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Boater Sunday, June 8th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
2 years3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Revvy - older, slower but lighter
Marker Setup: Black PM
Reloader B
Edge Barrel Kit
48/45 w/ guerilla ambush reg
Detonator
Strengths: Fast
Rip drive comes stock
Weaknesses: Heavy
Weak Shell
Review: Overall this hopper has been pretty good to me. I would like to mention that my experience with the 9v conversion kit on ebay did NOT work for me. Although it made the hopper lighter, there did not seem to be enough power for some reason and was forced to rely on the rip drive to keep me goin. I did this for 2 of my outings before I finally switched to AAs.

On another note, I got my Reloader with my friend on ActionVillage and both of ours were shipped with only the 6x AA battery pack. I didn't want to use this seeing as how heavy it already was, but when I contacted Empire they shipped two 4x AA battery packs free of charge and were pretty quick about the whole issue.

The speed is undeniable when you're actually using the right batteries; it's kept up with any rate of fire I can manage to pull off on my promaster, and there's always the added security of the rip drive in case something does go wrong.

The biggest issue I have with this hopper besides its weight is that the shell, on mine at least, is very weak. After one use, I saw a huge crack on the side of the shell running from battery door through one of nearby screw holes and past it. There is another very long, narrow crack running down the top of the body (along the center of division between the 2 halves) all the way to the front of the battery door where the crack gets wider. There's a possibilty that the screws were put on too tight, but that would be the manufacturer's fault since I did not touch them before my first use.

Regarding the feedneck - yes it's fat. I got a Redz clamping feedneck and it was too wide for it. I manually sanded the feedneck for a while but eventually gave it to my friend who has a belt sander. Upon touching the sanding belt, the outer plastic shell of the feedneck split in half (vertically) and was torn off of the rest of the body, though the inner (blue) plastic remained untouched. However, after some epoxy and more sanding we got both the black plastic back onto the hopper as well as have it sanded down to a point where it will fit in the clamping feedneck, but the entire hopper looks pretty hideous compared to what it looked like when I first received it; However gotta give it to them that the hopper works perfectly fine even after all of this outer shell trauma.
Conclusion: I still recommend this hopper, but beware of the ones with brittle shells. It doesn't seem like everyone has this problem, but I've seen complaints about it online.
Rating:
7 out of 10
 

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