What's the deal with a sound activated loader? An optical sensing loader "prevents" misfeeds while with the Reloader they simply don't happen. While an optical loader basicaly acts like a regular gravity fed loader until it senses a misfeed and then rotates the paddle, the Reloader never waits for a misfeed to happen. Instead it loads a ball everytime the marker is fired, able to load up to 14 balls per second.
This latest version of the Reload features an improved shell design, magnetized lid that won't wear out, and a contained battery door so you won't lose it!
The Empire Reloader II is newer, so it should be commonly available, both new and used.
The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion on the comments page.
Period of Product Use:
More than 5 years
Similar Products Used:
Empire Reloader B
16" Freak Barrel
Empire Reloader II
This is the best barrel you can get. I got it to shoot 25 BPS. The colors you can get are also very good. It is the most durable hopper that is out on the market. I would say that it is better than the Empire Reloader B and the Halo B.
I just got this hopper after being completely feed up with my VL 200. That thing made me chop more then Emerial with a knife. Yeah you do have to sand it down but this is a good thing. If you get a hopper that fits right away, in a month or two it will just fall out. Its good to have to work it in. Sound activation works great because unlike most hoppers if it is turned upside down it dosent spin the propeller wildly. Magnets are extremly strong and did not open on me, even when i had a rather hard landing diving into the snake. And people say it has a cheap plastic problem. DONT SCREW THE SCREWS IN SO HARD THAT IT TAKES A LOT OF FORCE. You souldnt even do that with a halo or eggy. If you do take it apart screw it SLIGHTLY more then finger tight when you put it back together. Also this thing took 1 direct front hit.........nothing. Just broke the ball. I also took 3 or 4 other hits in the side of the hopper. Once again it did not break.
A small problem........the feed neck snapped when i was taking it off my gun. This angered me but its still under warrenty so I have a new shell on the way. DO NOT USE A TREADED FEEDNECK. That seemed to catch it and break it off. I now have a ICD BKO with a stock feed neck and that works fine.
This is a great hopper for the price and i highly recommend it over the Revvy. Im using this thing as long as i can.
8 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, April 17th, 2006 at 1:40 pm PST
This is a good hopper good capicity 230 i think but for what you are paying spend te extra 20 dollars and get an egg becasue you will probably upgrade to something faster in the future and this wont be able to keep up. It is very tough easy to take apart and has the nicce magnet lids really help so you donthave to worry about closing the lid after oyu reload.
Get this if you want but i would reccomment a egg. Not saying this is a bad hopper it is just a little slow.
70/4500 dye throttle
Size / capacity
Not too much wrong with it
This hopper is aimed for the needs of a person who isn't too intense in paintball or a person who doesn't have that much money at the time. for me it was the money one. at the time i had the spyder as my primary and it worked excellently with it. i didn't out shoot it but i chopped because it was a spyder. but as soon as i got the shocker it worked fine. i cant shoot to the guns full potential but in some of the woods ball i play in it works like a charm. the battery life is pretty long and it can take hits. i will say the feed neck was a little too big for the spyder but after i sanded it for a little it fit nice and snug.
Over all a swell hopper that works for anyone. good for cheaper guns like spyders and even work for extreme guns like my shocker. i give it a 9/10 because of its sweet style and quality.
Diablo Wrath, Empire Reloader 2, Dye i3 mask, 20oz co2... no upgrades yet, but the're coming!
Magnetic lid, no springs.
Pretty fast for money.
Little slow compared to Halo.
To me, the Reloader 2 looks awesome! It looks better than the Egg or Halo in my opinion. The black or smoke looks the best in my opinion. Overall, 2/2.
I've never outshot this hopper yet. If you have an Angel Speed or something, this ain't gonna cut it, but it can do 14 bps, and thats enough for the mid range markers. Plus the sound activation gives it a one up on any hopper that waits on the eye to tell it to spin. Overall, 3/4
The lid is made of heavy, strong plastic, as is the body, and the lack of a lid spring means nothing to wear out. Unless in like ten-thousand years you wear out the magnets that hold the lid open and closed. Overall, 4/4
For the money ($50), this hopper can't be beat. If you want to spend more than twice the money for 4 more bps, thats your buisness, but this hopper rips faster than anything you can get for the money!
B2K with PDS, 72ci 3000 psi tank, Halo B hopper, Empire twister barrel
Feeds fast, sturdy shell, and nice look
Internals are weak, along with magnets.
I got this hopper because at the time I didnt have anything faster. I used it with my mongoose for a while but then it stopped working. That was ok since I got a new gun that needed a faster hopper. So it was set aside, until I decided to find out what was wrong with it. I took the whole thing apart, and found that one of the wires had come loose on me. This suprised me since I did not hit it on anything, nor had I ever completely disassembeled it before. So I resoldered it, to find that one of the magnets in the lid came loose. I have since had to glue it back in, and it has stayed in so far. Since these minor repairs I have taken it out to shoot and its as good as new. With a lot of maintenance, and patience this thing works like a dream. It feeds really fast, and is efficient. The only thing is, if someone is near you and shoots it will react to the other persons sound and agitate, which can break balls in the hopper.
The weaknesses were not complicated and easily fixed, for which I am grateful. It is very fast, sturdy and good looking peice of machinery, of which I am highly satisfied with.
98 custom, stiffi 12 inch barrel, dye grips, double trigger, and my empire reloader
Magnetic lid (wont pop up)
Didn't miss a beat on my 98,
This thing is strong one day in the winter I slipped on some ice in my driveway and dropped my gun with hopper on it, nothing happend not even a scrath I about pis**d my pants but nothing happen, and this thing is fast for only like 50 bucks, just stop reading this review and by one belive me.
this is just a great hopper i mean dont by it if you have a shocker or anything and then comeone here and give it a one out of ten, but overall strong, fast for lowerend guns or gunsthat wont acheive over 14-15, great hopper, great buy. I give it a 10
10 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, February 9th, 2006 at 5:34 pm PST
autococker trilogy pro,poison arrow barrel,E2, system X beaver tail, N2 bullet drop,
Empire realoder 2
It works, semi fast fo the price
I dont really like the magnatic lid, took me forever to sand down
I got this because i needed a hopper. it turned out to be a good hopper. since this can do 15 BPS it fits perfectly for my E2 ramping. i really don't like the magnetic lid though. i find it hard to keep open while i am filling my hopper by pods during the heat of the game. if you have a trilogy this wont fit on your gun unless u sand it down(which u have to have a good amount of time on your hands). Although the downsides i believe that this is a good hopper to get. it is fast and reliable.
Get this hopper if u dont mind the down sides but i like this hopper and im planning to stick with it unless i get a faster gun
2002 VF Autococker
WGP Swing Trigger
WGP Black Magic Venturi Bolt
Freak Barrel System w/ 12 Freak front
Shave/sand neck to fit in feedtube, 2 9-Volts and seems somewhat brittle
I really like this hopper. I originally attempted to use the standard hopper for my cocker (I had a 98 before and had no feeding issues), but since cockers have practically no kick, I was getting quite a number of dry fires. So I went with this hopper. It is fairly quiet from the get-go but once I put a cover on it you really can't hear it even when you are next to it. I like the sound activated feature as I am not someone who is going to try to out shoot you, but will pick and choose my shots with the occassional need to fight back in a fire fight so it saves the batteries since it isn't continually operating.
Solid hopper for someone who doesn't want to spend a ton of money, just be sure to be carefull when shaving the neck so you don't shave off too much. I give it an 8 b/c the shell is very hard and the neck needs shaving. Performance wise it is a 9.
m98 (not custom) no, not a wal- mart or kmart gun... just old
empire reloader 2
cross fire 68/ 3000
Easy on/ off button
Sound activation isnt sensitive enough,
i got this loader off actionvillage because i was getting tired of chopping balls. it's not very fast, but i cant shoot fast anywayz with my m98, mostly because i couldnt put a double trigger on. the first day i used it, i was still using co2 and it worked fine, it was pretty heavy with both 9volts in it, but nothing a little muscle cant do. Not a ball chopped that day and then on, until last week. last week, i put in brand new batteries and something just went wrong because the light was red... or green... i cant tell im red/ green colorblind... sooo and when i was dry- firing, it only moved half of the time. i play front, so there's a lot of sliding involved, ( yes i play front with an old 98) and my hopper hit the ground, not hard, but after the game i noticed a bunch of cracks near the bottom of it. and around the neck. there were also some cracks around where the magnets are held, and one fell out, but i just put super glue in and it's fine. it worked fine the rest of the day, but sometimes skipped 2 to 5 shots in a row... if u find out what's up, PM me or put a comment. it's still a good hopper and i plan on using it untill i can afford a faster hopper if i get a nicer marker. i still use this with my tippy
i like the way it looks, it stores a good amount of balls, but it's kinda brittle, but that just might be me being too rough on it. i recomend this hopper for a starting player, but if u can afford one, get a vLoader hopper instead.. i hear the eggs are pretty good. also the sound activation thingy isnt that sensitive i guess... but i think it's a great hopper, and maybe i put too much negativism into my review. i give it an 8/10