What is RipDrive?
RipDrive is a manual feed mechanism for HALO B. It replaces the mainshaft of the unit and allows manual-preloading of the drive spring.
Who is RipDrive for?
RipDrive was originally conceived for tournament players who *have* to be in the game. It is available to anyone that wants to have a backup system for if their force feed system goes down or their batteries die.
How RipDrive works:
By rotating the ripdrive located on the bottom of the loader, the player can feed multiple balls into the ballstack at a time, allowing them to keep playing (at full fire rate!). Depending on the height of your feedneck, you can pre-tension as many as 12-15 balls for firing.
When finished playing at the end of the day, rotating the RipDrive in reverse also allows you to easily unload the tensioned ball stack and empty your HALO B. It also allows you unjam bad paint. It can also be used to pre-load balls at the chrono without turning your loader on.
The Odyssey Halo B w/ RIP Drive (with or without V35 board) is newer, so it should be commonly available, both new and used. Check out the Places to Buy links below for places to purchase it new.
Pricey, Little heavy but not as heavy as you would think, Sucks up batteries
The HALO B is a very well built well engineered loader. Force feeding is a real advantage over other loaders. This ensures that you will never skip a shot when your putting out large amounts of paint. This loader is the fastest out there no question about it. This loader is ultra reliable and will work every time so long as the batteries are good. But if the batteries fail simply use the Rip Drive and you can stay in the game. The HALO B is fully programmable with the Victory Board from 17 to 35bps....fast enough for any marker out on the market today. This loader is built very well. Its not made of cheap plastic and will stand up to the normal use of paintball. This loader is upgradeable. If you happen to buy a base level HALO B you can get the Rip Drive and the Victory Board (as well as a few other boards) as optional upgrades. And undoubtedly in the future Odyssey will have other upgrades for the HALO.
The HALO B is rather pricey but you really do get what you pay for. It is a little heavy complared to other loaders. However, it isn't really all that heavy. If you compared a Revvy, an Egg II, and a HALO all fully loaded with paintballs for weight....they all weight virtually the same. The only real down side to the HALO is that it sucks up batteries. But then again that is also why it is programmable for bps limits. The lower the bps setting the less battery powerr will be used.
I would recommend the HALO B to anyone that is looking for a top quality loader that will never let them down. If you are considering buying an Egg II don't waste your money...get a HALO B you wont regret it.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Saturday, November 27th, 2004 at 6:47 pm PST
WTP Angel LED, DYE Boomstick, Halo B with Rip Drive, Pshyco Balistic drop, 68/5000 evil
Scratches very easily, doesnt stay on your elbow great sumtimes falls off, thats about it
ALL i have to say is this is the best on the market and will still be the best for a long time, if u want a good hopper dont be afraid to buy it!!! Just think if u went out and bought an average hopper thats $60.00 your might as well go to national paintball and spend another 60 and get this great gun, because the average ones dont hold up as well as the Halo models.
go out and buy it if u have a high quality gun because you'll need it, i also reccomend an Empire B
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Period of Product Use:
Less than a month
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More than 5 years
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veiwloader VL jr
empire 88ci 4500psi nitro tank
The entire thing
i bought this thing, thinking i was getting a good deal, i was wrong. every time that i used it jammed. every single time. it was brand new, not like i bought it used. i took it out of the bow threw some batteries in it and tried to play. you can only imagine how mad i was when i had to sit out the first two games because my hopper sucks. get a View loader jr.
Dangerous Power G4, Halo Hopper With Rip Drive, and no name hpa tank
Does its job. Secure lid, looks cool.
Runs out of batterys in one day of playing. And VERY HEAVY
I got this hopper becuase i bought a g4 and needed something fast and cheap(er)
I bought this b/c I knew alot of people used halos. When I got this hopper the first thing I noticed was, Its HUGE. And HEAVY. It weighed more then my G4. This hopper does its job though, its fast (Keeps up with 24 bps). But then it hit me. After one day of playing it was out of battery. I thought those batteries must have been bad ones or whatever, but now I know, EVERY time i go paintballing it runs out of battery. This makes me extremely mad as batterys are not cheap. (It uses 6 AA's)
I recomend this to anyone who doesnt mind heavy weight and buying more batteries ALOT. But it does its job!
90's era Viewloader 9v --no comparison whatsoever.
Invert Mini 3rd Gen, 68/4500 Crossfire, Halo V35
Extremely fast, positive loading, RIP drive, magnetic lid
Heavy, dim LED, 180 ball capacity, poor battery access
The Halo B V35 with RIP is an extreme high performance loader, but like a Formula 1 racer, it definitely requires TLC and an understanding of its limits. The V35 board is insanely fast and can easily keep up with any marker readily available as of 2010. Feeding is positive and flawless. In combination with my 3rd Gen Mini I have had not a single break in 3-4 cases of paint over the past year. This hopper does a beautiful job at what it is supposed to do: load paintballs correctly at an insanely high rate of feed.
Also on a positive note, the magnetic lid (2 magnets) is very easy to flip open but stays securely shut. The RIP drive is awesome--I cannot imagine why no one thought of this before. A few cranks at the chrono feeds all the balls you need without having to turn the hopper on and off, and can be used in a pinch if batteries run low.
This level of performance does come with a couple of problems, however. This hopper is BIG. It takes no fewer than SIX AA batteries, and there's lots of space taken up by the mechanical guts. This leaves room only for 180 balls. This isn't big deal for woods ball but would be a handicap for tourney play. Also, it's hard to change the batteries, which don't last very long especially if you forget to turn the hopper off between games. The gun comes with a 1-1/4" #4 screw holding the battery compartment closed. It's a pain to unscrew the long screw, and mine got stripped early on. I simply replaced it with a 3/4" screw which made accessing the batteries much less painful. Another issue I have with the hopper is that the LED is extremely dim. Even in the shade, it's hard to see the flashes to see what mode it's in or if it's even on at all. Again, for woods ball this isn't a big deal but I wouldn't want to rely on it in a tourney.
Overall for me as a woods ball hopper, the Halo B/V35 is great. However, due to its lower capacity, heaviness, and difficulty with maintenance it wouldn't be my first choice for a tourney hopper.
A solid loader that will absolutely keep up with any gun you have. The RIP option is definitely worth the upcharge. Probably not the best of breed, however. I will definitely shop around for something lighter and easier to work on for my next loader.
Empire Events mask
Blue Invert Mini
Halo BV35 with Rip Drive
62/3000 psi Tank (Basic)
Tippmann 98 Custom
14" linear barrel
4 Position car stock
Airsoft Acog scope
BT Bipod and adapter
Tippmann double trigger
Rap4 vest black
20 Ounce co2 tank
Nice magnetic lid
Easy to change modes
Good on Batteries
The modes button hard to work
Holds less than 200 p-balls
I purchased this loader along with my blue Invert Mini and 62/3000 psi tank in hopes to get a reliable feeding hopper. I have used the rip clip before and it has jammed and since these technologies are similar I was a little worried.
Out of the box this loader is nice. It has a nice, sleek- looking, black paint job which is very well coated and shines nicely. So in other words it looks like it is definitely a high end loader and can keep up with the big guns. It has a nice magnetic lid which won't open unless you want it to. If you don't like it, you can always upgrade to the speed feed lid.
When I first used it on my mini it was fairly easy to run. Once I got the jist of changing modes I put it on the second one which i believe is 21 bps. I usually have my mini set at 19 bps full auto so i didn't want something too fast for the loader and at the same time to slow. It can however go all the way up to 35 bps which is the 6th mode. That in my opinion though is over kill for sure.
So like I was saying I did a test run with the loader on my Mini and I fired full auto at 18 bps. It fed reliable, and never gave me any problems. It was quiet and awesome. I fired off roughly 140 balls in less than 10 seconds. Simply awesome!!!
I did another test without my gun with it and turned on the hopper by itself and watched to see how fast it fed. I put roughly 260 paintballs into the loader and it fed all if them in 14 seconds. That's on the second mode so that is really really good. I only suggest putting a hopper in each time when you load the Halo as any more can potentially jam the gun. That's one of the weaknesses I found is the low amount of paint the Halo can actually hold. It also is a bit of a battery hog because it takes 6 double A batteries to run but they last forever! It also takes a couple of minutes to switch which can be pretty annoying if you tried to do this on the field.
Have used this loader for 4 months now and never a chop, jam, break or misfead. This things is AWESOME! Changing my rating to a 10.
This loader is the best damn loader I have ever owned. 2 words for ya, BUY IT!!! It will almost never let you down and it is worth the price you pay for it. Coming from a guy who has never owned an electronic hopper or electro gun i can definitely say it's easy to use and follow. Don't waste any time, pick this sweet piece of tech up now while you can. I give it a 9 because there isn't much they need to improve on other than battery consumption.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, September 26th, 2010 at 9:55 am PST
CP Shorty Reg
CP On/Off ASA
CP Micro Drop
Freak Jr Barrel
Smart Parts Rake Trigger
Halo B Rip
68/4500 Crossfire HPA
A little heavy
This hopper is really nice. Its fast and looks sleek - really dresses out the looks of my ion. It is a little heavy but it's well worth it. It does burn through batteries but thats a small price to pay - bring extra. It is wicked quiet when using it. I was playing a match and I thought something was wrong with it cause it just wasn't loud enought to hear! Awesome!
Buy it. Its a good hopper for anyone regardless of experience. Some of you pro ballers might have to upgrade to the Vic board but if your fingers arent fast enough to pull +20 theres no point. 9 of 10 - nothing's perfect
Autococker Orracle with a 50/45 & 12" all american w/ SS inserts
07 angel fly with 68/45, predator board, & 12" evil pipe kit
Ok, so I had a regular halo that I have used for a while now but decided to bump it up to a Halo B with the rip drive and victory board. I have only used this for one full day but my .02 on it:
-It is fast, not saying that it is impossible to outshoot it but on semi or with a 10.5-16 bps you should be fine
-I kinda like the fact that the lid stays shut by magnets, not quite sure how well this will do if it is drizzling outside but it saves 1/2 a second because you do not have to make sure your loader is shut
-It has 6 different speed settings which is pretty easy to operate if you take 15 seconds to read the instructions
-If you chop paint into the eyes, it will pretty much go into error mode and you can keep yourself going by winding up the gear at the bottom like a watch
-I tried out some VERY brittle paint (if you slightly squeezed, it would pop) that I had trouble getting out of the barrel and it did not rip it to shreads, it let the gun do that part
-pretty long battery life and low battery indicator
-no trouble with very dark shelled paint, maybe my luck?
-Holds less than 180 balls, my guess is about 160. This may sound picky, but if you have about 30 balls left in your hopper and try to fill it up with a 140 tube you are going to be dumping off at least 10-15 rounds per pod. I usually like to top off when I start to get to about 45-50, not wait until I have 20 rounds to use a pod
-I had trouble getting the lid to slide over the battery pack because of the low clearance
-tad bit on the heavy side
-Weak shell, if you like to slide into bunkers, keep a spare shell...trust me
Not a bad loader overall, I just HATE wasting paint consistantly while using pods, if the rotor is better about this I reccomend giving that a try
Fast, quiet, different modes, magnetic lid, rip drive, battery efficient
Heavy(not too much of an issue)
The HaloB V35 is my favorite hopper in the world, it never misfeeds, it has a low battery indicator, and it is the one very fast hopper that looks good too.
boxing of the product (A)
This is one of the best hoppers on the market and I would reccomend this to anybody who plays no matter what skill level you are
Smart Parts Ion XE, CP dust red shorty reg, cp mini on/of asa, red halo-b w/ rip and v35, qev, freak barrel with dust red all American front, nxt clamping feed neck dust black, and a 68/300 low pressure pure energy tank..
Speed, looks, easy to open lid and its doesn't pop off...
Battery hog!!takes a bit to try and put the battery lid back on..
I bought this hopper on zephyrpb.com about 3 years ago...It's a great high end hopper, looks great ,adjustable speed..The only thing that you have to know is that its a friggan battery hog. I always have to go buy new batteries before i go out and play... and you have to change them after every day of play or else you'll find your self practically running to the nearest gas station for new batteries..that is if your field doesn't have a decent pro-shop..(cough..cough..action territory..cough..cough))
good hopper, its the heart of my gun don't know what I'd do without it..but 6 AA batteries...really.. c'mon..