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nerdcore Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month4 of 6 people found this review helpful.

4 years
Products Used:
Halo B - similar feedrate but different operation & less settings.
Egg II - again, different operation & less settings but slower feedrate.
Reloader & Revolution 12V - slower, not force-fed.
Marker Setup: Alien '06 Interceptor
Lucky Un1tech
AKA Sidewinder
CP direct mount
rip'd Halo B2
Guerilla Ambush 68/45
Strengths: Fast.
Nice extra settings.
Weaknesses: Getting used to settings menu.*
Review: Technically, i didn't buy a complete B2, i just bought a B2 kit for my Halo. Got it for $50 at a local shop so it was impossible to resist. I always did prefer sound-activated over eyes in my hoppers.

First things first, don't use crappy batteries. Of my four years playing, this was the first time using cheap batteries; specifically, some AAs from a dollar store (c'mon, 4-pack for a dollar!). The B2 would turn on & the settings could be changed but the motor wouldn't run at all. I didn't think they'd work but it was worth a shot - battery companies aren't cheating us, we really do get what we pay for.

Moving on...

Put the 9V adaptor back on with a couple Rayovac 9Vs and i was in business. Kept the stock settings (since i wasn't used to changing them yet) and that worked ok for the day, although i used my Gen-E Matrix and it may need a higher mic sensitivity setting since it's relatively quieter than my Interceptor.

Didn't change the stock Motor Speed & i left the Spring Tension Monitoring on. I don't typically shoot super fast and the field limits rof to 15, anyway. From the manual, it sounded like leaving the STM on has more pros than cons so on it stayed.

Since i don't have the entire B2, i can't comment on it's shell, lid or stock internals. All i've got is the B2 board, backplate, jewels & 4-AA battery pack - and i'm only using the board right now.

The manual confused me at first when it came to Programming. So i added some commentary on it:

- Step 1 explains how to get into the Programming mode. Easy enough.

- Steps 2-4 explain what each of the three settings are currently at. What the manual doesn't point out is you can't change any settings at this point.

- Steps 5-7 is when you CAN change the settings. What confused me is when i tried changing settings in steps 2-4. That's when you SHOULD be able to change them but Empire felt like making you wait that extra couple seconds. :P

- Step 8 should say, "press nothing & the B2 turns itself off whether you're ready or not."

Now once i got the whole Programming mess cleared up in my own head, it was actually really easy. By the afternoon, i was able to change settings while standing at the deadbox waiting for the ref to yell "go."

Later on, i'll edit this review when i use the B2 on my 'Ceptor, since i can rip easier on that than i can on the old Trix.
Conclusion: From what others have said, if you've got a Reloader B already, going up to a B2 isn't necessary. I'd have to agree with that, even though i don't have a Reloader B. But for $50, it was worth "ugprading" my Halo with the B2 since i'd take sound-activation & extra settings over the stock Halo board any day.
9 out of 10

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