Shell has issues
Magnet on lid
Pulse mode +/-
I have had this loader for a year now and I will sum up the pros and cons in bullet list format:
- Very fast feed rate, it is consistent and timely. Will keep up with your shooting habits.
- The little perks like a removeable feed tray and reverse button are both innovative and helpful. The feed tray presents issues of its own (see cons) but the fact that it can be removed is a serious plus.
- Customer service is quick and responsive. They have taken care of any issues I have had regarding the integrity of the product. They have replaced the shell, magnet and stickers for me without question and in a timely manner. I am very pleased with their support and that is a huge plus in a competitive industry like paintball.
- The ability to R/F synch your marker is great innovation. There are limits to this though (see cons)
- Overall a step-up from the traditional Halo-B.
- People say it is ugly but to me I see it as the Halo with a more technologically advanced look. Its low profile is also a big plus and really puts the loader on top of the marker not just over it. Reduced profile helps minimize loader hits from the top. A minimal reduction but any helps.
- The first con I ever noticed was that this loader eats batteries. I noticed this especially when using Pulse mode (less efficient use of the loader than R/F). I would get a little over 2 days of battery usage tops. That puts the VLocity in a better position in this category.
- Pulse mode is not entirely a con but it does cause the loader to twitch with a subtle sound of the motor as well and it takes getting used to, plus the twitching eats into the battery life. R/F synch to alleviate this issue.
- After consistent usage I noticed three things happen within a very short time span of each other: The plastic housing the lid hinge nearly cracked off exposing the spring inside (superglued it to stop the crack), both of the plastic tabs that lock-in the stubborn-to-remove feed tray cracked severely and one fell off. This is not the worse thing since the feed tray is so hard to remove anyway that the plastic tabs did very little in terms of securing it. Basically, the shell is not as strong as people may think and the magnet on the lid is virtually useless.
- The R/F technology here is a great introduction but the chip is quite large and can be difficult to fit into grip frames. The need to solder seems draconian and aftermarket harnesses help here. The price of the chip is high. If the chip could be included and smaller it would be more practical and the harness should be included as well since it is very useful and helps keep you from voiding any warranties by soldering onto the marker's board. Also the R/F has issues with certain markers (especially their stock boards) ie Angel. I should know I have an ANgel and cannot use it. I will not replace the stock Angel board just to use the R/F...I like it!
In the end the great customer service helped me give this loader a solid 8. I see where this loader is going and I like it but it is only the first step of many and it is a learning process for the manufacturer and users. I like it over the Halo and the VLocity( the VLocity only beats it in lower weight and better battery life). But now with the Magna Loader from Empire it appears the next step is here. En toto, the Pulse is a fun, effective, and innovative loader for all of the techies out there.
8 out of 10
Last edited on Saturday, January 19th, 2008 at 1:23 am PST