ACI Inline Regulator are built with the competition in mind, ACI took apart all of the competitors Regs, so they could build them better. ACI Regs have a higher flow rate, and operating pressure from 800 psi. All the way down to 1 psi.
The ACI Phat Regulator is older, so while it may be available used and in a few cases new, it is not commonly available anymore.
TES DRAGUN (silver to gold fade). Maddman Rocket Valve, black TIMMY bolt, un-capped electronic board by Scenario Dreams (w/ bounce-beam eye), modified frame (to accept SPYDER sweetspot trigger & magnets), a TRINITY HEADLOCK feed-neck, a CHECK-IT on/off w/ mini drop, 32* spring set, macro-line, and FREAK barrel system (SPYDER threads). On top of this marker rests an HALO B w/ rip drive & VICTORY board (Capped out at 35 BPS). My air is provided by a CROSSFIRE 68/4500 tank.
This regulator looks awesome at first, but read on!
Check the REVIEW BODY for key weakness
I went to the local paintball shop and purchased this item for $69.99 and some change (for tax), and I couldn't wait to get it home and mount it on my back-up marker (TES DRAGUN).
After replacing my CP regulator with this one that I just bought, I aired up the marker and began to shoot with it. (of course not inside the house). The marker shot great and the pressure stayed up with the demand air needed to keep the balls per second (BPS) flowing, but soon after I had to re-adjust the regulator pressure (@ 240 PSI). Again my marker spit the balls out without too much difficulty, but after about 2 hoppers worth of paint, I again needed to re-adjust the pressure. Of course this is pretty typical of most regulators out there that are freshly shot through, so I didn't think too much about it.
Later during the week we had practice, so I took my TES from its case and decided to use it. Of course I re-adjusted the pressure (after airing up the marker), loaded my hopper with paintballs, and started shooting after we came off the "start box." Not even a hopper's worth of paint was shot through it when my pressure dropped from 240 PSI to 0. After I was finally shot (yeah...I continued to play even though I wasn't able to shoot--got to think about body count), I tried everything I could to restore the pressure through the regulator, but no matter how hard I tried, no pressure was able to be held. Later that evening I took the regulator back to the paintball shop (that I bought it from) and had them work on it, but again no matter the work it just didn't function as it was intended to.
I just recently notified the company that makes the ACI PHAT REGULATOR, but so far I had not received any word about "fixing" the issue that I am currently going through. If they contact me, no matter the outcome, I will keep this site posted.
My final recommendation is to pass this regulator over IF you are looking at it. It is obviously a flawed product and should be replaced with something that truly does work. For about the same price you could pick up a CP regulator, and of course they work great (but that will be in another PB reveiw).
"my own" custom body
psycho ballistics bullet drop forward w/ on-off
aci phat reg
scenario dreams t-board
12" j & j performance ceramic barrel
Some drop off when shooting high rof.
I actually got this used for nothing, so i had nothing to lose. I running this reg on an older ICD bushmaster and it worked fine. I have since changed it over to my Ion and have been very pleased.
My reg has maintained pressure just about all the time, some drop off when shooting high rof, but minimal, considering i'm still running a stock qev.
I like reliability. I'd rather play than tech my marker when I'm at the field.
Once I adjusted and chronoed it, it has stayed fairly constant to what I adjusted.
This is a sturdy piece, it has survived some beatings on the fields and in the woods. It has held up to some very physical play.
And it looks good as a bonus.
I know that there are many other regs out there that rock. but, one of my biggest things is reliability. I feel like this is a very reliable reg, ergo a review.
Spyder Xtra, APEX / J&J Ceramic/Teflon Barrel, Pure Energy 72 CU/3000 PSI
Price - got it for $20 on eBay a while back.
Didn't seem to do a good job regulating.
I am writing this review because no one else has written a review. I found the PHAT Regulator on eBay for about $20, it appeared new. It was black and the entire grip portion swivels. At the time it had a functional website which claimed that they dissassembled competitors regulators to develop their own regulator.
I had it on my Spyder XTRA for a few months. It shot +/-10 FPS. But I did not know about regulator break in periods, etc., so I sold it on eBay.... got about $2 for it (I'm not kidding and wish I had not sold it because I would rather have the regulator than $2). I bought a CP regulator to replace it...I'm still in the break-in period, so I can't compare them.
Their website no longer says anything about their regulator, so I think they no longer sell this regulator.
The regulator works, maybe it would have worked better if I kept it after the breakin period.