The Vortex Mod is for those looking to have the fastest and most reliable cyclone feed available. Initially we were looking to make parts that were just more durable than the stock plastic internals. However, through our testing we started to realize that we could, and should, actually make the design of the parts better. The result was awesome!!!
We found that we were able to make the loader work at much lower pressures. During testing we ran the A5 until we ran out of air. The result was that the loader continued to load balls all the way down to 100-150 psi. At that point the gun stopped re-cocking.
Typically the stock parts stop loading balls at about 350-400 lbs. That's enough pressure to still shoot about 200fps, but you are forced to manually feed each ball by hand. With the Vortex Mod, that will never happen again.
It makes sense that if the parts make it so the loader takes less air to work, that they also could make the loader work faster. We are not making any promises just yet, but this week we are working on seeing how much faster we can make the loader go. This week we will be testing the parts and maxing out stock parts vs. our parts. We'll have a video to show you.
So, if you are sick of buying replacement internals for your Cyclone Feed, and you want the most durable, efficient, and fastest parts available, these little beauties are for you.
Kit includes all pins and screws you will need, however you will need the stock springs for the ratchet.
The TechT A-5 Vortex Mod is newer, so it should be commonly available, both new and used.
Very smooth operation. Longevity of product, not having to replace ratchets anymore.
Have not found one weakness yet.
I got this product not because I wanted a faster firing marker. I play woodsball, it only takes one well place shot to get someone out. I bought this product because I was TIRED of replacing the stock ratchets and also having the stock ratchet break in the middle of a scenario game just plain SUCKS.
I had heard about this product from a friend and decided to call TechT about it. I was impressed from the start with TechT's service. So I ordered two to try out before D-Day. Got them in the mail on time as promised, which is rare for me.
As soon as I got the mods in I got out my tool kit and got to work. Now if you are like me and have changed out many ratchets then the install is a breeze. The very first thing I noticed after getting one in was how SMOOTH it was compared to a stock cyclone. Just pushing the plunger in with my finger I noticed a HUGE difference. This thing was smoother than I thought was possible with the cyclone. Even my wife "she is a hardcore player also" noticed how smooth the cyclone worked with the vortex mod installed.
So now came the real test. We took them out and started firing the markers as fast as our e-grips would go on full auto. Our cyclones didn't miss a beat, not even once. Went through four 88/4500 hpa tanks in one gun just to see if it would ever skip or pause. Not even once did it skip or pause after 4 full tanks of air. I then took it apart to see how it looked. I could not even tell it had been fired. I know with the old ratchets I would have had to replace one after firing that much. So I was VERY impressed with it at that point.
Now I will be at D-Day all this next week and we will be able to put a LOT of paint through our guns. At least 12 cases per gun for the week. So the real test is to see how these things hold up under a full week of play. Now I am real picky about my guns and how I take care of them. I will clean them after every game and put new grease on the ratchets.
After D-Day I will repost on how well the vortex mods hold up in our guns. We are also going to run the vortex mods in one of our double troubles on one of the beaches. We are planning to use A LOT of paint through that gun also. I will be able to give a better review on this products longevity after we get back.
So for right now I will give this product high marks due to the ease of install, how well it did dry firing numerous tanks of air and also company support from TechT. I will change this review to a 10 after D-Day if I don't have the ratchet fail on me during a game.
I will wait to give my final comments after I have used this product at D-Day. I sure hope it holds up as advertised. It would tickle me greatly not to have to change out ratchets ever again.
tippmann A5 with egrip, RVA and custom trigger springs, blade trigger..
two identical markers, one was set up for HPA, the other for Co2 with an expansion chamber..
Replaces plastic and rubber molded parts with solid metal..does load balls @ a faster rate.
None so far..will be updated if any are found in 3 months
stock parts are easily removed following printed instructions on TechT website..parts are well designed, smooth fit and operation with remaining stock parts.
1st test stock hoppers on both markers..semiauto only
both broke balls after half a hopper was used.
2nd test..vortex installed..semiauto only
both markers cycled until hopper was emptied twice no chop.
3rd test..turbo mode
markers cycled through two hoppers, one marker chopped as last balls cycled through on running hopper to empty.
one egrip has a newer WAS board from tippmann and the marker is brand new.
2nd egrip is over a year old, on a two year marker.
the older marker was the one that chopped balls, and was powered by HPA.
Both markers have be used 4 days on semiauto in game situations, woods and speedball, with no ball breaks.
we are now installing the Vortex mod in a5's as a replacement for stock part breakage, we are letting people know it could cycle faster..any claims to increased efficiency have not been proven. However any changes in the next three months will be posted on this review..Draw your own conclusions from the review, I feel running a hopper to empty with a high ROF increases the chances of ball breaks every time.. HPA or Co2 shouldn't make a difference.. marker test was done just to see what a new setup felt like compared to one broken in and used..both markers will remain as is and be used two times a week for the next three months..
A-5, Rufus Dawg Venturi front bolt and power tube, Maddman spring kit (Red), Palmer's male stabilizer with gauge, Flatline, Lapco Big Shot 14" and 8" barrels, Lapco sight rails, E-grip (set at full auto at 20BPS), Shocktech drop forward, Pure energy 68ci 3000psi HPA tank, Pure energy remote with check slide, QEV, Lapco bead blasted forward grip,
Easy install, strong product, performs as advertised
Should come with a new spring for the rachet
Now let me start out by saying that along with my Vortex mod, I have the Palmer's QEV installed as well. This mod is easier than I thought to install and I was able to install in about 15 minutes taking my time. So it was definitely a plus for me. You have to lube the heck out of it during and after your install so that it doesn't bind anywhere. Only downside to this Vortex package is that I feel it should've included the rachet spring for the $35 that they charge. Because the spring has to be cut about a full turn, if I wanted to go back to the stock setup for any reason I would have to get myself another spring to make the stock setting work.
Now for the backyard test. I loaded 200 rounds into my hopper and used a HPA tank with remote. I set the ROF at 20 BPS (didn't want an overkill) and fired full auto non stop until my hopper was empty. I used some cheap paint (SCORCH) I found at Walmart and the weather was sunny at about 85F.
I was both surprised and pleased to find that not one ball broke at the rate I have set. Although I did notice a skip or two during the test firing I thought it performed as advertised. And one more to mention is that I used my Lapco barrel instead of my flatline since I was using cheap paint.
After the test firing, I checked the inside of my cyclone and found no paint residue thus no chops.
I am very please with this product and I would recommend it to all my paintball buddies. Only thing that I have not made clear is whether the QEV played a role in this excellent performance. I should've tested the Vortex with the stock air line for the cyclone but I was more concerned about making it perform flawlessly. But just to be 100% sure I would recommend this mod with a QEV. I think this is a great product not only in its performance but also in its durability.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, May 31st, 2006 at 7:30 am PST
A5,LPK,Black Ice reg,Compressed air,JCS RVA,Shockteck one pices Drop forward,Trinity Spring kit,Rampage board,Rampage ALL alunium double trigger,Vortex MOD,QEV MOD.
STRONG, NO more plastic
There where none
This product is Very strong and there is no need to ever buy any more internal parts for your cyclone feder. i had a stock egrip on mine and went through two cyclone internal parts in no time. ever since the VORTEX mod was installed i have fired at 23 BPS and had No CHOPS or SKIPS. keep in mind i also have the QEV mod done also. these product is a BEAUT.DEF DO IT IF U CAN.
DEF do this mod if u are shooting a egrip of any kind.