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Virtue Paintball - VLocity Upgrade Chip Information
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Virtue Paintball
40-14 Oser Avenue
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Fax: (631) 617-5349
Email: info@virtuepaintball.com
Website: http://www.virtuepaintball.com
The Virtue VLocity chip is the first and only Viewloader approved VLocity upgrade. The best upgrade for using Reballs in your VLocity.
 Manual: Download the manual for Virtue Paintball Download
 Release Date: Unknown
 MSRP: $34.99
 Average Rating:
  • Currently 4.2/5 stars.
 Reviews: 5
 Rating Summary:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
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  • Currently 4/5 stars.
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  • Currently 3/5 stars.
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  • Currently 2/5 stars.
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  • Currently 1/5 stars.
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Virtue Paintball - VLocity Upgrade Chip Reviews
Virtue Paintball VLocity Upgrade Chip Let me first describe my situation: I run a paintball team at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. We practice indoors with the Rufus Dawg T2 balls. T2's are very similar to Reball. ...
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dec7td
Livin' the Dream
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Join Date: Aug 2006
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 2.3/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Price paid: $35.00
Pros: Adjustability
Cons: It's a downgrade
Let me first describe my situation: I run a paintball team at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. We practice indoors with the Rufus Dawg T2 balls. T2's are very similar to Reball. In fact, we tested the T2's, Reballs, TacBalls, and Mighty Balls in almost every type of loader. The Reballs and T2 balls performed the best (and equally) across the board. The price to performance on the T2's was great so we purchased 6000 of them.

All of that aside, I had been getting poor battery life on my VLocity Jr. with the T2's because reusable balls are pretty hard on the motor. No real issues with jams. The speed was also a little low compared to regular paintballs but that was to be expected. So when in Chicago for the PSP event I purchased this board from the Virtue tent for $35 dollars after the salesman told me that the Reball setting "adjusted the speed of the motor, tension, and un-jam setting" (the Reball setting actually only changes the un-jam setting).

After I got back home I installed the board. Following are the reasons for my ratings:

Appearance: 3/5 stars
Reason - It's a small black chip with a Virtue sticker on it. The tin box the chip comes in is pretty cool and the instructions are fairly well written. All-in-all, appearance has very little significance in this rating so I gave it a "middle of the road".

Performance: 1/5 stars
Reason - After installing this chip I immediately set it to the Reball setting, leaving everything else stock, and loaded up the hopper. I was very disappointed when, on the first run through, the hopper had to clear three jams before finishing. My stock board rarely had this problem it.

Also the speed (when feeding properly) was exactly the same as before. The sounds the hopper were making in order to clear the jams sounded very unhealthy as well; again, nothing like the stock board.

Figuring that adjusting the tension and feed speed settings might help out I ran through a myriad of settings in search of some increase in performance and/or decrease in unhealthy sounds. This was to no avail.

I then removed the hopper out of the Reball setting so that I could vary the un-jam setting manually. After changing the un-jam settings, and trying different tensions and speeds, I still saw no change in the hoppers performance with the T2's.

In order to see if the chip was actually doing anything I ran the hopper empty with the tension setting all the way up and put my finger into the blades and felt the pressure several times to get an estimate. I then lowered the tension all the way to the lowest setting and did the same test. I felt no difference at all. This is speculative, and I don't have the means to measure with tools, though I'm confident in my assessment.

I did a similar assessment with the target feed speed setting. I lowered the speed to 15 bps then listened and watched the blades spin inside the hopper. I then changed the speed to 35 bps and did the same test. Again, I heard, nor saw, any change between the settings. Again this is speculative but I am confident in my assessment.

Lastly, as a last ditch effort, I ramped up all the settings to maximum (thinking it might brute force the balls out) and filled the hopper with the T2's. During the unloading it had to fix two jams and I heard some sort of metal pop from inside the motor. At the end of the unloading of the hopper you can hear the motor struggling to spin like it's gasping for air. Then, once only a few balls are left, it ramps back up. This is all drastically different from the stock board.

Reliability: 4/5 stars
Reason - It's a common computer chip and computer chips usually last a long time. Although I have a feeling my board would have gone out faster using this board so I dropped the rating by a star.

Value: 1/5 stars
Reason - I see no value in purchasing a board that decreases the performance of my hopper and doesn't seem to respond to any adjustments made. I think it would be wiser to take the $35 and spend it on rechargeable batteries.

Overall I think this Virtue chip is a bunch of marketing hype. The VLocity performs great with regular paint and acceptable with T2's. The VLocity board uses more of a pulsing action to keep the balls moving while the Virtue chip seems to use more of a high torque approach. I think the engineers that developed the stock board for the VLocity knew what they were doing. Keep in mind that I didn't test this board using regular paint but my observations of the unresponsiveness of the settings gives me little hope for an increase in performance in that area. I will be sending this chip back for a refund.
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  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Virtue Paintball VLocity Upgrade Chip I highly recommend this upgrade to anybody with a stock Vlocity/Vlocity Jr. The Virtue chip allows you to adjust the tension, feed rate, anti-jam, feed mode, and many other things to optimize the...
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EmpireAssassin
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Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Storrs, CT
EmpireAssassin owns a Planet Eclipse Geo
EmpireAssassin is an NCPA player
EmpireAssassin plays in the APPA D4 division
Length of use: Less than 6 months
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: $34.99
Pros: Better battery life, Crazy adjustability
Cons: Fragile, Installation
I highly recommend this upgrade to anybody with a stock Vlocity/Vlocity Jr. The Virtue chip allows you to adjust the tension, feed rate, anti-jam, feed mode, and many other things to optimize the performance of your Vlocity loaders. One of the biggest pluses is that this chip extends the battery life way longer than the stock chip, which means you won't have to spend as much money on 9 volts. And for $35, it's a great value. The only downside is that you have to disassemble your loader to install it and the prongs on the actual chip are very delicate, so be careful when installing. I would definitely recommend this chip over the Gangstar and other chips on the market. So if you want to run your Vlocity a lot longer and have the ability to adjust the loader to your specific style of play for the best performance, then this is a must buy.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Virtue Paintball VLocity Upgrade Chip Virtue is notorious for their software/chips and it shows in their Vlocity chip. It truly makes the Vlo 100% better and drastically increases battery life.
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K-9
name's ryon. hi
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Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: khm
K-9 has been a member for 10 years
K-9 plays in the PSP
K-9 donated to help Peyton Trent
K-9 supports DLX Technology
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $30.00
Pros: Best Vlo Chip ever made. Cant be beat
Cons: Nothing
Virtue is notorious for their software/chips and it shows in their Vlocity chip. It truly makes the Vlo 100% better and drastically increases battery life.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Virtue Paintball VLocity Upgrade Chip I bought this chip just for the soul purpose it promised better battery life.. and it did so i'm happy with it...
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pantherfan88
 
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Join Date: Feb 2008
pantherfan88 owns a Planet Eclipse Ego
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $29.99
Pros: Battery life
Cons: No noticeable change in speed
I bought this chip just for the soul purpose it promised better battery life.. and it did so i'm happy with it...
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Virtue Paintball VLocity Upgrade Chip Bought one of these for my VLocity Jr. to avoid some unnecessary jamming and give me some more speed. Sure enough I have yet to have a single issue since I installed this chip. No jams, no chops...
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PlayFront36
Now in HD!
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Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Illinois
PlayFront36 has been a member for 10 years
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $30.00
Pros: Fast, battery efficient, no jams
Cons: None
Bought one of these for my VLocity Jr. to avoid some unnecessary jamming and give me some more speed. Sure enough I have yet to have a single issue since I installed this chip. No jams, no chops (havent had a single one with my EGO7 anyway), and plenty of speed. I can now shoot as fast as I want off the break without fear of skipping shots or having jams. The chip allows me to play all day with the same pair of batteries without even thinking about blinking (low battery). Its really a great chip!
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
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