It is very sexy
Beeps but can be turned off
I love my ricochet 2kx hopper. its so sexy all my friends are jellous of it when we go paintballing. The Lcd screen on it is a big turn on and is very usefull when playing in the woods and you want to keep track of time. I am so lucky, i got mine brand new for 30 dollars, when the retail price is 100. it was a closeout sale. they may still have it on ebay. For 30 bucks it was totally worth the investment. it gets 15 balls + per second. Dont get confused with this hoppers close cousin the 2k hopper. its slower and less efficient.
I would totally recommend this to anyone who needs a loader.
Gravity feed - very very noticable difference
Cyclone loader - more durable than the ricochet
Empire Reloadder B2 - no comparison other than maybe battery intake
- ans body kit
- ans reg
- palmers rock
- ans beavertail
- AA barrel 14"
- random 3 way and ram
- ans back block
- Loads pretty well
- Timer feature
- Does deflect balls to an extent
- Sturdy battery door
- Not too durable plastic
- Cheap ball detection system
- Weak threads for screws
So I got this loader and I was pretty phyched. I did the ball drop test and everything the minute I installed the battery and I was pleased with the feed rate. It could keep up very well with my mechanical cocker going around 8-9 bps whereas I would always get chops with a gravity feed. So it works great for the loading part. I tested this next step myself. I stood the loader up and secured it. And I shot a few balls at it from head on, and guess what, it actually deflected the balls. If a ball hits the very tip of the point however, a break will occur. That all occured within the first few days I had the loader. In game, I've never had breaks in the hopper except in the winter with winter paint. A couple months after I've been having a blast with the loader, I reccomended it to my friend and he tried it out on his vs3 and guess what happened. He got bunkered and got lit up with a good qurater of a hopper. This is when I thought the the name ricochet was ironic cus when I got the loader back, there was a hole on both sides of the loader and the feedneck was snapped. I assume that the hopper got shot a few times and the impacts actually managed to snap off the hopper from the gun. I was pretty angry at him for sucking so much but the loader still works so its cool. I patched up the holes and all the electronics still work.
All in all, this loader is nice if you're not going to go beyond like 13 bps (anything faster is a bit sketchy). The only down I've had is the fact that the "ricochet" part didn't really work in game and that the plastic used to make the loader is pretty weak but that's really the only downside. I'd personally wished that I had invested in a high end loader like a reloader B since you can always upgrade the gun later but I'm in love with my cocker right now so its all good. 8 out of ten cus of the "ricochet" name is sort of a lie and also cus the plastic is durable to a certain extent. I wouldn't take this loader into intense speedballing.
VL quantum (I have written a review on this also) http://www.pbreview.com/comments/?rev=161175
Odyssey Halo B
Proto Matrix Rail SE (Black/Red)
14" Redz Pepper Stick
48cu 3000psi Pure Energy tank
First Impressions: I first started thinking of getting a Ricochet after using my VL quantum for about 6 months. The quantum was horrible, you can see how I feel about that in my review on that product. I went into my local pro shop and asked what ricochets they had. All they had was the 2KX (even though i was hoping for an apache). But that didn't bother me much since it was only $60. I bought it and went home to try it out.
Quality: It is made very solid. Nothing about this hopper is "cheap" it is tough plastic with good screws. The button is small but easy to push, even with gloves on. The lid is nicely made and has a good spring that holds it open.
Speed: When it comes to speed, this hopper is great. Granted its not a Halo B or a Pulse, but when it comes to a $60 hopper, its great. The manual says that it is capped at 16 bps. This means that I have to keep my PMR capped at 18 bps, but that is fine because I feel that whatever you do with 24 bps can still do with 18. :D
Size: It is a big hopper, It is bigger then my quantum and my friends Halo. The feed neck has O rings that help hold it in place in the feed neck of the marker. I got the Proto Rail SE which came with a nice clamping feed neck so it holds this hopper in place very well. It is kinda a high rise hopper. I find that on my back up gun (WGP Sport) it sits very high on the gun and i feel like I'm carrying around a tower :P. On my PMR it has a low rise feed neck so you don't have to worry about it being too high.
Internals: The internals are simple and practical. I found that at first the little arms that pushed the paint balls were kinda sharp on the end and sometimes broke paint, but that was easily fixed with a little sanding. When it comes to the board itself, its build fine. Many times I would dive into a bunker and (since I was using $20 monster balls) the paint would actually break on the inside of the hopper from the force of hitting the inside of the hopper. This doesn't happen anymore because I use domination paint now. When i took the hopper apart to clean it out, the board came out easily and it was easy to clean the shell. As for putting the board back in, its a little tricky but very "do-able".
As for the special body that is supposed to deflect paint, It works. I know that most people haven't had it happen but I can say from experience that I have seen it deflect paint before. I have had many hopper shots so it doesn't do it all the time, but i have had it happen at least 10 times in the year that I've had it. I have also had some other weird bounces (like off my mask's visor, yeah that was funny.) So I'm not sure if the body is such a deciding factor in the deflections, but it certainly helps. :P
When it comes to a $60 hopper, this is the best choice. I realize that now you can get a Halo B for $80 but when I bought this the Halo was still $120. So if you want a hopper that will preform well for good reasonable price then you should look into this and other Ricochets. I recommend this hopper to anyone who has just started and is thinking of really getting into the sport. I give it an 8 because nothing is perfect and because there are some better (much more expensive) hoppers.
8 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, December 30th, 2007 at 11:09 am PST
Tippmann A-5 with Response Trigger
Palmer 12 inch Brass Barrel
Lapco Snapshot Barrel .687
Pure Energy 68cu 4500 psi HPA
TechT Vortex Mod
JCS Redhot Powertube/ Hexadecagonal bolt
Reliable, simple, durable
Not quite as many features as would be preferred, jams once in a while.
I got this for my Tac-1 because it was going for $47.99 at actionvillage.com. With it I got an Extreme Rage camouflage neoprene hopper cover, which fits quite well.
I put 10-15 pods of paint through it, and tested the free falling rate and with me sticking my finger and stopping the flow every 2-3 balls. For the free fall, the stream was completely steady and took about 10 seconds to empty (140 balls per test). I got 1 stuck ball during the second stage of testing, when I was sticking my finger in the way every 2-3 balls to simulate burst firing, but with a single, tiny shake, the flow resumed. I also pushed up rather hard when I got the stuck ball, so that might have been the cause.
The setting are easy to use, it turns on and off with a single press of the button, you can turn the audio beeps (from the timer) off, and by pressing the Minute button when the timer is running, you can manually turn the agitator.
Replacing the battery was extremely simple. The battery compartment is reached with no screws, just a hard tug will slide the hatch off, and you put a single 9-volt in, replace the hatch and play.
The plastic seemed REALLY durable, it reminded me of a Nalgene water bottle (I've had one Nalgene for 7 straight years now, I've never broken a Nalgene, and I use them heavily in the wilderness for extended periods of time).
For the price, this is a great electronic hopper, and I can't wait to test it in the field.
Edit: Tested, it worked very well, jammed up once or twice though, which was probably the paint, but I'm going to get a Revy impeller to fix that.
Edit: This is what I said about my 2kx on www.automags.org:
I have the Ricochet 2kx on my Tac-1. I had the option to get the Ricochet Apache for the same price, but i didn't do it. I also decided not to get a VLocity, Halo, Reloader, and all the others for some of the same reasons.
1) Batteries. If you go through 5000 shots and have to replace 2 9 volts every time, that equals money. The 2kx uses only a SINGLE 9-Volt battery, and gets a reliable 6000 shots out of it.
2) Weight. The 2kx is much, much lighter than a Halo or Reloader. I don't know about a VLocity, but I think the 2kx is around the same weight.
3) Strength. Unlike many, many other loaders, the 2kx's feedneck won't break on you. Thick, heavy duty polycarbonate.
4) Can function without batteries. You heard me. Unlike most of the other electronic hoppers, the 2kx will work flawlessly without batteries. In fact, I played half of the first day of USANA's Russian Front scenario, and all of Sunday (which was the final battle, a major paint waster) without turning on the loader. If your battery goes down, you have a fine second option. Feeds quite fast without batteries, and unless you just blaze away, you won't outshoot the gravity.
5) Price. $48 from www.actionvillage.com.
Great hopper, I would even hazard the claim that it's the best hopper there is, for the price.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007 at 8:21 pm PST
Very quick for a 9 volt
Sleak body, (hard to hit from the front)
i bought this hopper, not too long ago because i needed something that could keep up with my ion, seeing as a gravity feed doesnt really work too good with my ion. the reason I bought it was because it was cheap, had a solid body, and only used one 9 volt battery. I went to the local field, and it kept up with the ion no problem, the only thing was, a few times i had to kind of shake it to get some paint goin, but that was slightly my fault, and stopped happening after i got use to it. The best thing about this hopper, is that the tipped front end, makes it almost impossible to hit from a distance, which meant that I could have it stinking out of bunkers, and not have to worry about it getting pegged. I was going to get a halo B, but Im ok with this hopper, for now, and of course will eventually upgrade, but for now, i'm happy with it, and will keep it for a while.
My final thoughts- This is a good hopper, for most high end markers, if you get an ion, its perfect, and won't give you any trouble. If you plan on getting something like an autoccker, or eclipse, you might want to stick to the halo B.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, December 27th, 2006 at 8:28 pm PST
alright this is a great hopper for the price, and it works well with my gun. But if you have a higher end gun then you will probobly out-shoot the hopper. My only problems are the battery door and the fact that is gets jammed sometimes. I would rather have a halo or empire hopper but for now this hopper is perfect for me.
raven nexion - acs bolt,ricochet 2kx lcd loader,macroline,pure energy drop flame forward
Fast 9 volt loader
Gravity feed if battery fails
Didnt find any weakness yet.
Firsts of all the shape of the hopper deflects those hopper shots plus it looks cool. second this thing aint that loud like those viewloaders. third how does this thing feed so fast just with a 9 volt battery? that's amazing. the best thing is that if the battery dies or something goes wrong with the hopper it can be used as a gravity feed hopper. that's pretty useful when your in a game. not like the vl evo 2 i had. the best thing this hopper had that it had a lcd screen. which is cool. it has a game timer and stuff. very useful.
I would recomend this loader because its a reliable one. you can get a cheap one on ebay. i got mines for 56 bucks plus shipping. got to say this is one fast 9 volt hopper.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Friday, October 13th, 2006 at 9:07 pm PST
kingman spyder sonix
Custom Products 2-piece barrel
Custom Products inline regulator
Custom Products direct mount ASA
Pure Energy 68/45 hpa wrapped tank
Ricochet 2KX LED
Lid opens from top
1 9volt battery
1 button turn on (for led)
auto 20 min. turn off (good or bad?) i'll explain
So i got this about three weeks ago and ive used once at an actual paintball park and 4-5 times in bark yard shooting. When using it in my back yard it was great everything worked great no real problems kept up with my gun just fine and kept with my friends ion pro fairly well. I used it at my local scenario paintball field and had kno problems until the very end when it jammed but i gave it a shake and it was fine. I'll be going to a speedball field sometime this week and will update this as soon as possible
The weekness of the 20 min. auto shutoff is scenario games last longer than that hit a button it turns back on so its not a big deal and its also really nice to kno ur hopper isnt going to die because you forgot to turn it off. so not really a bid weakness if you consider it one at all
I really like the hopper it keeps up with 15 bps as it says and i havn't had any problems with it yet. I give it a ten.
Bob Long Alias intimidator
Hybrid ram cap
Hybrid verdikt lpr
AKA sidewinder reg
Cp swoop trigger
Ricochet 2kx lcd for now
Pure energy 48 cu tank
Fast for a 9 volt
Manual cycle button
Not fast enough for what I need. (good for low end electros)
This hopper is great for a spyder, spyder clone, any low end electro.
It is very fast for only running on one 9volt battery. It would be a great hopper if It ran on two 9 volts. I have the lcd version which has a game timer. One of the buttons also works as a manual cycle button in case you fill it too much and it jams up.
What I dont like about it is that it isnt fast enough for any high end gun if you are going to shoot somewhat long strands of paint. Its pretty noisy. When I use it, I can hear it over my gun sometimes.
It's an okay product. I probably wouldn't recommend this to anyone unless they had a low end elecro. Ill give it a 6