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Old October 19th, 2010, 11:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is Electronic Hopper Worth it?

I'm interested in buying the Alpha Black Tactical Edition Marker. I'm new to paintball so I'm not buying the cyclone/eGrip or any other modifications yet, I'm just looking to buy the factory marker.

With that being said, would the factory Tippmann 200 round loader work fine, or is it worth spending a little extra money and upgrading to the electronic Triumph AL-200/SSL-200 loader?

Also, is there a huge difference between a 12 oz tank and a 20 oz tank? Thanks in advance for any input.
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Old October 20th, 2010, 07:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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As with any hopper it all comes down to feed rate vs. how fast you plan to shoot. A gravity fed hopper such as the Tippman 200 will feed at about 4-8 balls a second. If you are playing semi only or short bursts of 6-8 balls a second, you should be fine. Now that having been said, one of the common problems with gravity feeders is that they will 'jam' so to speak and you have to give the hopper a quick shake to release the logjam. What an electronic hopper does is shake (or stir) the balls for you so you can stay on target and fire more sustained faster bursts.

Most low end electronic hoppers such as the Revolution series will feed between 10-14 balls a second which again is fine if you are shooting semi-auto without ramping or short bursts of 10+ bps. If you plan on shooting in the high end such as 20+ bps, then you need a force feed hopper such as a Halo or Rotor or any of those ilk.

For your situation with the Tipmann Alpha Black semi-auto marker, it will fire only as fast as you can pull the trigger -- or typically about 8-10 balls per second. As this marker has the standard feed port (not the larger A-5 style cyclone hopper) you would do well with an Apache Ricochet, Revolution or other similar motorized hopper. Most can be found used fairly cheaply. Otherwise the Halo TSA line is a good loader that is inexpensive.

As for your question of the 12oz vs. the 20oz... the 20oz holds 20oz of liquid CO2 and the 12... well 12oz. They are both serviceable tanks but the 20 is much larger and heavier then the 12, while the 20oz will have more shots per tank then the 12. If you play at a field where co2 fills are easy and cheap, then I like a smaller tank. However, if you get yours filled at a hardware store and that is all you have for the day, then the 20oz is your beast.

Good luck and hope this helps.



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Old October 20th, 2010, 08:40 AM   #3 (permalink)
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^^Which actually the AL200/SSL-200 are Ricochet based hoppers and would work fine.
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Old October 20th, 2010, 09:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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^^Which actually the AL200/SSL-200 are Ricochet based hoppers and would work fine.
Ok so your saying i would have a more chance of jamming without an electronic hopper. Do you know anything about the al200/ssl-200 hoppers? Im looking to shoot semi auto.
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They are based on the ricochet. They're a well tested design of agitating hopper.
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