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waffles Sunday, October 5th, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
6 months116 of 123 people found this review helpful.

2 years
Products Used:
VL200 :)
Marker Setup: M3 Patriot Sniper:
CP chrome Flame Drop - Empire Chrome On/OFF - Check-It Powerstation Reg.
Dye Boomstick 14" - Check-it Assault Block - Maddman Rocket Valve
Check-it Delrin bolt. - Empire Reloader - PMI 65/3000
Strengths: Sound activation doesn't wait for gap to feed balls
Weaknesses: See Below
Review: You have to ask yourself, what do you want out of your hopper? It really goes without saying that the HALO B is the top hopper in the industry, but for a majority of the people out there, it is overkill. The ricochet line is very good, but its arguable that they do feed slightly slower than the Reloader and they are more expensive. But they only use 1 9v cell vs the 2 9v cells that the reloader requires. the VL revolutions, well there is ABSOLUTELY no reason to go with a Revy over the Reloader. The eVLution II is quite fast and it is arguably better than the Reloader, but it is also more expensive.

How often do you REALLY shoot above 15 bps? I think it is more important to spend the money on making your gun more accurate so it takes LESS shots to mark someone.

For $50 the Reloader gives you flawless 15 bps.

There are a few little quirks I've had with my reloader though. My particular shell seems a bit cheap, but it also isn't the same shell my friend got on his brand new reloader. I broke the cover that goes over the batteries when I Dropped the hopper. Now I have a screw holding it in place. If you overfill the hopper than the impeller doesn't have enough room to work, so it doesn't hold a full 200 rounds. I still don't quite know how long the batteries last. I kind of have the habbit of changing batteries before I head out onto the field for the first time, but they do last a full day quite easily.
Conclusion: With hoppers you have LOTS of options. If you have nothing else to spend the $30 to $50 difference on then go ahead and get an EvoII or a Halo B. what the heck. But if you have upgrades for your gun that you still need to do then go with the Reloader and save the $30 to $50 for upgrades.

Because there ARE faster hopppers out there I can't say its a 10, but when you take PRICE into consideration it is definately among the best in its price range. Therefore I have to give it a 9.
9 out of 10

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paintballer279 Thursday, July 21st, 2005 | 5:44 pm PST
Just to let u know the empire reloader b is the best according to rating on
the empire reloader b= 9.8
the halo b= 9.1

De4d On Targ3T Friday, September 30th, 2005 | 4:35 pm PST
no du h moron cost twice as much

guru_i_aint Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005 | 12:50 pm PST
You also have to consider price. For some poeple, the Halo B is the worst hopper in the world and it would be a waste to put it on their marker hence, in their eyes, it deserves a one. (I'm not one of those people but hey) Plus, as things increase in performance, they, ON AVERAGE, decrease in overall reliability.

For an extreme example, let's compare a VL200 to the Halo B. The VL200 will drop a ball into the chamber as long as there are paintballs in it. The only 2 things that I can think of that will go mechanically wrong with it is the lid getting shot off and the shell cracking open.

The Halo, on the other hand will ensure that a ball is in the chamber, even if you shoot at 22 bps. BUT, what if the batteries go dead, what if the drive cone breaks, what if the motor burns out. Yes, each of these things are repairable, but you must admit that there is a lot more that can go wrong ON THE FIELD with a Halo than a VL200. Making it less reliable. The same thing goes for cars, You can drive both a Honda and a Porsche for 300,000 miles but I'll guarantee you that Porsche will see the inside of a shop more.

sorry for the long comment.

spyder1212 Tuesday, June 6th, 2006 | 4:53 pm PST
would you think the empire reloader or the eVlution 2 is a better hopper??

Cam-I-Am Tuesday, June 6th, 2006 | 8:13 pm PST
i need an honest opinion, what is overall better, revvy or reloader?

Tipp Man A-5 Friday, December 22nd, 2006 | 9:54 am PST
"I broke the cover that goes over the batteries when I Dropped the hopper"

Same thing happened to me, but it's an easy fix. Just get some super glue or use a hot glue gun and wala, it's as good as new.
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