and the JCS on mine. I must say, to start, that the end result from both mods are about the same. Also, product quality/durability are about equal as far as I can tell.

Now the primary difference between these two modification (as far as the score goes) is the install. Both the JCS Jet-Click and the Tech-T Vortex require you to disassemble your Cyclone & it's internals... HOWEVER, the install of the JCS was MUCH easier then that for the Vortex. The Vortex uses two rolled pins (in the stock location) which require a lot of force to install. In fact, (as per tech-T) It takes 2 people to install it (although I did it by my self, having 2 people decreases the dificulty). One person is needed to hold the ratchet while the other installs the pins. Because the pins are rolled and not solid a lot of force is required to get them into place. In fact a hammer may be necessary due to the tight fit.

With the JCS, it uses a single (vs 2 for the Vortex) solid pin which slides in with NO force. JCS's design gets rid of one pin (vs the 2 for the stock ratchet and Vortex) which is very nice for the installer. Not to mention the ease in which it slides into place.

To put it in the nut shell, it took me half an hour to install the Vortex (by my self) and 10 minutes to put the JCS product in.

After the install, the end results were almost the same. The Vortex mod feels smoother. This is due to the ratchet design. There is less "force" required to advance the ratchet to its next position. The JCS, however, uses more force at first then "snaps" into place. Both are better then stock and offer the same basic level of performance increase, they just go around doing this is different ways.

As for the BPS increase. I have an APE e-grip installed. The stock cyclone only let me hit 15BPS without chopping/skipping paintballs. Same goes for my brotherís marker. With the Vortex and JCS mods installed, we were able to hit 20 and 21 BPS (20 on mine with the JCS, 21 on my botherís with the Vortex) without a single skip or chop, pop, or break!

I came to this figure due to the fact that this the fastest we could continuously fire without chopping or skipping a single ball out of a case of 2000 rounds. These tests were also done with us firing non stop through completly full hoppers with ~ 200 rounds at the start.

Of note, I was able to hit 25 BPS on both markers with only 4 or 5 chops out of 2000 rounds, which isnít TOO bad. But id rather have NO chops then even 1 or 2 per case, let alone 5 or 6. Besides, 20 BPS is more then enough for almost ANY game and ANY player. Plus, you can crank it up to impress the friends when you only want to shoot a hopper full or so worth of paint. You shouldnít get any popped balls with that few rounds being put down range.

As for air/c02 use (my brother uses C02, I use HPA)... I got about 100 shots per fill extra. That could be the temperature or another reason. But as it is those are the facts. For my brother with the C02 & Vortex... I donít have info from that since we didnít test it on the same day and we arent using the same propellant. COmparing numbers would be worthless.
Conclusion: EVERY CYCLONE USER SHOULD OWN THIS MOD (OR THE JCS Jet-Click)!

***CLIFF'S NOTES FOR THE LAZY:
The Tech-T Vortex and JCS Jet-Click works as advertised. Performance and quality are top notch. I prefer the JCS Jet-Click, however, due to its much easier installation. This is why the JCS Jet-Click gets a 10 vs the 9 for the Vortex.***

Expanded conclusion (for those who care):
The Tech-T Vortex (and JCS Jet-Click) are a great addition to the A-5. It will allow you to properly amp up your BPS rates to match those guys with the uber expensive electric guns like DM6's and A1s'.

Shooting long ropes of paint @ 20+ BPS becomes a reality WITHOUT breaking a single ball. With the Tech-T Vortex (or JCS Jet-Click) modification, the A5 becomes capable of emptying full hopper after full hopper @ a non stop rate of 20+BPS!

Even 25BPS firing rates are achievable without any other modifications; however, this is the limit of the Cyclone with this modification and its not flawless (e.g. you will get some breaks and skips).

Adding 1/8" ID tubes and a QEV (and/or the Tech-T "Lightning Rod") should allow you to properly shoot 25+ BPS without any breakage. I experienced 4 to 5 breaks out of 2000 (1 case) @ 25BPS, where as none occurred @ 20 BPS. No matter what you do to the Cyclone, though, you wont be able to properly shoot over 25BPS or so. The Cyclone gets a "popcorn" effect with the paintballs and it skips shots too often for it to be useful in a game. This is simply due to the physics of the Cyclone's design, and no amount of mods will fix this issue. The only way you can PROPERLY shoot an A-5 over 25NPS is to replace the Cyclone with a Q-Loader. That will allow you to hit 30+ BPS rates... Then again, who the hell needs to shoot over 25BPS anyway?

Also, Iíve gone through 2 stock plastic ratchets over the last 2 years. Since both the Vortex and JCS are made of 100% metal, there should NOT be an issue of this happening again. That alone saves me time and money. Plus I broke a stock ratchet in a game and I was out of luck for the rest of that day. NEVER AGAIN!

For $25.00-35.00 bucks, you canít go wrong with the Tech-T Vortex (and JCS Jet-Click)! EVERY A-5 owner should get one, even if they donít care about BPS. It will save you a LOT of time and grief down the line.

*IMPORTANT NOTE TO ANYONE WHO GETS THE TECH-T VORTEX -OR- JCS JET-CLICK: You MUST lube the moving parts with silicon lube. Dye Shocker lube, Dow 33, Smart Parts SL33K, & Evil Puss are all good examples of the CORRECT lube to use. DO NOT USE MARKER OIL!!! Also, RE-LUBE after EVERY GAME*
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Tuesday, February 20th, 2007 at 3:13 pm PST
 

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