I tested my friend's 12-volt revvy and have very briefly tested a Ricochet, also i have used a VL200-style gravity hopper.
Spyder E99, 14in Dye Excel barrel, HALO TSA
it has a sound and tilt sensor, it agitates on every ball, it's fast.
shell became fingerprinted and grimy very quickly. Also, its a little loud.
I was generally quite pleased with the TSA. It is very similar to a Ricochet, in that it agitates once for every ball, and the angular, aerodynamic shape slightly resembles that of a ricochet.
The TSA feeds fast, i could not outshoot it with my E99 on semi mode, or using 3-shot burst. Also, the pushbutton on/off is much more convenient than the lever-style one on my friend's Revvy (he kept forgetting to turn it off). The shell seems to be made of a thick plastic that didn't look as if it would break or crack, although it did get dirty quite easily. My only other complaint besides the griminess is that the spinning action is loud, louder than a revvy and definetly more noticeable because it spins all the time.
The selling feature of this loader is the tilt-sound mechanism. The sound sensor (the means of agitating) is slightly twitchy: i got yelled at by a ref today while using it and it started spinning continuously, it was kind of stupid. However, it never misses a beat when it comes to shooting: you pull the trigger and you've got a ball waiting there. The tilt thing (the impeller spins in different directions to compensate for loader tilt) works, too, but i didnt directly notice it while playing. It all adds up to the fact that there WILL be a ball in your stack, unless you shoot inhumanly fast.
it's only 15-20 dollars more than a revvy, so why not? You get a lot of functionality and great features from the HALO, as long as you don't mind the whirring and keep it generally clean. i'd give it a 9.5, but i cant.
i think what he means is that it dosent use an electronic eye. It feeds by detecting sound and the ric feeds by detecting movement, i so there is less chance of a gap in the ball stack, resulting in more consistant feed rate. Hopers like the revys or even the eggs wait for a gap in the ball stack befor they spin, the tsa, rics and reloaders all feed with either ball moment or vibration from the guns firing.
quote:Originally posted by athanaseus there are many variables which make your physics theory stupid and or pointless. i can explain how eggs, halos, revvys, and ricos work with only a bottle of S.PELLEGRINO sparkling water.
And these variables are? There are none that would allow it to feed faster than 13.3bps, unless the balls where being forced. The TSA does not force the balls therefore it cannot exceed 13.3.
Because the egg is a force-fed loader, that does not rely solely on gravity to feed the balls.
it does rely on gravity when they go down the feed neck because there is nothing that is pushing it into the feed neck. the only thing the paddle does is put the in front of the feed neck on a ramp and then gravity does its job from there. trust me i have used a egg. i think physics got screwed this time
Last edited on Sunday, May 30th, 2004 at 6:59 pm PST
Wrong, no agitated loader can feed faster than 13.3bps.
The theoretical maximum for gravity feed is 33.5 bps, considering the effect of gravity alone. The speed of the bolt will slow it down further, but this is marker dependent and therefore indefinite. You can see the mathematical derivation at http://www.paintball-gun-review.com/articles1/paintball-hopp er-gravity-feed-rate.htm.