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Banana Slayer Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
3 months2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Similar
Products Used:
Halo TSA -- Good internals, crappy shell. The feedneck broke... Twice.

Empire Reloader II -- Agitated so not as fast as the Halo. Still a good hopper.

Ricochet Loaders -- Good quality from what I've seen
Marker Setup: Palmer's Pursuit Shop Blazer
--Palmer's Pursuit Shop Stabilizer
--Sheridan Gripframe
--Lapco Dropforward
--10.5" Brass Barrel

PMI/ACI Trracer

PMI USP Pistol

Halo B
--Rip Drive

Pure Enegry 68/4500

Strengths: Fast
RIP Drive
Strong Shell
Thick Feedneck
Quiet
Snap Close Lid
Weaknesses: Poor Instruction Manual
Shell Likes Blemishes
Not easy to clean
Weak LED light
6 AAs
Review: The Good:

This hopper is fast! With just the stock board, it can feed around 20+ bps. That keeps up with my Blazer no problem as it's a mech. For those shooting on semi-auto with their electros, it will keep up no problem.

The RIP drive is another nice feature. For an extra $10, it's well worth it. You can wind it up at the chrono so you won't have to turn on your marker, or if you happen to run out of batteries in the middle of a came, you can still feed paint into your marker. I've never had a jam, but you can reverse the direction of the drive cone to clear one up if one occurs.

The shell is of good quality. Much better than the agitated Halo TSA series. I've taken some hard "gun goes flying" dives with it and it's held up great.

The thick feedneck is a plus (for me). Some complain that you have to sand it down to fit your feedneck, but no having an adjustable feedneck on my Blazer, I was able to get a nice and tight custom fit. Also, like I've said above, I've taken some really bad dives and the feedneck held up great. Sadly, I can't say the same about the Halo TSA.

Another plus is that the Halo is quiet. I guess it doesn't really matter for playing speedball, but in the woods, or during a night game at a scenario, if you run out of paint, you don't want the motor running until you get some more paint loaded.

I like the snap close lids. The magnetic ones always seem to come open on me. The Never had any problems with a lid that snaps on and the Halo's lid stays on tight, but not so much that it's hard to open. Just perfect.

Now onto some of the bad...

The instruction manual wasn't that great. It told you how to turn the loader on and off, how to put in the batteries and not much else. It is colorful and includes pretty pictures though.

While the shell may be strong, for some reason, it likes to pick up blemishes and fingerprints. It's kind of annoying, but nothing too serious. I just don't like my equiptment looking dirty because I was messing around with it in the house.

The one thing that really bugs me is how hard this can be to clean. The suicide shell makes it a lot easier to clean the drive cone if that's needed, but you have to take the entire loader apart to get to the eyes which is very annoying. It would have been nice if a "how to dissamble" section was included in the manual, but I had to take my loader to my local proshop to get it cleaned the first time I broke paint in it.

One thing that is more annoying than really a drawback is the weak LED. If playing indoors, or on a day that isn't too bright, it's fine. But if the suns out, don't plan on seeing that LED with ease.

The 6 AA batteries is a bit annoying too. The weight doesn't bother me at all, but the fact that it takes 6 batteries compared to most loaders 2 9volts is a bit odd. Batteries are expensive and I don't really want to put six in the hopper.
Conclusion: So in conclusion, while this loader has some small annoyances, it is for the most part a great buy.

Some people may complain about the weight, but those are girly-men. Also, some people say that it's a battery hog. I haven't found this to be true, but I also don't go through half a case a game. So far, I haven't changed my batteries and have shot approximently a case and half through the loader.

Overall, I give the Halo B a 9/10. I has some great features, but there are some small drawbacks that could have easily been fixed by Odysses.
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007 at 4:07 pm PST
 

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