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Vertigo_07 Saturday, October 31st, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
1 year1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
DYE Rotor: amazing hopper. a hair faster, but also quite a bit heavier. harder to customize.
HALO: great hopper, however a little dated.
Gravity Feeds: similar only in that they also feed paintballs downward.
Vlocity: barely compares. comparatively a bloated, awkward beast.
Marker Setup: Stock White/Blue Planet Eclipse SL8R, Empire Prophecy, Ninja Paintball 50 ci/4500 PSI stubby tank



Backup marker:
Tippmann 98 Custom w/ autococker->98 barrel adapter, Empire two-piece 14" barrel, DYE rotor loader, DXS 45/3000 N2 tank.
Strengths: - Super light
- Ease of Customization
- Wide mouth
- Lid
- Rip drive
- Interchangeable fronts
Weaknesses: - Complete disassembly slightly complex
- Complete cleaning difficult
Review: I managed to swing a great E-bay deal on one of these, and so ended up buying one, despite already owning a DYE Rotor. I'd long been interested in comparing the two side by side. This review is by no means a comparison. However, I do aim to answer some common questions some people may have about what makes the Rotor and the Prophecy so different. I haven't had it all that long, as can be seen, but I have tested it as much as I can within the amount of time I've owned it. Note that all testing was done without the RF kit.

Maintenance: maintaining the loader is extremely easy. The front pops off with the press of two tabs, allowing you to get at the rest of the inside of the loader. For a more direct approach, the mouth of the loader is literally wide enough to stick your entire hand through. Replacing batteries is a snap- remove the front, push on two tabs, and you have access to the battery compartment. Say goodbye to the days of taping the battery door to your loader.

Speed: this is a question I've often heard (and asked) about the prophecy. My answer for now: don't worry about it. Though I am still testing it out on multiple speed settings, thus far I have noticed no noticeable difference from the Rotor's speed. There was no lag, and no misfeeds. Note this speed test was carried out on a Planet Eclipse SL8R. I will continue to post updates as I test it further, however for now it's looking good.

Customization/fine tuning: this is what drew me to the prophecy in the first place. For those of us who play indoor and outdoor, and who like to switch up our playing style, the fact that you can swap out fronts is a godsend. Feel like playing low, fast, and stealthy? The 240 or 200 front will do you just fine. Don't feel like reloading all that often? Clip on the 280 front. Empire seems to have taken extra care to make sure none of the fronts made the loader unbalanced. Programming also couldn't be easier; Dual LED's mean there aren't all that many sequences to memorize. There are more than enough microphone sensitivity settings to account for any gun, from a blowback to an especially quiet spool valve, as well as speed settings. The magnets in the feed cone can be configured to deal with any paint. I've found the standard, out of the box configuration to work great.

Design: The Prophecy's design team had a sense for aesthetics. The loader LOOKS awesome, sleek, and professional. The on off switch is a small toggle, cleverly protected from an accidental activation by a ledge beneath it. The lid is magnetic, and has just the amount of stick needed to stay down when you want it to, but at the same time is not all that hard to flip up on the way to reaching for a pod. The lid mouth itself is huge- as mentioned earlier, large enough to fit your hand through, or a pod. No worries here. Contrary to many's comments, I have yet to have a problem with the feed neck. No, you don't need to sand it down, nor was it made to. What you DO need to do is be careful not to over-tighten your clamping feedneck. This will snap ANY loader's feedneck, no matter how strong. The material the prophecy is made out of is a hard, durable and light plastic. It may feel flimsy, but it's pretty strong. However, unlike the rotor's nylon based composite, it has no give, and therefore will not bounce a paintball (I realize few loaders will; however, it is to be noted all the same). Lastly, the rip drive is amazing. It's been redesigned, and is now much lower profile, yet surprisingly easier to use.

Disassembly: this merited a separate section. Complete disassembly is a tricky process which, if not done right, will begin to cause 99% of all common problems associated with this loader. In short: follow the manual's disassembly instructions to the letter, and then do the same when reassembling the loader. Failure to do so WILL cause the loader to fail. This is the one area where this loader falls short of the Rotor. It is still tool-less, but it is much more involved.

I will continue to update this as testing goes on.

UPDATE ( 4 January 2010): After installing the RF chip on my marker, I can safely say speed and shot consistency are no problem. If after syncing you see that lovely glowing blue light on your loader, it will feed as fast as your gun can shoot.

UPDATE [28 NOV 2010]: After a mishap involving a prematurely detonated paint grenade (Bad, bad mistake), I had the dubious pleasure of deep cleaning this piece of kit. It's a pain in the rear- though taking apart the two halves was a relatively simple and tool-less process, putting them back together again took the better part of an hour and a half, even following the manual. The Rotor wins out here for sure.
Conclusion: The Prophecy takes a different approach to loading. It focuses on making sure each shot is delivered without too much pressure on the ball; it focuses on allowing you to fine tune it to your liking, or your needs. It should also be noted that the lack of any bright LED's and the total silence of operation also makes this a great loader for outdoor play.

For those of you who have a high performance marker needy of an equally good loader, who like to tinker, and for those who want to be prepared to meet any circumstance or playing scenario, then do yourself a favor and pick up a purely incredible loader.
Rating:
8 out of 10Last edited on Sunday, November 28th, 2010 at 9:17 pm PST
 

Review Comments
jhorgan Monday, March 8th, 2010 | 6:29 am PST
Great review! You hit all the major points and questions of someone who may be looking at this loader!
   

Vertigo_07 Monday, March 8th, 2010 | 7:59 pm PST
Thank you! I figured I'd try answering all the questions I had when trying to make my own decision.
   

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