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Viewloader
5818 El Camino Real
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Phone: (800) 755-5061
Fax: (760) 579-5901
Email: info@jtusa.com
Website: http://www.viewloader.com
The VLocity Select Force electronic loader features an on gun feed rate of up to 25 BPS and a free fall rate up to 35 BPS. The VLocity uses two 9 volt batteries, and has a holding capacity of 200 rounds.
 Manual: Download the manual for Viewloader Download
 Release Date: 2005
 MSRP: $129.99
 Average Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 stars.
 Reviews: 21
 Rating Summary:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
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  • Currently 3/5 stars.
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Viewloader VLocity SF Looks - Appearance At first before I had bought it I thought it looked terrible, fat and ugly. Once I got it I grew on it and now I find that it looks alright, Halos and stuff look better but it...
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Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Mission Viejo
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Length of use: More than 1 year
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.8/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $120.00
Pros: Light - Fast - 9 Volts - Upgrades - Looks
Cons: Battery Life - Lid Spring
Looks - Appearance
At first before I had bought it I thought it looked terrible, fat and ugly. Once I got it I grew on it and now I find that it looks alright, Halos and stuff look better but it really dosnt matter to me.

Upgrades - Appearance & Performance
The VLocity now has a decent amount of things it can upgrade to such as different shells, paddles, boards, and chips. There are different versions with these upgrades now to (VLJR, Dynasty, XSV).

Weight - Performance
This hopper, compared to Halos and stuff, is really light since it uses 9 Volts instead of 6 AA Batteries, and the interals weight alot less.

Fast - Performance
It can keep up with most guns on the market today even on its slowest setting. The board allows you to change stuff to the way you like it and thats how I like it.

Lid Spring - Reliability
After disassembling this hopper I found it to be a pain in the arse to put back in the lid spring, now I just end up leaving it out as it gets to be pretty annoying to put it back in every time I clean the hopper.

Strength - Reliability
I have only had to change the shell once due to the first one breaking after a numerous close shots. This has been in the course of 2 or so years.

Battery Life - Value
I am going through 9 Volts pretty quickly with it. I buy just normal Rite-Aid brand which last about a day and then die out. This is under value because its starting to cost me more than I was expecting. Might get new chip to hopefully increase battery life.

Bang4Buck - Value
This hopper is definitally worth it, best I have ever owned and never want to go back to Halos/Empires. Light and Fast, and it gets the job done.

Disclaimer - Please Read
I take time on my reviews to make them honest and non-bias as possible, on most occasions I will spell check them and revise to. The point is I take alot of time on this and do appreciate good ratings, or bad ratings if you feel it deserves it. Before rating please read the full review and base your ratings on my review and not the gear and my opinions on it, if you do I have no control over that but please do it just to be nice. Thanks - OTEdge
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  • Currently 3.9/5 stars.
Viewloader VLocity SF I got my VLocity in the summer 0f 2006. I was playing in an important game and I had a few guys’ backs right in my view but my halo decided to jam. So I dumped the paint reset it and it jammed again....
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Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Timbucktwo
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lrYerfdog is reppin' sidebar 4 life
Length of use: More than 1 year
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $115.00
Pros: Select force, dual vision eyes, fast, and more
Cons: look, hieght, screws
I got my VLocity in the summer 0f 2006. I was playing in an important game and I had a few guys’ backs right in my view but my halo decided to jam. So I dumped the paint reset it and it jammed again. Well, we lost the game and I couldn’t do anything. So, I threw my halo into my gear bag and went into the pro-shop and bough a brand new VLocity. My brother was using one all day with no problems and so I figured that was my best bet for a new hopper.

Appearance - Haha , well this hopper had to be the ugliest thing I ever saw in my life. I read about its release here on PbNation and was disgusted, swearing I would never buy one. But, its attributes outweighed the look the day I bought it. Surprisingly the hopper begins to grow on you. It was becomming much more widely used and consequently I got used to the look and it became normal. I guess just because it was a new odd looking hopper it didn’t fit right. HERE is a PbNation thread for pictures and videos of all hoppers including the VLocity.

Performance - The quality performance of this hopper is the reason I passed up my hate for the look to buy it. It has never jammed or gone down on me in a game. My family owns four VLocities and only one of them ever had a problem. My one brother was having problems with the eyes in his first VLocity. For some reason the eyes would not read when paint was in the feedneck and the hopper would keep running. Viewloader claimed it was light getting into the eyes and making them think there was no paintball there. But, we tried it inside and it did the same thing. We sent it into Viewloader and they replaced it free of charge, and very quickly.

Upgrades - The VLocity did not have many upgrades for a while after it's release. Now there are quite a few different versions such as the XSV, Dynasty, Jr, in addition to quite a few aftermarket chips. The new versions also include new impeller designs. New Bone batteries and Boost packs were altered to fit the VLocity and, there is a speed feed for the VLocity. As far as modifications go there are only a few, such as ghetto speed feeds and the big button mod.

Durability/Reliability - This hopper has never gone down on me and I know I can always rely on the hopper. The led in the back of the hopper turns red when the batteries start to run low and gives plenty warning that in needs a battery change. As far as battery life goes, I can play on one set of batteries for about 4 weeks (6 cases) before the low battery indicator comes on. (I use setting 1, battery save mode, as you raise the setting the batteries die faster). As for durability I have not had to replace my shell yet, but it is on its way out. The hopper lasted about 5 seasons of intense use before it started to break down. The lid has fractures and stress marks all throughout but has yet to break; somehow it is hanging onto life. I have also stripped 2 of the 4 body screws by tightening them too much, or just repeated usage, causing the plastic threads in the shell to strip or break. This, just like my eVLution, began to happen in only about 1 year. This is aggravating because you have to replace the shells more often.

Design -
Battery door - The design of this is great and reduces the problems that have plagued many loaders over the years. It was a great step up from the eVLution 2 where the battery door breaking was inevitable. It is a thin plastic that slides into 2 groves in the shell and then a screw catches a plastic hook on the cover to hold it in place. The hook is on the inside of the hopper so it is almost impossible to break. One thing I discovered is that you do not even need to take out the screw to take it off. Since the plastic is thin it is somewhat flexible so, I grab the cover with my fingernail at the topmost point of the cover, in the front, and flex it down a little. I bend it just enough to get the plastic hook below the screw and then slide it out. This is a quick way to change out batteries in a time limited situation. If you do it right the battery door is flexible enough that it will not break, i've been doing it for over a year now without problems.
Screws - The design of the plastic threads, in the shell, for the screws has been a downfall of Viewloader products for a long time, because the plastic is worn out easily by the metal screws. The Halo and Reloader B use a nut and bolt assembly which has more parts but the metal threads of the nut don’t wear out. If you do cross thread one by accident you can go out and buy a new nut and bolt, where on the VLocity you have to replace the whole shell. Other than that the other 3 VLocities that my family owns aren't experiencing any shell problems yet. My problems may be a result of constantly taking the hopper apart to clean it. Feedneck - The feedneck on this hopper was made by VL with the old eVLution hoppers in mind. It is made from a thicker material intended to strengthen the hopper against snapping off at its weakest point. But, it is a bit tall, making the hopper sit higher on the marker than other hoppers such as the Halo, Empire, and Pulse. HERE and HERE (VLocity Vs. Halo B)
are two PbNation threads where people did height and profile comparisons on the VLocity and others. So, to someone who has skills with a saw and sandpaper it is easy to shave the neck down, making it the same height as the others.
Vision System - The dual vision eye system is a great innovation to the design of a high end hopper. According to the VLocity's manual; "When the center set of IR sensors are blocked by a paintball the loader will go to tension mode. When paintballs are shot, the rear (IR) sensor is blocked so the impeller will begin feeding paintballs. The loader will then return to tension mode if no more paintballs are shot."
Anti-Jam - Then there is the anti-jam mechanism where the impeller spins in reverse to clear the jam, then resumes normal feeding. In order to get this in the Halo B you need to buy the cheetah board for an extra $80, but it is stock in the VLocity.
Switch - VL has used a dip switch to turn the hopper on and off in all of their hopper designs, and I like this better than the button design on others. The button can become easily broken and or hard to turn on or off, where as on the VLocity the switch only has two positions, on and off. In addition, the led on the VLocity doesn’t just blink occasionally like its counterparts, it stays green unless the hopper is off or red for low batteries.
Select Force - This option allows the user to change the loader 8 different modes to fit his/her pref. 1 is battery save mode, which does no place any force on the paintballs but has long battery life. This is the setting I use and it keeps up just fine with me in semi and ramping. The other 7 modes apply a gradually greater force to the paintballs to help the speed of the paint after a pause in shooting. (THEY DO NOT MAKE THE HOPPER FEED FASTER) In most hoppers when you begin shooting there is a break in the feeding of paint caused by the hopper going from rest to top speed very quickly. Well, these 7 modes keep a constant force on the paint so the impeller is already be moving when you start shooting. The settings just change the force you apply on the paint, so depending on the brittleness and the need to shoot ball on ball (such as if you are shooting a crucial lane off break) determines the setting to choose. If the paint is too brittle then a higher setting will crush the paint. As the setting is increased from 1 to 8 the batteries die faster.
Sleep Mode - In an attempt to save batteries while in select force modes, the hopper will go into sleep mode after 30 seconds of inactivity. The great thing is, you don’t have to do anything to get it out of sleep mode except shoot. Once you start to shoot again they eyes will know and it will come out of sleep mode and proceed to your previous setting.

Price - This hopper is a bit more expensive than other hoppers of its kind but it matches it's ability. The only way to match it would be to buy a $100 halo and an $80 cheetah board. So, it would end up costing at least $50 less to buy the VLocity. I gave it 4 stars though because in my opinion any loader over $100 is too expensive.

So, I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a quality hopper that performs as great as or better than the best hoppers on the market. Those who don't play in tournaments or other competitive events I would recommend getting something cheaper. There is no need to buy a bazooka to go hunting for rabbits, it's overkill if you just play occasionally. There are many help threads and websites but, here are a few that I like. The Ultimate VLocity thread and this are both stickies in the Hopper forum here on PbNation. You may find your question already answered or ask the experienced ballers who give quick and effective answers.
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  • Currently 3.9/5 stars.
Viewloader VLocity SF Vlocity SF I went from Halo/Empire's to the Vlocity and wont go back! Pros: Fast: This loader is one of the fastest on the market. I doubt many people can out shoot it. Light: This loader is so...
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Length of use: More than 1 year
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.8/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $100.00
Pros: Fast, Light
Cons: Loud, Tall
Vlocity SF

I went from Halo/Empire's to the Vlocity and wont go back!

Pros:

Fast: This loader is one of the fastest on the market. I doubt many people can out shoot it.

Light: This loader is so light, infact maybe the lightest out there.

Strong: For how thin the shells are im supprised how strong it is. I've slammed, Dropped, kicked Etc.... to this loader with little damage.

Cons:

Loud: The sound of this loader can get annoying. When out of paint its very loud.

Tall: This loader tends to sit very high on the marker, Its an easy fix by cutting the feedneck a little.
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  • Currently 3.5/5 stars.
Viewloader VLocity SF I have owned the VLocity SF loader since it came out. I've had the Ghost problem that was a huge problem with the 1st run VLocitys, here is more information on the loader. Pros - Programming - The...
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justavillain
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Join Date: May 2005
Location: Sparta, Michigan
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Length of use: More than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 3.3/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Price paid: $50.00
Pros: Programming, upgradeable, stack tension, 9v's
Cons: Impeller, Chip, button, screws, eyes, battery life
I have owned the VLocity SF loader since it came out. I've had the Ghost problem that was a huge problem with the 1st run VLocitys, here is more information on the loader.

Pros -

Programming - The idea using the chip to change the loader is an awesome idea for this loader, it gave way to a bunch of stock chips and aftermarket ones giving you a wide range of choices.

Upgradeable - There is 2 Pro team kits out 1 XSV and 1 Dynasty styles. The XSV one uses a Clock spring, and the Dynasty one uses a Ninja Star paddle. They both have their own chips but still work with any other stock or aftermarket one. The XSV Clock spring is prone to braking right now, but Viewloader is working hard on getting them back to perfect.

Stack Tension - There is the ability to put 8 different amounts of tension on the stack with the SF chip. If you are using reballs or want the best battery life use setting 1, any others use setting 2. It makes a humming/grinding noise when on any setting above 1. The battery life goes down drastically with the higher the tension setting.

Runs on 9v batteries - It's kind of nice that this loader runs on 9v's so you don't have to have 2 or 3 different types of batteries in your bag. It also allows you to get a set of 8.6v rechargeable batteries to help save some money. Since the halo's can't use standard rechargeable batteries they only have a battery pack choice. But the VLocity using 9v's allows you to buy 3 rechargeable batteries and use them in your loader and marker, and save you money.

Cons -

impeller - The impeller seems a little cheap at times since it wobbles a lot and doesn't sit flush and just doesn't seem too highend, although it does work and works well. The spring is more of a pain then anything in any other high end loader. It's hard to get some times but Diagram K in the manual helps and takes a little work. It's not too hard to get though.

chip - The SF chip works well but his hit or miss on the 1st runs, I had the ghost problem with mine that no matter what I did it would not feed over 15 balls per second in a drop test and would just act very weird. It also has a lack of options, but the stack tension helps a lot and is the best feature of this loader in it's stock form.

button - the black button like the Halo is easy to brake but I've never broken a halo button but have broken 3 VLocity buttons, but with the Big Button mod it helps take care of that problem.

Screws - After all this time in the loader game you'd think that Viewloader would come up with something other then sheet metal screws. But they don't so sooner or later you'll need to get new shells b/c the screw will tare up the plastic in the shell.

Eyes - They're easy to bend and hard to get right, but taking the front 2 eye covers off helps with the problems of seeing paint a lot of the times.

Battery life - out of just about any hopper on the market this one has the worst battery life. Coming in at about 1-2 cases you'll be buying a lot of batteries. But getting an aftermarket chip in it will increase the battery life by a large amount.
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  • Currently 3.1/5 stars.
Viewloader VLocity SF I've been using my friends for the past couple months and its perfect. It feeds fast, no jams, and super light.
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socal_varmet101
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Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $100.00
Pros: Light and Fast
Cons: Havent had any
I've been using my friends for the past couple months and its perfect. It feeds fast, no jams, and super light.
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  • Currently 1.8/5 stars.
Viewloader VLocity SF I previousley owned a vlocity jr and then bought this from a friend bnib. It looks so much better and slimmer and I imported my gangstar internals (V2 chip & spring kit) from the jr into the sr. I...
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Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.8/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $100.00
Pros: fast!slim!light!upgradeable!
Cons: none
I previousley owned a vlocity jr and then bought this from a friend bnib. It looks so much better and slimmer and I imported my gangstar internals (V2 chip & spring kit) from the jr into the sr. I have no problem with it whatsoever and I would never buy anything other than vlocities.
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  • Currently 1.7/5 stars.
Viewloader VLocity SF I got this thing on here throutgh BST, and WOW. When i had a halo i thought, "well it cant be that much better". Well guess what, It is. its light its fast its strong it has a good ball...
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  • Currently 5/5 stars.
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  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $70.00
Pros: Fast, Light, easy progaming
Cons: none
I got this thing on here throutgh BST, and WOW. When i had a halo i thought, "well it cant be that much better". Well guess what, It is.

its light
its fast
its strong
it has a good ball capacity
etc...

ive played with it about 5-7 times and ive only had to change the batteries once i think, and thats pretty damn good
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  • Currently 1.5/5 stars.
Viewloader VLocity SF great loader. slap it on your ego7/8 and youre looking at probably one of the lightest setups you can have. very light and fast. stock chips feed at up to 35 bps with fresh 9-volts. great loader,...
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Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $120.00
Pros: speed, weight
Cons: loud
great loader. slap it on your ego7/8 and youre looking at probably one of the lightest setups you can have. very light and fast. stock chips feed at up to 35 bps with fresh 9-volts. great loader, glad i traded my halo for it!
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  • Currently 1.4/5 stars.
Viewloader VLocity SF My team almost exclusively uses these and they seam to be the real deal. They are fast enough for PSP and NPPL (13.3 or 15 bps), they are very light, they are simple in design, and they are probably...
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  • Currently 4/5 stars.
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  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $100.00
Pros: Reliable, easy to fix, simple design
Cons: not as fast as a halo or reloader
My team almost exclusively uses these and they seam to be the real deal. They are fast enough for PSP and NPPL (13.3 or 15 bps), they are very light, they are simple in design, and they are probably the most reliable loader on the market. They do take quite a bit of batteries but it is nothing that can't be solved with a custom rechargable
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  • Currently 1.2/5 stars.
Viewloader VLocity SF i have had this loader for a couple of months and it is very nice. the SF chip is very easy to use and never had any problems with the loader.
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Lesman36
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Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $120.00
Pros: super light and fast
Cons: pricy
i have had this loader for a couple of months and it is very nice. the SF chip is very easy to use and never had any problems with the loader.
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