VL-200 "Shake and Bake" (unreliable ball feed, but it'll never break down)
Reloader B (expensive, overkill, and a bit over-engineered, imo)
Q-Loader (sky-high price tag and extremely prone to catastrophic malfuntion)
One of my best purchases in a long time. The original Reloader is an excellent product and 2nd to none among agitating hoppers, including it's own successor, the Reloader II. Bought in 2008 for $40 used on ebay, it is by no means state of the art. Complex and expensive force-feed systems, such as the Halo B and Reloader B, completely outclass it in feed rate, alone. However, there is something to be said about Reloader's simplicity, reliability and ruggedness that modern force-feeders struggle to keep up with, not to mention that force-feed systems are overkill for most players, anyway. The Reloader doesn't require adjusting or programming. It's shell is crack-resistant. It's quite light-weight. It's cheap if you can still find one. Sound activated motor won't go nuts when you empty the hopper. It's battery efficient (I love the 30 minute auto shut off). There are a lot of little things that just come together to make it a very good hopper. It may not be the fastest kid on the block today, but it's a very simple and easy-to-maintain design that can be depended on to work whenever it's needed, and that, in itself, makes it extraordinary.
As an Automag owner, this is the perfect feed system for me, personally. Despite its so-called "mediocre" feed rate of 14 bps, it excels in all other categories, including reliability, durability, weight, price, power consumption, and overall hassle factor. And when it was originally released to the public over a decade ago, there was nothing that could top it. For these reasons, I give it a perfect 10.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, October 26th, 2008 at 11:58 pm PST
I have had no problems with the hopper at all, its the perfect color, its 2 balls ahead of my gun, its good at keeping the battery alive, and its never broke. I got mine on ebay for a total of $35, and i thought thats pretty cheap for how well it works.
Get the hopper, i have no regrets
10 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005 at 12:52 pm PST
Smart Parts Progressive Barrel 14"
Shocktech Spring Kit (light tension spring)
Empire Reloader Sound-Activated Hopper
Shocktech Drop Forward
20 oz Pure Energy CO2
PMI Pure Energy Inline Reg (running about 300 psi)
Maddman Rocket Valve
Shocktech Low Pressure Chamber
Everything else stock
-Not as expensive as say, a halo b
None that i have found so far
First of all, damn, this is a good hopper. I got it out of the box, put in the batteries, screwed it on my LP Imagine and let loose about 40 balls on high speed (about 13 bps). Not a single one of my Premiums broke in any part of the gun. One of the nice things about this hopper is that it is sound-activated, meaning it only loads when your gun fires, unlike the damn Quantum, which you would have to turn off and on just so it won't give away your position. I've used it a few times and have not had any problems with it. This hopper is also very reasonably priced, especially for those who dont want to blow a ton of cash on a halo or an egg.
Get this hopper. Works like an egg, costs less than a revvy.
-Faster than Rico 2k/AK
-Cheaper/Same price than Revvy/Rico 2k/AK
USE GOOD BATERIES!!!!! If you use the cheapo ones, it will be a blender.
Much faster than Revvy and Rico 2k, obiously not as fast as Halo or Egg, but it can hold its own. I had a Rico 2k on my Imp when I 1st got it and it was a blender, it was rediculus how much I would outshoot it and chop. So I tried my friends Revvy, same results. Then, my other tapeman gave me his Reloader to try out, and it was a MAJOR improvement. It cant keep up if I walk my trigger to full capacity (17bps chrony max) for more than 10 or so shots, but I play front/tape, so there is no need for someone like me to even shoot that fast for a long period of time. Most of the time i do short 6-8 round bursts at about 14-15bps, and it can keep up just fine with that. If your the backman type with a very speedy gun and like to shot a case a game in long, fast strings, save for the HALO, if not go for the Reloader, its as cheap as the Revyy, and faster so why not?
If your a tourney player and play front/tape like me and have a speedy gun, but dont tend to go trigger happy faster than 14-15bps, go for it, is wont dissapoint you. If you a backman and are trigger happy at speeds faster then 15bps for long periods of time, I would say no and save for the HALO. Bottem line, faster than Revvy/Rico's, and cheaper too, if you were considering getting a Revyy/Rico 2k/AK, get this instead. Overall, I was impressed with this loader as it is cheap, fast, and reliable.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Saturday, August 30th, 2003 at 9:02 am PST
sound activated. feeds good and fast. cheap-only $45
None I've found.
I was planning on getting a Ricochet AK at the IAO 2003, but instead I decided to try something new. I had heard about the Empire ReLoader, and I had heard good things about it. So I talked to the guy at the NPS vendor for a few minutes, and I decided to buy it. It only cost $45 from NPS. It operates via 12v (2- 9v's) and is sound activation. When it hears your marker fire, it begins to agitate and keeps agitating as it hears the marker still firing. It feeds smoothly, with no gaps. Feeds at about...o' 11-14 bps, which is pretty fast. If you do have a 12v Revi, you can buy the ReLoad upgrade kit for your Revi, making it sound activated. Overall, a good solid loader.
This is a great hopper for the money. A definite buy for those wanting a good, inexpensive hopper. I give it a 10.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Friday, November 21st, 2003 at 2:09 pm PST
I had this thing for a day and it broke. The prongs that take power from the battery got bent up and loose and i never even touched the thing. I went and got it exchaned and now it works the loader was just a dud! now i can shoot up 2 13 bps
sry if this post turned u off of the loader before i edited it.. i just had a bad experience. Now i love it
10 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, November 27th, 2003 at 4:00 pm PST
20 oz CO2
32 Degrees thick coiled remote
-Auto shut off
Mine didn't include instructions. Seems to turn off randomly.
This product is great, it feeds very fast, never lets me miss a ball, even in full auto. I haven't had any ball chopping issues with it. Once you use one you will never want to go back to a regular gravity hopper. Mine seemed to turn off every few minutes when I wasn't firing.
Get this over a Revvy or Halo, unless you REALLY need that kind of speed.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Saturday, April 19th, 2003 at 2:09 pm PST
This is an excellent Electric hopper for those on a budget, and even for those whom arent. I can't say anything bad about the Reloader. It doesn't eat batteries, design and operation is user friendly and oh-so simple. On/Off is done with the press of a button, once it's on you set it and forget it.
Excellent hopper, Great Price. What more can you ask for?
I love this hopper. It works perfectly every single time i turn it on. 10-12 bps is more than enough for my 98 W/ Respone Trigger. It is very inexpensive (about 45$), reliable (I never had a misfeed, or any problem for that matter). Keeps up nice with most guns. Of course if you have an Intimidator, DM4, Nerve, etc. your going to want to go with the Reloader B. Its sound activated which i really really like. With this you don't have to wait for a ball not to be in the feed neck (like with other eye hoppers) it feeds as soon as yuo start shooting, so you'll always have a ball in the chamber.
Awesome, consistent, reliable, cost efficient, always gets the job done...
~smartparts 14' teardrop
~32 degrees v-bolt
~32 degrees gel grip (modified)
~Red sprint trigger w/ 1 mm pull
~32 degrees expansion chamber
~Java vertical air adaptor w/ low p. chamber red w/ black l.p.
~Phyco balistics drop forward
~20 oz pure energy CO2
keeps up w/ as fast as my gun can go
isnt that heavy but could be lighter
Great look you can get it 4 cheaper than the revi and this is much better in every thing from the paddle to the durability...if u own a revi i would get rid of it and buy one of these or buy the conversion kit...both are fine...im fairtly sure u could buy the revi shell and a conversion kit and put one together all u need is lid frome old vl200 save u 10 buks ...maybe...i got mine from paintball gi and i wasnt disapointed
if u need an agitated hopper get this one it is a major improvement on the revi it feeds fast and never misses a feed lkiker the revi did...when they say it never missfeeds b/c of the sound/vibration they aint lieing get this it will keep up w/ my spyder and freinds esprit on the highest rof on full auto!!!