I have seen alot of threads floating around asking about "what board this" and "what board that" and see it always end up in an argument about which is the best. So, here is a thread with info so that hopefully these questions won't have to be asked, and in effect stop some of this arguing about "which board is the best". I am only going to put boards in this thread that are ALREADY ON THE MARKET. So if one isn't up and hasn't been produced yet I don't want to see any post saying "what about board-X". Enjoy.
Stock Ion Board. Smart Parts
The stock Ion board is a board capable of 17 bps, ramping, 3-round burst, full-auto, and can be adjusted in the RoF and Dwell settings. The board is capped at 17 and only has adjustments for dwell and RoF (recharge).
Fully Tourny Legal
17bps (2 over most tourny rules)
Difficult Power Button
Difficult To Change Settings
Capped (athough for the more paint-conservitive this might be a "pros")
This board comes stock with the Ion.
The Blackheart Board. Smart Parts.
The Blackheart is a board made by the guys at Smart Parts as an easy drop in upgrade for their teams playing in tournys. It was made so it could be installed and on the field fully legal. This board has gotten a bad rap as being "even worse than stock". The Blackheart was specifically made for tournys and is a great board in that role. However, for rec-ballers and woods ballers alike, the Blackheart just isn't very appealing. The 20bps cap being one of the reasons why.
Made By Smart Parts (won't void warranty)
Can Be Put In As Stock From Smart Parts
More Adjustable Than Stock
-Sustain Rate (ramping)
-Shots To Enter Advance (ramping)
-First Shot Drop Off (often called ABS or anit-bolt-stick)
-PSP,NXL, And Millenium Legal (all adjustable)
-3 Shot Burst
Has A Low Battery Indicator
Speaker For Power-up And Value Changing Indication
Capped (20 bps)
Not As Adjustable As Other After Market Boards
This board can come stock if ordered and added from Smart Parts. The Blackheart sells at SP's site for $125.00
The T-Board. Scenario Dreams
The T-Board is one of the most popular boards on the market today. It is very adjustable, very reliable, and best of all (compared to other boards) very cheap. Quite possibly the best well-rounded board available. Not to mention the well-respected company that makes and backs this product.
Cheap (relative to similar boards)
-Ramping Activation Speed
Variety Of Modes
-3 Shot Burst
-CFOA (Capped Semi)
-Ego-Style Training Mode
Anti-Bolst Stick (ABS)
Solderless DM Membrane Adapter
Eye Test Setting
Re-Programmable Micro Controller
Free Lifetime Warranty Against Defects
Lifetime Software Updates
Ability to self update (Link: http://ion.chiumanfu.com/index.php?main_page=page_7
-PBReview Link: http://www.pbreview.com/forums/showthread.php?t=372870
Some LED Blending problems on the older boards.
This board can be purchased from Scenario Dreams for $54.99 w/o solenoid and for $79.99 with solenoid.
The Rampage Board. APE (Advanced Paintball Electronics)
Sorry guys, ran outta room. See second page for details.
Lucky Stage 4
The Lucky Stage 4 is the first aftermarket Ion board that offers a choice of solenoids, not
to mention it is also just as flexable and adjustable as any other board on the market. All
of this combined with the service, quality, and innovation that is associated with the Lucky
Paintball company and you have a product that is hard to beat.
3 Different Boards for Various Price Ranges
-Anti Bbolt Stick/First Shot Drop Off Dwell
-Anti Bolt Stick/First Shot Drop Off Time
-Ramp Activation Time
-Ramp Activation Shots
-Ramp Disable Time
-Dbounce Mbounce Limiter
-MROF With Eyes
-MROF Without Eyes
Variety of Modes
-Burst With Saftey Shot
-Full Auto With Saftey Shot
Auto Eye Fault Detection and Recovery
15 Minute Power Down
Energy Save Auto LED Dim
Instant Power On
2 Milion Scans Per Second
Superior Eye Logic
Choice of Solenoids
Choice of Board With or Without Solenoid
Ummm, if you find any out let me know
The Luck Stage 4 can be purchased from Lucky Paintball for $119.00 for the Mac noid version, $99.00 for the stock noid version, and $79.00 for the board w/o noid.
Mac noid version: http://www.buyluckypaintball.com/servlet/Detail?no=196
Stock noid version: http://www.buyluckypaintball.com/servlet/Detail?no=195
Board w/o noid versoin: http://www.buyluckypaintball.com/servlet/Detail?no=194
The Raider. Tadao Technologies.
The Raider board comes from a well respected company in the paintball comunity, Tadao Technologies, and is based off of their popular Musashi 7 (M7) software. The software is extremely flexable and its quality has been proven in many other aftermarket boards for many other markers on the market today. The board comes fully assembled and tested with a full solenoid and quality hoses, barbs, seals.
Musashi 7 (M7) Based Software
-AMB (anti-mechanical bouce)
-Fire Mode Max Rate of Fire
-CPF (cycle percentage filter)
Variety of Modes
-Semi (uncapped, adjustable)
-PSP (auto-response, mild ramping, max ramping [with adjustable ramp start], z-burst)
2 Million Scans Per Second
Power Efficient Software (15 minute idle power down)
Non-volatile Memory Storage For Settings
2 Eye Modes
Low Batter Indicator
Plug In Port For External LED
Plug In Port For Membrane Pad
Even Comes With A Grip Panel Settings Reminder Sticker
Not as good of a design as other Tadao boards
The Raider can be purchased from Tadao Technologies for $140.00.
Edit: Due to a current ban, not all boards will be able to be shown. (Just one for now. Let us hope it stays at just one.) If you would like the info I posted for this particular board you can e-mail me at Anzrulthe13th@hotmail.com
The reason for this ban is that the manufacturers of this board acted as 3rd party users on PBR and posted flase reviews, posing as consumers on their own board while simultaneously bashing and flaming competitors board. They used multiple accounts originating from a single IP address to do this and were caught by site admin. They have since been completely banned. Before you consider buying a board that is not on this list, PLEASE insure the ethical nature of the company you are buying from. If they are unethical in their ad campaigns, how do you think they'll act when it comes time to honor their advertised lifetime warrenty? For further information if necessary, feel free to contact me. -Ebonclaw
As far as I know these are the boards that are on the market for the Smart Parts Ion. If I have missed a board or have left something out please let me know so that I can get all the information up. I hope this will help to quell some of the arguments about Ion boards, or maybe I just started another one. If this thread does start another fight about what board is the best (which is not the intent of this informative thread) I beg that a Mod. please close and delete this thread ASAP. I hope this has been useful to someone.