I tested both the Stock impeller and the vortex with 150 Blaze painballs without a marker. I mounted it on a 200 round BE paintball container to keep my Revvy from moving during the test.
Ran what it's supposed to run. I ran the test twice and both came back 13.3333 repeating BPS.
First test ran above normal at 14.5 BPS, but the second test ran at 13 BPS and to make sure my readings were correct i ran a 3rd test and it came back even lower at 12.75 BPS.
Winner = Stock due to continuous reliability while the Vortex varied.
The second test I did was something I'm going to call the "Bounce Test" What this is, is I put 2 balls in the hopper while it is running and see if it does one of two things. 1. it feed the ball fast without bouncing it all around or 2. It bounces the ball around not feeding it.
Did this test twice and both timed it bounced the ball once and then feed automatically.
Did this test twice as well, since the Vortex has 6 blades on it, it gave it a harder time catching the ball and bounced it around more, contrary to review beliefs.
Winner = Stock again due to it not bouncing as much.
in conclusion I would still pick the Vortex over the Stock for the sole reason that it looks better and in essence is "capable" of feeding faster. But it doesn't deserve a high rating. It would be cool to get if you needed a new impeller because your stock one broke or you want to match the color of your hopper. Since 5 says average that's what I'll give it
5 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, February 16th, 2004 at 10:53 pm PST
(My new marker I'm using for a while) Black Dragun M3 (electro-frame marker), Stock barrel BL Torpedo Regulator, Low Output Crossfire 48/4500, VL XBoard revy /w Vortex Impeller
Bright Colors = easy to see how many balls in there
Does'nt the feeding hole
Your friends wonder what the heck you have in your hopper... (lame reason, but its true =b)
Easy to install (just don't pinch your wires)
Not much, just hard to catch one... Order it with your hopper like I did.
Hard to find any negatives at all... Cheap, at least give it a try. If you don't like it (which you should) sell it to your friend... or on ebay...
It feeds balls a lot quicker than the normal stock impeller. Very good, inexpensive upgrade. Will ,maybe even give you more balls per second. I know that with the stock impellers, the blades sometimes rub on the inside of your hopper, but that doesn't hapen with this because they are curved. Much cleaner, smoother feed. Gives you an almost perfect stream of paintballs coming out of the hopper.
Great upgrade. Not neccesary if your hopper is already keeping up with your gun. I got mine for free with my hopper.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, October 4th, 2004 at 4:38 pm PST
2002 Black vert cocker, 12V revy, 68 4500 tank, CP flame drop foward, T.H.O.R. reg, vigilante reg, Eblade trigger, evil pipe barrel kit, wgp venturi bolt
faster feed rate and cheap
none that i found yet
basically this is great product to get it will increase the feed rate of ur 12v revy and it does not pinch balls at all and the best part is if u only have a few balls left the vortex impeller will grabs those extra ball and not slap them like the stock paddle in the 12v revys
this will do alot for u and save the money of buy a different hopper
I use a Richochet AK so I wasn't sure it would fit since I've never seen anyone talk about it in one. So I tried it and it works. It installs just a easy as with a revy. I was out shooting my AK on a regular basis but didn't want to get rid of it. I bought the impeller, installed it, then shot a few hopper fulls. Did not out shoot it at all.
I recommend this product to anyone who outshoots the Richochet but don't want to get rid it. I've not tried this setup on an electronic gun so I can't speak on that. But it worked for me with my A/C w/hinge trigger just fine.
2003 WGP Autococker (red)
WGP 2 piece classic barrel
red dye stickys
Black magic bolt
WGP cocking rod (red)
Shocktech drop (Black)
Empire On/Off (black)
Shocktech Angled beavertail
12 volt revvy (red and black)
green vortex impeller
Java preset 68/3000
Redz tank cover (blue)
6 prongs, variety of colors, simple
none at all
it has a six prong design that grabs the paint instead of knocking it around. they come in a lot of colors so u can match it to ur gun. the installation is easy. just unscrew one half of ur hopper off, take off the old paddle and screw on the new. takes about 3 minutes. and of course there is an increase in speed, ive had no chops since i got this
there are no weaknesses with this product
this is a great product to have, it has an easy installation and comes in a lot of colors. if u live in san diego county, u can pick 1 up at Action paintball in escondido
2000 bob long defiant green fade, vigalante reg, warped adjustable drop on off, blade trigger, crossfire 454500 tank, kapp apa adapter, 12 volt revvy
everything is good about this product. With the old 4 blade impeller that came stock in the revvy it would just slap the balls around when your hopper began to run low. with this impeller it grabs the balls in all 6 blades and drops them straight down into the feed tube. when the hopper runs low with about 20 or 30 balls left none of the balls are slapped around
what could possibly be bad about a product that cost 7 or 8 bucks and can do such good for your paintball play. I used to be firing strings of paint and then all of the suddden pop pop pop and i would be out shooting hopper. i thought about a high rise but tried this first and it fixed the problem with ease.
if you are having the same problem that i was then why would you not just try this to wsolve the problem for 7 or 8 dollars. whats the worst that could happen. i give this product a 10 out of ten and would give it a higher rating if it was possible.
'04 Red BKO...
12 Inch Freak with red AA front.
WGP Torpedo Drop with ON/OFF
Smart Parts black Q-Lock No-Rise
Cheap, easy upgrade, feeds faster.
Hard to find, screw is too short.
My friend brought me back a vortex impeller from the COMMANDER'S CUP and I put it in my revvy and let her rip. It feed just fast enuf to give me the little edge I was looking for. Nice little easy upgrade to bring your Revvy up a small notch. My only two gripes were: 1. the difficulty of finding these things....only one website I found had them so I asked my friend to get them... and 2. The screw is too short so it wont fit and comes off...(easily fixable with a new one). It took me a while to find this, but I'm glad that i did.
If you CAN get these, than do it. They will bump your BPS up 2 or so. And for 5 bux, how can you go wrong? Nothing is perfect, but this is pretty close.
8 out of 10
Last edited on Saturday, January 29th, 2005 at 6:56 pm PST
9v stock impellers, 12 stock impellers and those funky Rico2k paddles
cheap, sturdy, easy to install
Bright colors? Is that really even a bad thing?
These little buggers are great!
- Very inexpensive. Can be found on ebay for less than $8 shipped.
- Increases the effectiveness of a revvie by quite a bit. Instead of just chucking the balls around it actually catches them and brings them towards the feedneck thus increasing bps. Numerically? I'd say by 2.
- Look pretty cool IMO
- Extremely easy to install. Take the shells off, remove the screw that holds the stock impellers in, replace with the vortex impellers, put shells back on. Simple as that.
- Shorter in length so the impeller blades will never block the feedneck
- Some people refuse to shell out $8 for a worthwhile upgrade
- Comes in strange, bold colors.
I believe this is the only perfect product that exists in the paintball world today. They are inexpensive, they look good, and they perform good. There's not much else to ask for. While it's true they come in very bold colors that look a bit odd, that doesn't matter at all unless your hopper is clear... and even then only if you are out of paintballs. I have a clear turborevvie with blue vortex impellers and it looks pretty cool.
Anywho, this is an awesome product and there is no reason to not have them on your revolution!