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davidlanzi Wednesday, June 6th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
6 months11 of 11 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Halo B - Rip Drive - V35 Board
Marker Setup: 06 Eclipse Ego - XSV Board - Dark Ego Grip Frame
Pulse Loader - RF Chip Installed
Deadly Wind - 14' Carbon Fiber Whisper Barrel with Stainless Steel Freak Inserts
Crossfire - 48/4500 and 70/4500 HP Stubby Tanks
Strengths: Never jams. Easy to clean. Super hard composite material. Synchronized with your gun -see review.
Weaknesses: Some complain about price, battery life, or feednecks. I have not experience these problems.
Review: There are two things that are TRULY UNIQUE about this loader.

Unique Thing #1. (Radio Frequency) RF Chip
You can purchase an RF Chip ($35) and install it in your (electronic) marker. The purpose of the chip is to synchronize your gun to the loader.

Here's how that's done in a nutshell...
When you shoot your (electronic) marker, your trigger sends a signal to the solenoid telling it to fire. The RF Chip actually intercepts this signal and sends a signal of its own to the loader telling it to start pushing another ball down the feedneck because there is about to be a vacancy. It does this for EVERY shot that is fired... even if your gun is ramping or on full-auto.

What this means to you...
There will never be a delay waiting for the next ball to load.

What this replaces...
Previous technologies include gravity (lame), agitators, built-in eyes, and sound activated mechanisms. All of which are inferior to the RF technology. Every time you pull the trigger, the loader starts doing its job before the gun fires the shot. There are no jams, there are no eyes to clean, there is mistaken noises making your loader work when it's not time.


Unique Thing #2. Removable Drive Motor
By pushing in the two buttons on the side of the loader, you can remove the drive mechanism from the rest of the shell.

What this means to you...
You can clean out the interior of the shell and the drive mechanism anywhere (even while you are playing a game). It's quick and easy and even a large hand can get all the way up in the shell to clean it out with a napkin or cloth.

What this replaces...
I used to use a Halo B and to clean that out, it required the removal of several small screws and I had to worry about putting it back together correctly. With the Pulse, it's the easiest thing ever. I clean my loader after every time I play (each day, not each game). I wouldn't have bothered with my Halo B.


Other Nice Perks
A handy button to push to make the drive motor reverse itself in case of a jam.
The reported 40+ bps loading speeds... Overkill? Sure, but better than underkill...!
It's basically the same size as halo for use with the speedfeed.
A very hard composite shell. (I weigh 190 and I've stood on mine to see if the reports were true.)

Possible Weaknesses
Battery life. I replace my batteries after every 2-3 days of use. (6 AA's)
Some people complain about weak feednecks. I haven't had this issue at all.
PRICE $150 for the loader and another $35 for the RF Chip is a bit pricey when you can find a used Halo B out there that will do nearly the same job for about $100.
Availability - I've heard there is a lawsuit and only shops that have them in stock can still sell them. If you can still find one, get it now. If they lose, finding a new one will be next to impossible.

**update** Not 100% sure about what I'm talking about here, but I've heard...
Pulse loaders MAY not be allowed in certain (professional) tournaments because of some sort of rule stating that the hopper and marker must work independently. If you are a tourney player, I'd look into this further. If you know for sure, please post a comment.
Conclusion: In conclusion, the Pulse is a GREAT loader. It has some totally unique features that you will not find from any of its competitors. If you want the best, this is it... BUT, if price is an issue, you can pay half as much and get a used loader that will perform 90% as well.

I give this product a 10 because it provides features that no other loader offers.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Thursday, June 7th, 2007 at 9:05 am PST
 

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